Where would Ireland rank if the Rio 2016 medal table was ordered per capita?

We won two silver medals to sit 62nd in the original medal table

BY Raf Diallo 17:25 Tuesday 23 August 2016, 17:25 23 Aug 2016

Ireland's Gary and Paul O'Donovan on the podium ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Back at London 2012, six medals saw Team Ireland finish in 42nd overall in the medal table.

The haul has been less sizeable after Rio 2016, with many strong performances across the many sports and disciplines, but an overall medal count of two silvers.

That leaves Ireland joint 62nd with Algeria in the medal table.

Naturally the top end of Olympic medal tables is traditionally dominated by populous nations like the United States, China and Russia, while Great Britain have also scored highly in the last two games.

But what if population is taken into account and a per capita medal table is examined instead?

According to MedalsPerCapita.com, Ireland would be ranked 38th above the USA, with one medal for every 2,320,351 people.

Caribbean island Grenada leads the per capita table overall with their single medal covering 106,825 people, ahead of the Bahamas and Jamaica.

New Zealand, Denmark and Croatia then round out the Top 6 as nations that punch above their weights in population terms.

For Ireland, the reduction in the number of medals also means a drop in the per capita ranking in comparison to London 2012 when we were the 22nd most successful country at the Olympics per capita with one medal per 917,650 head of population.

Grenada again topped that table four years ago, ahead of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

New Zealand were fourth per capita in both 2012 and 2016.

And what about the all-time table? MedalsPerCapita.com have Ireland 43rd with one medal per 152,941 people.

As a comparison, the USA are 37th in the all-time list.

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