Team GB Wins Tight Battle With China For 2nd

Leading up to the summer games in Rio, China had two second places and one outright victory under their belts from the previous three Olympics – second in Athens, first on home turf in Beijing, and second in London. Team GB on the other hand have been experiencing somewhat of an upward curve in recent years. A poor tenth place in Athens led to a bullish fourth in Beijing and an impressive third as hosts in 2012.

In Rio, Team GB really found their feet, beating even the mighty China into second place. While this achievement is an example of the importance of funding in top-level sport, the years of hard work and dedication from the athletes are of course still absolutely essential. The infographic below tracks how the medal tallies developed over the games, with Team GB ending with one more gold than China to secure their place directly behind the omnipotent USA.

This infographic documents the medal tallies of Team GB and China in the race for second place at Rio 2016.

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Rio 2016 Vs. The World: Percentage Margin Of Victory

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A photo finish. Down to the last hit of the game. Waiting anxiously as Hawkeye reveals if the ball was in or out. Sport is full of these make or break moments, fine lines between failure and glory. Sometimes though, the adrenaline gets pumping due to the sheer domination of a team or athlete. The infographic below, based on research by Sports Illustrated, looks at these winning margins – both in Rio and other selected records or achievements.

When the American cyclist Kristin Armstrong beat Russian Olga Zabelinskaya to gold in the women’s time trial, there was a mere 0.21 percent difference in their times. After over 44 hard fought minutes, less than 6 seconds separated them. Usain Bolt’s march to the ‘triple triple’ was also a tight affair with Justin Gatlin just 0.09 seconds behind Bolt after a stunning comeback from the Jamaican in the 100m final – a margin of 0.82 percent.

At the other end of the scale, in Rio, Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk hammer threw her way to a new world record, leaving the competition without a hope – 5.5m ahead of the nearest challenger with a margin of 6.73 percent. The biggest margin selected for this infographic comes from outside the world of sport. Psy’s Gangnam Style enjoys a cushion of almost 26 percent as Youtube’s most viewed video.

This chart shows the percentage margin of victory from selected Olympic events and other global records/achievements:

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Team USA’s Most Successful Olympics Since LA

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As the Rio Olympics drew to a close on Sunday evening, Team USA stood top of the medal table by a long distance. They won 121 medals in total, their most successful haul since the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. That year, the Soviet Union, East Germany and Cuba boycotted the event, more than likely contributing to U.S. success. The 1904 Games in St. Louis were the most successful games in U.S. Olympic history with American athletes bagging 231 medals.

This chart shows the number of medals won by the U.S. at the Summer Olympics since 1972.

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