Man City are running away with it this season. Unbeaten in 18 games, with the only points dropped a draw against Everton in their second game. Looking back to last season though, things were looking quite different at the top of the Premier League. City had already been beaten three times and were sitting in third spot, 9 points behind eventual champions Chelsea.
The biggest gains at this stage have been made by Burnley, who after a surprise run of form are currently in a Europa League-worthy sixth. This time last season, they were eight places lower in 14th. Leicester, now in 8th, have made a jump of the same size having languished in 16th spot around Christmas 2016.
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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