Hard to believe another year has gone by. The year two thousand seventeen is just days away. Seems like yesterday we were just getting into the 2000’s. #Y2K

We’ve had 5 Olympiads in the 2000’s.
504 swimming medals. America with a staggering 31% of them.
38 different countries. 13 with double digits. 10 with just one.
Only 8 countries have won at least one medal in each of the last 5 Olympiads. 

Australia has regressed, averaging just 10 medals over the last two Olympic Games (London & Rio) compared to 17.6 across the first three (Sydney, Athens, Beijing).

Japan has been the epitome of consistency (4-8-5-11-7) and has 11 more medals than China.

Russia, even with extensive state sponsored doping, have only won a combined 15 medals.

The Netherlands grabbed a crazy 15 medals in 2000 & 2004 combined. Not bad for a country of less than 17 million people. Russia has 8.5 x that many people.

Brazil might be the most disappointing. They’ve only had 6 medal winners. This year’s only medal was a Bronze in the Women’s 10K Open Water swim in which Muller of France was disqualified for swimming over Bruni of Italy at the very end. Matheus Santana coming to America is a very smart move for the young sprinter. Hopefully he will follow in Cesar Cielo’s footsteps, whom was also coached by Dave Marsh, and ultimately became Olympic Champion.

Obviously Great Britain and Canada are back on track — both won 6 medals in Rio this year.

What country are you most excited about as we merge onto the Road to Tokyo?

 

Olympic Swimming Medals 2000 – 2016
2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 Total Average
USA 33 28 31 31 33 156 31.2
Australia 18 15 20 10 10 73 14.6
Japan 4 8 5 11 7 35 7
China 0 2 6 10 6 24 4.8
Netherlands 8 7 2 4 2 23 4.6
France 1 6 6 7 3 23 4.6
Great Britain 0 2 6 3 6 17 3.4
Hungary 1 2 3 3 7 16 3.2
Russia 2 1 4 4 4 15 3
Italy 6 2 2 1 4 15 3
Germany 3 5 3 1 0 12 2.4
Canada 1 0 1 3 6 11 2.2
South Africa 2 3 0 3 3 11 2.2
Sweden 4 0 0 0 3 7 1.4
Ukraine 4 3 0 0 0 7 1.4
Zimbabwe 0 3 4 0 0 7 1.4
Brazil 1 0 2 2 1 6 1.2
Romania 4 2 0 0 0 6 1.2
Spain 1 0 0 2 2 5 1
South Korea 0 0 2 2 0 4 0.8
Tunisia 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.6
Belarus 0 0 0 2 1 3 0.6
Austria 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.6
Poland 0 3 0 0 0 3 0.6
Denmark 0 0 1 0 2 3 0.6
Slovakia 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.4
Costa Rica 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.4
Norway 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.4
Croatia 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.2
Argentina 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.2
Trinidad and Tobago 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.2
Serbia 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.2
Slovenia 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.2
Lithuania 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.2
Greece 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.2
Belgium 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.2
Singapore 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.2
Kazakhstan 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.2
16 countries 19 countries 19 countries 19 countries 20 countries
97 medals 97 medals 104 medals 102 medals 104 medals