The Most Successful Countries at the Olympics: Georgia and North Korea?
A new report has analyzed the medal count of every country in the Beijing Olympics in relation to its size, wealth and human rights record. The leaders of this alternate medal table may be surprising.
Of the 75 countries who have made the official table, based solely on gold medals, China have a strong lead with 43 compared to the United States on 26 and Great Britain's 16.
However, a table produced after the first week by Britain's Daily Telegraph taking population into account put Georgia at the top with its two gold medals amounting to one for just over every two million people.
China's 43 medals equal one for every 30 million.
But if the medal table are based on a country's gross domestic product then impoverished North Korea (two gold, one silver, three bronze) leads from Zimbabwe (1-3-0) and Mongolia (1-1-0), according to both the Billmitchell.org and Britain's Channel 4 television websites.