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Can you name the African countries with the most Olympic medals?
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22x Gold, 29x Silver, 24x Bronze
20x Gold, 24x Silver, 26x Bronze
18x Gold, 6x Silver, 14x Bronze
7x Gold, 7x Silver, 10x Bronze
6x Gold, 5x Silver, 10x Bronze
4x Gold, 2x Silver, 8x Bronze
3x Gold, 4x Silver, 1x Bronze
3x Gold, 1x Silver, 1x Bronze
2x Gold, 9x Silver, 12x Bronze
2x Gold, 2x Silver, 3x Bronze
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Mar 1st, 2011 at 18:42 GMT
Good idea for a quiz!
Jun 25th, 2011 at 19:50 GMT
I'm surprised Zimbabwe is the least commonly guessed country on the quiz (at least, it is at the time I'm writing this), considering Kirsty Coventry and all of the attention she's gotten, and the 1980 womens' field hockey team upsetting the heavily favored Soviet team in Moscow.
Jun 26th, 2011 at 17:21 GMT
@Fidelio - you'd have to be aware of either of those for it to help :-) (And for the record, I got it, but as a guess.)
Jun 27th, 2011 at 03:29 GMT
Jul 1st, 2011 at 15:19 GMT
Great quiz. Surprisingly not difficult at all. For me when I think of Zimbabwe, athletics is not at the top of the list. I usually think of Robert Mugabe and what he has done to the country.
Jul 13th, 2011 at 04:55 GMT
Cameroon? Really? South Africa surprised me after all those years sitting out because of apartheid.
Aug 3rd, 2011 at 20:36 GMT
Nice angle for a quiz. Well done.
Aug 3rd, 2011 at 22:14 GMT
@scout_number_4: Triple jumper Françoise Mbango-Etone won in 2004 and 2008, and Cameroon won the men's football tournament in 2000.
Oct 16th, 2011 at 03:23 GMT
The ones I was absolutely sure would be on here were Kenya, Morocco and Ethiopia, because they do so well with distance running events. I took a chance with Cameroon because of their soccer team. The rest were pure guess work. Ended up with 9/10, but not because I actually knew the answers.
Oct 28th, 2011 at 19:55 GMT
at first i didn't know the numbers were so small that a single person could almost single-handedly account for a country's medal haul. that's why i initially didn't go with zimbabwe. i knew cameroon had some soccer success and nigeria is hugely populated and most of the middle eastern countries on the north were pretty westernized and that kenya and ethiopia had a lot of running medals
Feb 25th, 2012 at 03:52 GMT
All but one medal for Zimbabwe was won by Kirsty Coventry, which I find incredible.
Game published: Jul 30th, 2012 at 18:00 GMT
Jul 30th, 2012 at 18:07 GMT
Kenya on top. No surprises here.
Jul 30th, 2012 at 19:42 GMT
That note confused me because (and correct me if I'm wrong) aren't these all current countries?
Jul 30th, 2012 at 19:44 GMT
I think it's a note that is added to all Olympics quizes that involve countries.
Jul 30th, 2012 at 20:33 GMT
Thank you for ranking by golds instead of total medals. The US media still hasn't figured this out yet.
Jul 30th, 2012 at 22:30 GMT
@1906cubs - the US media choose not to figure it out on those occasions where they have fewer golds but more medals than someone else. Normally they manage to figure it out when they have more golds but fewer medals than someone else.
Jul 30th, 2012 at 22:49 GMT
To be fair, several Canadian news sources also rank by total medals. Probably because Canada finished 19th in Golds in 2008, but 14th in total (Then again, in 2010 we had the most golds, but were third in totals, so who knows).
Jul 30th, 2012 at 23:15 GMT
I don't know why people act as if American media outlets are dishonest for putting the team with the most medals at the top of a medal count graphic. I'll put it in terms other countries might understand. What team goes at the top of the table: The team with the most wins, or the team with the most points?
Jul 31st, 2012 at 00:09 GMT
@Clint - in the olympics... the team with the most golds. If you want to award points, then golds get infinitely more points than silvers etc. It isn't dishonest, no more so than someone who can't spell is dishonest for spelling something wrong. Its just completely incorrect. There is a correct way to present medal tables.
Jul 31st, 2012 at 00:56 GMT
I thought for sure that South Sudan would be on this list...
Jul 31st, 2012 at 03:26 GMT
@clint- the worst thing about ranking by total medals, or points as you use, is that it puts gold on the same level as silver/bronze. That is simply not true, golds are much more important, and thus should be ranked first. If country x has 10 g 1s 3b vs country y with 2g 7s 8b who did better? Most countries and the IOC would say x, but the US (and Canada apparently) for some reason would say y. The only thing that total medal ranking tells us is who the deepest team is. But going in we all know that the US, due to many advantages, is the deepest at every olympics. I want to know who the best is, no-one remembers who won silver or bronze. And I am American so this is not some anti-american spin, just a cry for sanity.
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Jul 31st, 2012 at 05:10 GMT
should've forced us to answer in order...3 minutes to name all the african countries is too long
Jul 31st, 2012 at 08:36 GMT
1906cubs: It's not true that no one remembers the silver or bronze medalists. In the US, even many gold medalists barely get a mention in the newspapers because the US takes winning for granted however, in most countries, the silver and bronze medalists are honored and remembered!
Jul 31st, 2012 at 10:15 GMT
Both ranking systems are not perfect. In this case 3x Gold, 1x Silver, 1x Bronze are higher ranked than 2x Gold, 9x Silver and 12x Bronze. That looks strange too.
Jul 31st, 2012 at 10:20 GMT
The way my fellow Brits celebrated "winning" 3rd place in the men's gymnastics yesterday, you'd think that all bronze medalists should be remembered!
Jul 31st, 2012 at 23:00 GMT
Feb 28th, 2013 at 20:53 GMT
the quiz should be renamed, can you name all african countries in 2 minutes
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