The much-acclaimed games of all, the Summer Olympics was first held in the year 1896 and since then the event has grown its popularity globally. With only 14 sports event to begin, now these sports affair has grown on a large scale with more than 300 disciplines, where competitors participate and represent from more than 200 countries.
The athlete participating in this prestigious Olympic event always aims to sweep a medal for his country. So the biggest achievement for any country is achieving the most medals to his name. Since the inception of the Olympic event, a total of 18,553 medals have been issued in the Summer Olympic, where the United States is topping the list of winning a total of 2,520 medals.
A highly talented athlete always focuses on winning the multiple medals, where renowned American swimmer Michael Phelps, holds the record of winning the maximum no of gold medals at a single summer Olympics. He has grabbed 6 gold and 8 silver medals in the year 2004. Also in the recently concluded 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Phelps once again won 5 Gold and a Silver Medal for his country. Thus it is an accomplishment and commitment of an athlete towards the game, brings a proud moment for the country.
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Following the US, Russia, Germany, UK, and France are leading the chart of winning the most number of medals in the Summer Olympics so far. Russia is standing at second place with a total of 1865 medals. USSR has so far emerged as a stable competitor against its strong contender USA in terms of winning the medals. The host country of the 2020 Summer Olympics Japan, is standing with 439 medals and this time they are expecting of winning more medals on an average.
List of Countries With Most Olympic Medals (1896-2016)
The following table shows the List of Countries with most Olympic Medals from 1896 – 2016. The medals assigned to the country is based on the average total medals won by individual Olympiad, though whether using total gold or all medals.
|Rank||Country||Total Olympic Medals won from 1896 to 2016|