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Medallurgy

Sept. 01, 2008
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Medallurgy

Breaking down Beijing's winners

WHO PRODUCES themost medalists? Big countries (the U.S. won 110 medals and China took 100) andbig states (California had 92 U.S. medalists), of course. But take away theirsize advantages and it's a different story. Here's how the 87 countries thatmedaled in Beijing rank by area and population, as well as which statesproduced the most medalists per capita.

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MEDALS BY AREA

(1 medal per ___square miles)

1. Bahrain (1)257

2. Singapore (1)268

3. Jamaica (11)386

4. Mauritius (1)788

5. Trinidad andTobago (2) 990

53. United States(110) 33,798

55. China (100)37,054

83. Egypt (1)386,662

84. India (3)423,115

85. Algeria (2)459,797

86. South Africa(1) 471,010

87. Sudan (1)967,498

Largest countriesnot to win a medal: Democratic Republic of the Congo (905,567 sq. mi.); SaudiArabia (756,985); Libya (679,362)

MEDALS PERCAPITA

(1 medal per ___people)

1. Bahamas (2)152,828

2. Jamaica (11)252,739

3. Iceland (1)301,931

4. Slovenia (5)401,849

5. Australia (46)444,221

45. United States(110) 2,737,636

68. China (100)13,218,519

83. South Africa(1) 43,997,828

84. Indonesia (5)46,938,799

85. Egypt (1)80,335,036

86. Vietnam (1)85,262,356

87. India (3)376,622,051

Most populouscountries not to win a medal: Pakistan (164,741,924); Bangladesh (150,448,339);Philippines (91,077,287)

U.S. MEDALS BYSTATE PER CAPITA

(1 medal per ___people)

1. Hawaii (6)213,898

2. Maine (4)329,302

3. Alaska (2)341,739

4. California (92)397,318

5. District ofColumbia (1) 588,292

6. Washington (7)924,061

California (92),Texas (18), New York (12), Illinois (10), Florida (9) and Ohio (9) produced themost medalists.

PHOTOTOM HAUCK/ICON SMI (COUGHLIN)PHOTOGEORGIOS KEFALAS/EPA (FANS)PHOTOLAWRENCE MANNING/CORBIS (FLAG)PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (USAIN BOLT)