London 2012 medal tally by use of capital punishment

At the end of the Olympic Games, people like to play around with medal tallies ordered or weighted in a variety of (dis)interesting ways. Here’s mine:

Country has death penalty Gold Silver Bronze
No 192 211 254
Yes 110 93 102

The part of the world that does not legally kill its citizens is victorious! So, is removing an archaic form of justice the secret to Olympic success? It’s not quite that simple. The top two nations in the general tally are also in this illustrious list:

Country with DP Gold Silver Bronze
United States 46 29 29
China 38 27 22
Japan 7 14 17
Cuba 5 3 6
Iran 4 5 3
North Korea 4 0 2
Ethiopia 3 1 3
Belarus 2 5 5
Uganda 1 0 0
India 0 2 4
Thailand 0 2 1
Egypt 0 2 0
Indonesia 0 1 1
Malaysia 0 1 1
Botswana 0 1 0
Qatar 0 0 2
Singapore 0 0 2
Afghanistan 0 0 1
Bahrain 0 0 1
Kuwait 0 0 1
Saudi Arabia 0 0 1
Total 110 93 102

The USA and China give the off-with-their-heads mob it a great start, but they can’t compete with the sheer number of little-nations-that-could in this enlightened tally:

Country without DP Gold Silver Bronze
Great Britain 29 17 19
Russian Federation 24 25 33
South Korea 13 8 7
Germany 11 19 14
France 11 11 12
Italy 8 9 11
Hungary 8 4 5
Australia 7 16 12
Kazakhstan 7 1 5
Netherlands 6 6 8
Ukraine 6 5 9
New Zealand 6 3 5
Jamaica 4 4 4
Czech Republic 4 3 3
Spain 3 10 4
Brazil 3 5 9
South Africa 3 2 1
Croatia 3 1 2
Romania 2 5 2
Kenya 2 4 5
Denmark 2 4 3
Azerbaijan 2 2 6
Poland 2 2 6
Turkey 2 2 1
Switzerland 2 2 0
Lithuania 2 1 2
Norway 2 1 1
Canada 1 5 12
Sweden 1 4 3
Colombia 1 3 4
Georgia 1 3 3
Mexico 1 3 3
Ireland 1 1 3
Argentina 1 1 2
Serbia 1 1 2
Slovenia 1 1 2
Tunisia 1 1 1
Dominican Republic 1 1 0
Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 3
Uzbekistan 1 0 3
Latvia 1 0 1
Algeria 1 0 0
Bahamas 1 0 0
Grenada 1 0 0
Venezuela 1 0 0
Mongolia 0 2 3
Slovakia 0 1 3
Armenia 0 1 2
Belgium 0 1 2
Finland 0 1 2
Bulgaria 0 1 1
Chinese Taipei 0 1 1
Estonia 0 1 1
Puerto Rico 0 1 1
Cyprus 0 1 0
Gabon 0 1 0
Guatemala 0 1 0
Montenegro 0 1 0
Portugal 0 1 0
Greece 0 0 2
Moldova 0 0 2
Hong Kong 0 0 1
Morocco 0 0 1
Tajikistan 0 0 1
Total 192 211 254

The source for the tally is ScraperWiki, and the source for the capital punishment stats is Wikipedia. I’ve given some countries the benefit of the doubt by including those who have “abolished in practice” on the side of no death penalty.

It’s been fun! See you again in Sochi 2014. I love the ski jump.

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