Rio 2016 + 6 summer Games
Georgia’s summer Olympics history [INFOGRAPHICS], 22 Aug 2016 - 19:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

After two weeks of intense sporting competition, Georgia’s sporting heroes are returning home from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games with seven medals: two gold, one silver and four bronze.

This magnificent feat saw Georgia place 38th in overall medal standings among the 206 countries that participated in this year’s Games, held from August 5-21.

Georgia made history at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. This year a record number of athletes – 30 men and 10 women – represented Georgia across 13 disciplines. These disciplines were judo, freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, athletics, weightlifting, archery, shooting sport, swimming, trampolining, rhythmic gymnastics, fencing, tennis and canoeing.

Take a look at the infographics showing  Georgia's results during seven Summer Olympic Games from 1992 to 2016. Georgia gained independence in 1991, that is why Barcelona 1992 is included into the visualisation, but Georgia's Ministry of Sport underlines that Georgia's real, 'official' Olympic history started from Lillehammer Winter Olympics in 1994.

Georgia claimed its first medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on August 8 when judoka Lasha Shavdatuashvili defeated European Champion Sagi Muki of Israel in the bronze medal match.

Meanwhile the country’s seventh and final medal was won on August 20 by Geno Petriashvili, who won bronze in freestyle wrestling 125kg.

Meet Georgia’s Olympic medal winners:

  • Gold: Lasha Talakhadze – Men’s weightlifting over 105kg
  • Gold: Vladimer Khinchegashvili– Men’s freestyle wrestling 57kg
  • Silver: Varlam Liparteliani – Men’s judo 90kg
  • Bronze: Lasha Shavdatuashvili – Men’s judo 73kg
  • Bronze: Shmagi Bolkvadze – Men’s Greco-Roman wrestling 66kg
  • Bronze: Irakli Turmanidze – Men’s weightlifting over 105kg
  • Bronze: Geno Petriashvili - Men’s freestyle wrestling 125kg

Rio 2016 alternate medal table: Georgia among best in the world

Official standings, which rank nations solely on the number of medals won, the United States (US) came out on top followed by Great Britain and China. 

Georgia ranks at 38th place among 206 countries. 

But since the official end of the Olympic Games early this morning, several other tables have sprung up that rank countries with data adjusted for population and GDP.

How does Georgia stack up?

Georgia is among the best in the world when it comes to total medals per capita.

Georgia won seven medals, and its small population means Georgia won 1.9 medals per million people in the population. This gave it a ranking of eighth in the world.

To compare, the top three countries that won the most medals – the United States, Great Britain and China – struggled in this measurement. Using medals per capita as the measuring tool, the US won 0.38 medals per person, Great Britain won 1.03 and China won 0.05 medals per million people.

Georgia also ranked highly on a table that ranked countries with the most medals compared to their economy. On this table Georgia won a rate of 50.12 medals per $100bn GDP, ranking it fourth in the world behind Chinese Taipei, Grenada and Jamaica.

Meanwhile when it came to the size of the teams each country has taken to Rio, Georgia emerged as the eighth most efficient team. Georgia won 0.18 medals per athlete, with its relatively small team of 40 athletes.

Which is Georgia's Main Olympic City?

Georgia sent a record team of 40 athletes (30 men and nine women) to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. Athletes came from all over the country but several of Georgia’s Olympic medal winners were born and raised in the same place – Gori, so this city heavily affected during Russia-Georgia was in August 2008 was named the Main Olympic City of Georgia by social media users.

Which of Georgia’s Olympic medal winning athletes come from Gori?

  • Gold   Vladimir Khinchegashvili – Men’s freestyle wrestling 57kg.
  • Bronze Geno Petriashvili – Men’s freestyle wrestling 125kg.
  • Bronze  Lasha Shavdatuashvili – Men’s judo 73kg.

Georgia’s other Olympic medal winners came from:

  • Gold  Lasha Talakhadze – Sachkhere, Imereti region
  • Silver  Varlam Liparteliani – Kakheti region
  • Bronze  Irakli Turmanidze –Adjara region
  • Bronze   Shmagi Bolkvadze – Adjara region