London 2012

1992 - Barcelona

Linford Christie - The Londoner saved his best for late in his career, at 32 becoming the oldest 100m champion. Benefiting from the absence of his great rival Carl Lewis, Christie came on strong in the closing stages to triumph in 9.96 seconds.

Vitaly Scherbo - The Belarussian, competing for the Unified Team in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, won six of the eight golds on offer in the gymnasium. His victories came in the team event, all-round, pommel horse, rings, vault, and parallel bars - and included a record four in a single day.

Derartu Tulu - The dominance of African men in the long-distance events was by now well established but Tulu's victory in the women's 10,000m was the first time a black African female had won an Olympic gold medal of any kind. Her victory lap - hand-in-hand with white South African silver medallist Elana Meyer - was equally significant in the first post-apartheid Games.

Krisztina Egerszegi - The Hungarian teenager was the most successful swimmer at the Games with three golds, including a successful defence of the 200m backstroke title she won as a 14-year-old in Seoul. Egerszegi added further golds in the 100m backstroke and 400m individual medley.

Medal Count

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Unified Team 45 38 29 112
2 United States 37 34 37 108
3 Germany 33 21 28 82
4 China 16 22 16 54
5 Cuba 14 6 11 31
6 Spain 13 7 2 22
7 Korea 12 5 12 29
8 Hungary 11 12 7 30
9 France 8 5 16 29
10 Australia 7 9 11 27

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