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Will Bahamas top medals table again?

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There’s an interesting graphic at moreintelligentlife.com showing the medals table at the last Olympics in Athens, adjusted for each country’s population.

The Bahamas are top with Australia second and Cuba third, according to the site’s calculations. Australia were fourth in the unadjusted table, which I guess just highlights their extraordinary performances at the highest level in sport.

It’s early days here in Beijing, where China lead the ”real” medals table with two golds from three events. The big surprise there is that it’s not a 100 percent record. Du Li had been a strong favourite to repeat her success of Athens and win the opening gold of the Games in the 10m air rifle.

In the end, it seemed, the pressure was too great. You can get updates, and see all of our coverage of the Games, by clicking here.

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