Australians bigger Olympic losers than us

Last updated 07:43 10/08/2012

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The Australians have won more Olympic gold medals than us, but they are also the bigger losers.

The Wall Street Journal has put together an "other medal table" which tallies countries that have had the most last-place finishes (lead), second-to-last (tin) and third-to-last (zinc).

At the top of the list was Great Britain with eight lead medals, 11 tin and 12 zinc, followed by Ukraine and Australia.

If there was a medal for last place, the Aussies have taken home four. They would also have 10 tin medals and six zinc.

New Zealand ranks 20th on the list, with only two lead medals, three tin and five zinc for a total of 10 medals.

But on the actual gold-medal tally, Australia ranks 10th with six golds and New Zealand is in 18th place with three - showing both countries win more than they lose.

To qualify for the Journal's "other medal tally", the athlete or team needed to complete the entire event.

The other Medal Table:

Top 10            Lead  Tin   Zinc
Great Britain     8      11       12    
Ukraine           11       5        7
Australia           4      10        6
Egypt              11        6       2
Canada             5       5        8
USA                  6       6        6
Argentina          3       6        8
South Korea       6      8        3
Brazil                7       2        6
Italy                 6       4        5

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