New Zealand edged closer to the top of the Olympic medal table last night - but Slovenia is the nation to beat.
You didn't read wrong. The United States and China have dozens of gold medals between them, but on the per-capita tally they had better watch out for the tiny sporting powerhouse on the Adriatic Sea.
"Per-capita medal" is the table that puts medal hauls in proportion to population size. Which is a very good thing for countries without the benefit of hundreds of millions of people to pick star athletes from.
Herald wanted to see if New Zealand hadn't done a little better than its official - and undeniably respectable - 16th-equal overall ranking
Tom Ashley's gold medal in boardsailing took New Zealand's total medal tally to nine, giving us 2.15 medals per million people.
Slovenia, with five medals and a population of just 2.02 million, towers over the Olympic big hitters like China, the US and Great Britain - which currently hold the top three spots in the official count.
In the per-capita medal table, Jamaica comes third with 1.78 medals per million people, followed by Australia with 1.69.
Primoz Kozmus won Slovenia's first-ever track and field gold for his hammer throw, adding to silver medals picked up in the women's 200m freestyle and Laser sailing, and bronze in the women's judo and men's rifle 3 shooting.
据根据最新开始流行的“人头奖牌数(Olympic medals per head)”排行榜，新西兰以2.15块奖牌/百万人成为仅次于斯洛文尼亚的全世界第二大体育强国，斯洛文尼亚以200万人口分享5块奖牌的成绩成为该排 行榜上不可被击败的No.1。全世界除斯洛文尼亚和新西兰外，其它国家的人头奖牌数均低于1.8。另据来自current.com的消息，中国和美国分别位列该排行榜的40位和30位，已获得奖牌的国家中，显然印度处于最后一名。