2004 Summer Olympics medal table

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The Olympic flame burns in the Athens Olympic Stadium cauldron, during the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics.

The 2004 Summer Olympics medal table is a list of National Olympic Committees ranked by the number of medals won during the 2004 Summer Olympics, held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. A total of 10,625 athletes from 201 countries participated in these games, competing in 301 events in 28 sports. Kiribati and Timor Leste competed for the first time in these Olympic Games.[1]

Athletes from 74 countries won at least one medal, leaving 127 countries without a medal. The United States won the most gold medals (36), the most silver medals (40) and the most medals overall (101). China finished second on the International Olympic Committee medal table (though third in terms of total medals), the country's best performance until the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Russia finished third, (second in total medals), and also won the most bronze medals (38). Host nation Greece finished fifteenth, with six gold, six silver, and four bronze medals,[1] in its best total medal haul since 1896.

Australia became the first nation to improve their gold medal total at the Games immediately after hosting a Summer Olympics.

The United Arab Emirates, Paraguay and Eritrea won their first ever Olympic medals. Israel, Chile, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and United Arab Emirates won their first Olympic gold medals.[1][2]

Medal table[edit]

The medal table is based on information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is consistent with IOC convention in its published medal tables.[1] By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won (in this context, a nation is an entity represented by a National Olympic Committee). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If nations are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically.

In boxing and judo, two bronze medals were awarded in each weight class, so the total number of bronze medals is greater than the total number of gold and silver medals.[1]


  *   Host nation (Greece)

  *   Host nation (Greece)

1 United States (USA)363926101
2 China (CHN)32171463
3 Russia (RUS)28263690
4 Australia (AUS)17161750
5 Japan (JPN)1691237
6 Germany (GER)13162049
7 France (FRA)1191333
8 Italy (ITA)10111132
9 South Korea (KOR)912930
10 Great Britain (GBR)991230
11 Cuba (CUB)971127
12 Hungary (HUN)86317
13 Ukraine (UKR)85922
14 Romania (ROU)85619
15 Greece (GRE)*66416
16 Brazil (BRA)52310
17 Norway (NOR)5016
18 Netherlands (NED)49922
19 Sweden (SWE)4217
20 Spain (ESP)311620
21 Canada (CAN)36312
22 Turkey (TUR)33511
23 Poland (POL)32510
24 New Zealand (NZL)3205
25 Thailand (THA)3148
26 Belarus (BLR)25613
27 Austria (AUT)2417
28 Ethiopia (ETH)2327
29 Iran (IRI)2226
 Slovakia (SVK)2226
31 Chinese Taipei (TPE)2215
32 Georgia (GEO)2204
33 Bulgaria (BUL)21912
34 Denmark (DEN)2158
35 Jamaica (JAM)2125
 Uzbekistan (UZB)2125
37 Morocco (MAR)2103
38 Argentina (ARG)2046
39 Chile (CHI)2013
40 Kazakhstan (KAZ)1438
41 Kenya (KEN)1427
42 Czech Republic (CZE)1359
43 South Africa (RSA)1326
44 Croatia (CRO)1225
45 Lithuania (LTU)1203
46 Egypt (EGY)1135
 Switzerland (SUI)1135
48 Indonesia (INA)1124
49 Zimbabwe (ZIM)1113
50 Azerbaijan (AZE)1045
51 Belgium (BEL)1023
52 Bahamas (BAH)1012
 Israel (ISR)1012
54 Cameroon (CMR)1001
 Dominican Republic (DOM)1001
 United Arab Emirates (UAE)1001
57 North Korea (PRK)0415
58 Latvia (LAT)0404
59 Mexico (MEX)0314
60 Portugal (POR)0213
61 Finland (FIN)0202
 Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)0202
63 Slovenia (SLO)0134
64 Estonia (EST)0123
65 Hong Kong (HKG)0101
 India (IND)0101
 Paraguay (PAR)0101
68 Colombia (COL)0022
 Nigeria (NGR)0022
 Venezuela (VEN)0022
71 Eritrea (ERI)0011
 Mongolia (MGL)0011
 Syria (SYR)0011
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)0011
Totals (74 nations)301300326927

Changes in medal standings[edit]

During the Games such changes in medal standings are occurred:

Since the conclusion of the 2004 Games, doping scandals have resulted in the revocations of medals from numerous athletes, thus affecting the medal standings.

The US women's 4 x 400 metres relay team was recommended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to be stripped of their gold medal, after the suspension of Crystal Cox for doping. The gold medal should theoretically go to Russia, silver to Jamaica and bronze to Great Britain. However, up to today, no further action has been taken by IOC. Hence, the US relay team is still listed as the winner for this event.[4][5]

List of changes in medal standings
Ruling date Sport/Event NOC 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total Comment
20 August 2004 Weightlifting
Men's 62 kg
 Greece (GRE) –1 –1 Greece's Leonidas Sabanis was stripped of his bronze medal and expelled from the Games after he tested positive for excess testosterone.[6]
 Venezuela (VEN) +1 +1
3 December 2004 Equestrian
Team jumping
 Germany (GER) –1 +1 In the team jumping event, German equestrian Ludger Beerbaum was disqualified, after his horse Goldfever tested positive for the illegal substance betamethasone.[7] This led to the gold medal being awarded the American team Chris Kappler, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, and Peter Wylde, and the silver medal to Peder Fredericson, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Peter Eriksson, and Malin Baryard of the Swedish team.[8] Christian Ahlmann, Marco Kutscher, and Otto Becker of the German team retained a medal, as they were able to earn the bronze medal without Goldfever’s results.[9]
 United States (USA) +1 –1
 Sweden (SWE) +1 –1
27 March 2005 Equestrian
Individual jumping
 Ireland (IRL) –1 –1 Irish equestrian Cian O'Connor was stripped of his gold medal in individual jumping, due to the doping of his horse, Waterford Crystal, resulting in the title being awarded to Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, the silver medal to Chris Kappler of the United States, and the bronze medal to Marco Kutscher of Germany.[10]
 Brazil (BRA) +1 –1
 United States (USA) +1 –1
 Germany (GER) +1 +1
10 August 2012 Cycling
Men's road time trial
 United States (USA) –1 +1 –1 –1 US cyclist Tyler Hamilton in men's road time trial confessed that he doped during the Summer Olympics. He had his gold medal reallocated to Viatcheslav Ekimov from Russia, US cyclist Bobby Julich was awarded the silver medal, and Australian Michael Rogers receiving bronze.[11]
 Russia (RUS) +1 –1
 Australia (AUS) +1 +1
5 December 2012 Athletics
Men's hammer throw
 Belarus (BLR) –1 –1 Four Athletes were stripped of their medals on 5 December 2012 after drug re-testings of their samples were found positive.[12][13]

In first two cases no decision has yet been taken on reallocating the medals.
On 5 March 2013, the International Olympic Committee sent a statement to the Spanish Olympic Committee, taking the decision to reallocate the medals in the men's shot put, due to exclusion of Ukrainian Yuriy Bilonoh, gold medalist at the time, by doping. Based on this decision, the new owner of the gold medal will be with the U.S. athlete Adam Nelson, the silver medal will be with the Danish Joachim Olsen, and bronze medals will be with Spanish Manuel Martínez.[14][15]
On 30 May 2013, during the meeting of the IOC Executive Board there were three new decisions of the reallocated medals. In athletics, Executive Board confirmed the reallocation of medals in men's shot put. In athletics, the athlete Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová (Czech Republic) will be the new bronze medalist proof of the Women's discus throw. In Weightlifting, the athlete Reyhan Arabacıoğlu (Turkey) be the new bronze medalist proof in the Men's 77 kg.[16]

Women's shot put
 Russia (RUS) –1 –1
5 March 2013 Athletics
Men's shot put
 Ukraine (UKR) –1 –1
 United States (USA) +1 –1
 Denmark (DEN) +1 –1
 Spain (ESP) +1 +1
30 May 2013 Athletics
Women's discus throw
 Belarus (BLR) –1 –1
 Czech Republic (CZE) +1 +1
30 May 2013 Weightlifting
Men's 77 kg
 Russia (RUS) –1 –1 On 12 February 2013 the International Olympic Committee stripped Russian weightlifter Oleg Perepetchenov of his bronze medal in the Men's 77 kg after both probes were retested and showed traces of anabolic steroids.[17]
During the meeting of the IOC Executive Board, on 30 May 2013, it was decided that athlete Reyhan Arabacıoğlu (Turkey) be the new bronze medalist proof in the Men's 77 kg.[16]
 Turkey (TUR) +1 +1


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