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Tokyo Olympics: How many medals has your region won?

Moving into the final days of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Team GB have maintained their position in the top 10…

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Moving into the final days of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Team GB have maintained their position in the top 10 of the international medals table.

But if England’s nine regions were in competition between themselves, who would come out on top so far?

Team GB’s athletes born in England account for three quarters (288) of this year’s 376-strong team.

At the end of day 14 of competition, 84 English Olympians have come out of at least one event with a place on the podium.

Which area has the most medallists?

Out of England’s nine regions, the North West has seen the most medallists so far in this Games, with 16 athletes out of the 48 who went to Tokyo.

These include Enfield-born equestrians Ben Maher and Charlotte Dujardin, as well as fellow equestrian Carl Hester, rowers Henry Fieldman and Mohamed Sbihi, and Susannah Townsend from the bronze medal-winning women’s hockey team.

Sprinters Dina Asher-Smith, Asha Philip and CJ Ujah complete the list after helping their respective women’s and men’s 4 x 100m relay teams on to the podium.

Not far behind on eight is Greater Manchester, with Bury swimmer and double gold medallist James Guy, triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown, BMX cyclist Charlotte Worthington, sailor Stuart Bithell, rower Josh Bugajski, cyclists Jason Kenny and Matt Walls, as well as 800m runner Keely Hodgkinson.

On six medallists is Inner London, with Hammersmith-born sailor Dylan Fletcher, triathlete Alex Yee, sprinters Daryll Neita, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Imani-Lara Lansiquot and BMX cyclist Kye Whyte.

Meanwhile, on five medallists each are:

  • West Yorkshire, with Huddersfield equestrian Oliver Townend, diver Matty Lee, triathletes Jonny Brownlee and Jess Learmonth, and mountain biker Tom Pidcock
  • Berkshire, with Maidenhead-born double gold medallist Tom Dean, gymnast Amelie Morgan, rower Jack Beaumont and canoeist Mallory Franklin

Four of West Yorkshire’s five athletes were born in Leeds, making it the single town or city with the most medallists in the country.

This is closely followed by Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, the birthplace of equestrians Tom McEwen, Laura Collett, and rower Tom George, and Maidenhead in Berkshire, where Dean, Beaumont and hockey player Ellie Rayer were born.

Which region has the most medals so far?

In terms of gold medal wins, within the nine regions of England, the North West has extended its lead over Yorkshire and the Humber, with seven compared to five.

In overall awards too the North West is storming ahead with 20, aided in part by the heroics of multi-medallists Guy, Taylor-Brown and swimmer Luke Greenbank.

Which region has the most athletes at the Games?

The 288-strong English contingent of Team GB comes from all over the nation, but the region fielding the most athletes at Tokyo is London, at 52.

Looking at individual sports, the majority of England’s nine regions has at least one sport where they put forward the most competitors:

  • London leads the way in athletics, with 15 out of 62 English Olympians born there, but also in divers (five out of 11), equestrian (three out of eight), weightlifters (two out of four), and was also the birthplace of the only English fencer.
  • The North West provides the highest number of athletes in badminton (two out of four), sailing (three out of 11) and the only English competitor in sport climbing.
  • In the South East we see the highest number of hockey players (six out of 25) and those competing in rowing (15 out of 32) and canoeing (three out of five).
  • The West Midlands is the birthplace of the most boxers (three out of nine) and judo (three out of four).
  • The East of England contributes the most athletes to artistic gymnastics (three out of seven) and the only two English shooters.
  • Over in the South West is where you will find the birthplace of the most athletes in the rugby sevens team (five out of 17) and the only two English artistic swimmers.
  • The North East meanwhile has the most footballers (four out of 15).
  • Yorkshire and the Humber has the most triathlon competitors (two out of five).

The East Midlands did not have a majority of athletes born there in any sport, but was tied on several, including golf, swimming and table tennis.

Note: Data correct as of 14:00 BST on 6 August when events finished for day 14 of the games.

 

 

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