Team GB finished second in the Rio medal table...but Manchester weren't far behind 5 years ago

Team GB finished second in the Rio medal table...but Manchester weren't far behind

Much was made about the sporting powerhouse that is Yorkshire during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

'God's Own County' (as they like to call themselves) was a medal-winning machine when Britain hosted the Olympics four years ago, with its athletes bagging seven golds in a 12-medal haul.

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If Yorkshire was an independent country, and there are many folk who would like it to be, it would have finished 12th in the medal tables that year.

Yorkshire isn't doing too badly this time round in Rio either as Team GB beat 2012's record medal hall to finish a historic second place in the medal table above China, Russia and Australia. Even the small Yorkshire town of Huddersfield was beating the likes of Ireland, Portugal and India with it's one gold and one bronze.

But there's a new sporting powerhouse in Britain in 2016 across the other side of the Pennines - Manchester.

The famous footballing city and the home of Oasis and the Stone Roses can now claim to be the champion of elite sport in Great Britain... and it's largely down to cycling.

The MEN report that if Manchester was a country it would have finished an incredible fourth in the Rio medal standings.

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Image credit: Manchester Evening News

Athletes born or based in Manchester have won a staggering total of 24 medals in Brazil - dwarfing Yorkshire and many massive world nations.

With a population of just 2.3m, the city won an exceptional 18 golds, five silvers and one bronze. That's more than sixth place Russia with a population of 150 million, which won just 13 golds.

It's no wonder it has been chosen as the hosts of Britain's Olympic homecoming parade in October.

Manchester's glittering medal haul looks like this...

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Gold

Laura Trott - two gold medals in women’s omnium and women’s team pursuit

Jason Kenny - three gold medals in men’s keirin, men’s sprint and men’s team sprint

Callum Skinner - one gold medal in men’s team sprint

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Katie Archibald - one gold in the women’s team pursuit

Elinor Barker - one gold in the women’s team pursuit

Ciara Horne - one gold in the women’s team pursuit

Jo Rowsell Shand - one gold in the women’s team pursuit

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Philip Hindes - one gold medal in the track sprint

Katy Marchant - one bronze medal in the women’s sprint

Bradley Wiggins - one gold medal in the men’s team pursuit

Jade Jones - one gold in the women’s 75kg taekwondo

Nicola White - gold in the women’s hockey

Kate Richardson-White - gold in the women’s hockey

Owain Doull - gold in team pursuit

Ed Clancy - gold in team pursuit

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Team GB cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny pose with their gold medals at Adidas House on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) Team GB cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny pose with their gold medals (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Silver

Becky James - two silvers in cycling

Mark Cavendish - silver in the omnium

Lutalo Muhammad - silver in the 80kg men’s taekwando

Callum Skinner - one silver medal in the individual sprint

Bronze

Katy Marchant - one bronze medal in the women’s sprint

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Jade Jones of Great Britain competes against Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain during the Women's -57kg Gold Medal Taekwondo contest at the Carioca Arena on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) Jade Jones of Great Britain competes against Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain during the Women's -57kg Gold Medal Taekwondo (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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