Table of Australia at the Summer Olympics
Australia and Greece are the only two nations to have been represented at every summer Olympic Games dating back to 1896.
A lot has changed since Edwin Flack represented Australia in athletics and tennis in Athens at the first modern Olympics in 1896. Australia has hosted the Games twice (Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000) and won a remarkable 483 summer Olympic medals. The following table summarises the statistics of each Team that have represented Australia at the Summer Olympic Games.
Summer Games at a Glance
|Rio 2016||207 (including the Refugee Olympic Team)||422||208||214||305||Anna Meares||Kim Brennan||8||11||10||29|
|London 2012||204||410||224||186||319||Lauren Jackson||Malcolm Page||8||15||12||35|
|Beijing 2008||204||436||236||200||318||James Tomkins||Stephanie Rice||14||15||17||46|
|Athens 2004||201||482||274||208||285||Colin Beashel||Petria Thomas||17||16||17||50|
|Sydney 2000||199||632||349||283||374||Andrew Gaze||Ian Thorpe||16||25||17||58|
|Atlanta 1996||197||425||255||170||220||Andrew Hoy||Mike McKay||9||9||23||41|
|Barcelona 1992||172||281||188||93||145||Jenny Donnet||Kieren Perkins||7||9||11||27|
|Seoul 1988||160||261||188||73||83||Ric Charlesworth||Debbie Flintoff-King||3||6||5||14|
|Los Angeles 1984||140||248||174||74||85||Wayne Roycroft||Dean Lukin||4||8||12||24|
|Moscow 1980||80||124 (iii)||95||29||53||Denise Boyd (Robertson)
|Montreal 1976||92||186||151||35||47||Raelene Boyle||Bob Haigh||0||1||4||5|
|Munich 1972||122||173||143||30||46||Dennis Green||Michael Wenden||8||7||2||17|
|Mexico City 1968||112||133||109||24||35||Bill Roycroft||Eric Pearce||5||7||5||17|
|Tokyo 1964||93||253||211||42||46||Ivan Lund||Dawn Fraser||6||2||10||18|
|Rome 1960||83||198||168||30||31||Jock Sturrock||8||8||6||22|
|Melbourne 1956||67||323||277||46||35||Mervyn Wood||13||8||14||35|
|Helsinki 1952||69||85||75||10||12||Mervyn Wood||6||2||3||11|
|London 1948||59||77||68||9||11||Les McKay||2||6||5||13|
|Berlin 1936||49||33||29||4||4||Dunc Gray||0||0||1||1|
|Los Angeles 1932||37||12||8||4||4||Andrew 'Boy' Charlton||3||1||1||5|
|Amsterdam 1928||46||18||14||4||2||Bobby Pearce||1||2||1||4|
|Paris 1924||44||37||37||0||5||Edwin Carr||3||1||2||6|
|Antwerp 1920||29||13||12||1||1||George Parker||0||2||1||3|
|Stockholm 1912||22||31 (ii)||29||2||0||Malcolm Champion (NZL)||2||2||2||6|
|London 1908||22||30 (ii)||30||0||0||Henry Murray (NZL)||1||2||1||4|
|St Louis 1904||12||3 (i)||3||0||0||0||3||1||4|
The Olympians Club of Australia defines an Olympian as an athlete who was selected as a member of an Australian Olympic Team and attended any Olympic or Olympic Winter Games. That definition has been applied in this table.
(i) Swimmer Francis Gailey who won three silver and one bronze medal at the 1904 St Louis Games was confirmed, in March 2009, as being Australian and not American as the Games records indicate.
(ii) Competed with New Zealand as Australasia. Total figures include athletes from New Zealand (there were three male athletes from New Zealand on the 1908 and 1912 Teams). Two New Zealand athletes competing under Australasia won individual medals. These medals contributed to the overall medal tally but are not recorded as Australian medals, and not included in the table. The New Zealand individual medallists were Harry Kerr (1908 – athletics bronze) and Anthony Wilding (1912 – tennis bronze).
(iii) Figures do not include several sections of the Team that withdrew over the boycott issue. (The Team totalled 204 athletes and 69 officials when announced. Australia was not represented in equestrian, hockey and yachting.) The two flagbearers at Moscow were to symbolise unity. Australia, like a number of European countries, did not march behind its national flag but that of the International Olympic Committee.
- The eight (8) gold medals from London 2012 includes the 50km walk where Jared Tallent was upgraded from the silver to gold after the orginal winner was confirmed as doping.
- The 50 medals from Athens 2004 includes the bronze medal reallocated to Michael Rogers for Road Cycling Time Trial.