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Key Facts

Top medal sports
(pre-2012)

Capital

Beijing

Population

1,350,000,000

Size

9,600,000km²

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese

China profile on BBC News

London 2012 site in Chinese Simplified

Records

Medals

London 2012
Gold Silver Bronze
38 27 23
Beijing 2008
Gold Silver Bronze
51 21 28
Athens 2004
Gold Silver Bronze
32 17 14
Chen Ding

China's Ding wins gold in 20km walk

Ding Chen wins gold in the men's 20km walk and sets a new Games record to become China's first race walker to win an Olympic medal.

13 Dec 12

USA US restore medals table dominance

12 Aug 12

The United States put aside the frustration of Beijing in 2008 to push China into second in the medals table

Zou Shiming Zou retains light flyweight title

Zou Shiming of China defends his Olympic light flyweight title in a controversial contest with Thailand's Kaeo Pongprayoon.

Russia's synchronised swimming team Russia retain synchro team title

Women's Teams

10 Aug 12

Russia win the synchronised swimming team event for the fourth successive Olympics, as Great Britain finish sixth.

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China at the Olympics

2 London 2012 ranking

1 Beijing 2008 ranking

1952 First Olympic appearance

Top Medal Sports at London 2012

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Rank
Diving 6 3 1 RANK 1
Swimming 5 2 3 RANK 2
Badminton 5 2 1 RANK 1
View the London 2012 medal table for China