Exclusive analysis: GB wiped the floor with EU27 countries by every type of medal tally

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The EU might now regret trying to introduce its political ideology into a major sporting occasion

Great Britain finished a superb fourth in the world in the official rankings, with 22 golds. However, given the EU’s attempts to politicise this great sporting event, today I look at how Brexit Britain’s achievements at the Tokyo Olympics completely dominated those of the EU27 countries.

The unofficial rankings — Total medals (gold, silver, and bronze) won by country

(Selecting only Great Britain and the EU27 countries)

  • 4 — Great Britain
  • 7 — Netherlands
  • 8 — France
  • 9 — Germany
  • 10 — Italy
  • 15 — Hungary
  • 17 — Poland
  • 18 — Czech Republic
  • 22 — Spain
  • 23 — Sweden
  • 25 — Denmark

Comparing GB to the EU as if the EU were one country

Per capita, Great Britain won 3 times as many gold medals as the EU

Per capita, Great Britain won 3.3 times as many medals of all colours as the EU.

The EU’s attempted politicisation of sport

Undaunted, various EU politicians carried on using the Olympics to try to make political points.

On Friday (well ahead of the final medals table) the Vice President of the ‘EU-UK Friendship Group’, Radek Sikorski MEP, followed up with the following tweet which was then retweeted by Mr Verhofstadt

The EU is not one country — not yet, anyway

It is the clear intention of the Brussels elites that all 27 countries should become one, but this is still a long way off. For the time being the EU27 countries are distinct and this is how they are seen at the Olympic Games.

One aspect of all of this which Mijneer Verhofstadt and his colleagues do not appear to have considered is that Olympic rules state that a country may only enter a maximum of three athletes per event. Were the EU to compete as one country, who is going to tell the hundreds of athletes in the various EU member states who would then automatically be excluded from competing?

The above report obviously pokes a little sporting Brexit fun at the EU. We felt it acceptable to do so because of the EU’s actions in politicising the grand sporting spectacle that is the Olympic Games.

Nevertheless, there is perhaps a serious point to make here.

The British public suffered an onslaught during the EU Referendum campaign (and before and since) from both the EU and the UK Remain Establishment, persuading them that the United Kingdom was too small and insignificant a country to survive on its own. Without EU membership, we were told, the ‘poor little UK’ would have no influence on the world stage, would collapse economically, and that Armageddon was awaiting us if we voted to leave the EU.

As we all now know, (and as all Leave voters knew at the time), this was nonsense. Brexit Britain is flourishing. Coming fourth in the World in the Olympics proved it. Perhaps that was why Goofy and his pal Radek Sikorski was so narked at how well Great Britain have done that they had to make quite foolish statements.

There’s nothing wrong with a little national pride

Sport may not be the most vital issue I have covered, but for a great many people it is an important part of their lives. It also offers the opportunity to indulge in a little national pride and flag-waving — and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. For ‘the little, isolated GB’ to come fourth in the official Olympics results table is something to be proud of.

And to have beaten every other European country by a country mile is icing on that cake we were told we couldn’t have, after so many years of hearing our country being put down. Congratulations to all our Olympians. We are all proud of you. Radek Sikorski MEP and Goofy the clown Verhofstadt not so much, in fact at a guess I think they may hate you.

Fly that flag high boys and girls

[ Sources: EU Commission | Guy Verhofstadt Twitter feed | Tokyo Olympics Committee ]

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.