Basically, it was China. They got the most golds, they got the most points, they won.
Unless you ask the Americans when they might well say they won since they got the most medals. A friend of mine over there at the moment said their media were pretty much saying just that.
Then what if you work out who got the most medals vs their population, or even better their land area. Surely, Team GB would win - or at least we'd be statistically certain to beat China, the US and that chilly top half of Europe and Asia, Russia.
But what if the EU was a country. Now I am not the most ardent EU supporter, but if we are talking about winning here, perhaps we can set aside our differences, not to mention centuries of hostility, warfare and not knowing what each other are saying without a guide book and lots of pointing. So I did a dig on whether the EU would have won if it was a single country, and it turns out we would! So here is the PROPER medal table from Beijing 2008:
|Country ||Gold ||Silver ||Bronze ||Total|
|EU - 27 ||85 ||99 ||89 ||273|
|China ||51 ||21 ||28 ||100|
|US ||36 ||38 ||36 ||110|
|Russia ||23 ||21 ||28 ||72|
|Australia ||14 ||15 ||17 ||46|
Thanks to this site for saving me all the adding up.
Now the pedants will point out we would not have been allowed to field 27 countries worth of competitors if we were a united Europe, but that's just picking holes. Let's unite for victory in London 2012!