All-Time Medal Table for Combined Events

World Athletics Championships 1983 – 2013

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The nations with the best record in heptathlon and decathlon include some surprising ones. But the Czech Republic takes second place with medals from just two athletes, Tomas Dvorak and Roman Sebrle (above). Sweden’s three golds to claim third were all won by Carolina Kluft, and Ghada Shouaa of Syria elevates her country to tenth place.

With more genuine strength in depth are Germany, which has a total of twelve medals from eight athletes, and the table-topping United States, which has fourteen from ten athletes, including Dan O’Brien, who equals Dvorak and Kluft with three gold medals.

G S B
United States 10 1 3 14
Czech Republic 4 2 0 6
Sweden 3 0 0 3
Germany 2 5 5 12
Great Britain 2 4 2 8
East Germany 2 1 1 4
Russia 2 1 1 4
France 1 2 0 3
Ukraine 1 1 0 2
Syria 1 0 1 2
Belarus 0 3 2 5
Canada 0 2 2 4
Soviet Union 0 1 2 3
Cuba 0 1 1 2
Estonia 0 1 0 1
Finland 0 1 0 1
Jamaica 0 1 0 1
Romania 0 1 0 1
Hungary 0 0 2 2
Kazakhstan 0 0 2 2
Ghana 0 0 1 1
Lithuania 0 0 1 1
Netherlands 0 0 1 1
Poland 0 0 1 1

And now the small print. Five more tables will follow this one in the days approaching Beijing 2015. All medals awarded up to the 2013 World Championships are included and all disqualifications and reallocations of medals since then have been taken into account. This includes all results on which the IAAF has ruled before 16 August 2015.

Last week, 28 athletes were provisionally suspended by the IAAF for adverse findings in doping retests. The samples had originally been given at the World Championships in 2005 and 2007. Not all of the names are yet known and it will take some time for due process to be followed. It is likely that some more medals will be reallocated because of the findings and any changes will be incorporated into future editions of these tables.

The figures for Germany include medals won by West Germany in 1983 and 1987, but not those won by East Germany, for obvious cheating-related reasons. Both the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia are treated separately from their various successor states.

Tomorrow: The countries that have won the largest number of medals in race walking

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