With this year’s Rio Olympics kicking off on 5th August, all eyes are on the elite athletes hoping to secure medals for their home nations and on the numbers which could be predictors of their success. In celebration of sporting achievement, here are a few little charts to get you warmed up ahead of the Games.
The first ‘modern’ summer Olympic Games was held in 1896, when it consisted of just fourteen disciplines. Now, in 2016, there are more than 300 events and competitors come from more than 200 countries. Since the first medals were awarded in 1904, there have been 14,713 of the glittering prizes conferred on the world’s top athletes, with America claiming the top spot having claimed 2,400 of them.
Despite Britain’s obsession with their 1966 World Cup win, it seems the chance to buy a piece of sporting history was not enough to tempt wealthy sports fans into opening their wallets earlier this month. On 12th July the red number 10 shirt worn by Sir Geoff Hurst during his famous hat-trick failed to sell at auction, despite Sotheby’s saying there was huge interest. The £500,000 reserve price is certainly a little steep for most of us, but it got us thinking about expensive items of sporting history and the numbers really are staggering.
A week really is a long time in politics, and we’ve had quite a few rocky ones recently. The ink was barely dry on the referendum ballots before Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation and into the fray stepped two female forces to be reckoned with. Having seen off Liam Fox and Michael Gove, Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom looked set to battle it out to become leader of the Conservative Party and the next PM. And then there was one.