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Here are the top ten nations in the table of medal winners for the 2008 Olympic Games:

Position Flag Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China 51 21 28 100
2 United States 36 38 36 110
3 Russia 23 21 29 73
4 union flag Great Britain 19 13 15 47
5 Germany 16 10 15 41
6 Australia 14 15 17 46
7 South Korea 13 10 8 31
8 Japan 9 6 10 25
9 Italy 8 9 10 27
10 France 7 16 18 41


Is your own nation in the list?

If not find the data on the internet and compare it with the table.

How do you think the positions have been decided?

Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?

How would this affect other results in the table?