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Wales top the Commonwealth Games overachievers while England fall short

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  • Wales the biggest overachievers at Gold Coast 2018

  • Both Northern Ireland and Scotland also in the top 5 overachievers

  • England finished the second highest underachiever

 

Wales were the biggest overachievers at the Commonwealth Games according to a new study analysing every games since 1930.

 

The nation topped the list of overachievers by equalling their 36 medal record of four years ago but did so with fewer athletes.

 

The study, carried out by Hello Canvas, found that Wales secured 13 more medals than was anticipated based upon the average number of competitors for every medal won at previous games.

 

Scotland and Northern Ireland also featured within the top five overachieving nations, with the former picking up 12 more medals than their average would have predicted. Northern Ireland also secured a medal tally of 12, five more than had been expected.

 

Jamaica and Cyprus completed the top five overachievers, while England fell short as the second highest underachiever.

 

Despite finishing second in the Medals Table, English athletes were nine medals behind what they’d been predicted, with a medal on average for every 2.74 competitors. Over the two weeks on the Gold Coast, that figure was just 2.91, leading to a final tally of 136.

 

South Africa were the biggest disappointment, falling 12 medals behind what was predicted, as Kenya, Ghana and Singapore also failed to make the number of medals expected.

 

Bastiaan de Voogt , CEO at Hello Canvas said, “Looking back on a wonderful Games on the Gold Coast, it’s plain to see who the winners and losers are.

 

“Overall, it was a positive few weeks for the Home Nations, who secured 228 medals, over 20 more than our estimations suggested.”

 

You can view the full study at: https://blog.hellocanvas.co.uk/post/172860704836/the-rulers-of-the-commonwealth-putting-the

 

The Top Five Overachievers:

 

Nation

Medals Predicted

Medals Achieved

Difference

Wales

23

36

+13

Jamaica

15

27

+12

Scotland

32

44

+12

Cyprus

4

14

+10

Northern Ireland

7

12

+5

 

The Top Five Underachievers:

 

Nation

Medals Predicted

Medals Achieved

Difference

South Africa

49

37

-12

England

145

136

-9

Kenya

24

17

-7

Ghana

7

1

-6

Singapore

9

3

-6

 

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