Table of Australia at the Summer Olympics

Australia and Greece are the only two nations to have been represented at every summer Olympic Games dating back to 1896. 

A lot has changed since Edwin Flack represented Australia in athletics and tennis in Athens at the first modern Olympics in 1896. Australia has hosted the Games twice (Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000) and won a remarkable 483 summer Olympic medals. The following table summarises the statistics of each Team that have represented Australia at the Summer Olympic Games. 

Summer Games at a Glance

GamesNationsTeam
Size
Male
Athletes
Female
Athletes
OfficialsOpening Ceremony
Flag Bearer
Closing Ceremony
Flag Bearer
GoldSilverBronzeTotal
Rio 2016 207 (including the Refugee Olympic Team) 422 208 214 305 Anna Meares Kim Brennan 8 11 10 29
London 2012 204 410 224 186 319 Lauren Jackson Malcolm Page 8 15 12 35
Beijing 2008 204 436 236 200 318 James Tomkins Stephanie Rice 14 15 17 46
Athens 2004 201 482 274 208 285 Colin Beashel Petria Thomas 17 16 17 50
Sydney 2000 199 632 349 283 374 Andrew Gaze Ian Thorpe 16 25 17 58
Atlanta 1996 197 425 255 170 220 Andrew Hoy Mike McKay 9 9 23 41
Barcelona 1992 172 281 188 93 145 Jenny Donnet Kieren Perkins 7 9 11 27
Seoul 1988 160 261 188 73 83 Ric Charlesworth Debbie Flintoff-King 3 6 5 14
Los Angeles 1984 140 248 174 74 85 Wayne Roycroft Dean Lukin 4 8 12 24
Moscow 1980 80 124 (iii) 95 29 53 Denise Boyd (Robertson)
Max Metzker
John Sumegi 2 2 5 9
Montreal 1976 92 186 151 35 47 Raelene Boyle Bob Haigh 0 1 4 5
Munich 1972 122 173 143 30 46 Dennis Green Michael Wenden 8 7 2 17
Mexico City 1968 112 133 109 24 35 Bill Roycroft Eric Pearce 5 7 5 17
Tokyo 1964 93 253 211 42 46 Ivan Lund Dawn Fraser 6 2 10 18
Rome 1960 83 198 168 30 31 Jock Sturrock   8 8 6 22
Melbourne 1956 67 323 277 46 35 Mervyn Wood   13 8 14 35
Helsinki 1952 69 85 75 10 12 Mervyn Wood   6 2 3 11
London 1948 59 77 68 9 11 Les McKay   2 6 5 13
Berlin 1936 49 33 29 4 4 Dunc Gray   0 0 1 1
Los Angeles 1932 37 12 8 4 4 Andrew 'Boy' Charlton   3 1 1 5
Amsterdam 1928 46 18 14 4 2 Bobby Pearce   1 2 1 4
Paris 1924 44 37 37 0 5 Edwin Carr   3 1 2 6
Antwerp 1920 29 13 12 1 1 George Parker   0 2 1 3
Stockholm 1912 22 31 (ii) 29 2 0 Malcolm Champion (NZL)   2 2 2 6
London 1908 22 30 (ii) 30 0 0 Henry Murray (NZL)   1 2 1 4
St Louis 1904 12 3 (i) 3 0 0     0 3 1 4
Paris 1900 22 2 2 0 0     2 0 3 5
Athens 1896 14 1 1 0 0     2 0 1 3
Total 142 159 182 483

The Olympians Club of Australia defines an Olympian as an athlete who was selected as a member of an Australian Olympic Team and attended any Olympic or Olympic Winter Games. That definition has been applied in this table.

(i) Swimmer Francis Gailey who won three silver and one bronze medal at the 1904 St Louis Games was confirmed, in March 2009, as being Australian and not American as the Games records indicate.

(ii) Competed with New Zealand as Australasia. Total figures include athletes from New Zealand (there were three male athletes from New Zealand on the 1908 and 1912 Teams). Two New Zealand athletes competing under Australasia won individual medals. These medals contributed to the overall medal tally but are not recorded as Australian medals, and not included in the table. The New Zealand individual medallists were Harry Kerr (1908 – athletics bronze) and Anthony Wilding (1912 – tennis bronze).

(iii) Figures do not include several sections of the Team that withdrew over the boycott issue. (The Team totalled 204 athletes and 69 officials when announced. Australia was not represented in equestrian, hockey and yachting.) The two flagbearers at Moscow were to symbolise unity. Australia, like a number of European countries, did not march behind its national flag but that of the International Olympic Committee. 

- The eight (8) gold medals from London 2012 includes the 50km walk where Jared Tallent was upgraded from the silver to gold after the orginal winner was confirmed as doping.

- The 50 medals from Athens 2004 includes the bronze medal reallocated to Michael Rogers for Road Cycling Time Trial.