Ukraine takes 31st place in medal count, worst performance in summer Olympics in history
Ukraine placed 31st in the team medal count on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games hosted by Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
In these Olympics Ukrainian sportsmen and sportswomen won 11 medals: two gold medals, five silver medals and four gold medals. Some 205 athletes in 27 sports represented the Ukrainian squad.
Gold medals went to Oleh Verniaiev (parallel bars) and canoeist Yuriy Cheban (200 meter sprint). Verniaiev also picked up a silver medal in the team competition. Also silver medal winners included air rifle shooter Serhiy Kulish (10 meters), the Ukrainian fencing squad, including Olha Kharlan, Olena Kravatska, Alina Komashchuk and Olena Voronina, in Roman-Greco wrestling Zhan Beleniuk (85 kilogram weight class) and Pavlo Tymoshchenko in freestyle wrestling.
Bronze medals went to fencer Olha Kharlan in the individual competition, Bohda Bondarenko in the high jump, Dmytro Yanchuk and Taras Mishchuk in rowing (2-man canoe, 1,000 meters) and Ganna Rizatdinova in the individual rhythmic gymnastics competition.
Ukrainian athletes won the least medals at these games since it began participating in the summer Olympic Games.
Prior to the 2016, the Ukrainian squad took home three gold medals from the Olympics held in Sidney during the summer of 2000, when the squad earned a total of 23 medals.
The record for the fewest number of medals had been the Olympics in London during 2012, 20, of which 6 were gold medals.
The best performance of the Ukraine's Olympic athletes was recorded in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, when Ukrainian athletes took home 9 gold medals. Ukrainian athletes won the most number of medals – 27 – during the Olympics held in Beijing in 2008.
Ukraine's previous worst team finish in the Olympics was in Sydney – 21st place. Ukraine placed 9th in the Olympics held in Atlanta. Ukraine placed 14th in the team medal count in London.