The SEC did well at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Athletes with SEC ties won a staggering 47 medals. To put that into perspective, only four countries brought home more medals. Only the United States, China and Great Britain earned more gold medals.
— SEC (@SEC) August 22, 2016
Several athletes shined at the Rio Olympics. Former Georgia sprinter Shaunae Miller won gold in the women’s 400-meter dash. Former Tennessee sprinter Justin Gatlin won silver in the men’s 100-meter dash. Gatlin joined Usain Bolt as the only sprinters to win three medals in the 100.
Athletes with SEC ties dominated in other areas. DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) and DeAndre Jordan (Texas A&M) each won gold as members of the U.S. men’s basketball team. J’den Cox, a wrestler from Missouri, earned bronze in his weight class.
Seimone Augustus (LSU) brought home gold as a member of the U.S. women’s basketball team. South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley was an assistant on that team. Brittney Reese (Ole Miss) earned gold in the long jump.
Florida won the most medals from the SEC, with 13. Only Stanford, UC-Berkeley and Southern Cal won more. Georgia earned 10, which was sixth among colleges. Tennessee and Arkansas each won five.