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Let’s Play Medalball! - NYTimes.com


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FINAL RESULTS (It’s out of 10 points; 5 is average)

EASIEST SPORTS FOR A MEDAL

1. Wrestling 8.78

Thirty-five countries, including Kyrgyzstan, have medaled in wrestling since 1996.

2. Tae Kwon Do 8.76

Though an Olympic sport only since 2000, it already has among the most diverse lists of medal-winning countries, including Afghanistan and Venezuela.

3. Weight Lifting 8.69

Its eight male (and seven female) weight classes give athletes of all sizes a chance. The poorer nations of Southeast Asia have done well in the lighter classes.

4. Boxing * 8.26

5. Gymnastics 7.58

6. Judo 7.06

* Recent medalists include Tonga, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.

What's interesting is that I consider wrestling, tae kwon do, boxing, and judo, to all be similar, at least to me the viewer: person-to-person combat.

* Boxing is also the easiest to fix - just ask South Korea......or Roy Jones Jr.

Tonga, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan have medaled in boxing?! I guess it's truly a sport in which anyone can win.