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Edinburgh tops British university Olympic medals table

14th August 2012 11:48:47

The University of Edinburgh has won the battle to be the most successful British higher or further education institution at London 2012. It comes top of the medals table with its three gold medals, two from cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and the other from rower Katherine Grainger.

A number of UK institutions did very well at London 2012, with seven having graduates achieving two gold medals.

Nottingham and Oxford were joint second, both having two golds, two silvers and one bronze to their name.

Honourable mention goes to Dearne Valley College, with its two golds coming on the last day of the games courtesy of boxers Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua, putting them in seventh place.

Overall 26 institutions had graduates achieving at least one gold medal, and 51 institutions had graduates winning a medal of any colour.

Most interestingly, if competing graduates were in a team of their own at the Olympics they would have come 5th in the overall medals table, with a total of 20 golds, 12 silvers and 10 bronzes, beating the likes of the Republic of Korea and Germany. This is a huge success for the sporting credentials of the UK’s further and higher education institutions.

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