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Medal count by country in the Women's 100m at the Summer Olympics 1928-2016

The United States has been the most successful country in the Women's 100 meter sprint at the Olympics. In total, US athletes have won nine golds, and 18 overall medals. Jamaica, however, has been the most successful nation in this event in the past two decades, taking the three most recent gold medals, and seven of the nine medals awarded since 2008 (and over half of the medals awarded since 1992). Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price is the most successful athlete in this event, with two golds and one bronze medal to her name. The US' Marion Jones is the only athlete to have been stripped of a medal in this event, after the five medals she won in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 were rescinded in 2007, due to her involvement in the BALCO scandal. The 2000 gold medal was not awarded to the runner-up, Ekaterini Thanou of Greece, due to her own history of doping violations; instead the bronze medallist, Jamaica's Tanya Lawrence, was elevated to a joint silver, and fourth placed Merlene Ottey (also of Jamaica) was given the bronze.

Medal count by country in the Women's 100m at the Summer Olympics from 1928 to 2016

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1928 to 2016

Supplementary notes

*No longer exists/competes at the Olympics.
**Includes medals won by the Unified Team of 1992 (which was made up of athletes from all former Soviet States, except the three Baltic states).
***Includes medals won by the United Team of Germany (1956-1964), but does not include East or West Germany.

This data was collected using the official site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).
Release date is the date of extraction.

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