Greatest Scottish medal haul in Olympic history

Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance at the sportscotland institute of sport, has saluted the Scottish medallists who have made history in London.

The record number of 55 Scots in Team GB have won a record medal haul of 11 so far, including a record-equalling 7 gold medals.

It is clear that the Scottish athletes have punched above their weight at London 2012,  winning 11 medals so far, including seven gold medals.

Mr Whittingham said:

“The performance of our athletes at the London Olympics has been truly phenomenal, and we are delighted that they have delivered the greatest ever Scottish medal haul at a Games.

“It is clear that the Scottish athletes have punched above their weight at London 2012,  winning 11 medals so far, including seven gold medals.

“This success can be attributed to the talent of the athletes, their coaches and support teams, the work of the sports’ governing bodies, sportscotland, and UK Sport, as well as the quality of the programmes that our athletes have been on in Scotland, England, and elsewhere.

“We will build on this tremendous success and look to replicate our athletes’ terrific performances at Glasgow 2014.

“Scotland’s children and young people will be motivated and inspired to emulate the successes of our athletes, and this can help create the next generation of champions.

“Sir Chris Hoy’s achievement of becoming Britain’s most successful ever Olympian is extraordinary, and all of Scotland should be immensely proud of him, our eight other medallists so far, and every one of the 55 athletes who are in the team.”  

Number of Scots in Team GB:

There are 55 Scots in Team GB out of 541 athletes – 10.16% of the team are Scots.

In ParalympicGB there are 26 Scots out of 288, which equates to 9%.
Scotland’s UK population share is 8.28% and we have 10.16% Scots in the team, so we are definitely punching above our weight.

Medal winners:


  • Heather Stanning (with Helen Glover) – Rowing, Women's Pair
  • Tim Baillie (with Etienne Stott) – Slalom Canoeing, C2
  • Chris Hoy (with Jason Kenny & Philip Hindes) – Track Cycling, Men's Team Sprint
  • Katherine Grainger (with Anna Watkins) – Rowing, Double sculls
  • Andy Murray – Tennis, Men's singles tennis
  • Scott Brash (with Nick Skelton, Nick Maher and Peter Charles) – Equestrian, Team jumping
  • Chris Hoy – Track Cycling, Men's Keirin


  • Michael Jamieson – Swimming, Men's 200m breaststroke
  • Andy Murray (with Laura Robson) – Tennis, Mixed doubles
  • David Florence (with Richard Hounslow) – Slalom Canoeing, C2


  • Daniel Purvis (with Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Louis Smith and Max Whitlock) – Gymnastics, Men's artistic team

Total Medals:

  • 7 gold
  • 3 silver
  • 1 bronze 
    = 11 medals for Scots on Team GB

Other athletes still to come include Mhairi Spence in the Modern Pentathlon, Luke Patience is guaranteed a medal in sailing’s 470 class with his partner Stuart Bithell, Lee McConnell as part of the 4x400m relay, and Laura Bartlett and Emily Maguire in the ladies’ hockey face Argentina in the semi-finals.

Previous best Olympics for Scots:

  • Nine medal haul in each of the 1908 London (5 golds), 1912 Stockholm (7 golds) and 2000 Sydney Games (3 golds).
  • We have already exceeded Beijing (3 golds, 3 silvers).
  • There have been a record number of Scots selected to Team GB (55) – there were 31 in Beijing four years ago.
  • Date published: 03 September 2013
  • Date updated: 04 May 2016
  • Published by: sportscotland