Dr Hennig said: “From a global perspective, the legacy of the games is often measured in sporting success – however great the ‘spirit’ of the Olympics is emphasised. So it comes as little surprise that the medal tables are revisited over and over again.
“But despite an extraordinary performance of the host nation and some disappointments in other parts of the world, the overall picture of Olympic success stories is of little surprise. Olympic inequalities already started with an imbalance of participating athletes from around the world which hardly reflects the global population distribution. “The wealthier parts of the world tend to have the lager teams, with Europe dominating the stage by far. At the other end of the scale are countries such as Bhutan, and others, with only two athletes.
“That pattern is carried forward to the winner’s podium, where in large the wealthier parts of the world are represented, even if some great exceptions have made quite some headlines. The map shows the final medal tables in Worldmapper-style cartograms, with the main map representing the total medal count, and the smaller inset map splitting these numbers into separate maps of gold, silver and bronze medals, each resizing a country according to the number of medals that it has received.”
Dr Hennig will also be revealing the results of the 2012 Paralympic Games which begin on Wednesday 29 August 2012, and end Sunday 9 September 2012.
Six students and alumni from University of Sheffield took part in the Olympic with another due to take part in the Paralympic games.
Jessica Ennis, who graduated with a degree in Pyschology from the University of Sheffield in 2007, won gold in the Heptathlon to set a British and Commonwealth record.
Professors Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough from the Department of Landscape designed the Olympic gardens.
Psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, a lecturer in medicine at the University, was sports psychologist to Wiggins; Sir Chris Hoy, and Victoria Pendleton.