Team GB are top of the Olympic medal table... for sitting-down sports

Stuff the athletics - if the Olympics were contested purely in sitting-down sports, Team GB would be top of the table.

In fact, we are so good at rowing, cycling, equestrian and canoeing, we have more than double the gold medals of the country in second place, Germany.

An Olympic medal table showing only sitting-down sports

Fuelled by cyclists Laura Trott and Bradley Wiggins, dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin and an unrivalled battery of rowers, Great Britain have 17 sitting-down medals: nine gold, seven silver and one bronze.

Germany, in second, have nine: four gold, three silver and two bronze.

File photo dated 12-08-2016 of Great Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins celebrates with his gold medal following victory in the men's team pursuit final, his fifth Olympic Gold, on the seventh day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil.
(David Davies/PA)

No other country has more than seven.

Truly, Brits are the kings and queens of sitting down.

With no Simone Biles or Michael Phelps to boost the rankings, overall table toppers America sit sixth in our sitting-down table.

Victoria Thornley and Katherine Grainger, of Britain, hold their medals up after winning silver in the women's rowing double sculls final during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.
(Luca Bruno/AP)

In the real medal table, Team GB sit second - and with nine of our 16 golds coming from sitting-down sports, our sedentary stars have contributed more than half of our Olympic titles.

But why are we so good? Are we just lazy? Or is there another explanation?

One thing's for sure, we're streaks ahead of the competition when it comes to sports where your feet never touch the ground.

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