The United States led all nations in total medals at the World Indoor Championships this month, earning eight gold medals along with two silvers and two bronze medals. It's the 10th time in 16 Championships that the U.S. has led the medals count, dating back to the World Indoor Games in 1985. Russia won the medals list the other six years. The dozen medals was actually lower than average for the U.S., which has only earned fewer than 12 medals five times.
Great Britain was second in overall medals this year, with six, including one gold and two silver medals. Tied for third at five medals were Russia (3 gold, 2 silver), Ethiopia (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) and Jamaica (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze). This is the first time that either Russia or the former Soviet Union failed to finish in the top two in the medals count. Russia/USSR had also never earned fewer than seven medals at the World Indoor Championships.
A total of 30 countries earned at least one medal in Sopot, with 17 nations earning at least one gold medal. Ayanleh Souleiman's victory in the men's 1500 meters gave Djibouti its first-ever World Indoor Championships medal. Mutaz Essa Barshim earned Qatar its first World Indoor gold medal by winning the men's high jump. Ivana Spanovic placed third in the women's long jump to give Serbia its initial World Indoor medal.