The most unexpected factor that predicts Olympic success is the participation of women in sport, which acts as a proxy indicator on the status of women in the country.
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Mary Keitany (Kenya), Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) and Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) take the lead in the women's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics. Gelana won gold, and set an Olympic record. (Photo/ Wikimedia commons)