USA win month of April ahead of Kenya

Desiree Linden, first US winner of the Boston Women’s Marathon in 33 years

The USA, Global Cup champions in 2017, have finally put their mark on the 2018 edition of GSN’s unique ranking of the world’s best sporting nations, by winning the month of April.

The mighty Stars & Stripes won a whopping 38% share of the points in the month, scoring just over 50% of their tally through a dominating performance in Golf, at the Augusta Masters and the Kraft Nabisco Championships.
 
Their other major point-earning sport was Marathon, as the USA came a very close second to Kenya in the Boston Marathon.
These two countries also bagged the top two places in the monthly ranking, followed in the top 10 by Ethiopia, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, Canada (winners this month of the Curling World Championships), South Korea, Spain and Thailand.
 
The full Global Cup monthly ranking for April is below:
Place
Country
Points
Points %
1
United States
326
38.0%
2
Kenya
171
19.9%
3
Ethiopia
57
6.6%
4
Sweden
55
6.4%
5
Great Britain
47
5.5%
6
Japan
37
4.3%
7
Canada
32
3.7%
8
South Korea
31
3.6%
9
Spain
25
2.9%
10
Thailand
21
2.4%
11
Australia
13
1.5%
12
Switzerland
12
1.4%
13
Bahrain
9
1.0%
14
Russia
8
0.9%
15
Netherlands
6
0.7%
16
Norway
4
0.5%
17
Hungary
3
0.3%
18
Turkey
1
0.1%
19
Italy
1
0.1%
 
Grand Total
858
100.0%
 
Please note that the results for the month of April 2018 weren't yet reflected on the GSN tables at the time of publication.