Features Japan Data
Japan’s Olympics
[2012.09.03] Read in: 日本語 | العربية |

Japanese athletes brought home a record number of medals from the 2012 London Olympics–a haul that included the country’s 400th medal since Antwerp in 1920. For related content, see "Capitalizing on Japan’s Success at the London Olympics."

At the 2012 London Olympics held in July and August, Japan’s athletes won 38 medals (7 gold, 14 silver, and 17 bronze) in 13 different events. This surpassed the country’s previous best performance at the Athens Olympics in 2004, when Japan took 37 medals in 10 events.

This was also the 100th anniversary of Japan’s first appearance in the Olympics, at the 1912 games in Stockholm. Yonemitsu Tatsuhiro’s gold in the men’s wrestling (66 kg freestyle) was Japan’s 400th medal—nearly a century after the very first (a silver) for men’s tennis in the 1920 Antwerp games. The 2012 Olympics marked a major milestone for Japan’s athletes.

One impressive aspect of Japan’s successes this time around was that many of its best results came in events outside the country’s traditional strengths. Many have attributed this success to the Ajinomoto National Training Center in Kita Ward, Tokyo, which has been available since 2008.

Tokyo is currently campaigning to host the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. Organizers hope that the excitement of this year’s success will provide these efforts with a boost of momentum.

Japan’s Results at the London 2012 Olympics

Medalists
Gold Silver Bronze
7 14 17
Total 38

 

The Gold Medalists

Murata Ryōta: Boxing, Men’s Middle (75 kg)
Uchimura Kōhei: Gymnastics–Artistic, Men’s Individual All-Around
Obara Hitomi: Wrestling, Women’s 48 kg Freestyle
Ichō Kaori: Wrestling, Women’s 63 kg Freestyle (Third Consecutive Gold)
Yoshida Saori: Wrestling, Women’s 55 kg Freestyle (Third Consecutive Gold)
Yonemitsu Tatsuhiro: Wrestling, Men’s 66 kg Freestyle
Matsumoto Kaori: Jūdō, Women’s 57 kg

Results from Previous Summer Olympics

Year City Gold Silver Bronze Total Events
1912 Stockholm       0  
1916 Berlin (cancelled)         Cancelled
1920 Antwerp   2   2 Tennis
1924 Paris     1 1 Wrestling
1928 Amsterdam 2 2 1 5 Athletics, Swimming
1932 Los Angeles 7 7 4 18 Athletics, Swimming, Equestrian
1936 Berlin 6 4 10 20 Athletics, Swimming
1948 London         Japan did not participate
1952 Helsinki 1 6 2 9 Wrestling, Swimming, Gymnastics
1956 Melbourne 4 10 5 19 Swimming, Gymnastics, Wrestling
1960 Rome 4 7 7 18 Gymnastics, Swimming, Wrestling, Shooting
1964 Tokyo 16 5 8 29 Boxing, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Jūdō, Athletics, Swimming, Shooting
1968 Mexico City 11 7 7 25 Gymnastics, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Athletics, Volleyball, Football, Boxing
1972 Munich 13 8 8 29 Swimming, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Jūdō
1976 Montreal 9 6 10 25 Volleyball, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Jūdō, Archery, Weightlifting
1980 Moscow         Japan did not participate
1984 Los Angeles 10 8 14 32 Gymnastics, Wrestling, Jūdō, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Cycling, Archery
1988 Seoul 4 3 7 14 Swimming, Wrestling, Jūdō, Shooting, Gymnastics
1992 Barcelona 3 8 11 22 Swimming, Jūdō, Athletics, Gymnastics, Shooting, Wrestling, Baseball
1996 Atlanta 3 6 5 14 Jūdō, Sailing, Baseball, Athletics, Wrestling, Cycling
2000 Sydney 5 8 5 18 Athletics, Jūdō, Swimming, Wrestling, Softball, Taekwondo
2004 Athens 16 9 12 37 Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Jūdō, Sailing, Softball, Baseball
2008 Beijing 9 6 10 25 Swimming, Wrestling, Jūdō, Softball, Gymnastics, Fencing, Athletics, Cycling
2012 London 7 14 17 38 See above
2016 Rio de Janeiro          
2020 Tokyo?         Currently campaigning!
  Total 130 126 144 400  
  • [2012.09.03]
Related articles
Also in this series

Video highlights

New series

バナーエリア2
  • From our columnists
  • In the news