Japan Earns Record Medal Haul at Tokyo OlympicsSports Tokyo 2020
At the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, held in 2021 due to postponement, Japanese athletes benefited from home advantage to win 58 medals (27 gold, 14 silver, and 17 bronze). This far surpassed the 41 medals it won in the 2016 Rio Olympics to become its highest yield yet. The 27 golds also topped the previous record of 16 at both Tokyo in 1964 and Athens in 2004.
Records show that countries tend to earn more medals at Olympic Games they host than for the previous or subsequent ones. Their athletes benefit from automatic qualification, warm local support, and the familiar time zone, diet, and practice conditions. Although the pandemic removed local support from the equation, with events held in empty stadia, Japan nonetheless performed strongly at its home Olympics.
Medals Earned by Japan at the Summer Olympics
|2016 Rio de Janeiro||12||8||21|
|1984 Los Angeles||10||8||14|
|1980 Moscow||Did not participate|
|1968 Mexico City||11||7||7|
|1956 Stockholm (Equestrian events only)||Did not participate|
|1948 London||Did not participate|
|1932 Los Angeles||7||7||4|
Compiled by Nippon.com based on national Olympic Committee official sites and media reports.
Medal Totals for Olympic Hosts Compared with Previous and Subsequent Competitions
(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Jiji.)