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Olympic Home Advantage to Bring Japan Record Medal Haul?

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Japan earned a record 41 medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Can it reap even more at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

The Tokyo Olympics are now less than one year away. At the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Japanese athletes competed in 11 events, earning 41 medals (12 gold, 8 silver, and 21 bronze). This surpassed the 38 medals Japan won in the 2012 London Olympics to become its highest yield yet.

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. Japanese fans hope the pattern will hold true in 2020.

Medal Totals for Olympic Hosts Compared with Previous and Subsequent Competitions

Medals Earned by Japan at Previous Summer Olympics

Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1912 Stockholm   0  0  0
1916 Berlin Cancelled
1920 Antwerp   0 2  0
1924 Paris   0  0 1
1928 Amsterdam  2 2 1
1932 Los Angeles  7 7 4
1936 Berlin  6 4 10
1948 London  Did not participate
1952 Helsinki  1 6 2
1956 Melbourne  4 10 5
1956 Stockholm (Equestrian events only)  Did not participate
1960 Rome 4 7 7
1964 Tokyo  16 5 8
1968 Mexico City  11 7 7
1972 Munich  13 8 8
1976 Montreal  9 6 10
1980 Moscow  Did not participate
1984 Los Angeles 10 8 14
1988 Seoul  4 3 7
1992 Barcelona  3 8 11
1996 Atlanta  3 6 5
2000 Sydney  5 8 5
2004 Athens  16 9 12
2008 Beijing  9 8 8
2012 London  7 14 17
2016 Rio de Janeiro   12  8  21

Compiled by Nippon.com based on national Olympic Committee official sites and media reports.

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Jiji.)

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