Olympic Home Advantage to Bring Japan Record Medal Haul?Sports Tokyo 2020
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
|1932 Los Angeles||7||7||4|
|1948 London||Did not participate|
|1956 Stockholm (Equestrian events only)||Did not participate|
|1968 Mexico City||11||7||7|
|1980 Moscow||Did not participate|
|1984 Los Angeles||10||8||14|
|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.)