Martin Grill and Kahina Koons win second Olympic goldFrance Press agency
Posted 06/08/2021 1:41 PM
By securing at least 20 medals – that number could go up this morning with Izequias Queiroz in rowing, with men’s volleyball competing for bronze and equestrian teams Saturday morning – Brazil made history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Brazilian athletes outperformed Rio 2016 As the best podium finisher in the country’s history, and above all, they repeated a feat that only the UK had achieved in the last 10 editions of the Games.
After the medal record at Rio 2016, with 17 medals, it was easy to imagine that this goal would hardly be achieved in Tokyo 2020. After all, recent history of the Olympics has shown that countries usually do best when they are hosts, and suffer from a decline in next version. However, Brazil has proven to be a welcome exception, as was the United Kingdom five years ago.
Now, the Brazil team needs women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, Pia Ferreira and Hubert Conceicao in boxing to be champions to beat the seven gold medals in 2016, a record so far in the country’s participation in the Olympics.
Country performance after four years
With 20 medals guaranteed, Brazil has already surpassed 19 when it hosted the Games. In 2016, the United Kingdom, with a score of 67, had two more wins than London 2012. They were the only two countries since Los Angeles 1984 that performed better after being host (where the Soviet Union boycotted the 1984 Games, it could not be compared with Moscow 1980) .
China, for example, won nine fewer medals in 2012 than the 100 in Beijing 2008. In the same year, Greece recorded the worst performance with only three podiums compared to 16 in Athens 2004.
At the Greek Games, Australia had 58 medals, eight less than Sydney 2020, but more gold medals (17 versus 16 on home soil). On the other hand, the United States had a difference of 8 less than Atlanta 1996 (101), while Spain, in the same year, scored 17 compared to 22 in Barcelona in 1992.
South Korea took the same 12 gold medals four years after Seoul 1988, but climbed four times fewer on the podium. Finally, the biggest difference in performance was with respect to the United States, which did not have the Soviet Union in Los Angeles to compete and with this totaling 174 medals, won 94 medals in Korea.
Gold Medal: Italo Ferreira (surfing), Rebecca Andrade (gymnastics/jumping), Martin Grill/Kahina Konzi (49er FX class sailing) and Ana Marcella Cunha (water marathon);
Silver: Kelvin Hoefler (skate street), Rebecca Andrade (gymnastics / individual), Risa Leal (skate street) and Pedro Barros (skate park);
Bronze: Alison dos Santos (athletics/400m hurdles), Thiago Braz (athletics/pole vault), Abner Teixeira (boxing up to 91kg), Mayra Aguiar (judo), Daniel Kargnen (judo), Bruno Fratos (50 m freestyle), Fernando Schaefer (200 m freestyle), Luisa Stefani and Laura Pegosi (tennis).
Medals are already guaranteed: women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, Pia Ferreira and Hebert Conceicao in boxing.
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