Tokyo Olympics: All the very best stats from the 2020 Video games


The 16 action-packed days of Tokyo 2020 have flown by.

We have had excellent sporting drama, new heroes rising, world information damaged and loads of historical past made.

So what are the stats to savour from this Olympic Video games? BBC Sport and Nielsen Gracenote have a look…

US beats China to prime desk

USA top medal table again

America prime the medal desk for the sixth time in seven Olympic Video games. In any respect seven, they’ve received essentially the most medals.

Japan’s third place within the medal desk – with 58 medals together with 27 gold – is the nation’s joint finest with Tokyo 1964 when internet hosting and Mexico 1968.

Nice Britain completed second in Rio 2016 and third in London 2012. Nevertheless, that is Group GB’s second finest efficiency at an abroad Olympics, after Rio (67 medals).

all time medal table

The remaining

Australia return to the highest six of the medal desk for the primary time since Beijing 2008.

Exterior the highest six international locations, Italy had their finest ever Summer time Video games with 40 medals, as did the Netherlands (36 medals), New Zealand (20 medals) and Brazil (21 medals). The Brazilians repeated Nice Britain’s feat of enhancing on their medal whole on the Olympics instantly after internet hosting.

Germany didn’t end within the prime six of the medal desk for the primary time since re-unification of East and West Germany in 1990. The final time there was no German group within the prime six of the medal desk was on the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.

Tokyo top 10 athletes

World information

Norway’s Karsten Warholm ran an astonishing 45.94 second men’s 400m hurdles race to obliterate his earlier world report and take gold at Tokyo 2020, in one of many moments of the Video games. And Britain’s history-making swimming group set a new world record time within the 4x100m combined medley relay.

However regardless of some pre-Video games concern over shoe expertise having an excessive amount of sway in athletics particularly, there have been fewer information set in Japan.

Simon Gleave, head of sports activities evaluation at Nielsen Gracenote, stated: “The 22 world information damaged in Tokyo is down on the 27 in Rio 5 years in the past regardless of the addition of one other sport, sport climbing, by which information will be damaged. In weightlifting solely 4 world information went – three to the identical individual Georgian super-heavyweight Lasha Talakhadze – in comparison with eight in Rio.”

where world records were broken

British power in breadth

Pie chart showing where GB's medals came from

This was Britain’s best ever swimming performance.

Nice Britain’s power is within the variety of sport-discipline combos the nation medals in. Medals have been received by Group GB in 25 totally different sport-discipline combos, breaking the report of 23 set at Rio 2016. Nice Britain received medals in simply 12 sport-discipline combos as just lately as Sydney 2000. Neither China nor USA received medals in as many sports activities as Nice Britain.

Observe biking and athletics are the one sports activities by which Group GB have received at the least 4 medals in at every of the final 4 Olympic Video games.

Sports activities with 4+ medalsGold medalsWhole medals
Tokyo 2020Swimming; Biking – Observe; Crusing; Boxing; Athletics12 gold = 55%32 medals = 49%
Rio 2016Biking – Observe; Athletics; Rowing; Gymnastics – Inventive; Swimming14 gold = 52%35 medals = 52%
London 2012Biking – Observe; Rowing; Athletics; Boxing; Crusing19 gold = 66%34 medals = 52%
Beijing 2008Biking – Observe; Crusing; Athletics; Rowing14 gold = 74%32 medals = 63%

when countries dominated in one sport

United States

As soon as once more, swimming and athletics have been the core of the US Olympic efficiency, offering 56 medals together with 18 golds (50% of their whole medals, 46% of whole golds).

9 freestyle wrestling medals – together with three golds – is a US finest tally in that sport since 1904. Nevertheless, regardless of the performances of Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky, 11 swimming golds was the bottom because the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

A lot to Michael Johnson’s irritation, the USA’s athletics efficiency set some unwanted records. Their seven athletics golds was the joint lowest in US Olympic historical past, with the US males’s two athletics gold medals additionally an all-time low. There have been no males’s observe golds for the primary time and despite the fact that the lads received 10 athletics medals in whole – that was additionally their lowest return in Video games historical past.


China’s core sports activities of diving, taking pictures, weightlifting, inventive gymnastics and desk tennis produced 25 golds and 46 medals in Tokyo (66% and 52% of their totals respectively). Twelve diving medals and 11 taking pictures medals have been each Olympic information for China.

The eight medals, together with seven golds, in weightlifting have been additionally each Chinese language Olympic information and it was their finest efficiency in desk tennis (4 gold, three silver) since Sydney 2000.

Fourth place desk

The one desk you do not need to end prime of – fourth place is usually thought of because the “worst place to complete”. Exterior the medals, typically with the tiniest of margins sufficient to separate ecstasy and heartache.

At Rio 2016, Group GB completed fourth on 16 events, a post-war report. They usually nonetheless got here second within the medal desk.

In Tokyo…

GroupVariety of fourth locations
United States26
Russian Olympic Committee15
Nice Britain14
South Korea12
Supply: Nielsen Gracenote

Ladies’s medal desk

Canada’s girls boosted their nation’s place within the general medal desk by profitable 75% of the group’s medals and 71% of all of the Canadian gold medals.

Nice Britain – who despatched extra feminine athletes than male for the primary time – completed the Video games with Lauren Value’s boxing gold and Laura Kenny as flagbearer. However they have been the one nation within the prime 10 for girls’s occasions in Tokyo whose feminine opponents have received lower than 30% of their nation’s gold medals.

NationGoldSilverBronzeWhole% gold from girls% all medals from girls
New Zealand6321185.71%55%
Nice Britain67102327.27%38.38%
Whole13313315442045.5% common45.5% common
Supply: Nielsen Gracenote

Of the international locations within the prime 10 of the general medal desk, Italy and France don’t seem within the prime 10 of the medal desk for girls’s occasions. Italy’s girls have received 20% of the nation’s gold medals and 37.5% of the medals. For France, that is 20% and 45%.

ROC v Russia 2012 v Russia 2016

The Russian Olympic Committee have carried out higher – (20 golds, 71 medals) than Russia did at both the 2012 or 2016 Olympics. In 2012, Russia received 68 medals together with 20 golds. 5 years in the past in Rio, the Russian group received 56 medals with 19 golds amongst them.

GB v Australia

2000 – Sydney4thtenth
2004 – Athens4thtenth
2008 – Beijingsixth4th
2012 – Londoneighththird
2016 – Riotenth2nd
2020/21 – Tokyosixth4th
Supply: Nielsen Gracenote

Simon Gleave, head of sports activities evaluation at Gracenote, stated: “The duel between Nice Britain was received by Group GB for the fourth Video games in a row however it has not been as shut on gold medals between Group GB and Australia since 2008. Nice Britain now lead 17-10 in opposition to their outdated sporting rivals.”

What a time to be an Italian

It has been a golden summer time for Italy. Eurovision winners in Could; Euro 2020 winners in July; a primary ever Wimbledon finalist in Matteo Berrettini; and now a report medal haul of 40 – together with 10 golds – making Tokyo 2020 their finest ever Video games.

Italy’s earlier highest medal whole was 36 at each the Los Angeles 1932 and Rome 1960 Video games. And their 5 athletics golds featured a number of the Video games’ standout moments, together with Lamont Marcell Jacob’s prestigious men’s 100m sprint victory, the lads’s dramatic 4x100m relay victory, and Gianmarco Tamberi’s iconic shared high jump gold.

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