Tokyo — Despite the pandemic, a year’s delay, and soaring costs, the Japanese people may find the sweet spot of the Tokyo Olympics, similar to the famous 1964 Olympics.
Why? Historical transportation of medals.
Japan has achieved the highest Olympic production in all categories. He finished third with the most gold medals (27), the most overall (58), and the gold medals after the two much larger countries, the United States and China.
“This time the Japanese national team was able to produce their own record results,” said Mitsugi Ogata on Sunday after the Olympics. “I don’t want this to be like the fireworks going out. I think it’s important to maintain this momentum in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.”
At both the 1964 and 2004 Athens Olympics, the best gold medal to date was 16. The country won only 12 gold medals in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
The United States won 39 gold medals (one more than China), and the overall medal ranking was 113, far ahead of China’s 88. The Russian Olympic Committee won a total of 71 medals, followed by the United Kingdom with 65 medals. Japan was in 5th place.
Your country will always win medals by investing more time and money than usual. Some of the home field advantages were lost due to the lack of fans. Still, Japan made up for the shortage of fans by winning medals in five sports added to this year’s Olympic program: baseball-softball, sports climbing, karate, surfing and skateboarding.
Each Olympic organizer can add several sports. Breakdancing, surfing, karate and sports climbing take place in Paris.
Japan won gold medals in both baseball and softball, defeated the United States twice in the final, won three gold medals on skateboarding, and another gold medal in karate. Out of a total of 58 medals, 14 participated in the sport added to Tokyo.
Atsunori Inaba, the manager of Japan’s winning baseball team, said the gold medal could allow more children to play. Although very popular in Japan, the number of baseball players is declining.
“I hope this money will help increase the number of both children and adults who want to start playing baseball,” Atsunori said.
Before the pandemic, Japan’s goal was 30 gold medals. However, authorities withdrew that goal in the past few months as it became more difficult to predict Japan’s performance and the performance of other countries during the pandemic.
“Initially, we had the goal of winning 30 gold medals,” Ogata said. “We couldn’t reach that goal, but the number of gold medals and total medals are all record highs.”
On the first day of the Olympics, Japan, of course, got off with his right foot in Judo. Judo is the only Olympic sport with roots in Japan, and domestic athletes have won nine gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal.
In the first judo final, Funa Tonaki won the silver medal in the women’s 48 kg class. In the men’s 60-kilometer final, Naohisa Takato won the gold medal and the 500th Olympic medal in winter and summer.
In success, Japan won five gold medals in wrestling (four women) and turned China into a gold medal in mixed doubles table tennis.
He reached the gold medal final with the United States in women’s basketball and lost 90-75. This was Japan’s first women’s basketball medal, a team coached by Tom Hovasse of the United States.
Retsu Fukui, the head of the Japanese delegation, confirmed on Sunday that the gold medalist would receive 5 million yen, about $ 45,000. Silver is worth 2 million (about $ 18,000) and bronze is worth 1 million (about $ 9,000).
It will be a big payday.