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Hungarian Golden Hopes: Predictions for Hungary’s Best Chances for Success in Tokyo

Ábrahám Vass 2021.07.23.

As the Tokyo Olympics have officially kick-started, let’s take a look at the predictions, expectations, and perhaps hopes for the 173-strong Hungarian team’s medal chances.

Gracenote Sports‘ recent analysis predicts Hungarian athletes to win 28 medals: 7 gold, 8 silver, and 13 bronze at the Tokyo Olympics. According to the data and analysis company, Hungary will therefore rank 11th at the medal table. A July 20th update of the Canadian site is even more optimistic about the Hungarian prospects: the total number of medals and medal table ranking have been left unchanged, however, a better break-down is anticipated: 9 gold, 10 silver, and 9 bronze.

The Associated Press (AP) meanwhile forecasts 9 gold: 5 silver, and 8 bronze medals for team Hungary. According to their predictions, Tamás Lőrincz (Greco-Roman wrestling, 77 kg), Bálint Kopasz (Kayak-1 1000 m), Ádám Marosi (pentathlon, men’s singles), István Péni (shooting, small-bore rifle), István Péni and Eszter Mészáros (sport shooting, mixed air rifle), Women’s Kayak-4 500m, Kristóf Milák (swimming, 200m butterfly), Katinka Hosszú (swimming, 400m medley), and Áron Szilágyi (fencing, individual sabre) will eventually step up on the highest rank of the podium.

Olympicmedalspredictions.com foresees 16 medals and tenth place at the medal table for Hungary. This will include eight gold, five silver, and three bronze, in the magazine’s view. Similarly to the AP, they expect the shiniest medals from Milák, Kopasz, and Tamás Lőrincz but two golds from Katinka Hosszú (200m and 400m medlies). They predict Boglárka Kapás will be crowned champion too, along with the women’s kayak four (500 m) and the men’s water polo team.

Bestsports similarly predicts 16 medals (8-6-2), and a 12th place finish at the medal table. The site anticipates four golds in swimming, one in men’s sabre individual (Áron Szilágyi), one in sailing (Zsombor Berecz), one in wrestling (Tamás Lőrincz), and one in kayak-canoe (women’s kayak-4 500m).

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Meanwhile, the Hungarian Olympic Committee‘s (MOB) expectations are definitely one of the most cautious. The organization expects 13 medals in total from the Hungarian delegation. “…those 13 medals we have calculated for is not a pessimistic or a careful number, but reality. Differences are possible, and I trust we will move in a positive direction,” president Krisztián Kulcsár commented.

Fingers crossed!

featured image: Katinka Hosszú in Tokyo; via Tamás Kovács/MTI