According to a recent analysis conducted by Gracenote Sports, Hungarian athletes will win 28 medals – 7 gold, 8 silver, and 13 bronze – at the Tokyo Olympics postponed until this summer.
Gracenote Sports data and analysis company expects Hungary to rank 11th on the medal table, so it can be among the nations that will improve the most compared to their performance in Rio. In 2016, Hungarians returned home from Brazil with 8 gold, 3 silver, and 4 bronze medals.
One hundred days before the start of the games, the company predicts that the United States delegation will be the most productive, reaching 114 podium places, 43 of which will be gold.
China (38 gold, 23 silver, 24 bronze) is in second place on the predicted medal table, and athletes starting under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee are in third place with 23 gold, 24 silver, and 26 bronze.
Regarding the host Japanese, Gracenote highlighted that while the number of their medals is expected to increase by 40 percent, this will only be enough for fourth place on the medal table. Japan collected 41 national medals in Rio, including 12 gold medals, while Tokyo is predicted to close with 34 gold, 16 silver, and 9 bronze for Japan.
Gracenote Sports, however, emphasized that due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic Games are likely to be the most unpredictable Olympics ever.
The organization correctly guessed the order of the top three nations before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and got eight of the top ten correct, although not particularly in order. They successfully predicted the first four places as well, ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games.
The Hungarian Olympic Committee expects 13 medals from the Hungarian delegation, five or three less than in 2012 and 2016, respectively.
In the featured photo: Katinka Hosszú, three-time Olympic champion of Rio. Photo by MTI/EPA/Patrick B. Kraemer