TOKYO 2020 GAMES A GREAT SUCCESS AS EUROPEAN NATIONS SHINE
8 August 2021
Despite the postponement by one year, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 didn’t fail to deliver a fantastic Games. The Organisers deserve much praise for how they have managed to stage the Games in the continued challenging times. With athletes having to adjust their plans by a year, everybody would have been forgiven if there was a sense of fatigue going into Tokyo. This was certainly not the case, and we have witnessed 16 days of fantastic competition, with our European Athletes excelling right from the start.
Once again, Athletics, Aquatics and Cycling proved to be very successful sports for our European Athletes with the heroics of the Italian track and field stars, who were the top European nation in the Athletics medal table with five Golds (Jacobs, Tamberi, Men’s 4x100m and the 20km Walk Men – Stano and Women – Palmisano). Other notable successes were the triple medal winning performances from Dutch distance runner Sifan Hassan winning gold in the 5000m and 10000m and bronze in the 1500m, the Golden duo from Norway, Karsten Warholm setting a new World Record in the 400m Hurdles and Jakob Ingebrigtsen, a new Olympic record in the 1500m on their way to winning their respective events.
At the velodrome it was the British and the Dutch sharing the spoils and returning home with three gold medals each, including the victory for Jason Kenny in the Men’s Keirin, making him the first British athlete to win seven gold medals at the Olympics. Svetlana Romashina also won her seventh Olympic medal as the athlete representing the Russian Olympic Committee added to her tally when winning gold in the team competition at the Artistic Swimming.
In total, 40 European Nations won medals including the historic gold medal for Israeli Rhythmic Gymnast Linoy Ashram, who became the first ever Israeli woman to do so.
The final gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Games was won by Serbia who defeated Greece in the Men’s Water Polo.
Six European Athletes are returning home with three Olympic medals each: Vitalina Batsarashkina (Shooting) and Evgeny Rylov (Swimming) from the Russian Olympic Committee, James Guy and Adam Peaty from Great Britain (Swimming) and finally, Sifan Hassan (Athletics) and Harrie Lavreysen (Track Cycling) from the Netherlands. San Marino has made history in Tokyo, as shooter Alessandra Perilli won the country’s first ever Olympic medal.
With Paris hosting the next Olympic Games in 2024, the French team will be pleased with their haul of 33 medals including the Handball (Men’s and Women’s), the Volleyball (Men’s) Olympic titles and a gold medal for Steven da Costa in the newly added Karate competition. Poland, the hosts of the next European Games in 2023, return home with 14 medals, including four golds in the Athletics competition.
The top three European nations in the medals table were Great Britain with 22 Gold, 21 Silver and 22 Bronze Medals, the Russian Olympic Committee with 20 Gold, 28 Silver and 23 Bronze Medals and The Netherlands with 10 Gold, 12 Silver and 14 Bronze Medals.
For the full results of the Games and the detailed medal information, click here.
The European Olympic Committees congratulate every athlete that competed in Tokyo. You have done yourselves, your countries, and your continent very proud. We hope that everyone will return home safely and get some well-deserved rest.