Olympics, medals table: worst record since 1990

Olympics, medals table: worst record since 1990

The German team returns home from Tokyo with the worst Olympic medal record at the Summer Games since reunification. The athletes of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) won ten gold medals, eleven silver medals and 16 bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Japan's capital city.

With a total of 37 medals, there were five medals fewer than at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro and four fewer than at the with the worst performance since 1990. In Beijing in 2008, there were a total of 41 medals, exactly half as many as at the first appearance of the all-German team in Barcelona in 1992. The number of medal decisions in Tokyo was 339, a significant increase of 33 compared to Rio.

Olympic medal table: eighth place for Germany

Information on the medal table:

The rankings in the medal table are sorted by the number of gold medals won, followed by the number of silver and bronze medals. If two or more countries have an identical balance of medals won, they are listed in alphabetical order on the same rank. The IOC also uses this system.

Olympic medal table: Germany won 17 gold medals in Rio

Top favorite for the most gold medals is once again the USA. Already in 2016 at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, the United States won by far the most golds, 46 in number. followed by Great Britain (27 golds) and China (26 golds). German athletes won 17 golds, 10 silvers and 15 bronzes. In the medal table, Germany is in fifth place.

Tokyo 2021 medal table: Medals made of scrap metal

Incidentally, the 5000 or so medals produced for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo are made from recycled precious metals. The sources for the precious metals, which are currently said to be worth more than four million euros, were old electronic devices and computer circuit boards. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a total of 1612 Japanese communities participated in the project and together collected 78.985 tons of scrap electronics.

With this campaign, Japan is saving high costs for the precious metals on the one hand, and on the other hand wants to set an example for the careful use of raw materials. "Successful Olympians can therefore hang their medals around their necks not only with pride, but equally with a clear conscience," Lochmann said.

And: By the way, the gold medals are not made of pure gold (anymore). The most coveted prizes at the Olympics are made largely of silver, but thickly coated with gold. (rha with sid)