Tokyo 2020 Olympics: New Zealand tipped to surpass record gold medal haul

New Zealand is tipped to surpass its record gold medal haul at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Leading international sports data company Gracenote has compiled its 2020 Olympics virtual medal table in which it breaks down a prediction of the outcome of every medal at the Games.

In it the organisation predicts New Zealand will match its overall medal haul from Rio in 2016 and finish up with 18 medals in total.

But, notably, Gracenote forecasts the New Zealand team to pick up nine gold medals, which would be one more than its finest ever haul of eight golds achieved at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Gracenote tips New Zealand to win nine golds, three silvers and six bronze medals at the Tokyo Games.That would place the Kiwi team 16th on the overall medal table, according to the data analysis company.

A breakdown on the predicted medallists was not available, but it's expected that the usual suspects such as rowing, sailing and canoeing will again provide the most success.

In Rio Kiwi athletes combined for four gold, nine silver and five bronze medals to finish 19th in the standings.

Gracenote's virtual medal predictor tips the United States to top the medal count in Tokyo with 126 medals (51 golds), which would be an improvement of five from four years previous.

It would also mark the seventh successive Summer Games in which the US team would have come out on top of the medal count tally.

China (81 medals, up 11), Japan (67 medals, up 26), Russia (65 medals, up 9) and Great Britain (43 medals, down 24) round out the predicted top five nations at the 2020 Games. 

The organisation tips Australia to match Great Britain's medal haul of 43, but finish with two fewer golds.

The report also detailed the proportion of women's events in Japan had increased for the 10th straight Games. Next year 33 more medals will be dished out overall, with 22 of those being in women's events.