United States of America carries high expectations for its athletes going into any Olympic Games.
The Summer Olympics should be where the Americans control the most popular individual and team sports to top the overall medal count. The United States picked up 121 medals – 5 years ago, which beat out second-place China by 51 medals. The same nations are expected to contend for the positions over the next two weeks in Tokyo. China, Russia, Germany and Japan slotted in behind the USA and Great Britain on the medal count from Rio de Janeiro.
The United States should top the Summer Olympics medal count once again. It is just a matter of which athletes pick up those medals and which place they all represent. Medal table it’s: 1. United States, 2. China, 3. Great Britain, 4. Australia, 5 France. The United States come in Tokyo with a handful of medal favourites across some of the most popular sports.
Simone Biles is attempting to win multiple gold medals in gymnastics once again, and Caeleb Dressel should be one of the swimming stars in the pool. Trayvon Bromell, Noah Lyles and Sydney McLaughlin are expected to excel in their respective track and field events to add to the USA’s individual medal haul.
Men basketball team struggled in its warm up games, it was without Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Devin Booker, all of who should be en route soon after Tuesday’s conclusion of the NBA Finals. The United States women’s soccer team suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of Sweden on Wednesday, but it should recover from that result. Women’s soccer tournament has eight of 12 teams advance to the knockout round, so should have ample opportunities to get back into medal contention.
China is expected to land the second-best medal haul through dominance in a handful of sports, including diving, table tennis and weightlifting. The medal control across those sports should create separation between China and the other nations that will likely be fighting for third place.
Australia has a chance to take third on the overall medal board if its swimmers turn in some dominant performances in the pool. Ariarne Titmus, Kaylee McKeown and Mitch Larkin are among the swimmers to watch from down under. Great Britain has the potential to pick up medals behind the Americans and Australians in the pool, and they could earn the most medals from the cycling events.
France should have a good mix of medals throughout its overall count, but it may not win enough golds to get past the nations above it. For example, its men’s basketball team could win a prize in Tokyo, but it may have to go through tougher elimination matchups since it resides in group of the United States.
A handful of other nations will be in the spotlight in certain events, like Jamaica in the track and field sprints, but not many are expected to reach the heights of the top five or six nations.