TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES COMES TO AN EPIC END
Everything surely must come to an end. The same applies to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which took place from 23 July to 8 August 2021. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the event was postponed to 2021 in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being delayed for close to a year due to the COVID pandemic, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics finally saw its existence and has come to an end.
The United States, who were medalless on day one of the Olympics ended up with 113 medals, 39 gold medals, 41 silver and 33 bronze medals, making them winners both in terms of the number of gold medals won, as well as the total number of medals won.
China started off to a great start and succeeded in maintaining the winning streak, coming second place both with the number of gold medals won (38) and with the total number of medals won (88).The host country is also not to be left behind. Winning 58 medals among which are 27 gold medals is no small feat.
The Nigerian Olympic team ended up winning a total of two medals, a silver medal by Blessing Oborududu in the women’s freestyle weightlifting and a bronze medal by Ese Brume in the women’s long jump. This put Nigeria in the 74th position of the 205 countries that participated in the Olympic games. Nigeria also ranked 8th best in Africa in the just-concluded Olympics games.
The Olympic flag will now be handed over to Paris, which will host the Games in 2024. The circus, though, will return in only six months, when Beijing hosts the Winter Games in February, despite boycott threats and a resurgent coronavirus outbreak.