Wednesday 9/29/21
TOKYO OLYMPICS

Finland, second to last in Tokyo Olympics medal count

However, the Olympic Games ended for the Finns with twice as many medals as in Rio 2016
08 August 2021, Japan, Tokyo: Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington (C), Brazil's Beatriz Ferreira (L), Finlands' Mira Marjut Johanna Potkonen and Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee celebrate with their medals after the Women's Light (57-60kg) Boxing Final Bout at the Kokugikan Arena during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire/dpa
(L-R) Brazil's Beatriz Ferreira , Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington, Finland's Mira Potkonen and Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee celebrate with their medals after the Women's Light (57-60kg) Boxing Final Bout at the Kokugikan Arena during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Adam Davy/dpa.

Finland ranked in last place among the European countries in the Tokyo 2020 medal table. And second to last in the total count of the Games.

According to the official medal count drawn up by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Finland finished the Tokyo Olympic Games in second to last position, 86th out of a total of 87, behind Mexico and ahead of Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Granada, Kuwait, Moldova and Syria, who shared the last place.

The Nordic country of 5.5 million inhabitants only got 2 bronze medals in Tokyo 2020, won by swimmer Matti Mattson and boxer Mira Potkonen.

However, the Olympic Games ended for the Finns with twice as many trophies as in Rio 2016, when they only achieved a bronze medal.

For example, Norway, a Nordic country with a population even lower than Finland, was ranked 20th with 8 medals, 4 of them gold.

Sweden, meanwhile, was 23rd with 9 medals, 3 golds.

Other neighbors

07 August 2021, Japan, Tokyo: Finland's Lassi Etelatalo competes in the Men's Javelin Throw Final of the athletics competition, during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpaFinland's Lassi Etelatalo was one of the Finnish medal hopes in the javelin throwing competition. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa.

Denmark ended in 25th place with 11 medals, 3 gold.

Among the Baltic neighbors, the best placed countries were Estonia and Latvia, ranked 59, each with 2 medals, one gold.

Lithuania finished in 77th place, with only a silver medal.

The eastern neighbor Russia, which had to compete under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), finished the Tokyo Olympics in 5th place with 71 medals, 20 of them gold.

04 August 2021, Japan, Tokyo: Finland's Sara Kuivisto reacts after competing in the Women's 1500m semifinal race of the athletics competition, at the Olympic Stadium during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Jan Woitas/dpaFinland's Sara Kuivisto reacts after competing in the Women's 1500m semifinal race, at the Olympic Stadium. Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa.

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