can France be within the high 5 of the medal rankings? | EUROtoday

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VSHow many medals will France acquire on the Paris Olympic Games this summer time? This can be one of many standards for the success of the competitors which begins on July 26. On April 15, President Emmanuel Macron reiterated the target: for the French delegation to complete within the high 5.

A rating that has already been talked about by the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra who, in December 2023, was relying on “around 16 or 17 gold medals”. A purpose that was revised downwards: in 2017, the Minister of Sports on the time, Laura Flessel, introduced a purpose of 80 medals, which appears extraordinarily formidable.

At the Olympics, the ultimate rating of competing international locations is predicated on the variety of gold medals – silver and bronze solely serve to determine any ties. Considering earlier editions, the fifth nation within the medal desk collects slightly below twenty titles. The finest fifth nation is Russia which gained 71 medals, together with 20 gold, over the past Olympic Games. This summer time, Russian and Belarusian athletes will take part within the Games below a impartial banner or is not going to participate within the occasions.

In 1996, France gained fifteen titles, its file. Since the start of the century, the French delegation has gained round ten gold medals at every Games. And three years in the past, the French returned from the Tokyo Olympics with ten titles, together with one in karate by Steven Da Costa, however the occasion is now not a part of the Olympic program. It can be essential to nearly double the variety of titles to make sure of ending within the high 5 nations.

90 possibilities of medals recognized

A research carried out by Nielsen's Gracenote agency, and printed final March, projected twenty-seven titles for French athletes, which might rank them in third place, behind the United States and China. The authors of the research relied on the outcomes of main competitions for the reason that Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

A cause for hope for France which has solely completed within the high 5 as soon as within the final seventy years, in 1996 in Atlanta. But are we sure that France will proceed the custom? In an interview with West France in 2023, Claude Onesta, accountable for the excessive efficiency division inside the National Sports Agency (ANS), indicated that 90 medal winners had been recognized, together with 30 titles, which might be sufficient to be a part of the 5 finest delegations.

The method is thought: the host nation wins extra titles than in earlier editions. Since 1956, solely as soon as has the organizing nation gained fewer medals than within the earlier version: in 1996, the United States gained seven fewer medals than in 1992.

During the final Olympics, Japan gained 17 extra medals in comparison with the earlier version. The most important progress is to be credited to China which, in 2008, gained 37 extra medals than in 2004. And over the past 17 editions, the organizer has solely completed exterior the competitors on 5 events. of the highest 5.

Concerning the Paralympic Games from August 28 to September 8, Emmanuel Macron introduced the target of a high 8. During the final version, the French delegation completed in fourteenth place.