How Muslim Countries Performed at the Olympics

Iran Tops Muslim World With 7 Medals

By R. Elahi

SRINAGAR: As many as 11,300 Olympians from 205 countries took part in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020 vying for 340 gold, 338 silver and 402 bronze medals in a total of 33 sporting events.

The US remained the highest gold medal winners (39) while China secured second position with 38. The host country, Japan, remained the third winner with 27 gold medals.

Iran became the top scorer among 50 odd Muslim countries at the Olympics ranking 4th in Asia and 27th in the world much ahead of India which remained on 48th position.

The Iranian Olympics team bagged seven medals, including three gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

41-year-old shooter Javad Foroughi won Iran’s first medal in the Games by claiming gold in Men's 10-meter Air Pistol event. Making it Iran’s first-ever Olympics medal in shooting.

Wrestler Mohammadreza Geraei claimed the second gold for Iran by defeating Ukraine’s Parviz Nasibov 9-1 in the Men's Greco-Roman 67 kg final bout.

Sajad Ganjzadeh claimed Iran’s final gold medal in Men's Karate kumite competition in the 75 kg+ category. Ganjzadeh was knocked out which led to his opponent, Tareg Hamedi from Saudi Arabia, being disqualified in the final showdown.

Uzbekistan took the 2nd position amongst the Muslim countries, and 32nd overall, with a tally of 5 medals, including three gold and two bronze. Ulugbek Rashitov claimed gold in Men’s 68 kg Taekwondo competition. Akbar Djuraev won the Men’s 109 kg Weightlifting gold and Bakhodir Jalolov won the Boxing gold in Men’s super heavyweight event on the last day of the Games.

Turkey took the 3rd position amongst the Muslim nations with a tally of 13 medals which included two golds, two silvers and nine bronze medals. Turkey ranked 35th in the overall rankings. Mete Gazoz won the gold medal in Men’s Individual Archery while Busenaz Sürmeneli took the gold in Women’s Welterweight Boxing competition.

Qatar led the Arab world in medals count with 3 medals including two golds and one silver, ranking 41st overall. Taking the 42nd overall position is the small nation of Kosovo which won 2 gold medals at the Games. Egypt won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals, finishing the Olympics in 54th overall position and with a tally of 6 medals.

Saudi Arabia won 1 medal at the Olympics, a heartbreaking silver in Men’s 75 kg+ Karate event. Pakistan failed to win any medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The next Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in 2024 in Paris, France.

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