World Athletics President, Sebastian Coe, has expressed appreciation to the people of Japan for allowing the dreams of the world’s athletes to come to life at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Games had witnessed several protests due to the rampaging COVID-19.
In a statement on Sunday, Coe noted that athletes’ dreams were made to come alive at “the most globally successful edition of the Games” for the track and field sport.
83 teams reached finals in Tokyo – this highlighted the global reach of the sport, with 43 teams featuring on the medal podium and 23 of those winning gold.
“Some 70 per cent of athletes only get one chance to compete at the Olympic Games and in Tokyo, athletes made the most of the opportunity under the most challenging circumstances.” The World Athletics President said.
Expressing appreciation to Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for providing the best possible platform on which the sport’s stars could shine, Coe noted the hardship that the people of Japan endured and continued to endure in the face of this global pandemic.
In the 10 days of competition, three world records, 12 Olympic records, 28 area records and 151 national records were set in the history-making Games.
“To the people of Japan, we know the hardship you have endured and continue to endure in the face of this global pandemic. We owe you a massive debt of gratitude for your gracious hospitality, your professionalism and your friendship. You really have been simply the best and we thank you unreservedly,” he said.
The tally of 43 countries on the medal table is the biggest in athletics for more than 20 years, underlining the diversity and depth of talent in the sports.
From all Olympic sports at the Tokyo Games, 93 teams earned medals – this means that almost 50 per cent of those who participated achieved their dreams in athletics.
Bahamas, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Grenada, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Puerto Rico, and Uganda got to the podium through athletics. In total, athletes at the Games covered a combined distance of 2,045,750 metres in track events and 10,737km in road events.
Field event participants threw a combined distance of 1,508m and jumped a combined distance of 2,490m.