Switzerland celebrates the most successful Olympic Games since 1952

Fireworks over the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020/2021 Olympic Games on Sunday 8/8/21. Keystone / Tibor Ellis

Swiss athletes won 13 medals at the 2020/21 Tokyo Olympics, three of them gold. It is the greatest achievement in 69 years when Switzerland won 14 medals in Helsinki.

This content was published on August 09, 2021 – 08:50


After winning 12 medals in the first week, it was clear that Tokyo would be Switzerland’s most successful summer games in recent memory, comfortably surpassing its goal of seven medals, a figure brought in from Rio in 2016. In the international medal table, led by The United States (113) and China (88), ranked 24. Site.

Although only one medal was added in the second week, and although Switzerland won nothing in athletics, the atmosphere in the Swiss camp was breezy.

Swiss medalists

Gold: Belinda Pencik (tennis), Nina Kristen (shooting), Jolanda Neff (mountain bike).

Silver Medal: Belinda Benczyk/Victoria Golubek (tennis), Matthias Flückiger (mountain bike), Sina Fry (mountain bike), Marilyn Rosser (road bike).

Bronze: Nina Christine (shooting), Jeremy Despalanche (swimming), Nikita Ducaroz (BMX), Joanna Heydrich/Anouk Verge Debre (beach volleyball), Linda Endergand (mountain biking), No Beunte (swimming).

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Karateka Elena Querici carrying the Swiss flag at the closing ceremony Keystone/Laurent Gillieron

“Bravo and thanks,” wrote Swiss Sports Minister Viola Amherd in an open letter to the Swiss athletes, praising their “remarkable performance” at the Games that ended on Sunday. “Those who didn’t get medals gave their best.”

There have only been five Summer Olympics in which Switzerland won more medals: in Paris in 1924, when it won a record 25 (seven gold), in Amsterdam in 1928 (17), in Berlin in 1936 (19), in London in 1948 (23) In Helsinki in 1952.

However, Swiss exploits in Finland (1952) cannot be compared to those in Tokyo, given the much smaller number of countries and events involved. Switzerland’s most successful Summer Games in recent years was in 2000, when it won nine medals in Sydney.

female participation

Since Rio five years ago, the number of Olympic champions has remained the same at three. However, while only men took gold in Rio, only women took gold in Tokyo: shooter Nina Kristen, mountain biker Jolanda Neff and tennis player Belinda Bencic.

In addition, female mountain bikers from Switzerland achieved the first “Swiss podium” in 85 years.

Prior to Tokyo, women had won only four of the 54 Swiss golds in Summer Games history: sailors Helen de Portales (1900), dressage rider Kristen Stockelberger (1976), and athletes Brigitte McMahon and Nicolas Spirig.

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