Switzerland wins 200th medal at the Summer Olympics

Jeremy Desplanche poses with his bronze medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Center (07.30.21). Keystone / Patrick B. Kramer

Swimmer Jeremy DeBlanche won bronze in the 200 meters medley on Friday, marking Switzerland’s ninth medal at the Tokyo Olympics, its first swimming medal since 1984 and the 200th podium in its history at the Summer Games.

This content was published on Jul 30, 2021 – 2:27 PM

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Desplanche (26) had to break his own Swiss record to reach the podium. He did so by defeating Japan’s Daiya Seto by just 0.05 seconds. “I couldn’t see anything at the end, it was hard,” he commented.

His medal is double historical. With her, Switzerland has 200 podiums in its summer Olympic history, after Belinda Bencic qualified for Thursday’s women’s singles final and (with Viktoria Golubic) for the doubles final, securing two more medals.

Furthermore, it is only the second medal won by the Swiss swimmer, after Etienne Dagon’s bronze in the 200m breaststroke in 1984.

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So far, the Swiss have collected nine medals in Tokyo, one gold, three silver, three bronze and two guaranteed tennis medals, overtaking the seven at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Can they reach double figures, something they haven’t done since 1952? When they won 14 in Helsinki?

However, it is still a bit far from Switzerland’s record of 25 medals at the 1924 Games in Paris, followed by 20 medals in London in 1948.

Photo of the Swiss football team, silver medalist at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. They lost 3-0 to Uruguay in the final.

The Swiss soccer team won the silver medal at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. They lost 3-0 to Uruguay in the final. Keystone / Street

And what games would Switzerland like to forget? That would be for Barcelona in 1992, when 102 athletes in 80 events earned just one medal (definitely gold: Marc Rosset in tennis).

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