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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

US set to win most medals with Japan fourth: Nikkei-FT forecast

Hosts set to gain ground, with China second and UK third

A woman walks past a large-scale reproduction of a Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal in Tokyo on July 14.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As the Tokyo Olympics get underway on Friday, expectations are running high for the hosts. A forecast by Nikkei and the Financial Times projects Japan will win a record 56 medals.

Historical data suggests that hosting the Games tends to give countries a significant lift in the medal standings. Japan will be looking to increase its tally from the 41 it bagged in Rio in 2016, and is projected to rise from seventh to fourth in the overall ranking.

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