Russians win most medals since 2004 despite competing as ROC because of ban

Russians win most medals since 2004 despite competing as ROC because of ban

By Semi Turaga
Monday 09/08/2021
High jumper Maria Lasitskene won one of the Russian Olympic Committee's 20 gold medals at these Games

Russian athletes are going home with their most medals since 2004 even though their team, flag and anthem were officially banned from the Tokyo Olympics.

BBC News reports Competing as the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as punishment for a state-sponsored doping scandal, their athletes won 20 gold medals among their 71 medals.

It meant they finished fifth in the medal table, surpassing the tallies they had at Games including London 2012 and Beijing 2008 when they competed under their own flag.

[Source: BBC]

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