Team GB hockey teams predicted no Tokyo Olympic medals


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Team GB’s hockey teams are predicted to come away from Tokyo 2020 without any bounty from the rearranged Olympics.

That’s according to Gracenote, the data company that analyses performances of Olympic athletes and competing teams.

Team GB finished second in the medal table at Rio 2016 but Gracenote’s virtual medal table sees them slide to seventh, claiming 11 golds, 12 silvers and 13 bronzes.

Gracenote assessed every competition since Rio and predicted the outcome for each medal event in Tokyo. England and GB hockey hasn’t won a competition since the Rio Games.

Gracenote analysis sees Team GB finish fourth or fifth in close to 45 events.

But hopefully the pandemic and the extra year to prepare teams will have helped Team GB, with both men’s and women’s hockey sides having changed coaches mid-Olympic cycle.

Gracenote said: “The reduction in medals for Britain is partially due to lower expectations in cycling, gymnastics and rowing amongst other competitions.

“In 2016, those three sports accounted for nearly one third of British medals (22). In 2021 however, these sports could produce as few as five podium places.”

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