Japan to earn eight golds: BOA

Kyodo

The British Olympic Association has tabulated its latest medals prediction for this summer’s London Olympics, saying Japan will come eighth with 11 gold medals, sources said Monday.

The prediction falls short of the Japanese Olympic Committee’s own target of fifth in the world for gold medals. The BOA is predicting Japan will also finish with 12 silvers and 14 bronze for a total of 37 medals.

The rankings were tabulated based on results in Olympic sports at world championships and other major competitions in 2011.

The BOA predicts that Japan will win gold medals in the following: one by men’s hammer thrower Koji Murofushi; two in gymnastics (the men’s individual all-around and floor exercise events); five in judo and three in wrestling.

Japan’s women’s soccer team, which won the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 2011, is not factored into the BOA’s prediction since it used Japan’s result from the Beijing Olympics where the country finished fourth.

China gets the top ranking with 42 gold medals, followed by the United States with 40. Russia is in third with 30.