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The uncertainty around Russia’s Olympic buildup means Japan and other countries could be in a position to make a significant jump on the medal table at next month’s Rio Olympics, according to a group of analysts.

With Russia’s normally successful athletics competitors soon to find out whether the fallout from the country’s doping scandal will mean they are unable to compete under the Russian flag, if at all, Gracenote Sports says the third rank on the medal table that has been shared by China and Russia at the last four Olympics is completely up for grabs.

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