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Italy’s COVID-19 gamble that allowed a small group of elite athletes to train through the pandemic when much of the world was in lockdown has paid off handsomely at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with the country setting a new medals record.

Going into the final day of competitions Italian athletes have won 39 medals, more than traditional European sports powerhouses Germany and France, and even more than the 36 Italy had won at their home Olympics in Rome in 1960, their previous best mark.

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