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Sports dynasties: Countries that have dominated particular disciplines at the Summer Olympics


The Republic of Korea continued its dominance in archery at the Olympics as both the women’s and men’s teams grabbed gold medals at Tokyo 2020.

Since archery made its debut at the Summer Olympics in 1988, Korean women have won each and every team gold in archery. And since 1984, they have won all but one gold in the individual event. In the men’s team event, Korea has won five out of the last six Olympic titles.

While Korea remains the undisputed dominant force when it comes to archery, there are a number of other Olympic sports that have been similarly dominated by a single nation over decades.

Here’s a look at some of the countries that have dominated particular sports at the Summer Games:

China: Table Tennis

Table Tennis gained prominence in China in the early 1900s and was considered the country’s unofficial national sport by the time it made its Olympics debut in 1988. Heading into Tokyo 2020, China had won a staggering 28 out of the 32 gold medals on offer at the Olympics. Such is its dominance in the sport that it often exports table tennis players to other countries but their hold loosened a little after they lost the mixed doubles title (a newly-introduced event)…

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