The Tokyo Olympics have wrapped up two weeks of sports competitions that have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Team USA came out on top, winning the most gold medals, and the most medals overall, among all the countries that took part in the games.
The American team was made up of 626 athletes who competed for gold at the Tokyo Games. They won 39 gold medals, 41 silvers, and 33 bronzes, totaling 113 medals in 28 different sports competitions. In Team USA, 257 athletes won a medal – 164 women and 93 men.
China and Japan, who hosted the games, were close to matching USA’s gold-medal wins. China clinched 38 while Japan came out with 27 golds. The fight for the most golds came down to the Olympics’ last day. The USA won women’s volleyball and women’s basketball, giving the country the last two medals it needed to come out on top.
In terms of the total medal count, China ended up second, winning 88 medals. It was followed by the Russian Olympic Committee with 71.
With the Tokyo Victory, Team USA Has Topped the Medal Charts for Seven Consecutive Olympics
With this win, Team USA has now topped the charts for the most medals at the Summer Games for seven consecutive Olympic games, since 1996.
Caeleb Dressel, a swimmer, clinched five gold medals, making him the most decorated athlete of any nation at the Games.
According to Sarah Hirshland, the CEO of the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee, they worked to keep the team safe, and now, they would come home successful.
“The Tokyo 2020 Games have been remarkable in so many ways and I’m filled with gratitude and pride.”
Rick Adams, the chief of sport performance of the USOPC and the team’s chef de mission, said the athletes of the American team “honored themselves, their communities, their families, and all of us with their excellent performances in Tokyo.”
This year, 94 nations managed to win medals at the 2020 Olympics. They include Turkmenistan, San Marino, and Burkina Faso making history with earnings their first ever Olympic medals.