Tokyo Olympics Medal Tally – USA finishes on top with 39 Gold: USA edged China at the top of the Tokyo Olympics medals table as the curtain fell on the biggest sports event since the pandemic on Sunday. The Americans started the day two golds behind China but the women’s basketball and volleyball titles and US track cyclist Jennifer Valente’s omnium victory put them top of the final table with 39 Gold Medals.
Most Gold Medals by Single Athlete: US swimmer Caeleb Dressel assumed the mantle of Michael Phelps with five gold medals in the pool.
Tokyo Olympics Medal Tally: USA finishes on top with 39 Gold, Dressel with 5 Gold medals is the player of the Olympics
Tokyo Olympics Medal Tally – USA finishes on top: The 339th and final gold medal went to Serbia’s men’s water polo team, capping a Games that were in stark danger of cancellation after they became the first postponed Olympics last year.Thirty-three sports have been contested across 16 days in largely empty stadiums, with fans barred over coronavirus risks and athletes living in strict biosecure conditions.
Top Gold Medal Winners
- Great Britain
Tokyo Olympics Medal Tally – USA finishes on top: The Olympics were plagued by low Japanese support over super-spreader fears but officials maintained that a record haul of 27 gold medals, putting Japan third on the table, has won hearts.
Britain finished fourth with 22 golds and the Russian Olympic Committee, the team for Russian athletes after Russia were banned for systematic doping, were fifth with 20.
“Some were already speaking of ‘Ghost Games’,” Olympics chief Thomas Bach told an International Olympic Committee session on Sunday. “What we have seen here is that on the contrary the athletes have brought soul to the Olympic Games.”
Tokyo Olympics Medal Tally: Highs & Low of Tokyo Olympic Games
Covid-19 Fears Unfounded: Fears of a major outbreak proved unfounded in the mostly vaccinated Olympic contingent and 430 cases were picked up during the Games, including 32 in the Olympic Village. But athletes had the added pressure of strict ‘bubble’ conditions including orders to wear masks unless competing, training, eating or sleeping.
Most Jaw Dropping Moment: Superstar gymnast Simone Biles provided the most jaw-dropping moment when she abruptly pulled out of competition over a bout of the “twisties”, a disorientating mental block. Biles, widely acknowledged as the greatest gymnast in history, recovered sufficiently to return for the final event, the beam, claiming a redemptive bronze.
Games for ALL: Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard became the first openly transgender woman to compete at the Games and Canada’s Quinn became the first openly transgender Olympic medallist, with gold in the women’s football.
Most Gold Medals by Single Athlete: In other highlights, the US men’s team won their fourth consecutive men’s basketball crown and US swimmer Caeleb Dressel assumed the mantle of Michael Phelps with five gold medals in the pool.
Final Day Winners: Among the final events on Sunday, Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell took gold in the women’s sprint while Jason Kenny won the men’s keirin to become the first Briton to win seven Olympic titles. The Americans started the day two golds behind China but the women’s basketball and volleyball titles and US track cyclist Jennifer Valente’s omnium victory put them top of the final table. Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov beat US fighter Richard Torrez in the super-heavyweight boxing final, while Britain’s Lauren Price and Ireland’s Kellie Harrington also boxed their way to gold.
The Olympic flag will now pass to 2024 hosts Paris.