The United States is once again a successful nation at the Summer Olympics. China was still top of the medal list on the final day, but the Americans surpassed it on Sunday.
This was due to Jennifer Valente excelling in the Omnium area in gold and track cycling in women’s volleyball and basketball.
The final attack
With those three wins, the Americans end up with 39 gold, 41 silver and 32 bronze medals. China has to equalize 38 times with gold, 32 times with silver and 18 times with bronze. Japan, the host nation, is in the top three in the final with 27 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze medals.
This is the third consecutive year that the United States has topped the medal table at the Summer Games, after London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. In 2008, when the Olympics were held in Beijing, China topped the list with no less than 51 golds. At that time the United States had more medals than China, but gold was significantly less.
The Netherlands ranks seventh on the medal list. Just before big countries like France and Germany. This is partly due to Abdi Nagiye’s silver on Sunday night, and the fact that all three countries are equal in terms of gold medals is a determining factor in silver. As a result, the Netherlands ends slightly higher than Germany (11 vs. 10 silver medals). It’s about bronze medals for the French (both countries have won gold and silver medals). The Netherlands ranks fourteen-third overall, with the French ‘only’ eleven.
If you watch the athletics in its entirety, you can see the Netherlands still appearing above. The Dutch team finished sixth in the medal tally in Tokyo with eight medals: two golds (Chiffon Hassan 5000 and 10,000 meters), three silver (Anook Vetter Heptathlon, Abdi Nagie Marathon, men’s 4×400 relay) and three bronze (Hassan). 1500m, Emma Ostervegel Heptathlon, 400m hurdles like Femke).
The Great Power United States won the most athletic medals: a total of 26 (seven gold, twelve silver, seven bronze). Italy finished surprisingly second with five golds. Kenya won ten medals (four gold, four silver and two bronze).
The European Indoor Championships in Poland in March were already preceded by an unprecedented harvest in Tokyo. With four gold, one silver and two bronze medals, the team topped the medal list. Traditionally the great athletic nations ended up behind Great Britain and Germany in the Netherlands, and the same thing happened at the Games in Tokyo. The English won six medals, the Germans only three.
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