The U.S. Olympic team finished atop the gold medal standings at the Tokyo Olympics with 39 as they edged past China on the final day of action.
Team USA’s 39 golds surpass the totals they managed at five of the previous eight summer Olympic Games and are the 11th-most golds they’ve managed at a Summer Olympics.
The USA also topped the standings at Tokyo 2020 for the most overall medals with 113 — 39 golds, 41 silvers and 33 bronzes. This total makes it the USA’s second-most successful Olympics since Los Angeles 1984, having won 121 overall medals at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Team USA headed into the final day of action at the Olympics two golds behind China, which had 38, but chased down their tally on Sunday. Their 37th and 38th golds came within minutes of each other as Jennifer Valente won the women’s omnium in the velodrome while the dominant women’s basketball team secured their seventh straight gold with a 90-75 win over hosts Japan.
With the curtain coming down on the Games, Team USA were locked at 38 golds with China and had three opportunities left to go clear at the top, while China had one final event.
The first of the Americans’ three chances saw Keyshawn Davis fight Cuba’s Andy Cruz in the men’s lightweight boxing final. But that went the way of Cuba as Cruz took that on a split-decision win. While Davis finished his Olympics journey with silver, the USA women’s volleyball team defeated Brazil in straight sets for America’s 39th gold.
China at this stage had one final opportunity to win their last gold of Tokyo 2020 to go back level with the USA on 39, with Li Qian taking on Great Britain’s Lauren Price for the women’s middleweight category. But Price came through that comfortably to take gold, winning on a unanimous points decision.
That ensured USA would finish clear at the top on golds and had one last opportunity to add to their tally through Richard Torrez Jr in his super heavyweight bout against Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov. Jalolov went on to win that on a unanimous points call leaving Torrez Jr with silver.
The USA’s 113 medals saw them finish 25 ahead of China, with the ROC in third on 71 and Great Britain in fourth with 65. On golds alone, the USA finished top, China in second while hosts Japan ended up in third with 27 and Great Britain fourth on 22.
U.S. edges China for most golds at Tokyo Games, also first in overall medals
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