MEDAL COUNT: Who’s topping the table in the Tokyo Olympics?

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A man takes pictures of a large-scale reproduction of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medal as part of the Olympic Agora event at Mitsui Tower in Tokyo on July 14, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

A man takes pictures of a large-scale reproduction of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medal as part of the Olympic Agora event at Mitsui Tower in Tokyo on July 14, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

 

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TOKYO (KXAN) — Over the course of the 2020 Olympic Games, 1,080 medals were awarded in 339 different events.

KXAN is keeping track of the medal count in the table below. The convention used by the International Olympic Committee is to sort by the number of gold medals, then silver, then bronze. This means the country that wins the most medals overall may not necessarily be at the top of the table.

The first gold medal of the 2020 Olympic Games was won by Yang Qian (People’s Republic of China) in the women’s 10m air rifle final. Anastasiia Galashina (Russian Olympic Committee) won silver, and Nina Christen (Switzerland) took bronze.

The chart below shows how the number of medals awarded to each country has changed throughout the competition.

Team USA Medals

After being shut out on the first day of competition, the first medals for the United States were claimed on July 25 in the men’s 400m individual medley (swimming). Chase Kalisz took gold, and Jay Litherland won silver. Here’s a look at all medals won by the United States in the Tokyo Olympics:

In 2016, the United States won a total of 121 medals, its third highest total ever, and the most since 1984. Here’s a look at the medal totals over the past five Summer Olympics:

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History Made

Six countries are celebrating Olympic firsts at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Burkina Faso, San Marino and Turkmenistan won their first Olympic medal ever, and Bermuda, Philippines and Qatar won their first gold medal.

This year, the medals are all made from recycled small electronics, like cell phones, collected from all over Japan. According to the IOC, the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project makes this year’s Olympic Games the first in history to involve citizens in the production of medals — and the first games to feature medals made of recycled materials.

All-Time Medal Count

When it comes to the all-time medal count, the United States leads — by a lot. Between Athens in 1896 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the U.S. has racked up more than 2,500 medals in the Summer Olympics. Second place goes to the Soviet Union, with just over 1,000 medals in total. Great Britain takes the third spot, with around 850 medals.

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