The United States won a total of 103 medals, while Ghana has finally won its first medal in 29 years.
Caeleb Dressel brought home a total of five gold medals for Team USA in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games pool events, capping up his quest with victories in the men’s 50-meter freestyle and 4×100 medley relay.
Dressel set a new Olympic record in the 50-meter freestyle on his route to gold, according to CBS Sports. According to the report, Dressel’s win against Florent Manaudou of France was the biggest in the event’s history. In the process, Dressel became just the sixth American to win five gold medals in a single Olympics in the previous 50 years.
The United States had accumulated 59 medals at the time of reporting, including 20 gold, 23 silver, and 16 bronze.
Bobby Finke raced past Germany’s Florian Wellbrock and Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchukto to win the gold medal in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle. Dressel, Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, and Zach Apple resumed America’s medal quest in the 4×100 medley relay, where they went for gold.
Meanwhile, the US team won a medal in the women’s 4×100 medley relay, albeit not the gold. In the event, ace American swimmer Abbey Weitzel was defeated by Australia’s Kate Campbell.
According to CBS Sports, Australia also won the women’s 50-meter freestyle, with Australian superstar swimmer Emma McKeon taking gold.
BMX freestyle gold medalists are known for their speed and flair.
Logan Martin of Australia won gold in the first-ever Olympic men’s BMX freestyle final after an amazing performance that shocked observers.
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According to Olympics.com, the BMX star surged ahead of Venezuela’s Daniel Dhers, who took silver, and Great Britain’s Declan Brooks, who took bronze.
Martin’s gold-winning 93.30 performance punctuated his pursuit for the top spot with speed and flair, much to the delight of the Australian audience. This gold for Martin occurred in a year when BMX freestyle became one of the five sports to make their Olympic debut, and it was a welcome addition to the Tokyo Olympics venue’s thriller sports genre.
Takyi excels in the ring, and Ghana is overjoyed.
When Ghana won its first Olympic medal after 29 years, history was made in the boxing ring. According to Olympic.com, Samuel Takyi of Ghana won his Olympic quarter-final, ensuring his nation a medal in Tokyo after such a lengthy absence.
Takyi, who is twenty years old, beat Colombian David Ceiber Avila. Ghana’s hopes are sky-high now that the young boxer is poised to compete in the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals, he will play Ragan Duke of the United States.
Takyi’s success in the ring may be sweet revenge for those who objected to his nomination to Ghana’s Olympic squad. It would be days of pleasure for the small country if Takyi brought home the first medal following its football team’s success in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Takyi’s haul will be the first boxing medal for Ghana since Prince Amartey, a middleweight, won bronze in Munch 1972.
Jamaicans win the women’s 100 m and China’s Gong wins the shot put.
Jamaica dominated the women’s 100-meter final at the Tokyo Olympics, setting the track on fire. While Elaine Thompson-Herah set a new world record with a time of 10.60, fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce took silver with a time of 10.74. Shericka Jackson came in third with a time of 10.76.
Gong Lijiao of the People’s Republic of China took first place in the women’s shot put event with an amazing throw of 20.5 meters. According to Olympics.com, Gong’s throw was his personal best. Raven Saunders of the United States won silver (19.79m), while Valerie Adams of New Zealand won bronze (19.62m).
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