First Day of Olympic Medals Reveals Top Forces
The first round of awards has been carried out and the current medal counts offer a peek at those countries we can expect to see top the leaderboards for the weeks to come.
- 1. China
China currently tops the medals list with 4 gold and 2 bronze finishers. Yi Siling claimed gold in the women’s 10m air-rifle shooting event.
A world record was set by Ye Shiwen record in the women’s 400-meter individual medley swim, earning her gold. Sun Yang earned China an historic first gold medal in men’s 400m freestyle. Finally, Wang Mingjuan won over competition in women’s weightlifting. Bronze medals were earned from Yu Dan in women’s 10m air rifle shooting and from Li Xuanxu in the women’s 400m individual medley.
- 2. Italy
Italy has claimed 5 medals so far, the most talked about being their narrow victory over the US in men’s team archery for a gold medal. Women’s fencing saw a sweeping victory with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals going to Elisa Di Francisca, Arianna Errigo, and Valentina Vezzali respectively. Luca Tesconi took the final silver medal for Italy in the men’s 10m air pistol event.
- 3. USA
After the first day of Olympic competition the USA is tied with Italy, holding 5 medals. Ryan Lochte secured the only gold medal for the country in the men’s 400m individual medley. Elizabeth Beisel took silver in the women’s 400m individual memory. Brady Ellison, Jacob Linde-Kaminski, Jacob Wukie took silver under Italy in men’s team archery. Peter Vanderkaay took bronze in the men’s 400m freestyle as well as the women’s team for the 4 x 100m freestyle relay.
While these teams have started the games off rightly, there is no assurance they will maintain their leaderboard standing. Check back often for updates and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the most current Olympic news.