Tokyo Olympics Recap: U.S. brings home 113 medals

Courtesy of CNN

Rachel Collins, Correspondent

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics concluded Sunday, August 8 sending the United States home with 113 medals, the most of all competing countries.

The U.S. performed proficiently in athletics, gymnastics, swimming and many other categories, coming out on top with the most gold medals (39), beating China by just one. 

18-year-old gymnast Suni Lee was awarded the all-around gold medal after performing remarkably in her four disciplines. Lee is the fifth consecutive American gymnast to be given this honorable medal following her teammate Simone Biles in 2016. Biles entered competition in Tokyo struggling with her mental health and was not confident she could perform without risking injury. Biles knew that in this state of mind she was not a good addition to the team and withdrew from the team gymnastics finals. She admirably returned to compete on the beam and took home a bronze medal. 

The U.S. swim team brought home a total of thirty medals, five belonging to Caeleb Dressel. Dressel broke the world record previously set by himself in the 100 meter butterfly and set additional records in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle. Before Tokyo he had no individual Olympic medals, but he was sent home with 3 Golds. Dressel was also awarded 2 gold medals in relay alongside fellow swimmers Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew and Zach Apple after they set the new world record for the 4×100-Meter freestyle. When Dressel was given his gold medal he passed it to teammate Brooks Curry, who took Dressel’s place during the qualifying race.

Track star Allyson Felix left Tokyo as the most decorated woman and U.S. athlete in track and field history, after having a baby in just 2018. Felix has now competed in 5 Olympics and has won 11 Olympic medals. Felix helped her team win gold in the 4×400-meter relay and individually earned bronze in the 400-meter race. Teammate Sydney McLaughlin earned gold in the 400-meter hurdles for 51.46 seconds, beating her own set record by .44 seconds. 

Both U.S. basketball teams left the Tokyo Olympics with gold medals. The women’s team won 90-75 over Japan, earning its seventh consecutive gold medal. This was Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird’s fifth gold medal, the most of all Olympic basketball players in history. The men’s team won 87-82 over France, earning their 4th consecutive gold medal.

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