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Olympics Highlights: The U.S. Is in Second Place in the Medal Count

The Summer Olympics got started in Tokyo this weekend, and America’s medal count is already in double digits.  We won 10 medals, including four gold.  That’s good enough for second place so far.

We don’t want to spoil any events happening early today since most of us are watching in primetime.  But here’s the medal count through Sunday . . .

1.  China:  11 . . . 6 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze.

2.  USA:  10 . . . 4 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze.

3.  Russia:  7 . . . 1 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze.  Technically, Russia is banned for state-sponsored doping.  So Russian athletes have to compete under the name “R.O.C.”, or Russian Olympic Committee.

4.  Japan:  6 . . . 5 gold and 1 silver.

5.  South Korea:  5 . . . 2 gold and 3 bronze.

(You can track the full, updated medal count at NBCOlympics.com/medals.)

Here’s a full breakdown of U.S. medals so far . . .

Swimming:  Six of our 10 medals are in swimming.  Including a gold by Chase Kalisz in the men’s 400-meter medley.  Jay Litherland won silver.

Also, Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger won silver and bronze in the women’s 400-meter medley.  And the women’s team took bronze in the 4-by-100 freestyle relay.

Fencing:  A gold for Lee Kiefer in women’s foil.

Shooting:  A gold for William Shaner in men’s air rifle.

Skateboarding:  A bronze for Jagger Eaton in men’s street.

Taekwondo:  18-year-old Anastasija Zolotic (zuh-low-titch) won gold in the featherweight division.  It’s the first gold we’ve ever won in women’s taekwondo.


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