Tuesday, August 10, 2021 00:14 AM (GMT+7)
(Sports News – Tokyo Olympic News) Although maintaining the number 1 position in the entire team, the unique position of American sports has been shaken violently at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics with many unprecedented things in history has witnessed unforgettable imprints of sports delegations. Follow the hot stories at this year’s Olympics with a series of look backs at some of the sports teams at this year’s tournament, starting on August 10.
America’s gold medal in women’s basketball:
The Tokyo Olympics saw the race to the top of the most dramatic team in Olympic history. On the last day of competition, the US sports team made a spectacular breakthrough to reach the finish line with a record of 39 gold medals (HCV), only 1 gold more than the Chinese team, and marked the 3rd Olympic Games in a row. 1st place overall (after London 2012 and Rio 2016).
Tokyo Olympics is the 3rd Olympics in a row, the US won first place in the whole team
Of the 113 medals won by the US (39 gold medals, 41 silver medals, 33 bronze medals), nearly a quarter belonged to swimming (11 gold, 10 silver, 9 bronze). Caeleb Dressel, “new Michael Phelps” had a performance of a lifetime when he won 5 gold medals, becoming the best athlete of the Tokyo Olympics.
In addition to swimming, the US continues to maintain its dominance in strength sports. The women’s basketball team won the 7th gold medal in a row, while the men’s basketball team also celebrated the 7th gold medal in the last 8 Olympics. Meanwhile, the women’s water polo team won the third Olympic gold medal in a row.
The gold medals of Gable Steveson (wrestling), Nevin Harrison (Canoeing), especially the Hmong girl Sunisa Lee (gymnastics) were a big surprise. Most of them are just participating in the Olympics for the first time, or are not candidates to win gold.
The unique position shakes violently
The fact that the US had to wait until the last day of competition to win the first place in the whole team was no coincidence. In fact, 39 gold medals in the Tokyo Olympics is the lowest gold achievement of the US in the last 3 Olympics (won 46 gold medals in London and Rio Olympics).
More importantly, their number of silver medals is up to 41, the most since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the number shows that in many subjects, many contents, the US team has lost in the race with many other sports teams.
The Tokyo Olympics are a wake-up call to the unique position of American sports
Even in swimming, the achievement of 30 medals, including 11 gold medals, decreased significantly compared to the London Olympics (31 medals, 16 gold medals) and Rio Olympics (33 medals, 16 gold medals).
Most disappointing is athletics, one of America’s two “gold mines” at the Olympics. For the first time since 1980, American men’s track and field athletes finished the Olympics without any individual gold medals (7 golds came from women’s individual, or team events).
Another bitter defeat was women’s football. The girls of the “land of flowers” only won bronze in Japan, experiencing the second consecutive Olympic failure with the queen.
In gymnastics, the event “queen” Simone Biles withdrew from the 4 events that won gold at the Rio Olympics, causing the US’s medal achievement to halve (2 golds and 6 medals of all kinds compared to 4 gold medals). Gold medals and 12 medals of all kinds at the Rio Olympics).
The US is still the world’s No. 1 sports power, but its unique position is shaking violently. The failure of athletics, women’s football at the Tokyo Olympics, or the decline of some other sports will be a powerful wake-up call to the “land of flowers” sports team, in the context of the time to prepare for the upcoming event. The 2024 Paris Olympics are not much left.
|Olympic||Number of silver/total medals won||Final ranking|
|Los Angeles 1984||61/174||first|
Losing to the US team on the last day of competition, is China really going forward or backward in this year’s Olympics? We invite you to read the next article at 6 am on Wednesday, August 11th.
(Sports News – Tokyo Olympics News) The Chinese team bitterly finished second after being surpassed by the US team on the last day of the Tokyo Olympics…