Athletes from all over the world have gathered in Japan, adding to the long history of the summer Olympics, which have been played every four years since 1896, except 1916 due to World War I, 1940 and 1944 due to World War II and 2020 due to COVID-19.
The ongoing game was supposed to be held in the summer of 2020. Tokyo first hosted Olympics in 1964.
There are 206 countries in the International Olympic Committee (IOC). There are 72 countries that have never earned an Olympic medal, including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Honduras, Nepal and Yemen.
The United States has won the highest number of medals in all the Olympic games – summer and winter combined.
In the last summer Olympics in Rio, the USA also emerged as the highest winner with 46 gold medals, 37 silver medals and 38 bronze medals, a total of 121 medals.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics
A total of 11,091 athletes are expected to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Those 11,091 athletes will compete in 41 different sports and 339 events.
People’s Republic of China’s YANG Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday holding her nerve to clinch the women’s 10m air rifle title.
The 21-year-old edged out ROC’s Anastasiia Galashina who missed the centre two rings, scoring 8.9 on her final shot.
Yang scored 9.8 with her final shot to finish with an Olympic record of 251.8. Galashina finished 0.7 behind on 251.1. Nina Christen of Switzerland took the bronze medal.
The USA finished top of the medal table in both categories of Gold medals and total number of medals won., with 39 Gold medals and 113 medals in total. It was followed by China with 38 Gold medals and Japan with 27 gold medals.
Other countries that have won gold medal in the ongoing games include Japan, USA, Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Ecuador, Iran, Hungary, Kosovo, South Korea, Great Britain, Philippines, Slovenia, Austria, and Croatia.
Nigeria has won two medals with Ese Brume winning the country’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Also, Blessing Oborududu won a silver medal in women’s 68kg freestyle event.
Russian athletes are competing as Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as Russia is barred from officially competing in the Tokyo games due to doping scandal.
Here is the medal table for Tokyo 2020 Olympics;
|Islamic Republic of Iran||3||2||2||7|
|Hong Kong, China||1||2||3||6|
|Republic of Moldova||0||0||1||1|
|Syrian Arab Republic||0||0||1||1|
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