The Olympic games are already in full swing and the race for medals is already starting to see its emerging leaders. The United States (11 medals) and China (8 medals) seem to be neck and neck in terms of total medals won, but China has a slight edge over the US and is ahead in gold medals by one. Also with three gold medals is Australia, who has won two in swimming and one gold in shooting. Currently, the top ten countries in the Olympic medal tally are as follows:
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*Results as of August 7, 2016 (Rio Local Time)
The recent gold medal winners of the games all came from swimming with the latest one coming from Kathleen Ledecky of the USA, who beat her competition in the women’s 400m freestyle. Adam Peaty also scored a gold medal for Great Britain, winning the men’s 100m breaststroke, while Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden topped other swimmers in the women’s 100m butterfly.
China’s last gold came from Qingquan Long, who beat Yun Chol Om of the People’s Republic of Korea and Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand to win the men’s 56kg weightlifting event.
The US (could) look forward to another gold as Michael Phelps and the rest of the US team go at it for the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. He will be joined by racers Nathan Adrian, who is also a 2012 Olympic champion, first-timer Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held.
With the games far from over, shifts and major movements can still happen in the Olympic medal tally. Stay tuned for more updates and results from Rio 2016.
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