US remains on top of the Olympics medal tally race on day 7

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US remains on top of the Olympics medal tally race on day 7

On day seven of Rio 2016, the US remains on top of the Olympics medal tally race, with 50 medals in total, well ahead of China, who has 37. The US also has a comfortable lead in the gold medal standings, with 20 in total, also ahead of China who has 13.

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Japan comes at third place with 24 total medals, while Great Britain and Russia are tied at 22 apiece for fourth place. The full list of the top ten countries in the Olympic medal standings are as follows:

COUNTRYGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTAL
UNITED STATES20131750
CHINA13102437
JAPAN731424
GREAT BRITAIN79622
RUSSIA59822
AUSTRALIA56718
FRANCE57517
ITALY47415
SOUTH KOREA63413
GERMANY63211

*Results as of August 13, 2016 (Rio Local Time) Source: http://www.nbcolympics.com/medals

Highlights of the day include Michael Phelps’ close loss to Singaporean Joseph Schooling in the men’s 100m butterfly. Phelps, ended up in a three-way tie with Chad le Clos of South Africa and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary, with all of them clocking in at 51.14 seconds. Schooling came in at 50.39, becoming the first Singaporean to win a gold medal for his country, while also setting an Olympic record.

The rest of the US swimming team came out victorious, though, with Katie Ledecky winning the women’s 800m freestyle while beating her own world record, clocking in at 8:04.79. Teammate Madeleine Dirado also brought in gold winning the women’s 200m backstroke.

Phelps still has a chance to win one more gold medal when he joins the rest of Team USA for the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

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In tennis, superstar Rafael Nadal grabbed the gold medal, along with teammate Marc Lopez in the men’s doubles event, winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 against Romania. The gold medal mark’s the Spaniard, Nadal’s, second in the Olympics, with his first coming from the 2008 Beijing games.

While the US remains on top of the Olympics medal tally race, the women’s soccer team suffered a stunning defeat against Sweden during the quarterfinals, marking their first loss in the Olympics in 16 years. Brazil will also join Sweden in the women’s soccer semifinals at Rio, winning against Australia through penalties.

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