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Olympics 2020 Roundup: USA Reigns Supreme In Tokyo



Hope Ejairu

The 2020 Summer Olympics has eventually come to an end after athletes of different countries across the world slugged it out in different sporting activites, which was followed by a thrilling closing ceremony in a ‘near-empty’ stadium in the capital of Japan, Tokyo.

The United States of America made their mark as always and were the most outstanding as they topped the medals table with 39 gold, 41 silver and 33 bronze, with a total of 113 medals.

People’s Republic of China are just one gold medal behind the United States of America and also second on the medals standings. China amassed 88 medals overall by winning 38 gold, 32 silver and 18 bronze.

Host nation Japan were not so far behind as they showed their mettle hence came third, only behind ‘world powerhouse’ USA and China. Japan won 27 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 17 bronze medal.

Great Britain, a sovereign state which is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively occupied fourth on the medals table. The Great Britain made the ‘twentieth mark’ across the medals chart by winning 22 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze medals, resulting in 65 medals in total.

Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) came fifth. The group of athletes from Russia who competed under special designation because Russia was banned for breaking anti-doping rules won 20 gold medals, 28 silver and 23 bronze medals.

Australia finished sixth with 17 gold, 7 silver, and 22 bronze medals, followed by Netherlands who clinched 36 medals of 10 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze.

France and Germany ended the competition in the 8th and 9th position respectively. France won 10 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals while Germany wrapped up their Olympics outing with 37 medals (10 gold, 11 silver and 16 bronze medals respectively).

Italy finished 10th on the medals table by winning 10 gold, 10 silver, and 20 bronze, to make it 40 medals.

On the continent of Africa, it was a different ‘kettle of fish’ entirely as they were farther down the medals table.

Kenya, the first country to appear on the standings finished the competition in the 19th position with 4 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals (10 medals).

Uganda, being the second country on the medals table from Africa ended their ‘Olympics journey’ in the 36th position, tied with Greece on four medals (2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze).

South Africa were 52nd on the standings with 1 gold and 2 silver medals, while Egypt finished 54th with 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze.

Ethiopia also registered four medals after winning 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals which saw them in the 56th position, tied with Portugal.

Tunisia followed Ethiopia closely in the 58th position after ending their Olympics campaign with 1 gold and 1 silver medal.

Morocco could only muster one gold medal, thus ended in the 63rd position with Bermuda and Puerto Rico.

Amidst all the frivolities revolving around ‘Team Nigeria’ before and during ‘the Games,’ they managed to win two medals and finished 74th on the medals table alongside Jordan and Malaysia. Ese Brume won the first medal by winning the bronze medal from the women’s long jump event, while Blessing Oborududu followed suit by giving Nigerians some ‘sheer of joy’ after winning the silver medal from the wrestling event’s women’s freestyle 68kg.

Namibia were also ‘present’ on the medals table with one silver and 77th on the standings, alongside the quintet of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Turkmenistan respectively.

Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana were the other African countries that made the medals list with 1 bronze as they ended their Olympics outing in the 86th position, together with Grenada, Kuwait, Republic of Moldova and Syrian Arab Republic.

The Games which began on July 23 and ended on August 8 had 93 of the 206 participating teams making it to the medals table, including 13 of the 54 from Africa.

‘Tokyo 2020’ as it was popularly called, was initially scheduled to hold last year but did not come to fruition due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

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