United States wins gold medal count on final day of Olympics
The race between Team USA and China to top the gold medal list ended on the final day of the campaign, the United States winning it with 39.
It was not an easy race between the United States and China for the country with the most gold medals at the end of the 2020 Olympic Games. They had to battle until the last day of the summer event to find out the winner between the two countries and it came down to the women’s volleyball final between the United States against Brazil.
Hard-fought win for Team USA to secure the gold medal
The US had nothing to lose and everything to win as they were trying to win the gold medal for the first time in their Olympic history. Team USA fought every set, but the United States was able to come out on top with a 25-21, 25-20 and 25-14 to win the gold medal on Sunday.
This was the medal that made the United States be the country with the most golds (39) at the end of the Olympic Games. “I’m just still in a state of shock,” Team USA volleyball player Jordan Larson said after the game. “I cried more in the last 24 hours than I think I have in my career. I’m not an emotional player, an emotional person. But I think just the emotions got the best of me. I’m now in kind of this euphoria, a state of shock.”
The United States lost seven gold medals this summer
Unfortunately, not everything is good news for the United States because they won seven less gold medals than in the past two Olympic Games, London 2012 with 46 and Rio 2016 with 46 as well.
But the United States won a total of 113 medals in Tokyo, surpassing the 88 that obtained China who finished in second place. The last time that the United States didn’t finish in first place in the medal count was in Beijing 2008.
Italy made an impressive run
Besides Great Britain that finished in fourth place with 27 gold medals, 14 Silver and 17 Bronze, there were four European countries that finished in the top 10. Netherlands (7), France (8), Germany (9) and Italy (10) all tied with 10 gold medals each. But the Italians finished with a total medal count of 40 after adding 10 silver and 20 bronze.
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