As the Olympics stretch on into their second week, the U.S. and China are jockeying for position atop the overall medal table. At the moment, China has more golds, while the U.S. has more total medals.
However things end up by the time we reach the Closing Ceremony, it’s clear at the conclusion of (indoor) swimming that the Americans held up their end of the bargain in the pool.
After eight action-packed nights that brought excitement and drama every time, the U.S. lapped the field with regard to hardware. The final tally? The most gold (11). The most silver (10). The most bronze (nine). That’s 30 total—10 more than second-place Australia (20) and more than triple third-place Great Britain (eight).
Caeleb Dressel led the way with five gold medals, a feat he capped off Saturday night (U.S. time) by setting the Olympic record in the 50-meter free and then hopping right back in the pool on the U.S.’s gold-medal-winning 4 x 100-meter relay team. That crew won the U.S.’s 15th straight gold in the event and did it from lane 1. If you want to see some very excited swimmers one last time, this is the link for you.
Bobby Finke also helped the U.S. finish with a flourish, winning 1,500 gold. His final 50 was even faster than his last split when he stunned the world by coming from behind to win the 800 earlier in the week.
The U.S. women did their job too. Katie Ledecky now owns four more medals than she did last month, and many of her friends made trips to the podium too.
According to MITCH GOLDICH (www.si.com). Source of photos: internet