After two days at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, the host nation leads all comers with two golds and four total medals in a very widely-dispersed medal table.
The meet’s format and ultra-small roster size is designed to spread medals around to a variety of nations, and that format seems to be accomplishing its goal so far. 18 different countries have picked up medals over just two days and ten events, and no country has claimed more than two gold medals. With teams capped off at 8 swimmers per country, it’ll be tough for anyone to really load up on medals over just a few sessions.
Careful observers will notice that the medal totals don’t fully add up. In fact, the Youth Olympic Games have so far given 11 gold medals and just 9 silvers. That’s no mistake – there was a tie for the boys 100 back title, with Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and Italy’s Simone Sabbioni each going 54.24. (Anybody have an over/under on the number of angry commenters who will neglect to read this paragraph?)
China has been very solid in front of the home crowd in Nanjing, winning twice and earning four total medals, most of any delegation here. Hungary matched that with two golds and two bronzes. Italy and Russia are the only other nations to win two gold medals, each getting a gold out of that tie in the crazy 100 back final.