Medal Count: U.S. Takes Early Lead with Four Day One Medals

by SwimSwam Staff 13

July 28th, 2013 News

The United States captured a medal in each of the four final events on night one to jump out in front of the overall medal count at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.  Eight other nations came home with a medal, but Team USA was the only squad to win more than one in the first evening session.  A quick rundown of the medals doled out tonight:

  • Sun Yang won gold for China in the men’s 400 free to start things off, while Connor Jaeger snuck onto the podium from an outside lane to win bronze for the Americans.  Japanese teenager Kosuke Hagino closed hard for silver.
  • Katie Ledecky blitzed the field early and never looked back to win gold for Team USA (and under 4:00!).  Melanie Costa Schmid (silver) and Lauren Boyle (bronze) captured medals for Spain and New Zealand.
  • The United States and Australia had a record-breaking battle in the women’s 4×100 free relay, with Ramoni Kromowidjojo putting the Dutch women in bronze position.
  • The French men came back over the final two legs (Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius) to win the men’s 4×100 free relay.  The U.S. and Russian men left Australia off the podium once again.

As things get more interesting over the next few days, we’ll break down the data a little more.

2013 World Championship Medals

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

USA

2

1

1

4

China

1

0

0

1

France

1

0

0

1

Japan

0

1

0

1

Australia

0

1

0

1

Spain

0

1

0

1

Netherlands

0

0

1

1

Russia

0

0

1

1

New Zealand

0

0

1

1

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C Martin

Michael Phelps is going to come back. We can speculate all we want, but in the end I believe he truly will come back and swim.

When Dan Hicks asked him if he had completely closed the door on competing, Phelps beat around the bush and responded by talking about how much fun golf was.

You saw how much fun he was having during the 4 x 100, and how much he was into it.

He said it himself: he wished he could have been swimming on that relay.

Michael Phelps is coming back. It’s only a matter of when.

David

Phelps said he could’ve won that relay for TEAM USA

C Martin

I don’t doubt it, regardless of what he said. Feigen’s lack of international experience definitely showed on this one. If only they had stuck with Berens! Had Phelps been swimming, this whole meet would be completely different!

Lane Four

And when asked he never ever said, “NO”. I was waiting for it. Everyone was waiting for that one word and he never said it. The nay sayers can say whatever they want. The man is coming back. WHOO HOO!!!!! Yeah, baby! LOL

C Martin

Yes! Only months before, he was adament about not coming back. Now he can’t hold back the truth! Rowdy was right when he said, “Ask me in a year whether he is coming back,” and chances are, his position would’ve changed. And yes, his position has changed. Now, it’s just a matter of where and when.

Only 1103 days until Rio!

NoLochteFan

I would love to see him come back, but getting caught up in the moment and grinding out 2 a days plus land training for 1000 days is another thing.

C Martin

Well, before he retired he had been doing it for almost two decades! It would be nothing new =). After all, all he knew was the pool. That’s one of the reasons why he retired, to get out and see the world (he said it himself in his autobiography). But he did it for so long because swimming was, and some still believe is, his life!

Jg

That would be incredibly rude to state that.

Champions have to be careful to shepherd their career after retirement . It is part of sportsmanship.

KeithM

You have Canada down for a bronze. I think that might be New Zealand’s medal (Lauren Boyle).

JAU

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