Tokyo 2020 Olympics Day 1 Medal Table: USA Wins 6 of 12 Swimming Medals

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

It was a great session for Team USA, which won 6 of 12 total swimming medals, including a near-sweep of all bronze medals.

The red, white, and blue nearly claimed a monopoly on bronze medals, winning bronze in three of four events. In impressive fashion, the United States had a medalist in all four finals tonight, and had both swimmers earn medals in two of three individual events.

Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland swept gold and silver in the opening event, clearly setting the tone for the U.S. Even in arguably the team’s worst overall event (a men’s 400 free where the United States very nearly had just a single Olympic qualifier), the U.S. took bronze courtesy of Kieran Smith in a thriller of a race.

Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger combined for a silver/bronze finish in the women’s 400 IM, and the women’s 4×100 free relay nabbed bronze, very nearly sneaking into silver.

Australia also had a great session, earning three medals and the meet’s first world record. The women’s 4×100 free relay, heavy Olympic favorites, won by a landslide and shattered their own world record from 2018. Emma McKeon powered that relay with a 51.35 split, and she also set herself up for another medal opportunity in tomorrow’s 100 fly final via a semifinals swim today.

They also held on for two men’s medals: silver in the men’s 400 free (Jack McLoughlin) and bronze in the men’s 400 IM (Brendon Smith).

Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui had the stunner of the night with an upset 400 free win from lane 8. He has his nation third on the medal table, tied with host Japan after Yui Ohashi‘s women’s 400 IM win.

Canada is the other nation bringing home hardware already: their 4×100 free relay nipped the United States for silver on a clutch anchor by Penny Oleksiak.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Pool Swimming Medal Table After Day 1

Nation Total Medals Gold Silver Bronze
USA 6 1 2 3
Australia 3 1 1 1
Tunisia 1 1
Japan 1 1
Canada 1 1

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Idc
1 month ago

I think you spelled chokers wrong

Ratio
Reply to  Idc
1 month ago

They’re currently 2nd in the medal table.

Idc
Reply to  Ratio
1 month ago

Yeah but as you may be able to tell by the name idc

Last edited 1 month ago by Idc
Ratio
Reply to  Idc
1 month ago

You obviously do care.

Verram
Reply to  Idc
1 month ago

You wouldn’t even comment if you don’t really care haha ..so practice what you preach yeah

Idc
Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

I will die on this hill

Troyy
Reply to  Idc
1 month ago

Soon would be nice.

Idc
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Oooo spicy

commonwombat
Reply to  Idc
1 month ago

Please do, the rest of us will enjoy your wake !

Idc
Reply to  Ratio
1 month ago

2nd to who again?

Sub13
Reply to  Idc
1 month ago

Does anyone moderate these comments? Can someone ban this c**t?

Tyson
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

I second that get rid of this d**k head! Can’t we just be happy to see good results all round.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tyson
Idc
Reply to  Tyson
1 month ago

Just let retta start writing articles again and I’ll be banned within a day

Li Shu
Reply to  Tyson
1 month ago

Well I wanna get rid of you. Dork head chet 😉

Idc
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

I’ve been banned before so yes they do

Troyy
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

It’d be really easy to circumvent any kind of ban.

SwimmerFan99
1 month ago

Gotta go digging in the comments for all the people who said I was ridiculous for believing Canada would be the U.S. relay(s).

Idc
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
1 month ago

Don’t be petty and annoying nobody likes the Person who argues in the comments

Gogo bibi
1 month ago

The only one that choked for AUS tonight was Winnington , the rest was good so far (First olympic bronze for Smith, first olympic silver for Mcloughlin , 3-peat gold for Aus Women)

Good to great
Reply to  Gogo bibi
1 month ago

3 medals for 3 events is very good by any standard!

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