Tokyo 2020 Olympics Day 2 Medal Table: Australia Closes Gap with United States

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games

Day 2 belonged to Australia, who closed the gap with the United States on the medal table. The Aussies are now tied with the Americans with two gold medals each. Ariarne Titmus won gold in the 400 free, handing USA’s Katie Ledecky her first Olympic defeat. Emma McKeon added to Australia’s haul with a bronze in the women’s 100 fly. Matthew Temple, Zac Incerti, Alexander Graham, and Kyle Chambers added a bronze in the men’s 4×100 free.

Team USA held onto first place thanks to the men’s 4×100 free relay. Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Bowe Becker, and Zach Apple gave the Americans their sole gold of the morning. Other than Ledecky’s silver, the United States were shut out of the podia in the individual events. Both Torri Huske in the women’s 100 fly and Michael Andrew in the men’s 100 breast finished fourth.

Canada moved into third place with Maggie MacNeil’s gold medal in the 100 fly, in a very tight race that saw only .14 separate 1st place from 4th place.

China earned their first medal of the Games with Zhang Yufei’s silver in the 100 fly. Li Bingjie added a bronze in the 400 free.

Adam Peaty put Great Britain on the table when he defended his 2016 Olympic gold medal in the 100 breast.

Arno Kamminga gave Netherlands their first medal with a silver in the 100 breast.

Nicolo Martinenghi picked up Italy’s first medal with a bronze in the 100 breast. Alessandro Miressi, Thomas Ceccon, Lorenze Zazzeri, and Manuel Frigo added a silver in the men’s 4×100 free.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Pool Swimming Medal Table After Day 2

Nation Total Medals Gold Silver Bronze
USA 8 2 3 3
Australia 6 2 1 3
Canada 2 1 1
Great Britain 1 1
Japan 1 1
Tunisia 1 1
China 2 1 1
Italy 2 1 1
Netherlands 1 1

 

 

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Jiang Yang
1 month ago

wow

Last edited 1 month ago by Jiang Yang
25Backstroke
1 month ago

The most important takeaway of the night is that the #1 Former US National Team member, Canadian Olympian, USC Trojan, Bolles School alum, and Italian Olympian Santo Condorelli now has an Olympic medal

Last edited 1 month ago by 25Backstroke
LBSWIM
Reply to  25Backstroke
1 month ago

He’s kind of like a modern day Goldie Locks

The White Whale
Reply to  25Backstroke
1 month ago

Don’t forget born in Japan. What a renaissance man!

Verram
1 month ago

I think Australia won 10 swimming medals in Rio so they’re well on their way to matching that medal tally in the pool

jeff
Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

should be very easy to exceed that, with the 50/100/200 free, 100/200, and both relays on the women’s side alone

Sub13
Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

More than half our golds and more than half our total medals of Rio in just two days.

M d e
1 month ago

USA will definitely end up with most total, but most golds hinges on a handful of key races.

If McKeown and Chalmers can deal with their American rivals or vice versa it’s a potential 6 gold medal swing.

US has more events that seem like locks left, so Australia needs to win pretty much every one of these borderline events to pull it off.

M d e
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

Quite the opposite actually.

Traditionally the process has been to rank by golds with silver medals splitting ties (and bronze splitting still tied nations). See above article for evidence.

NBC started listing by total in Beijing because China was ahead for a significant portion of the games, but it is usually done by gold.

Ultimately it’s not meant to be treated as a scoreboard though, so it’s largely a silly idea to begin with.

Edit: changed US to NBC because it sounded like I was making a point I wasn’t making.

Last edited 1 month ago by M d e
Justhereforfun
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

Hmmmm since we’re counting totals, why stop at 3rd? 4th place, 5th place finishes are good too! By your logic, surely two 5th place finishes are better than a gold medal right?

boknows34
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

Would you rather go home with 3 gold medals or 4 silvers and 3 bronze?

Sub13
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

No one has ever calculated the medal table by total medals. It’s always done by golds. If you think a country with 11 bronze medals beats a country with 10 golds you are dreaming.

Troyy
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

The official Olympic medal tally sorts by gold medals.

Last edited 1 month ago by Troyy
markb
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

OK then, so if a country has 3 golds and another has 3 bronze, they’re both equal in your eyes. Dunce.

nicktamtam
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

Let’ s make it that way: 3pts (individual gold) – 2pts (individual silver) – 1pt (individual bronze)
6pts (relay gold) – 4pts (relay silver) – 2pts (relay bronze)

M d e
Reply to  nicktamtam
1 month ago

The olympics isn’t a duel meet.

Armchair
1 month ago

wow: Did Apple cut it close when leaving the block? As close as one could be, I would think. Even watching on TV, it looked very tight; heck, we went from having at most a head lead to something close to a full body lead by the time he came up from his start. Well-timed! Phew.

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