Tokyo 2020 Olympics Day 4 Medal Table: USA and Australia Remain at the Top

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games

Day Four brought no significant changes to the top six teams (USA, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Russian Olympic Committee, and Japan) but three nations earned their first pool swimming medals on Wednesday: Hong Kong, Hungary, and Germany.

Ariarne Titmus won the first gold medal of the day for Australia in the 200 free, going 1:53.50 to overtake Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey over the final 20 meters. Haughey picked up a silver, Hong Kong’s first swimming medal, and took down the Asian record with her 1:53.92. Penny Oleksiak added a bronze (1:54.70) to Canada’s medal haul.

World Record-holder Kristof Milak put Hungary on the table for the first time in the Tokyo Olympics, breaking the Olympic Record in the 200 fly to win gold in 1:51.24. Japan’s Tomoru Honda (1:53.73) earned the silver medal ahead of Italy’s Federico Burdisso (1:54.45) who scored a bronze medal.

Japan picked up another medal -this time, gold- in the women’s 200 IM where Yui Ohashi touched out USA’s Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass in a thrilling finish. It was Ohashi’s second IM gold of the Games, and the second time the silver and bronze medal winners were Americans.

The United States added a 1-2 sweep in the women’s 1500 free, when Katie Ledecky (15:37.34) won gold in this first-ever Olympic event and her teammate Erica Sullivan (15:41.41) nabbed the silver. Germany’s Sarah Kohler (15:42.91) won her nation’s first pool swimming medal since 2008 with a bronze and a German National Record by some 6 seconds.

Great Britain wrapped up the session with a dominant gold-medal performance in the men’s 4×200 free relay. Tom Dean, James Guy, Matthew Richards, and Duncan Scott combined for 6:58.58, barely missing the World and Olympic Records. The Russian Olympic Committee (7:01.81) added a silver, while Australia (7:01.84) took home the bronze.

Australia and Great Britain each have two more gold medals after four days of swimming than they had in 2016, while USA and Hungary have 3 and 2 fewer, respectively. The Americans have had some notable misses this year, especially in the men’s 100 backstroke and the men’s 4×200 free relay. In the case of the latter, 2020 marks the only time the USA has failed to make the podium (with the exception of 1980 when the U.S. boycotted the Games).

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Pool Swimming Medal Table After Day 4

Nation Total Medals Gold Silver Bronze
USA 16 4 5 7
Australia 9 4 1 4
Great Britain 4 3 1
Japan 3 2 1
Canada 4 1 2 1
Russian Olympic Committee 3 1 2
Hungary 1 1
Tunisia 1 1
Italy 3 1 2
China 2 1 1
Netherlands 1 1
South Africa 1 1
Hong Kong 1 1
Brazil 1 1
Germany 1 1

Rio 2016 Olympics: Pool Swimming Medal Table After Day 4

Nation Total Medals Gold Silver Bronze
United States 18 7 4 7
Hungary 4 3 0 1
Australia 3 2 0 1
Great Britain 4 1 3 0
China 4 1 2 1
Japan 4 1 1 2
Sweden 2 1 1 0
South Africa 2 0 2 0
Canada 3 0 1 2
France 1 0 1 0
Russia 1 0 1 0
Spain 1 0 0 1
Italy 1 0 0 1



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1 year ago

Off topic: Respect to the GOAT (Phelps) for congratulating Milak with his gold in an Insta Story 🙂

Last edited 1 year ago by Kim
Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Where is the article for Titmus’ win in 200 free?

She broke venerable Schmitt’s Olympics record.

She became the first double individual gold medalist.

And yet no article. There’s even article for bronze medalist in w1500

What’s up, SwimSwam?

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Lol chill. SwimSwam is pretty great at highlighting Australian achievements and Arnie got a lot of focus after the 400. I wouldn’t be worried about one article. If she ends up with 4 medals she’ll definitely get some more highlighting

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Arnie will never be ledecky. Cope

1 year ago

I know people shut this down if it’s ever DARE suggested, but the Aussie team legitimately has a (very outside) chance to get the most golds.

If Australia can win M200 Breast (strong gold chance), W200 Free (very strong gold chance) and M100 Free (good chance but likely USA) tomorrow, then we potentially will be ahead by 3 golds (depending on the M800 and W200Fly, but Italy and China appear to be the favourites). If our solid chances (W200 back, W50/100Free) and some of our outside chances (all 3 medley relays) all fire then it’s possible.

M d e
Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago


If Australia nails most of their borderline gold chances we will probably beat the US in golds.

But they are borderline for a reason. We probably win a couple but lose most.

Last edited 1 year ago by M d e
1 year ago

USA Women’s National Swimming Team
Tokyo 2021 Olympic Grades
Individual Events

Women’s 400 meter individual medley
Weyant: B+
Flickinger: B-

Women’s 100 meter butterfly
Huske: A-
Curzan: F (failed to qualify for event final)

Women’s 400 meter freestyle
Ledecky: A
Madden: C-

Women’s 100 meter backstroke
Smith: B+
White: B

Women’s 100 meter breaststroke
Jacoby: A
King: B-

Women’s 200 meter freestyle
Ledecky: C
Schmitt: F (failed to qualify for event final)

Women’s 200 meter individual medley
Walsh: B+
Douglass: B

Women’s 1500 meter freestyle
Ledecky: A
Sullivan: A-

A Top 5 All-Time Performance guarantees a minimum grade of A regardless of placement.… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 year ago

Cmon Aussies! Another medal and we equal our Rio medal tally .. we can do it

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Verram
1 year ago

should even surpass it tomorrow. w4x200 gold is a lock and zac is looking great in the 200 breast

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 year ago

Definitely some fair chances but something about counting chickens that I don’t like to do haha

Reply to  Verram
1 year ago

Agree. Surpassing Rio is a given. Matching/beating Sydney (18) in play but far from a done deal. Surpassing Beijing (20) would need everything to go right.

  • W4X200 are clear favourites but it takes 4 strong swims and 3rd/4th legs aren’t necessarily locked in.
  • ZSC looks a solid medal bet and could win but no “lock”.
  • Chalmers could medal, may possibly sneak a win …. or miss out.
  • McLoughlin could medal in 800, could miss
  • MMR can medal but could cost medals and even potential golds
  • Hard to go past McKeown in 200BK but beyond this its getting harder both for medals and gold.
  • McKeon looks great but W100FR is no gimme. Whether they waste her in
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Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

I think it’s pretty much given the Zac will swim the men’s medley relay and potentially the mixed medley relay as wel unless they choose to go for Chelsea since she made #9th in the 100m event and save the other legs for our better swimmers

Last edited 1 year ago by Verram
Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

W100FR is before the MMR in the schedule.

Drama King
Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

What about Larkin ?
He was so consistent in 100 back.
May sneak for a medal in 200im

Reply to  Drama King
1 year ago

Could happen but think he’d need to be on career best form. His 100back was good but a long way from his best. Think he made a wrong call passing up 200back to chase a mirage in this one. DON’T trust him, however, in any relay.

Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

we have the Olympic champion in the event, who’s time is 1.2 & 1.7 seconds ahead of her nearest rivals in the 4 X 200
You have another who is consistently in the 1.54s as you 2nd swimmer, only 1 other girl is a 1.54 swimmer.,
There is another who made the Olympic final, our 3rd swimmer, where no others even had 2 swimmers in the final
Last swimmer, they must have confidence on, as they have 2 young guns, who had great swims in the 4 x 100, they could’ve used.

I’m fairly confident.

The rest you are seeing from a very conservative view.

Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

  • W4X200. Even with coaches having a brain-fart; they’d need to break or miss the bus to the pool.
  • W200BK. Unless something unforseen, very difficult to see McKeown losing
  • M100FR. Stand by my call; looks a v tough race. Might medal, far from certain
  • M200IM. Non vintage field but would be surprised if Larkin medals
  • M800 McLoughlin is in medal mix; its a maybe rather than likely
  • M200BRS ZSC a strong medal chance, could win but always coming from behind will come up short sometimes. Medal = likely, beyond that = its a maybe
  • W100FR Em looks fabulous, end of story. Would need complete collapse not to medal. Would need to come back to the field not to win.
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Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

Yes CW, we have 4 golds & 2 fairly solid golds in 200BK & 4×200. Plus the a 3rd one not so far away in 100free women.
Now line ball W50Free, M100free,200breast, line ball if we bat 1 from 3.
W4x100med, think you may need to do the maths, still behind but not by as much as you thing, W800free, both outside chances
The others all medal chances only.

1 year ago

The USA Men’s Swimming Team needs to pick up the slack.

USA Women’s Swimming Team
2 G, 4S, 5B for a total of 11 of the combined 16 medals

1 year ago

Go Australia 💖💖💖

Reply to  AussiePerson
1 year ago

And we only took 35 swimmers. Not 50 something

Reply to  Joel
1 year ago

Extra swimmers don’t really help with medals…

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