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Rio Olympics 2016 medal tally: USA continue to dominate, reach 50-medal mark


Rio de Janeiro: Katie Ledecky obliterated the field and her own world record in winning the 800m freestyle at the Rio Olympics on Friday, uniting the 200m, 400m and 800m titles for the first time since 1968, helping USA extend their lead at the top of the medal tally.

The 19-year-old American, who also won the 4x200m relay for four golds overall, touched in 8min 04.79sec, beating the previous record of 8:06.68 she set in Austin, Texas.

Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana celebrates winning the gold medal, adding to USA's medal tally, after the women's 10,000-meter final. AP

Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana celebrates winning the gold medal after the women's 10,000-meter final. AP

Adding to USA's glory, veteran Anthony Ervin won a surprise gold in the men's 50m freestyle in Rio on Friday to become the oldest swimmer ever to win an Olympic title.

The 35-year-old, who has overcome personal demons on his return to the sport, stormed to victory in 21.40 seconds to repeat his success at the Sydney Olympics in the same event 16 years ago and reclaim the title of the world's fastest swimmer.

Elsewhere, Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana smashed a 23-year-old world record to claim gold in the 10,000m before New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams suffered an agonising defeat as the Olympic athletics competition opened with a bang on Friday.

Singapore exploded in celebration on Saturday after homegrown swimming hero Joseph Schooling beat US legend Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly in Rio to win the tiny republic's first ever Olympic gold.

The 21-year-old Asian champion set a new Olympic record of 50.39sec as he edged out his American idol Phelps, who ended in a sensational dead heat for silver alongside South Africa's Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary.

At the end of day seven, United States topped the medal tally with 50 medals (20 Gold, 13 Silver, 17 Bronze), followed by China on 37 (13 Gold, 10 Silver, 14 Bronze).

Great Britain on 22 medals (7 Gold, 9 Silver, 6 Bronze) overtook Japan on 24 medals (7 Gold, 3 Silver, 14 Bronze) to claim the third spot.

Here is the Rio Olympics medal tally after day seven:

CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
United States20131750
China13101437
Great Britain79622
Japan731424
South Korea63413
Germany63211
Russia59822
France57517
Australia56718
Hungary53311
Italy47415
Spain3025
Canada22610
Kazakhstan2237
Netherlands2226
Thailand2114
Switzerland2013
Croatia2002
New Zealand1607
North Korea1225
Sweden1214
Brazil1124
Belgium1113
Romania1113
Slovenia1113
Colombia1102
Slovakia1102
Vietnam1102
Chinese Taipei1023
Poland1023
Czech Republic1012
Ethiopia1012
Greece1012
Argentina1001
Neutral team1001
Fiji1001
Iran1001
Kosovo1001
Singapore1001
South Africa0415
Denmark0224
Ukraine0213
Azerbaijan0202
Indonesia0202
Cuba0112
Georgia0112
Lithuania0112
Belarus0101
Ireland0101
Kenya0101
Malaysia0101
Mongolia0101
Philippines0101
Turkey0101
Egypt0022
Israel0022
Norway0022
Uzbekistan0022
Estonia0011
Kirghyzstan0011
Portugal0011
Tunisia0011
Utd Arab Emirates0011

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With inputs from AFP

First Published On : Aug 13, 2016 17:33 IST

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