Medal Count 2021 Olympics: Updated Standings, Highlights After Day 2July 25, 2021
Naomi Osaka lit the torch to signify the end of the opening ceremony for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics on Friday and since then, athletes from around the world have been on fire with memorable performances.
With Day 2 completed, sports fans have already been treated to a slate of Olympic events that include mainstays such as swimming, women's soccer, softball, gymnastics and exciting new entries like 3x3 Basketball and skateboarding.
It's still early, but countries like China, Japan and the United States are really starting to establish themselves by landing at the top of the medal standings.
The U.S. didn't claim a podium place on Day 1, but it managed to bounce back with 10 medals during the second day of action.
All told, 93 medals have been awarded. Here's a quick look at the leaders after Day 2:
Tokyo Olympics Medal Count, Day 2
China: 6 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze, 11 Total
Japan: 5 Gold, 1 Silver, 6 Total
United States: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze, 10 Total
Republic of Korea: 2 Gold, 3 Bronze, 5 Total
Russian Olympic Committee: 1 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze, 7 Total
Italy: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze, 5 Total
Australia: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze, 3 Total
France: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze, 3 Total
Hungary: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Total
Tunisia: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Total
Austria: 1 Gold, 1 Total
Ecuador: 1 Gold, 1 Total
*Full results and medal standings can be found at Olympics.com.
Day 2 Recap and Highlights
Probably the biggest surprise of Day 2 was Team USA men's basketball's 83-76 loss to France in the first game of group play.
It was the first Olympic loss suffered by the men's team since 2004.
As a result, many are worried about the top-ranked team's gold-medal chances moving forward.
"I think we have a history of dominance and maybe not always blowing people out, but we have a history of winning. And it's not often that you see Team USA go out there and lose, especially to start," U.S. star Damian Lillard said, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
"I think that's why a lot of people will make it seem like the end of the world, but our job as professionals and this team and representing our country at the Olympics, we've got to do what's necessary and we still can accomplish what we came here to accomplish."
On a more positive note, Chase Kalisz won Team USA's first gold of the Games after placing first in the men's 400-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
The Maryland native grew up idolizing Michael Phelps, who was on hand to watch his protege swim toward Olympic glory.
"My heart is about to pop out of my chest," Phelps said, per Yahoo Sports. "I'm so stoked right now."
Close friend and fellow American Jay Litherland finished second to claim the silver.
Not to be outdone, Team USA's Lee Kiefer took home the gold in fencing in a 15-13 victory over Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee.
Kiefer is the first American woman to top the podium at the Olympics in individual foil, and all it took was to beat the reigning gold medalist and No. 1-ranked Deriglazova.
"I wish could chop it up in little pieces and distribute it to everyone that I love," Kiefer told Josh Peter of
Team USA's other two gold medals were won by William Shaner, who set an Olympic record with a final score of 251.6 in the men's 10-meter air rifle, and Anastasija Zolotic, who won the featherweight division title in women's taekwondo.