Olympic 2021 Medal Count: Final Tally, Winners from Day 6 Early EventsJuly 29, 2021
After the early action on Day 6 of the Tokyo Olympics, the United States has the second-most gold medals. China and Japan are tied for the most gold medals with 15, and the U.S. is right on their heels, with 14.
Team USA, however, has hauled in the most medals overall so far, with 38. That's seven more than China and 13 more than Japan.
But Team USA got a boost in the gold-medal department on Day 6, with triumphant finishes by Caeleb Dressel in the men's 100-meter freestyle and by Sunisa Lee in the women's gymnastics all-around.
It was Dressel's second gold medal of these Games after helping lead the U.S. to a win in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
With Simone Biles pulling out of the all-around final, the door opened for Lee to earn her first Olympic gold medal and second overall medal following the Americans' second-place finish in the team final.
There were plenty of other compelling storylines in the early events of Day 6, so let's take a look at the medal winners in the other events and then dive deeper into Dressel's and Lee's big moments.
Note that the Russian team is not able to compete under its national name due to sanctions resulting from its extensive doping program, so it is competing as Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
Day 6 Medal Winners
Artistic Gymnastics, Women's All-Around Final
Gold: Sunisa Lee, United States
Silver: Rebeca Andrade, Brazil
Bronze: Angelina Melnikova, ROC
Canoe Slalom, Women's Canoe Final
Gold: Jessica Fox, Australia
Silver: Mallory Franklin, Great Britain
Bronze: Andrea Herzog, Germany
Rowing, Men's Pair Final A
Rowing, Women's Pair Final A
Gold: New Zealand
Rowing, Lightweight Men's Double Sculls Final A
Rowing, Lightweight Women's Double Sculls Final A
Shooting, Trap Women's Final
Gold: Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova, Slovakia
Silver: Kayle Browning, United States
Bronze: Alessandra Perilli, San Marino
Shooting, Trap Men's Final
Gold: Jiri Liptak, Czech Republic
Silver: David Kostelecky, Czech Republic
Bronze: Matthew Coward-Holley, Great Britain
Swimming, Men's 800-Meter Freestyle Final
Gold: Robert Finke, United States
Silver: Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy
Bronze: Mykhailo Romanchuk, Ukraine
Swimming, Men's 200-Meter Breaststroke Final
Gold: Izaac Stubblety-Cook, Australia
Silver: Arno Kamminga, Netherlands
Bronze: Matti Mattsson, Finland
Swimming, Women's 200-Meter Butterfly Final
Gold: Yufei Zhang, China
Silver: Regan Smith, United States
Bronze: Hali Flickinger, United States
Swimming, Men's 100-Meter Freestyle Final
Gold: Caeleb Dressel, United States
Silver: Kyle Chalmers, Australia
Bronze: Kliment Kolesnikov, ROC
Swimming, Women's 4x200-Meter Freestyle Relay Final
Silver: United States
Caeleb Dressel's Emotional Moment
It's almost unimaginable how difficult this past year-and-a-half has been for the athletes who are competing in this year's Games, but there have been moments of clarity and understanding. Case in point: Caeleb Dressel's emotional moment after his first-ever individual win in the 100-meter freestyle.
Dressel's family wasn't able to be with him in Tokyo this year, but NBC had a camera embedded with his family, leading to a heartwarming video of them cheering him on...and a heartwrenching snippet of his reaction after speaking to them.
Narrowly beating out Australia's Kyle Chalmers, Dressel actually set a new Olympic record with his time of 47.02 seconds.
Dressel, 24, still has the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and relays to come. Dressel also holds the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, and he could one-up himself in Tokyo on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Sunisa Lee Makes History
It hasn't been an easy week for the Team USA gymnasts, who have been supporting Simone Biles in her decision to pull out of the team final and then the all-around final in order to take care of her mental health.
But silver-medal favorite Sunisa Lee was able to take the baton from Biles in the all-around and emerge victorious, earning her first-ever Olympic gold medal. She is the fifth consecutive American woman to win the event following Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas and Biles.
Lee finished with a score of 57.433, which was just 0.135 ahead of second-place finisher Rebeca Andrade of Brazil.
Lee's story has been about more than triumph on the mat. As she was preparing for the national championships in 2019, her father, John, fell off a ladder and was partially paralyzed. Lee ultimately decided to compete and clinched her spot in Tokyo.
Lee also became the first Hmong American to make the Olympics...and now, she is the first to medal.