2021 Olympics medal count, Aug. 6: Which athletes and countries have the most medals?

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The United States now has an enormous lead over the People’s Republic of China at the top of the 2021 Olympics medal count leaderboard.

A few huge days have pushed the United States to an enormous lead on the overall 2021 Olympics medal count leaderboard. With two days left, they are now within striking distance of the 121 total medals they won at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

In terms of just gold medals, the People’s Republic of China (36) still holds the top spot, followed by the United States (31), Japan (24), Great Britain (18) and a tie between Australia and ROC (17).

2021 Olympics medal count leaderboard

  1. United States of America – 98
  2. People’s Republic of China – 79
  3. ROC – 62
  4. Great Britain – 58
  5. Japan – 51
  6. Australia – 48
  7. Italy – 38
  8. Germany – 36
  9. Netherlands – 31
  10. France – 27

Complete medal standings can be viewed here.

Which Olympian has the most medals so far at the 2021 Olympics?

123 different Olympians have won multiple medals so far at the 2021 Olympics. But no one has taken home as many gold medals as Team USA’s Caleb Dressel, who won the men’s 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly, while also taking home medals in the men’s 4×100 freestyle and individual medley relays.

However, Dressel is not the most decorated athlete so far at these Olympics. That honor belongs to Australian swimmer Emma McKeon who has won seven medals total — gold in the women’s 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m individual medley relay, and bronze in the mixed 4x100m medley relay, the 100m butterfly and the 4x200m freestyle relay. Incredibly, her sister, Kaylee, is one of only a handful of other Olympians besides Emma and Dressel to win four or more medals in these games. Kaylee won gold in the women’s 100m and 200m backstroke, and the 4x100m medley relay. She also won bronze in the mixed 4x100m relay.

Katie Ledecky of the United States, Ariarne Titmus of Australia, and Yufei Zhang of China have also won four medals overall.

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