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#TokyoOlympics: African Teams Performing Poorly as San Marino Win Medal

On Day 6 of the Tokyo Olympic Games, a total of 66 countries have won medals and now on the medals table. Toping the table is China with 15 gold and 7 silver and closely followed by the host nation, Japan, with 15 gold and 4 silver.

The United States which occupies the third position on the medals table on account of its 14 gold 14 silver medals has however won the most medals with a total of 38 compared to China’s 31 and Japan’s 25. Medal rankings at the games is based on gold, silver and bronze in that order.

African Teams can only boast of 7 medals as at day 6: one gold, three silver and three bronze medals. The gold was won by Tunisia while Tunisia and South Africa account for the silver medals. The other medal winners are Egypt with 2 bronze medals and Cote Divoire with 1 bronze medal.

Meanwhile, San Marino, a Nation of roughly 34,000 people and landlocked entirely by Italy, became the smallest nation ever to win a medal at the Olympics. On Thursday Alessandra Perilli of Team San Marino won the bronze medal in the women’s trap shooting final, a first for the country of roughly 34,000 residents.

China broke the world record in women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay. The Chinese team swam to victory in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, breaking the world record with a time of 7:40.33. Katie Ledecky-led U.S. relay team also broke the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle on Thursday, but it still wasn’t enough for gold. China came in at 7:40.33, just head of the Americans (7:40.73) and Australians (7:41.29). The Chinese led at the jump, but the Aussies took the lead on the second leg. The Americans, meanwhile, languished in a battle for third with Canada for much of the race. By the third leg, China and Australia were locked in what looked like a two-team battle for gold. By the time Ledecky launched herself off the blocks on the anchor leg, the Americans were 1.94 back.

The German Cycling Federation’s sporting director has been sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after a microphone caught him shouting a racial slur during Wednesday’s men’s time trial.

Patrick Moster was heard telling his rider Nikias Arndt: “Get the camel drivers! Get the camel drivers! Come on!” as he tried to catch rivals from Algeria and Eritrea. The Algerian cyclist Azzedine Lagab, one of the riders Arndt was chasing, tweeted his response. “Well, There is no camel race in #olympics,. That’s why I came to cycling. At least I was there in #Tokyo2020.”

New COVID-19 cases are surging in Tokyo to rates not seen since the pandemic began, but Japan’s prime minister says the Olympics being hosted in the capital are not to blame. Officials confirmed 3,865 new cases in Japan’s capital on Thursday, the highest daily tally reported, just as the Tokyo Olympics near their halfway point.

It’s the third day in a row the city has set a record for new cases, which started spiking shortly after people associated with the Olympics started arriving in Japan. Before Olympic personnel began entering Tokyo, the capital’s daily cases were fewer than 700.

But on Thursday, the same day Japan’s total daily COVID-19 cases topped 10,000 for the first time, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said there’s no link between the games and rising infections. No Olympians Are Among the infected.

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