Tokyo Aug 8 (EFE).- The Tokyo 2020 Games on Sunday came to an end after 16 eventful days of competition that were not short of records and memorable moments despite being held during a global pandemic, without fans in attendance.
Australian swimmer Emma McKeon won the most medals in Tokyo – four gold and three bronze – becoming only the second female athlete to win seven medals at a Games, following Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya (two gold and five silver) in 1952.
American Caeleb Dressel became the 10th athlete and fifth swimmer to win five gold medals at a single Olympics.
His compatriot, track and field sprinter Allyson Felix, claimed two medals at Tokyo 2020, bringing her total Olympic career tally to 11 medals, including seven gold, three silver and a bronze.
Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah became the first woman to win the 100m and 200m races at two Olympic games. She is also only the second woman to win at least five gold medals – having also won the 4x100m relay – behind Allyson Felix (7).
Dutch runner Sifan Hassan became the first athlete to win a medal in 1,500m (bronze), 5,000m and 10,000m (gold in both) at the same Games. She is also the first athlete to secure three podium appearances in individual competitions since 1988.
German equestrian Isabell Werth became the third athlete to win gold medals at six different Olympic Games, following German canoe Birgit Fischer and Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevich.
The United States concluded the Tokyo 2020 Games atop the medal table for the third Games in a row with 39 gold medals, one ahead of China.
A record 94 different countries won at least one medal, more than any other Olympics. Tokyo 2020 broke the previous record set at Beijing 2008, when 87 nations made it onto the podium. Turkmenistan, San Marino and Burkina Faso claimed the first metal in their history in Japan.
A total of 66 countries won at least one gold, more than the record of 59 set at Rio five years ago. The Philippines, Qatar and Bermuda all won their first ever gold medals.