As the 2016 Rio Olympics enter Day 11, the United States continues to reign as the overwhelming leader on the medal board with nearly twice as much hardware as current second-place holder Great Britain.
Team USA has racked up 75 medals, including 26 gold, through the first 10 days in Brazil, followed by the Britons with 16 gold and 41 total medals, and China securing 15 gold as part of its 46 medals. Russia, despite missing almost a third of its athletes, is in fourth place with 11 gold and 36 total medals.
Thus far, 67 out of the 207 countries in attendance have won medals and 45 have claimed at least one gold. Germany climbed to fifth in the medal standings after Sebastian Brendal won the men’s 1000-meter singles canoe, while Italy sits in sixth place with eight gold, followed by France and Japan who each sport seven gold.
But much of Day 10’s highlights, mostly from track and field, involved upsets from countries other than the medal leaders. In fact, the U.S. was denied even more gold thanks to women’s sprinter Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas.
Miller dove across the 400-meter finish line to outlast American and favorite Allyson Felix by seven-hundredths of a second to claim the Bahamas first gold and only medal of the games so far. Felix clocked an excellent 49.51 for silver but was denied the fifth gold of her career by Miller. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson locked down the bronze for her nation’s fourth overall medal of the Games.
Host-nation Brazil sits back in 15th place on the medal leaderboard, but did lock down its second gold thanks to pole vaulter Thiago Braz da Silva. Upsetting favored and world No. 1 ranked Renaud Lavillenie of France, the 22-year-old Da Silva couldn’t clear his first attempt at 6.03 meters but flew on his second attempt to win Brazil’s first gold in track and field in 32 years.
"Incredible," Da Silva said. "My first time over six meters. My hometown wanted me to win."
Brazil can increase its chances of even more gold when it’s women’s soccer team square off against Sweden in the semifinals Tuesday for the right to face either Canada or Germany in the final.
The United States can also mine more gold in women’s gymnastics as superstar Simone Biles sizes up her fourth gold medal of the Games in the floor exercise final Tuesday. The 19-year-old looks to better her bronze performance in the balance beam on Monday, while her teammate and 2012 London floor exercise gold medalist Aly Raisman is also in the competition.