U.S. Fails to Win a Medal on Day 1 of Summer Olympics for First Time in Almost 50 Years

The disappointing start to Tokyo Olympics was for Team USA. They failed to win any medals on Day One of the Summer Games. Bill Mallon, an Olympic historian, pointed out that it was the first time since 1972's Munich Games that the United States had not won a medal at the Summer Olympics. It is impossible to count starting after 1932, as there were no "first day" in other years. This could be due to a variety of reasons. @TeamUSA also failed to win a medal at the Winter Olympics in 2018, 1998, and again from 1980-1992. 2/end Bill Mallon, @bambam1729) July 24, 2020 Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement There were 11 gold medals awarded Saturday, and several upsets meant that U.S. athletes did not win gold, silver or bronze in any of the events. Fair enough, the medals given out Saturday were not in any of the top sports. There were a few where Team USA could do better. Yang Qian, a Chinese 10-meter air rifle competitor, won the first gold medal. Mary Tucker, an American participant in the event, was expected do well, as she is ranked No. 2 in the world, but finished sixth. Eli Dershwitz, ranked No. Although ranked No. 2 in the world for saber, he lost to Kim Jung-hwan from South Korea who won the bronze. Advertisement Advertisement The archers of Team USA also suffered upsets on Saturday. Brady Ellison, who is ranked number. Mackenzie Brown and Brady Ellison, who are ranked No. Ellison, who is a three-time gold medalist, said that he was still shocked. We were certain to win a medal today. I shot left after we got into that stadium. Mackenzie began to figure it out at the end. I tried to aim for the wind throughout that match. I was a bit shocked at the finals venue. It was just not there and it cost us the match. Advertisement Advertisement Brandon McNulty, a cyclist, seemed also destined for a medal. He pulled away from his group to make it to the men's road race. He finished in sixth place, while Ecuador's Richard Carapaz won the gold medal for his country. Jourdan Delacruz (a Texas weightlifter aged 23), was unable to convert her three attempts at the clean and jump and came in seventh. There are still many Olympics to go and Team USA saw wins in softball, basketball and water polo.

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