Italian sprinter Marcell Jacobs won gold in the men's 100-meter dash with a time of 9.8 seconds to grab the title of "world's fastest man." His win was hailed as "one of the biggest shocks" of the Games. U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel won his fourth and fifth gold medals of 2020 in the 50-meter free and 4x100-meter medley relay. Aussie swimmer Emma McKeon tied the record for most medals won by a woman at a single Olympics with seven. And U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee won bronze in the uneven bars.
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The Americans' slow start was a distant memory after winning 10 medals on Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics. The U.S. did the most damage in the pool, taking home six medals in swimming, including a first gold on Chase Kalisz's performance in the men's 400-meter individual medley. The developments were not all positive as the women's gymnastics team finished behind Russia in qualifying after a few stumbles from Simone Biles, and the men's basketball team lost its first Olympic game since 2004.
After Thursday's action in Tokyo, Team USA leads all nations in total Olympic medals and trails only China and Japan for the most golds by just one. Here's a look at who has graced the top spot on the medal stand for America so far, including standouts like gymnast Sunisa Lee and swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky.
The U.S. maintained the total medals lead on day six at the Tokyo Olympics. Sunisa Lee captured the women's gymnastics team's fifth straight all-around gold on the strength of her floor routine finale. Swimmer Katie Ledecky's incredible turn in the 4x200-meter relay led to her second silver in Tokyo. She has one more shot at gold in the 800. Caeleb Dressel and Bobby Finke also won gold in the pool on the men's side. Dressel set an Olympic record in the 100-meter free and has a shot at six golds.