Working under pandemic conditions and no audiences is not the only first for the 2020ne summer Olympic games in Tokyo. This year the games have seen a number of firsts by the athletes themselves.

On Monday, the Philippines earned its first ever gold medal in weightlifting with Hidilyn Diaz earning the gold in the 55kg women’s category.

The United States has won its first gold medal in Taekwondo. An Alaskan native won the state’s first gold medal in swimming.

America’s Lee Kiefer is the first to win gold in foil.

A gold medal in cycling has evaded Austria in 125 years, Anna Kiesenhofer has broken the curse when she won the gold.

Each Olympic games sees a few sports come and go; this year skateboarding, surfing, archery, and 3 X 3 basketball are new sports in the games.

Two 13 year olds took home the gold medal in skateboarding.

South Korea took home the first award in archery.

Japanese brother and sister Abe Uta and Abe Hifumi became the first siblings to win the gold in the same games.


Host country Japan continues to lead the gold medal count with 10, but the United States has taken over the overall lead with 25 medals. Six more countries added their names to the medal list.

Day 4 Medal Count:
United States – 25
People’s Republic of China – 22
Japan – 18
ROC (Russia) – 18
Great Britain – 13
Italy – 12
Republic of Korea – 10
Australia – 9
France – 8
Canada – 8
Chinese Taipei – 6
Germany – 5
Brazil – 5
Switzerland – 5
Netherlands – 5
Slovenia – 3
Serbia – 3
Spain – 3
Mongolia – 3
Kazakhstan – 3
Ukraine – 3
Kosovo – 2
Hungary – 2
Romania – 2
Tunisia – 2
Austria – 2
Croatia – 2
Estonia – 2
Georgia – 2
South Africa – 2
Belgium – 2
Czech Republic – 2
Indonesia – 2
New Zealand – 2
Egypt – 2
Mexico – 2
Turkey – 2
Bermuda – 1
Hong Kong, China – 1
Islamic Republic of Iran – 1
Norway – 1
Philippines – 1
Thailand – 1
Uzbekistan – 1
Bulgaria – 1
Colombia – 1
Denmark – 1
India – 1
Jordan – 1
North Macedonia – 1
Turkmenistan – 1
Cote d’Ivoire – 1
Cuba – 1
Israel – 1
Kuwait – 1