USA Bottom of Early Olympics Medal Table

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Ecuador won medals on Saturday, the first day of this Summer Games. So are Kosovo, Thailand and Iran. Russia, which did not fully participate in the games, also won a medal.

The United States did not.

It was a tough opening day for the USA in 11 medal races. In the early evening, all events were either over or all Americans were eliminated.

Best finishers in the US were ranked sixth in shooting and cycling. The archery team and all fencers did not go further than the round of 16. The United States did not have any participants in the judo and taekwondo competitions on Saturday.

One reason for looking weak was that swimming, which has traditionally been an American power, did not have finals, only eliminations. The United States will be the heavy favorite to win medals on Sunday morning when the first four finals are held. (Those groping for a silver lining may note that these finals are Saturday night US time, perhaps making them honorary Day 1 events.)

Overall, it wasn’t a bad day at the Olympics for US athletes. The women’s volleyball, water polo, and three-on-three basketball teams won. But in the early medal table, the country is in an unusual spot: at the bottom.

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