Team USA closed out the Rio Olympics in fine form, winning a total of 121 medals—51 more than China, its closest competitor—before last night’s (August 21) closing ceremonies. Pivotal victories from both individual athletes of color and predominantly-POC teams contributed to that exceptional number. We catalog those victories in this final installment of #POCMedalWatch:
Men’s Basketball Team, Basketball (12 players of color)The all-Black Olympic men’s basketball team—featuring NBA stars like Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant—won a gold medal after beating Serbia 96-66.
Women’s Basketball Team, Basketball (8 players of color)The predominantly-Black women’s team, which included WNBA leading lights like Maya Moore and Tina Charles, won their sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal with a 101-72 victory against Spain.
Tianna Bartoletta, Track & FieldBartoletta took home her second gold medal in the women’s 4x100m relay race.
Allyson Felix, Track & FieldFelix added not one, but two gold medals to her previous silver one, winning in the women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Tori Bowie, Track & FieldBowie added both one gold and one bronze medal to her silver one with victories in the women’s 4x100m relay (gold) and 200m dash (bronze).
English Gardner, Track & FieldGardner won a gold medal in the women’s 4x100m relay.
Morolake Akinosun, Track & FieldAkinosun, who was born in Nigeria, won a gold medal in the women’s 4x100m relay.
Ariana Washington, Track & FieldWashington won a gold medal in the women’s 4x100m relay.
Taylor Ellis-Watson, Track & FieldEllis-Watson earned a gold medal in the women’s 4x400m relay.
Courtney Okolo, Track & FieldOkolo won a gold medal for the women’s 4x400m relay.
Natasha Hastings, Track & FieldHastings, whose family hails from Jamaica and Trinidad, won a gold medal in the women’s 4x400m relay.
Francena McCorory, Track & FieldMcCorory won a gold medal in the women’s 4x400m relay.
Phyllis Francis, Track & FieldFrancis took home a gold medal for her win in the women’s 4x400m relay.
LaShawn Merritt, Track & FieldMerritt, already a bronze medalist, earned a gold medal in the men’s 4x400m race.
Kyle Clemons, Track & FieldClemons won a gold medal in the men’s 4x400m relay.
Arman Hall, Track & FieldHall won a gold medal in the men’s 4x400m relay.
Gil Roberts, Track & FieldRoberts won a gold medal in the men’s 4x400m relay.
Tony McQuay, Track & FieldMcQuay won a gold medal in the men’s 4x400m relay.
David Verburg, Track & FieldVerburg won a gold medal in the men’s 4x400m relay.
Matthew Centrowitz, Jr., Track & FieldCentrowitz, whose mother hails from Guyana, won the gold medal in the men’s 1500m race.
Claressa Shields, BoxingShields won a gold medal in women’s middle 75kg boxing.
Shakur Stevenson, BoxingStevenson took home the silver medal in men’s bantam 56kg boxing.
Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, Track & FieldChelimo, who was born in Kenya, won a silver medal in the men’s 5000m race.
Jackie Galloway, TaekwondoGalloway, of Mexican heritage (she once served as an alternative for Mexico’s team), won a bronze medal in the women’s over 67 kg taekwondo competition.
Micah Christenson, Erik and Kawika Shoji, VolleyballChristenson and the Shoji brothers, all of partial Asian descent, won a bronze medal with the men’s volleyball team.
Rachael Adams, Foluke Akinradewo and Alisha Glass, VolleyballAdams, Glass and Nigerian-descended Akinradewo won a bronze medal with the women’s volleyball team.
#POCMedalWatch diverted from the Olympics’ official medal tallies by counting each member of color from a medal-winning squad or team (i.e. basketball, the various relay teams in swimming and track and field) that won a medal as an individual medalist. With that rubric in mind, #POCMedalCount’s final tally is 78 medals.