Posted July 29, 2012 by Karen Kinsey in Sports

China tops Olympic medal table after day 5 with 5 gold medals

The London Olympics is in full swing and the drama has kicked off on the medals table already. Saturday China started and also ended the day on top of the table as they took the first gold of the games.

The event was the finals of the women’s 10 metre air rifle, the athlete- Ye Siling. China who was the last hosts of the Olympics- the 2008 Olympics in Beijing also added three more gold medals before the end of the day.

Next was 16 year old Ye Shiwen who put up an outstanding performance in the 400m individual medley swimming event, beating the world record and bagging the second gold for her country after Siling.

Sun Yang Shiwen’s teammate was first in the 400m freestyle final for men making it the third gold medal for the Chinese.

The fourth gold came from the women’s 48kg weight category weightlifting where Wang Mingjuan gave China her fourth gold who also bagged two bronze medals summing up an impressive medals haul for the Country.

Next were the Italians whose women got a sweep of the three medals in the fencing game. Elisa Di Francisca led the trio winning gold. Their men was not left out, their archery team and 10m air pistol teams bagged medals too making it five medals in all for them.

The Americans proved their dominance in the Aquatics Centre, winning each of the medals led by Ryan Lochte who won gold in the 400m individual medley for men. With their haul, they are third with five medals also.

The 4x100m relay went to the Australians who shocked everyone by shrugging off the challenge of the Dutch ladies.

In all, 19 Nations won medals on Saturday of which 12 were crowned Olympic champions both in the individual and the team events.

As the flamboyantly opened Olympic games enters its 5th day, hosts Team GB will be looking to register their first medal at the events.

Karen Kinsey

Karen Kinsey with a degree in journalism. She ended up going into the education field and has been a teacher for the past six years. Karen Kinsey is a television producer, writer, editor, professor, wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend and longtime, diehard Phillies fan. Karen Kinsey writings have been featured in such mainstream media as The Guardian, USA Today, Global Times, China Daily, Beijing Review, among others.