During the final day of the summer Olympics, China led the Gold medal count 38-36, but Team USA added three more to finish on top. Team USA dominated the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by winning the overall count as well. However, Chinese state media has altered those figures in a way to assert itself as the gold medal leader.
Images from the Chinese social media platform, Weibo, and China Central Television have circulated on Twitter a very different count than the official one that is on record. The deceptive ploy improved China’s tally from 38 gold, 32 silver, and 18 bronze medals (88 overall) to 41, 37, and 27 for an overall count of 106 medals.
Under the International Olympic Committee rules Hong Kong and Taiwan, referred to as Chinese Taipei, compete independently as National Olympic Committees (NOC).
According to The Taiwan News, some graphics even showed China leading with 42 gold medals by including a third territory Macau.
On the last day of the Games, the U.S. women’s volleyball team secured the 39th gold medal, beating out Brazil to win the country’s first gold in the sport.
U.S. women won 66 medals — more than half of the U.S. team’s tally.