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‘You’re counting it wrong’: Readers blast New York Times for putting US at top of Olympic medal rankings

The New York Times claims the US is leading in the Tokyo Olympics, deliberately using the total medals won as its methodology. Numerous readers quickly pointed out that gold medals matter more, both officially and traditionally.

On the fifth day of the 2020 Olympics, the US paper of record showed a chart captioned “here's where the medal count stands now,” showing the US in first place with a total of 30, ahead of China with 27 and Japan with 22.

Except under the traditional method of Olympics ranking, that order is exactly backwards: Japan is first with 13 gold medals, followed by China with 12 and the US with 10. Most of the hundred-plus responses the newspaper has received on Twitter have pointed out this very fact.

“You have to put the country with more gold medals at the top, not the total count of medals. United States is at number 3,” said one user.

“Everywhere in the world, other than [the] USA, table order is sorted by gold only,” tweeted another. “Why do you guys always make up stuff to make you appear far better than [you] really are?”

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