From powerhouses to parity: More nations winning Olympic medals than ever before – NBC Olympics

Long-Awaited Success

Spanish canoeist Teresa Portela Rivas has competed at every Olympic Games since 2000, but had never taken home a medal – until now. Finishing second to Olympic legend Lisa Carrington, Portela won the silver medal in the women’s K-1 200m at Tokyo at her sixth Olympic appearance. In 2016, Kuwaiti shooter Abdullah Al-Rashidi won a bronze medal as an Independent Olympic Athlete at age 52. Five years later, the 57-year-old won another bronze medal – this time for his home country. If the old adage to ‘try, try again’ is any indication, it’s only a matter of time until other longtime competitors finally get their moment on the podium.

With a few days left to go in the 2020 Olympic Games, athletes and supports alike continue to watch as even more history will assuredly be made in Tokyo.