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SEC finishes 2020 Tokyo Olympics with record 79 medals

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SEC Staff
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The Southeastern Conference finished the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a record 79 medals won by current and former athletes.

The 38 gold medals were also a record for the conference. The haul exceeds the previous record of 54 total medals set at the 2012 London Games, as well as the previous record for gold medals of 29 set at the 2000 Sydney Games.

In addition, 2020 is the eighth straight that SEC competitors have collected 40 or more medals in a single Olympiad.

Sixty-three percent of all medals won by SEC athletes have come since the 2000 Games.

The 79 medals at Tokyo were earned by 62 athletes, with Florida's Caeleb Dressel winning the most with five golds in swimming for Team USA.

Of the 62 medalists, 37 were women (59.7%), who won 41 medals (51.8 %), including 18 gold (47.3%). Track & Field athletes won the most medals with 27, followed closely by swimming with 25.

Medals were also won in baseball, basketball, 3x3 basketball, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

The SEC had a record 218 athletes representing all 14 universities, one of only three conferences in the country that had all of its schools represented. Those 218 individuals represented 58 National Olympic Committees, led by the 82 representatives for Team USA.

Other NOC that included SEC competitors were Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Germany, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Australia, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Grenada, Ireland, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Antigua, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Peru, Sweden, US Virgin Islands, Algeria, Argentina, Aruba, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait1, Lebanon, Liberia, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

Overall, athletes from conference schools have won 531 medals. Of those 531, only one has won in the Winter Olympics. Former Florida track & field athlete Steve Mesler won gold in the four-man bobsled in 2010.

All 14 member schools have athletes that have won medals. Florida leads with 143 individuals, Georgia with 69, followed by 60 from Auburn and Tennessee, 45 from LSU, 38 from Alabama, Kentucky with 28, Texas A&M with 26, 23 from Arkansas, South Carolina with 17, Missouri with eight, seven from Ole Miss, four from Mississippi State and Vanderbilt with three.

SEC Olympics medal count by years

Year No. of Medals


1924 3
1936 2
1948 9
1952 5
1956 1
1960 2
1964 2
1968 1
1972 6
1976 11
1980 4
1984 46
1988 24
1992 40
1996 38
2000 42
2004 53
2008 58
2010 1 (Winter)
2012 54
2016 47
2020 79

SEC multi-medal winners in Tokyo

Athlete Event
Caleb Dressel  Swimming
Erika Brown Swimming
Bryce Deadmon  Track and Field
Bobby Finke Swimming
Hali Flickinger Swimming
Lynna Irby Track and Field
Sunisa Lee Gymnastics
Sydney McLaughlin  Track and Field 
Athing Mu Track and Field 
Vernon Norwood Track and Field
Allison Schmitt Swimming
Zach Apple  Swimming