>> Triple jumper James Connolly won the USA's first gold at the inaugural Olympic games way back in 1896. Now, 120 years later, America has captured its 1,000th, yes, 1,000th gold in the Summer Olympic Games. And it's the women's swim team in the 4x100 meter medley relay. The honor goes to Kathlyn Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer, and Simone Manuel.
How amazing is that? That's about a quarter of all gold medals ever won. Reuters' reporter Steve Keating.>> The next nation to win a 1,000th medal, the next country to win a 1,000th medal, at the current rate that they're winning gold medals now, will not happen in a century.
It'll take almost a century for another country to reach that level. And they think that that would be China. And the next closest would be Germany. And on that same projection, it would take Germany almost two centuries to get to 1,000 medals.>> Arriving here in here in Rio, the US had 977 gold medals.
Russia, including its days as the Soviet Union, second with 473 golds, and Germany in third with 288. Phelps is the most decorated Olympian ever with 23 gold medals.