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London 2012 Olympics Medal Count: United States Captures Most Gold, Overall Medals

The United States of America and China went back and forth atop the medal leaderboard at the 2012 Olympic Games in London but, as expected, American Olympians reigned supreme, capturing the most gold medals and overall medals during the 2012 Olympics.

American Olympians captured a grand total of 104 medals, besting second-place China by 16. The Americans captured 46 gold medals, 29 silver medals and 29 bronze medals, leading the way in both gold and silver medals.

The Chinese finished second both in overall medals and golds. Chinese Olympians brought home 88 medals overall, including 38 gold, 27 silver and 23 bronze medals.

Russia finished in third place, just six behind the Chinese with 82 medals. Russian Olympians grabbed 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze.

Host nation Great Britain finished in fourth place overall, with 65 medals. The British did capture the third-most gold medals, with 29.

The Germans rounded out the top-five, with 44 overall medals, including 11 gold.

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