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2012 Olympics Medal Count: Team USA Surges Past China In Total Golds

One day after moving past China in the overall medal count, Team USA now leads the Chinese in total golds. The USA had another good day at the pool which helped break a tie with China in total gold medals. The USA now holds a one-medal advantage over China in golds, after Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps added two at the aquatics center. It was likely the final individual race for Phelps, and he made it count by nabbing gold in the 100m fly. While his career comes to a close, the next great American swimmer may have burst on the scene on Friday when the 15-year-old shocked everyone to cruise to gold in the 800m free. China closed the gap in total medals but the USA is now on top in both categories.

Here's a more complete look at the medal count:

  1. United States, 43 (21 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze)
  2. China, 42 (20, 13, 9)
  3. Russia, 23 (3, 12, 8)
  4. Great Britain, 17 (8, 6, 8)
  5. Japan, 17 (2, 8, 11)

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Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.