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2012 Medal Count: United States Ties China For Medal Lead

On Monday afternoon, the United States tied China for the overall medal count at the 2012 Olympic Games thanks to some impressive performances in swimming that brought the nation's total to 17.

Cincinnati native Nick Thorman added in the overall medal count when he earned a silver medal in the Men's 100-meter backstroke, placing behind fellow countryman Matt Grevers who earned the U.S. another gold.

In addition to Grevers, Missy Franklin also brought home a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke, winning one in the women's heat.

Rebecca Soni also added a silver medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke, which was the United States' 500th all-time swimming medal (the most in history).

However, the day was not without some disappointment as Ryan Lochte failed to medal in the men's 200-meter freestyle finishing in fourth place.

Here's a complete look at the medal count thus far:

  1. China, 17 (9 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze)
  2. United States, 17 (5, 7, 5)
  3. Japan, 11 (1, 4, 6)
  4. Italy, 8 (2, 4, 2)
  5. France, 7 (3, 1, 3)

Other notables: The only team beyond that top five with three gold medals is North Korea; Great Britain moved into a five-way tie for ninth with its third medal; Moldova still has one bronze medal.

You can find a more viewer-friendly medal count here:

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.