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2012 Medal Count: United States And China Tied For Lead With 23 Medals

Day four of the 2012 London Olympics is a thing of the past, and China and the United States are still both battling it out for first place overall in the total medal count.

With four golds, one silver, and one bronze all won on Tuesday alone, Team USA took a big leap forward ahead of the rest of the field, but was unfortunately matched medal-for-medal by China, who also ended the day with four golds.

Along with gold medals in women's gymnastics and then from Vincent Hancock in men's skeet shooting, the Americans continued their dominance in the pool with a gold from women's swimmer Allison Schmitt in the 200m freestyle. A men's team including Michael Phelps also added the United States' fourth gold of the day in the 4x200 freestyle relay, which proved to be Phelps' record-breaking 19th career medal.

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

1. China, 23 (13 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze)

2. United States, 23 (9, 8, 6)

3. Japan, 13 (1, 4, 8)

4. France, 11 (4, 3, 4)

5. South Korea, 8 (3, 2, 3)

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