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Olympics 2012: China Regains Overall Medal Count Lead

With the fourth day of the 2012 Olympic games in London complete, China and the United States continue to battle for the overall medal count lead, with China edging out the USA by a slim margin.

The Chinese earned another Gold on Wednesday when their men's synchronized diving team captured the nation their fourth Gold medal in diving (out of four diving events). In addition, China earned a combined four medals in women's table tennis and men's weightlifting, when their competitors earned gold and silver medals in both events.

In total, China added seven medals on Wednesday.

The United States kept pace with China by continuing to impress at the swimming pool. Team USA set the Olympic record in the Women's 4x200 Freestyle Relay earning a Gold medal with a come-from-behind victory. In addition, Nathan Adrian won Gold in the Men's 100-Meter Freestyle.

The United States continues to dominate in swimming earning a total of 18 medals in the collective events to this point, which (with the exception of China) is more medals than any other nation has in all of it's combined events in the Olympics.

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

  1. China, 30 (17 gold, 9 silver, 4 bronze)
  2. United States, 29 (12, 8, 9)
  3. Japan, 17 (2, 4, 11)
  4. France, 13 (5, 3, 5)
  5. Germany, 13 (3, 8, 2)

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