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London Games Medal Count 2012: United States Claims Overall Lead With 37 Total Medals

Along with Ohio native Kayla Harrison's historic gold medal in women's Judo, the United States picked up five other golds on Thursday to storm past China for the overall lead in the medal count after six days of competition.

In addition to the impressive six golds acquired, the U.S. brought home a silver from swimmer Ryan Lochte in the 200m men's individual medley, after the talented American was narrowly defeated by teammate Michael Phelps. Phelps, who himself furthered his Olympic record tally with his 20th overall and 16th gold in the win, will try his hand in the men's 100m butterfly event on Friday evening.

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

1. United States, 37 (18 gold, 9 silver, 10 bronze)

2. China, 34 (18, 11, 5)

3. Japan, 19 (2, 6, 11)

4. Germany, 17 (4, 8, 6)

5. Russia, 17 (3, 6, 8)

Make sure to stay with this StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at this year's games. Also head over to SB Nation's 2012 Olympics hub for more news and analysis from London.

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