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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: China Ahead Of U.S. In Total Medals And Gold

The second day of Olympic competition in London is complete, and when it comes to the all-important medal count, the United States trails China by only the slimmest of margins.

China currently holds 12 total medals (six gold, four silver, two bronze) while the U.S. is right there with 11 (three gold, five silver, three bronze), followed by Italy, which has seven (two gold, three silver, two bronze).

Most of the United States' medals have come in the pool. Swimmers Ryan Lochte and Dana Vollmer have two of the United States' golds, with Kimberly Rhode holding the top prize in shooting. Lochte and fellow swimmers Allison Schmitt, Nathan Adrian, Elizabeth Beisel and Ricky Berens have silver medals, along with diver Kelci Bryant.

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