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2012 Olympics Medal Count: United States Pulls Ahead

After spending days trailing China, mostly due to their spectacular performances in diving, the United States has pulled ahead of the Chinese in the medal count at the London 2012 Olympics. The two nations are tied with 18 gold medals each and China has more silver medals, but the United States has more total medals after Thursday's events. Currently, the USA has 37 medals to China's 34.

It was a huge day for the United States in the pool, as they captured three gold medals and five total medals in swimming. Michael Phelps won the 200 meter individual medley, becoming the first swimmer to ever win the same event in three consecutive Olympic games. Rebecca Soni and Tyler Clary also won gold, while Ryan Lochte grabbed a silver and a bronze.

In gymnastics, Gabby Douglas won the women's all-around to go along with her team gold. She's the third consecutive American woman to win the event.

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