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2012 Olympics Medal Count: United States Leads Gold, Overall Count

The United States of America are back atop the medal count at the 2012 Olympics, thanks in part to Michael Phelps and the men's swimming team.

The Americans lead both in overall and gold medal count, with 54 total medals and 26 gold medals. American Olympians have also captured 13 silver and 15 bronze medals through Saturday's competitions.

Michael Phelps ended his storied Olympic career in fitting fashion on Saturday, winning gold along with the men's swimming team in the 400m individual relay. Phelps leads all American Olympians with six medals. Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt have five medals, tied for second among Americans. Franklin and Phelps both have a country-high four gold medals.

Chinese Olympians aren't far behind the Americans. China has captured 53 medals to date -- 25 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze.

Great Britain is in third, with 29 overall medals, with 14 gold, seven silver and eight bronze.

Russia and Japan round out the top five, with 28 and 24 medals respectively.

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