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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: Team USA Extends Lead Over China

Team USA built a significant lead in the overall medal count on Thursday with a productive day in track and field and women's team sports. Legendary performances by Usain Bolt and David Rudisha stole the show on the track, but Americans finished 1-2 in two separate events. The decathlon, as expected, was dominated by Americans Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee, who claimed the top two spots. Florida Gators' teammates Christian Taylor and Will Claye also earned a gold-sivler finish in the triple jump.

The women's soccer team added to the USA gold rush by avenging last summer's World Cup loss to Japan, pulling out a 2-1 win to take gold. Women's water polo also captured a gold medal in the pool. This success built a 10 medal advantage over China. Here's are the current top five countries in the medal count:

  1. United States, 90 (39 gold, 25 silver, 26 bronze)
  2. China, 80 (37, 24, 19)
  3. Russia, 56 (12, 21, 23)
  4. Great Britain, 52 (25, 13, 14)
  5. Germany, 37 (10, 16, 11)

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.