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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: U.S. Takes Overall Medal Lead From China

The U.S. took the lead from China in the total medal count at the 2012 London Olympics after winning eight medals on Thursday. The U.S. is also now tied with China for most gold medals with 18.

The U.S. won gold medals in women's gymnastics individual all around (Gabby Douglas), Judo women's half heavyweight (Kayla Harrison), women's eight rowing, men's 200-meter backstroke (Tyler Cary), men's 200-meter individual medley (Michael Phelps) and women's 200-meter breaststroke (Rebecca Soni). Ryan Lochte had two medals on Thursday: a silver in the men's 200-meter individual medley and a bronze in men's 200-meter backstroke.

Here is the current top five of the Olympic medal standings:

United States, 37 (18 gold, 9 silver, 10 bronze)
China, 34 (18, 11, 5)
Japan, 19 (2, 6, 11)
Germany, 17 (4, 8, 5)
Russia, 17 (3, 6, 8)

Check out Sports Illustrated to see the full medal count standings.

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