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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: U.S. Maintains Slim Lead Over China

Day nine of the 2012 London Olympics is officially in the books, and the United States continues to lead China in the medal count by the slimmest of margins.

The United States picked up 11 gold, three silver and three bronze medals to finish Saturday in first place overall with 54 medals. China added five gold, three silver and three bronze to keep pace with 53 medals of their own. The complete medal count is below.

  1. United States: 26 gold, 13 silver, 15 bronze (54 total)
  2. China: 25 gold, 16 silver, 12 bronze (53 total)
  3. United Kingdom: 12 gold, 7 silver, 8 bronze (29 total)
  4. Russia: 3 gold, 15 silver, 10 bronze (28 total)
  5. Japan: 2 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze (24 total)

Great Britain leaped up the medal count board, winning six golds in one day. The biggest news on Saturday, however, was courtesy of Michael Phelps, who picked up his fourth gold medal of the 2012 games to finish out his illustrious career.

For a complete recap of the medals won on Saturday, click here.

For a full medal tracker, use SI.com. Stick with SB Nation Boston for more coverage of local athletes in the 2012 Games. For complete coverage of the Summer Olympics, head over to SB Nation's Olympics hub.