2012 Olympics Medal Count: Kazakhstan Continues All-Or-Nothing Approach

The United States and China continue to duke it out for the top medal count at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but there are some very intriguing goings-on elsewhere on the Summer Games leaderboard. One of the most intriguing stats belongs to Kazakhstan, a nation that ranks 14th overall but settle for nothing less than the top spot on the podium.

After four full days of gold-medal competition, Kazakhstan has only three total medals to its name, but every one of them is a gold medal. Their first award came on Saturday, when Alexandr Vinokurov won won a home-stretch sprint to capture the gold in the men's cycling road race.

On Sunday, Zulfiya Chinshanlo took home the gold in women's 53kg weightlifting, while on Monday, the 63kg women's weightlifting gold went to Kazakh lifter Maiya Maneza.

Interestingly, Kazakhstan sits right behind Canada in the total medal count. Canada has four medals -- all bronze.

Here's a more complete look at the medal count:

  1. China, 23 (13 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze)
  2. United States, 23 (9, 8, 6)
  3. Japan, 13 (1, 4, 8)
  4. France, 11 (4, 3, 4)
  5. South Korea, 8 (3, 2, 3)

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