2012 Olympic Medal Count: United States Still Tied With China In Total Medals, But Lacking In Gold

At the conclusion of Day 4 of the 2012 London Olympics, the United States added six more medals for a total of 23 so fat. However, China also kept pace with the United States and is tied for the overall medal lead. China does maintain the lead in gold medals over the United States, 13 to nine.

The United States' swimmers kept the medals flowing on Tuesday with victories on both the men's and women's teams. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte helped Team USA swimming to a gold in the 4x200 meter relay, an impressive victory to say the least. Allison Schmitt was dominant in her gold-medal victory in the 200 meter freestyle.

Additionally, Phelps took the silver medal in the men's 200 meter butterfly. With those two medals, Phelps now has 19 career medals, putting him ahead of Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina for the all-time Olympic record.

The women's gymnastics team also added a gold medal with its victory in the team competition on Tuesday. This was the first gold medal for the women's team since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The United States will have more chances on Wednesday to pull ahead of China in the total medal and gold counts. Some of the medal events include the men's and women's cycling time trials, the men's individual all-around gymnastics and the women's 4x200 meter freestyle relay.

Here is a look at the top five countries in the medal count after four days of action:

  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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