Olympic Medal Count: U.S. Will Attempt To Extend Medal Count Lead On Day 7

The United States overtook China for the 2012 Olympic medal count lead on Thursday and they will look to extend that lead with another full day of events Friday.

The U.S. team won eight medals on Thursday, including six gold medals, helping them overtake China for the overall medal lead and tie the Chinese team for the most gold medals. The United States won five swimming medals Thursday and will have a chance for more on Friday with four more medal events.

The U.S. has won 23 swimming medals thus far, more than twice as many as the second-place country. Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin will be among the Americans trying to add to the swimming medal count on Friday. Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel will race in the 200m backstroke while Phelps will race in the 100m butterfly, an event he holds the world record in.

For a complete breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's medal count tracker.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.

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