China gained on the United States in total medals on Friday, but the USA kept their overall lead while pulling one gold medal ahead of the Chinese. Fueled mostly by spectacular performances in swimming, the United States has 43 total medals and 21 golds, while China has 42 medals and 20 golds.
Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky all captured gold medals in the pool to take the United States' gold medal tally in swimming to 14. China captured its gold medals on Friday in badminton and trampoline. The United States was aided by the start of track and field events, where it is traditionally stronger than China. In men's shot put, Reese Hoffa grabbed a bronze for the United States.
Meanwhile, Russia surged to third overall in the standings with six medals on the day. They still have just three gold medals, however.
- United States, 43 (21 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze)
- China, 42 (20, 13, 9)
- Russia, 23 (3, 12, 8)
- Great Britain, 22 (8, 6, 8)
- Japan, 21 (2, 8, 11)
For a complete breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's medal count tracker.
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