2012 Olympic Medal Count: USA Gains Ground In Race For Most Golds

On Day 13 of the Olympics the United States appears to have taken the upper hand in the race for most overall medals and most gold medals in London.

With a gold medal in women’s middleweight boxing, the USA has moved to within one gold medal of China’s current tally of 36. With gold medal matches upcoming in women’s soccer and women’s water polo, the US hope to add to that total. The women’s basketball team also assured themselves of a medal when they advanced to the gold medal game with their win over Australia on Thursday.

Hungary had a strong Thursday morning winning two golds and two silvers, taking one gold in women’s open water swimming and the other medals in canoe. Germany also nabbed two gold medals in canoe.

The host nation continued their excellent Olympics as Great Britain claimed a gold in both women’s boxing and equestrian dressage, as well as a bronze in dressage.

But the battle for the top is a two country race and the USA might be pulling away. America extended its overall medal count lead over China to five, 83 to 78, with three overall medals thus far on Thursday to only two for China.

The United States has a great chance to add medals in decathlon, men’s triple jump, and men’s 200m on the track Thursday night.

A look at the top of the medal count standings:

  1. United States – 83 (35 gold, 23 silver, 25 bronze)
  2. China – 78 (36, 23, 19)
  3. Russia – 55 (11, 21, 23)
  4. Great Britain – 51 (24, 13, 14)
  5. Germany – 34 (9, ,15, 10)

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

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