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Olympic medal count 2016: USA takes the lead in day 2, ties for most golds

USA won seven medals on Sunday including two gold.

Team USA holds the lead in total medals and are tied with China and Australia in gold medal count at the conclusion of the second day of competition in Rio. USA now has 12 medals, four ahead of China and five more than both Italy and Japan. The gold medal race is closer with America and China knotted at three each.

The Americans added two golds to accompany Ginny Thrasher's opening day medal. Both came in swimming events starting with Katie Ledecky smoking the field en route to a world record performance in the 400 meter freestyle. Seriously she obliterated everyone else, here are the photos to prove it. The second gold of the night came in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay where Michael Phelps won the 23rd medal of his Olympic career. You can watch that here.

China earned all three of its gold medals on Sunday. Mengxue Zheng won in the 10m pistol, Qingquan Long won in the men's 56kg weightlifting and Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao demolished the field in the 3m springboard synchronized diving final. Wu is now the winningest diver in Olympic history.

Other American medalists include Corey Cogdell who took home bronze in the women's trap final, Alexander Massialas who won silver in fencing, Dana Vollmer who won bronze in the 100m butterfly, Cody Miller won won bronze in the 100m breaststroke and Leah Smith, bronze medalist in the 400m freestyle.

Here's the updated medal count of the top-10 countries through Day 2 in Rio:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 3
5 4 12
China 3 2 3 8
Italy 2
3 2 7
Japan 1 0 6 7
Australia 3 0 3 6
South Korea 2 2 1 5
Russia 1
2
2
5
Hungary 2 0 0 5
Great Britain 1 1 0 2
Sweden 1 1 0 2