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London Olympics: US catches China in total medal count

China and the US are fighting it out for the total number of medals earned at the London Olympics, but China is dominating the gold medal count.


The Chinese team celebrates winning the gold as the results are announced for the Artistic Gymnastic men's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics July 30, in London.

Julie Jacobson/AP

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The US and China are neck and neck in the total medal count at the Olympics.

The two countries were tied for some time today, at 13. Then China took the lead when their men's gymnastics team took the gold. Later this afternoon US swimmer Missy Franklin racked up another gold for the US, winning the women's 100-meter backstroke. The total medal is now tied at 17.

But China is still far ahead in the total gold medal count, with nine to the US's five. Japan is in third place with eleven medals total and one gold.

China has been making history, winning competitions that have usually gone to other countries, and proving their dominance at the Beijing Olympics wasn't simply home-soil advantage.

China swept synchronized diving, He Zi and Wu Minxia took the gold in the women's event, and today Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan beat the Americans, British, and Mexicans in the men's competition.

On the first day of the Olympics, Sun Yang, 20, gave China its first men's swimming gold medal with an Olympic record in the 400-meter freestyle.


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