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Olympic medal count: USA sets historic gold medal mark

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• The 104 total medals is actually six fewer than the US won in Beijing (though the 46 gold are 10 more). The 104 total medals is the sixth-best ever for the US, behind 1904 (239), 1984 (173), 2008 (110), 1992 (108), and 1968 (107).

• China's medal count declined by 13 golds (51 to 38) and 13 total medals (100 to 87) from Beijing. 

• Before London 2012 began, British Olympic officials said matching their Beijing performance would be a success. Well, we'll call this a smashing success, then. It won 10 more golds (19 to 29) and 18 more total medals (47 to 65). To no one's surprise, Britian's best sport was track cycling, where it won nine medals, seven of them gold. That was actually a decline from the 12 total medals in Beijing, though. Britain also won nine medals in rowing – four gold.

• London 2012 marked by Britain's best performance at a Summer Olympics since 1908, when it won 56 golds and 146 total medals. Previously, Beijing had been Britain's next best Summer Olympics performance. 

Michael Phelps won more medals than any other Olympian: six. Next came the USA swimmers Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, and Allison Schmitt, as well as Australian swimmer Alicia Coutts on five. Chinese swimmer Sun Yang and Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina won four. 

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