Olympic Standings 2012: United States & More Nations Having Early Medal Success

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  (L-R) Silver medalist Thiago Pereira of Brazil, Gold medalist Ryan Lochte of the United States and Bronze medalist Kosuke Hagino of Japan celebrate with their medals during the Medal Ceremony for the Men's 400m Individual Medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The United States of America is off to a fast start at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London with five medals after the first day of competitions.

With so many athletes participating in the Olympics for the first time, we are certain to see some thrilling competition in many of the medal events on Sunday.

Let's look at the nations having early medal success thus far.

 

China

China dominated the first day of the Olympics, winning four gold medals and two bronzes. No other country won more than two gold medals after the first day.

The highlight of China's day on Saturday was Ye Shiwen's world record breaking performance in the women's 400-meter individual medley swimming event.

China had even more success in the pool during the men's competitions on Saturday, where Sun Yang captured the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle.

As of Sunday morning, China has seven total medals, including five golds. The Chinese have shown that they are capable of winning the most gold medals for the second consecutive Summer Olympics. They won the most golds in 2008 in Beijing.

 

United States of America

The United States got off to a good start on Saturday, with star swimmer Ryan Lochte winning the country's first gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley. Michael Phelps also swam in the event, but couldn't add to the American medal count with his fourth-place finish.

The Americans nearly won another gold medal in the men's team archery competition, but Italy was able to land a perfect final attempt to secure the gold, leaving the United States to settle for silver.

On Sunday morning, Kim Rhode won the gold medal in women's skeet shooting, which gives her individual medals in five straight Olympics. No other American athlete has ever done that.

Among the American teams starting their medal quest on Sunday is the men's basketball squad, who will play their first game of the Olympics against Tony Parker and France at 9:30 a.m. ET.

 

Italy

Italian athletes did very well in many events on Saturday, highlighted by their phenomenal performance in the women's individual foil fencing competition. Italy won all three medals in that event.

The other gold medal that Italy won on Saturday came from men's team archery competition, which I talked about above in the United States recap.

Thus far, Italy has two golds, two silvers and one bronze in all competitions, and have established themselves as a top contender to lead everyone in total medals at the conclusion the Olympics.

 

Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and is also an NHL lead-blogger. Follow him on Twitter.