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Olympic Medal Count 2012: Countries That Are Disappointing so Far in London

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain reacts after winning the bronze in the Women's 400m Freestyle final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2012

China and the USA are doing what we all expected them to do at the 2012 Olympic Games, but Great Britain and a couple other countries are falling short so far when it comes to the medal count.

I know it's still early. We've only seen two days of action so far. That said, some of the nations competing in the 2012 Summer Games in London are setting themselves up behind the eight ball. 

Here are the countries that are disappointing so far in London.

 

Great Britain: Two Medals

The host country needs to get moving here if they have any chance of duplicating their fourth-place finish in the overall medal count of 2008. They earned 47 total medals that year, and this year, through two days, they're sitting on two.

Making matters worse, Great Britain has yet to earn a gold medal, and they brought home 19 of those bad boys in Beijing.

One of their best hopes for a gold medal was lost when Rebecca Adlington finished in third place behind France's Camille Muffat and the USA's Allison Schmitt in the women's 400-meter freestyle.

 

Russia: Four Medals

Russia is traditionally one of the top medal-earners every four years. They're getting off to a slow start in 2012, though, as they have only earned four so far. That's a far cry from the 73 total medals they finished with in 2008, and they have a long ways to go to come close to that number.

Arsen Galstyan is the lone gold-medal winner for Russia so far. He won the men's 60 Kilogram judo competition, beating Hiroaki Hiraoka of Japan with a pin in the final.

Russia still has plenty of time left to get back into the top of the medal-count standings, and they have some excellent chances to earn gold—especially in the women's gymnastics individual events.

 

Germany: Zero Medals

Germany finished in the top five for gold medals in 2008, and they brought home 41 total medals—the sixth-highest total in those Games.

So far in 2012, Germany has struck out. They haven't has a single good showing through the first two days, finishing outside the podium in every event thus far.

Peter Joppich, a multiple world champion in men's foil fencing, will be one of Germany's best chances for gold. Gymnast Philipp Boy will also look to finish on the podium in the men's individual all-around.

 

Here is the medal count as of 5:00 p.m. ET, according to London2012.com:

Rank   Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China 6 4 2 12
2 USA 3 5 3 11
3 Italy 3 2 3 7
4 Republic of Korea 2 1 2 5
5 Japan 0 2 3 5

 

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