U.S. Olympic Medal Count 2012: USA and China Neck-to-Neck for Overall Medal Lead

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U.S. Olympic Medal Count 2012: USA and China Neck-to-Neck for Overall Medal Lead
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The United States finished Day 5 at the 2012 Summer Olympics just one medal shy of the lead held by China (funny how China is also the country currently leading the political power poll in the world as well). 

China currently has 30 medals to the United States' 29, and this includes the six medals the Americans racked up Wednesday in London. 

Most notably, the US women's swimming team took the 4x200 freestyle relay, edging out both Australia (silver) and France (bronze). 

Nathan Adrian of the Seattle area took home the gold medal in the men's 100-meter freestyle Wednesday. Adrian was an underdog, to say the least. While Michael Phelps is the prominent name in Olympic swimming, Adrian is pretty much at the bottom of the list. 

Yet Adrian won in as dramatic a fashion as possible, literally coming in 0.01 seconds before Australia's James Magnussen, the presumptive favorite. 

Adrian wasn't the only American to overcome the odds to notch an Olympic medal Wednesday. 

Daniel Leyva managed to win the bronze in the men's gymnastics all-around competition. After a tough finish on Monday in the team competition, Leyva rebounded to salvage his trip to London and make Americans proud. 

The gold medal in the women's cycling time trial event went to Boise native Kristin Armstrong (no relation to Lance) for the second consecutive Olympics. She, of course, won in Beijing and briefly retired. 

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Now she's a two-time Olympic champion. 

In women's rowing, specifically quad sculls, the USA women managed to race their way to a bronze medal. 

And in men's diving, the team of Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen managed to take home the bronze in the 3M synchronized competition. Dumais was competing in his fourth Olympics and with this victory he has his first Olympic medal. 

The residents of Ventura, CA will be quite proud of him. And the residents of all of America ought to be quite proud of the 29 medals thus far accumulated by American athletes in London. 

 

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