2012 Olympics: Nation Power Rankings, Day 6 Edition

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystAugust 3, 2012

2012 Olympics: Nation Power Rankings, Day 6 Edition

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    Another wild day of Olympic Games action is history. Six days into the 2012 Summer Games, we've seen our share of highs and lows from the world's elite athletes across the sports spectrum.

    As we prepare to turn our focus from the pool to the track, let's take a moment to look back at what made Thursday another special chapter in London. Here, we continue our daily series of ranking the top-10 Olympic nations, based on what they accomplished Thursday. 

10. Mexico

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    Mexico won its first medal in women's archery on Thursday. In fact, it won two of them

    Mariana Avitia and Aida Roman secured individual bronze and silver, respectively. 

9. Canada

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    Canada earned silver in the women's rowing eight-boat competition. 

    The Canadians have yet to capture a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, but eight silvers in one event is pretty sweet, eh?

8. South Africa

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    South Africa's men's lightweight four won gold today on the River Thames. The team added to an impressive performance by the nation at these Summer Games.

    South Africa now owns gold medals in three events. In comparison, the country picked up just one gold in the past three Olympic Games combined

7. France

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    France earned one medal of each variety in Thursday's action. 

    Emilie Fer picked up gold in women's canoe slalom, while Audrey Tcheumeo earned bronze in judo women's half heavyweight competition.

    The men's cycling squad of Gregory Bauge, Michael D'Almeida and Kevin Sireau took silver in the team sprint.

6. China

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    This was China's least productive day from a medal standpoint. The nation also lost control of the top spot in overall medal standings, courtesy of a fantastic American showing. 

    China has been at or near the top of this list in recent days, but its in our bottom half for Thursday. 

    The women's cycling duo of Jinjie Gong and Shuang Guo took silver in the team sprint, while Yi Tang placed third in the women's 100-meter freestyle swimming final.

    Chinese table-tennis players Hao Wang and Jike Zhang squared off for table-tennis supremacy in men's singles. Zhang won gold, while Wang settled for silver. 

5. Netherlands

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    The Netherlands entered the day with three medals, so the nation gets extra props for matching that total in one day. 

    Henk Grol won bronze in men's judo, while the women's eight-person rowing team took bronze on the water. 

    Swimming sensation (and contender for coolest name at the Olympic Games) Ranomi Kromowidjojo claimed a gold medal in women's 100-meter-freestyle action. 

4. Germany

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    Germany enjoyed success in a wide variety of athletic events. The national men's cycling team took bronze in today's team sprint, just behind the Brits and French.

    In women's cycling, teammates Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte won gold in the team sprint. Clearly, these Germans are pretty awesome on their bikes. 

    Rounding out the achievements is table-tennis star Dimitrij Ovcharov, who took bronze in men's singles. 

3. Russia

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    Russia may have taken a back seat to U.S. gymnastics, but the nation is making the most of its role as second fiddle. 

    One day after taking silver in the women's gymnastics team finals, Russian gymnasts Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova earned bronze and silver, respectively, in the individual all-around. 

    Russia's women's fencing team earned silver, while swimmer Luliia Efimova finished third in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. 

2. Great Britain

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    The Olympic hosts had quite a day, certainly their best of these Summer Games. The men's cycling team, led by Great Britain legend Sir Chris Hoy, earned gold in the men's team sprint to validate incredible expectations. 

    Team GB's men's lightweight four won silver in rowing, while David Florence and Richard Hounslow teamed up to take silver in canoe slalom action.

    They finished behind fellow Brits Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, the gold-winning tandem. In all, Team GB won six medals on Thursday, second behind only...

1. United States

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    The Americans flexed their muscles in various sports on Thursday and surged ahead of China in overall medal count (37-34).

    That rag-tag team of hoopsters we call Team USA Basketball had themselves a fun time against Nigeria. 

    Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, establishing a new record for most points scored by an American in Olympic competition. He converted on 10 three-pointers, leading the squad to a 156-73 victory.  

    The team's total points is also an Olympic basketball record. Michael Jordan, are you not impressed?

    Gabby Douglas was sensational in the women's gymnastics individual all-around. The "Flying Squirrel" secured gold in the event. 

    America's rowing women's eight boat won gold in crew, and women's judo star Kayla Harrison also added to the U.S. gold-medal collection. 

    U.S. swimmers flourished in the pool today. The highly anticipated 200-meter IM showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte produced two medals (Phelps took gold, Lochte followed with silver). 

    Teammate Tyler Clary upset Lochte in the 200-meter backstroke, an event in which Lochte earned bronze. Rebecca Soni finished first in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. 

    American track-and-field athletes, it's your move.