London 2012 Medal Count: Updated Standings for America, China and More
At the end of the day, there is really only one stat that everybody cares about. We don't want to know how some Kazakhstan weightlifter did in the quarterfinals, we don't want to know how a South Korean archer did in the semifinals. No, what we care most about is where our country stands in the medal hunt.
Ever since the 2012 London Olympic Games began, the U.S. and China have been battling for top spot on the medal count list. China had a commanding lead going into Day Six, but the U.S. had one of its best days so far, getting six golds and taking the overall lead from China.
At the moment the two are tied for most golds at 18 but the race is nowhere near over. China has tons of medal opportunities remaining in table tennis, badminton and diving, and the U.S. looks to take home a haul of its own in the remaining swimming and track and field events, as well as team sports such as basketball.
With six days of competition down, here is where the U.S., China and the rest of the top five stand going into Day Seven.
1. United States (18 Gold, 9 Silver, 10 Bronze)
Medal Events: Swimming, Artistic Gymnastics, Shooting, Judo, Rowing, Road Cycling, Diving, Archery
Best event: Swimming (11 gold, 7 silver, 5 bronze)
Day Six Highlights: Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte finish one and two in the men's 200-meter IM. Rebecca Soni wins the 200-meter breaststroke and breaks the record she set in the semis yesterday in the process. Kayla Harrison wins America's first ever judo medal. Tyler Clary wins his first Olympic gold. Gabby Douglas wins the women's all-around. Serena Williams advances to semifinals of women's tennis.
Day Seven Medal Contenders: Michael Phelps (100-meter fly), Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel (200-meter back), Cullen Jones (50-meter free), Christian Cantwell (shot put) and Hyleas Fountain (heptathlon)
The U.S. had a great day in terms of earning medals. They brought home six golds and Ryan Lochte added a bronze and a silver to give them eight on the day. With these eight, the U.S. launched their medal total to 37, enough to overtake the Chinese for the first time during these Olympic Games.
2. China (18 Gold, 11 Silver, 5 Bronze)
Medal Events: Swimming, Weightlifting, Diving, Shooting, Table Tennis, Fencing, Artistic Gymnastics, Archery, Judo, Track Cycling
Best Event: Swimming (4 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)
Day Six Highlights: An all Chinese men's table tennis final results in a gold for Zhang Jike and a silver for Wang Hao.
Day Seven Medal Contenders: Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao (mixed doubles table tennis), Chen Xu and Jin Ma (mixed doubles table tennis), Zi He (3-meter springboard) and Minxia Wu (3-meter springboard).
Overall it wasn't a particularly lucrative day for China in terms of the medal count. That said, its best events are yet to come. With two medals guaranteed in mixed doubles table tennis and another likely guaranteed in diving, China is poised to have a big day on Day Seven.
3. Japan (2 Gold, 6 Silver, 11 Bronze)
Medal Events: Judo, Artistic Gymnastics, Swimming, Weightlifting, Archery
Best Event: Swimming (2 silver, 7 bronze)
Day Six Highlights: Ryosuke Irie wins the silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke.
Day Seven Medal Contenders: Mika Sugimoto (+78 kg judo) and Furukawa Takaharu (archery)
It was not a great day for Japan in the medals. Japan remains firmly in third but with only one medal on Day Six, it did not gain any ground on the U.S. and China, who continue to surge ahead of the rest. Mika Sugimoto is an outside shot to medal in judo and Furukawa Takaharu is a strong contender in archery, but other than that, it should once again be another slow day for Japan on Day Seven.
4. Germany (4 Gold, 8 Silver, 5 Bronze)
Medal Events: Equestrian, Rowing, Track Cycling, Judo, Road Cycling, Canoe Slalom, Fencing, Artistic Gymnastics, Table Tennis
Best Event: Equestrian (2 gold, 1 bronze)
Day Six Highlights: The team of Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte win gold in women's team sprint event, men's team of Rene Enders, Maximillian Levy and Robert Forstemann win bronze in men's team sprint, Dimitri Peters wins bronze in judo and Dimitrij Ovtcharov wins bronze in men's table tennis. Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas advance to mixed doubles quarterfinals.
Although there is really no standout medal contenders for Germany on Day Seven, there are some highlights. Its two women's beach volleyball teams will be in action as will its men's field hockey team. For Germany, its best medal chances in the upcoming days will come in equestrian.
5. Russia (3 Gold, 6 Silver, 8 Bronze)
Medal Events: Judo, Artistic Gymnastics, Fencing, Weightlifting, Diving, Road Cycling, Swimming, Shooting
Best Event: Judo ( 3 gold, 1 bronze)
Day Six Highlights: Tagir Khaibulaev wins gold in men's 100kg judo, Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina finish with silver and bronze, respectively, in the women's all-around competition, Vasily Mosin takes a bronze in the men's double trap and Yuliya Efimova wins a bronze in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. Maria Sharapova advances to semifinals.
Day Seven Medal Contenders: Alexei Kilmov and Lenold Ekimov (25-meter rapid fire pistol), Nadezda Yevstyukhina (75kg weightlifting), Ekaterina Gnidenko (keirin sprint final) and Anastasia Zueva (200-meter back)
Russia helped itself in the medal race with a nice showing on Day Six. They will have some pretty solid medal chances as well especially in the weightlifting, shooting and team sabre fencing finals.