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2012 Medal Count: United States Ties For Olympic Lead

On Monday, the United States tied China for the medal count at 17 overall medals to this point in the 2012 Olympic games thanks to a handful of impressive swimming performances.

Matt Grevers and Missy Franklin both brought home gold for the United States by winning in the 100-meter backstroke for the men and women. In addition to Grevers, Nick Thoman brought home the silver medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke.

Rebecca Soni also added a silver medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke, which was the United States' 500th all-time swimming medal (the most in history).

However, the day was not without some disappointment.

Ryan Lochte failed to medal in the men's 200-meter freestyle, finishing in fourth place.

On Tuesday night, two University of Michigan products in Michael Phelps and Tyler Clary will be competing in the final of the men's 200-meter butterfly in an attempt to add to the United States' medal total in swimming.

Here's a complete look at the medal count thus far:

  1. China, 17 (9 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze)
  2. United States, 17 (5, 7, 5)
  3. Japan, 11 (1, 4, 6)
  4. Italy, 8 (2, 4, 2)
  5. France, 7 (3, 1, 3)

Other notables: The only team beyond that top five with three gold medals is North Korea; Great Britain moved into a five-way tie for ninth with its third medal; Moldova still has one bronze medal.

You can find a more viewer-friendly medal count here:

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