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London Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Takes Gold Medal Lead Through Day 7

The final individual event of Michael Phelps' illustrious Olympic career brought home yet another gold medal for the United States on Friday, as Phelps and Team USA continue to hold the overall medal lead over China through seven days.

By grabbing his record-setting 17th career gold medal in Friday's 100m butterfly event, Phelps only furthered the notion that he may just be the best U.S. Olympic athlete of all-time, and arguably the most prolific individual competitors the Olympics have ever seen. The former Michigan Wolverine will have one final chance to add his final medal of 2012 in Saturday's 4x200m individual medley relay, in an event where Phelps and his teammates are once again heavily favored to run away with gold.

Here is an updated medal count through seven days of competition:

1. United States, 43 (21 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze)

2. China, 42 (20, 13, 9)

3. Russia, 23 (3, 12, 8)

4. Great Britain, 22 (8, 6, 8)

5. Japan, 21 (2, 8, 11)

A full medal count tracker from Sports Illustrated can be found here.

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