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London Medal Count 2012: United States Trails China For Lead After 11 Days

The United States put forth a strong effort on the track on Thursday from London, but still remain hot on China's heels in the overall medal count through 11 days of competition, 73-70.

The Americans picked up a lone gold medal on Thursday from Aly Raisman in the women's floor exercise after brilliant effort, but could not find a way to emerge again in first-place for the remainder of the afternoon despite a number of close calls.

While China managed to snatch nine total medals and expand its lead to three, Team USA did put forth a number of inspiring performances on day 11, none greater than that of men's 1500m runner Leo Manzano. By taking silver in the 1500m event, Manzano became the first American to medal in the race since all the way back in 1968, a feat that will no doubt put Manzano in the American Olympic record books for some time.

Here is the updated medal count through 11 days of events:

1. China, 73 (34 gold, 21 silver, 18 bronze)

2. United States, 70 (30, 19, 21)

3. Great Britain, 48 (22, 13, 13)

4. Russia, 48 (10, 18, 20)

5. Japan, 29 (2, 13, 14)

A full, updated medal count can be found here.

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