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2012 Olympics Medal Count: United States Ties For Medal Lead

On Monday afternoon, the United States tied China for the medal count lead with both nation's currently possessing a total of 17 medals thus far in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The U.S. vaulted back to the top of the leaderboard thanks to an impressive set of swimming performances -- as well as the synchronized diving performance of the University of Minnesota's Kelci Bryant, who earned the USA a silver medal.

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, respectively. In addition to Grevers, Nick Thorman brought home the silver medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke, as did Rebecca Soni in the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

However, the day was not without some disappointment.

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

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 right here:

For more coverage of local athletes at the 2012 Summer Games, stay with this StoryStream. For more news and analysis from London, be sure to visit SB Nation's Olympic hub.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.