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Medal Count 2012: United States Jumps Into 1st Place Overall With 37 Medals

After five days of looking up at China in the standings, the United States finally took the overall medal lead at the 2012 Summer Games on Thursday with an impressive day six showing.

Among the six golds picked up by the Americans was a first place finish in women's judo for the first time in Olympic history, along with the record-setting 16th career gold medal for men's swimmer Michael Phelps with a 200m individual medley title. In addition, 16-year-old Gabby Douglas earned her first career individual medal with an impressive gold in the women's individual all-around gymnastics final.

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

1. United States, 37 (18 gold, 9 silver, 10 bronze)

2. China, 34 (18, 11, 5)

3. Japan, 19 (2, 6, 11)

4. Germany, 17 (4, 8, 6)

5. Russia, 17 (3, 6, 8)

Make sure to stay with this StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at this year's games. Also head over to SB Nation's 2012 Olympics hub for more news and analysis from London.

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