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Olympics Medal Count: Team USA Sits In Second Place Yet Again

We are now more than halfway done with the 2012 Olympics, and the United States remains in the hunt for the overall medal lead. The U.S. and China have gone back and forth atop the leaderboard in recent days, with China overtaking the lead on Saturday. Here is a look at the top-five standings.

China has won a total of 73 medals, good for the most of any nation. They also lead with 34 gold medals. In addition to the gold, China has secured 21 silver and 18 bronze medals.

Team USA is not far behind with 70 medals. They've won 30 gold, 19 silver and 21 bronze. Given that there are still medals to be awarded in basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball and many track & field events, you have to like America's chances moving forward.

Russia and Great Britain are tied for third place. Both countries have 48 medals, although Great Britain has won 22 gold medals while Russia has only won 10. Japan sits in a distant fifth place with 29 medals.

Check out SI.com's Medal Tracker for a look at every country's medal standing thus far.

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