Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States On Top Heading Into Saturday

After being deadlocked with China for several days, the United States has finally taken over the medal count lead at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At the beginning of the day on Saturday, the U.S. will kick off the last day in pool swimming and the second day of track and field with a 43 to 42 lead in total medals and a 21 to 20 lead in gold medals.

The two countries are sure to remain at the top of the charts for some time, as the next-closest country is Russia, with 23 total medals.

Here are the top five countries heading into Saturday:

1. United States - 43 (21, 10, 12)
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)

For a complete tally of the medals won, use SI.com's Medal Tracker.

Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games. For more on the 2012 Olympic Games, make sure that you check out SB Nation's dedicated Olympics hub.

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