Olympics 2012 Medal Count: China Inches Ahead Of United States

In the first two days of gold medal track and field events on Saturday and Sunday, host country Great Britain managed to make plenty of strides in the medal count at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Heading into Monday's events, Great Britain sits alone in third place with 37 total medals and 16 gold medals.

The United States and China remain more or less deadlocked in a battle atop the leaderboard. China leads all countries in total medals with 61 and in gold medals with 30. The United States is just a step off the pace in both tallies, with 60 total medals and 28 gold medals.

Here are the top five medal totals by country as Monday's events begin.

  1. China: 61 (30 gold, 17 silver, 14 bronze)
  2. United States: 60 (28, 14, 18)
  3. Great Britain: 37 (16, 11, 10)
  4. Russia: 35 (4, 16, 15)
  5. Japan: 27 (2, 12, 13)

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

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