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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: New York Athletes Help U.S. Retake Medal Lead From China

The U.S. took the lead in the overall medal count from China on Thursday at the 2012 London Olympics. The U.S. is also tied with China for most gold medals with 18.

New York area athletes helped the U.S. take home eight medals (including six golds) on Thursday, which was the most of any nation. New Jersey native Rebecca Soni won gold in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. The medal was her second of the London Games. She also won the silver in the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

Canandaigua, N.Y. native Ryan Lochte picked up a pair of medals on Thursday. Lochte took home silver in the men's 200-meter individual medley and bronze in the men's 200-meter backstroke. Lochte now has five medals in the London Olympics.

Naples, N.Y. native Meghan Musnicki and Ithaca, N.Y. native Caryn Davies won the gold in the women's eight rowing event.

American swimmer Michael Phelps extended his Olympic medal record to 20 total when he bested Lochte in the men's 200-meter individual medley.

Here is the current top five of the Olympic medal standings:

United States, 37 (18 gold, 9 silver, 10 bronze)
China, 34 (18, 11, 5)
Japan, 19 (2, 6, 11)
Germany, 17 (4, 8, 5)
Russia, 17 (3, 6, 8)

Check out Sports Illustrated to see the full medal count standings.

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