China has taken the lead in the London Olympics medal count so far, but the United States right behind, and is ready to seriously challenge China on the third day.
In the first two days, the Chinese team outshone all the others, taking home 12 medals out of 82 total medals that have been given out until Sunday.
By Monday noon, China has led the overall medal count at 14, with eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals. The last two gold medals came from Wenjun Guo in the women's 10-meter air pistol, and Wu Minxia and HeZi in the women'ssynchronized 3-meter springboard diving on Monday.
The U.S. team follows closely at 13, with three gold, five silver and five bronze medals.
There are 15 different events scheduled for the London Olympics on Monday, with a number of U.S. hopefuls ready to snatch the gold and overtake China in the medal count.
Eight-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte has won the first gold medal for the U.S. in 400-meter individual medley on Saturday. Considered one of the best swimmers in the world, Lochte is ready for another in Monday's 200-meter freestyle final.
The U.S. men's gymnastics team topped qualifying Saturday, and is a strong candidate for the gold in Monday's team final.
The promising team consists of Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Danell Lleyva, Sam Mikulak and John Orozco, competing against strongholds of China and Japan.
In the current Olympics medal count, Italy is third with eight medals, and France with six medals.
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