2012 Olympics Medal Count: United States In Second Place, China Takes Early Lead

With just one day of gold medal competition in the books at the 2012 Olympics in London, the United States is already where they want to be -- right at the top of the list in the medal tallies by country. They sit in second place heading into the second day of medal events on Sunday.

Heading into Sunday's events, China currently leads all countries with four total medals and four gold medals. The United States and Italy are tied with five total medals.

Brazil, Korea and Japan each have three medals and Japan is the only one of those three countries without a gold medal. No other country has more than one medal.

The United States might very well be tied for the medal lead with China, had not Michael Phelps shockingly failed to medal in his first finals swimming event on Saturday. Phelps was hoping to come to London to add to his historic medal total, but he has gotten off to an inauspicious start.

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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