London Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Falls To Second Place

Usain Bolt electrified the world on Sunday, but the United States' Justin Gatlin took the bronze in that 100m race to add to the medal count. His bronze and Sanya Richards-Ross' gold in the women's 400m were both sorely needed as it turns out, as the United States has slipped behind China in both total medals and gold medals.

As Monday's full slate of events gets underway at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, China leads all countries with 61 total medals and 30 gold medals. The United States is right behind them, with 60 total medals and 28 gold medal victories, but they will need to pick up the pace as the second week of events gets underway.

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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