China and the United States were tied for total medals in the Olympics on Tuesday, but China took the lead Wednesday, now ranking at the top in both gold medals and in medals overall.
In the totals as of early this morning, Thursday, Chinese athletes had won 30 medals overall with 17 gold. The U.S. has won 29 medals overall with 12 gold.
Japan remained third in overall medals with 17, with South Korea on Wednesday displacing France for third place in gold medals, reaching a total of six compared to France's five.
China's gold medals included four each in diving, swimming and weight-lifting, two in shooting, and one each in table tennis, fencing and gymnastics.
Team USA's gold medals include eight in swimming, two in shooting and one each in gymastics and cycling.
“They have the whole nation behind them,” said Fenton resident Nyoka Koleda, who is a big Olympics fan.
The host nation, Great Britain, more than doubled its medals on Wednesday, going to nine from four overall, including its first gold medals – one in rowing and one in cycling.
Fenton Patch readers have been rooting on the USA.
Stacy Mielcarek posted, "Watching them here in Poland with American pride! USA!" on the Fenton Patch Facebook Page.
Misty Gurski as been a big fan of swimming and is looking forward to the big swimming events. "Woot!!! Can't wait!!!" she posted.
Here is the Olympic medal count as of 1 a.m. Pacific time today, Thurs., Aug. 2, according to the official London Olympics Web site.
|1||People's Republic of China||17||9||4||30|
|2||United States of America||12||8||9||29|
|3||Republic of Korea||6||2||4||12|
|5||Democratic People's Republic of Korea||4||0||1||5|
|29||Taipei (Chinese Taipei)||0||1||0||1|
|39||Republic of Moldova||0||0||1||1|
Olympians of El Cerrito
Meanwhile, if you like to read about El Cerrito connections to the Olympics, here are links to the the articles in our Olympians of El Cerrito series:
- July 1, profile of Sayaka Matsumoto, who represented the U.S. in judo at the Beijing Olympics four years ago
- July 2, Sayaka Matsumoto's first-person remembrance of participating in the Beijing Olympics in 2008
- July 24, profile of Teri McKeever, who's now in London as the first woman in history to be head coach of the US Olympics women's swim team
- July 25, profile of Roddy Lee, who ran for Taiwan in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
- July 27, profile of Andy Toro, bronze-medal winner who competed in four Olympics – two for Hungary and two for the United States – and served on the U.S. Olympic Committee
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