China jumped out to an early lead in the medal count at the 2012 London Olympics, which had its first day with a full slate of competitions on Saturday. An updated medal count of the top performing countries is below.
Olympic Medal Count
1. China: 4 gold, 0 silver, 2 bronze (6 total)
2. Italy: 2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze (5 total)
3. United States: 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze (5 total)
(T) 4. Brazil: 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze (3 total)
(T) 4. South Korea: 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze (3 total)
The United States received a gold medal courtesy of Ryan Lochte, who was the winner of the men's 400 meter individual medley. His rival and fellow American Michael Phelps finished a distant fourth.
The U.S. placed in three other swimming competitions and finished with a silver in archery, losing the championship match to Italy.
Stick with this StoryStream for full coverage of local athletes in the 2012 Summer Olympics. For complete coverage of the London Games, head over to SB Nation's Olympics hub.