Through Friday, U.S. Ahead of China 45 to 43 in Olympic Medals Race

By Staff | August 4, 2012 | 10:02 AM EDT


U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas with her gold medal. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobsen)

( - The U.S. Olympic team has pulled ahead of the People's Republic of China in the competition for the overall number of medals won at the London Olympics.

At the close of competition on Friday, the U.S. team had 45 total medals and the People's Republic of China had 43.

The U.S. team also was ahead in the race for gold medals. By the close of competition on Friday, U.S. athletes had won 22 gold medals and athletes from the People's Republic of China had won 20.

Great Britain, which is hosting the games, was third in the medals competition with 25 total medals, closely trailed by Russia with 24.

Japan was third with 21 medals.

The People's Republic of China is run by a Communist regime. The United States is a constitutional republic.

Through Friday, U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had won 17 Olympic gold medals. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

In Olympic competition that were exclusively male, the U.S. led China 22 to 17 overall in medals. But the Chinese men have 9 gold medals while the U.S. men have only 8.

U.S. women trail Chinese women 24 to 23 in the overall medals race, but U.S. women have 14 gold medals while the Chinese women have 10.

U.S. women have done much better thus far in the London Olympics than U.S. men when it comes to winning gold medals, with U.S. women up over U.S. men in that category 14 to 8.

The Chinese have also won two medals in Olympic events where men and women compete together.