After trailing China in the overall medal count since the 2012 London Olympics began, at the conclusion of competition on Thursday, the United States finally claimed the top spot on the medal count leaderboard.
The U.S. currently is in the lead with 37 medals won (18 gold, nine silver, 10 bronze) while China currently trails with 34 total medals won (18 gold, 11 silver, 5 bronze). Korea its in third place and trails both countries by a large margin with just 14 medals won (seven gold, two silver, five bronze)
The United States swimmers are responsible for the bulk of the medals won as Ryan Lochte leads the way with five medals (two gold, two silver, one bronze) and Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time has four medals thus far (two gold, two silver).
For the women, Allison Schmitt has won four medals (two gold, one silver, one bronze) and Missy Franklin has three medals (two gold, one silver).