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London Olympics Medal Count: U.S. Trails China In Gold, Tied Overall

Two University of Georgia graduates had a big day in the pool, while the U.S. and an economic rival are in a dead heat for medals.

After Tuesday's events at the Olympic Games in London, the score atop the medal leader board remains tied between the United States and China at 23 medals each, with the Chinese boasting a 13-9 advantage in gold medals over the Americans. Rounding out the top five is Japan, with 13 total medals, France (11 total) and South Korea (nine).

UGA senior swimmer Allison Schmitt became the Bulldogs' first-ever individual gold medal winner, by crushing the 200-meter freestyle race with a time of 1:53.61, almost a full two seconds better than second place. The time was good enough to beat the Olympic record of 1:54.82.

Meanwhile, fellow Bulldog Kathleen Hersey American Kathleen Hersey beat the favored Jiao Liuyang of China to finish first in the qualifiers for the women's 200 meters butterfly final. Hersey finished the four laps in two minutes and 5.9 seconds. She'll advance to the final on Wednesday as the top seed.

You can find a complete medal count and breakdown at SI.com.

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