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US leads Day 1 medal count

American sweepWith a gold-silver-bronze sweep in the women's sabre (fencing) earlier today the United States has jumped to an early lead in the overall medal count. China, currently sitting in second, won gold in both the men's 10m air pistol and the women's 48kg weightlifting competitions.

The medal counts of the United States and China will be closely watched at these Olympics. The US has won the medal count at the last several summer games, but China has inched closer and closer each time. Historically, the host country always enjoys a spike in total medals won. In Athens, the US had 102 medals; China was second with 63.