Despite big disappointment for the men's gymnastics team, day three of the 2012 Olympic Games ended with the US pulling even with China for the overall medal count lead. Both teams lead the competition with 17 medals, though the Chinese hold the edge with 9 golds to the US's 5. So how did they, and the other participating nations, fare on July 30?
Both Japan and the US earned a total of 6 new medals during day 3 competition, setting the day 3 high-water mark. Highlights for the Japanese team included a silver medal performance by the men's gymnastics team and a victory in women's judo. Team USA swimmers continued their trend of dominance by claiming two additional gold and two additional silver medals. They also scored a bronze in men's diving, a result which when combined with the ladies' silver medal performance during day 2 may well indicate the nation's resurgence in the sport.
Also turning in noteworthy performances on July 30 were the Chinese, who took home 5 more medals including a gold for the men's gymnastics team. France added 3 medals to their total, while Romania and Ukraine each added 2. Fourteen additional nations added one prize to their overall Olympic medal counts.
One of the biggest moments of the day came when Great Britain's men's gymnastics team earned a bronze, their first team medal in 100 years. Prince Harry and Prince William were on-hand for the celebration. Another highlight was the performance of phenom swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, who swam to victory in the women's 100m breaststroke and claimed the Games' first medal for Lithuania.
2012 Olympic action continues July 31 from London.