As of about 10 minutes ago, China is lapping the world with 35 gold medals – the US is second with 19. The US is slightly ahead in overall medals, 65 to China’s 61.

Apart from their five impressive golds in gymnastics and diving, the Chinese have accomplished the remarkable and clever achievement of dominating “sports” that no one knows are part of the Olympics, outside of the Olympics are only played in backyards and bars, and are never televised under any circumstances. These include table tennis, badminton, air pistol, jarts, mens bocci, throat tromnet, rock skipping and caps.

It is disappointing the US has floundered in track and field so far. No places in the womens’ marathon or 100 meter, or mens’ 1500 meter – all of which we were expected to at least have a decent showing in. But the good thing about track and field is it is still a pure meritocracy and “judges” have no role in determining the winners, so the highlight events of the next week should have less of a WTF factor (N. Korean lands on her knees and still wins gold, at the expense of Alicia Sacramone, among numerous ripoffs dealt by the judges this Olympics).

Supposedly after tonight’s pea-shooting finale the Chinese will have practically no presence the final week of the games so maybe we’ll catch up a bit.