London 2012 Medal Count: Team USA Will Add to Total Swimming Medals in Day 6
Team USA has dominated the swimming competition through five days of Olympic competition. They have 10 more medals than China, the second-place team, and they aren't looking back anytime soon.
Let's take a look at how the swimming standings look after five days of action:
*Standings courtesy of nbcolympics.com
Day 6 of Olympic action will feature competitions from across the sporting spectrum, including four finals in the pool.
The men's 200-meter backstroke final and men's 200-meter individual medley final will take place, as will the women's 200-meter breaststroke final and women's 100-meter freestyle final.
The action will be fast and furious, and the United States will dominate again. Let's take a look at America's top contenders in these four events.
Men's 200 Backstroke
Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary are both realistic medal candidates in this final. Lochte is the bigger name, but Clary ran a faster time in the preliminary heats.
Lochte's London experience has been a bit disappointing so far. He's won two gold medals, one on a relay team, but he's also struggled in big moments. Anything short of a silver medal would be a disappointment.
Clary doesn't carry the same expectations, but after his wonderful early runs, you have to think he has a chance as well.
This event will net the United States at least one medal.
Men's 200 IM
This race featured Team USA's "big guns." Michael Phelps will vie for his 20th career Olympic medal, while Lochte performs in his second consecutive event.
Lochte may be fatigued after his race in the 200 back, but he will still be a favorite to medal. He took gold in the 400-meter individual medley earlier this week, and he's adept at all swimming strokes.
Phelps is always a contender. He finished fourth in the 400 IM, and he will be hungry to prove himself against Lochte.
It would be shocking if the USA didn't win two medals in this one.
Women's 200 Breaststroke
Rebecca Soni will represent Team USA very well in this event. She ran the fastest time in the semifinals, and she's the reigning world champion in this event.
Anything short of a gold medal for Soni would be an absolute shock.
Micah Lawrence probably won't medal, but she will have a chance. Her semifinal time is in the middle of the pack, and she could surprise people in the final.
Soni is the standard for women's breaststroke. She will win gold here and add another tally to the United States' total.
Women's 100 Freestyle
A gold and silver medal in this event isn't inconceivable for the United States. In fact, it's quite possible. Jessica Hardy is one of the fastest swimmers in the world, and everyone is aware of Missy Franklin's talent by now.
Franklin has already proven herself as an elite talent in London. A victory in this race would add to her inevitably iconic swimming resume.
Hardy won a bronze medal on the women''s 4x100-meter freestyle relay team, and she will try to add to her total.
A medal for Team USA is a lock here. It's only a matter of how many and which ones.
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