The United States and China are currently tied for the lead in the gold medal count at 18. America has the advantage going into the track and field events and will end up dominating China in the gold medal count when all is said and done.
When comparing two teams, it makes sense to go event by event. However, the United States is participating in too many events to break it down that minutely.
Track Events: Individual
In the individual events, the Jamaicans will dominate. Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are amazing competitors in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and after them, there are a group of Americans including Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Wallace Spearmon.
Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix both have gold-medal potential as well for the U.S.
On the other hand, the Chinese are a mid-tier team when it comes to having any medal competitors in track. They do have one gold-medal possibility in the 110-meter hurdles, but the U.S. men of Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt should beat him, nullifying the only shot for the Chinese there.
Track Events: Team
The U.S. relay teams are some of the best in the world and could end up with gold in the women's and men's 4x400-meter relays. However, no one can beat the Jamaicans in the 4x100-meter relays. They are just too dominant and won't let anyone dominate them.
The pole vault, shot put, triple jump and decathlon headline the field events. U.S. star Austin Eaton is looking like a man possessed in the decathlon and is almost untouchable. The triple jump will come down to either Christian Taylor or Will Claye of the U.S. The Chinese don't even have anyone here who will challenge for the gold, though.
Track and field isn't the only thing left. But when looking at the entire slate, everything else looks completely even between the two nations.
Yet after reviewing the track and field events, the U.S. has 23 legitimate gold-medal challengers. The Chinese have one, and he is competing with two U.S. competitors for it. The U.S. will run away with the gold medals all throughout the competition and win the race for golds by at least 10.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and host Kvetching Draftniks Radio.