Olympic Medal Count 2012: Team USA Will Add to Overall Swimming Tally on Day 7

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Missy Franklin of the United States competes in the Women's 200m Backstroke Semifinal 2 on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Six days of Olympic swimming are behind us, and the American side is dominating the competition. This was expected because of the high-level talent on both the men's and women's side of the equation, but its victories are still staggering.

Let's take a look at the top five in terms of overall swimming medals so far in London.


*For complete swim standings click here

Nation Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Total
11 7 5 23
4 2 3 9
0 2 7 9
1 5 2 8
3 2 1 6


In Day 7's action, Team USA will try to widen its margin at the top. Four finals take place, and it has reasonable contenders in each one. There's no doubting it they will pick up a few more medals to throw onto its overall tally.

Here are Friday's finals and America's contenders in each event.


Women's 200-Meter Backstroke

Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel are the top contenders in this final. They were the top two qualifiers, and they are swimming in adjacent lanes.

Franklin is going for her fourth medal overall in London. She entered this summer's festivities with as much hype as anyone in the world, and she hasn't disappointed thus far. The backstroke is her best stroke, and she will be a force in this race.

Beisel doesn't carry Franklin's reputation, but she actually qualified ahead of her in the preliminary heats.

The United States will win at least one medal in this exciting women's final.


Men's 100-Meter Butterfly

Michael Phelps is the favorite to win this race, and he will definitely have a shot. He ran the fastest qualifying time, and he's swam better with each passing event.

He already holds the world record for this event, and a gold medal is the expectation here.

Tyler McGill finished behind Phelps in qualifying and doesn't have anything close to his iconic pedigree, but he could take advantage of a wide-open field. Someone has to emerge as a contender to swimming's preeminent icon, and McGill could be the guy.

Phelps' medal is a sure thing. Don't be surprised if McGill sneaks into the top three as well.


Men's 50-Meter Freestyle

This is the sprint of all sprints. One length decides the winner, and you better not blink at home.

Anthony Ervin and Cullen Jones have an excellent chance of earning medals here. They qualified near the top, and both men carry reasonable expectations into this thrilling event.

The American men in this event will have plenty of competition. One minor slip-up can ruin all hopes, and there is no time to make up any ground.

This comes down to who wants it more. Team USA has had so much success already. Its athletes will be ready when it matters.

Expect a medal here.


Women's 800-Meter Freestyle

Katie Ledecky and Kate Ziegler are not the favorites to win gold, but they will certainly threaten for silver and bronze. Ledecky is only 15 years old, but she has talent well beyond her years.

She qualified ahead of Ziegler at the US Olympic Swimming Trials, but Ziegler has a more proven international reputation. Neither swimmer is going to beat Rebecca Adlington, but both could make it interesting.

If they can hold off Lotte Friis, look for at least one American to medal here.