Olympic Swimming 2012: Remaining Events Most Likely to Add to US Gold Count
It's been a good Games so far for the U.S.
As it currently stands, team U.S.A. has received 23 total swimming medals during the 2012 London Games, with 11 gold medals, seven silver medals and five Bronze medals.
But the events in the Aquatics Centre are far from over, and there are still plenty of medals available for the U.S. to boost their count.
Here are the remaining events where the Americans stand the best chance of bringing home more gold.
Men's 50m Freestyle
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Medal Race: August 3rd - 3:09 p.m. ET
American Swimmers to watch: Cullen Jones and Anthony Ervin
In the semifinal heats for the men's 50-meter freestyle, two of the top three times were both held by Americans. Cullen Jones tied for the lead with a qualifying time of 21.54 seconds, while Anthony Ervin clocked in third overall with a time of 21.62.
Their stiffest competition will come from Cesar Cielo and Bruno Fratus, both of Brazil, who tied for first and place fourth, respectively.
Men's 100m Butterfly
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Medal Race: August 3rd - 2:38 p.m. ET
American Swimmer to watch: Michael Phelps
No surprise here.
Michael Phelps' signature event is the butterfly, and this will be his last individual race as an Olympian.
He led the field in the qualifiers with a time of 50.86 seconds, .56 seconds faster than the second fastest time held by South African Chad le Clos.
These Olympic Games haven't had the same magic as Phelps' 2008 campaign in Beijing, but Phelps is a lock to medal in this race.
Women's 200m Backstroke
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Medal Race: August 3rd - 2:30 p.m. ET
American Swimmers to watch: Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel
This is, perhaps, the strongest event left in the aquatics center for the Americans.
In qualifiers, Beisel and Franklin dominated the field, placing first and second with times of 2:06.18 and 2:06.84, respectively.
The next closest finisher was 2:07.42, a full second behind Beisel.
Franklin has already been on the podium for the backstroke these Games, taking gold in the 100-meter backstoke earlier this week.
Men's 4x100m Medley Relay
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Medal Race: August 4th - 3:27 p.m. ET
American Swimmers to watch: Michael Phelps, Matt Grevers, Nathan Adrian and Brendan Hansen
The American 4x100 medley team is the undisputed favorite heading into the medal race.
In qualifiers, team U.S.A. smoked the competition, finishing with a time of 3:32.65, easily winning their heat by almost a full second. The next closest time was Great Britain, clocking in at 3:33.44. Keep in mind that this was with Cullen Jones, Nick Thoman, Eric Shanteau and Tyler McGill swimming for team U.S.A.
The team swimming the medal round is a veritable swimming all-star team, with Michael Phelps, the 100-meter butterfly gold medalist, Matt Grevers, the 100-meter backstroke gold medalist, Nathan Adrian, the 100-meter freestyle gold medalist and Brendan Hansen, the 100-meter breaststroke bronze medalist.