London 2012 Medal Count: Predicting Top 5 Countries by End of Day 8
Through the end of Friday, August 3rd, the seventh day of the 2012 London Olympics, the United States and China continue to battle for the top position in the medal count, with several countries fighting for third. The count currently stands at:
Barring any ties, 25 of each medal will be given out on Saturday, creating the possibility for a major shakeup in the medal count.
Here is a brief prediction for the medals that will be awarded in each sport on Day 8 of the Olympics, and where the medal count will stand at the end of the day.
Women's Doubles: The gold-medal match is a faceoff between China and Japan, and the bronze-medal match is between Russia and Canada. China is the favorite in the gold-medal match, and likely would have won both gold and silver had Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli not been dismissed. Canada is lucky to remain in the tournament after the dismissals, and Russia should win the bronze.
Women's Singles: The women's singles match is a meeting between two Chinese badminton players, and the bronze is between India and China. China will likely win all three medals.
Badminton Totals: China: 2 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze. Japan: 1 silver. Russia: 1 bronze
Women's Team Pursuit: Great Britain set the world record with their 3:15:669 qualifying time, and are the favorites to win gold in the Olympic debut of this event. The United States, Australia and Canada finished second, third and fourth, respectively, but Australia is the likeliest silver medalist. The fight for bronze will be close, but the United States should get the edge.
Cycling Totals: Great Britain: 1 gold. Australia: 1 silver. United States: 1 bronze
Women's Team Epee: The women epee teams will compete all day, beginning the round of 16 at 9:00 a.m. local time and continuing until the final at 2:15 p.m. Romania, Russia and China are the top three seeds, with Italy and the United States playing the role of dark horses. Until we see the team's begin to fence, the best assumption is that Romania, Russia, and China will finish in the order of their seedings.
Fencing Totals: Romania: 1 gold. Russia: 1 silver. China: 1 bronze
Women's Single Sculls: The Czechs are the favorite in this event, and with good reason. Denmark, Australia, Belarus and China will all compete for the remaining medals, with Denmark and Australia getting the edge.
Men's Lightweight Double Sculls: Denmark posted the best time in the heats by a healthy margin, with Great Britain and New Zealand following. France and Germany are lurking not far behind, but the top three should be the medalists.
Women's Lightweight Double Sculls: Great Britain looks untouchable in this event, and Greece, Germany and China will fight for the remaining two medals. Expect China to miss out.
Men's Four: Great Britain should continue its dominance in this event. Australia should lock up silver, and the U.S. will likely edge out Greece for the bronze.
Rowing Totals: Czech Republic: 1 gold. Denmark: 1 gold, 1 silver. Germany: 1 bronze. Great Britain: 2 golds, 1 silver. Greece: 1 silver. Australia: 1 silver, 1 bronze. New Zealand: 1 bronze. United States: 1 bronze.
Women's 50-meter rifle, Three position: Sonja Pfeilschifter of Germany is the world-record holder, and should take home gold. Du Li of China will likely earn silver and Barbara Engleder of Germany should get bronze.
Women's Trap: The entire event will be held on Saturday, so we haven't yet seen whose aim is true in London. Spain's Fatima Galvez is the top-ranked trap shooter in the world, and gold is in her sights. China and Slovakia should earn silver and bronze.
Shooting Totals: Germany: 1 gold, 1 bronze. China: 2 silvers. Spain, 1 gold. Slovakia, 1 bronze.
Women's 50-meter freestyle: Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands is the clear favorite in this race. Francesca Halsall of Great Britain should take silver and Britta Steffen of Germany should swim to bronze
Men's 1500-meter freestyle: World-record holder Sun Yang of China posted the fastest time in the heats and should have no problem winning gold. Tunisia and Canada should win silver and bronze.
Women's 4x100-meter medley relay: China has owned this event, but the U.S. can and should overtake them for gold. Australia's the clear favorite for bronze.
Men's 4x100-meter medley relay: Expect the United States to win gold in Michael Phelps's final Olympic swim. Australia should take silver and Germany should take bronze.
Swimming Totals: China: 1 gold, 1 silver. Netherlands: 1 gold. United States: 2 golds. Canada: 1 bronze. Great Britain: 1 silver. Tunisia: 1 silver. Germany: 2 bronzes. Australia: 1 silver, 1 bronze.
Women's Singles: It's tough to predict who will win in Serena Williams versus Maria Sharapova, the two most recent Grand Slam title winners. Serena has looked unstoppable over the past couple of months, and she should take gold. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus should defeat Maria Kirilenko for bronze.
Men's Doubles: It's hard to bet against the Bryan Brothers, and they should overtake the French duo of Tsonga and Llodra. France should find themselves unlucky again in their bronze-medal match against Spain, who should take the bronze.
Tennis Totals: United States: 2 golds. Russia: 1 silver. France: 1 silver. Belarus: 1 bronze. Spain: 1 bronze.
Track and Field
Men's 20-kilometer Walk: In the most maligned event in the Olympics, only four walkers have turned in times under 1:18:00, two from Russia, two from China. Expect Russia to take the top two spots, with China slipping into third.
Women's Discus Throw: Darya Pishchalnikova of Russia is the only competitor with a personal best of over 70 meters, and she should take gold. Nadine Muller of Germany is the favorite for silver, and Sandra Perkovic of Croatia for bronze.
Men's Long Jump: Sebastian Bayer of Germany has the top personal best in the field, and he should earn bronze. Mitchell Watt of Australia should earn silver, and Greg Rutherford of Great Britain might just sneak by Godfrey Khotso Mokoena of South Africa for the bronze.
Women's Heptathlon: No one is beating Great Britain's Jessica Ennis on her home turf. Ennis is off to a healthy lead through four of the seven events. Austra Skujyte of Lithuania looks ready to take silver, and Kristina Savitskaya of Russia, despite being in seventh place, is too good not to strike back and take bronze.
Men's 10,000-meter: The home-crowd advantage wont' be enough for Britain's Mo Farah, who will likely have to settle for bronze. Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele is the best 10,000-meter runner in the world and should take gold, with Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese taking silver.
Women's 100-meter: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the fastest woman in the world, but her time of 11 seconds in her heat was slower than it should have been, even with Trinidadian Semoy Hackett hot on her heels. Carmelita Jeter of the United States is poised to steal the gold, leaving Fraser-Pryce with the silver and Veronica Campbell-Brown with the bronze.
Track and Field Totals: Russia: 1 gold, 1 bronze. United States: 1 gold. Great Britain: 1 gold, 2 bronzes. Germany: 1 gold, 1 silver. Ethiopia: 1 gold. Jamaica: 1 silver, 1 bronze. Lithuania: 1 silver. Eritrea: 1 silver. Australia: 1 silver. Croatia: 1 bronze.
Women's: Karen Cockburn of Canada has won two silver and one bronze in past Olympics, and in London she should squeeze by defending gold medalist He Wenna of China, who will take home silver. Huang Shanshan of China should defeat Canadian Rosie MacLennan for bronze.
Trampoline Totals: Canada: 1 gold. China: 1 silver, 1 bronze.
Women's: Helen Jenkins of Great Britain is ranked second in the world, and the home crowd should push her to gold. Top-ranked New Zealander Andrea Hewitt should take the silver, and Nicola Spirig of Switzerland should get bronze.
Triathlon Totals: Great Britain: 1 gold. New Zealand: 1 silver. Switzerland: 1 bronze.
Men's 207 Pounds: Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan should easily take gold, with Artem Ivanov of Ukraine earning silver and Norayr Vardanyan of Armenia taking the bronze.
Weightlifting Totals: Kazakhstan: 1 gold. Ukraine: 1 silver. Armenia: 1 bronze.
Total Predicted Medal Count at End of Day 8
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