London 2012 Medal Count: US Will Hold the Most Medals by End of Summer Games

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Diana Taurasi #12 of United States celebrates with teammates after defeating Australia 86-73 in the Women's Basketball semifinal on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Americans have had a phenomenal medal haul leading into the last few days of the London Games, which is why they'll finish No. 1 on the medal table.

The U.S. took home nine medals on Day 13 of the Olympics with the women's soccer team recording just one of five gold medals the nation earned that day.

Days 12-14 of the Olympics have seen the Americans go from closing the gap between themselves and China for the medal lead to outright blowing by them.

China was as many as 13 medals behind its only true challenger for the No. 1 spot on Day 14, leaving the former medal leader with just two days to make up the growing gap.

But, the Chinese won't be able to close the distance, especially with the United States still involved in several favorable final events in London. While events like wrestling and track have the most medals left to hand out, China has no wrestlers competing and just two track finals where the country is represented.

The Chinese have competitors in both the men's 50-kilometer and women's 20-kilometer walks, but are absent from any of the other track and field competitions on Day 15.

China could medal in one of the two walks and has a strong chance in the men's 10-meter diving final, but the Americans are already guaranteed two medals on the second-to-last day of the Olympics.

The women's volleyball and basketball final feature the United States, which means at least a silver will be added to the nation's medal count. The men's basketball team will also play for their tournament's gold medal on Day 16.

It's not as if there won't be more medals won by Chinese athletes before these Summer Games end, just not enough to overtake the United States' lead.

With three guaranteed medals coming the Americans' way over the last two days of the Summer Games and a double-digit lead before the weekend even begins, China will have to settle for finishing second.