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Gold Medal Count 2012: Predicting Winners for Most Important Day 9 Events

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Giant Olympic rings float on a barge in the River Thames opposite Parliament on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2012

It's a two-way battle for the most gold medals in the 2012 Olympics, and the results of Day 9 could create some separation at the top of the list.

China and the United States are battling for the most gold medals, as well as total medals, but China can gain some separation with a strong Day 9 showing.

Medal Count as of 8/5/2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET
 
Country Gold Medals
China 28
United States 27
Great Britain 16
Russia 3
Japan 2

Full medal counts are provided by London2012.com.

There are numerous events taking place on Sunday, but not all of them will affect the gold-medal leaders. The Americans will not be expected to contend for gold in many events on Day 9, but China has a chance to win several golds.

Each country has a great chance to pull out a victory in one event, but China has the opportunity to add more gold medals than the United States. China will be heavy favorites to contend for gold in multiple events, while the United States realistically only have one more event to take home gold for the day.

An upset by Justin Gatlin in the men's 100m would be very surprising because he is going up against Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.

As the race for gold supremacy heats up, several events will be important to keep an eye on. 

 

Women's 3m Springboard Final

This will be China's best chance to finish in first. Two of the favorites in the event are from China, so they have a chance to add their country's overall medal count. 

Wu Minxia and He Zi will both compete in the event, and one of them could come away with gold.  

Minxia won the bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and she qualified third for the event. Zi is the overwhelming favorite for the event after her qualifying performance. NBCOlympics.com has the qualifying scores, and nobody finished closer than 32 points to her.

 

Track and Field: Women's 400m

In one of the only events in which the Americans have a legitimate shot to win gold on Day 9, this event is not a lock.

American Sanya Richards-Ross won her qualifying heat with a time of 50.07 seconds, so she will be looking to have a strong showing in the finals.

Ross will step up to the challenge and contend for a medal. The Americans could use a gold in this event to keep up with China.

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