Day 9 of the Olympic Games in London has seen the China-USA battle for first overall thicken while Team GB and Russia are neck and neck in the third- and fourth-place positions.
While it will be unlikely to see China or the U.S. challenged for the top two spots, the respective battles have seen some interesting developments occur during Day 9.
Great Britain vs. Russia
The Russians and Team GB have distanced themselves from the rest of the Olympic pack with medal counts in the 30 range, leaving a significant gap that should lead to either one of the two capturing third place.
Great Britain has been one of the day's biggest winners, with the most notable occurrence being Andy Murray securing the men's singles tennis gold medal after defeating Roger Federer.
The British also had a fine day out on the water, where Ben Ainsle won gold in the men's sailing finn final and the duo of Iain Persie and Andrew Simpson finishing with silver in the men's sailing star event.
These medals helped Great Britain create a small space between itself and Russia that should hold until the end of the games.
Some of Russia's best chances to win medals—events like gymnastics, fencing and tennis—have concluded or will soon conclude, leaving the nation with less surefire additions to its count.
Great Britain still has a good chance to see more sailing medals count towards its cause, considering that the events go until August 11 and things couldn't have gone much better for them on Days 8 and 9.
With Great Britain's performance in the second-to-last weekend and the events still to come, Team GB will secure the No. 3 position on the medal table.
China vs. United States
As far as the two atop that table, China and the United States, it seems every other hour that one of these two nations has added another medal to its cause.
There aren't many competitions out there in which the U.S. and China aren't powerhouses. Both nations have won medals in everything from badminton to weightlifting to cycling.
That being said, the Americans have too many surefire-medal kind of events left on the table not to overtake China for the top spot.
Men's and women's basketball and the women's soccer tournament feature U.S. teams that are virtual locks to put at least bronze and more likely gold medals into the American tally.
Then there are the wrestling and track and field teams, which have plenty of events left before the Games conclude.
Not that China doesn't have some events left in its favor, but the United States has the easier road to a first-place finish.
The Chinese are ahead, with a three-medal lead at the moment, which means that the Americans need to have a Great Britain-like two days in a row to overtake their top medal threat.
Fortunately for Team USA, women's soccer and both basketball tournaments happen to wrap up within three days of one another in the last days of the Summer Games.
All the United States has to do is have a slightly better medal haul than China a few times in the coming days and then have the aforementioned sports teams earn medals of their own.
When the closing Closing Ceremony begins, The United States will be the team sporting the most medals.
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