Olympic Medal Count 2012: Team USA Will Add to Total in Day 6 of Track and Field
Team USA has been jockeying for the top spot in the overall medal standings from the very beginning of the London Games, but China refuses to relinquish their hold on the No. 1 position.
Here's how the top five medal-winners currently look:
*Standings courtesy of NBCOlympics.com
Team USA will have their fair share of opportunities to gain some ground on Day 6 of track and field competition. Four finals will take place, and the American squad will have contenders in each.
Let's take a look at each event and what the United States should expect.
Women's Long Jump
Brittney Reese gives Team USA a very realistic chance to win a gold medal here, and anything less than a medal would be an utter disappointment.
Reese took first place in the last two world championships. She's established herself as the most dominant long jumper in the world, and she will have a chance to back that up in Wednesday's final.
Her teammate Janay DeLoach will also be in medal contention, but this is all about Reese. Taking a gold medal won't be easy, but she won't miss the top three.
Expect stiff competition from Great Britain's Shara Proctor for the top spot.
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles
Team USA has three chances to earn three medals in this event. Their three runners are all top contenders in this final, and at least one of them will deliver a major performance.
Lashinda Demus is their top contender, and she will push Russia's Natalya Antyukh for the gold medal. T'erea Brown and Georganne Moline also have what it takes to step onto the Olympic podium.
The 400-meter race is excruciating without the hurdles, but the hurdles make it ridiculous. Team USA is lucky to have three world-class competitors battling for their overall medal tally in this one.
Demus will make a very serious run at Olympic gold. Don't be shocked if Brown or Moline overachieve as well.
Women's 200-Meter Dash
The American group in this race isn't even fair. I don't know how else to put it. Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Carmelita Jeter are among the fastest women in the world.
A clean sweep isn't out of the question here. Richards-Ross, Felix and Jeter are all more than capable of running a gold-medal winning race.
Having said that, I think it's Felix's race to win. She's got a 21.69-second season's best, and that will be good enough to earn a gold in this one. She will be pushed by her American teammates, and Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, but she's tough to beat at this distance.
American sprinters are almost always strong, and this year's female group is elite. Felix, Richards-Ross and Jeter are the best of the bunch.
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles
The men will also be going for medals in one final on Wednesday. Team USA's Aries Merritt ran the fastest qualifying time for this final, and he will be among the contenders when the final rolls around.
Jason Richardson and Jeff Porter stand an outsider's chance as America's other participants, but this one is all about Merritt. He's Team USA's only hope of upsetting world-record holder Dayron Robles, and he stands a good chance of doing so.
Competition is stiff. You can't rule out anyone, but the United States seems to hold a clear advantage in Wednesday's track and field action.
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