Olympic Medal Count 2012: Track and Field Stars Who Will Boost USA's Medal Haul

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Olympic Medal Count 2012: Track and Field Stars Who Will Boost USA's Medal Haul
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With the U.S. trailing China for the lead in total medals 73 to 70 at the end of Day 11, they are going to need their track and field stars to come through in the coming days to help close the gap. 

Luckily for them, they have plenty of athletes who are ready to dominate on the track. Here are three of their best hopes for gold. 

Check out B/R's Standings and Medal Winners Tracker here, and view the totals following Day 11 below. 

 

Allyson Felix, 200 Meters

Allyson Felix, 26, has the left the last two Olympics disappointed with a silver medal. When you are disappointed with a silver, chances are you are pretty good at the event.

Felix is looking even better in the 200 this year. She was first in the U.S. trials with a time of 21.69 seconds. That was easily the best time of anyone who qualified. 

Her performances in this event have made her an overwhelming favorite to take gold. So overwhelming that Olympics.betting-directory.com shows us she is a bigger favorite to win the women's 200 than the mighty Usain Bolt is in the men's. 


Ashton Eaton, Decathlon 

Ashton Eaton, 24, made it known he was the man to beat in the decathlon when he broke an 11-year-old world decathlon record at the U.S. trials by scoring a 9,039. This was an impressive performance, especially considering it came in the rain. 

Eaton is solid in all events, but he excels in the 100 meters (where he has a chance to go under 10.2), the 1,500 (where his time of 4:14 at the trials was a personal best) and the pole vault (where 18' is not out of the question).  

If Eaton comes close to these numbers in London, he will not be beat. 

 

Brittney Reese, Long Jump

Brittney Reese has been dominating this event since 2009, as she has taken two golds in both the indoor and outdoor World Championships. 

She did not look particularly strong in qualifying, as she scratched on her first two jumps and then qualified in only sixth (12 advance to the final) after a jump of 6.57 meters. 

I wouldn't be too alarmed by this performance. She has shown she knows how to pull out her best when it is all on the line, and it was just earlier this year when she set the World Indoor Championship record with a jump of 7.23 meters.

 

London Olympics Medal Count - At the End of Day 11

Olympic Medal Tracker Gold Silver Bronze
China Total: 73 34 21 18
United States Total: 70 30 19 21
Great Britain Total: 48 22 13 13
Russia Total: 48 10 18 20
Japan Total: 29 2 13 14
France Total: 28 8 9 11
Germany Total: 27 6 14 7
Australia Total: 25 4 12 9
South Korea Total: 23 12 5 6
Italy Total: 17 7 6 4
Netherlands Total: 14 5 3 6
Canada Total: 11 1 3 7
Hungary Total: 9 4 2 3
New Zealand Total: 9 3 1 5
Ukraine Total: 9 3 0 6
Romania Total: 9 2 5 2
Iran Total: 8 4 3 1
Belarus Total: 8 3 2 3
Denmark Total: 8 2 4 2
Poland Total: 8 2 1 5
Brazil Total: 8 2 1 5
Kazakhstan Total: 7 6 0 1
Cuba Total: 7 3 3 1
Sweden Total: 7 1 3 3
Spain Total: 6 1 4 1
North Korea Total: 5 4 0 1
Czech Republic Total: 5 1 3 1
Kenya Total: 5 1 2 2
Mexico Total: 5 0 3 2
South Africa Total: 4 3 1 0
Jamaica Total: 4 2 1 1
Ethiopia Total: 4 2 0 2
Slovenia Total: 4 1 1 2
Colombia Total: 4 0 3 1
Slovakia Total: 4 0 1 3
Croatia Total: 3 2 1 0
Georgia Total: 3 1 1 1
Armenia Total: 3 0 1 2
Azerbaijan Total: 3 0 1 2
Belgium Total: 3 0 1 2
India Total: 3 0 1 2
Dominican Republic Total: 2 1 1 0
Switzerland Total: 2 1 1 0
Lithuania Total: 2 1 0 1
Egypt Total: 2 0 2 0
Serbia Total: 2 0 1 1
Tunisia Total: 2 0 1 1
Indonesia Total: 2 0 1 1
Norway Total: 2 0 1 1
Estonia Total: 2 0 1 1
Mongolia Total: 2 0 1 1
Moldova Total: 2 0 0 2
Qatar Total: 2 0 0 2
Greece Total: 2 0 0 2
Singapore Total: 2 0 0 2
Venezuela Total: 1 1 0 0
Algeria Total: 1 1 0 0
Grenada Total: 1 1 0 0
Malaysia Total: 1 0 1 0
Guatemala Total: 1 0 1 0
Finland Total: 1 0 1 0
Cyprus Total: 1 0 1 0
Thailand Total: 1 0 1 0
Chinese Taipei Total: 1 0 1 0
Saudi Arabia Total: 1 0 0 1
Kuwait Total: 1 0 0 1
Puerto Rico Total: 1 0 0 1
Trinidad and Tobago Total: 1 0 0 1
Turkey Total: 1 0 0 1
Uzbekistan Total: 1 0 0 1
Morocco Total: 1 0 0 1
Hong Kong Total: 1 0 0 1
Argentina Total: 1 0 0 1
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