US Olympic Track and Field Team: USA's Best Day 15 Medal Opportunities

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  Chaunte Lowe of USA jumps during the High Jump Final during day one of the Aviva London Grand Prix  at Crystal Palace on July 13, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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As the Olympics wind down with the final day of track and field events, the USA has a few more opportunities to add to its medal count and increase its lead in total medals over China.

Track and field has been very good to the Americans, as they have won more medals than any other country in the events despite good competition for gold medals from Jamaica in the sprinting events. 

Here are the medals for which the US should be competitive heading into action on a Day 15 that is packed with medal events.


Chaunte Lowe and Brigetta Barrett, Women's High Jump

Team USA will have two representatives in the women's high jump, Chaunte Lowe and Brigetta Barrett. Lowe qualified out of Group B with a jump of 1.93 meters while Barrett qualified in Group A with the same height.

Lowe comes in with a good chance at earning a gold medal, as her personal best—2.05 meters—is the second highest among those of the other competitors. Barrett set her career best this year with a jump of 2.02 meters and figures to factor into the final, as well.

With two of the top contenders in the event, a USA medal in the women's high jump seems likely.


Women's 4x400-Meter Relay

USA female sprinters have had a solid showing in these Games, and they figure to round out their performance with a medal in the 4x400 relay. 

Team USA will be looking to repeat the performance it put up at the 2011 world championships in Daegu, South Korea, where they placed first in the event, with a time of three minutes and 18.09 seconds.

However, they can expect a good push from the Jamaican team, as the Jamaican sprinters have fared well in these Olympics and challenged Team USA at Daegu with a time of 3:18.71.

With both teams hungry to finish well, this should be an excellent race and another medal for the USA.


Men's 4x100-Meter Relay

The Men's team will face a tough task trying to finish out these games with a gold medal.

The Jamaican team has traditionally dominated the 4x100-meter relay and set the world record in the event at the world championships with a time of 37.04 seconds. The Jamaicans have had a nice run in these Olympics, so winning the gold may be out of reach for Team USA, but the Americans should be in the hunt for silver or bronze.

The 2011 world championships saw the U.S. get outrun by France and Saint Kitts and Nevis to be held out of the top three, but Saint Kitts and Nevis sent home star sprinter Kim Collins for disciplinary reasons. 

With Saint Kitts and Nevis' best sprinter out of the race, team USA should be a favorite to find the podium and chip in another medal to the U.S.'s grand total.