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Olympic Medal Tally 2012: Events Saturday in Which USA Will Extend Medal Lead

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Justin Gatlin of the United States approaches the finish line during the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 heats on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 10, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Zach KruseSenior Analyst IAugust 10, 2012

As of Friday afternoon at roughly 4:00 p.m. ET, the United States held a medal lead at the 2012 Olympics with 92 total (41 golds, 25 silver, 26 bronze). China comes in second with 81 (37, 25, 19). 

On Saturday—the second to last day of competition—the Americans should add to that significant lead.

Below, we break down the events most likely (or even guaranteed) to add to the United States' medal lead in London:

 

Women's Basketball

With a comeback over Australia in the semifinals, Team USA guaranteed themselves a medal Saturday.

The Americans will now take on France in the final, with a chance to extend their Olympic winning streak to a staggering 41 games. By now, a gold medal is almost assumed for the American women. Only a massive upset would send Team USA home with silver. 

 

Women's Volleyball

The undefeated American women take on Brazil in the gold medal match Saturday. The U.S. has only lost two sets the entire Olympics, and one came in a 3-1 win over Brazil early on in the tournament. Still, the Americans haven't lost a set in 15 tries and are expected to win gold. 

 

Women's High Jump

If American Chaunte Lowe comes close to matching her personal best jump, a medal will likely follow. She's a legitimate gold medal contender. 

 

Women's 4x400 Relay

The American team of DeeDee Trotter, Keshia Baker, Francena McCorory and Diamond Dixon easily won their preliminary heat, and adding Sanya Richard-Ross in the final makes the U.S. a heavy favorite to win their fifth-straight gold medal in this event. 

 

Men's 4x100 Relay

This event should be one of the highlights of not only Saturday, but the entire track and field showcase in London. 

The Americans, anchored by Justin Gatlin, ran the fastest preliminary time Friday. They are expected to add Tyson Gay to the mix for the finals, making them one of the favorites to win gold. 

But to do so, the U.S. will have to outrun Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and the rest of the Jamaican team. Bolt didn't run in the prelims and the Jamaicans still almost posted a better time than the Americans. 

It's a toss-up between the two for gold, but either way, the U.S. should medal. 

 

Olympic Medal Count (Sorted by gold medals, current as of Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET)

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 41 25 26 92
China 37 25 19 80
Great Britain 25 15 14 54
Russia  12 21 24 57
Germany 10 17 11 38

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