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US Olympic Medal Count 2012: Events USA Will Lose on Saturday

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Caster Semenya of South Africa reacts after competing in the Women's 800m Semifinals on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2012

With the total medal count firmly in grasp with just two days of competition left, the United States looks to be a lock to win the overall medal count.

While I don't see the Americans relinquishing its 13-medal lead, there are events on Saturday in which the U.S.'s chances are looking pretty bleak.

Let's take a look:

 

Men's 5000-Meter

The United States hasn't medaled in the 5000-meter since 1964 when the Americans took home the gold and bronze.

Americans Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong and Galen Rupp will be looking to change that for the U.S., who will have to contend with Great Britain's Mo Farah.

According to London's The Sun, Farah has vowed to put everything into the 5000m as he's seeking to clinch a double after winning the 10,000-meter before the home crowd.

Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel appears to pose the biggest threat to both Farah and the U.S.

Gebremeskel won bronze at the World Championships and won the second heat in London to qualify for the final.

Of all 15 athletes slated to participate, Gebremeskel holds the fastest personal time of 12:46.81.

You can catch the action at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

 

Women's 800-Meter

After sitting out for nearly a year after her 2009 world victory in Berlin due to gender testing, South Africa's Caster Semenya is back.

After having her gender questioned and doubted, Semenya posted a time of 1:55.451 in the semifinals, pushing her into the finals on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

Running for the U.S. will be Alysia Johnson Montano, who earned a bronze in the 800m in the 2010 World Indoor Championships.

Of the eight competitors, Johnson Montano posts a slower personal-best time than most of her opponents.

Kenya's Pamela Jelimo holds the fastest personal-best of 1:54.01 and looks to be a favorite in this race.

All in all, it's not looking too promising for Johnson Montano and the U.S. in this one.

 

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