The United States and China are separated by just three total medals entering Day 12 of the 2012 Summer Olympics, but the U.S. finds itself on the wrong end of that count. China has 73 total medals and 34 gold medals, the latter four more than the United States.
The two countries can switch positions on Wednesday if things fall correctly for the United States. The United States is guaranteed a gold medal in beach volleyball as that matchup pits Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, two-time defending champions, against fellow U.S. athletes April Ross and Jen Kessy.
There are also four gold medal events in track and field. The United States will have competitors in the women's long jump, 400-meter hurdles and women's 200-meter. The men's 110-meter hurdles event also has the semifinal, but there are three U.S. athletes with the potential to make the finals.
China will look for gold in table tennis when it goes up against South Korea. The Chinese beach volleyball team faces a tough bronze medal match against Brazil's Juliana and Larissa.
Entering Wednesday, here is how the medal count looks:
- China, 73 (34 gold, 21 silver, 18 bronze)
- United States, 70 (30, 19, 21)
- Great Britain, 48 (22, 13, 13)
- Russia, 48 (10, 18, 20)
- Japan, 29 (2, 13, 14)
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