Saturday, August 4, 2012

London 2012: Day Eight Finals Predictions

Well, after eight days, the end has arrived. 28 Olympic swimming finals later, only four races remain at the London Aquatic Center. All four finals have big gold medal favorites, but we've seen more upsets than one can count at these Games, and knowing that, something shocking will transpire on the final night of action. Still, that's not going to stop me from predicting these four finals, just as I have the others.

One quick note: based on Jessica Hardy's tweets, I now believe Allison Schmitt will anchor the U.S. women's 400 medley relay, as she has both the 400 free and 800 free relays. Hardy will also swim the 50 free tonight, and a fresher Schmitt certainly should have more in the tank than a fatigued Hardy. Hardy, though, swam in the prelims of the relay yesterday, and so she will earn and gold medal if the Americans, as expected, take home top honors.

Women's 50 Free
1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo
2. Marleen Veldhuis
3. Britta Steffen

Men's 1500 Free
1. Sun Yang
2. Ryan Cochrane
3. Ous Mellouli

Women's 400 Medley Relay
1. United States
2. Australia
3. China

Men's 400 Medley Relay
1. United States
2. Australia
3. Japan

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