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Top 10 competing countries in the 2012 London Summer Olympics
Citius, Altius, Fortius - "Faster, Higher, Stronger".
After a very long while, the much-anticipated 2012 London Summer Olympics will be unveiled in the coming days along with its unwavering motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius, which means "Faster, Higher, Stronger."
More than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries are set to display their immense athleticism in 26 sports. These athletes are all raring of performing without let-up and are poised to snare the medals that are up for grab in the Games.
In the 2008 edition of the Games which was staged in Beijing, China, the host nation served notice of their emergence as a new global sporting power as it collared the most number of gold medals and bring together an unassailable medal haul of 51-21-28 (100) en route to clinching the much-coveted overall championship over powerhouse countries like the United States 38-38-36 (2nd), Russia 23-21-29 (3rd), Great Britain 19-13-15 (4th), Germany 16-10-15 (5th), Australia 14-15-17 (6th), South Korea 13-10-8 (7th), Japan 9-6-10 (8th), Italy (9th) 8-9-10 and France 7-16-18 (10th).
These same countries make up the top 10 countries that are cinched to perform well in the 2012 London Summer Olympics:
Great Britain – An Olympic Game’s host for the third time, playing on their own turf may help the British flourish once more and collar some measure of pride and honor. London hosted the Olympics last 1908 and 1948, and this time around the country is poised to give the other competing countries a tough time in the medal standings. Keep in to mind that Great Britain was the overall champion when it hosted 1908 Games and finished third overall in 1900, 1912 and 1920.
The Britons are expected to be firing on all cylinders and is strong in cycling, athletics, rowing, sailing, swimming, boxing, canoeing and equestrian. Great Britain is expected to land in the top five of the medal tally and might even contend with the United States and China for the overall championship.
China – The vaunted Red Army is expected to rely on a lean and mean delegation that is teeming with previous medal winners to defend the overall crown it won four years ago.
China is expected to flex its muscle in medal-rich sports like gymnastics, weightlifting, shooting and aquatics particularly in the diving event. The vaunted Chinese team will also try to make their presence felt in badminton, table tennis, judo, boxing, volleyball, sailing, wrestling, fencing and canoeing.
China's’ other noteworthy performances in the Games is placing second in 2004, third in 2000 and fourth in 1996.
The United States – Team USA will try to annex the overall championship after it was overshadowed by the mighty Chinese contingent in the last staging of the Games in 2008. The Americans came out with just 36 gold medals and 15 short of the 51 gold medals hauled by China.
The Americans are potent force to reckon with in swimming, track and field, artistic gymnastics, women’s soccer, tennis, basketball, shooting, volleyball, fencing, cycling, equestrian, rowing sailing, wrestling and water polo.
The nation is very popular in athletics and basketball. The Americans boasts of many world champions in the centerpiece sports which is the athletics and it is bannered by the vaunted “Dream Team” in basketball which is skippered by NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.
The Americans are the overall champions in 1896, 1904, 1912, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1948, 1952, 1964, 1968, 1984, 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Russia – The Russians form the nucleus of the Soviet Union team that dominated many Olympic Games many moons ago. Although the Soviet Union was disintegrated into 15 nations, Russia which is one of the remnants of the Soviet Bloc, is still a top contender in the Games until now.
The Russians are strong competitors in athletics, gymnastics, wrestling, synchronized swimming, tennis, modern pentathlon, canoeing, diving, fencing, swimming, handball and weightlifting.
Russia finished second in 1996 and 2000 and placed third in 2004 and 2008.
Germany – The Germans are capable of giving other countries a run for their money in the upcoming Games and are formidable contenders from 1896 to present. The Germans placed fifth in 2008 and is solid in equestrian, fencing, swimming, women’s modern pentathlon, men’s field hockey, canoeing, judo, triathlon, weightlifting, cycling, diving and soccer.
The Germans reigned supreme in 1936 and even performed very well even the nation was divided into East and West Germany from 1968 to 1988.
Australia – One of the emerging sports powers in the world, Australia is slowly making a dent in events like swimming, rowing, triathlon, athletics, canoeing, diving and women’s basketball. The country from the “Down Under,” placed fourth as a host in 2000. Four years later, the country checked in at fourth place again and finished sixth in 2008.
South Korea – One of the chief rivals of China in the Asian Games, the South Korean outranked its neighboring Asian brother Japan in the last staging of the Games in 2008 by placing seventh. South Korea garners four more gold medals than Japan.
South Korea is expected to stamp its class in archery, taekwondo and men’s baseball, badminton, shooting, swimming and even judo in the forthcoming Games. The South Koreans placed fourth as a host in 1988.
Japan – The Japanese dominated its Asian neighbors in the Olympics for almost a century, not until the Chinese made gargantuan improvements on its medal production in 1984. In the last 2008 Games the Japanese wound up 8th in the medal tally. This is still a decent finish but was outperformed by overall champion China and arch rival South Korea. The Japanese placed third as a host in 1964 and in 1968.
The Japanese are as tough as nails in judo, swimming, softball, wrestling, gymnastics and fencing.
Italy – A force to reckon with in Europe, Italy sneaked in into the top ten of the medal standings in the last edition of the Games in 2008. On its Olympic campaign in London, the Italians are determined to figure well in fencing, soccer, shooting, judo, swimming, athletics, sailing and boxing. The best finish of the Italians in the Games was in 1960 as it placed third behind the Soviet Union and United States as a host.
France – The Frenchmen rounds out the list and are cinched to perform well in cycling, fencing, men’s handball, swimming, soccer, wrestling, judo, canoeing, weightlifting, boxing and sailing.
Other countries worthy of being mentioned: Kenya which is impressive in long distance running in athletics and the best performing African country in Beijing; Jamaica which is surrounded by top notch competitors in athletics; Greece the country where the Games originated, Canada the closest ally of the world’s most dominant country in sports which is the US; Spain which has the current World Cup football team on its fold; Brazil which is the largest nation in the South America; and Sweden which is used to be a powerhouse in the Olympics.
Here you have it folks a list of countries to watch! Have a nice day though...