Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s relay team last night finished seventh in the final race won by USA. The women’s failure means that Nigeria ended the London Olympics without a medal, the country’s worst ever outing.

Meanwhile, with a surge of medals in track and field, the United States has sprinted ahead of China and is poised to finish atop the medals table at the London Olympics, maybe with the most golds ever collected by the Americans on foreign soil.

On this final day of competition, the U.S. leads both the gold and overall medals races after trailing the Chinese most of the games.

Bill Mallon, a veteran American medals prognosticator, believes the U.S. will win the overall race by 12-15 medals and the gold count by three to five.

Four more golds would equal the highest U.S. total on foreign territory in Olympic history — 45 at both the 1968 Mexico City Games and the 1924 Paris Games.


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