PHOENIX, Arizona, December 22. OUS Mellouli wrapped up the Arab Games with three more gold medals, bringing his tally to a nearly perfect 15-for-16 for the week. The Olympic champion started off with a 2:16.53 in the 200 breast today, then popped a relatively mediocre 15:33 in the 1500 free and then stepped right back up to anchor Tunisia's 400 medley relay, which could not hold off Egypt for the win. Mellouli won all but two of Tunisia's gold medals in the pool, and the country also collected 11 silvers and 11 bronzes.
It was a hotly-contested final of the women's three-meter springboard at Winter Diving Nationals in Knoxville. Christina Loukas and Cassidy Krug took turns in the lead for most of the competition, but Krug jumped took the lead in the second-to-last round for the win by just 1.35 points. Loukas and Krug will represent the U.S. at the World Cup coming up in London.
The Olympics does not have a one-meter springboard event, but that doesn't concern David Bonuchi today. He ran away with the men's one-meter national title, his first-ever, by 25 points after being seeded eighth after semis.
David Boudia is one of the medal hopes for the Americans in London, and he led the pack in the men's platform quarterfinals. Thomas Finchum is 25.70 points back in second, and Toby Stanley is third headed into today's action.
An Italian sports official has announced that China should win the medal tally at next summer's London Olympics. After predicting every event at the Olympics, Luciano Barra has determined that China should win 103 medals, 43 of them gold, and he has the U.S. should penciled in for 35 gold medals of a total 82. Barra says that Russia will be third, while Australia, Germany and Japan will earn the next-highest gold medal totals. In all aquatic sports, the U.S. should earn 15 golds for a total of 26 medals, while the Chinese, likely based on their strength in diving, will win 12 gold medals and 25 total in the water. We're not sure if this is the first time Barra has made Olympic medal predictions, but we'll see how they pan out in about seven months.
Natalie Coughlin is our guest today on "The Morning Swim Show," and tonight on HGTV she'll also be a part of the show "Hollywood at Home," showing off her northern California home for viewers. Check your local listings for the time and channel.