Study Picks China to Win Gold-Medal Count at 2008 Olympics

BEIJING, China, August 13. IF a study by the Italian Olympic Committee proves to be accurate, the homeland will have much to celebrate at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The study, using the results of recent World Championships in a variety of sports, suggests that China will finish with the most gold medals next summer.

The Italian study suggests that China will collect 45 gold medals, with the United States finishing second (41) and Russia placing third (34). However, the United States is picked as the country claiming the most overall medals, with 99. Russia is predicted to win 92 medals and the Chinese are projected to follow with 86. At the last Olympics in Athens, the U.S. won the overall medal count with 102 and led the gold-medal board with 36.