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    More than 30 gold medals are up for grabs as the Athens Olympics enters its next to last day.

    Events include the men?s and women?s basketball finals, the men?s football final, diving, wrestling, sailing taekwondo, boxing and a swag of finals in athletics and canoe kayak.

    The US has maintained its spot at the top of the gold medals ranking with 29, followed by China with 27 and Russia and Australia tied 17-apiece.

    It is Australia's best-ever Olympics performance, one ahead of its previous best of 16 in 2000.

    Meanwhile a protest that featured clashes between demostrators and police in central Athens last night may have been in vain.

    The protest was meant to coincide with the scheduled arrival of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in Greece today, but the today Powell said he is too busy for the visit.

    IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies declined comment on Powell?s withdrawal, suggesting the Games has attracted numerous other high profile visitors.

    Athens 2004 spokesman Michael Zacharatos, responding to questions over the participation of 12 uniformed volunteers in the anti-U.S. protest, said the group did not represent the collective view of all 60,000 volunteers.

    Doping remains in the spotlight with speculation the International Olympic Committee will be announcing another case as early as today.