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Can Britain win more medals at Rio?

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There has been much speculation in the media recently regarding whether Britain can win more medals than London 2012 at the Rio Olympics this year.

In 2012, the British team exceeded the record 47 medals won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning a historic 65 Olympic and 120 Paralympic medals at the London Olympics. Performing on home soil, London's Team GB proved to be a formidable force of huge talent.

So what lies ahead at Rio? Below, Newitts speculates on why we think Team GB has a good chance of winning even more medals at this year's Olympic Games.

We triumphed at the World Championships

The 2015 World Championships was a historically successful event. Diving, Gymnastics, Para-Rowing and Swimming achieved record medal hauls. British Olympic sports won no less than 47 medals at their targeted events against an agreed target range of between 39-71, whilst the Paralympic side achieved 125 medals against their target range of 110 to 156.

We want to break a record

Team GB's aspirational goal has played an important part in reuniting everyone to focus on the ultimate pursuit of excellence - to exceed the medal total from London 2012, a feat that no other host nation has ever managed to achieve. Simon Timson, Director of Performance at UK Sport, said; “This would represent a fantastic, and historic, achievement, and make Rio 2016 another memorable Games to inspire the nation through the success of Team GB and Paralympics GB.”

British Para-athletics are excelling

2015 was a great year for para-athletics. At October’s IPC Athletics World Championships, they won a total of 32 medals including 13 gold, the best return since 2002. Furthermore, six of the 14 debutants medalled. With 24 new personal bests set and five world records broken, propelling the British paralympic team into one of the leading lights in sport.

We have a strong team

Andy Murray is continuing to excel, recently winning the highly coveted Davis Cup in January. Jessica Ennis-Hill has made an incredible comeback to athletics, winning the Gold medal for the Heptathlon at the World Championships. Chris Froome, backed by London 2012 Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins, has bid to conquer the cycling world, and Mo Farah recently won the historic World Championships 5,000m gold - there's lots to look forward to this summer! 

New sports have been added

Three new sports have been added to this year's Olympic Games in Rio - Rugby 7s, Golf and Kitesurfing, which replaces windsurfing . The British Rugby 7s, Kitesurfing and Golf teams are already working hard to prove they are a formidable force against components in this year's Games, and it is hoped that the new sports will not only display fresh talent, but will also bring home even more medals for Team GB.

We're still buzzing

Let's not forget, we're still buzzing from Team GB's incredible achievement at London 2012. Director of performance at UK Sport Simon Timson said: “We can be confident it will be our best ever away Games... if all our stars align and things go perfectly it could be as good as 79 medals.”

Do YOU think Team GB can break a record and win more medals at Rio than London 2012? We'd love to hear your thoughts below.


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