Team GB gets the green light as UK Sport reveals we”re on course for record medal haul
Team GB are in a better position than ever in their quest to beat their Beijing medal haul and finish fourth in the overall table at next summer”s Olympics, a report released by UK Sport has revealed.
Every quarter UK Sport, the body responsible for elite athlete performance, analyses the performance of each team who will compete for Britain at the Olympics in a traffic-light system.
If a team is rated as red, it needs help to reach its goals, if it is amber it means the team is on track, and green means the sport in question is exceeding expectations in events leading up to the Games.
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Analysis for the last quarter of 2011 indicates that 23 Olympic and Paralympic summer sports, the highest number to date, have an overall green rating.
That has left UK Sport confident that Britain is on track to achieve its dual goal of winning more than the 47 medals they claimed in China and finishing fourth or higher in the medal table at London 2012.
UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl said: “We absolutely believe we are on track for our high-level goal of top four in the Olympic medal table, second in the Paralympic medal table, and (winning) more medals across more sports.
“We take confidence from the number of greens. It is more than we have had before so that is telling us we are in a very good place.
“Overall we are in a really good place with 44 World Championship medals in Olympic disciplines this year and 73 in Paralympic disciplines.”
Britain”s haul in Beijing, where 19 of the 47 medals were gold, was the best performance by the country since 1908.
The latest analysis shows that 13 summer Olympic sports are currently rated as green, with 15 at amber and none at red.
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The most notable sport among the green group is athletics, which is exceeding expectations for the first time since the Beijing Games, where they took home just four medals.
Judo and synchronised swimming have turned green but handball has been downgraded from green to yellow.
Paralympic sports are also progressing well, with 10 sports on a green rating overall, again the highest since assessments in this Olympic cycle began.
More medals are expected to come from the world sailing championships, which are currently taking place in Perth.
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, said: “These are enormously encouraging results which show the benefit of the increase in Lottery funding made available by Government in May 2010. They put us in an excellent position as we move towards London 2012 and onto Rio 2016.”
UK Sport also confirmed today that there will be no changes made to existing investment levels in any of the summer or winter Olympic or Paralympic sports.