Rio 2016: UK Sport confident of improving on London medal total

UK Sport is confident Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams will avoid a post-London 2012 slump by winning more medals at Rio 2016.

Team GB won 29 Olympic golds in a total of 65 medals at London. The Paralympic team won 34 golds, 120 medals in all.

But no country in recent time has exceeded the number of medals won at its home Olympics at the next Games.

"I am confident we are in a good position to achieve our goals at Rio 2016," said UK Sport's Simon Timson.

Hangover effect

  • China won 51 golds and 100 Olympic medals in total at Beijing 2008, but managed only 38 golds and 88 in total four years later.
  • Greece won six golds and 16 Olympic medals in total at Athens 2004, but failed to win a single gold and landed only four medals in total at the 2008 Games.
  • Australia won 16 golds and 58 Olympic medals in total at Sydney 2000. They won one more gold in Athens four years later, but nine less medals overall.

Timson, who took up his role as director of performance in January 2013,  outlined a new system to support elite athletes in the pursuit of Olympic and Paralympic titles.

It includes a centralised data analysis system and more funding for coach development.

"Winning more Olympic and Paralympic medals in Rio than we did in London, bucking the trend of a host nation slump in performance at the following Games, presents a sizable challenge but one the high performance system is capable of meeting," Timson added.

"Past success is no guarantee of future medals, and we must not assume replicating what we did for Beijing and London, because it produced incredible results, will work for Rio.

"By using the best available data and confronting the brutal facts when necessary while, capturing and sharing best practice whenever possible, we are well on our way to building a stronger, more sustainable UK high performance system."