China's Olympic goal 中国奥运夺牌目标

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媒體英語會帶大家一起學習 BBC 撰稿人在報道世界大事時常用到的單詞和短語。


中國對奧運的自信心也體現出中國在世界舞台上越來越重要的地位。BBC 記者Martin Patience 發回了以下報道。

Detailed it is but modest it certainly isn't. The editorial sets out in precise terms where China can expect to win gold medals. In gymnastics the haul could be nine, weight lifting offers up the opportunity for another five, and there could be medals won on the track. All told, China believes it can win thirty seven gold medals - enough to top the table.

What's perhaps surprising about this editorial is that it's been published in the first place. But in a country known for setting targets, it serves as a public warning to Chinese athletes not to disappoint. Glory goes not only to the individual winner but the country as a whole. And Chinese fans can be unforgiving if their athletes fail to meet expectations, or in this case, specific targets. As for the host nation, Britain, there's some good news. China's state-run news agency predictsit could finish third.