LONDON (AP) — Britain hopes to win at
least 48 medals at the Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro, below the initial target but still
representing a record for a games on
foreign soil.
UK Sport, the body which funds elite
athletes in Britain, announced its medal
targets Thursday for the Aug. 15-21
Olympics and Sept. 7-18 Paralympics.
The Olympic target is between 48 and 79
medals, which would exceed the 47 won
at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the most for
Britain at an “away” games.
Britain won 65 medals, including 29 gold,
at the 2012 London Olympics. UK Sport
initially set an even higher target for Rio,
but scaled back.
UK Sport targets cycling for the most
medals, at least eight, followed by track
and field (seven) and rowing (six).
The agency targets at least 121 medals
for the Paralympics.