UK Sport set Games medal target
Team GB have been set a target of winning at least 48 medals across 12 sports at the Olympics
Britain have been set an official target of fourth place in the medals table at the London Olympics with at least 48 medals won across 12 sports.
The target by UK Sport, the body which distributes Lottery money to Olympic sports, means Team GB need to at least match their achievements in Beijing four years. In 2008, Britain finished fourth in the table with 19 gold medals and a total of 47 medals from across 11 sports.
UK Sport chair Baroness Sue Campbell said: "This is a significant milestone for British sport. Thanks to the backing of our Government and the National Lottery over the past 15 years, and more recently the investment we have received from Team 2012, we are able to confirm that our goal of top four in the Olympic medal table at our home Games remains on track."
Fourth place in 2012 is the target first set when the Government announced increased public money on top of the Lottery.
Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: "Team GB goes into London 2012 as the best prepared team in British history. Expectations for medal success are high but I am sure our athletes will rise to the challenge.
"London 2012 is the culmination of many years of training and hard work and I wish all our athletes the very best of luck."
Each individual sport has also agreed performance targets with UK Sport for the Olympics.
UK Sport have unveiled their final 'Mission 2012 Tracker Boards' which have been monitoring the progress of Olympic and Paralympic sports. Some 28 sports are now on the highest 'green' rating compared to 15 sports ahead of Beijing 2008.
Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, added: "Beijing 2008 was an outstanding Games for British athletes, and we knew at the time that bettering or even matching that achievement would not be easy, and should not be underestimated.
"Since Beijing the performance system has stepped up another gear, and we really believe that the nation will be inspired this summer by our athletes winning more medals in more sports. The Mission is telling us that we can, and we will."
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