How Many Medals Will Team GB Win?5th Aug 2016 |
Everybody thinks that it’s most interesting to follow their own country in the Olympics, and especially to see how many medals they will take. Great Britain certainly is among the countries with the bigger potential for a good catch, but I will be very surprised if we don’t end up some distance behind other countries. In London in 2012, Great Britain won a total of 65 medals. 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze. The host country always over-perform somewhat compared to other Olympic Games, so Team GB have lowered the expectations a little bit. This year they aim for at least 48 medals. Significantly less than at the last Olympics of course, but better than the total number from the games in Beijing in 2008. In those games Great Britain won a total of 47 medals. 19 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 15 bronze medals.
The biggest expectations have been given to the athletics and cycling teams. The former has been set a range of seven to nine medals, while cycling has been set a range of eight to ten. I don’t think any of these estimates sound too unfair.
There’s a wide range of fields where Great Britain has some good potential. If we look away from the two games hosted in London, in 1908 and 2012, it will be the best British performance ever, if they reach their medal aims. But it’s not unlikely this time, and a spokeswoman of Team GB have claimed that there are possibilities that the number might become as high as 66. It’s possible, but not too likely. I do think Great Britain will set a new record in Olympic Games held outside Great Britain. A number in the neighbourhood of 50 would be good to hope for.