4 July 2012
UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sports agency, has today confirmed the performance expectations for each Olympic sport at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer. UK Sport has also confirmed a goal of top four in the medal table and an overall target of at least 48 medals from at least 12 different sports.
Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chair of UK Sport, 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.”
Cycling has been given a target of six to ten medals, the most of any sport. Athletics are looking for five to eight medals, Rowing six medals and swimming five to seven medals. The full list of targets is available as a PDF Download on the UK Sport website.
David Brailsford CBE, Performance Director of British Cycling, said: “At British Cycling, we welcome UK Sport’s medal targets as part of the responsibility to deliver on the public funding we receive to drive elite performance in our sport.
“Today’s announcement does not change our priorities. In London, as in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, our efforts will be concentrated on helping British cyclists perform to the best of their ability.”
Speaking of the wider announcement across all sports, Peter Keen CBE, Special Advisor for Performance at UK Sport and former British Cycling Performance Director (1997-2003), said: “Our ‘no compromise’ approach has helped us make the right, if at times tough, investment decisions and focus our support on our best medal prospects, resulting in the ambitious performance targets released today.”
“With more green than ever before on our Mission 2012 Tracker Boards, I feel confident in the high performance system supporting our athletes to achieve their goals at London 2012, and importantly, that we can continue to aim high for many years to come.”