Team GB outstrips Olympic medal expectations

Team GB finished a historic third in the medal table with a record breaking haul of 65 medals at London 2012.

Eurosport

Britain won a greater number of medals than at any Games since the 1908 event in London, at which the home nation topped the medal table for the first and only time in its history with 146 medals

UK Sport had targeted at least 48 medals by British athletes from 12 or more different sports.

The gold tally of 29 was 10 more than in 2008 and the overall haul was 18 up on Beijing.

Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: “It’s an outstanding achievement to finish third in the medal table at London 2012 and the athletes and the sports have provided so many truly inspiring moments for the nation to treasure.

“Our assessment of the Olympic sports we work with and invest in always pointed to a top four finish with more medals in more sports and I am delighted that our athletes have achieved their goals in such a spectacular fashion. I have no doubt that the terrific support from the home crowds in the stadia made the difference between silver and gold.

“National Lottery and Government funding is now secure for the Rio 2016 cycle so we can build with real confidence towards future great Olympic performances.”

In return for more than £300 million invested in Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes over the past four years, each sport agreed a performance target range with UK Sport.

GB outweighed even their most ambitious targets in Cycling, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Judo and Rowing.

Of the major sports, Swimming was the biggest disappointment while Archery, Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Fencing, Weightlifting and Wrestling failed to reach more limited expectations.

In team sports, Britain managed only one victory apiece in Basketball and Volleyball while failed to register in Handball and Water Polo.

Here is how they got on (target in brackets):

Archery 0 (0-1 / 2 x 4th – 8th in Individual & Team)

Athletics 6 (5-8)

Badminton 0 (0-1 / 1 x 4th – 8th)

Basketball 0 (0 / 2 x 5th – 8th)

Beach Volleyball 0 (0 / Top 10)

Boxing 5 (3-5)

Canoeing 4 (3-4)

Cycling 12 (6-10)

Diving 1 (1-3)

Equestrian 5 (3-4)

Fencing 0 (0-1 / 1 x 6th – 12th in Individual & 1 x 4th – 8th in Team)

Gymnastics 4 (1-2)

Handball 0 (0 / 1 x 5th – 8th)

Hockey 1 (1-2)

Judo 2 (0-1 / 3 x 4th – 8th)

Modern Pentathlon 1 (1-2)

Rowing 9 (6)

Sailing 5 (3-5)

Shooting 1 (0-1 / 1 x 4th – 6th)

Swimming 3 (5-7)

Synchronised Swimming 0 (0 / 1 x 6th – 10th in Duet & 6th – 8th in Team)

Table Tennis 0 (0 / 1 x 32nd – 64th in Men & 1 x 64th – Qual. Round in Women)

Taekwondo 2 (1-3)

Tennis 2 (0-2 / 1 x Semi & 1 x Quarter Final)

Triathlon 2 (1-2)

Volleyball 0 (0 / 1 x 5th - 8th)

Water Polo 0 (0 / 4th – 7th in Women & 10th – 12th in Men)

Weightlifting 0 (0 / 1 x 4th – 8th)

Wrestling 0 (0 / 1 x 4th – 8th)

Total 65 (40-70)

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