Russian Olympic boss sets Rio 2016 medal standings target

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Russia is competitive with the U.S. and China and can challenge to finish in the top three of the Rio 2016 Olympic medal standings, Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov told news agency TASS.

Russia has finished in the top three of the overall and gold medal standings at every Summer Olympics since it began competing independently at Atlanta 1996.

In 2014, Russia won the most golds (13) and overall medals (33) at the Sochi Winter Games. In the Summer Games, Russia was the top challenger to the U.S. atop the medal standings as recently as 2000 but gave way to China. The U.S. and China were the top two nations in gold medals and overall medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

The Russians fell to fourth in gold medals at the London 2012 Games, behind the U.S., China and host Great Britain, and remained third in overall behind the U.S. and China.

Great Britain figures to decline in medals at Rio 2016, given it will not receive the home-field advantage boost that it did in 2012. Brazil will receive that boost this time, but its National Olympic Committee’s goal is to win 27 to 30 medals, which would not challenge the top-five standings.

Russia earned fewer medals at London 2012 than it did in Athens 2004 or Sydney 2000, but it did improve upon its Beijing 2008 tally.

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