Great Britain, Canada set medal targets for Rio

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With just over three weeks to go until the Rio Games kick off, Great Britain and Canada announced the medal targets they aim to achieve next month.

The British are shooting to have their best away Olympics ever. UK Sport set a target of at least 48 medals in Rio, which would top Great Britian’s 2008 total by one. Brits collected 65 Olympic medals four years ago in London, a significant spike which is typical of nations hosting the Games.

Team GB finished fourth in the overall medal standings in 2012 (behind the U.S., China and Russia), and its 29 gold medals ranked third (behind the U.S. and China). In 2008, Great Britain also finished fourth overall (behind the same three nations) and its 19 gold medals ranked fourth.

Should the Brits claim more than 65 medals in Rio, they would be the first nation to put more athletes on a podium at the Olympics following a Games they hosted.

Canada, meanwhile, said its main goal is to bring home more medals than the 18 it won in London. The nation hopes to finish in the top 12 in the overall medal count.

The Canadians placed 14th in the 2012 medal standings, but won only one gold medal to go with five silvers and 12 bronzes. Should they take home 19 medals from Rio, it would match their haul from 2008, when they placed 13th overall.

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