The investment behind Britain’s best Olympic result in over 100 years

The investment behind Britain's best Olympic result in over 100 years
  • Fernando Duarte
  • BBC Brazil in Rio de Janeiro

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British women celebrate their bronze medal in the relay at Rio 2016

Faced with the atmosphere of national celebration that has marked the London (2012) Olympics, in which the British team achieved its best medal finish in more than 100 years, the country’s sporting authorities have warned of a possible underperformance at Rio 2016.

The conservative stance now looks modest: on courts, courts, tracks, swimming rings and swimming pools in Rio de Janeiro, Team GB not only surpassed the number of medals taken at home, but also had its best finish in the overall medal table (67) at The latest gaming era, only after the United States and ahead of China.

Britain’s performance, although it only topped the 2012 competition by two medals, was surprising because it defied a kind of sports performance law: countries hosting the Games showed a drop in performance in the next edition of the competition. The list included the Chinese themselves, winners of 100 medals in 2008, when Beijing hosted the event, and 88 in London four years later.

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