Canada tar­gets 19 medals, top-12 fin­ish at Rio Games

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Canada has set a tar­get of win­ning at least 19 medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

That would be one more than the 18 won at the 2012 Games in Lon­don, which in­cluded one gold, five sil­ver and 12 bronze medals. Canada has also set a goal of fin­ish­ing in the top 12 in the world in medals stand­ings.

Own the Podium CEO Anne Merklinger said Canada’s best medal hopes go­ing into the Games are in ath­let­ics, cy­cling, swim­ming, div­ing and wrestling. Other sports with strong medal po­ten­tial in­clude box­ing, golf, ten­nis and beach vol­ley­ball.

Canada is con­fi­dent it can reach its goals based on an in­creas­ing num­ber of ath­letes post­ing top per­for­mances at world cham­pi­onships and other events lead­ing up to the Games. Both the Cana­dian Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion and Own The Podium have in­creased spend­ing in a bid to boost the medal count.

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