Bri­tain sets 79 medals Rio 2016 tar­get

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Team GB have been set a tar­get of mak­ing Rio 2016 their most suc­cess­ful over­seas Olympics by win­ning 48 medals.

UK Sport has in­vested £350m of pub­lic money into elite sport since 2012, and says Bri­tain could win as many as 79 medals.

Bri­tain won 65 medals as the host of Lon­don 2012, hav­ing won 47 at the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics.

In ath­let­ics, Bri­tain’s Eilidh Doyle en­hanced her Rio 2016 medal cre­den­tials on Fri­day with a sec­ond 400m hur­dles Di­a­mond League vic­tory of the season in Monaco.

Doyle, 29, is one of an 80-strong GB ath­let­ics team that has been named for Rio - it also in­cludes 42-year-old Jo Pavey, who will be­come the first Bri­tish track ath­lete to com­pete at five Olympics.

Else­where in Monaco, South Africa’s Caster Se­menya set an 800m na­tional record to con­tinue her im­pres­sive 2016 cam­paign while Mo Farah fin­ished fifth in the 1500m.

Bri­tish ath­letes ex­change baton dur­ing the re­lay event of the Rio Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment

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