Positive Signs for Rio

18-Dec-2014 9:54 AM

There are very positive signs for Australia’s Olympic Team in RIO moving into 6th place on the overall medal tally in the AOC’s latest benchmark study.

There are very positive signs for Australia’s Olympic Team in RIO moving into 6th place on the overall medal tally in the AOC’s latest benchmark study.

The results released today show Australia with 42 medals, 13 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals.

China sits on top of the table with 79 medals followed by USA 66, Russia 60, Germany 45, Great Britain, 45 and Australia 42. Japan with 41 and France 40 are in close proximity. 

“The results are very encouraging... we are still a long way from RIO but they point to us building towards a successful Games” said AOC President, John Coates.

 “Twelve months ago we were sitting on 34 medals, 8 gold, 19 silver and 7 bronze”.

In October this year, Australia was in 8th position with 27 medals. The surge comes off the back of very successful performances by our swimmers who lifted the tally with 15 medals, 7 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze.

“Congratulations to our swimmers on some excellent results and also to the coaches and officials who are driving their resurgence”.

 Australia is 7th on the gold medal tally with 13, behind China 31, USA 28, France 19, Russia 16, Japan 15 and Germany 14. Great Britain is 8th with 11 gold.

However the study does not include results from track and field which are not available until the end of December. Unofficially, Australia picks up one extra medal in athletics, a bronze, awarded to Dani Samuels for finishing 2014 ranked 3rd in the world in women’s discus.

Team GB, France and Japan will all improve when the end year athletics’ rankings are released with France moving past Australia to 6th and Japan drawing equal on 7th in total medals, while maintaining their lead over Australia in gold.

“We are lower on the gold medal tally, but remain hopeful our athletes will convert some of the 29 silver and bronze medals into gold come 2016. A top five finish is an aspirational goal and we unashamedly strive to be back up there with the best again”.

Our hockey men and women are at the top of their game (2 medals). Our cyclists continue to perform (6 medals). Sailing is maintaining its results from London 2012 (4 medals), Rowing (4 medals), Canoe/Kayak (3 medals) and diving and shooting (2 each).

“We are optimistic when it comes to the new sports, golf and rugby 7’s and as always our women’s basketball team is up there with the best. 2016 may also see our very talented men’s basketball team reach the podium”.   

With the addition of the new sports our Team for RIO will number as many as 470 athletes.  

 

 

Topic: Sports

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