Team GB eyes Olympic Games record at Rio 2016

In an attempt to build upon the achievements of London 2012, Team GB arrives in Rio with the potential to become the first ever host-nation to improve their medal tally at the following summer Games.

Four years ago, backed by an exuberant home crowd, Great Britain produced their most successful Olympic Games since 1908.

The home nation won a total of 65 medals, including 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze, ushering a new era of support behind Great Britain’s Olympic movement.

UK Sport’s Director of Performance, Simon Timson, displayed a positive outlook as to what could be achieved in Brazil.

“If all stars align and things go perfectly, it could be as good as 79 medals,” he told uksport.gov.uk.

“We can be confident it will be our best ever away games.”

UK Sport’s official targets for Rio 2016, as reported on July 14, are to win at least 48 Olympic and 121 Paralympic medals.

One of the biggest stars from London, Jessica Ennis-Hill, will be among the Great Britain team eying a record-breaking medal-haul.

Team GB Jessica Ennis-Hill

‘Great Briton’: London 2012 gold medallist, Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Individually, the 30-year-old will be looking to earn back-to-back gold medals in the women’s heptathlon event following her success four years earlier.

Read the exclusive interview with Jessica Ennis-Hill in the Official Team GB Guide to Rio 2016

Ennis-Hill will be joined by a cycling team eager to re-produce their achievements in London that saw them earn a total of eight gold medals – double the amount of any other sport.

Leading from the front will be Laura Trott, a 2012 dual gold-medalist in the Omnium and Team pursuit. The 24-year-old heads to Rio as one of the more experienced members of the squad and will be hoping to continue the form that saw her earn two gold and a bronze at the 2016 UCI Track World Championships.

Making its debut at the Rio Olympics is the Rugby Sevens, with Team GB looking to make a strong impact in the seven-a-side game’s greatest ever showpiece.

In May’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the home nations competed separately with Scotland winning the Cup final and Wales clinching the Bowl final. In Rio, they will come together in search of the sport’s inaugural Olympic gold medal.

Read about Great Britain’s biggest medal chances across the Olympic disciplines in the Official Team GB ‘Guide to Rio 2016’, featuring exclusive interviews, features and everything you need to get behind the nation. Bring on the Great!