Britain confident of beating Australia on medals table
Great Britain Olympic chiefs insisted Tuesday there was no panic in the camp despite the lack of winners thus far and said they were confident of beating rivals Australia in the medals table.
Great Britain’s squad is the best-funded ever thanks to a huge injection of public money ahead of the London Games in the hope of sparking a surge of medals.
But as Tuesday’s fourth day of medals action began with the hosts still searching for an elusive gold, the British squad have faced questions as to whether they will actually deliver on the investment.
Meanwhile their rivals have been crowing, with the Aussies starting to think they might win the traditional bet between the two camps as to who will finish the Games on top, having lost out at the Beijing 2008 Games.
At the start of Tuesday’s programme, Australia were in 10th place with one gold, two silvers and a bronze, while Great Britain were 10 places behind with a sole silver and two bronzes.
“We don’t intend for that to last too long,” said Colin Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association.
“Australia are a great team. They’ll come through. They’re going to be really tough. It’s a healthy rivalry and we’ll catch them up.”© AFP 2013