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Team GB delighted with third-place finish

posted 12 Aug 2012, 07:14 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 12 Aug 2012, 07:15 ]

The British Olympic Association are delighted with Team GB's position in the medals table and announce the extension of funding athletes.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 12, 2012)(REUTERS) - 
The British Olympic Association (BOA) on Sunday (August 12) praised the athletes who put Team GB into third place in the Olympic medals table.
Britain, hosting the Games in London for the third time, has enjoyed its best Olympic performance since 1908 with 28 golds and 63 medals going into the final afternoon session and seems set to keep third place despite a late surge by Russia.


BOA chairman Colin Moynihan was aware that Russia was coming to London with "an exceptionally strong team" and admitted that he had expected Russia to take third place in the medals table.


"I knew they were going to come here with an exceptionally strong team," said Moynihan. "I also was aware that Mr Putin was very focussed on making sure that they were better financed than they have ever been before so I expected them to come here to be a remarkably strong and competitive team.


"Did I believe that we beat them? Probably not. I thought the Russian team would take third place in these Games and the fact that we have - we look set to - is a phenomenal credit to the quality of our athletes, the focus of the athletes and the support staff. They have exceeded expectations."


To coincide with the end of the Games, British athletes were assured by Prime Minister David Cameron that government and National Lottery funding would continue to fund their training programmes through to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The current provision was due to end in 2014.


Team GB athletes currently receive money from the National Lottery to pay for their living expenses, training and travel. The extension of this scheme was welcomed by athletes such as Nick Dempsey, silver medallist in windsurfing, who described the lottery funding as "the best thing that has ever happened in sport."


"That being announced today that it will continue with the government backing has been superb, so that's the core of what an athlete needs and so it looks good for us, looks good for our future you know to carry on doing what we love," Dempsey said.

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