Of course, we can’t all be China, so success is a relative measure. What are your expectations, and is your country performing above or below them so far?
UK Sport has set an ambitious target of 48 medals, 1 more than we won in 2008 in Beijing, where we somehow managed 4th in the overall table. So far, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag. We’ve had more medal prospects drop out of contention than unexpected successes, but it’s early days yet. We’re 20th in the overall table with 2 silvers and 2 bronzes. We can expect to make our main push upwards when the Cycling and Rowing finals take place over the next few days, and when the Sailing events finish after that. Basically, we are world-class when sitting on our arses. In the Athletics, we can expect to pick up a few medals, but none of our gold medal prospects are looking secure.
Personally, I’m hoping for a steady diet of medals from now on, but I don’t care strongly what colour they are, or whether the arbitary target is hit. It does add to the interest when your team is in contention, and it’s frustrating when we keep coming 4th or 5th.