GB team 'can hit medal target'


UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee insists his squad can hit his ambitious target of eight medals at this summer’s Olympic Games.

Four years ago in Beijing Britain won only four in athletics.

But with 100 days to go until the opening ceremony in London, Van Commenee believes that can be doubled.

“The statistics and the results over the last three years indicate that we should be able to be there or thereabouts,” he told BBC Sport:

“99% of the work is done. We have to do much better than in the previous Olympics.

“It’s been difficult at times, having hard conversations and decisions to make. The effort has left me feeling 12 years older, but at the same time it feels as though my first championships – which were the European Indoors in Turin – were last week.

“I always say to the athletes, ‘you’ll wake up tomorrow and see the Olympic flame. So, are you ready?’ I’m fully aware that the next three months will go like that.”

Van Commenee once again hit back at those who have called members of his squad “plastic Brits”.

He has been criticised by some commentators