Comparing Team GB's Olympics in 2016 to four years ago in London

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Team Great Britain are currently enjoying their best ever overseas Olympic Games following a memorable few days, which has seen them go from 22 medals, to 50.

The most successful day for Team GB was day 11, when they won nine medals, and they now have their eyes set on the London 2012 medal tally they obtained four years ago.

The Olympians have already enjoyed a very successful summer, eclipsing the medal tally they achieved eight years ago at Beijing, where they won 47 medals.


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Not only that, they have also surpassed the medal target they set themselves before the Olympic Games, which was 48, one more than what they won in Beijing.

So with just a few days left in Rio, Team GB are currently sitting on 50 medals, 19 golds, 19 silvers, and 12 bronzes. They are only being beaten by Team USA, who currently have 84 medals, with 28 golds, 28 silvers, and 28 bronzes.

After smashing their Beijing tally, and surpassing their pre-Games target, Team GB now have their eyes set on the tally they obtained in London 2012.

Four years ago, Team GB won 65 medals, with 29 being gold, 17 being silver, and 19 being bronze, and this group of Olympians will be looking to go one better this summer.

As it stands, Great Britain are 15 medals behind what they won at the London Games, but they are currently ahead of what they were at this stage four years ago.

On day 11 in London, Great Britain had won 48 medals, which means they are currently two medals ahead, with just a few days left.

If Team GB can surpass their tally from London 2012, they will be record makers as no host country has gone on to eclipse their medal tally at the following Olympics.

So what is the likelihood of Team GB surpassing their medal tally from London 2012?

Well, according to Gracenote Sports, who produced a predicted medal table before the Games, Team GB were predicted to win 56 medals, which would have been nine short of London 2012.

However, after already winning 50, that prediction table has since been updated, and they are now predicting Great Britain to finish on 68 medals, which would surpass London 2012 by two medals.

So with the prediction table having Team GB winning 68 medals, all eyes turn to the hopefuls that could still bring home the goods from Rio.

Who have Team GB still got left to compete who could genuinely challenge for a medal?

Well they are all-but guaranteed a gold medal in the 470 sailing with Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, but they have plenty of others who are genuine contenders.

The likes of; Nicola Adams (boxing), Mo Farah (5,000m), Tom Daley (10m diving), Alistair Brownlee, Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins and Vicky Holland (triathlon), Jade Jones and Bianca Walkden (taekwondo), the women's hockey team, men's 4x100m men's relay team, Liam Phillips (BMX), Holly Bradshaw (pole vault), Jamie Cooke (modern pentathlon), and Charley Hull (golf), will all be hopeful they can bring home a medal for Great Britain.

So to surpass the London 2012 tally, Team Great Britain need 16 medals, and with plenty of hopefuls left to compete, it's a truly possible scenario.

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