The quest for gold medals

02 Sep 2021
Legacies for Sport

The Olympic Games London 2012 were the ultimate stage for the success of UK Sport’s World Class Programme (WCP), considered the main driving force behind Team GB’s national-record medals haul. Following the 65 medals won in London, the programme has helped to maintain Team GB’s performance: Britain’s athletes won 67 medals at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 – a total beaten at those Games only by China and the United States.

© Clive Brunskill / Getty Images | Silver medalist Roger Federer of Switzerland, gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain and bronze medalist Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Singles Tennis match of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Established after the team won a solitary gold medal at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, the WCP is funded by the National Lottery. It continues to support about 1,300 athletes annually to the tune of more than GBP 100 million per year. Its aim is to produce a stream of talented athletes from grassroots to high-performance level and deliver success at the world’s most significant sporting events. This investment strategy focuses resources on the sports and athletes most likely to compete and win on the world stage.

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