Brazil looking for medal 'bounce' in Rio Olympics
Brazil looking for medal 'bounce' in Rio Olympics; hopes to nearly double 17 won in London
Associated Press
2014-07-24 03:01 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil hopes to nearly double its medal total for Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympics, following the pattern of recent Olympic host nations Britain and China.

Marcus Vinicius, executive director of sport for the Brazilian Olympic Committee, said Wednesday that Brazil was aiming to win between 27 and 30 medals in Rio, up from the 17 it won two years ago in London.

Vinicius said Brazil would spend about $600 million training athletes in the four-year cycle leading up to Rio. He said spending in the previous four-year cycle was about $350 million.

Olympic host nations traditionally get a bounce. Britain won 47 medals in Beijing in 2008, but managed 65 four years later in London. China won 63 medals in Athens in 2004, but improved to 100 in Beijing.

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