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Australia consider British route

Liesel Jones
Swimmer Liesel Jones won two golds and one silver for Australia

The Australian government is looking at following Britain's lead and using lottery money to boost their medal count at the 2012 Olympics.

Australia finished behind Britain in the medals table for the first time in 20 years at the Beijing Games.

Australia won 46 medals, 14 golds, while Team GB won 47 medals, 19 golds.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said: "We want to have another look at [lottery funding], it's a positive, constructive idea, let's see if it works."

The head of Australia's Olympic committee, speaking on Australian TV, also said the main objective should be to beat Britain.

"When it comes to sports funding, it's not either or - either community sport or elite sport. We'll be doing both," he added.

Australians in the UK give their view of Team GB's success

However, France will not be replicating the British model to up their medal tally in 2012, according to secretary of state Bernard Laporte.

France finished in 10th on the medals table, having picked up seven gold medals.

But Laporte, the former French rugby union coach, said: "We aren't just going to concentrate our means on four or five sports to bring home the medals, like the British have done."

In Brazil, the president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, called for people to take sport more seriously after their Olympic team returned with just three gold medals.


At-a-glance medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 China 51 21 28 100
2 USA 36 38 36 110
3 Russia 23 21 28 72
4 Great Britain 19 13 15 47
5 Germany 16 10 15 41
6 Australia 14 15 17 46
7 South Korea 13 10 8 31
8 Japan 9 6 10 25
9 Italy 8 10 10 28
10 France 7 16 17 40

see also
Hooker wins dramatic pole vault
22 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Snowsill storms to triathlon gold
18 Aug 08 |  Triathlon
Australia power to medley victory
17 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Jones eases to breaststroke gold
12 Aug 08 |  Swimming

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