England look to better Delhi

  • Last Updated: July 20 2014, 17:05 BST

England's athletes have been set a medals target range of 130 to 145 for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Mo Farah: A big medal hope in Glasgow
Mo Farah: A big medal hope in Glasgow

England won 142 medals at Delhi 2010, made up of 37 golds, 60 silver and 45 bronze, and dropped to third place behind Australia and India, who won less medals overall but more golds.

It was only the second time in Games history that England had finished as low as third in the table and the first since Victoria 1994.

England chef de mission Jan Paterson said: "We slid down the medals table in Delhi and we want sure that doesn't happen here in Glasgow. We have set a medals target range of between 130 to 145."

Chasing that medals target will be an England team of 426 with 118 of them already in Glasgow and that number rising to over 200 by the end of Sunday.

The England team is providing a lot of star quality to the Games with Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott, Jason Kenny, Tom Daley and Alastair and Jonny Brownlee all due to compete.

Farah's presence raises the possibility of him renewing his double act with Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt from London 2012 when the pair exchanged their 'mobot' and 'lightning bolt' salutes for one of the enduring images of the Games.

"I am looking forward to watching them," said Paterson, who added that England officials will be touch with Farah over his plans for Glasgow, with the double London 2012 gold medallist yet to announce whether he will compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m or just one of those events.

Glasgow 2014 will offer differing challenges to English athletes with some chasing a first major championship title, such as heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, others eyeing a medal upgrade, weightlifter Zoe Smith's bid to turn Delhi bronze into Glasgow gold being one example while for Alastair Brownlee it means a chance to complete a gold medal set, having already bagged Olympic, World and European gold.

"The Commonwealth Games have a really unique place in the sporting landscape," said Paterson. "It does offer something for all athletes.

"We have young athletes competing at a Games for the first time and we have athletes who have experience of the Games who know what they are doing in the environment and can help the youngsters."

The youngest member of the team is 13-year-old diver Victoria Vincent, who will be taking part in her first senior competition.

"It is going to be a brand new experience for me and it's going to be great," she said. "My aim is just to get as much experience as I can and learn from the other divers."


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