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GB athletes: Ready for London 2012

07-25-2011 08:50 BJT

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We are now, just one year away form the 2012 London Olympics taking center stage in the sporting world, where British athletes will be under greater pressure than ever to perform.

CCTV's Tony Cheng has more on the athletes of the host nation, who are doing everything they can to ensure they give Britons plenty to cheer about when the games begin next summer.

For athletes, its a lifetime of dedication. Years of training and tests, blood, sweat and tears, and the margin of victory displayed just a few tenths of a second.

Great Britain’s Olympic team is under pressure to perform. After finishing fourth in the medals table in Beijing, expectations are high. And while they have a reputation for favoring the underdog, the Great British public will expect every man, and woman, to do their duty.

A new generation of British athletes has been in training to take on that responsibility. And the competition is stiff. If they don't make it to London 2012, there's always Rio 2016.

But investments from the government and other funding bodies like the National lottery have been poured into sports, and it’s paying off. Those World Class facilities are reaping rewards, not only for British Athletes.

At a training center in Bath University, the Chinese Modern Pentathlon team has joined the training camp after competing at the World Championships. Its a chance to assess the competition, and acclimatize for the conditions they will meet next year. So how do the facilities measure up?

Cao Zhongrong from Chinese Pentathlon Team said, "This is the best training base I have ever been to before. The facilities are great."

And Britain is not content to rest on its Laurels. Despite a traditional strength in Track and Field, support has been given to new sports which haven't always done so well.

But its not the sponsors, trainers or organizers that win the medals. That is down to the athletes themselves. That might be just the motivation that Britain’s Olympians need.

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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