GB close in on Beijing gold haul

Team GB is just one gold away from matching its 19 gold medal tally at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after the showjumping team won an Olympic gold medal for the first time in 60 years and cyclist Jason Kenny won the men's sprint.

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London 2012: Team GB set for best gold haul since 1908

Great Britain's team stands on the brink of achieving their best gold medal haul in an Olympics for more than a century.

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Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton Credit: Steve Parsons/Pool/PA Archive

The tally stands at 18 golds already and 40 medals - the Beijing total was 19 and 47 - with six days of competition still to come.

Two more golds - and Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and triathlon's Brownlee brothers are all serious contenders - and it will be Britain's best haul since 1908.

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Sir Steve Redgrave: 'We used to think that winning about five golds each Games was acceptable'

Five-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave
Five-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave Credit: PA

Sir Steve Redgrave has said of Team GB's success at the Games in the Radio Times: "We used to think that winning about five golds each Games was acceptable.

"We thought it was a good result. But we don't accept that any more. We used to get a lot of silvers, but since the Lottery funding has come in, those athletes are now providing the results.

"Staging the Games has also made a huge difference. No government wants to preside over a Games in which the home nation fails, so a lot of money has gone in."

Sir Steve also suggested that he would have received more recognition if he had secured his own golds in another sport.

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David Beckham has had a very successful career on and off the football field Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire/

"If I'd achieved what I've achieved in football, what would have happened? David Beckham has legendary status around the world. He's been pretty successful with Manchester United and Madrid. But no world titles.

"It does depend on what sport you're involved in. My point... (is) a factual one rather than a jealousy thing."

Pendleton and Hoy prepare to beat Beijing record-breaking medal haul

Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy both have the opportunity to finish their Olympic careers with a final record-breaking gold rush today when Great Britain will attempt to equal or even better Beijing four years ago when they left China with seven gold medals, reports the Telegraph.

Team GB's Victoria Pendleton Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Sir Chris Hoy Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive
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