Is standing up the new sitting down? Breaking down Great Britain’s medal haul

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When UK Sport changed its usual medal target to a looser “range” before the Tokyo Games, it acknowledged that, in the unique circumstances of the pandemic, British athletes might not win as many medals as people expected. What it may not have anticipated was that the medals they did win would come from unexpected areas.

Some of the standout stars from Team GB in Tokyo, such as Emily Campbell, the first British woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal, missed out on the main National Lottery funding and have spoken about crowdfunding their way to the Games.

But what does the breakdown of medals in Tokyo tell us about the state of the various Olympic sports in this country?

Emily Campbell overcame funding issues to win bronze

Emily Campbell overcame funding issues to win bronze

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Sitting down still brings rewards but

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