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  • Jul 29, 2014
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Project 119

China target top-three medals tally

China are targeting a place in the top three of the medals table at the London Olympics, though their squad of over 380 athletes will be considerably down on the number that represented the country at the Beijing Games.

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012, 12:00am

Mass participation in sport urged after Games gold rush

Critics seek change in system that favours elite athletes

China's haul of 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze medals at the Games was achieved thanks to generous government funding and a single-minded sports system dedicated to churning out champions.

27 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Without Phelps, it's going to take something huge from the US to close gap

Even if they belly flop in diving, capsize in the kayak and get KO-ed in boxing, China's athletes have overpowered the United States.

The questions now for the bruised and battered Americans are: how did China do it? Are they going to do it again? And, if so, what can be done to stop them?

20 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Playing the numbers game

In 1949, buoyed by the elation of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the inaugural leader of the State Physical Education and Sports Commission issued a declaration that was ultimately to inspire the birth of the rigid, centralised sports system that could see China top the medals table on August 24.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Project 119 is out; target 122 is in

The architects of 'Project 119', China's plan to dominate the Olympic medals table, were forced to recalibrate. After the International Olympic Committee added 10-kilometre marathon swimming and women's steeplechase to the Beijing roster, suddenly the medal tally in five 'untraditional' sports targeted for improvement had grown to 122.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Three-way battle for top spot

THE UNIVERSIADE medals table is already taking shape. China, the United States and Russia are expected to tussle for most gold medals, while hosts South Korea should win more than they usually do at a Universiade.

China is the reigning Universiade champion - it was the top performer in Beijing in 2001 with 53 golds. The US was second with 19.

25 Aug 2003 - 12:00am