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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Australia hopes to perform well at London 2012

16th August 2012

Australia's Paralympic team are hoping to perform well at the forthcoming Games and finish in the top five nations.

Chef de mission Jason Hellwig told the Australian Association Press that it could be difficult with so many top countries trying to battle it out at the top of the medal table.

"I think the Brits, China and Russia are going to battle it out for the top three," explained Hellwig.

"The United States, Ukraine, Brazil, ourselves, France, Germany, there's going to be six to eight countries really close after that. What we know is we've got a chance to be top five - we've also got a chance to be 12th.

"Regardless of what happens next, up until this point, this has been an absolutely fantastic preparation."

It will be the largest ever team that are heading to London for the Paralympic Games, which start on August 29th. A total of 160 athletes will be enjoying London accommodation during the 12 days of the event.

At the last Paralympics in Beijing in 2008, Australia won 23 gold medals, 29 silver and 27 bronze.

Great Britain managed to win 102 medals - 42 gold, 29 silver and 31 bronze - to finish second in the medal table behind China.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games recently confirmed that a total of 2.1 million Paralympic tickets have already been sold so the event is set to be bigger than the Beijing Games.

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