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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Medal goal set for Paralympics GB

20th August 2012

UK Sport has announced they expect Team GB to win at least 103 medals in 12 different sports at the forthcoming Paralympics.

The sporting body has also set a target of finishing second behind China in the medal table for the third Games in a row.

Baroness Sue Campbell, chair of UK Sport, said: "British Paralympic sport is better-resourced, and in a stronger position than ever before.

"We are able today to confirm that our goal of holding second place in the Paralympic medal table at our home Games remains on track."

Funding for the Paralympic GB squad has totalled more than £49 million since 2009 and the team is expected to shine during the Games in London, especially with the strong home support playing a key role in the performance of the competitors.

The government recently confirmed that funding for elite sport would continue in preparation for the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Jeremy Hunt, secretary of culture, said: "After a fantastic Olympics all eyes will be on our Paralympic athletes. Every member of Paralympics GB will be going all-out to deliver their best ever result and I wish the team the very best of luck."

One of Britain's strong medal hopes is Derek Derenalagi. The 37-year old was injured while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan in 2007 and as a result now has two artificial legs. He is hoping to perform well in the men’s F57–58 discus on August 31st.

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