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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Redgrave predicts record GB medal haul

26th July 2012

Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave has predicted that Team GB are set to win a record number of medals at London 2012.

A five-time Gold medallist, he believes that the squad will succeed in winning 21 top medals.

Redgrave, who is an ambassador for Matalan Sporting Promise, also hopes the hosting of the biggest sporting event in the world will inspire future generations, reports the Daily Telegraph.

"In the last 12 years building up to this Games a lot of people who have been involved in sport were thinking 'perhaps I can get to 2012'," he said.

"There will be another lot like the school kids here who will see what has been happening over the last few weeks with the build-up to the Games and the Games themselves and think 'I'd love to be able to do that'."

Sir Steve has also refused to confirm whether he will be given the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron during this Friday's opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, Katarina Grainger, a three-time silver rowing medallist, believes that 2012 will be the year for Team GB to win their first women's rowing gold medal.

Rowing has been one of the Olympic sports since the Paris Games in 1900, although women's rowing was not introduced to the event until the Montreal Games in 1976.

Eton Dorney Rowing Centre will host all of the London 2012 Olympic events and the 400 acre site has been specially developed for the Games. People staying at central London hotels who have tickets to the rowing races are well-placed to catch public transport to the venue, which is 25 miles from the capital.

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