Tancock looks to the future

Backstroke ace positive about Team GB prospects for Rio

Last Updated: 16/08/12 6:18pm

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Liam Tancock believes Team GB can push on at the next Olympics in Rio after achieving a record number of finalists in London.

GB swimmers only won three medals in London - half the medal tally than in Beijing - and the lack of medals has led to specualtion the sport's funding could be cut.

But Tancock, who came fifth in the men's 100m backstroke, hopes this is not the case, arguing the record number of finalists augers well for Rio in 2016.

The 27-year-old, who was visiting the Sky Sports News studios with fellow Sky Sports scholar Fran Halsall, said: "I think the plans and the structure is set in place now. We're working on through and we're getting stronger as a nation.

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"If you look at the bigger picture - yes we didn't get the medals but we did actually do a great job if you look at the wider range of it and in one way, we did the best Olympics we've ever have."
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"And I think with another four years behind us, we'll be better, we'll be stronger. As I said, we've got a great support network now, whether that's coaching, support staff, physios and things like that.

"So I'd love to see it (funding) as the same and continue because I truly think it is working. We got the most ever finalists we've ever had behind two great nations, obviously America and Australia, two massive sporting nations.

"So I think if you look at the bigger picture - yes we didn't get the medals but we did actually do a great job if you look at the wider range of it and in one way, we did the best Olympics we've ever have.

"So it just depends how you look at it - I'm quite a positive guy and I'm always looking to the future."

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