High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) remain confident $180 million of Government investment in high performance sport during the past four years will yield a double-figure medal haul at the London Olympics.
HPSNZ believes the Olympic team is on track for one its best ever medal tallies, based on performance at world championships last year.
In 2011, New Zealanders had 21 podium finishes at these Olympic-related events - the country's best ever result in a pre-Olympic year.
''With the team performing at this level we should be able to achieve our target of 10 medals or more, and if we do that we'll get New Zealand's 100th Olympic medal,'' said Alex Baumann, chief executive of HPSNZ, which was formed last year from a merger between the academies of sport and the high performance unit of SPARC, now Sport New Zealand.
''Over the past six years our people have worked extensively with athletes and teams in the targeted Olympic sports (athletics, cycling, rowing, yachting, swimming and triathlon) and other medal-potential sports.
''Those people include strength and conditioning specialists, performance and technique analysts, nutritionists, physiologists, doctors, psychologists/mental skills trainers and many others.
''In addition, the Government has invested around $180 million into high performance sport in the past four years. Much of that money has gone into supporting our Olympic athletes in their preparations for London, and Rio in 2016.
''When it's all added together New Zealanders have every reason to be hopeful of a successful London Games.''
New Zealand's best Olympic haul was in Seoul 1988, with a total of 13 medals.
The Olympics begin on July 28 (NZT).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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