Van Commenee claims "mission accomplished"
At the end of these World Championships, Charles Van Commenee stood in the mixed zone of the Daegu Stadium and declared "mission accomplished". Seven medals won - two of them gold. If anything he could argue that his expectations were exceeded as before the team flew to South Korea he had conservatively predicted just one of the seven would be gold.
After the disappointing start when Mo Farah was pipped in the 10,000 metres and Jessica Ennis had to settle for silver in the heptathlon, Van Commenee might have wondered if that target was deliverable.
Half way through the week, I bumped into Van Commenee at the athletes' village. He dismissed any such suggestions and insisted there was no need to panic. "We have three medals (thanks to Andy Turner's surprise bronze in the 110metres hurdles)," he told me. "I only expected two."
Van Commenee always said there was a chance Britain would finish the championships strongly because of the way the timetable was organised. And so it proved.
After the signs of promise displayed at the European Championships in Barcelona last year, Britain have now produced their best performance at a World Championships for 18 years.
For a sport that seemed to be drifting for much of the last decade there at last seems to be a sense of purpose and drive. Some critics privately question how much this has to do with Van Commenee. For example, how many of the big medal-winning athletes really spend much time under his direction or tutelage?
The Dutchman won't worry about that. He knows it is his responsibility if the team flop in front of their home audience in London next summer.
He has set a target of eight medals in 2012, which might seem a modest ambition after the progress made since he arrived in 2009. But in a sport where smaller nations such as Kenya and Jamaica can be so powerful, he also knows that next year's competition is likely to be tougher, not easier.
Dai Greene's gold was one of several triumphs for Great Britain in Daegu. Photo: Getty
However, five male athletes and three women finished in the top eight in the finals of their disciplines.
If you look at the placing table - which measures countries' top eight finishes - then Britain finished sixth with five placings outside the top three.
It may be pushing things to say this is a new golden generation. But whichever way you look at it, with a year to go to London, British athletics is in much better shape than it was the last time the team was on this continent at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.