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Last updated at 15:55 BST, Friday, 29 June 2012

China's Olympics boast

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29 June 2012

A month before the start of the London Olympics, the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua has published an editorial predicting that China will top the medals table - once again beating the US. In what reads like a strategy paper for the country's Olympics success, it lays out its medal predictions for various sports.

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Martin Patience

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Detailed it is but modest it certainly isn't. The editorial sets out in precise terms where China can expect to win gold medals. In gymnastics the haul could be nine, weight lifting offers up the opportunity for another five, and there could be medals won on the track. All told, China believes it can win 37 gold medals - enough to top the table.

What's perhaps surprising about this editorial is that it's been published in the first place. But in a country known for setting targets, it serves as a public warning to Chinese athletes not to disappoint.

Glory goes not only to the individual winner but the country as a whole. And Chinese fans can be unforgiving if their athletes fail to meet expectations or in this case, specific targets. As for the host nation, Britain, well, there's some good news. China's state-run news agency predicts it could finish third.

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Vocabulary

modest

unassuming/not showing off

editorial

news article written by the editor that gives an opinion

haul

amount gained

all told

in total

top the table

be ranked at the number one position

it serves

it works

glory

high honor won by notable achievements

unforgiving

unable to stop feeling angry or resentful

host nation

country where the olympics is held

predicts

estimates for the future

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