Twelve years on from the Sydney Olympics, the Australian effort has been reduced to rubble. In 2000 they won 58 medals, 16 of them gold. By 2004 it was 49 with 17 winners; and in Beijing 46 with 14 golds. In London they will struggle to get more than 35 medals and so far only five are gold. We might enjoy ribbing them, but let’s not avoid the question: how are we going to stop it happening to us?

Team GB know that funds will be cut after the London Games, says four-time gold medal winner Matthew Pinsent, so sport must be given higher priority in schools

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