Ennis heads GB medal challenge

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SHEFFIELD golden girl Jessica Ennis is leading the GB athletics team bid for EIGHT Olympic medals.

The target has been revealed by GB coach Charles van Commenee. He has not singled out Ennis or any other individuals. But Ennis, who turns 26 later this month, is regarded by many as our best chance of topping the podium.

Athletics: Results and reports.

Athletics: Results and reports.

Van Commenee admits the acid test of whether 2012 will be regarded as a success will be the medals league table at the end of the Games.

He said of the team: “The target for 2012 is to win eight medals at the Olympic games and it has to be a minimum one gold at least. It’s not just about these few athletes who win medals - the rest should do well.Athletics and sport is more than medals.

“But I accept, at the closing ceremonies we count the numbers won and there’s a job well done, or not well done.

Van Commenee, who is also working on the “mother of all speeches” to inspire the likes of Ennis, added: “Our job is to prepare the athletes so we have a good chance. At this moment I can’t see why we shouldn’t be very good. But being certain? That’s impossible. That’s why I am careful with my words.

“We have the World Indoor Championships first in Istanbul in March.

“A good number of athletes will use the opportunity. After that we go on camps again and it’s business time. So we have momentum in the right direction. There’s still room for improvement.

“Not everyone can win a medal. To have athletes in finals would be good, to have British representation in a lot of events at a high level.”

VIDEO: Watch the full interview with Charles van Commenee at thestar.co.uk/video