Brits hope to avoid dreaded 4th place at Olympics

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LONDON (AP) -- Britain is pushing its athletes to turn fourth-place results into podium finishes to achieve its medal target at the London Olympics.

Andy Hunt, chief executive of the British Olympic Association, says the host nation's aim is to "win more medals across more sports than in a century."

A projected medals table published in the Times of London newspaper this week predicted Britain and Russia would record more fourth-place finishes -- 21 -- than any other nation.

Hunt says "while (fourth place) represents a remarkable achievement, it is also painfully close to a podium finish and the realization of a dream that drives so many athletes."

Britain finished fourth in the medals table at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.