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With just a few weeks to go before the Olympics, Team GB have been set an impressive target ahead of the games in Rio de Janeiro. The British athletes have been tasked with winning a record 48 medals at the major sporting event, in a challenge set by UK Sport.

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Team GB have been set a record of 48 medals

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo FarahLouis Smith and Greg Rutherford are just some of the sporting champions who will be heading to the Brazilian city in August to compete, and no doubt will be training hard to meet the athletics team's medal target of seven to nine medals, having already set the bar high at the 2012 London Games where they picked up six medals.

If Team GB win 48 medals later this year, it would be the most medals they would have won to date. Currently their record at an overseas Olympic tournament is 47 medals, which they won at the 2008 games which took place in Beijing.

It would also mean that Britain would be the first ever hosts of the tournament to increase their number of medals at the next games. In 2012, the British athletes had picked up an impressive total of 65 medals.

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Team GB have been gaining support with the Bring on the Great campaign

"Targeting a record-breaking away Games and Paralympic medal haul that surpasses that of London 2012 shows the ambition and talent within our high-performance system," UK Sport chief Liz Nicholl told The Telegraph. "Our goal to become the first hosts to eclipse our London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medal haul has proved hugely motivational."

There's no doubt that Team GB have already gained a huge amount of support from the public, as well as a host of celebrities. Rochelle Humes, Jodie Kidd and Kirsty Gallacher are just some of the famous faces who have lent their support to the Bring on the Great campaign.

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Rochelle Humes is one of the stars showing her support for the British athletes

"The Olympics is a special time for me," The Saturdays singer Rochelle explained as she joined the 'Great Britons' campaign. "During London 2012 I got married on the day of the Opening Ceremony, and what better way to celebrate this year, than gathering as a family and watching our athletes make the whole country proud out in Rio."

Explaining why she got involved in the Bring on the Great campaign, she added: "I will be cheering so loudly, I'm sure they'll hear me. It would mean so much for everyone to get behind our athletes, so make sure you guys leave your own message for the team via the Fan Club at"