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Plurality of Brazilians feel Rio 2016 medal target too low

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Rodrigo Pessoa of the Brazil Olympic equestrian team carries his country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Brazil’s minimum target for the Rio 2016 Olympics of 27 medals, a 59 percent increase over its best-ever output in 2012, is too modest, 40 percent of voters said in an O Globo poll.

Another 34 percent said 27 medals was a bold estimate, while 26 percent said it was just right.

Olympic host nations have statistically received a “bounce effect” in medal tallies, improving 50 percent or more from their total four years before. (OlympStats has broken down the bounce effect for the Olympics immediately after a nation hosts here)

Brazil’s medal target for 2016 -- 27 to 30 medals -- represents a 59 to 76 percent increase over its 2012 total.

Great Britain won 47 medals in 2008 and then 65 when it hosted in London in 2012, a 38 percent increase. China won 63 medals in 2004 and 100 when it hosted in Beijing in 2008, a 59 percent increase.

Perhaps the people polled look less at the percentage increase than they do at the overall number of 27, which would be the fewest medals of a Summer Olympic host nation since Greece won 16 at Athens 2004.

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