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Rio Olympics medal predictions






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Economists from the banking company Goldman Sachs have taken a break from looking at the world's economy. They have put their heads together to predict how many medals different countries will win at the 2016 Rio Olympics. There are no real surprises. Most people know that the USA and China will win the most medals. A small surprise is the economists predicted Great Britain will finish third. They predicted 23 gold medals for Team GB and 59 medals in total. They also think the world's second most populous country, India, will win just one gold medal.

There is good news for the host Brazil. The country that hosts the Olympics usually gets 50 per cent extra golds. Goldman Sachs predicts that Brazil will win 22 medals, including five golds. This would be Brazil's best ever Olympics performance. The economists also predicted the Olympics will benefit Brazil's economy. They said: "As the country welcomes thousands of athletes and visitors and cheers the local favorites, it silently hopes that the soaring Olympic spirit will also help lift the spirits of the Brazilian economy." The 2016 Rio Olympics is sure to be one of the best ever.

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