2012 London Olympics

44 medals earns German Olympic team 6th place

44 medals earns German Olympic team 6th place
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Germany finished the Olympic Games on Sunday in a respectable 6th place with 44 medals - three more than they took home in the Beijing Games four years ago.

Yet the Germans will take home just 11 golds, five fewer than in 2008, in a final result which fell far short of the Interior Ministry target of 86 medals including 28 golds.

German Olympians delivered few pleasant surprises at London 2012, excelling in canoeing (3 golds), equestrian events and rowing (both 2 golds).

One nice surprise was the gold medal in beach volleyball, but even that, it turned out, had been included in the Ministry predictions.

Meanwhile, nasty surprises were in store for the German swimming team among others, which failed to bag any of the eight medals they were predicted to win.

The Local/jlb

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