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German Olympic team will fall short of medals goal, official says

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Germany‘s Olympic team will likely fall short of its goal of 44 medals at the Rio games, the team‘s top official said Sunday, citing the tougher competition as other countries have stepped up their sports efforts.

Chef de mission Michael Vesper made the comment while assessing the results of Germany at the halfway point of the Rio games.

"The indications are that we won‘t reach the mark we set in London," he said. "It‘s bearing out that what we have always been saying, that it is becoming more and more difficult to win medals because other countries have been upgrading."

So far, Germany has won 16 medals. At the halfway point in London the Germans had garnered 21 medals.

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