There are very positive signs for Australia’s Olympic Team in RIO moving into 6th place on the overall medal tally in the AOC’s latest benchmark study.

The results released today show Australia with 42 medals, 13 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals.

China sits on top of the table with 79 medals followed by USA 66, Russia 60, Germany 45, Great Britain, 45 and Australia 42. Japan with 41 and France 40 are in close proximity.

“The results are very encouraging... we are still a long way from RIO but they point to us building towards a successful Games” said AOC President, John Coates.

“Twelve months ago we were sitting on 34 medals, 8 gold, 19 silver and 7 bronze”.

In October this year, Australia was in 8th position with 27 medals. The surge comes off the back of very successful performances by our swimmers who lifted the tally with 15 medals, 7 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze.

“Congratulations to our swimmers on some excellent results and also to the coaches and officials who are driving their resurgence”.

Australia is 7th on the gold medal tally with 13, behind China 31, USA 28, France 19, Russia 16, Japan 15 and Germany 14. Great Britain is 8th with 11 gold.