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Siobhan-Marie O'Connor: 'Britain's swimmers determined to succeed at Rio 2016'

British swimmer Siobhan-Marie O'Connor tells Sports Mole that Team GB are "determined" to perform at Rio 2016.

British swimmer Siobhan-Marie O'Connor has insisted that the team are "focused and determined" to perform at the 2016 Olympics in Rio following the disappointment of London 2012.

Michael Jamieson scooped silver in the 200m breaststroke and Rebecca Adlington secured two bronze medals, but a number of Brits failed to deliver in the pool two years ago.

This year, the home nations impressed at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and O'Connor herself equalled the record for the most number of medals won by a female athlete at the event after nabbing six in Scotland.

When asked by Sports Mole if Great Britain can challenge in Rio, O'Connor said: "Hopefully yeah, that's definitely the aim for everyone. America dominate and China are a very strong nation as well, but we don't have the sort of gene pool as them - they've got a massive country, but we've got some incredibly talented swimmers here.

"The strength of British swimming looks very good for that and I just hope that we can carry it on. There's definitely been changes that have helped and everyone's very focused and determined to make that the case in two years' time."

The 18-year-old will round off her year by competing in the FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha next month.

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Gold medalist Claudia Fragapane of England poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor Final at SSE Hydro during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 1, 2014
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United StatesUnited States2248
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Sunday's key events

· Wave conditions permitting, surfing will make its Olympic debut (11pm-8.20am)

· Another debutant sport at this Olympics, most eyes will be on American Nyjah Huston in the men's street contest as he looks to add Olympic gold to his four world titles and 12 X-Games golds. (12.30am-5am)

· History beckons for Jade Jones as she looks to become a three-time Olympic champion - something never done before in the sport prior to these Games (2am-1.45pm)
· Team GB's Bradly Sinden - world champion two years ago - is also going for gold in the men's -68kg category (2am-1.45pm)

· Already-legendary gymnast Simone Biles makes her first appearance of the Games in the women's qualifying event (2am-2pm)

· The first swimming medals of the Games will be dished out, with home favourite Daiya Seto going for gold in the men's 400m individual medley (2.30am-4.20am)

· Lizzie Deignan is among the Team GB team looking for success in the women's road race (5am-9.30am)

· Reigning two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray starts his title defence against Canadian hotshot Felix Auger-Aliassime (7am approx.)

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