China is expected to be among the top medal winners at the Rio Olympics, and will continue to dominate competitions in table tennis, diving, badminton and shooting, as the country steadily catches up in swimming and track-and-field, analysts said.
A total of 416 Chinese athletes will participate in the Games, which starts on Friday local time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chinese athletes will compete in 210 events in 26 sports. The Chinese delegation includes 27 gold medalists from the 2012 London Games, such as five-time badminton world champion Lin Dan and distance swimmer record-holder Sun Yang.
China topped the 2008 Beijing Olympics with 51 gold medals and 38 golds in London in 2012 behind the US.
There is no official target or forecast of how many gold medals Chinese athletes are expected to get in Rio. But Chinese media, such as the Beijing Evening News, are confident China can rake in at least 30 gold medals.
Chinese experts said they also believe Goldman Sachs' recent predictions are close to what they have in mind.
According to a Goldman Sachs report on Monday, the world's two largest economies, the US and China, will again win most gold medals at the Olympics, and Britain will push Russia out of third place in the overall standings.
The report claims US athletes will come away with 45 gold medals, one less than they got in London four years ago, while China will win 36, two fewer than in 2012.
The Russian team, hit by doping bans, will collect 14 golds, 12 fewer than the recently revised total of their London haul four years ago, Goldman Sachs predicts.