Home crowd carrying GB to Olympic success

Team GB's athletes are being assisted in their bids for Olympic glory by the support of the home crowd. This is the suggestion of Dr Rhonda Cohen CPsychol, Head of the London Sport Institute at Middlesex University, who has told the Daily Telegraph this advantage has played a significant role in the host nation's success at the Games so far.

Going into the 13th day of the event (9 August) the British team stood third in the medals table behind China and the US, having picked up 22 golds, 13 silvers and 13 bronzes.

And Dr Cohen believes the "fantastic" crowds are playing their part by carrying the GB team with them.

She said: "Being here in London is definitely helping Team GB."

Dr Cohen explained that although crowds can sometimes be disruptive, the audience at the 2012 Games have been getting behind their athletes because "success breeds success" and victories in cycling and rowing have been repeated on the track.