Cielo predicts medals for Brazil

This is the first time Brazil has an exclusive base for the Olympics.

This is the first time Brazil has an exclusive base for the Olympics.

LONDON - Olympic 50m freestyle champion Cesar Cielo predicted on Wednesday that Brazil would leave the London Olympics with more medals than the 15 they took home from Beijing four years ago.

Cielo, women's long jumper Maurren Maggi and the women's volleyball team won gold medals in Beijing.

The 25 year-old, who will compete in the 50 and 100m and the 4x100 medley, said Brazil should expect their medal tally to increase because of better support and the feel-good factor from being the next country to stage the Olympics in 2016.

"We are capable of winning many more medals than we did in Beijing," he told reporters at Brazil's training camp at Crystal Palace.

It is the first time Brazil has an exclusive base for the Olympics and Cielo is one of more than 100 athletes training in south London.

Cielo said he was not worried about the bad weather that has blighted the British summer.

"Sao Paulo is pretty much like this too. It is grey most of the time, you know I was expecting a little more sun," he said with a smile.

Cielo tested positive for a banned substance in 2011 but escaped with a warning after claiming the banned diuretic detected by the test was the result of cross-contamination.

His appeal was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which accepted the banned diuretic that had been detected was not intended to improve performance.

"I am here to swim fast, nothing more to talk about," he said when asked about the incident.

"My main goal is to represent my country in the best way possible and to get a gold medal in the 50 and try my best in the 100."