Athletics - Team GB's Olympic heroics 'were only the beginning'

New UK Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson believes this summer's track and field heroics were just the start of something special happening in athletics in this country.

The nation's eyes were glued to the Olympic Stadium at London 2012 as Team GB ended the track and field medals table in fourth with six pieces of silverware, their best finish since Tokyo in 1964.

Of the six medals there were four golds to celebrate thanks to Mo Farah's double effort over 5,000m and 10,000m, as well as Jess Ennis and Greg Rutherford in the heptathlon and long jump respectively.

Despite the success the then UKA head coach Charles Van Commenee stood down after falling two medals short of his pre-Games target of eight, paving the way for Eriksson to step in.

But despite falling short of targets Swede Eriksson is convinced London 2012 was the start of a new era for British athletics as he oversees the move of their headquarters to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

"It [London] was the start of something better," he said. "We need to go forward into 2016 and 2017 aiming to get more medals.

"We are changing a lot in the structure to optimise performance.

"We see the athletes at the hub – and of course you have several training camps a year which all of our athletes will attend, so I will keep in constant contact with them.

"You have to see a trend on how the athletes are developing so that it's a reasonable target.

"The bottom line is for us to convert that into more medals."