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RIO DE JANEIRO， July 29 (Xinhua) -- While declining to reveal a specific medal target， the Brazilian Olympic committee has made no secret of its desire to finish in the top 10 at the Rio Games.
Brazil won a record 17 medals at the London 2012 Olympics， including three gold. This time around， buoyed by its home support， the South American nation is hoping to do even better. Xinhua takes a look at the country's top medal prospects at the Aug. 5-21 Games.
Brazil's women's volleyball team is aiming for its third straight Olympic gold medal in Rio. The hosts have been drawn alongside Russia， Japan， South Korea， Argentina and Cameroon in the first phase of the tournament. The clash with Russia will be eagerly awaited given the rivalry between the teams in recent years. Brazil eliminated Russia in the quarterfinals of the London 2012 Games， turning around their semifinal defeat at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Men's beach volleyball
Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt are considered by many to be Brazil's best gold medal hope in Rio. They are the current world champions and lead the world rankings. Schmidt， who will be making his Olympics debut， was also ranked the top player in the world last year. Alison won the silver medal at the London 2012 Games alongside Emanuel Rego. The duo will start their Rio 2016 campaign against Canada's Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter on Aug. 6.
Women's beach volleyball
Larissa Fran？a and Talita Antunes are favorites in the women's competition， having won four of five FIVB world tour matches this season. Their most recent success was a 2-0 (21-18， 21-14) victory over US rivals April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings. The hosts will also be represented in the women's draw by No. 2 ranked Barbara Seixas and Agatha Bednarczuk， who were voted Team of the Year over their compatriots in 2015 by virtue of winning more points.
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