New Delhi: Congratulating sportsmen for their record performance at London Olympics, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed confidence that the country will celebrate a "medals spring" at the next edition of the mega sporting event in Rio De Janeiro.

"I congratulate all who have done their nation proud at the recently concluded Games, by winning as well as by participating.

"The number of trophies may not be too large but it is a remarkable improvement upon the last count, Four years later, when I hope to address you again, I am sure, we will celebrate a medals spring", Mukherjee said in his addess to nation on the eve of Independence Day.

The President also lauded the role of Armed forces in producing medal winning sportsmen who have brough laurels to the country at global levels.

"It is heartening that the armed forces not only guarantee our peace, but also produce medal winners at Olympics," he said.

India won two silver medals and four bronze medals at the London Olympics, double the number the country won at the Beijing Olympics.

(Agencies)

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