Recently re-elected Russian Athletics federation chief Valentin Balakhnichev wants Russia to top the medals table at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.
They are one of the traditional athletics superpowers and host nation, so have a decent chance. At five of the past seven editions of the World Championships, they have finished in the top two.
However, not since the 2001 Edmonton World Championships has Russia beaten the mighty USA, so is this a feasible target? At London 2012 the USA led their Russian rivals by one gold medal (nine to eight, since you ask) to top the medal chart.
SPIKES assesses the key battlegrounds for next summer’s Russia v USA medal clash.