MOSCOW, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russian athletes' performance during the London Olympics were "great," Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Friday.
"The Olympic Games end on Sunday only, we still have a few days to top up our medal baggage. Nevertheless, I believe, our team performs great, just great," Mutko said in a statement published on the Ministry's website.
"They fight, they win, they lose," the minister added.
He took the number of Russian athletes who have made it into the finals or took the fourth places as an evidence of the team's successful performance.
"We are among the world's top ten most powerful sporting countries," Mutko said.
The minister admitted there should be more Russian Olympic champions and vowed Russia should present athletes all possibilities to progress in the future.
He also called the athletes, coaches, fans and officials to "stay together."
This was not the first time Mutko positively assessed the national team's results in London.
This week, he said Russia's performance is what it should have been.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the performance of the Russian delegation in the London Olympics was "not a failure".
As of Friday, Russia has won 57 medals in London, with 12 gold, 21 silver, 24 bronze, ranking the third following the United States and China.
Before the 2012 Olympics, Russia has set a minimum target of 25 gold medals, in a bid to reach a top-three place in the medal table.
During the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Russia reached top three behind China and the United States with 72 medals, including 23 gold medals.