Staff GB haven’t set a medal goal for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics however they’ll be hoping to make extra golden recollections regardless.
Chef de mission Mark England says the Covid-19 pandemic has made it unimaginable to foretell how aggressive the British athletes shall be this summer season.
Whereas some will understandably wrestle as a result of problems with the previous 18 months, others will little doubt rise to the event and declare glory.
Following on from some tough performances on the Video games, Staff GB have been excellent on the final three Olympics.
They claimed 19 golds in a complete of 51 medals on the 2008 Video games in Beijing they usually excelled on dwelling turf at London 2012, profitable a file 29 golds in a complete of 65.
The British group then claimed their largest ever medal haul on the 2016 Video games in Rio, profitable 67 medals, 27 of which had been gold.
All-time Summer season Olympic Video games medal desk
United States: 1,022 golds, 2,523 whole
Soviet Union: 395 golds, 1,010 whole
Nice Britain: 263 golds, 851 whole
France: 212 golds, 716 whole
Germany: 191 golds, 615 whole
Italy: 206 golds, 577 whole
China: 224 golds, 546 whole
Australia: 147 golds, 497 whole
Sweden: 145 golds, 494 whole
Hungary: 175 golds, 491 whole
The final Olympics noticed Staff GB end behind solely the USA within the medal desk, beating China, Russia and Germany into second.
It was their best efficiency because the 1908 Video games the place solely 22 nations competed.
Tokyo will characterize loads of challenges for the British athletes however they’re set to take a group of 375 to Japan – 9 greater than went to Rio.
The nation shall be hoping for as many medals as attainable and Staff GB may have loads of star names in motion.
10 Staff GB stars set to shine in Tokyo
Having surged below 57 seconds and set the 20 quickest occasions in historical past, Peaty seems a digital certainty to defend his 100m breaststroke title – greater than seemingly with a brand new world file into the cut price. Such is the extent of his dominance that his rivals are already resigned to battling it out for silver.
The Edinburgh shooter heads to Tokyo because the reigning world primary and 50m inclined world champion, and a powerful medal guess within the ladies’s 3×50 rifle occasion. McIntosh, who will even compete within the 10m air rifle, additionally received Britain’s first World Cup gold in 2019.
Already the quickest British lady in historical past, Asher-Smith has a behavior of rising to the large event and she is going to have to be within the type of her life in Tokyo to see off American Gabby Thomas, who set the second-fastest time in historical past over 200m on the US trials, and veteran Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who did likewise within the 100m in Kingston.
McCormack has proved a category other than most of his Olympic rivals over this prolonged cycle and can begin as a transparent favorite for welterweight boxing gold. His latest win over Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy – who denied him world gold in 2019 – was a transparent signal of his intent to go all the way in which within the Japanese capital.
Jason and Laura Kenny
Historical past is on the playing cards for biking’s golden couple in Tokyo. Laura Kenny sits one behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s five-gold medal haul on the home all-time listing, whereas Jason presently boasts seven Olympic medals, one in need of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ profession tally of eight, with each probability each information will at the very least be matched.
After claiming two extraordinary gold medals in Rio, Whitlock has restricted his focus to his favoured pommel for Tokyo. Regardless of his latest fall on his return to competitors on the European Championships, the 28-year-old will begin as favorite – however may very well be pushed all the way in which by Eire’s rising star Rhys McClenaghan.
Brown, who turns 13 this month, will turn into Britain’s youngest summer season Olympian when she competes within the skateboard park competitors. However the younger prodigy stands each probability of a medal, having certified in third place and likewise claimed a World Championship bronze medal in Sao Paolo in 2019.
Glover received consecutive rowing gold medals with Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 earlier than retiring to begin a household. Tempted to launch a return, Glover and her new companion Polly Swann stormed to European gold in April, elevating the prospect of a outstanding third medal for the 35-year-old in Japan.
Jones was an adolescent when she received her first Olympic taekwondo gold at London 2012, and adopted up her triumph in Rio 4 years later. Now 28 and likewise the reigning world champion, Jones is a scorching favorite to safe an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title.