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Britains Olympic Medal Hopes
There will be a lot of pressure on British athletes to perform well in the London Olympic games from their own fans and media as well as trying to beat the medal total from Beijing in 2008 of 47. Nineteen of which were gold.
There will be newcomers expected to show real promise but it’s probably a lot of older and experienced campaigners who have been there before who have the best medal chances.
JESSICA ENNIS The 26 year old heptathlon will have a real chance of victory but will be up against really tough competition. She really became the poster girl of the whole Team GB campaign when she became World champion in 2009 but was runner up in the last World Championships in 2011. Is probably in that difficult position of the real elite athletes. If she wins here she’ll no doubt be seen as a superstar but even a silver medal might be seen as disappointing to quite a few.
PHILLIPS IDOWU This 33 year old triple jumper has a real medal chance if fully fit. But there have been doubts raised about this in the media. Has had a lot of success including European and Commonwealth Gold medals but his main triumph was winning the World Championship in 2009. Silver at last World and Olympic event.
DAI GREENE Has won a few big tournaments in recent years in the 400 metres hurdles. This 26 year old Welshman was another World Champion,from 2011 and is among the big favourites if he can recover some sharpness.
MO FARAH 29 year old distance runner who will fancy his chances in 5000 and 10000 metres races. Was World champion in the shorter distance last year and also silver medallist at 10000 metres. So has to be hoping for some good runs and medals here.
With the major British success in recent years a lot more attention will now be paid to the cyclists. Now success isn’t really a surprise but will be almost expected. They have won a lot of cycling tournaments and World titles but it is in the Olympics that they will get most of their attention. With there being so much success achieved in 2008 with 8 gold medals and a total of 14 and now BRADLEY WIGGINS winning the Tour De France they have some of the best riders there. There will be a few capable and a lot who have won Olympic gold before such as Wiggins, CHRIS HOY, VICTORIA PENDLETON as well as some other Tour De France riders who have been in recent good form –MARK CAVENDISH, CHRIS FROOME,and DAVID MILLAR.
ANDY MURRAY Will be regarded as a real medal chance. If he can get over his recent disappointment of losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer he can go back there and compete with most around. As 4th best Tennis player in the World at the moment he should certainly be looking to go far.
There will be a few medal chances but perhaps none more so than REBECCA ADLINGTON who really impressed at the 2008 Olympics in winning 2 golds. She is now a big name and the hope is that her experience will allow her to relax and compete well again.
FOOTBALL Hasn’t put a team in for many years but as it’s the home Olympics a British team was once again selected for the national sport. Not popular with everyone who fear that in the future a British team will be forced rather than allow the individual nations. Because it is such a huge sport in GB will get a lot of coverage but there will also be a lot of pressure to do well . Manager Stuart Pearce has picked a lot of good quality players and experience in the squad such as Craig Bellamy,Micah Richards and captain 38 year old Ryan Giggs and a lot of players with good experience in the English Premiership and European football so they’ll be determined not to let themselves down.
BEN AINSLIE has become something of an expected gold medal winner in the Olympics in sailing. Won a silver in 1996 but has since won a gold in each of the next 3 games. Now 35. One of the older medal hopes but a great track (or water ) record.
18 year old diver TOM DALEY is thought to have a real chances of success. Has already won at European and world level and competed at the previous Olympics. One of the more youthful medal hopes but a very real chance.
Just like cycling gymnastics seemed to have appeared from nowhere to give Britain success and real medal chances in these games. BETH TWEDDLE is 27 and a 3 times World champion and must really fancy her chances to win at home. LOUIS SMITH is a 23 year old athlete who has won a lot of medals in big tournaments. He has been Commonwealth and European Champion,silver medallist at World level and bronze medallist at the last Olympics where he was the first British gymnast to win a medal in a century.