Team GB medal hopefuls in action today: August 1

 

Your one-stop guide to the Team GB medal hopes in action at the Olympics today...

 

Bradley Wiggins

Age: 32

Place of Birth: Belgium

Main Event: Time Trial

Rival: Fabian Cancellara, Switzerland

Medal Prospects: Going for gold

On the back of a successful year that has seen him win not only the Paris-Nice and Tour of Romandie races but the highly coveted yellow jersey in the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins will only accept gold  in London. Such good form will surely serve him well as he looks to add to his three Olympic gold medals.

Date of event: August 1

Odds: 6/4

 

Emma Pooley

Age: 29

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Time Trial

Rival: Judith Arndt, Germany

Medal Prospects: Will be hoping to at least match her silver medal from Beijing

Emma Pooley has consistently been at or near the top of time trial racing over the last four years and will hope to do the same again in front of a home crowd. However, the time trial course for London is flatter than the road race and Pooley believes this might count against her as she is best on climbs.

Date of event: August 1

Odds: 5/2

 

Fran Halsall

Age: 22

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: 100m Freestyle

Rival: Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands is the favourite for the 100m freestyle

Medal Prospects: Her main aim is gold in the 100m freestyle but she has the ability to get into the medals in any of her other events.

Fran Halsall will be fighting on many fronts in the London Games as she is the only swimmer to have qualified for three separate individual disciplines as well as taking part in two of the relays. Currently ranked as world No.2 in the 50m freestyle and No.4 in the 100m freestyle she looks set to win a medal in at least one of those events, although she says the 100m is her main aim. Her third event is 100m butterfly in which she is ranked sixth in the world.

Dates of event: August 1 – August 2

Odds: 12/1

 

Squad: Marcus Bateman, Ric Egington, James Foad, Matt Langridge, Alex Partridge, Tom Ransley,. Mohamed Sbihi, Greg Searle, Phelan Hill

Ages: 29, 33, 25, 29, 31, 26, 24, 40 and 32

Main Event: Men’s Eight

Rivals: Germany

Medal Prospects: Hopefully silver but there is real competition for the podium.

The crew started the year well finishing second in successive World Cup regattas behind main rivals Germany. However, in Munich last month, they failed to capitalise on the Germans’ absence and dropped to third. The result in Munich shows just how tight the field is and that behind the Germans there are a few countries vying for silver and bronze.

Dates of event: July 28 - August 1

Odds: 11/2

 

Frances Houghton, Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford and Mel Wilson

Ages: 31, 32, 29 and 26

Main Event: Women’s Quadruple Sculls

Rivals: USA will be their main rival in the battle for bronze

Medal Prospects: At best bronze

This crew are not as strong as past Quad Sculls crews and have found it difficult at times in the last year. They failed to make the world final in 2011 but did manage to win a bronze at the World Cup earlier this year. Houghton is the most experienced, having won Olympic silver in the last two Games, and she will have to lead the team to an exceptional performance if they are to get amongst the medals.

Dates of event: July 28 - August 1

Odds: 12/1

 

Heather Stanning & Helen Glover

Ages: 27 and 26

Main Event: Women’s Pair

Rivals: New Zealand

Medal Prospects: Look set to become the first British women to win Olympic gold.

Helen Glover may have only been rowing for five years, but she has rapidly become one of the top rowers in her discipline. Her partnership with Royal Artillery captain Heather Stanning has been formidable and due to the schedule of the Games, these two could beat fellow Brits Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins to the honour of being the first British women to win gold in rowing.

Dates of event: July 28 - August 1

Odds: 8/11

 

Luke Campbell

Age: 24

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Bantamweight boxing

Rival: Lazaro Alvarez Estrada. Cuba

Medal Prospect: One of Britain’s best chances for boxing gold.

Luke Campbell took silver at the World Amateur Boxing Championships last year and is seen as a favourite for gold at the Olympics this summer. Two years ago Campbell was described as the benchmark for British boxing after going on an unbeaten run of 23 matches and he is still seen as the example for other British boxers to follow.

Dates of event: July 28 – August 11

Odds: 13/2

 

Andy Murray

Age: 25

Place of Birth: Scotland

Main Event: Men’s Singles Tennis

Rival: Anyone of the two men ranked above him – although a rematch with Roger Federer is the one that will be most hotly anticipated.

Medal Prospects: He came so close at Wimbledon that he will surely back himself to go that one step further on his return to the grass courts.

Andy Murray became the first British man to reach a Wimbledon final for over 70 years in July but was prevented from winning the title by a sublime Roger Federer. The London Olympics sees tennis return to the grass courts of West London and give the Scot another chance to claim glory at the home of British tennis. Murray's job became a little easier when Spain's Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Games.

Dates of event: July 28 – August 5

Odds: 17/2

 

Annie Lush, Lucy MacGregor and Kate MacGregor

Age: 32, 25 and 20

Main Event: Women’s Elliot 6m Team

Rival: Team USA are their closest competitor for top spot.

Medal Prospects: Should get at least silver but will be aiming for gold

The team first came together in 2010 and have since won National, European and World Championship titles. Annie Lush has experience at Olympic level having been part of the GB set up in Athens in 2004. Lucy MacGregor, the elder of the two sisters, skippers the boat and has a long and impressive track record for a 25-year-old. Her younger sister Kate, 20, may not have as much experience but has ample skill. As a group they have already shown their ability and will be firmly in the hunt for a medal come Games time.

Dates of event: July 29 – August 11

Odds: 11/5

 

Zac Purchase & Mark Hunter

Ages: 26 and 34

Main Event: Lightweight Double Scull

Rivals: New Zealand

Medal Prospects: A disrupted 2012 so far means the pair are unlikely to do better than bronze.

Although they won in Beijing and are current world champions, the duo suffered some setbacks in their preparations for London. Illness played its part in some of their performances this year and they finished a disappointing sixth place in Munich. With their opponents pulling ahead there needs to be a real improvement but it would be a mistake to write this duo off.

Dates of event: July 29 – August 4

Odds: 7/2

 

Paul Goodison

Age: 34

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Men’s Laser

Rival: Tom Slingsby, Australia

Medal Prospects: Hot favourite for gold

Paul Goodison is the current reigning Olympic champion is his category and London will be his fourth Games. Coming into the Games the Yorkshireman is ranked number one in the world and holds the Olympic, European, World and British titles. With such a wealth of success and experience behind him, he will be expected to take gold but the highly talented Tom Slingsby cannot be discounted.

Dates of event: July 30 – August 6

Odds: 4/1

 

Bryony Shaw

Age: 29

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Windsurfing RS:X

Rival: Marina Alabau, Spain

Medal Prospects: Gold is the dream but silver or bronze might be more realistic.

Bryony Shaw is Britain’s first Olympic medallist, having taken home bronze from the 2008 Games. Since 2008 she has seen great success, her biggest highlight being a gold medal at the 2010 World Cup in France. She ranked fourth at the last World Championships but will see herself as having a great chance of winning gold.

Dates of event: July 31 – August 7

Odds: 4/1

 

Nick Dempsey

Age: 31

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Windsurfing RS:X

Rival: Nimrod Mashich, Israel

Medal Prospects: Determined to get gold but current world No1 Mashich will probably get in his way. Silver at best.

Nick Dempsey comes into the 2012 Games determined to finish on the podium after a disappointing fourth place in Beijing. Since 2008 he has worked hard and enjoyed success, winning World Championship gold for the first time in 2009. That World Championships happened to have been at Weymouth and Portland, the venue for this year’s Olympic – surely a promising sign for the first Britain to win a medal in windsurfing.

Dates of event: July 31 – August 7

Odds: 4/1

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