Team GB medal hopefuls in action today: August 3

 

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

 

Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Steven Burke and Geraint Thomas

Age: 27, 23, 24 and 26

Main Event: Men’s Team Pursuit

Rival: Australia

Medal Prospects: Aiming for gold

Australia hadn’t lost in a significant Men’s Team Pursuit since the Beijing Olympics when Great Britain won the title. However, in April Team GB put in a superb performance to knock the Aussies off their perch in Melbourne and beat the world record that they set when they won gold in 2008. This is particularly significant because the team that has won the World  Championships prior to an Olympics has gone on to win gold in the summer for the last three Games.

Dates of event: August 2 – August 3

Odds: Evens

 

Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell

Ages: 19, 21 and 23

Main Event: Women’s Team Pursuit

Rival: Australia

Medal Prospects: Looking to continue their domination of the event and win gold

The girls have dominated the sport all year. They won gold in February at the World Cup but then worked even harder to blow away the opposition yet again at the World Championships in April. They set the World Record in April and don’t be surprised if they beat it in London.

Dates of event: August 3 – August 4

Odds: 1/3

 

Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark

Age: 23 and 31

Main Event: 470 Class

Rival: Spain are tipped to push them the hardest.

Medal Prospects: The duo are in a great position to take gold.

This year has so far looked promising for the newly formed partnership and they enter the Games as favourites. The duo took silver at their first major regatta in April followed by two more – including one at the Olympic test event. The Games will of course bring a different level of competition, but the two should be more than motivated as Clark looks to put the disappointment of not winning a medal in 2008 and Mills tries to prove a point at her first Olympics.

Dates of event: August 3 – August 10

Odds: 11/4

 

Dai Greene

Age: 26

Place of Birth: Wales

Main Event: 400m Hurdles

Rival: Javier Culson, Puerto Rico

Medal Prospects: Will be aiming to take gold ahead of his Puerto Rican rival.

Dai Greene is captain of Team GB and current world champion. His build-up to the Games had been disrupted by illness and injury but he managed to run a personal best in the Paris Grand Prix. The 26-year-old is desperate to complete a Grand Slam of World Championships, European Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympic titles in London and given his performance in Paris is in good shape to do so.

Dates of event: August 3 – August 6

Odds: 57/17

 

Greg Rutherford

Age: 25

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Long Jump

Rival: Mitchell Watt, Australia

Medal Prospects: If he can equal his personal best then he should be contending for gold.

Greg Rutherford has been in fine form and earlier this year jumped 8.35m – the furthest jump in the world this year - to equal the UK record. The distance would have earned him a medal in any Olympics Games and was further than the gold medal distance of Beijing. This jump was followed up with a 8.32m in Rome to prove that it was not a one off and to show the world that he really will be a contender for gold this summer.

Dates of event: August 3 – August 4

Odds: 5/1

 

Jessica Ennis

Age: 26

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Heptathlon

Rival: Tatyana Chernova, Russia

Medal Prospects: Britain’s greatest hope for gold in athletics.

Jessica Ennis is the London Olympics poster girl and as the reigning World and European champion has a lot of pressure on her shoulders. She has won every championship she has entered since May 2009 and has topped the world rankings for the last three years. The only danger is that she might be overwhelmed by the occasion since this is her first Olympics, having missed out on Beijing due to injury.

Dates of event: August 3 – August 4

Odds: 11/13

 

Christine Ohuruogu

Age: 28

Place of Birth: London

Main Event: 400m

Rival: Amantle Montsho, Botswana

Medal Prospects: An outsider for a medal but could potentially be looking at gold if run in the London Grand Prix is anything to go by.

Last year after the World Championships in South Korea, Christine Ohuruogu was a broken woman. A run of very poor performances had left her half the athlete she was in Beijing 2008. However, her performance in the London Grand Prix harked back to her superb displays in the last Olympics and showed that she might well have returned to form at the perfect time as she easily cruised past reigning world champion Amantle Montsho.

Dates of event: August 3 – August 5

Odds: 15/2

 

David Davies

Age: 27

Place of Birth: Wales

Main Event: 1500m Freestyle

Rival: Will have to overcome a strong field

Medal Prospects: Outside chance of bronze. His late recovery of his form is not enough to make him a favourite but he has great experience and will not want to disappoint a home crowd.

David Davies is an Olympic veteran, with London 2012 being his third Games. The Welshman won bronze in Athens in 2004 and then silver in Beijing in 2008 and he will be hoping he can continue this steady improvement and win gold this summer. He struggled with fitness and form problems over the last year but recovered to win his spot in Team GB and take part at what could well be his last Games.

Dates of event: August 3 – August 4

Odds: 11/1

 

Rebecca Adlington

Age: 23

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: 800m freestyle

Rival: Lotte Friis, Denmark

Medal Prospects: Britain’s most successful swimmer will be aiming for gold although may miss out to world record holder Federica Pellegrini.

Despite her young age, Rebecca Adlington already has Olympic, World, European, Commonwealth and British titles to her name and is now looking to add to the two golds she claimed in Beijing. Now fully recovered from the problems she had with nerves that struck in the year or so following her 2008 success, Adlington is tipped by many to at least win gold in the 800m freestyle.

Dates of event: August 2 – August 3

Odds: 6/11

 

Anthony Ogogo

Age: 23

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Boxing Middleweight

Rival: The favourite is Ievgen Khytrov of Ukraine

Medal Chances: In with a good chance of gold.

Anthony Agogo has taken up the mantle of GB’s Beijing gold medal winner James DeGale. He won silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and thanks to some intensive training is now in top form for of the Games. He has been training in the same gym as current IBF world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and this may give him the inspiration and edge he needs to win gold.

Dates of event: July 28 – August 11

Odds: 20/1

 

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

 

Ben Ainslie

Age: 35

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Men’s Finn

Rival: Zach Riley, USA

Medal Prospects: Looking to make it four gold medals.

London 2012 will be Ben Ainslie’s fifth Olympic Games and sees him in the hunt for his fifth medal to add to his three golds and one silver. Ainslie has dominated the sport in recent years and in May won seven out of nine races at the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth. However at the pre-Games regatta in June he showed he could have an off-day when he capsized and finished second.

Dates of event: July 29 – August 5

Odds: ½

 

Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson

Age: Both 36

Main Event: Men’s Star

Rival: Robert Scheidt & Bruno Prada, Brazil

Medal Prospects: Will be aiming for a silver

The duo won gold in 2008 in Beijing but their build-up to 2012 was difficult as Iain Percy was hit with a back problem at the World Championships in 2011. However,

the two have worked hard and returned to the World Cup circuit in April where they vied with their Brazilian rivals for top spot. Their final warm-up competition saw them finish third in Weymouth in June.

Dates of event: July 29 – August 5

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

 

Laura Bechtolsheimer

Age: 27

Place of Birth: Germany

Main Event: Dressage

Rival: There are several individuals who will prove stiff competition for a medal.

Medal Prospects: In what will be a tight competition she has a good chance of getting on the podium.

The dressage event at London 2012 is predicted to be a very close fought affair but Team GB’s Laura Bechtolsheimer has a very good chance of wining a medal. She has an impressive list of achievements to her name having won the British National Championships three times and Britain’s first ever medal at a World Championship event.

Dates of event: August 2 – August 9

Odds: 4/1

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