Team GB medal hopefuls in action today: August 4

 

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

 

Jason Kenny

Age: 24

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Men’s Sprint

Rival: Gregory Bauge, France

Medal Prospects: Will be competing with his French rival Bauge and team-mate Hoy for gold.

Jason Kenny was part of the Men’s Sprint team that won gold in the 2008 Games and also won a silver medal in the Individual sprint, losing out to Chris Hoy. Since then he has won gold in the World Sprint Championship in 2011 – after his opponent Gregory Bauge was disqualified for infringing anti-doping laws – and taken silver in the same event in 2012, nehind Bauge.

Dates of event: August 4 – August 6

Odds: 8/1

 

Holly Bleasdale

Age: 20

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Pole Vault

Rival: Elena Isinbayeva of Russia is the greatest women’s pole vaulter of all time and Bleasdale’s idol, but she will also be competing in London.

Medal Prospect: Bronze at best

Holly Bleasdale has only been competing in the pole vault for the last four years. Her meteoric rise has been quite remarkable and she has the world’s third highest indoor jump of the year to her name. Although still a fair way off the 4.90m that she says will be necessary to win a medal, she firmly believes that she is improving so rapidly all the time that a medal is a definite possibility.

Dates of event: August 4 – August 6

 

Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed, Andrew Triggs-Hodge

Ages: 28, 28, 30 and 33

Main Event: Men’s Four

Rivals: Australia beat Team GB in June

Medal Prospects: Will be a hard fought battle for gold between GB and Australia

The team won gold in 2008 in a close race for the finish against Australia and France. This time round, with Alex Gregory rowing instead of Steve Williams, they will be looking to recreate that success. The Australian team are in great form so it promises to be a real battle.

Dates of event: July 30 – August 4

Odds: 8/13

 

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins

Age: 36 and 29

Main Event: Women’s Double Scull

Rivals: The closest team to them are the Australians

Medal Prospects: Firm favourites for gold.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins should be Britain’s most certain gold at London 2012 and a victory in London would be the icing on the cake for Grainger who has won three Olympic silver medals in her career. The duo have been a fearsome undefeated partnership since they joined up in 2010, winning all three World Cup events this summer in the build-up to the Games.

Dates of event: July 30 - August 4

Odds: 4/11

 

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

 

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

 

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 events: August 3 - August 4

Odds: 11/1

 

Mo Farah

Age: 29

Place of Birth: Somalia

Main Event: 10,000m

Rival: Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia – reigning 10,000m Olympic champion – will also run in the 5000m

Medal Prospects: Will be aiming for gold in both disciplines.

Mo Farah did not truly make his name on the international stage until 2010 when he won gold at the European Championships in both his distances, making him only the fifth man to accomplish the feat. His relocation to the USA to train has reaped rewards as he won silver in the 10,000m and gold in the 5000m in the World Championships in South Korea in 2011.

Date of 10000m: August 4

Odds: 7/4

 

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

 

Women’s Hockey

Rival: The Netherlands are favourites and are also in Team GB’s group.

Medal Prospects: The team should be in the hunt for bronze.

Team GB’s women are ranked 4th in the world coming into the Olympics. An encouraging performance saw them finish runners-up in the Women’s Championship Trophy at the start of the year but their most recent competition, the London Cup, saw them finish in fifth. However, four of the side’s key players were unavailable for the competition so the team will almost certainly put on better displays in the Games.

Dates of event: July 29 – August 10

Odds: 11/2

 

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 became Britain’s first Olympic women's windsurfing medallist when she took home bronze from the 2008 Games. Since Beijing 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.

Date s 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 number 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

 

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

 

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

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