Team GB medal hopefuls in action today: August 6

 

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

 

Tim Brabants

Age: 35

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: K-1 1000m Outright

Rival: Reigning world champion Adam van Koeverden, Canada

Medal Prospects: Bronze

A serious shoulder injury two years ago almost ended Time Brabants career. However, the veteran Olympian is back for his fourth Games and is determined to defend the gold that he won in 2008. His lack of competition over the past couple of years leaves him as an outsider for a medal and a bit of an unknown quantity; but he has shown signs of being back to his best and on his day has the ability and experience to make the podium.

Dates of event: August 6 – August 8

Odds: 14/1

 

Andrew Osagie

Age: 24

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: 800m

Rival: He will have to overcome a very competitive field to make the medals.

Medal Prospect: Outside chance of a bronze

Andrew Osagie has been heralded by some as a possible return to the days of successful men's British middle-distance runners. He may not have huge experience or many major medals but the 24-year-old won a bronze medal in March at the European Indoor Championships and is looking to build on for the Games. He insists on taking everything one step at a time but some people are already tipping him for great things.

Dates of event: August 6 – August 9

Odds: 66/1

 

Hannah England

Age: 25

Place of Birth: England

Main Event:1500m

Rival: Her biggest obstacle will be her fitness.

Medal Prospects: Dame Kelly Holmes believes that if she can recover her fitness she should be able to get on the podium.

Hannah England has been dubbed the next Dame Kelly Holmes after her surprise silver medal at the World Championships last year. However the young runner has had very little preparation time this year after having a spike tear through her Achilles tendon in May. Her performance at the London Grand Prix was her first one back and she lagged in the last 300m, unsurprisingly, since she wasn’t allowed to stand up for more than three minutes at a time over a two week period. If she can keep working and recover her fitness she has the ability to make the medals.

Date of the 1500m: August 6 – August 10

Odds: 25/1

 

Tiffany Porter

Age: 24

Place of Birth: USA

Main Event: 100m Hurdles

Rival: Sally Pearson, Australia, beat her in the World Indoor Championships

Medal Prospects: Aiming for a silver or bronze.

Tiffany Porter won a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships this season and was another good medal hope for Team GB until the recurrence of a back injury at the London Diamond League meet. If she can recover there is no doubt she has the ability to challenge for the medals.

Dates of event: August 6 – August 7

 

Beth Tweddle

Age: 27

Place of Birth: South Africa

Main Event: Women’s Uneven Bars

Rival: Viktoria Komova, Russia, will be the person in between Tweddle and that long awaited gold.

Medal Prospects: Winning gold is not impossible, but an Olympic medal has always escaped her.

Beth Tweddle is the individual credited with  revolutionising British gymnastics and will be retiring after the Games. Her career has seen her win three world titles as well as European and Commonwealth medals. She will captain the Team GB gymnasts and hope to use her experience to get over the disappointment of Beijing - where she finished fourth - and try to secure herself that ever elusive medal.

Date of event: August 6

Odds: 7/1

 

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

 

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

 

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, behind 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

 

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

 

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.

Date of event: July 29 – August 11

Odds: 11/5

 

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

 

Victoria Pendleton

Age: 31

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Individual Sprint

Rival: Anna Meares, Australia

Medal Prospects: Will be vying with main rival Anna Meares for gold.

Victoria Pendleton won gold at the World Championships in April, beating Meares in the semi-final, so she comes into the Games on a high. This will be her last Games and her last track competition so it carries extra weight and importance for her.

Dates of event: August 5 – August 7

Odds: 11/5

 

Perri Shakes-Drayton

Age: 23

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: 400m Hurdles

Rival: Natalya Antyukh, Russia

Medal Prospects: Could snatch gold in a very open field.

Perri Shake-Drayton proved to the world that she has the ability to take gold in the Games when she raced to victory at the London Diamond League Grand Prix. Her

time from that run was not only a personal best, but also put her joint second on the world list for this year – all on a wet and windy English night. If she can prove that it wasn’t a one off, then in a field that lacks stand out runners, she could even be in the hunt for a gold medal.

Dates of event: August 5 – August 8

Odds: 11/2

 

Nicola Adams

Age: 29

Place of Birth: England

Main Event: Boxing Flyweight

Rival: Cancan Ren, China

Medal Prospects: Will probably be yet another showdown between Adams and Ren for gold.

Nicola Adams was the first British woman to win a major title when she triumphed at the European Championships in 2011. She has finished second place in the World Championships three times in a row and this year has been characterised by bouts with current World number one Cancan Ren. Adams and Ren have met twice this year, Adams won the first encounter but Ren triumphed in the second to win the World Championships.

Dates of event: August 5 – August 9

Odds: 7/4

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