Great Britain’s best medal hopes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is still set to get underway at the end of July, despite the ongoing crisis around the world. Team GB enjoyed their best ever result since 1908 in the Rio 2016 games, with a total of 67 medals won in a variety of sports. Expectations will be high once again in Tokyo, with Great Britain on course to send its biggest team to an overseas Olympics. So, with just over four months to go, we’ve decided to take a look at Team GB’s best medal hopes for the upcoming games.
Adam Peaty became the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal since Adrian Moorhouse did in 1988. Peaty looks set to be the favourite in the 100m breaststroke this year.
Max Whitlock has been tipped to win Pommel horse gold in Tokyo. The 27-year-old appears to be in his prime and will be looking to retain his title.
Dina Asher-Smith finished fifth in the 200m back in 2016. However, the 24-year-old has improved massively and won 200m gold at last year’s World Championships.
Laura Muir is another track hopeful for Team GB. The Scot looks set to take part in the 1500m and could land a first global title on the biggest stage.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson has taken over from Jessica Ennis-Hill for Team GB’s hope of securing heptathlon gold. The 27-year-old finished sixth in Rio but has since captured World Championship gold last year.
Laura Kenny already has four Olympic gold medals to her name and looks set to be a part of the Team GB squad for Tokyo in 2020.
Six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny, husband to Laura, returned to the track recently and can become Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian if he claims glory in Tokyo.
Another exciting swimmer alongside Adam Peaty will be Ben Proud. The 25-year-old will be looking to capture gold in the 50m butterfly.
Tom Daley will also be looking to bring home a medal in the pool. The 26-year-old has won a medal in the two previous Olympics and looks set to take part in the 10m platform event.
Alistair Brownlee could defend his Olympic triathlon title this year, so he could well be another who has a real chance of collecting another medal for Team GB.
Brother Jonathan will also be looking to make the top three in the triathlon. He won his first triathlon series event for two years in Canada last year.
Men's 4x100m relay
The men’s 4x100m team could be another to keep a close eye on after their impressive performances in recent years.
Bianca Walkden won taekwondo bronze in the +67kg category four years ago and has been tipped by many to go all the way in Tokyo.
Matthew Coward-Holley has secured his place at this year’s games, with many expecting the 25-year-old to claim gold in Trap shooting.
Britain have won eight boxing medals in the past two Olympics, and Cheavon Clarke appears to be one of their best hopes in Tokyo. The heavyweight needs to qualify first, but if he does, he could be hard to beat.
Another potential boxing star for Team GB this summer is Pat McCormack. The light-welterweight has already won Commonwealth and European Games titles, so an Olympic medal appears to be the next aim for McCormack.
Ed Clancy already has three Olympic gold medals to his name on the track, and he looks set to be a key member of the four-man pursuit squad in what could be his last ever Games.
Duncan Scott helped Great Britain to 4x100m relay gold at last year’s World Championships and also picked up bronze in the 200m freestyle. He looks to be another medal hopeful in the pool for Team GB.
Charlotte Worthington is targeting gold for Team GB in BMX Freestyle. She became the sport’s first female European champion last year and also won bronze at the World Championships.
Tom Bosworth has already booked his place at Tokyo in the 20km race walk event. He appears to be in the prime of his career, so a place on the podium looks to be in his reach.