The GB team have not set a medal goal for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, but they still hope to create more golden memories.
Chef de mission Mark England says the Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible to predict how competitive British athletes will be this summer.
While some will naturally grapple with the issues of the past 18 months, others will undoubtedly rise to the occasion and claim fame.
After a tough performance at the Games, the GB team have been superb in the last three Olympics.
They won 19 gold medals out of a total of 51 medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and they excelled at home in London 2012, winning a record 29 gold out of a total of 65.
The British team went on to win their biggest medal total at the Rio 2016 Games, winning 67 medals, including 27 gold.
All-Time Summer Olympics Medal Table
United States: 1,022 gold medals, 2,523 in total
Soviet Union: 395 gold medals, 1,010 in total
Britain: 263 gold medals, 851 in total
France: 212 gold medals, 716 in total
Germany: 191 gold medals, 615 in total
Italy: 206 gold medals, 577 in total
China: 224 gold medals, 546 in total
Australia: 147 gold medals, 497 in total
Sweden: 145 gold medals, 494 in total
Hungary: 175 gold medals, 491 in total
The last Olympics saw the British team finish behind the United States in the medal table, beating China, Russia and Germany in second.
It was their biggest performance since the 1908 Games where only 22 nations competed.
Tokyo will present many challenges for the British athletes, but they are ready to take a squad of 375 to Japan – nine more than in Rio.
The nation hopes to win as many medals as possible and the GB team will have many names of stars in action.
10 Team GB stars set to shine in Tokyo
Having jumped under 57 seconds and clocking the 20 fastest times in history, Peaty seems virtually certain to defend his title in the 100 breaststroke – more than likely with a new world record on top. Such is the extent of his dominance that his rivals are already resigned to fighting for money.
The Edinburgh shooter heads to Tokyo as the reigning world number one and 50m supine world champion, and a solid medal bet in the women’s 3 × 50 rifle event. McIntosh, who will also compete in the 10m air rifle, also won Britain’s first World Cup gold in 2019.
Dina asher smith
Already the fastest Briton in history, Asher-Smith is used to rising to the occasion and she’ll have to be in the shape of her life in Tokyo to face second-fastest American Gabby Thomas. the fastest in history. in the 200m at the US trials, and veteran Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who did the same in the 100m in Kingston.
McCormack has proven to be a class apart from most of his Olympic rivals during this extended cycle and will start off as a clear favorite for gold in welterweight boxing. His recent victory over Russian Andrey Zamkovoy – who denied him world gold in 2019 – was a clear sign of his intention to go all the way in the Japanese capital.
Jason and Laura Kenny
History is at the rendezvous for the golden couple of cycling in Tokyo. Laura Kenny is one spot behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s five gold medals on the all-time national list, while Jason currently has seven Olympic medals, one short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ career total of eight. with every chance that the two records are at least matched.
After winning two amazing gold medals in Rio, Whitlock focused on his favorite tree for Tokyo. Despite his recent downfall on his return to competition at the European Championships, the 28-year-old will start as the favorite – but could be pushed to the limit by rising Irish star Rhys McClenaghan.
Brown, who turns 13 this month, will become Britain’s youngest summer Olympian when she takes part in the skateboard park competition. But the young prodigy has every chance of winning a medal, having qualified in third place and having also won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Sao Paulo in 2019.
Glover won back-to-back rowing gold medals with Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 before retiring to start a family. Tempted to initiate a comeback, Glover and her new partner Polly Swann rushed to European gold in April, raising the prospect of a remarkable third medal for the 35-year-old in Japan.
Jones was a teenager when she won her first Olympic gold medal in taekwondo in London 2012, and continued her triumph in Rio four years later. Now 28 and also the reigning world champion, Jones is a big favorite to win an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title.