Team GB’s Biggest Medal Hopes7th Aug 2016 |
If Great Britain is to achieve the aim of 48 medals in Rio 2016, a lot of hope has to be put on the greatest athletes in their respective sports. Things have to go very well for the less known hopes as well, of course, but it’s absolutely crucial that the athletes in this list performs their very best.
Somalian born Mo Farah caught the attention of the entire world during the last Olympics in London, where he gave Great Britain their first ever Olympic Gold at 10,000 meters and another gold at 5,000 meters. After this success he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire the year after. Among a number of very well-known athletes, Mo Farah is probably the most internationally famous British participant in the Olympics this time. The fact that he won gold medals at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters in the world championship in Beijing last year tells us that there is a good chance that he will make Britain proud once again.
The 21-year-old swimmer from Uttoxeter in England has shown great form ahead of the Olympics. He is currently world record holder and world champion in breaststroke at both the 50m and 100m distance. This means that he’s a big favourite to take gold in these events. If he does, this will be the first British gold medal in swimming since Seoul in 1988.
The last time a British boxer won an Olympic gold medal was in 1924. In Rio, Nicola Adams might change this. She recently won the world title, and she will compete at flyweight in Rio. In London 2012, she became the first woman to receive an Olympic boxing title. Nicola Adams is 33 years old and born in Leeds.