Let the games begin! Team GB Olympians we’ll be watching
As the Tokyo Olympics get started, we pick five women in the race for gold for Great Britain. Keep an eye out for these olympians!
After winning 67 medals at the last Olympics in Rio (doesn’t that feel a long time ago?) Team GB are back to improve on their impressive haul. Having been delayed a year thanks to the pandemic, and with no audiences allowed due to Japan’s state of emergency, the Tokyo Olympics might be a very different experience for our athletes. And yet the games will go on – starting on 23 July, and we couldn’t be more excited! Who will stand proud on the podium and become household names by the end of these two glorious weeks of sport? We check out the women going for gold.
Perhaps the face of the entire Team GB – our golden girl who takes the baton from Jessica Ennis-Hill – Dina Asher-Smith has the country’s weight on her exceptionally toned shoulders. The fastest British woman in history, she became a three-time gold medallist in the 2018 European Championships but this will be her first Olympics. How will she do? Don’t miss her events; she’ll be racing in 100m and 200m. Britain is behind you, Dina!
We reported recently about Alice’s efforts to encourage more black people into the pool through her work with the Black Swimming Association, and since then she’s become the first black woman to represent Great Britain at an Olympic swimming event. Alice competes in what is the marathon distance for the sport: the 10K open water swim, a gruelling two-hour race in the city’s beautiful Odaiba Marina.
Reigning European champion, having scooped three gold medals at the event, Emily represents GB in the +87kg category. Her rise to the top of the sport has been supersonic; in just five years she went from novice to competing on the world’s biggest stage. It may be why Emily’s so humble and quick to talk about her hometown of Nottingham and what she hopes to achieve. “For me, inspiring the next generation is exactly why I'm in this game” she said recently.
Move over Euro 2020, it’s time for the women to take to the pitch. We’ll be eagerly tuning into Team GB’s on-field efforts – especially to cheer on Nikita Parris, our quick-footed forward hoping to hit the back of the net. With a mighty 50 Lioness caps (England Women’s Football Team appearances) under her belt, she’s an experienced member of the group. Perhaps they can help the country recover from the recent heartbreak of the Euro finals? Let’s hope so.
Having run her first cross country race at the tender age of 12, Revée now competes across many middle distances but at Tokyo she’ll feature in the 1500m distance in the track and field arena. We’ve got a wealth of talent on the start line in athletics and the late addition of Revée – who qualified only this month – will amp up the excitement on race day. On your marks!