Team GB's top 50 medal hopefuls revealed from banker Adam Peaty to Daniel Dubois' boxing sister Caroline

TOKYO 2020 is finally here with Team GB looking to break their medal record for a third straight Games.

Our home heroes won 65 medals at London 2012 and 67 at Rio 2016.

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But who are the British stars most likely to leave Japan with a medal or two around their neck?

SunSport take a look at Team GB's top 50 contenders…

1. ADAM PEATY

This is the Team GB banker. Nobody can touch the swimmer, 26, over 100 metres breaststroke.

It is just a question of whether or not he smashes his world record.

2. DINA ASHER-SMITH

The 25-year-old Londoner became Britain’s first female global sprint champion when she won the 200m world title in Doha in October 2019.

She is expected to medal in three events — the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

3. JADE JONES

The Welsh taekwondo fighter is the dominant force in the 57kg class and the reigning Olympic, world and European champion.

The Headhunter, 28, competes on the first Sunday — and could win Britain’s first gold.

4. LAURA KENNY

Four years after giving birth to son Albie, Kenny, 29, rides in three events in seven days (team pursuit, madison and omnium).

Few would bet against Mrs Kenny.

5. JASON KENNY

One more medal would make Mr Kenny GB’s most decorated Olympian in 125 years.

The Bolton rider, 33, has six golds — a record tied with Sir Chris Hoy — and seven medals in total, which is one behind Sir Bradley Wiggins’ tally.

6. MAX WHITLOCK

The Essex gymnast, 28, has changed his routines and will target a defence of the pommel horse and then the parallel bars and high bars.

7. HELEN GLOVER & POLLY SWANN

After giving birth to three children, including twins, Glover felt the urge to return to rowing.

And as their European glory showed, she has not lost any power or class in the women’s pair.

8. MEN’S & WOMEN’S 4x100M RELAY SQUADS

The sprint relays have boosted — if not saved — the athletics medal standings in recent years and the days of dropping batons have, thankfully, disappeared.

9. PAT McCORMACK

The Sunderland welterweight star, 26, is considered by many inside British boxing to be one of the best chances of a gold medal.

10. MEN’S 4x100M MEDLEY RELAY

The swimmers were second behind the US in Rio and, with Peaty in their ranks, they should get on the podium.

11. LAUREN PRICE

The other British boxer highly tipped to become Olympic champion — she is No 1 in the world for the women’s middleweight.

12. CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN

Her horse, Valegro, was retired after Rio so Dujardin, 36, will pin all her hopes on new horse Gio in the individual and team dressage.

She already has three Olympic gold medals to her name

13. TOM DALEY

These are his fourth Olympics and he is still only 27.

Ten-metre diver Daley, though, is still searching for that elusive gold following bronzes in London and Rio.

14. ANDY MURRAY & JOE SALISBURY

The Scot might not go far in the singles — even though he is the defending champion.

But he is a brilliant doubles star and Salisbury has excellent Grand Slam pedigree.


15. MALLORY FRANKLIN

One of SunSport’s stars to watch following her previous world championship and World Cup results in the women’s canoe singles.

16. SEONAID McINTOSH

The Scot, 25, could win Britain’s first medal of the Games on day one in the 10m air rifle but her better chances are in the 50m rifle three positions.

17. BIANCA WALKDEN

British taekwondo have sent a strong side to Tokyo and the Liverpool athlete, 29, is determined to make amends for her bronze last time in the women’s 67kg.

18. WOMEN’S TEAM PURSUIT

The squad, led by Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald, have won gold in 2012 and 2016.

It might not happen this time and the question is whether they can get the better of the USA, the reigning world champions.

19. PAUL CASEY

Justin Rose won gold in Rio five years ago — so why not another Englishman this time?

Casey, 43, has an excellent Majors pedigree.

20. DUNCAN SCOTT

The 23-year-old Scot is the quickest 200m freestyle swimmer in the world this year and should benefit that China’s Olympic champion Sun Yang is suspended on drug charges.

21. LIZZIE DEIGNAN

Having postponed retirement plans to compete in Tokyo, these will be the road cyclist’s last Games and the 2012 silver medallist plans to go out on a high.

22. JAMES GUY

The swimmer, 25, has three chances to win a medal but American superstar Caeleb Dressel will be formidable in the 100m butterfly.

23. DAN GOODFELLOW & JACK LAUGHER

The pair took the 3m synchro title at the Tokyo test event in May and Laugher won gold in Rio alongside diver and DJ/producer Chris Mears.

24. WOMEN’S TRIATHLON

Jessica Learmonth, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Vicky Holland will all be medal contenders.

Also watch out for them in the new mixed relay event.

25. HANNAH MILLS & EILIDH McINTYRE

Defending champ Mills, 33, and McIntryre won silver in sailing’s 470 Europeans in March and did the same at the Tokyo test event 11 months ago.

26. SKY BROWN

The 13-year-old skateboarder will become Britain’s youngest summer Olympian when she competes on August 4.

She was third at the 2019 World Championships in Brazil.

27. FRAZER CLARKE

Britain have had two super-heavyweight Olympic boxing champions this century — Audley Harrison and Anthony Joshua.

And Clarke, 29, hopes to continue that legacy before turning professional.

28. MEN’S FOUR

Britain have won this event at every Olympiad since 2000.

But, while a gold medal might be difficult this time, the least they should get is a podium place.

29. MEN’S EIGHT

Like the men’s Four, the bigger boat have the pressure of being Olympic champions with a completely different line-up.

This boat was third at the 2019 worlds behind Germany and Holland.

30. LAURA MUIR

The Scot, 28, finished outside of the 1500m medals at the last three World Championships but now she is not doubling up in the 800m, she will be a contender.

31. ALEX YEE

His form this year, notably at World Series events in Leeds and Yokohama, meant triathlon selectors chose Yee, 23, ahead of the reigning champion Alistair Brownlee.

Competes alongside Jonny Brownlee on Monday morning.

32. JOE CHOONG

Improved significantly since his tenth-place finish in the modern pentathlon in Rio, notably silver and bronze medals respectively at world level.

33. KATHLEEN DAWSON

The women’s 100m backstroke will be decided in just 57-58 seconds but Dawson showed with her European record in May she should be among the medals.

34. MIXED 4x100M MEDLEY RELAY

Dawson, Freya Anderson, Guy and Peaty make up a strong quartet for this special medley relay event — the first time there has been an Olympics mixed-gender swimming event.

35. OLIVER TOWNEND

The 38-year-old from Huddersfield and horse Ballaghmor Class will be a serious force in both the individual and team elements of three-day eventing.

36. SHAUNA COXSEY

Nicknamed Spiderwoman, Coxsey has the head for heights and was third in the worlds in Japan two years ago in combined sport climbing.

37. MATTHEW WALLS

Gained enormous confidence after winning bronze in the men’s omnium at the 2020 Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin.

38 GILES SCOTT

The defending Finn champ, 33, spent time in New Zealand over the winter during Ben Ainslie’s disappointing America’s Cup campaign but remains an excellent skipper in his own right.

39. HOLLY BRADSHAW

The 29-year-old Preston pole vaulter set a national record of 4.90m at the Manchester trials and is always there or thereabouts at the major champs, finishing fourth at the 2019 worlds.

40. KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON

The world heptathlon champ has shown a big-event temperament but gold might be out of reach.

To beat Belgian Nafi Thiam she must be 100 per cent and an ankle injury has held her back.

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41. LIAM HEATH

The men’s K-1 200m is over inside 35 seconds — there is no margin for error.

But the ex-cocktail bar worker has the explosive power to defend his crown.

42. WOMEN’S HOCKEY

They are in a difficult group and last October were thumped 3-0 by Holland — the side they beat in Rio 2016 on penalties for gold.

But it would be wrong to discount Mark Hager’s outfit.

43. ELLIOT GILES

Won a competitive 800m GB trials in Manchester and has grown in confidence throughout the year.

Part of an exciting crop of British middle-distance runners.

44. CINDY SEMBER

The American-born 100m hurdler, 26, won European gold in the 60m hurdles ahead of sister Tiffany Porter and has run consistently well this year.

45. EMILY CRAIG & IMOGEN GRANT

The pair won bronze in the lightweight doubles sculls at the World Championships in 2019 and will be in action on Saturday.

46. MATTHEW COWARD-HOLLEY

Was the world champion trap shooter two years ago and has worked hard throughout lockdown.

Will partner with Northern Ireland’s shooter Kirsty Hegarty in the mixed-trap team.

47. JAMES WOODGATE

Only 19 but can already shoot a wicked arrow.

His fellow archery team-mates and support staff have high hopes for him at these Games and in the future.

48. WOMEN’S RUGBY SEVENS

They came fourth in Rio but have the potential to do better this time.

49. FREYA ANDERSON

Outside chance of a bronze in the 100m or 200m freestyle but the Birkenhead girl, 20, is improving all the time.

50. CAROLINE DUBOIS

Younger sister to heavyweight boxer Daniel, the 20-year-old lightweight star has won 35 of her 37 amateur fights.

She bagged Youth Olympics gold three years ago in Argentina.

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