The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are underway in Japan and Team GB have designs on clinching as many medals as they did at the last Olympic Games five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Games of the 32nd Olympiad will be held in empty arenas across Tokyo due to the coronavirus pandemic but that is not expected to dampen the excitement as thousands of athletes compete across in many disciplines across 35 different sports until August 8.
The 2016 Rio Olympics saw Great Britain rack up 27 golds and 67 medals overall, finishing behind only the United States, who amassed 46 goals as part of 121 total medals.
With 263 goals since the first summer Games in 1896, Great Britain have won only less than Germany (428), Russia (590) and the USA (1022).
After coming second in the medals table in Rio, Team GB are hoping to perform just as strongly across the board this summer.
Among their best hopes of gold is Adam Peaty, the 100m breaststroke winner five years ago who set a world record time in the World Championships back in 2019.
London-born 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith is another strong contender for a gold and has also entered the 100m and 4x100m relay.
In track cycling, Laura Kenny can become Team GB’s most successful female Olympian ever if she clinches two medals to add to her current four-medal haul.
Kenny competes in the omnium, team pursuit and madison having clinched gold in the first two events at the London 2012 Olympics and also Min Rio in 2016.
Max Whitlock is already a two-time gold medallist and will hope to add his third title on the pommel horse.
Team GB will be looking to prove data company Gracenote wrong after they tipped Great Britain to finish fifth in the final Tokyo medal table with 14 goals and 52 medals overall.
They back the US to clinch 40 golds and 96 medals overall, with the Russian Olympic Committee, China and Japan all tipped to finish above Britain.
UK Sport, who fund British Olympic sport, have set a target of between 45 to 70 medals for their athletes.
Gracenote said: “The reduction in medals for Britain is partially due to lower expectations in cycling, gymnastics and rowing amongst other competitions.
“In 2016, those three sports accounted for nearly one third of British medals (22). In 2021 however, these sports could produce as few as five podium places.”
Every Team GB Tokyo Olympics medal won so far
Sunday 25 July: Chelsie Giles – bronze – women’s judo -58kg
Sunday 25 July: Bradly Sinden – silver – men’s taekwondo -68kg
Monday 26 July: Alex Yee – silver – men’s triathlon
Monday 26 July: Adam Peatey – gold – 100m breaststroke
Monday 26 July: Tom Daley and Matt Lee – gold – men’s synchronized 10m platform diving
Monday 26 July: Tom Pidcock – gold – men’s mountain bike cross country
Express Sport provides a full breakdown of all the medals won in Tokyo so far below.
Published at Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:05:00 +0000