Team GB: The world watches on

Who are the stellar names that Team GB will look to for success in Paris 2024, this summer?

The Paris Olympic Games of 2024 begin on July 26th, with a 16-day showcase of Great Britain and Northern Ireland talent that sees over 350 of our heroes dispatched. The immediate goal is to exceed their Tokyo 2020 tally of 64 medals – which included 22 golds – and confidence is high that this can again be a special year for those who dedicate their time and their bodies to competition.

The line-up for the gold medal hopefuls features an impressive array of athletes, each with genuine hope of the ultimate glory. While most eyes tend to look towards Adam Peaty, Tom Dean has made incredible strides in recent years, demonstrating his prowess with double gold in Tokyo 2020 in 200m individual and team freestyle. Duncan Scott also shines in the pool – the 27-year-old Glaswegian’s ability to dominate in various swimming events earned him Tokyo gold in the same 4x200m freestyle team as Dean. As for Peaty, he’s held 14 world records at one time or another, and is looking for a third 100m Olympic gold in a row.

In gymnastics, Max Whitlock has distinguished himself with mastery of the pommel horse, the event in which he’ll be aiming to complete a hat-trick of Olympic golds. The 31-year-old says this will be his last Olympics. On the track, Zharnel Hughes will be looking to fulfil his promise in both the 100m and 200m. Hughes is European champion, holds the British record at both distances, and is a real contender. Dina Asher-Smith, meanwhile, the British sprint sensation and 2019 world champion in the 200m, will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2023 World Championships in Budapest.

In the water, canoeist Joe Clarke has re-joined the Great Britain team for Paris 2024. The 31-year-old made history in Rio as Britain’s first individual K1 gold medallist, while Tokyo 2020 sailing medallists John Gimson, Anna Burnet and Emma Wilson will be back for more, alongside Saskia Tidey in her third Olympics. Beth Potter and Alex Yee are amongst the British triathletes chosen. Potter is a world champion and former Olympian, and Yee a Tokyo silver medallist and mixed relay gold winner. Elsewhere, Bethany Shriever clinched Olympic BMX gold three years ago and has since become a two-time champion, defending mountain bike master Tom Pidcock is anticipated to win again, while Josh Tarling is considered the best medal contender in the men’s road time trial. In track cycling, Britain has consistently dominated at the Olympics – look out for Katie Archibald and 21-year-old Emma Finucane.

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