After a year of delay, the Tokyo Olympics are finally here and it’s time for fans to see the posters of their Team GB heroes.
Britain is expected to be one of the top five countries in Tokyo this summer, but the famous faces competing in the Olympics this summer have changed dramatically.
The likes of Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nicola Adams are no longer competing, paving the way for a new roster of British sports stars to lead the way in the Japanese capital this summer.
With many new faces expected to set our TV screens on fire this summer, London 2012 Long Jump Champion GREG RUTHERFORD, who will be working as Team GB expert for Discovery and Eurosport in Tokyo this summer, has told Sports post all about four faces to look forward to…
After an extra year of waiting, the Tokyo Olympics are finally here for Team GB’s biggest medal hopes
Greg Rutherford has said: Sports post of his four Team GB stars to look forward to in Tokyo this year
Sports: Athletics (sprinting)
Place of Birth: Orpington, Greater London
RUTHERFORD: Dina has the chance to win three medals in Tokyo this summer: the 100m, the 200m and the relay.
What I love about Dina’s story is – even though it makes me feel old – her involvement in London 2012 was like a kid carrying boxes for the athletes, and now she has the weight of a nation on her shoulders in the spotlight herself. .
Jessica Ennis was in the same position when she entered London and arguably there is more pressure as it was London.
Dina Asher Smith enters the Games as Team GB’s biggest medal hope in athletics
But athletics is a sport where I think Team GB will get very few gold medals, if I’m very honest, but Dina is definitely our biggest hope for it. That’s going to be incredibly special to watch and what I love about Dina is that her ability to handle pressure is remarkable.
Remember that Dina is very experienced in success for little to no crowds at the 2019 World Championships in Doha when she won the 200m gold and 100m silver, but all athletes have had to deal with that in the last 18 months anyway.
She withdrew from the last Diamond League game at Gateshead and that’s absolutely fine, I did the same at Crystal Palace for London 2012 because I had a hamstring problem. I managed to win the long jump that summer and so did she in her races.
The 25-year-old (right) won gold two years ago at the 200m World Championships in Doha
Place of Birth: Miyazaki, Japan
RUTHERFORD: Sky Brown is someone who is extremely remarkable. She will be 13 during the Games. She will become the youngest ever Team GB athlete and the second youngest of all time in any country.
Skateboarder Sky Brown becomes Team GB’s youngest ever Olympian at age 13
Sky will be playing a sport that is new to the Games and it is also incredibly exciting. I played Tony Hawk on the Playstation and loved it as a kid, I just love a bit of skateboarding!
What she can do is really bring in a new audience in the extreme sports field. We’ve seen with the X Games and how massive they are, the Olympics are now also attracting people from mountain biking and BMX.
But skateboarding is something that people all over the world love to watch, especially some of the tricks they do. The fact that we have a 13-year-old representing us in this category is amazing.
Can you imagine what this must feel like for a young child thinking about making the Olympics? Seeing a young person do it suddenly makes it more believable – there’s a chance they can achieve something, even at a young age.
The young teen competes in a sport that will make its debut at the Olympics
Place of Birth: Runcorn, Cheshire
RUTHERFORD: This is a great story, again from the perspective of a new sport being added.
The Olympics will be Coxsey’s last climb ever. She’s a big name in the climbing world, so this is a huge deal. She is not very well known to the rest of the Olympic and sporting world, but again she will attract a new audience.
Shauna Coxsey ends her climbing career with first appearance at the Olympics
She will show what a stupidly exciting sport, especially considering the speed they actually climb. It’s just incredible. Sport climbing is great to watch.
You have someone who is a fantastic athlete in her climbing world and this is the last time she will ever do it while also representing her country at the Olympics for the first time.
I spoke to Shauna a few weeks ago and she had a few injuries and she wasn’t where she wanted to be – but when you know it’s your last chance the adrenaline becomes one hell of a drug in her body. The amount it does in the Olympics is astonishing.
Climbing requires very quick thinking and agility, but Coxsey is one of the best in the business
Place of Birth: Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
RUTHERFORD: I’ll be covering the swim for Discovery and Eurosport and while Adam Peaty is a huge name, he has the chance to really blow the world up this summer – as we all expect him to do.
He has the 20 fastest times in 100m breaststroke history, isn’t it ridiculous?
Adam Peaty is looking for another gold swimming medal after his successes in Rio 2016
Peaty, 26, already has the 20 fastest times in 100m breaststroke history
He is so incredibly talented, I don’t think he gets the credit he should for being such a remarkable athlete.
The great thing about this story is that he just had a child. I also lived all those emotions as an athlete.
I remember when Milo was born and I went to the 2015 World Championships and I felt winning became easier – because I had a different reason to do it. So I’m sure we’ll see that with him.
Greg Rutherford spoke to SAM BLITZ of Sportsmail.
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