The best of the hosts

The best of the hosts

Cyclist Chris Hoy,winner of three gold medals at the Beijing Games,remains the biggest home-grown star heading into London. But there are others from Team GBR who have been tipped as favourites in their respective events. Here is a look at some of the many top athletes from the 542-strong contingent

Ben Ainslie,

Age: 35

Event: Finn class sailing

Ben Ainslie is one of Britain’s brightest medal hopes. The sailor,who already has three Olympic gold medals to his name will be going all out to capture a fourth,which by his own admission will be the ‘sweetest’. Ainslie also has an Olympic silver medal won in his first games in 1996. Ainslie who will compete in a Finn class boat has the added motivation of being crowned as the most successful sailor in the history if he wins a medal at Weymouth.

Mo Farah

Age: 29

Event: 10,000m/5,000m

The Somalia-born British athlete is key to host’s hopes in long distance running. Farah holds a clutch of records ranging from the European track record in the 10,000m to the European indoor record for 5000m. In 2010 Farah captured Britain’s first European gold in the 10,000m and was also successful in capturing the gold in the 5000m,completing a unique double. The runner will be looking to better his Olympic record after failing to make the 5000 m final in Beijing.

Jessica Ennis

Age: 26

Event: Heptathlon

Jessica Ennis is hoping to challenge for a medal in her maiden Games. Ennis missed the 2008 Games after suffering stress fractures in her foot. Ennis has hit a rich vein of form since then. She won the gold in the 2010 World Championship and followed it up with a silver in 2011. In 2010 World Indoor Championships she captured gold in the pentathlon and finished her preparation with a silver at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

Phillips Idowu

Age: 33

Event: Triple jump


Idowu who is of Nigerian descent has been a consistent performer for Britain over the past decade. Idowu made his first Olympic appearance in 2000 and since then has gone from strength to strength. He won the gold in the 2009 World Championships held in Berlin,a silver in the 2011 World Championship. Idowu also clinched the gold at the 2010 European Championships. He won a silver at the Bejing Olympics.

Rebecca Adlington

Age: 23

Event: 400,800 freestyle

Adlington was instrumental in ending Britain’s 20 year drought in Olympic swimming by clinching two gold medals in Bejing. She also clinched the gold in the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai and has four Commonwealth Games medals. Adlington will be looking to increase her medal haul at the London Games. Adlington knows that she is a marked woman but has stressed that she can handle the pressure of the Olympics.

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