Author: Anton Johan
While every single member of Great Britain's 2012 Olympic contingent has no
doubt earned his or her place on the squad, there are a realistically only a
handful of athletes that Great Britain is pinning its hopes and dreams on, and
we have put together a short description of our Top 10 best British Olympians:
Jessica Ennis, a picturesque all-round athlete and poster-girl for the
2012 London Olympics, kicks off this illustrious list. She overcame a
career-threatening injury to become the powerhouse she is today.
Mark Cavendish, Britain's most successful road cyclist, won the final
stage of the recent 2012 Tour de France and is still riding high as a result. He
is no doubt in line for an Olympic medal, hopefully gold.
Pendleton is the Most Successful British Cyclist
Victoria Pendleton, a seasoned Olympic sprint track cycling champion, is
officially the most successful British cyclist in history, with eight world
titles to her name. Expect her to clean up in this year's Olympics.
Ben Ainslie, a formidable sailor, will attempt to win his fourth gold
medal in this year's games, and by all accounts, he is in tremendous form and
more than ready to make his country proud in the coming weeks.
Mo Farah, a talented long distance runner, who not only snatched the
World 5000m title last year, but has accrued an impressive seven British
records, hopefully eight, if London 2012 proves conducive enough.
Adlington Smashed a Two-Decade Old Record
Rebecca Adlington, a freestyle swimmer, is no stranger to Olympic glory
after winning not one but two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in the
process smashing an almost two-decade old record.
Phillips Idowu, a long-limbed triple jumper, could well springboard
himself to Olympic gold and glory this year if his form holds up. He is
currently the world, European and Commonwealth champion in his discipline.
Shanaze Reade, a BMX wunderkind, has a lot to prove in London after she
crashed out in Beijing four years ago. But back in form with three BMX World
Championships under her belt, she is a real contender.
Radcliffe Won the 2008 New York Marathon
Paula Radcliffe, a top marathon runner, recently returned to the sport
after giving birth, and by all accounts is back and ready to deliver the same
winning form that secured her victory in the New York Marathon in 2008.
Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy, a pair of sailing powerhouses, returned home
from Beijing with a gold medal each, and as the current world and European
champions, seem very well-primed to win gold again.
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Posted by Anton Johan at 13:45 on 26 July 2012