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Tokyo Olympic Games 2021: 10 Team GB athletes to follow this summer from Dina Asher-Smith to Tom Daley

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20 July 2021
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t has been five years of waiting but the Tokyo Olympics are almost here.

But which British athletes should you be keeping an eye on, and when will they be competing?

We have selected 10 of the best to keep you excited through the sporting marathon ahead.

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Athletics - Dina Asher-Smith, Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith took on the world’s best and won when she stormed to 200m gold at 2019’s World Championships in Qatar. With a silver in the 100m too, she is a major medal hope even though women’s sprinting is exceptionally stacked with talent this year.

Her best 100m time this year of 10.91secs is the joint ninth in the world, while her 200m best of 22.06 puts her on the same ranking. But will she go above and beyond when it matters?

Katarina Johnson-Thompson also won gold in 2019 but, not for the first time, has injury doubts before her punishing heptathlon.

Can she join greats Denise Lewis and Jessica Ennis-Hill by winning gold in the multi-sport event?

When are the medals won?

Women’s 100m final - Saturday, 31 July 1.50pm

Women’s 200m final - Tuesday, 3 August 1.50pm

Women’s heptathlon 800m (final event) - Thursday, 5 August 1.30pm

Climbing - Shauna Coxsey

We have never seen climbing in the Olympics before, so why not check out GB’s sole competitor Shauna Coxsey?

The 27-year-old is a two-time overall World Cup winner in her favoured bouldering discipline, and has won five British titles.

When are the medals won?

Women’s combined final - Friday, 6 August 1.10pm

Cycling - Laura and Jason Kenny

You’d do well to find a more successful household in the UK than Laura and Jason Kenny. Proud winners of an incredible 10 Olympic golds between them, the pair will be out in force once more at the Tokyo velodrome.

Can they make (even more) history?

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When are the medals won?

Women’s team pursuit final - Tuesday, 3 August 9.26am

Men’s team sprint final - Tuesday, 3 August 9.44am

Men’s sprint final - Friday, 6 August 10.50am

Men’s Keirin final - Sunday, 8 August 4am

Women’s Omnium final - Sunday 8 August 4.25am

Diving - Tom Daley

His fourth Olympic Games and he’s still only 27 - Tom Daley has grown up under the glare of the world’s cameras and he goes again in Tokyo.

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With two bronze medals to his name from London and Rio, can he go a step or two higher?

When are the medals won?

Men’s 10m synchro final - Monday, 26 July 7am

Men’s 10m platform final - Saturday, 7 August 7am

Gymnastics - Max Whitlock

Britain’s best-ever gymnast goes again as he looks to add to the two historic golds he won in Rio.

“Sport is something that is so powerful when it comes to bringing people together, creating conversations and bringing out people’s passions,” he said.

“I’m hoping this will be an event to do just that at a time when I believe we have never wanted it more.”

When are the medals won?

Men’s team final - Monday, 26 July 11am

Men’s all-around final - Wednesday, 28 July 11.15am

Men’s floor final - Sunday, 1 August 9am

Men’s pommel horse final - Sunday, 1 August 10.44am

Rowing - Helen Glover

Two-time gold medallist Helen Glover is set to become the first British rower to compete at the Games after having children.

She won in the coxless pairs alongside Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 and this time the 34-year-old will compete with 2016 silver medallist Polly Swann.

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When are the medals won?

Women’s pairs final - Thursday, 29 July 1.30am

Skateboarding - Sky Brown

Team GB’s youngest ever Olympian, skateboarder Sky has only just turned 13.

Like climbing, it’s a new sport for Tokyo so well worth a watch. Can she win an incredible medal?

When are the medals won?

Women’s park final - Wednesday, 4 August 4.30am

Swimming - Adam Peaty

Arguably Team GB’s most dominant figure going into the Games, Peaty is the breaststroke world record holder over 50m and 100m.

He won world titles in both in 2019 and took Olympic gold over 100m in Rio.

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When are the medals won?

Men’s 100m breaststroke final - Monday, 26 July 3.12am

Mixed 4x100m medley relay final - Saturday, 31 July 3.43am

Men’s 4x100m medley relay final - Sunday, 1 August 3.36am