Team GB is aiming for a record medal haul. If the new kit is anything to go by, Britain’s best mean business. We look at some serious medal chasers ahead of the Rio Olympics and Paralympics
The Brownlee Brothers
Hometown: Bramhope, West Yorkshire
2012: Gold & Bronze
The first British brothers to both win medals in an individual discipline in more than 100 years when they won gold and bronze in 2012. Alistair and Jonathan know what it takes to reach the top.
Hometown: Harlow, Essex
2012: Gold x2 (Omnium and Team Pursuit)
At 24, Trott is already the most successful rider in the history of the European Track Championships with ten titles, and will hope to repeat 2012’s showing, when she won both the Omnium and Team Pursuit.
Hometown: Plymouth, Devon
2012: Bronze (10m Platform)
Bronze in London was marred by an incident when a flashing camera put him off mid-dive. With his confidence back, a medal is on the cards.
Hometown: Guildford, Surrey
Discipline: 100m, 200m sprint
2012: Bronze (Women’s 4x100m Relay T35-T38)
Made the final at the last Paralympics, and is in great form after winning gold in the 100m at the recent IPC European Championships.
Hometown: Walsall, West Midlands
2012: Gold x2 (400m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley S6)
Won two golds at the age of 13 at the 2008 Beijing Games, and repeated the feat four years later in London. World record breaker over 200 and 400 metres – hard to beat.
Hometown: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
2012: Bronze x2 (Team, Pommel Horse)
Big things expected of the pommel-horse specialist and favourite to win team GB’s first Olympic gymnastics gold.
Hometown: Otley, West Yorkshire
2012: Silver (Road Race)
Won silver in the road race in 2012, and is the reigning World, Commonwealth and National road race champion. Ready to take a step up the podium.
Hometown: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
The poster girl of London 2012, the Sheffield machine is looking for back-to-back Olympic titles, but will face stiff competition from a strong field.