Olympics Rio 2016 Olympics: The top 10 British hopes for gold medals in Brazil

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Reigning Olympic champions and world record holders are among the British stars going for gold in Rio.

But which athletes are we expecting to do us proud in August?

Here Mirror Sport identifies 10 of our best hopes across all sports for standing on top of the podium in 2016…

Adam Peaty – SwimmingAdam Peaty

Adam Peaty

The 21-year-old will head to Rio as the reigning world record holder and world champion in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke, making him a huge favourite to claim Great Britain’s first men’s Olympic swimming title since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988.

Max Whitlock – Gymnastics

A double bronze medallist in London, Whitlock became the first British man to win an individual world gymnastics title in Glasgow in 2015. Favourite on the pommel, Whitlock could also challenge Japanese great Kohei Uchimura for the all-around title.

Giles Scott – Sailing

Team GBR Olympic sailor Giles Scott pictured on day one of the ISAF Sailing World Cup at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Weymouth. Scott follows in the footsteps of Sir Ben Ainslie in the Finn class dinghy.

A four-time world champion in the Finn class, Scott has dominated his category since missing out on a place at London 2012, only recently seeing a three-year unbeaten run come to an end. Scott’s winning streak is expected to resume in Rio.

Nicola Adams – Boxing


Nicola Adams

All-conquering Adams recently added the world title to her ever-growing collection of honours at the fourth time of trying. The flyweight is set to become the first Briton to retain an Olympic boxing gold medal since Harry Mallin in 1924.

Bianca Walkden – Taekwondo

lBianca Walkden training with Jade Jones (Red helmet)len
Bianca Walkden (blue helmet)

Her team-mate and best friend Jade Jones may get closer attention but Walkden is the reigning world taekwondo champion in the women’s +73kg division and will head into the Games on the back of a long unbeaten streak.

Lizzie Armitstead – Cycling

Lizzie Armitstead
Lizzie Armitstead

The Otley star was pipped to road race gold in 2012 by Marianne Vos. But she bounced back to win the world title in Richmond, Virginia in 2015, making her the racer to beat in one of the first gold medal events of the Games.

Jessica Ennis-Hill – Heptathlon

Jessica Ennis-Hill on juggling her Rio dream with motherhood
Jessica Ennis-Hill

It has been far from plain sailing for Ennis-Hill since her historic heptathlon triumph in 2012. But since her return from time out to start a family, she has shown glimpses of the form that swept her to gold in London.

Mo Farah – Medium distance running

Mo Farah

Farah faces a monumental task to repeat his double-winning feat of four years ago. But he managed to claim both 5000m and 10000m titles at the 2015 World Championships and will accept nothing less than a repeat performance in Rio.

Alistair Brownlee – Triathlon

Alistair Brownlee

The bane of his younger brother Jonny, Leeds triathlete Alistair Brownlee continues to conquer his rivals with apparent ease. A brotherly one-two is the most likely outcome in Rio – with Ali edging it yet again.

Charlotte Dujardin – Dressage

Charlotte Dujardin

Nothing Charlotte Dujardin has done since winning her two dressage gold medals in London suggests she will not be on top of the podium again. The 30-year-old also goes to Rio as a double defending world champion.