With 33 sports, 339 events, and just over two weeks to pack it all in, it can be hard keeping track of Britain’s medal hopes as each day goes by at the Olympics.
However, we’ve decided to give it our best shot.
Here’s our breakdown of likely Team GB medal chances as the competition develops this summer in Tokyo…
GB Medal Chances | British Medal Hopes | Days 1-5
British TV viewers might not have to wait too long for Team GB to hit the target in Tokyo after the Opening Ceremony gets proceedings officially underway on Friday 23rd July.
Archery could be one of the early chances for Britain to get off the mark as Games veteran Naomi Folkard leads the charge for a squad packed with emerging talent. It might be a tough ask, however, given Britain have failed to medal since 2004 in this sport.
Therefore, it’s probably best to focus on some traditional GB bankers – swimming and road cycling. The imperious Adam Peaty was the first Brit to take home gold in Rio, and on current form, it seems a safe bet we could be in for a repeat in the pool in 2021.
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He heads up a promising GB squad that could clean up during the first week in Japan, with Duncan Scott, Luke Greenbank, Kathleen Dawson, Anna Hopkin and Molly Renshaw other names to keep note of at the Aquatics Centre.
All that glitters could be gold for Geraint Thomas in the road cycling over opening weekend. The Tour De France winner is looking to bring up a hat-trick of golds as he heads to his fourth Olympics, while the Yates brothers (Adam and Simon) will be looking mirror the Brownlees by becoming sibling games medallists as they join Thomas in the quest for early medals on opening weekend.
Forgotten your ippon from your tomoe nage?
Don’t worry, you’ll soon passing yourself off as a fully-fledged judoka if the Brits can get on the board in the judo.
Team GB medalled at both London 2012 and Rio 2016 although the competition could be tougher here as the sport returns to its spiritual home. European Bronze medallists Chelsie Giles and Ashley McKenzie – formerly of Celebrity Big Brother fame – look likely to lead an outside GB charge for medals.
Therefore, it’s probably best to throw yourself into a spot of taekwondo, where the legendary Jade Jones looks a very strong gold shout for GB after reigning supreme in London and Rio.
Three is a magic number. At least, it could be for Team GB if their triathletes can reign supreme in Tokyo. Britain has genuine hopes in both the men’s and women’s individual events on Monday and Tuesday, with Jonathan Brownlee, Alex Yee, Vicky Holland, Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown all viable medal prospects.
Set the clock early on Tuesday 27th as the rowing finals begin at the Sea Forest Waterway – traditionally Team GB’s strongest hand at recent Olympics. Britain’s best medal hopes probably lie later in the week, but the Skulls finals could be early indicator of GB’s prospects on the water.
Wednesday throws up the Men’s Rugby Sevens final which produced a surprise silver for the GB Men’s team in Rio, while, defending champions Jack Laugher and Daniel Goodfellow will be looking to make a splash as they go for gold in the 3m synchronized diving. The pair have already tasted success in Tokyo after claiming gold at the 2021 FINA Diving World Cup in the run-up to this event.
GB Medal Chances | British Medal Hopes | Days 6-10
Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th July could be the days that really help catapult Britain up the medal table as the brunt of the rowing golds get handed out. Helen Glover and her bid for a hat-trick of Olympic golds seems set to be one of this summer’s biggest storylines to watch out for as she teams up with Polly Swann.
The athletics finally gets underway at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, but British interest really bursts into life on the second Saturday of the games, with Dina-Asher Smith primed to deliver the goods in the women’s 100m final.
Before that, Mallory Franklin will be aiming to make waves in the C1 at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre on Thursday. A four-time gold medallist in the World Championships, she looks the one to watch on the water as she heads to her first games.
Britain’s golf representatives have now been confirmed. Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Justin Rose on the second Sunday. He claimed the first men’s Olympic gold medal since 1904 in Rio, but a poor US Open showing means he won’t be defending his medal here.
Could Seonaid McIntosh hit the target in the 50m rifle at the Asaka Shooting Range?
The Scottish shooter is a European and World Champion and could help Britain build on the medal gains made in this sport at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympiads.
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