Five Team GB athletes to look out for at Tokyo 2020
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are just around the corner, and with anticipation for the 29th edition of the competition continuing to grow, we have picked out a selection of young stars from Team GB who are set to cause a storm at this summer’s games.
Great Britain’s Sky Brown will become the youngest female athlete to compete at an Olympic Games in 50 years when she ‘drops in’ to the Skateboarding competition in Tokyo this summer.
Brown, who will be taking part in the park discipline, is expected to challenge for a medal, having won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Rio at the age of 11. Sky can also lay claim to be the first woman to land a frontside 540 in a competition and it is likely she will bring out a range of new tricks to excite fans and judges alike in Tokyo.
With its combination of speed, strength and technique, Sport Climbing is likely to be one of the most sought-after tickets at this summer’s Olympic Games. One of the athletes who will be expecting to challenge for medals on the wall will be Britain’s Shauna Coxsey.
An excellent all-round climber, Shauna particularly excels in the bouldering discipline, having claimed bronze in the women’s bouldering competition at the recent World Championships, she will be hopeful of challenging for similar honours at this summer’s Olympic Games.
18-year-old Freya Anderson could be one of the surprise stars of this summer’s Olympic Games. Having claimed two gold medals at the recent European Short Course Championships in Glasgow when she beat former Olympic Champion, Federica Pelegrini and Dutchwoman Femke Heemskerk, both of whom will be expecting to challenge for medals at this summer’s games.
Tokyo 2020 may come four years too soon for Anderson, but her rivals will not be discounting the 18-year-old springing a surprise with one of her trademark fast finishes this summer.
Dina Asher-Smith needs no introduction as the golden girl of the British Athletics team. However, it is only in the last year that Dina has become one of the leading contenders for the title of fastest woman on earth.
Asher-Smith thrust herself into the world’s attention when she capped off a dominant 2019 season by racing to victory in the women’s 200m final at the Athletics World Championships in Doha. She also battled to a silver medal in the 100m, losing out to Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce. Pryce will likely be her main rival for gold in both the 100m and 200m in Tokyo, in what should be one of the most hotly contested women’s sprint titles in recent years.
Alice Tai may not be a name that is familiar to many, but following this summer’s Paralympic Games that is likely to change. To those who follow para-swimming, Tai is already a household name, having dominated the 2019 Para-Swimming World Championships in London, where she won seven gold medals.
Tai will be keen to translate her performances at the recent World Championships to the pool in Tokyo this summer, as she tries to better her performance in Rio, which saw her win an individual bronze medal in the S10 100m Backstroke and a gold medal as a member of the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay 24 Points team.