5 of Team GB’s biggest medal hopefuls to watch at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Olympics are finally upon us a year later than scheduled – and Team GB are hoping to build on their success in 2012 and 2016.

After golden summers in London and Rio, it’s going to be a little different in Tokyo with no supporters there to cheer on the Brits.

But, despite the opposition, the Games are going ahead and Team GB have numerous athletes from across a multitude of sports in contention for medals in the Japanese capital.

Here, Mirror Sport have picked out five of Britain’s best chances of claiming gold, from the swimming pool to the velodrome.

ADAM PEATY (Swimming)

Peaty is a big favourite to win gold in Tokyo
Peaty is a big favourite to win gold in Tokyo
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No need to spend billions on upgrading our naval firepower – we’ve got the fastest missile underwater since Trident.

A second faster than anyone else in history over 100 metres breaststroke, Peaty has been beaten only once in seven years – by Cameron van der Burgh at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Watch him go in the mixed relay, too.

JADE JONES (Taekwondo)

Taekwondo star Jade Jones
Taekwondo star Jade Jones
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Chasing a hat-trick and a place in the history books as the first taekwondo athlete to win three Olympic gold medals.

The 28-year-old from Bodelwyddan in north Wales says there’s “no such thing as a dead cert” in her -57kg class, but Jones will be a strong favourite in Tokyo.

LAURA KENNY (cycling)

Laura and Jason Kenny celebrate their gold medals at Rio 2016
Laura and Jason Kenny celebrate their gold medals at Rio 2016
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She has a 100 per cent record at the Olympics and, with four gold medals to her name, Kenny is already Britain’s most decorated female athlete at the Games.

Behind the plaits and Home Counties charm, she is as tough as nails – and she has a treble chance of gold in the team pursuit, omnium and Madison.

HELEN GLOVER (rowing)

Glover will defend her incredible winning streak in Tokyo
Glover will defend her incredible winning streak in Tokyo
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The first mother to be selected in Team GB’s rowing squad, Glover had been retired for four years while giving birth to three children.

But the 12-month deferral of Tokyo 2020 gave her time and motivation to get back on the water, and in Japan she will defend a winning streak of 51 races over 10 years with Polly Swann in the women’s pair.

MAX WHITLOCK (gymnastics)

Whitlock is going for gold after making history in Rio
Whitlock is going for gold after making history in Rio
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Made history in Rio five years ago when he won Team GB’s first medal of any colour in the all-round event for 108 years – and then became Britain’s first champion in artistic gymnastics by landing a pair of gold medals on the floor and pommel horse.

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