Team GB have not set a medal target for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics but they’ll be hoping to make more golden memories regardless.
Chef de mission Mark England says the Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible to predict how competitive the British athletes will be this summer.
While some will understandably struggle due to the issues of the past 18 months, others will no doubt rise to the occasion and claim glory.
Following on from some difficult performances at the Games, Team GB have been superb at the last three Olympics.
They claimed 19 golds in a total of 51 medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing and they excelled on home turf at London 2012, winning a record 29 golds in a total of 65.
The British team then claimed their biggest ever medal haul at the 2016 Games in Rio, winning 67 medals, 27 of which were gold.
All-time Summer Olympic Games medal table
United States: 1,022 golds, 2,523 total
Soviet Union: 395 golds, 1,010 total
Great Britain: 263 golds, 851 total
France: 212 golds, 716 total
Germany: 191 golds, 615 total
Italy: 206 golds, 577 total
China: 224 golds, 546 total
Australia: 147 golds, 497 total
Sweden: 145 golds, 494 total
Hungary: 175 golds, 491 total
The last Olympics saw Team GB finish behind only the USA in the medal table, beating China, Russia and Germany into second.
It was their greatest performance since the 1908 Games where only 22 nations competed.
Tokyo will represent plenty of challenges for the British athletes but they are set to take a team of 375 to Japan – nine more than went to Rio.
The nation will be hoping for as many medals as possible and Team GB will have plenty of star names in action.
10 Team GB stars set to shine in Tokyo
Having surged under 57 seconds and set the 20 fastest times in history, Peaty appears a virtual certainty to defend his 100m breaststroke title – more than likely with a new world record into the bargain. Such is the extent of his dominance that his rivals are already resigned to battling it out for silver.
The Edinburgh shooter heads to Tokyo as the reigning world number one and 50m prone world champion, and a strong medal bet in the women’s 3×50 rifle event. McIntosh, who will also compete in the 10m air rifle, also won Britain’s first World Cup gold in 2019.
Already the fastest British woman in history, Asher-Smith has a habit of rising to the big occasion and she will need to be in the form of her life in Tokyo to see off American Gabby Thomas, who set the second-fastest time in history over 200m at the US trials, and veteran Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who did likewise in the 100m in Kingston.
McCormack has proved a class apart from most of his Olympic rivals over this extended cycle and will start as a clear favourite for welterweight boxing gold. His recent win over Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy – who denied him world gold in 2019 – was a clear sign of his intent to go all the way in the Japanese capital.
Jason and Laura Kenny
History is on the cards for cycling’s golden couple in Tokyo. Laura Kenny sits one behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s five-gold medal haul on the domestic all-time list, while Jason currently boasts seven Olympic medals, one short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ career tally of eight, with every chance both records will at least be matched.
After claiming two extraordinary gold medals in Rio, Whitlock has restricted his focus to his favoured pommel for Tokyo. Despite his recent fall on his return to competition at the European Championships, the 28-year-old will start as favourite – but could be pushed all the way by Ireland’s rising star Rhys McClenaghan.
Brown, who turns 13 this month, will become Britain’s youngest summer Olympian when she competes in the skateboard park competition. But the young prodigy stands every chance of a medal, having qualified in third place and also claimed a World Championship bronze medal in Sao Paolo in 2019.
Glover won consecutive rowing gold medals with Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 before retiring to start a family. Tempted to launch a return, Glover and her new partner Polly Swann stormed to European gold in April, raising the prospect of a remarkable third medal for the 35-year-old in Japan.
Jones was a teenager when she won her first Olympic taekwondo gold at London 2012, and followed up her triumph in Rio four years later. Now 28 and also the reigning world champion, Jones is a hot favourite to secure an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title.