Athletics Hopes for Team GB at London 2012

Posted by on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Under: Olympics
Great Britain surpassed everyone’s expectations in Beijing by finishing 4th overall winning 47 medals, including 19 gold. A fantastic achievement when you think 4 years earlier in Athens, Team GB came 10th overall with 30 medals, and in Sydney 2000 the team also finished 10th with a tally of 28 medals. In London, there is an official target of consolidating 4th place in the medals table with 48 podium finishes.

Possibly one of the major disappointments in Beijing was the lack of medals on the track which we all hope can be rectified this year. GB won 4 medals in Athletics in total and only the sole gold medal from Christine Ohuruogu in the women’s 400 meters. The added buzz of the Games being in London this year will no doubt be a huge boost for our athletes, and you have to expect a minimum requirement of 3 gold’s in the Olympic Stadium, anything less is a major disappointment.

Here are our main golden contenders:

Mo Farah

You just feel this guy has worked and worked over the past 4 years to be ready for these games, and doesn’t it just show. After winning gold and silver in the 5k and 10k respectfully at the World Championships in Daegu, he’s gone from strength to strength in the build-up to London. At the age of 29 he is in the prime of his career, perhaps 2 gold medals is a little much but the 5k should be nailed on.

Jessica Ennis

Missed Beijing through injury and claimed silver in Daegu after a disappointing javelin performance, Ennis is already the face of 2012 but gold could propel her into a Great British Olympic icon.

Dai Greene

The Welsh hurdler won gold in Daegu and at 26 years old this could be the perfect opportunity for him to shine in front of the home fans. It’s not just the hurdles he’ll have to encounter though, it’s also the threat of Puerto Rican Javier Culson who looks in scintillating form.

Christine Ohurugu

Slowly coming back to form after a torrid 2 years on the track, she seemed to suffer with a Beijing hangover after winning Gold in the 400m. The comeback may have come too late for London, but you can’t ignore that sort of talent.

Phillips Idowu
Many people feel consistency is the biggest problem when it comes to Phillips Idowu. The triple-jumper won silver at the Beijing Olympics and silver again in Daegu. There’s no doubt he has the talent, but can he produce it on the big stage.

Other outsiders include Perri Shakes-Drayton who has impressed recently at Crystal Palace in the 400m hurdles and Holly Bleasdale in the pole vault. I don’t think we should expect much from the 4 x 100 sprint team given their recent outings, however, we do have an outside shot at the 4 x 400 relay.

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Tags: team gb  olympics  london 2012  mo farah  jessica ennis 
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