Who are Team GB's athletes to watch
Team GB will be represented by its largest ever delegation for an Olympic Games on foreign soil, with 376 athletes and a further 22 reserve athletes set to compete across 26 sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games. It is second only to the 541 athletes selected for the London Olympics in 2012.
For the first time in its 125-year history, Team GB will also be taking more women than men to a summer Olympic Games.
Of the 376 athletes selected, Team GB is taking 201 female (53.5%) and 175 male athletes (46.5%) to Tokyo thanks to impressive qualification performances from British female athletes across sports and an increased number of female events at the Games.
Of the 376 athletes selected there are 122 returning Olympians of which 51 are returning Olympic medallists. Of those returning Olympic medallists, four leading female Olympians are looking to make history. No British woman has ever won gold medals at three separate Olympics yet cyclist Laura Kenny, taekwondo player Jade Jones, rower Helen Glover and equestrian star Charlotte Dujardin all have the chance to achieve that feat after successes in London and Rio.
Team GB’s youngest Olympian in Tokyo will be skateboarder Sky Brown, whilst the oldest is equestrian athlete Carl Hester, competing aged 54. Hester will also be competing at his sixth Olympic Games. Brown will become Team GB’s youngest-ever summer Olympian when she competes in the women’s park event.
Tokyo 2020 will also be a family affair as the Team GB contingent includes eight sets of siblings.
"After five years of hard work our team for Tokyo 2020 is now complete," the British team’s Chef de Mission Mark England said in a statement. "We have a strong squad of athletes ready to do their country proud and it’s great to welcome our largest travelling British Olympic team ever.
"I am also delighted we will be taking more women than men to a summer Olympic Games. It is a first for the BOA in its 125-year history — 2021 is truly the year of the female Olympian."
On the eve of the Olympics, Team GB’s plans were thrown into disarray as six track and field athletes, two athletics staff members and two headquarters staff members were forced to isolate in Japan after they were identified as close contacts of positive Covid cases.
All are now shut inside their rooms at Team GB’s preparation camp hotel in Yokohama or the Olympic Village, with the athletes unable to train less than a week from the start of the Tokyo Games.
The eight-strong athletics contingent were identified as close contacts after someone unconnected to Team GB on their flight to Japan on Thursday was found to have Covid. The British group all tested negative on arrival and have continued to do so every day since, but they remain in isolation as per Tokyo Games guidelines.
The identity of those affected has not been revealed due to medical confidentiality.
Who are Team GB’s athletes?
Sarah Bettles: individual and team
Olympic debut. Won gold as part of Team GB in the women’s recurve team event at the 2019 European Games and was part of the team that won bronze at the World Archery Championships in 2019.
Naomi Folkard: individual and team
Folkard has medalled at the last two World Championships, earning bronze in the recurve mixed team and recurve women’s team. Fifth Games for the new mother.
Bryony Pitman: individual and team
Olympic debutant is youngest member of the women’s team but was also part of the bronze winning team at the 2019 World Archery Championships and, in 2019, she also won gold as part of the women’s recurve team at the European Games.
Tom Hall: individual and team
Olympic debut. Currently ranked number one in the UK, Hall was part of the team that secured the Olympic quota places in 2019.
Patrick Huston: individual and team
Second Olympic Games, Huston won silver and bronze with mixed team partner Folkard at the European Games in 2019 and World Championships in 2017, respectively.
James Woodgate: individual and team
Youngest member of the archery team to be selected for Tokyo. Olympics debut.
Archers Sarah Bettles, James Woodgate, Naomi Folkard, Patrick Huston, Bryony Pitman and Tom Hall are heading to Tokyo
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Dina Asher-Smith: Athletics – women’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m
The headline act on the British team, Asher-Smith won three medals at the 2019 World Championships – including 200m gold – and has her sights firmly set on matching that achievement in Tokyo.
Sam Atkin: Athletics – men’s 10,000m
Based in the United States since moving there as a teenager for his studies, Atkin, now 28, made a huge breakthrough when he moved fifth on the British all-time 10,000m list in December 2020 to qualify for Tokyo.
Niclas Baker: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
Baker smashed his personal best to win the British 400m title this June and secure a first senior international call-up.
Meghan Beasley: Athletics – women’s 400m hurdles
Highly experienced after competing at the last four World Championships, Tokyo will be Beasley’s first Olympics. She sits fifth on the British all-time list.
Alex Bell: Athletics – women’s 800m
Bell is selected to make her Olympic debut having ran the 800m qualifying standard with a lifetime best performance of 1:58.52 at the end of May.
Lizzie Bird: Athletics – women’s 3,000m steeplechase
Bird has been based in the United States since moving there to study and has long been a regular near the top of the British 3,000m steeplechase rankings. She ran at the 2019 World Championships and moved third on the British all-time standings this summer.
Emily Borthwick: Athletics – women’s high jump
Although she fell just short of the 1.96m automatic Olympic standard, Borthwick earned her place on the team with five jumps above 1.90m this year – a huge improvement on her 1.84m personal best from 2020.
Tom Bosworth: Athletics: men’s 20km race walk
Sixth at Rio 2016, Bosworth is a Commonwealth silver medalist and world record holder.
Holly Bradshaw: Athletics – women’s pole vault
Bradshaw’s 5.90m British pole vault record was the standout performance of the championships and moved her third in the world rankings, serving notice that she is a genuine medal candidate in Tokyo. After so many near misses, this could be her year.
Andrew Butchart: Athletics – men’s 5,000m
Butchart finished an impressive sixth at the last Olympics and was selected for the Tokyo Games despite causing controversy when describing athletes allegedly faking Covid test results to return to the UK after international meets.
Taylor Campbell: Athletics – men’s hammer
Has improved considerably in recent years and moved second on the British all-time list behind Nick Miller this June. This is his senior British debut.
Cameron Chalmers: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
Predominantly a 400m hurdles specialist, Chalmers won the British title this year and has been a key part of the 4x400m relay set-up in recent years.
Zoey Clark: Athletics – women’s 4x400m
Clark has won world and European medals as part of the British 4x400m relay team. She finished sixth at this year’s British Championships.
Ben Connor: Athletics – men’s marathon
Finished second at Olympic marathon trials to book his place, having achieved qualifying time in 2020.
Harry Coppell: Athletics – men’s pole vault
Coppell had a major breakthrough when clearing 5.85m to break the British record and win the national title in 2020. This is his senior international debut at a major competition.
Stephanie Davis: Athletics – women’s marathon
Part-time athlete secured her place following victory at the Olympic marathon trials at Kew Gardens.
Emily Diamond: Athletics – women’s 4x400m
Diamond made the 400m semi-finals at Rio 2016, but has only qualified for the relay this time in what will be her third Olympic appearance.
Beth Dobbin: Athletics – women’s 200m and 4x100m
Just three years ago, Dobbin was still working a 40-hour week and training for athletics in her spare time, but she broke through to win the British title in 2018 and can now add the Olympic vest to her one from the 2019 World Championships.
Oliver Dustin: Athletics – men’s 800m
Dustin went from little-known future talent to Olympian in the space of a remarkable fortnight that saw the 20-year-old smash his personal best by almost two seconds to move top of this year’s world rankings (although his time has since been surpassed) before finishing second at the British Championships.
Jona Efoloko: Athletics – men’s 4 x 100m
After winning European Under-18 and world Under-20 gold over 200m, this is 21-year-old Efoloko’s first call-up to the senior team.
Tom Gale: Athletics – men’s high jump
Gale has won medals at European Under-20 and Under-23 level, but Tokyo will be his first global championship at senior level.
Adam Gemili: Athletics – men’s 200m and 4x100m
One of the most senior and well-respected members of the British athletics team, Gemili has already competed at two Olympics and missed out on 200m bronze by just 0.003sec at Rio 2016. He missed time with an injury at the start of the year and has since struggled to be at his very best.
Elliot Giles: Athletics – men’s 800m
Giles sent shockwaves across the sport earlier this year when he broke Seb Coe’s British record when running the second-fastest indoor 800m in history. He edged out Oliver Dustin in a fierce battle for gold at the British Championships.
Callum Hawkins: Athletics – men’s marathon
Ninth on Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Scot was narrowly beaten into fourth at the 2019 World Championships.
Jake Heyward: Athletics – men’s 1,500m
Recovered from a longstanding Achilles injury to finish third at the British trials and was rewarded with the selectors’ discretionary spot on the team.
Keely Hodgkinson: Athletics – women’s 800m
After becoming the first British woman to break a world under-20 record for 36 years in January, her mentor Jenny Meadows predicted Hodgkinson could one day break Kelly Holmes’ British 800m record. She secured a stunning national title triumph in June.
Matthew Hudson-Smith: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
Hudson-Smith made the Olympic 400m final in 2016 and claimed the European title two years later. Although he has struggled to match those fast times in recent years, he remains Britain’s leading 400m runner.
Zharnel Hughes: Athletics – men’s 100m and 4x100m
Hughes has the fastest personal best of Britain’s 100m trio, but false-started in the final at the British Championships. He is reigning European 100m champion and made the world final in 2019.
Abigail Irozuru: Athletics – women’s long jump
A law graduate from University College London and businesswoman, Irozuru officially retired from athletes in 2016 after a repeated cycle of injuries. She returned two years later, reached the world final in 2019 and is now making her Olympic debut.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Athletics – women’s heptathlon
Johnson-Thompson finally put years of anguish and under-performing behind her when she broke Jess Ennis-Hill’s British record to win a brilliant world title in 2019. Unfortunately, she then suffered a serious Achilles injury at the start of 2021 and only returned to competition on June 30 so her physical fitness is largely unknown.
Jess Judd: Athletics – women’s 5,000m and 10,000m
A teenage phenomenon who achieved multiple junior accolades, Judd fell out of love with the sport while struggling over a number of years before stepping up in distance and securing a spot at her first Olympics.
Josh Kerr: Athletics – men’s 1,500m
The America-based Scot finished sixth at the World Championships in 2019 and cemented his status as the leading British challenger by claiming this year’s national title.
Richard Kilty: Athletics – men’s 4x100m
Kilty has made a name for himself as something of a 60m specialist, winning a world and two European titles. But he is also an invaluable member of the 4x100m relay squad and helped claim silver at the last World Championships.
David King: Athletics – men’s 110m hurdles
A regular on international teams, King finished second at this year’s British Championships.
Jessie Knight: Athletics – women’s 400m hurdles and 4x400m
The fastest female 400m hurdler in Britain this year, Knight originally retired from the sport in 2017 as she struggled to juggle athletics with a career as a primary school teacher. Her return a year later saw her balance dual careers, something she has managed with aplomb.
Morgan Lake: Athletics – women’s high jump
Lake, a world junior heptathlon and high jump champion, originally intended to be a multi-eventer, but has focused solely on the high jump in recent years. She made the final at the Rio Olympics and has become increasingly consistent.
Imani-Lara Lansiquot: Athletics – women’s 4x100m
Lansiquot – who is named after the West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara – has steadily risen through the junior ranks and won world and European medals with the senior 4x100m team. She is ranked fifth on the British all-time 100m list.
Scott Lincoln: Athletics – men’s shot put
Lincoln has won the British title for the last seven years, although he has made huge strides recently, moving third on the national all-time rankings this June.
Amy-Eloise Markovc: Athletics – women’s 5,000m
Born in Stockport before moving to the United States, Markovc represented Britain at a number of youth and junior competitions before winning a surprise 3,000m gold at this year’s European Indoor Championships.
Eilish McColgan: Athletics – women’s 5,000m and 10,000m
Exactly thirty years after her mother Liz won the world 10,000m title in Tokyo, Eilish will contest the 5,000m and 10,000m at her third Olympics.
Sophie McKinna: Athletics – women’s shot put
McKinna initially turned down British Athletics funding at the start of 2020 to continue her work as a prison officer, but has since become a full-time athlete. In 2019 she was Britain’s first female shot putter to make a world final for 36 years.
Nick Miller: Athletics – men’s hammer
Miller smashed the British record to win Commonwealth gold in 2018. He has not quite matched that mark since, but will have his sights set on improving on his qualification exit at the last Olympics.
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake: Athletics – men’s 200m and 4x100m
The third-fastest 200m runner in British history has not managed to match the times he was running while studying in America a few years ago and finishing fourth at the 2017 World Championships.
Laura Muir: Athletics – women’s 1,500m
Muir has just missed out on a global medal so many times during her career, but the absence of some of her main rivals over her preferred 1,500m gives her an excellent chance of making the podium in Tokyo.
Daryll Neita: Athletics – women’s 100m and 4x100m
Neita, who has won multiple 4x100m relay medals, has made a huge step up this summer and now sits second on the British all-time 100m rankings behind Asher-Smith.
Ashleigh Nelson: Athletics – women’s 4x100m
Vastly experienced at the highest level, Nelson was selected for her first Olympics in 2008 when she was just 17. She has since been a regular in the 4x100m relay set-up.
Laviai Nielsen: Athletics – women’s 4x400m
Having just missed a medal when fourth over 400m at the 2018 European Championships, Nielsen broke her personal best the following year before reaching the World Championships semi-finals. She has battled niggling injuries this year.
Phil Norman: Athletics – men’s 3,000m steeplechase
Norman only turned his attention to athletics seriously later in life and will now represent his country for the first time at a global competition aged 31.
Michael Ohioze: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
Based in the United States after moving there to study on a sports scholarship, Ohioze was initially a footballer but now concentrates on sprinting and has earned a first British vest.
Lawrence Okoye: Athletics – men’s discus
The British record holder made the Olympic final at London 2012 before quitting the sport, moving to America and spending the next six years playing American football. This is his first full season back in athletics.
Asha Philip: Athletics – women’s 100m and 4x100m
Philip has a huge amount of experience competing at the highest level, having reached Olympic and world 100m semi-finals. She has also won Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth 4x100m relay medals.
Asha Philip returns to the Olympic arena
Jess Piasecki: Athletics – women’s marathon
Won her first full marathon in 2019 in Florence, clocking a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 28 seconds.
Ama Pipi: Athletics – women’s 400m and 4x400m
Predominantly a 200m runner during her time at college in the United States, Pipi has since moved to the longer sprint. Tokyo will be her first senior global championship.
Tiffany Porter: Athletics – women’s 100m hurdles
British-record holder Porter has won multiple world, European and Commonwealth medals during her career, but most notably returned from childbirth to take European indoor bronze in March.
Andrew Pozzi: Athletics – men’s 110m hurdles
Pozzi has won multiple indoor 60m hurdles medals, but so far not managed to replicate his success over the longer distance outdoors. His 110m hurdles personal best puts him third on the British all-time list.
Aimee Pratt: Athletics – women’s 3,000m steeplechase
Pratt won her first British title in 2020 and moved up to second on the national all-time rankings in June.
Reece Prescod: Athletics – men’s 100m and 4x100m
A perhaps fortunate pick given his poor form this season on his return from injury, but he is a 9.94sec sprinter at his best and claimed European silver behind Hughes in 2018.
Jemma Reekie: Athletics – women’s 800m
A European under-20 and under-23 champion, Reekie stepped up to the senior ranks in some style at the start of 2020 when she broke the British indoor 800m, 1,500m and mile records in the space of a fortnight.
Daniel Rowden: Athletics – men’s 800m
With one of the smoothest running styles in world athletics, Rowden is sometimes referred to as the Rolls-Royce of British athletics. He is a huge talent who has recovered from illness to be a global threat.
Jazmin Sawyers: Athletics – women’s long jump
Sawyers is a woman of many talents, having won a Winter Youth Olympics silver in bobsleigh and competed on the television singing competition The Voice. Her main goal is long jump though and she has won Commonwealth and European medals during her career.
Marc Scott: Athletics – men’s 5,000m and 10,000m
Scott has plenty of big-stage experience representing Britain, but made a huge step up in February when he moved second on the national all-time list behind only four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah.
Zak Seddon: Athletics – men’s 3,000m steeplechase
A Commonwealth youth and European junior champion, Seddon has competed at the last two World Championships but this will be his first Olympics.
Cindy Sember: Athletics – women’s 100m hurdles
Porter’s younger sister finished an unexpected fourth at the last Olympics before a ruptured Achilles threatened the end of her elite running career. Years of hard graft have seen her back to her best this summer.
Katie Snowden: Athletics – women’s 1,500m
Snowden made the 2018 Commonwealth Games final for England, but this will be the first time she has represented Britain at a global championships.
Chris Thompson: Athletics – men’s marathon
Twenty three years after first pulling on a British international vest, Thompson will make his second Olympics appearance aged 40.
Lee Thompson: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
A mainstay of the 4x400m relay team in recent years, Thompson finished fifth over 400m at this year’s British Championships.
Jessica Turner: Athletics – women’s 400m hurdles and 4x400m
A semi-finalist at the 2019 World Championships, Turner has taken almost a second off her personal best this year and won the British title.
Steph Twell: Athletics – women’s marathon
After competing on the track at Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016, Twell steps up to the marathon distance for her third Olympics.
Lorraine Ugen: Athletics – women’s long jump
One of only two British women to have long jumped beyond seven metres, Ugen has been based in the United States for almost a decade. She has Olympic and World Championships experience, and has won two indoor medals for Britain.
Chijindu Ujah: Athletics – men’s 100m and 4x100m
Ujah has plenty of Olympic and World Championship experience, with relay medals to his name, but has never made an individual final at a global event. He is the reigning British 100m champion.
Revee Walcott-Nolan: Athletics – women’s 1,500m
Walcott-Nolan has taken more than five seconds off her 1,500m personal best this year to secure a place on her first ever British team for a major event.
Jake Wightman: Athletics – men’s 1,500m
After finishing fifth at the World Championships in 2019, Wightman moved second on the British 1,500m all-time list the following year behind Mo Farah.
Callum Wilkinson: Athletics – men’s 20km walk
Wilkinson won the world junior title in 2016 to become Britain’s first global champion in a walking event since 1964. He is second to Tom Bosworth in the all-time rankings
Ben Williams: Athletics – men’s triple jump
Williams won world youth gold way back in 2009, but has battled knee injuries throughout his career before jumping a huge personal best in 2019.
Hannah Williams: Athletics – women’s 4x400m
The younger sister of Jodie Williams, who contests the 400m and 4x400m in Tokyo, Hannah smashed her personal best to finish fourth at the British Championships and secure herself an Olympic debut.
Jodie Williams: Athletics – women’s 400m and 4x400m
Nicknamed ‘Moneylegs’ after an astonishing 151-race, five-year junior unbeaten streak, Williams twice came close to quitting the sport during a few injury-ravaged years, but is now back to her best and won the British 400m title in June.
Nicole Yeargin: Athletics – women’s 400m and 4x400m
Born and raised in America, Yeargin qualifies for Britain through her Scottish mother and has had a rapid rise to the top since taking up athletics as a means to keeping fit while playing football.
Chloe Birch: women’s doubles
After competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2013, Birch, winner of women’s doubles silver at the 2019 European Championships with Lauren Smith, makes her full Olympics bow in Tokyo.
Marcus Ellis: mixed doubles
Ellis, a men’s doubles bronze medallist with Chris Langridge at Rio 2016, returns alongside his real life partner Lauren Smith, the pair having reached the semi-finals of the All England Badminton Championships earlier this year and finished eighth in the race to Tokyo world rankings.
Kirsty Gilmour: women’s singles
Gilmour competes at her second consecutive Olympic Games. She previously won silver and bronze medals at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Ben Lane: men’s doubles
Badminton clearly runs in the family with Lane’s mother Suzanne Louis-Lane having won Commonwealth Games mixed eam gold in 1994. Lane himself has a Commonwealth Games bronze and now an Olympic Games to his name.
Toby Penty: men’s singles
Left-hander Penty secured his men’s singles spot by finishing 52nd in the world rankings and 23rd in the BWF Race to Tokyo rankings. Is a three-time mixed team European medallist.
Lauren Smith: women’s doubles, mixed doubles
Smith will double up in Tokyo for her second Olympics, playing alongside boyfriend Marcus Ellis in the mixed doubles and Chloe Birch in the women’s doubles.
Sean Vendy: men’s doubles
He and Ben Lane qualified by virtue of their impressive performances on the BWF World Tour in January this year, becoming the first English men’s double pair to reach the semi-finals of a World Tour event
Members of the Team GB boxing team for Tokyo
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Karriss Artingstall: Featherweight (57kg)
European silver and world bronze medallist in 2019, Artingstall is still a registered soldier, despite training full-time as part of GB Boxing’s Podium squad, and credits the Army with helping her find the right direction in life.
Cheavon Clarke: Heavyweight (91kg)
Clarke, a two-time European medallist and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, makes his Olympics bow, six years on from working as a HGV driver.
Frazer Clarke: Super-heavyweight (91kg+)
Captain of the boxing team that will compete for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics, Clarke is the longest serving member of the GB Boxing squad having been part of the programme for over a decade. Commonwealth Games gold medallist and European silver medallist.
Charley Davison: Flyweight (51kg)
As mum to three young children, Davison balances boxing with motherhood and has enjoyed a meteoric rise since returning to the sport in 2018, following a seven-year break.
Caroline Dubois: Lightweight (60kg)
Youth Olympic champion, world youth champion and four-times European youth champion, Dubois makes her Olympics bow at the age of 20. Sister of professional boxer Daniel.
Luke McCormack: Lightweight (63kg)
Since establishing himself as the leading boxer in the squad at his weight class, McCormack has won multiple medals at a series of international competitions including silver at the 2017 European championships, bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and another bronze at the 2019 European Games. Twin brother of Pat.
Pat McCormack: Welterweight (69kg)
One of the most decorated and experienced boxers in the GB Boxing squad, winning medals at four major championships and competing at the 2016 Olympic Games. Twin brother of Luke. European Games champion in 2019.
Peter McGrail: Featherweight (57kg)
The only boxer in the British team to win a medal at every major tournament in the Tokyo cycle. Commonwealth Games champion in 2018 and a two-time world bronze medallist.
Lauren Price: Middleweight (75kg)
A talented footballer, Price has played more than 100 games for Cardiff City and won 52 international caps playing for Wales but committed to boxing after winning bronze at 2014 Commonwealth Games. Has since gone on to become a world, Commonwealth and European Games champion.
Benjamin Whittaker: Light-heavyweight (81kg)
After moving up a weight class Whittaker enjoyed the best year of his career in 2019, winning silver at the European Games in June and bronze at the world championships.
Galal Yafai: Flyweight (52kg)
Part of a well-known boxing family whose older brothers, Khalid and Gamal, are both successful professional boxers and were previously members of the GB Boxing squad. Yafai competed at Rio 2016 and has since won European Games bronze, European silver and Commonwealth Games bronze.
Adam Burgess: Canoe Slalom – Men’s Canoe Single (C1)
European silver medallist and multiple World Cup medallist. Olympics debut.
Bradley Forbes-Cryans: Canoe Slalom – Men’s Kayak Single (K1)
World Cup silver medallist, fourth at 2019 World Championships. Olympics debut.
Mallory Franklin: Canoe Slalom – Women’s Canoe Single (C1)
Great Britain’s most successful female paddler, including individual world and European gold. Olympics debut.
Liam Heath: Canoe Sprint – Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m
Competing at third Games after bronze at London and silver and gold in Rio.
Deborah Kerr: Canoe Sprint – Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 500m
Kerr earned her place with impressive performances at the British selection event followed by the European qualifiers, where she won the K1 200m, followed by her first ever senior international medal with World Cup bronze.
Emily Lewis: Canoe Sprint – Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m
Lewis makes her Olympics debut having competed for Team GB at the European Games in 2015 while she was also part of the Rio 2016 Ambition Program.
Katie Reid: Canoe Sprint – Women’s Canoe Single (C1) 200m
Reid will be the first female C1 canoe sprint paddler to represent Team GB as the event makes its Olympic debut on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo.
Kimberley Woods: Canoe Slalom – Women’s Kayak Single (K1)
Multiple world and European team medalist. Olympics debut.
Katie Archibald: women’s endurance
Aiming to defend team pursuit gold medal from Rio 2016. Scot is already a multiple world and European champion.
Elinor Barker: women’s endurance
Another with a team pursuit title to defend from Rio. Already a two-time world and six-time European champion in the team pursuit, as well as a two-time world champion in the points race and scratch race.
Declan Brooks: men’s BMX freestyle
Portsmouth-born Brooks was among the first intake of BMX freestyle park riders on to the Great Britain cycling team programme when the discipline’s Olympic inclusion was announced in 2018. European bronze medallist.
Jack Carlin: men’s sprint
One of the exciting crop of young male sprinters to emerge since the Rio Olympics, Carlin has already won individual world and commonwealth sprint silver medals and double world and European team sprint silver.
Ed Clancy: men’s endurance
One of the most successful and versatile track riders of his generation, Clancy is aiming to win his fourth consecutive team pursuit gold medal and fifth medal overall.
Lizzie Deignan: women’s road race
London 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist Deignan looking to add to her world and commonwealth road race titles.
Neah Evans: women’s endurance
A vet by trade, Evans made the decision to commit herself to her cycling career in the summer 2017, making the move from her native Scotland to Manchester. Has four European titles and a world team pursuit silver medal to her name.
Tao Geoghegan Hart: men’s road race and men’s time trial
Winner of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, Ineos Grenadiers rider Geoghegan Hart makes his Olympics debut in Tokyo.
Ethan Hayter: men’s endurance
A world and European champion before his 20th birthday, Hayter’s burgeoning reputation is of one of the most promising male endurance riders in the world. Joined Ineos Grenadiers in 2020 on a three-year deal.
Jason Kenny: men’s sprint
Jointly holds the country’s record for Olympic golds with Sir Chris Hoy at six, and sits one medal behind Sir Bradley Wiggins’ overall total of eight – more than any other athlete in British Games history.
Laura Kenny: women’s endurance
Kenny has won every discipline she has competed in across London 2012 and Rio 2016, and in Japan, she could make British Olympic history – taking her total to seven golds.
Laura Kenny is chasing history in the velodrome in Tokyo
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Josie Knight: women’s endurance
Former Irish cycling international switched allegiance to GB in time for Tokyo. Won the British individual pursuit title last year.
Katy Marchant: women’s sprint
Rio 2016 bronze medallist will represent GB in women’s sprint and keirin events
Ryan Owens: men’s sprint
Gets his Olympics shot after being selected as a reserve for the Rio Games. Won world team sprint silver last year.
Tom Pidcock: men’s mountain bike
Reigning under-23 world champion Pidcock makes the team after recovering from a broken collarbone. Rides for Ineos Grenadiers.
Evie Richards: women’s mountain bike
Two-time Under-23 cyclocross world champion and Commonwealth cross-country silver medallist makes her Olympics debut.
Anna Shackley: women’s road race and women’s time trial
Had never raced a pro race until 2020 World Championship road race where she finished 25th. Olympics debut.
Beth Shriever: women’s BMX
Won European silver in 2016 and then junior world title the following year. Has worked part-time as a teaching assistant in a nursery to help fund her Tokyo dream with UK Sport funding not extending to the women’s BMX team.
Geraint Thomas: men’s road race and men’s time trial
Ineos Grenadiers rider and 2018 Tour de France winner seeking an Olympic medal on the road after team pursuit gold in 2008 and 2012. Fourth Olympics.
Ethan Vernon: men’s endurance
Welsh cyclist grew up racing BMX till the age of 14 before switching to road and track. Claimed silver in the men’s 1km time trial at last year’s European Championships.
Matt Walls: men’s endurance
Claimed his maiden senior world championships medal in 2020 with omnium bronze, also winning the European title in the same year. Two-time European elimination race champion.
Kye Whyte: men’s BMX
Whyte’s trajectory towards the very top of the BMX world was confirmed with a European championship silver and a World Cup victory in 2018 and 2019.
Ollie Wood: men’s endurance
A versatile member of the British men’s endurance squad, Wood is a multiple international medallist in both team pursuit and bunch races.
Charlotte Worthington: women’s BMX freestyle
In 2019 former chef Worthington won the inaugural British and European titles, before becoming the first ever British woman to win a world medal in the discipline, taking bronze at the World Championships in Chengdu.
Adam Yates: men’s road race
Twin brother to Simon, Yates rides for Ineos Grenadiers. Finished ninth at last year’s Tour de France and won this year’s Volta a Catalunya.
Simon Yates: men’s road race
Twin brother to Adam, Yates finished third at this year’s Giro d’Italia. Previously won the 2018 Vuelta a Espana.
Eden Cheng: Women’s 10m synchro
Olympic debutant won her first major medal in 2018 at the age of 15 with European gold in the 10m synchro alongside Lois Toulson, who she will partner again in Tokyo.
Thomas Daley: Men’s 10m platform, men’s 10m synchro
Daley makes his fourth Olympic Games appearance, seeking to land that elusive gold after individual and synchro bronze in 2012 and 2016 respectively. Victory would also complete the set of major diving titles.
Daley is off to his fourth Games
Daniel Goodfellow: Men’s 3m synchro
Aged 24, Goodfellow made his first senior appearance at 2013 and has since gone on to win Olympic bronze (2016), and world (2019) and European silver (2016). Will appear in the 3m synchro after switching from 10m.
James Heatly: Men’s 3m individual
In 2018, Heatly became only the second Scottish diver to win a Commonwealth diving medal after his grandfather Sir Peter Heatly won gold in 1958. Has good form in Tokyo having won silver there in the 2021 World Cup.
Jack Laugher: Men’s 3m springboard, men’s 3m synchro
Reigning Olympic champion in the men’s 3m synchro, Laugher will also target a second Olympic medal in the individual 3m springboard event, after taking silver in that competition five years ago.
Matty Lee: Men’s 10m synchro
Heads to Japan full of confidence, after winning both the World Cup and European Championship titles alongside Daley this year.
Scarlett Mew Jensen: Women’s 3m springboard
Olympic debut for 19-year-old rising star. Made her senior World Championships bow in 2019.
Grace Reid: Women’s 3m springboard, women’s 3m synchro
Second Olympic Games for Scottish diver after Rio 2016. Two-time European gold medalist and 2018 Commonwealth champion.
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix: Women’s 10m platform
Another emerging diving star who will make Olympics bow in Tokyo. Was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2020
Katherine Torrance: Women’s 3m synchro
A long awaited Olympics debut for Torrance who finished fifth in the 3m synchro at the 2019 World Championships, the same year she won European mixed team bronze.
Lois Toulson: Women’s 10m platform, women’s 10m synchro
10m specialist won gold at the inaugural European Games in 2015 and finished fifth in the synchro on her Olympics debut in 2016. Took silver at the Tokyo World Cup test event alongside Eden Cheng earlier this year.
Noah Williams: Men’s 10m platform
Londoner has silver medals at European and Commonwealth level and won his first individual international title during the 2020 World Series.
Scott Brash: Showumping (riding Hello Jefferson)
London 2012 gold medallist Brash returns to the Olympic arena for a second time, fresh from finishing on the podium at some of Europe’s most prestigious fixtures in recent months.
Charlotte Dujardin: Dressage (riding Gio)
Dujardin will be targeting a third consecutive Olympic individual title and has the chance to make history as the first ever British woman to do so. She will also become only the second rider after Holland’s Anky van Grunsven to win individual dressage gold at three successive Olympics.
Laura Collett: Eventing (riding London 52)
Collett realises her Olympic ambition eight years after a fall during a cross-country event that left her in a coma for six days with injuries including severe damage to her right eye, a punctured lung and fractured shoulder.
Charlotte Fry: Dressage (riding Everdale)
Fry makes her Olympics debut, following in the footsteps of her late mother Laura who competed at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. The 25-year-old world junior dressage champion competes in the same team as Carl Hester, who has been her long-term mentor.
Carl Hester: Dressage (riding En Vogue)
Tokyo marks a sixth Games for Carl Hester with the 53-year-old having won team dressage gold and silver at London and Rio respectively.
Ben Maher: Showjumping (riding Explosion W)
Making a fourth Olympic appearance, London 2012 gold medallist Maher heads to Tokyo with two confidence-giving wins on the Global Champions Tour this spring. His ride, Explosion W, already has a serious reputation as a winner.
Tom McEwen: Eventing (riding Toledo de Kerser)
Olympic debutant comes into Tokyo ranked fifth in the world. He helped Britain claim world team gold three years ago.
Holly Smith: Showjumping (riding Denver)
Smith’s selection makes her the first female on the British Olympic jumping team for 45 years. She won bronze in the team event at the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam.
Oliver Townend: Eventing (riding Ballaghmor Class)
Townend may be making his Olympic debut but he is not short on experience, having won team eventing world gold three times and currently ranked number one in the world.
Marcus Mepstead: men’s individual foil
Team GB’s sole fencing representative in Tokyo, two-time Olympian Mepstead is ranked 14th in the world and won silver at the 2019 World Championships.
Millie Bright: Defender (Chelsea and England)
Only England player to start every match at Euro 2017 despite only making her Lionesses bow against Belgium ten months earlier. Has won four FA WSL titles, two Women’s FA Cups and two Women’s League Cups.
Lucy Bronze: Defender (Manchester City and England)
One of the best players in the game, starring in the 2015 World Cup and winning three Champions League titles with Olympique Lyonnais. First Englishwoman to be named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2019, and the following year she was crowned the Best FIFA Women’s Player.
Rachel Daly: Defender (Houston Dash and England)
Won first England cap in 2016, and three years later was part of the team that won the She Believes Cup in 2019 and reached the World Cup semi-finals the same year.
Lauren Hemp: Forward (Manchester City and England)
Youngest footballer to be selected for Team GB in Tokyo. Made her Lionesses debut against Portugal in October 2019.
Steph Houghton: Defender (Manchester City and England)
One of five Olympic veterans on Team GB, netting in all three group stage games to put her squad through to the quarter-finals at London 2012. England centurion has appeared at two World Cups and two European Championships – leading the Lionesses to third at the 2015 World Cup.
- Meet the Team GB women’s football team playing at Tokyo 2021
Steph Houghton is one of five players in the football team who also played at the 2012 Olympics
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Sophie Ingle: Midfielder (Chelsea and Wales)
Earns her Olympic moment, a decade after being on the cusp of the team for 2012. Only Welsh player in squad.
Fran Kirby: Forward (Chelsea and England)
Named Women’s Super League player of the season in 2021 as Chelsea retained their league title, achievements all the more impressive after recovering from contracting pericarditis in late 2019.
Kim Little: Midfielder (Arsenal and Scotland)
Scotland centurion made her debut for her country back in 2007 as a 16-year-old and was named in Team GB’s London 2012 squad aged just 21.
Nikita Parris: Forward (Olympique Lyonnais and England)
Older sister, Natasha Jonas, became the first female boxer to represent Team GB at London 2012. Has half a century of Lionesses caps under her belt.
Ellie Roebuck: Goalkeeper (Manchester City and England)
Goalkeeper was one of six nominees for FIFA’s 2020 Best Awards in the position. Made her senior breakthrough at Man City in 2018 after an injury to Karen Bardsley, the other stopper in the Tokyo squad.
Jill Scott: Midfielder (Manchester City and England)
One of just 11 Lionesses centurions, she picked up her 150th England cap in a friendly victory over Northern Ireland in February 2021. Second Olympics after London 2012.
Georgia Stanway: Forward (Manchester City and England)
Named 2019 PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year – a year after scoring on her senior debut with England. First Olympics.
Demi Stokes: Defender (Manchester City and England)
Started her senior career at Sunderland and also appeared for Vancouver Whitecaps. Made her 150th appearance for Man City in the 2020/21 campaign with the Olympic Games continuing an international career which included a senior England debut in 2014.
Carly Telford: Goalkeeper (Chelsea and England)
Goalkeeper is well used to tournament football, having helped England reach the semi-finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup – a feat which secured GB Football their spot at the Olympics.
Keira Walsh: Midfielder (Manchester City and England)
One of 11 Manchester City players in the Olympic squad, she was part of the England team that won the SheBelieves Cup in 2019, and the squad that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup that same year.
Caroline Weir: Midfielder (Manchester City and Scotland)
Having appeared at the 2019 World Cup and 2017 Euros for Scotland, Weir will travel to Japan for her third major tournament on the international stage
Ellen White: Forward (Manchester City and England)
Made her England debut in 2010 and finished the 2019 World Cup as the joint top goalscorer. Also part of the Team GB squad which reached the quarter-finals at London 2012.
Leah Williamson: Defender (Arsenal and England)
Named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2015, defender has twice won the FA Cup with Arsenal as well as the league in 2018-19. Received her maiden England call-up in 2017 and appeared at the 2019 World Cup.
Paul Casey: men’s competition
Since turning professional in 2000, Casey has recorded 15 European Tour wins – most recently in January 2021 – and three on the PGA Tour. The current world No 20 has represented Europe four times in the Ryder Cup, recording three victories over the United States in the biennial contest.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff: women’s competition
Ewart Shadoff is a three-time Solheim Cup player, marking her debut in Europe’s 2013 victory over the United States with two wins from three matches. Two further appearances followed in 2017 and the home victory at Gleneagles in 2019. She finished runner up in the 2017 Women’s British Open for her best finish in a Major championship.
Tommy Fleetwood: men’s competition
Five-time European Tour winner Fleetwood was crowned European No 1 in 2017, finishing ahead of reigning Olympic champion Rose. He went on to make a memorable debut in the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, winning four points out of five.
Mel Reid: women’s competition
Reid secured her first LPGA win in 2020, adding to her six victories on the Ladies European Tour. She has represented Europe three times in the Solheim Cup, in 2011, 2015 and 2017, helping Europe to victory on her debut and securing 2.5 points from three two years later.
Joe Fraser: men’s artistic gymnastics
The 2019 parallel bars world champion, who also finished in the top 10 in the all-around event at the last World Championships.
Jennifer Gadirova: women’s artistic gymnastics
Twin sister to Jessica, 16-year-old made history in 2019 by medalling at the first ever Junior World Championships and has continued to showcase upgrades in her routines ever since.
Jessica Gadirova: women’s artistic gymnastics
Made major championship debut earlier this year, becoming European floor champion after winning all-around bronze and vault silver in the days before.
Laura Gallagher: women’s trampoline
Having represented Britain at European and world level for many years, taking team titles at both, Gallagher finally makes her long-awaited Olympic bow.
James Hall: men’s artistic gymnastics
Hall has won medals at the Commonwealth Games for Team England, as well as being a two-time European medallist – this is his first Olympics.
Alice Kinsella: women’s artistic gymnastics
Britain’s most experienced female artistic gymnast in Tokyo, the 20-year-old is a European and Commonwealth gold medallist on the beam.
Amelie Morgan: women’s artistic gymnastics
Made history at the Junior European Championships in Glasgow, winning five medals, the most by any GB junior women’s gymnast. She won her first senior major championship medal by winning European uneven bars bronze in 2021.
Bryony Page: Women’s trampoline
Made history in Rio in 2016 by becoming the very first British trampoline gymnast to win an Olympic medal with silver. Placed fourth in the 2020/2021 World Cup rankings which secured her place at the Games.
Giarnni Regini-Moran: men’s artistic gymnastics
Earlier this year, he claimed his first major championship medal, winning bronze in the vault final at the 2021 European Championships
Max Whitlock: men’s artistic gymnastics
Whitlock became the first British gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal when he triumphed on the floor in Rio. Then just an hour later he won another gold on pommel horse to write his name in the history books. He is also a three-time world champion on the pommel.
Max Whitlock will be aiming to defend his pommel title in Tokyo
Giselle Ansley: defender
Rio 2016 gold medal-winning defender returns for her second Olympic Games.
Grace Balsdon: defender
Made her international debut at the age of 20 when GB played the USA in San Diego, a country where she studied for a year at Maryland University. Olympics debut.
Fiona Crackles: defender
Tough tackling defender burst onto the international scene in late 2020 when she made her senior GB debut against Holland in the Hockey Pro League. Olympics debut.
Maddie Hinch: goalkeeper
World-renowned goalkeeper returns for a second Olympics, five years after heroics helped Team GB win gold in Rio.
Sarah Jones: midfielder
Having made her international debut for Wales back in 2005, midfielder called into the GB cycle following the Rio 2016 Olympics. She is joined in the team by partner Leah Wilkinson.
Hannah Martin: midfielder
With a European and Commonwealth bronze already under her belt, Martin will be hoping to add a first medal in GB colours in Tokyo.
Shona McCallin: midfielder
Having spent 18 months out of the game due to injury, McCallin made a successful return to international hockey in mid-2019. Second Olympics after gold in Rio.
Lily Owsley: forward
Making her second Games appearance after gold in Rio, fast-running forward Owsley has amassed 164 caps for GB and England.
Hollie Pearne-Webb (C): defender
World-beating defender scored the decisive goal in the shootout to win Olympic gold in 2016. Has since been made England GB women’s captain. Also a qualified accountant.
Izzy Petter: forward
Youngest member of Team GB’s women’s hockey team in Tokyo. Olympics debut.
Ellie Rayer: forward
Alongside Owsley, Rayer, a former 400m sprinter, is regarded as one of the fastest players in the squad. Olympics debut.
Sarah Robertson: midfielder
Robertson flies the flag for Scotland in the team. Has twice represented her country at Commonwealth Games but this will be her first Olympics.
Anna Toman: defender
An ever-present for both England and GB since making her senior international debut back in 2017. Olympics debut.
Susannah Townsend: midfielder
Townsend, 31, made her international debut back in 2008 and was part of the Great Britain team that won Olympic gold at Rio 2016.
Laura Unsworth: defender
With 276 Great Britain and England caps to her name, Unsworth is the most experienced women’s player as she makes her third Games appearance
Leah Wilkinson: defender
Holds the accolade of the most capped sportsperson in Wales. Joined on the team by partner Sarah Jones.
Adam Dixon and Hollie Pearne-Webb will lead the men and women's hockey teams respectively
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David Ames: defender
Since making his debut in May 2015,Ames has become a regular for both the England and Great Britain sides and was appointed as the vice-captain of both in early 2019. Second Olympics.
Liam Ansell: forward
Shot to international prominence at the 2018 World Cup when, as a late injury call up, he shone as England claimed a fourth-placed finish. Olympic debut.
Brendan Creed: defender
Creed has become a mainstay in the backlines for England and Great Britain since his international debut in 2017. Olympic debut.
Adam Dixon: defender
Men’s captain Dixon has a total of 284 combined caps for Great Britain and England. Second Olympic Games.
Jacob Draper: defender
Alongside Rupert Shipperley, Draper becomes the first Welsh male hockey player to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games since 2000.
James Gall: midfielder
Since being called up to the senior programme in January 2017, James has become a key player in midfield. It could have been so much different though, having fractured his skull and spine in a freak accident back in 2015. Olympics debut.
Chris Griffiths: forward
Having suffered with injuries that prevented him from appearing at the 2016 Olympics and 2018 World Cup, Griffiths hit back in style during the 2019 Hockey Pro League when he scored four goals in four games. Olympics debut.
Ollie Payne: goalkeeper
Rapid rise for the goalkeeper who only made his senior debut in October 2020. Helped England’s U21s to silver at the 2019 EuroHockey Championships.
Phil Roper: forward
Shot to prominence in 2019, finishing as the joint-third highest scorer in the inaugural season of the Hockey Pro League. Co-captained both England and GB between 2017-2018.
Liam Sanford: defender
A knee injury saw Sanford miss much of 2019 but he fought back to help GB qualify for Tokyo. Also a Senior Aircraftman with the RAF. Olympics debut.
Rupert Shipperley: forward
Alongside Jack Draper, Shipperley becomes the first Welsh male hockey player to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games since 2000.
Ian Sloan: midfielder
Sloan. who declared for England and GB rather than Ireland, returns for a second Olympics following Rio. Was co-captain of both international teams between 2017-2018.
Tom Sorsby: defender
Made his senior international debut in May 2019, going on to appear in the 2019 EuroHockey Championships and then help GB qualify for Tokyo 2020. Olympics debut.
Zach Wallace: midfielder
Youngest member of Team GB’s men’s hockey team in Tokyo. Olympics debut.
Jack Waller: defender
A versatile player capable of playing in defence or midfield, Waller has become a regular in both the England and GB senior teams. Olympics debut
Sam Ward: forward
Second Olympic Games, 19 months after overcoming a serious eye injury which he thought would end his career.
Sarah Adlington: Women’s +78kg
Third time lucky for Scotland’s top judoka who finally makes her Olympics bow. The 34-year-old has been a regular on the international scene for well over a decade and won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Chelsie Giles: Women’s -52kg
Olympic debutant heads to the home of judo in stunning form, having topped the podium at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam before winning silver at the Tbilisi Grand Slam. Giles travels to Tokyo seeded eighth, meaning she will not face another seeded fighter until the quarter final stage, at the earliest.
Gemma Howell: Women’s -70kg
Howell will compete at her second Olympic Games having made her debut in 2012. The Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist overcame multiple injuries to secure qualification.
Ashley McKenzie: Men’s -60kg
Commonwealth champion and two-time European Championship bronze medallist McKenzie competes at his third Olympic Games having made his debut in London.
Natalie Powell: Women’s -78kg
Powell competes at her second Olympic Games, having finished seventh on her debut in Rio. Powell is a Commonwealth champion, 3x European bronze medallist and a World bronze medallist and is seeded fifth.
Lucy Renshall: Women’s -63kg
Renshall secured her qualification with a gold medal at the Antalya Grand Slam following a fifth-place finish at the Tbilisi Grand Slam and will travel to Tokyo as an Olympic debutant.
Having finished tenth on his Olympics debut in Rio, Choong returns to the team having won gold at the 2019 World Cup Final, in doing so securing himself the title of world number one.
While not medaling on his Olympics debut in Rio, Cooke set a new Olympic modern pentathlon swim record with a time of 1:55:60. After a dramatic sprint finish, in 2018 he became the first British man in over a quarter of a century to be crowned world champion and added European gold a year later.
Experienced athlete French, who placed fifth in Rio, comes fresh off the back of a sensational 2021 season. The 2019 European silver medallist not only secured three international medals but also set a new women’s world record in the fencing discipline.
Olympic debutant Muir enjoyed podium success this year – joining Kate French in a British 1-2 at the opening World Cup in Budapest, before going on to finish on the extended podium at every World Cup competition. The Scottish-born athlete is number one on the World Cup ranking list this year.
Thomas Barras: Men’s quadruple sculls (M4x)
Qualified physiotherapist came to attention with world championship bronze in 2017. Recently won bronze at 2021 World Rowing Cup II
Jack Beaumont: Men’s quadruple sculls (M4x)
Son of Olympic rower Peter, Beaumont recently won bronze at 2021 World Rowing Cup II. Olympic men’s quadruple scull finalist in 2016
Karen Bennett: Women’s four (W4-)
Won an historic silver medal with the women’s eight at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Also a European champion in the eight and world silver medallist in the four.
Chloe Brew: Women’s eight (W8+)
Learnt to row at Plymouth Armature Rowing Club, Henley Women’s Regatta eight champion in 2019.
Joshua Bugajski: Men’s eight (M8+)
Olympic debutant made GB debut in 2018. Only took up rowing aged 20 while studying in Cardiff.
Sholto Carnegie: Men’s four (M4-)
Made senior GB debut in 2018. European and 2021 World Rowing Cup II champion.
John Collins: Men’s double sculls (M2x)
European bronze medallist was introduced to the sport through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Finished fifth on Olympic debut in 2016.
Oliver Cook: Men’s four (M4-)
Men’s coxed pair world champion in 2016, and currently European champion in the men’s four.
Emily Craig: Lightweight women’s double sculls (LW2x)
Lightweight women’s quadruple scull champion in 2016, Craig won European double sculls silver this year.
Jacob Dawson: Men’s eight (M8+)
Olympic debutant was introduced to rowing through the Start centre in Plymouth at the age of 14 and completed a geography degree at University of Washington
Katherine Douglas: Women’s eight (W8+)
Oxford Brookes graduate took up rowing in 2009 at university to keep fit.
Rebecca Edwards: Women’s eight (W8+)
Northern Ireland’s Edwards made her senior GB debut at the third World Cup in Rotterdam two years ago in a second development GB eight that finished seventh overall.
Charles Elwes: Men’s eight (M8+)
One of the youngest members of the team, Elwes makes his Olympic debut in the men’s eight.
Henry Fieldman (cox): Men’s eight (M8+)
Has coxed for the GB rowing team at all levels from junior through to the senior ranks. Two time world champion in the coxed pair. Olympic debut.
Emily Ford: Women’s eight (W8+)
Broke into the GB senior squad in 2018, having competed at junior and under-23 level. Sister to fellow squad member Tom.
Thomas Ford: Men’s eight (M8+)
Double world university gold medallist has his sights set on a podium spot in Tokyo. World bronze medallist in 2019. Brother of women’s weight member Emily.
The men's eight for Tokyo
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Fiona Gammond: Women’s eight (W8+)
Made her senior debut at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam with a convincing win in the women’s four. Youth Olympic gold medallist in 2010.
Thomas George: Men’s eight (M8+)
Made his senior debut in the men’s eight at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne in 2017. Studied politics at Princeton University.
Rory Gibbs: Men’s four (M4-)
European and 2021 World Rowing Cup II champion makes his first Olympic appearance.
Helen Glover: Women’s pair (W2-)
Two-time Olympic champion and mother of three becomes first British rower to compete at the Olympics after having children.
Lucy Glover: Women’s quadruple sculls (W4x)
Glover, who now represents Edinburgh University having started out at Warrington Rowing Club, will be competing at her first Olympics.
Imogen Grant: Lightweight women’s double sculls (LW2x)
European silver medallist and Olympic debutant learned to row at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Angus Groom: Men’s quadruple sculls (M4x)
Olympic men’s quadruple scull finalist in 2016, Groom recently won bronze at 2021 World Rowing Cup II.
Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne: Women’s quadruple sculls (W4x)
Younger sister of team-mate Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne and double under-23 world champion sculler.
Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne: Women’s quadruple sculls (W4x)
World under-23 women’s double scull champion in 2016 and senior world quadruple sculls bronze medallist in 2017. Join sister on the team for Tokyo.
Matilda Horn (cox): Women’s eight (W8+)
Cox and sports enthusiast Matilda Horn stepped up to the GB senior squad at the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympiad. She is a trained sports therapist.
Harry Leask: Men’s quadruple sculls (M4x)
Olympic debut for Leask who recently won bronze at 2021 World Rowing Cup II.
Rowan McKellar: Women’s four (W4-)
European women’s eight silver medallist in 2019, McKellar finds herself in the four for Tokyo.
Caragh McMurtry: Women’s eight (W8+)
A long-time member of the British rowing set up, McMurtry’s progress has been disrupted by illness. Credits rowing with giving her direction in life.
Rebecca Muzerie: Women’s eight (W8+)
Part of a new cohort of rowers to have come through in the Tokyo cycle, she took up rowing whilst studying for a degree in psychology at Cardiff University.
Sara Parfett: Women’s eight (W8+)
A former competitive swimmer, Parfett makes her Olympic Games debut.
Matthew Rossiter: Men’s four (M4-)
European and World Rowing Cup II champion makes his Olympic debut.
James Rudkin: Men’s eight (M8+)
Olympic debutant won men’s eight world bronze in 2019 and World Cup gold in Rotterdam in the same year.
Mohamed Sbihi: Men’s eight (M8+)
Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist and bronze medallist at London returns for his third Olympic Games.
Mo Sbihi returns for a third Games
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Hannah Scott: Women’s quadruple sculls (W4x)
Northern Ireland’s Scott made her senior GB debut at European Championships in April where the team won a silver medal.
Rebecca Shorten: Women’s four (W4-)
Northern Ireland’s Shorten has been in the GB squad since 2017, mostly stroking the women’s eight, with the year’s delay seeing her move into the four on its return to the Olympics.
Polly Swann: Women’s pair (W2-)
2016 silver medallist took time out of the sport in 2020 to work as a junior doctor for the NHS during the pandemic.
Harriet Taylor: Women’s four (W4-)
First selected for a senior boat at the 2017 World Cup regatta in Lucerne. Was part of the women’s eight for the 2019 season, winning European silver and World Cup II bronze but now in the four.
Graeme Thomas: Men’s double sculls (M2x)
Former rugby union player was selected for the quadruple sculls for the 2016 Olympics, but illness forced him to withdraw shortly before racing started. World and European quadruple sculls medallist
Victoria Thornley: Women’s single sculls (W1x)
Rio 2016 silver medallist returns for her third Games, realising her dream of racing in the women’s single sculls.
Oliver Wynne-Griffith: Men’s eight (M8+)
First raced with the GB senior squad at the 2017 World Cup regatta in Lucerne. Olympic debut.
Holly Aitchison: Saracens Women and England
Made her World Sevens Series debut in Las Vegas in March 2017, scored a try in the Challenge Trophy semi-final against Argentina. Father Ian is a former England U20 and Saxons player.
Abbie Brown: Loughborough Lightning and England
Co-captains the women’s squad alongside Megan Jones. Played at Rio 2016 and won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Abi Burton: Wasps FC Ladies and England
Daughter of Bradford Bulls player Danny Burton, and sister to Leeds Rhinos Academy’s Joe and Oli Burton, Burton comes from a sporting family. Olympics debut.
Deborah Fleming: Saracens Women and England
Was England’s highest points scorer in the 2018 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series and a key part of the squad victorious in their Olympic qualifying event.
Natasha Hunt: Gloucester/Hartpury and England
Along with Abbie Brown and Jasmine Joyce, plays in her second Olympic Games.
Megan Jones: Wasps FC Ladies and England
Co-captains the women’s squad alongside Abbie Brown. Travelled to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a non-playing reserve.
Jasmine Joyce: Bristol Bears Women and Wales
Makes her second Olympic appearance after Rio. Made her debut for the Wales national 15s squad in 2017, and represented them at the 2021 Women’s Six Nations Championship.
Alex Matthews: Worcester Warriors Women and England
Voted RPA Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2018, Matthews played in all five HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series events that season. She was a key part of the England squad victorious in their Olympic qualifying event.
Helena Rowland: Loughborough Lightning and England
Rowland made her international debut for the senior England 15s team in November 2020. Returned to 15s again when funding was cut following Olympics postponement but now back in sevens fold.
Celia Quansah: Wasps and England
As a heptathlete, she trained with Olympic high jumper Morgan Lake and has remained good friends. Made switch to rugby after falling out of love with athletics. Joins partner Megan Jones on the team.
Hannah Smith: Scotland
Made her full international 15s debut for Scotland against France in the 2013 Six Nations. Began playing at the age of 17, after joining Stirling County –– the same club as her brother Matt.
Emma Uren: Saracens Women and England
Part of the squad to secure qualification for the Olympic Games, crossing in the final against Russia. Olympics debut.
Dan Bibby: England
Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist and mainstay of the England sevens team returns for a second Olympics.
Alec Coombes: Edinburgh and Scotland
Was named as a core member of the Scotland 7s squad for the first time ahead of the 2018/19 season. Scored a try with his first touch of the ball in international sevens.
Alex Davis: England
Missed out on Rio 2016 through injury. Two years later he was part England squad that won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, and was included in the team that secured silver at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco in 2018.
Robbie Fergusson: Glasgow Warriors and Scotland
One of four Scots in the men’s team for Tokyo. After chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Fergusson returned to rugby in October 2014.
Harry Glover: England
Selected for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco where England would lose in the final to New Zealand. He played again for England Sevens in the 2019-20 season
Ben Harris: Saracens
Harris made his debut for the England Sevens at the opening tournament of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Moscow, Russia in May 2018 and made his World Rugby Sevens Series debut in March 2019 in Las Vegas.
Oliver Lindsay-Hague: England
Made his debut in February 2010 but it wasn’t until 2016 when his sevens career really took off. Set up Dan Norton for a consolation try against Fiji in the Rio 2016 final, coming away with a silver medal.
Ross McCann: Scotland
One of four Scotland players in the team for Tokyo. Big brother to double-winning St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann and Dunfermline Athletic’s Lewis McCann.
Max McFarland: Scotland
Represented his country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, while he also scored a crucial try against France in the 7th place playoff at the 2018 Sevens World Cup.
Tom Mitchell: England
Named men’s captain for Tokyo after leading Great Britain to an Olympic silver medal at Rio 2016, a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, and silver at the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Dan Norton: England
All-time World Rugby Sevens Series leading try scorer Norton returns for a second Olympics.
Ethan Waddleton: England
Waddleton became a member of the England Sevens squad in 2015/16, making his World Series debut in Wellington.
Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey: 49erFX (Women’s Skiff)
Sixth at her first Olympics, Dobson has partnered up with Tidey who previously represented Ireland at Rio 2016.
Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell: 49er (Men’s Skiff)
London 2012 silver medallist Bithell and Fletcher have won world and European gold together.
John Gimson and Anna Burnet: Nacra 17 (Mixed Multihull) Gimson will compete at his fourth Olympics, while Burnet, the niece of great New Zealand yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, will make her Games debut.
Elliot Hanson: Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy)
After being hampered by two seasons of injuries, claimed fifth place at the 2020 Laser World Championships.
Luke Patience and Chris Grube: 470 Men (Men’s Two Person Dinghy)
Olympic silver medallist at London, Patience was fifth alongside Grube in Rio.
Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre: 470 Women (Women’s Two Person Dinghy)
A Tokyo medal for Mills would make her the most successful female Olympic sailor of all time after two previous golds (2016) and silver (2012). Mills is also the flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony. McIntyre makes her Olympic debut 32 years after her dad Mike won gold for Britain.
Giles Scott: Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy)
Defending Olympic champion, four-time Finn world champion and member of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team.
Tom Squires: RS:X Men (Men’s Windsurfer)
Formerly a gardener, claimed the prestigious Princess Sofia Trophy in 2016. Olympics debut.
Emma Wilson: RS:X Women (Women’s Windsurfer)
The daughter of 1988 and 1992 Olympic windsurfer Penny Way, Wilson will look to win Britain’s first women’s windsurfing Olympic medal since Bryony Shaw’s bronze in 2008. Olympics debut.
Alison Young: Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy)
The 2015 Laser Radial world champion competes at her third Olympics.
Matt Coward-Holley: men’s Olympic trap
Ranked world number two in Olympic trap, and world champion in 2019. Olympics debut.
Aaron Heading: men’s Olympic trap
Four-time Commonwealth Games medallist, four-time World Cup medallist and a European Games medallist. Olympics debut.
Kirsty Hegarty: women’s Olympic trap
First Northern Irish athlete to be selected for Team GB for Tokyo. European and Commonwealth Games silver medallist. Olympics debut.
Amber Hill: women’s Olympic skeet
Forced to withdraw from the Games after contracting coronavirus.
Seonaid McIntosh: women’s 50m 3 positions rifle and 10m air rifle
Commonwealth Games double bronze medallist, European champion and world record holder. Olympics debut.
Sky Brown: women’s park
Brown will become Team GB’s youngest ever summer Olympian at the age of 13 years and 11 days, surpassing Margery Hinton who was 13 years and 44 days when she competed at Amsterdam 1928. Brown is a world bronze medallist and took silver at the recent Dew Tour.
Bombette Martin: women’s park
Martin, 14, qualified for Tokyo in 18th place following the World Skate qualification season. Winner of the national title in April, Martin is the daughter of John ‘Bomber’ Martin, an ex-amateur boxer from Birmingham.
Britain’s most successful climber, a two-time bouldering World Cup winner and double world bronze medallist. Olympics debut.
Shauna Coxsey models the Adidas kit that will be worn by British athletes in Tokyo
Freestyle sprinter secured her first World Championship medal in 2019 as part of the mixed 4x100m medley relay team that won bronze. Olympics debut.
Impressed at trials, winning the 400m freestyle final in three minutes 46 seconds, inside the Olympic consideration time. Olympics debut.
First Scottish woman under the one minute mark in 100 metre backstroke. One of four Scots in Team GB’s Tokyo swimming team. Olympics debut.
Recorded the 10th fastest ever swim in the 200m freestyle at the national trials. Olympics debut.
Alice Dearing: women’s marathon
First black woman to represent Great Britain in an Olympic swimming event after finishing fourth in June’s final qualification event
Back-stroke specialist is a double world medallist and Commonwealth Games silver medallist. Olympics debut.
Double Olympic silver medallist and 2015 200m freestyle world champion returns for second Games.
Picked up four gold medals across a host of relay events at this year’s European Championships. Olympic debut.
Commonwealth Games relay bronze medallist trains under Mel Marshall in Loughborough. Olympics debut.
Welsh swimmer first represented Great Britain in 2012 but Tokyo will be his Olympics debut.
Two-time Commonwealth Games medallist in the 1500m freestyle makes Olympics debut
Fly specialist set a new Welsh record in the 50m butterfly in February and won the women’s 100m butterfly at trials. Olympics debut.
He and Max are the third brothers to compete for Great Britain’s Olympic swim team, after Albert and John Dickin in 1920 and twins Bert and Jack Wardrop in 1952. Olympics debut.
Seeking to upgrade his 400m medley fourth from Rio. European champion in 2019.
Second Olympics for breaststroke specialist. Finished ninth in the 100m breaststroke at Rio 2016.
Hector Pardoe: men’s marathon
France-based Pardoe qualified after finishing first in June’s final qualification event. Finished eighth at this year’s European Championships.
First member of Team GB to claim gold at Rio 2016 and the first British male Olympic champion in the pool since 1988. Reigning double world champion and world record holder.
British junior record holder, Commonwealth Games silver medallist and European gold medallist. Olympics debut for fly specialist.
World and Commonwealth gold medallist in the 50m butterfly and European and Commonwealth champion in the 50m freestyle. Second Olympics.
English breaststroke swimmer and world champion in 2016. Second Olympics.
European junior champion makes Olympics debut in Tokyo.
Double Olympic silver medallist, also won gold at three successive World Championships.
Kate Shortman: artistic swimming
Made her senior and junior European Championship debuts in 2016, and her first World Championship final in 2017. Multiple national solo and duet champion at both senior and junior level. Qualified after finishing seventh at Barcelona qualifier. Olympics debut.
Butterfly specialist Stephens enjoyed a breakthrough swim at the 2019 British Championships in the 200m butterfly, helping to earn her selection at the world championships, where she placed eighth. Helping Britain to gold in the women’s 4x100m medley relay at this year’s European Championships.
Swansea-based swimmer will be making her Olympics debut at the age of 30.
Isabelle Thorpe: artistic swimming
Competed at her maiden World Championship in 2017, finished 16th before improving two places two years later. Qualified after finishing seventh at Barcelona qualifier. Olympics debut.
Britain's artistic swimmers Isabelle Thorpe and Kate Shortman
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English Commonwealth champion Sarah Vasey took victory in the 100m breaststroke at British trials in a new lifetime best. Olympics debut.
Young freestyle specialist received his debut Olympics call up while in the middle of his GCSEs.
Claimed medals of all three colours at the 2019 World Championships, earning individual 100m breaststroke silver before playing a key role in British relay successes. Olympics debut.
Backstroke specialist represented Scotland at 2018 Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth in 50m backstroke. Olympics debut.
European relay gold gold medallist in 2018. Olympics debut.
The most experienced swimmer on the team, Tokyo will represent a third Games for the Commonwealth gold medallist.
Met the qualification time in the women’s 200m individual medley at trials when finishing second. Olympics debut.
Represented England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Olympics debut.
Paul Drinkhall: men’s singles
Drinkhall competes at his third Olympic Games after he was awarded a spot due to his ranking place and the withdrawal through injury of table tennis legend Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus.
Tin-Tin Ho: women’s singles
Three-time Commonwealth Games medallist is the first female GB table tennis athlete to qualify for an Olympic Games since Atlanta 1996, although Team GB had a host-nation place for London 2012. Games debut.
Liam Pitchford: men’s singles
Competes at his third Games after London and Rio, after reaching the team quarter-finals and singles last 32 at the latter.
Mahama Cho (+80kg)
Former world silver medallist who lost in the bronze medal fight-off at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Team GB's taekwondo team
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Jade Jones (-57kg)
Double Olympic champion who won gold in London and Rio. Aiming for historic hat-trick and in good form, having won the European title (for a third time) in 2021.
Bradly Sinden (-68kg)
Became Great Britain’s first male world champion in 2019. Olympics debut.
Bianca Walkden (+67kg)
Triple world champion who won a bronze medal in Rio. Claimed European title in 2021 and will have high hopes for gold in Tokyo.
Lauren Williams (-67kg)
A former junior world champion who switched to taekwondo from kickboxing after watching Jones win gold in 2012. Olympics debut.
Liam Broady: Men’s singles
British number five links up with the tennis squad after being offered a spot by the International Tennis Federation based on his world ranking of 141.
Andy Murray: Men’s singles, men’s doubles
Four-time Olympian made history at Rio 2016 when he defended his men’s singles title becoming the first men’s player to win two Olympic gold medals in the singles event. In Tokyo, as well as competing in the singles, Murray will team up with Joe Salisbury in the men’s doubles.
Jamie Murray: Men’s doubles
A late call up to replace Dan Evans, who had to withdraw after testing positive for Covid-19. Murray and Skupski will join forces once again having competed together on the ATP Tour last season as well as the Davis Cup Finals in 2019. A fourth Olympics for Murray.
Joe Salisbury: Men’s doubles
Olympic debutant is a two-time Grand Slam winner having most recently won the French Open mixed double title. Will play with Andy Murray in the men’s doubles.
Neal Skupski: Men’s doubles
Olympics debut for Liverpool fan Skupski who reached the men’s doubles semi-finals of the US Open in 2019, having reached the semi-finals of the mixed doubles earlier in the year.
Heather Watson: Women’s singles
Guernsey-born Watson plays at her third Olympics, with her best result being a mixed doubles quarter-final appearance in 2016. Will play alongside Johanna Konta in the women’s doubles.
Jonny Brownlee: individual and mixed relay
Olympic bronze medallist in 2012 followed by silver in 2016.
Vicky Holland: individual and mixed relay
Britain’s first female Olympic medallist in triathlon with bronze in Rio, 2018 world champion.
Jess Learmonth: individual and mixed relay
Double Commonwealth Games silver medallist, world silver medallist and 2017 European champion. Olympics debut.
Georgia Taylor-Brown: individual and mixed relay
Double world bronze medallist before claiming gold in 2020. Olympics debut.
Alex Yee: individual and mixed relay
Makes Olympic debut after gaining selection ahead of Alistair Brownlee. Warmed up for Tokyo by finishing fourth in the season-opener in Yokohama before winning home World Series race in Leeds.
Emily Campbell: women’s +87kg
Olympic debut comes after a stellar year in which she won three European gold medals and became the first British weightlifter since 1988 to take a European clean sweep by setting Commonwealth records in the Clean & Jerk discipline and overall.
Sarah Davies: women’s 64kg
Davies has medalled at the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Championships, British International Open and most recently at the European Championships where she clinched three silver medals. Currently ranked fifth in the world rankings.
Emily Muskett: women’s 76kg
Earlier this year, Muskett became Great Britain’s first European champion in 26 years, taking silver in the women’s 71kg Snatch discipline before winning gold in the clean & jerk and overall competition. With no women’s 71kg event being held at the Olympic Games, Muskett has moved up a category.
Zoe Smith: women’s 59kg
Returns for her second Olympics after a top 10 finish at London 2012 before a dislocated shoulder dashed her chances in 2016. Three-time Commonwealth Games medallist is currently ranked sixth in the world rankings