Potential GB Golds to Come

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Team GB have made a great start to Tokyo 2020 and there are plenty more hopes of gold medals to come.

Laura and Jason Kenny

Although there were suggestions Team GB could see a dip in their medal haul at the Tokyo Olympics compared to Rio 2016, the group of 376 athletes have made a strong start in Japan.

We have already seen Adam Peaty defend his 100m breaststroke title, Tom Pidcock come out on top in the mountain biking and Tom Daley win his first Olympic gold medal in the 10m synchronised platform with Matty Lee.

But there are still plenty of events in which Team GB can shine – here we take a look at the nation’s best remaining gold medal hopes at the Tokyo Olympics.

Track Cycling Duo Harbour Hopes of Gold

Seven-time World Championship winner Laura Kenny won gold in both the team pursuit and omnium at Rio 2016 and London 2012 and will again be among the favourites in both events as well as the madison on day 14 in Tokyo.

Kenny rounds off her games with the omnium, having won silver in the European event in November last year after coming back from injury.

Laura’s husband Jason Kenny, meanwhile, is after his seventh gold medal in Japan as he looks to overtake Sir Chris Hoy in the gold standings. He is 4/1 to win the men’s sprint, 4/1 to win the men’s keirin and Britain are also 4/1 to win the team sprint.

Whitlock Aims to Emulate Rio Heroics

British star Max Whitlock claimed two gold medals in Brazil five years ago and although he will not be involved in the men’s floor this time around, he is looking to defend his title on the pommel.

The 28-year-old remains the pommel world champion and is expected to rise to the top again but will be pushed by Irish talent Rhys McClenaghan, who has a 2018 Commonwealth gold to his name.

McCormack Looks a Danger

In the boxing, Pat McCormack, who won Commonwealth gold back in 2018, is one to keep an eye on in the men’s welterweight division.

He was defeated in a 2019 world title fight by a split decision but looked promising in his recent victory over Andrey Zamkovoy and is another gunning for gold.

Asher-Smith Hopes to Make History

One of the biggest names in Team GB, Dina Asher-Smith is 9/2 to win the women’s 100m with the absence of suspended Sha’Carri Richardson boosting her chances.

She will, however, face competition from Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo in her favoured 200m and will be looking to build on her haul of three gold medals at the European Championships back in 2018.

Asher-Smith can also count 200m gold and 100m silver at the World Championships among her greatest achievements to date.

Team GB in Mix for First Men’s Pentathlon Medal

Great Britain have yet to win a medal in the modern pentathlon but Jamie Cooke, a European champion in 2018 and 2019, could snap that streak with team-mate Joe Choong, who won gold at the World Cup final two years ago.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Liam Flin is an occasional contributor to the MansionBet Blog. He holds a keen interest football, cricket, cycling and esports. See his insights & tips here.

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