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Rio Olympics: The athletes we can’t wait to see

Among the galaxy of international stars who will be competing at the Olympics, we take a look at some who are set to leave their mark in Rio.

Andy Murray

Tennis

Britain's Andy Murray holds the winner's trophy during the presentation after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final on day thirteen of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 7, 2013. Murray won 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS -
Britain’s Andy Murray holds the winner’s trophy 

The tennis ace has been training with Rafael Nadal in Majorca ahead of the  Rio Olympics  and now it’s his time to shine. Following on from his second win at Wimbledon in July,  Andy  is hoping to secure another victory in Brazil.

Usain Bolt                         

Athletics

It’s always a thrilling experience to watch the fastest man in the world on the Olympic track. This year promises to be no different with Usain Bolt hoping for a “triple-triple” – winning gold in all three of his events, the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events.

Jessica Ennis-Hill                    

Athletics – Heptathlon

Last summer Jessica Ennis-Hill made the mother of all comebacks when she won gold at the World Athletics Championship, just 13 months after giving birth to her son Reggie. The mum-of-one is no doubt hoping to secure a similar triumph at this summer’s Olympics as she competes in the heptathlon events.

 

Ryan Lochte                                

Swimming

Three-time Olympian Ryan Lochte, who is often dubbed Michael Phelps’ long-time rival, is one of the stars of Team USA that fans can’t wait to see.

 

Mo Farah                 

Athletics

He made history last summer when he became the first man to win the “triple double” – medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 track running events at an Olympics and two world championships – so it’s no surprise that fans can’t wait to cheer him on at Rio.

 

Michael Phelps                             

Swimming

He is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals to his name, so it’s no wonder Michael Phelps makes a splash every time he slips into the pool.

This year, the four-time Olympian will compete in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley events as part of Team USA.

 

Greg Rutherford                     

Athletics

The athlete won his first national long jump title in 2005 and at the 2012 London Olympics, Greg Rutherford went for gold. Ever since, fans have considered him one of Team GB’s all-time greats. His partner Susie Verrill revealed earlier this year that she and the couple’s son Milo won’t be flying to Rio, amid fears over the Zika virus.

 

Tom Daley                           

Diving

Making his Olympic debut at the Beijing Games in 2008, Tom Daley’s most celebrated medal to date came in 2012 when he scored a bronze in the 10m platform event.

The 22-year-old is now gearing up for Rio and in a new documentary entitled  Tom Daley: Diving For Gold, Tom opened up about how the death of his father in 2011 changed him as a person.

 

Nicola Adams                           

Boxing

Nicola Adams made history when she became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal in 2012. She lit up the ring a second time in 2014, again taking home gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The star, who was awarded an MBE in 2013, is arguably the most recognised female boxer in Great Britain.

 

Louis Smith                               

Gymnastics Artistic

All eyes will be on the gymnast following his success at the London 2012 Games, where he picked up a bronze medal at the men’s artistic team all-round event.

In 2008, Louis was also the first British male gymnast to win an Olympic medal since Walter Tysall at London 1908 when he won pommel bronze.

 

Chris Froome

Road Cycling

The Olympics are not the main focus for Chris Froome in 2016, but he will be among the favourites in the men’s time trial in Rio and has described the prospect of winning gold as “fantastic”.

The Kenya-born Briton, who took bronze in the time trial behind countryman Sir Bradley Wiggins at the London Olympics, will hit the streets of Rio fresh from his third Tour de France victory, while his 2016 form elsewhere has been encouraging following his triumph in the Criterium du Dauphine in June.

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Athletics

Often lost amid the hype surrounding Usain Bolt’s quest for a historic third Olympic sprint double is the fact his compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is aiming to become the first woman to win the 100m at three Games.

The diminutive Fraser-Pryce first struck gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a 21-year-old before defending her crown in London and she has continued to dominate the event.


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