Who are your city’s best medal hopes at the Olympics?

The 31st Olympic Games begin on Friday and while Team GB has dropped in size from 541 to 366, there’s much to be optimistic about, with representatives coming from all corners of the British Isles.

Here’s a preview of who will be representing your corner of the country in Rio over the next month.


Geraint Thomas

Geraint thomas

Thomas will be representing Team GB and Cardiff in the Men’s road race, alongside three time yellow jersey winner Chris Froome.

Froome has said that he’d be willing to cycle for Thomas, suggesting that there’s a good chance the Gold Medal will be heading to Wales.


Eilidh Doyle

Eilidh Doyle

The die-hard Hearts fan will be flying the flag for Great Britain on the track in the 400 metre hurdles. Doyle picked up a silver medal in the same event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and will be looking to go one step further in Rio.

Lynsey Sharp

The Mary Erskine former pupil won the hearts of Scotland when she bagged silver at the Glasgow games despite suffering from a mysterious illness.

She’ll be looking to win the hearts of the whole of Great Britain when she takes to the track for the 800 metres.


Katherine Grainger


Glasgow born athlete Grainger will be keen to get her hands on another gold medal in the Double Sculls this month. The 40 year old triumphed four years ago in London, after winning silver at the three previous games

Camilla Hattersley

Glasgow Uni student Hattersley carried the Olympic torch four years ago in the build up to the 2012 London Olympic games. Four years later, Camilla’s looking to make a splash in the 800 metres freestyle.


Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams

In 2012 Adams was crowned as the bantamweight Olympic gold medal winner and since then has become a household name. The Leeds lass will be looking to double up her collection when she takes to the ring in Rio.


Adam Gemili


The London-born sprinter chose athletics over football after training as a youngster with Chelsea, and it looks like Gemili has made the right choice, becoming the first Briton to run the 100 metres under 10 seconds and the 200 metres under 20 seconds. Gemili will be representing Britain in the 200 metre sprint.

Dina Asher Smith

Dina Asher Smith represents one of Britain’s best chances of picking up a medal on the track. The 20 year old has been in unbelievable form, recently breaking the British records in both the 100 metres and 200 metres.


Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny

Kenny already has three Olympic Gold medals to his name, picking up one in Beijing and a further two at the London games four years later.

He will be looking to double his tally in Rio, as he represents team GB and Manchester in the team sprint, individual sprint and Keirin.

Muhammad Ali

56 years ago the greatest boxer of all time Muhammad Ali won Gold at the Rome Olympics. Umpteen Olympic Games later his namesake, from Bury,will be looking to follow in his footsteps, stepping into the ring and looking to claim the flyweight Gold medal.


Danny Willett

Golf makes it’s debut at the Olympics this year and Masters winner will be looking to win a gold medal to go with the green jacket he won at the Masters in Augusta. The Sheffield lad will be playing alongside fellow major winner Justin Rose.

during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Ennis-Hill became the poster girl at the London Olympic games following her triumphant performance in the heptathlon. Since then she has married and had a child, but will be looking to reclaim her title this August nevertheless.