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Team GB Going For Gold

Team GB Going For Gold

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are underway. Here's a closer look at some of Team GB’s golden girls and hopefuls:

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Heptathlete Johnson-Thompson qualified for the London 2012 Olympics aged just 19, kick-starting her athletic journey which went on to see her crowned 2012 World Junior Long Jump Champion, and 2015 European Indoor Pentathlete Champion. Johnson-Thompson holds both the British high jump and indoor long jump records. She came in first in the Women's 200m in Rio. 

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Asha Philip 


Former Double-Mini Trampoline World Junior Champion, turned sprinter, Asha Philip has missed out on not one but two Olympic games in the past. A knee injury kept Philip away from the Beijing games in 2008, and a torn hamstring prevented her from competing in the London 2012 Olympics. Asha made it to the semifinals in Women's 100m at the Rio Olympics. 

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Desiree Henry

Joining Philip in the Women’s 100m and the Women’s 4x100m relay was Desiree Henry, who came in fourth in the semi-finals of the 100m. She was one of young people to light the Olympic cauldron at London 2012 having been nominated by Daley Thompson as a future Olympian. Henry is Great Britain’s third fastest female sprinter ever.

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Dina Asher-Smith 


Asher-Smith is the fastest British woman in history over 100 and 200 metres, and the first British woman to have gone below 11 seconds in the 100m and, at just 20, she is tipped to be a global star. When she isn’t training or competing, Asher-Smith can be found studying history at King’s College London. For now, she'll be competing in the Women's 200m Final today in Rio. 

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Sophie Hitchon


Lancashire born and former World Junior Champion hammer thrower Hitchon is currently the senior British record holder with a throw of 73.86 metres. She missed out on a medal in the London games, but with a good few good seasons behind her, she's taking home a bronze model from Rio.

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Lynsey Sharp


800m runner Sharp, who holds a degree in Law, is the daughter of not one, but two athletes. She missed out on the 800m final in 2012, but, having won silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games representing her native Scotland, she is tipped as one to watch in Rio.

Photo Credit: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Jodie Williams 


Having missed out of the London Olympic Games due to a hamstring injury, Rio 2016 is Williams’ first Olympic Games.

In 2014 Williams won her first senior medals and ever since her career has gone from strength to strength and won a gold in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2014 European Championship and a silver in the 200 metres. She made it to the semifinals in Women's 200m in Rio this week. 

Photo Credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Jessica Ennis-Hill


Ennis-Hill was London 2012’s golden girl: her win in the heptathlon at the London Olympics made front page news and turned her into a household name. Ennis-Hill picked up a silver medal in the Women's heptathlon race in Rio earlier this week.

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Christine Ohuruogu


The former Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion brought home a silver medal in the 400m at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She had, in fact, been raised less than one mile from Stratford’s Olympic Stadium. This year at Rio the athlete and our latest UK MAKER, didn't qualify for the finals in the 400m but did have this message of thanks and support to share with her fans via Twitter, "Wasn't to be folks! Not making the final stings but it will be an exciting 1 to watch.Sending love to all the girls who qualified.Enjoy it.X".

Photo Credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

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