Daily Briefing

Olympics 2016: Heroes of London 2012 going for gold in Rio – in pics

The Team GB Olympic champions who will be defending their titles at the Rio Games this summer

As hosts of the London 2012 Olympics, Team GB won a remarkable 29 gold medals

In total, 48 British competitors were crowned Olympic champions. Some, like Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Ben Ainslie, bowed out after their triumphs in London. Others have been overtaken by a new generation of competitors, but can still look back on 2012 with pride.

Many of them will be in Rio this year to defend their titles.

Here are those competitors looking to join an even more exclusive club of back-to-back Olympic champions, while an elite band of cyclists – Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Jason Kenny and Geraint Thomas – are hoping for golds at three successive Olympics.

Recommended

The scandal that could tarnish Team GB
Team GB sprinter CJ Ujah: ‘I am not a cheat’
In Focus

The scandal that could tarnish Team GB

Tokyo’s ‘grand human opera’: a tonic for a weary world
The flag bearers at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
In Depth

Tokyo’s ‘grand human opera’: a tonic for a weary world

‘Olympic athletes made this monumental gamble worthwhile’
Fireworks erupt over Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium as the Games come to a close
Instant Opinion

‘Olympic athletes made this monumental gamble worthwhile’

‘Climate deniers are on the back foot but there is still no clear message’
Protesters hold 'Missing in Action' style placards of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak with the phrase 'The climate needs you!'
Instant Opinion

‘Climate deniers are on the back foot but there is still no clear message’

Popular articles

Why a ‘super-cold’ is spreading
flu_sneeze.jpg
Getting to grips with . . .

Why a ‘super-cold’ is spreading

Former nurse says NHS made her ‘fart against her will’
A nurse
Tall Tales

Former nurse says NHS made her ‘fart against her will’

The Queen’s biggest public gaffes
Queen with Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones
In Depth

The Queen’s biggest public gaffes

The Week Footer Banner