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UK Athletes to Watch Out for in the Rio Summer Olympics
By Brodey Sheppard - August 16, 2016
Four years ago, Great Britain finished third in the medals table at the London Olympics Games. Britain won 29 gold medals and a total of 65 medals. This year in Rio, the athletes of Great Britain are aiming for glory once again. With 366 participants spread over 25 sports, let’s take a look at the athletes to look out for in the remaining events of the 2016 Olympics.
1) Nicola Adams (Women’s Flyweight Boxing)
Nicola Adams is an English and British boxer who was the very first woman to win an Olympic boxing title. She was the gold medal winner in the flyweight category at the London 2012 Olympics. Her Olympic win was followed by a victory at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and a title at the 2015 European Games in Baku.
This year in Rio, Adams will get a chance to become the first British boxer to win two Olympic titles since Harry Mallin in 1924. If you already know about popular boxing betting methods, then wager on Adams to win and you might just earn a hefty profit!
2) Alistair and Jonny Brownlee (Men’s Triathlon)
At London 2012, a 15-second penalty for Jonny Brownlee denied the brothers a one-two finish in the last Olympic Games. Still, Jonny managed to finish in third, while Alistair bagged the gold.
Now, the Brownlee brothers are back and will be aiming for a place at the podium. Take a look at some of the newest sports betting services online if you believe one of the Brownlee brothers will take the gold.
3) Louis Smith and Max Whitlock (Men’s Team All-Round)
Louis Smith and Max Whitlock are both teammates and rivals in the 2016 Olympics. The two decorated athletes will be seen competing at several events in gymnastics, including men's individual all-round, men's pommel horse, men's vault, men's rings, men's horizontal bar, men's parallel bars, men's team all-round and men's floor exercise.
During the first week, Smith and Whitlock have already added to Britain’s medal count. Smith finished in second place in pommel horse, while Whitlock finished in first place for the same event. Whitlock also won the gold for men’s floor and the bronze for individual all-round.
Back in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Smith beat all the sports betting odds when he became the first British athlete in a century to win an individual gymnastics medal when he finished in third for pommel horse. Four years later in London, he took the silver in the final of the men's pommel horse. He actually received the same score as Hungary's Krisztian Berki who took the gold. Berki edged him out because of having a higher execution score.
Smith also won a bronze medal at London 2012 for the all-around event.
Whitlock won the gold at the 2015 World Championships, and also claimed a silver medal for the team event. Earlier this year, he also won a gold medal at the Glasgow World Cup.
With all of the individual events finished at the Rio Olympics, check out Smith and Whitlock perform together at the men's team all-round. See if they can add another gymnastics medal to Britain’s already impressive tally.
4) Joe Joyce (Men’s Super Heavyweight Boxing)
At 6 feet 6 inches and weighing around 240 pounds, Joseph Joyce looks as well as he could be for the men’s super heavyweight division in Rio. Joyce qualified for the Rio Olympics by winning the gold at a European qualifying tournament in Turkey. If you think he has what it takes to topple the best boxers in the world, then place a bet at one of the top sports betting sites for Olympic events.
His best performances thus far include a gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and a gold at the 2015 European Games in Baku.
Fun fact: Outside the ring, Joyce is a talented painter. He studied fine arts as a university student. Joyce has expressed plans of setting up a studio once his boxing career ends.
5) Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh (Women’s Field Hockey)
Twenty years ago, Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh were young hopefuls who began to develop into world-class hockey players. Through the years, they have been mainstays for a number of Olympic Games. The two were key components of the British team that won the bronze at the London 2012. They were also winners at the 2015 EuroHockey Championships. Now, they are making a comeback at Rio de Janiero. And after being wed three years ago, they will also be the very first same-sex married couple to represent Britain at an Olympic Games.
Last year, Helen was suffering from a back injury, but has successfully recovered following surgery. Kate is Britain’s most capped player and serves as the team’s captain. She initially had plans to retire in 2014, but changed her mind and signed up for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The two are considered as leaders in the team. Will they lead Britain closer to a gold medal? China, Argentina and Australia will be stiff competition, but if you think that they can defeat all opponents, why not put some money on it? Check out Winner Sports online for some great promotions you can use when you place a bet on an Olympic event.
UK Winners at the 2016 Rio Olympics
With only one more week to go, the athletes of the UK will go their best to add to the medal tally. So far, the country has won 15 Gold medals, 16 Silver medals, and 7 Bronze medals.
Here is a look at all of the UK Olympic winners:
1) Olympic Medals of the UK (Gold)
|Adam Peaty||Swimming||Men's 100 m breaststroke||7 August|
|Joe Clarke||Canoeing||Men's K-1||10 August|
|Diving||Men's 3 m synchronised springboard||10 August|
|Cycling||Men's team sprint||11 August|
|Rowing||Women's coxless pair||12 August|
|Rowing||Men's team pursuit||12 August|
|Rowing||Men's Eight||13 August|
|Cycling||Women's team pursuit||13 August|
|Mo Farah||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||13 August|
|Max Whitlock||Gymnastics||Men's floor||14 August|
|Justin Rose||Golf||Men's individual||14 August|
|Max Whitlock||Gymnastics||Men's pommel horse||14 August|
|Jason Kenny||Cycling||Men's sprint||14 August|
|Andy Murray||Tennis||Men's singles||14 August|
2) Olympic Medals of the UK (Silver)
|Jazmin Carlin||Swimming||Women's 400 m freestyle||7 August|
|Siobhan-Marie O'Connor||Swimming||Women's 200 m individual medley||9 August|
|Swimming||Men's 4 x 200 m freestyle relay||9 August|
|Rowing||Women's double sculls||11 August|
|Canoeing||Men's C-2||11 August|
|Great Britain National Rugby Sevens Team||Rugby Sevens||Men's tournament||11 August|
|Equestrian||Team dressage||12 August|
|Bryony Page||Gymnastics||Women's trampoline||12 August|
|Jazmin Carlin||Swimming||Women's 800 m freestyle||12 August|
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|Rowing||Women's eight||13 August|
|Becky James||Cycling||Women's keirin||13 August|
|Swimming||Men's 4 x 100 m medley relay||13 August|
|Jessica Ennis-Hill||Athletics||Women's heptathlon||13 August|
|Nick Dempsey||Sailing||Men's RS-X||14 August|
|Louis Smith||Gymnastics||Men's pommel horse||14 August|
|Callum Skinner||Cycling||Men's sprint||14 August|
3) Olympic Medals of the UK (Bronze)
|Edward Ling||Shooting||Men's trap||8 August|
|Tom Daley||Diving||Men's 10 m synchronised platform||8 August|
|Chris Froome||Cycling||Men's road time trial||10 August|
|Steven Scott||Shooting||Men's double trap||10 August|
|Sally Conway||Judo||Women's 70 kg||10 August|
|Max Whitlock||Gymnastics||Men's all-around||10 August|
|Greg Rutherford||Athletics||Men's long jump||13 August|