UK Athletes to Watch Out for in the Rio Summer Olympics

UK Athletes to Watch Out for in the Rio Summer Olympics

- 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)

Athlete(s)SportEventDate
Adam Peaty
SwimmingMen's 100 m breaststroke
7 August
Joe Clarke
Canoeing
Men's K-1
10 August
Jack Laugher
Chris Mears
Diving
Men's 3 m synchronised springboard
10 August
Philip Hindes
Jason Kenny
Callum Skinner
Cycling
Men's team sprint
11 August
Helen Glover
Heather Stanning
RowingWomen's coxless pair
12 August
Alex Gregory
Constantine Louloudis
George Nash
Mohamed Sbihi
RowingMen's team pursuit12 August
Paul Bennett
Scott Durrant
Matt Gotrel
Matt Langridge
Tom Ransley
Pete Reed
William Satch
Andrew Triggs-Hodge
Phelan Hill
RowingMen's Eight13 August
Katie Archibald
Elinor Barker
Joanna Rowsell
Laura Trott
CyclingWomen's team pursuit13 August
Mo FarahAthleticsMen's 10,000 metres13 August
Max WhitlockGymnasticsMen's floor14 August
Justin RoseGolfMen's individual14 August
Max WhitlockGymnasticsMen's pommel horse14 August
Jason KennyCyclingMen's sprint14 August
Andy MurrayTennisMen's singles14 August

2) Olympic Medals of the UK (Silver)

Athlete(s)SportEventDate
Jazmin CarlinSwimmingWomen's 400 m freestyle7 August
Siobhan-Marie O'ConnorSwimmingWomen's 200 m individual medley9 August
James Guy
Stephen Milne
Duncan Scott
Daniel Wallace
Robbie Renwick
SwimmingMen's 4 x 200 m freestyle relay9 August
Vicky Thornley
Katherine Grainger
RowingWomen's double sculls11 August
David Florence
Richard Hounslow
CanoeingMen's C-211 August
Great Britain National Rugby Sevens TeamRugby SevensMen's tournament11 August
Fiona Bigwood
Charlotte Duhardin
Carl Hester
Spencer Wilton
EquestrianTeam dressage12 August
Bryony PageGymnasticsWomen's trampoline12 August
Jazmin CarlinSwimmingWomen's 800 m freestyle12 August
karen Bennett
Olivia Carniege-Brown
Jessica Eddie
Katie Greves
Frances Houghton
Zoe Lee
Polly Swann
Melanie Wilson
Zoe De Toledo
RowingWomen's eight13 August
Becky JamesCyclingWomen's keirin13 August
James Guy
Adam Peaty
Duncan Scott
Chris Walker-Hebborn
SwimmingMen's 4 x 100 m medley relay13 August
Jessica Ennis-HillAthleticsWomen's heptathlon13 August
Nick DempseySailingMen's RS-X14 August
Louis SmithGymnasticsMen's pommel horse14 August
Callum SkinnerCyclingMen's sprint14 August

3) Olympic Medals of the UK (Bronze)

Athlete(s)SportEventDate
Edward LingShootingMen's trap8 August
Tom Daley DivingMen's 10 m synchronised platform8 August
Chris FroomeCyclingMen's road time trial10 August
Steven ScottShootingMen's double trap10 August
Sally ConwayJudoWomen's 70 kg10 August
Max WhitlockGymnasticsMen's all-around10 August
Greg RutherfordAthleticsMen's long jump13 August


Charlie Myer

Charlie Myer

Charlie Myer is a writer for hityah.com. He has always been an avid reader, so writing as a career only seemed natural. On days that he doesn’t write, he likes hiking mountains with his buddies or travelling alone on a whim. He is normally not comfortable talking about himself, but can be persuaded from time to time. His passion is to continuously create good stories – no matter what the stories are.

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