By Lee Dover
There’s a gold rush about to commence around the streets of London with plenty of British athletes in with a chance of glory.
Here are just three British names who could well put the Great back into Britain on the grandest scene in sport in the weeks to come.
In the exciting build-up to London 2012, Jessica Ennis has become the poster girl for Britain’s charge to glory. Not that we are complaining about seeing her on every advertising hoarding.
It is with good reason that the 26-year-old is getting so much attention. She is a former world heptathlon gold medallist, holds the UK heptathlon record and is raring to go after missing Beijing 2008.
However, Ennis is trying to keep her feet on the ground as she told Hello magazine.
I know how difficult it’s going to be to win a gold medal, so I keep very much focused in the now, and make sure I take all the right steps to get there. But if you have a lot of pressure it means you’re doing something right.
Can she continue to do things right and win a gold medal in the Women’s Heptathlon? Paddy Power is offering odds of 4/5 that Ennis will be on the winner’s row at London 2012.
One man who will be hoping to make a splash at London 2012 is Ben Ainslie.
Britain’s greatest sailor since Horatio Nelson, Ainslie won Olympic silver in Atlanta, followed by gold at Sydney, Athens and Beijing. It’s not surprising that the Brit is 8/15f to grab gold in the Men’s Finn.
For the first time in six months my body is feeling really good, I can go sailing and I’m injury and pain free. It’s a great place to be.
Apart from the Baltimore Bullet that was Michael Phelps, no one can argue that Rebecca Adlington was in charge of the swimming pool at Beijing 2008.
However, the double Olympic gold medallist has admitted to the BBC:
I was using Beijing as a stepping stone to gain experience for London and then it turned into something completely different that I never expected, and that I still can’t believe now.
So if two gold medals represented an opportunity to “gain experience” then one can only imagine what Adlington has in mind for London 2012.