Dina Asher-Smith, the poster girl for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics, will be looking to claim sprint gold this summer.
Already the fastest British woman in history, Asher-Smith has a habit of rising to the big occasion and is one of Great Britain’s leading medal hopes.
She’ll need to be on top form in Japan with a stellar field set to assemble in the women’s sprint races.
But Asher-Smith is right up there with the best in the sport and will be looking to add to her 200m gold and 100m silver from the World Championship in 2019.
The 25-year-old also helped Team GB to a bronze in the 4x100m relay at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Dina Asher-Smith: When is she competing?
Asher-Smith will be running in the 100m and 200m in Tokyo and will also be in action as part of Britain’s 4x100m relay team.
As much of the athletics will be taking place in the evenings in Japan, UK fans will get to see Asher-Smith in action during the day.
- 100m heats: Friday, July 30, 3:40am
- 100m semi-final: Saturday, July 31, 11:15am
- 100m final: Saturday, July 31, 1:50pm
- 200m heats: Monday, August 2, 2:30am
- 200m semi-final, Monday, August 2, 11:25am
- 200m final,Tuesday, August 3, 1:50pm
- 4x100m heats: Thursday, August 5, 2:00am
- 4x100m final: Friday, August 6, 2:30pm
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Dina Asher-Smith: Where can I watch it?
The BBC are showing the Tokyo Olympics in the UK so fans can watch Peaty for free live on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer.
Eurosport have the main rights for Europe and a stream can be watched through their channels with a paid subscription.
talkSPORT will have regular updates from Tokyo throughout the Games while talkSPORT.com will also bring you all the action and reaction from Japan.
Dina Asher-Smith: What has been said?
Asher-Smith: “I love racing. It is exciting mainly because I love Championships, and it is not that I am particularly excited for an outcome – because nobody has a crystal ball, nobody can anticipate what the season is going to be like, what anything is going to be like – but I just love a challenge.
“I am really excited, the thing for me that I always love about sprinting is that it is like an adrenaline rush.
“Everybody can be on Instagram and social media like ‘hashtag eat, sleep, repeat, I lifted this today, working so hard, hashtag workout Wednesday’. You can do all that, you can say all that, but when it comes down to that, let’s see.
“What are you made of? When the gun goes and when you step up, how much nerve do you have? This is the moment, if it is not now, when? That’s what I love about racing.
“I love that kind of thing because I am always confident that in that moment I am going to be OK. That is the kind of thing that I love and live for.”
10 Team GB stars who are set to shine in Tokyo
Having surged under 57 seconds and set the 20 fastest times in history, Peaty appears a virtual certainty to defend his 100m breaststroke title – more than likely with a new world record into the bargain. Such is the extent of his dominance that his rivals are already resigned to battling it out for silver.
The Edinburgh shooter heads to Tokyo as the reigning world number one and 50m prone world champion, and a strong medal bet in the women’s 3×50 rifle event. McIntosh, who will also compete in the 10m air rifle, also won Britain’s first World Cup gold in 2019.
Already the fastest British woman in history, Asher-Smith has a habit of rising to the big occasion and she will need to be in the form of her life in Tokyo to see off American Gabby Thomas, who set the second-fastest time in history over 200m at the US trials, and veteran Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who did likewise in the 100m in Kingston.
McCormack has proved a class apart from most of his Olympic rivals over this extended cycle and will start as a clear favourite for welterweight boxing gold. His recent win over Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy – who denied him world gold in 2019 – was a clear sign of his intent to go all the way in the Japanese capital.
Jason and Laura Kenny
History is on the cards for cycling’s golden couple in Tokyo. Laura Kenny sits one behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s five-gold medal haul on the domestic all-time list, while Jason currently boasts seven Olympic medals, one short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ career tally of eight, with every chance both records will at least be matched.
After claiming two extraordinary gold medals in Rio, Whitlock has restricted his focus to his favoured pommel for Tokyo. Despite his recent fall on his return to competition at the European Championships, the 28-year-old will start as favourite – but could be pushed all the way by Ireland’s rising star Rhys McClenaghan.
Brown, who turns 13 this month, will become Britain’s youngest summer Olympian when she competes in the skateboard park competition. But the young prodigy stands every chance of a medal, having qualified in third place and also claimed a World Championship bronze medal in Sao Paolo in 2019.
Glover won consecutive rowing gold medals with Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 before retiring to start a family. Tempted to launch a return, Glover and her new partner Polly Swann stormed to European gold in April, raising the prospect of a remarkable third medal for the 35-year-old in Japan.
Jones was a teenager when she won her first Olympic taekwondo gold at London 2012, and followed up her triumph in Rio four years later. Now 28 and also the reigning world champion, Jones is a hot favourite to secure an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title.