10 August 2019

Meet the star women hopeful of Team GB success one year out from the 2020 Olympics

We are one year away from the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

In 365 days we will know which Team GB members have won gold and become the new stars of British sport.

There are several women who could take Tokyo by storm next summer in a variety of disciplines - some traditional and some brand new to the Games.

So, let's take a look at some of the female athletes who could triumph for GB in Japan, starting with one of the new sports added for 2020.

Shauna Coxsey

Coxsey, 26, first medalled at the IFSC Bouldering World Cup back in 2012 (PA Images)

Shauna Coxey boasts the rather rare tag of being the most successful British athlete in her sport's history.

She is a professional climber who is set to take full advantage of the discipline recently becoming an Olympic event.

Coxley won the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in 2016 and 2017, and while being largely an indoor climber has also become the first woman to climb V12, V13 and V14 outside.

Now, the five-time British champion has the chance to elevate not only herself but her entire sport into the mainstream by winning gold on the grandest stage of all.

Sky Brown

Sky Brown took up skateboarding aged four and seven years later is in line to go to the Olympics before she hits her teenage years (PA Images)

Skateboarder Sky Brown will make history even if she comes last at the Olympics next summer and you can probably have a good guess why from her photo.

Aged just 11, Brown is hopeful of competing for Team GB in the inaugural skateboarding event in Tokyo less than a year from now, by which time she will be 12 and become the youngest ever British athlete to compete at a summer Games.

But she is not just wanting to make it to Japan just for a nice summer holiday, oh no.

Four years on from signing a pro deal, Brown won the 2019 Simple Sessions tournament in Estonia this year, the biggest competition in Europe.

She is a serious player in the shake-up for the medals in Tokyo providing she makes it there.

It is a story well worth keeping an eye on, we'll keep you posted.

Laura Muir

Laura Muir crossing the line following her 1500m race at the Diamond League in London this year (PA Images)

Laura Muir has had some stellar performances over the past 12 months which have put her well in the running for a medal in the 1500m and 3000m in Tokyo.

In 2018, the Scot won the 1500m at the European Championships and followed that up by winning at the Diamond League in Brussels with a time four seconds quicker than at the Europeans.

And she did the double in the 1500 and 3000 metres at the European Indoors in Scotland this year, further improving her credibility as a genuine contender for 2020.

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark celebrating their gold medal in the 470 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (PA Images)

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre are possibly two of Team GB's biggest hopes of winning gold in Tokyo.

Just this week, the pair claimed victory in the 470 World Championships regatta which took place at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour - where the Olympics will be held next year.

Mills will be hoping to repeat the feat she managed in 2016 when she won gold alongside Saskia Clark.

Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith winning by clear daylight in the 100m at the 2018 European Championships (PA Images)

We will have a far better idea of Dina Asher-Smith's chances at the Olympics once she has competed in Doha at the world championships - which kick off at the end of September.

But we can get excited at the prospect of her winning both the 100m and 200m in Tokyo because she did the double at the European champs last year.

She ran a world lead-equalling 10.85 in the 100m in Berlin and caught the eye of the wider public as someone who is in with a real shot of becoming the first British winner of the Olympic 100 metres since Linford Christie in 1992.

Asher-Smith also ran a world lead of 21.89 in the 200m - only 0.11 slower than Elaine Thompson's winning time in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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