For Britons, 2012 will be remembered as the year that sport finally came home. The London Olympics is set to be the biggest event in British sporting history; but with numerous other competitions taking place around it, WhatCulture looks at some of the likely contenders to be Britain’s Sporting Hero this summer.
10. Bradley Wiggins
Double Olympic gold medallist, Bradley Wiggins, is the bookies favourite to win this year’s Tour de France. That would make the first ever Briton to win road cycling’s premier competition. He goes into the race in red hot form having already won the Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine this season. He has also been named in Britain’s Road Cycling team for the Olympics, and a Gold Medal, in addition to the Tour, makes Wiggins an outsider to be the country’s hero this summer.
9. Adam Gemili
The 100m sprint is always the most eagerly anticipated event at the Olympics, and the teenage sensation is Britain’s biggest hope for glory. He shot to fame earlier this month after running an Olympic “A” standard time of 10.08 in Regensburg Germany – making him the fastest man in Europe this year. But he still needs to qualify for Team GB and the trials start this Friday in Birmingham. He will go into them with confidence knowing that he’s a good tenth of second faster than any other Briton this year.
If he makes the cut, then he’ll be in for a rough ride this summer against the likes of Walter Dix, Justin Gatlin and of course, reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt – who has been impressed with young Londoner. Earlier this month he said “Why not give it a try because if he’s running 10.08 and he’s mentally strong, then that’s very good and he’s faster than a lot of professional athletes on the circuit”.
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