Thursday, June 26, 2008

Britain's Olympic Hopefuls

Britain collected 9 gold medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004 but may be hard pressed to reach that target in Beijing.

Most of the news affecting Team GB has been off the track and most of it unwelcome.

Women's marathon world record holder, 34-year-old Paula Radcliffe is struggling for fitness after she suffered a stress fracture of her left thigh and is doubtful to make the Games.

1992 100m Olympic champion Linford Christie came out recently to claim there was "institutionalised racism" in British life and continued his feud with Lord Sebastian Coe, the chairman of London 2012's Olympic organising committee.

Sprinter Dwain Chambers is continuing his fight to achieve the Olympic qualifying time in the 100m and overturn his 2-year drug ban to compete in Beijing.

Britain's best hopes for medals are in rowing with the men's four hoping to emulate the previous crew's gold in Athens, badminton where Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms are the reigning world mixed doubles champions, and Ben Ainslie the Finn class sailor hoping to make it a hat-trick of gold medals in Qingdao.

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