Laura Muir, Dina and KJT Lead A Strong Team GB In Tokyo As Mo Misses Out

These are the Team GB athletes taking to the track and field in Tokyo next month
11:02, 30 Jun 2021

Team GB have confirmed the 65 athletes that will be representing them in track and field in Tokyo this summer, with Dina Asher-Smith the poster girl of the games from a British perspective. She leads a squad packed full of female talent to Japan, while four-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Mo Farah misses out having failed to hit the qualifying time. 

In his place Marc Scott will compete over both 5,000m and 10,000m but it is with the females where Team GB’s strength seems to lie on the track. Asher-Smith will look to lead the medal charge in the 100m and 200m, while she will also compete in the 4x100m relay. Daryll Neita, who is in great form, will compete in the 100m alongside Asher-Smith, as will Asha Phillip, while Beth Dobbin goes in the 200m.

Dina Asher Smith
Dina Asher Smith

Laura Muir has been selected to run both the 800m and the 1500m with the talented Jemma Reekie and Keely Hodgkinson making the team for the two-lap event. "To be going to another Olympics, hopefully in two events, is quite hard," Muir said. "Looking at times and rankings I think I'm capable of making that 800m final."

It is certainly an event where Team GB are strong, as is the heptathlon where Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been named in the squad despite her recent achilles injury that has hampered most of her season so far. 

Jodie Williams makes the team for the 400m, while the talented siblings Tiffany Porter and Cindy Sember will compete in the 100m hurdles final, having both reached the final of the event in Rio five years ago. 

Despite the absence of Sir Mo, the men have a squad full of talent who could make a name for themselves. Tom Bosworth’s Rio 2016 was special as he got engaged, but he will be hunting for a medal in the 20km walk having refocused after the upsetting news the Games last year had been postponed. 

2018 European silver medalist Reece Prescod will compete in the 100m alongside CJ Ujah and Zharnel Hughes, while Adam Gemili will focus solely on the 200m. The 4x400m relay team will have to make do without the experience of Martyn Rooney as Niclas Baker, Cameron Chalmers, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Michael Ohioze and Lee Thompson take the five spots on offer. 

Adam Gemili
Adam Gemili

Andrew Pozzi is an exciting hurdler while Callum Hawkins will compete in the marathon with Ben Connor and Chris Thompson in a race that will push athletes to the limit in the humidity of the Japanese capital. 

We are now a matter of weeks away from the biggest show on earth and the hype is beginning to build around the 2021 Olympic Games. Here’s the full list of athletes for Team GB.

Women

100m: Dina Asher-Smith, Daryll Neita, Asha Philip

200m: Beth Dobbin, Dina Asher-Smith

400m: Ama Pipi, Jodie Williams, Nicole Yeargin

800m: Keely Hodgkinson, Jemma Reekie, Laura Muir

1500m: Laura Muir, Katie Snowden

5,000m: Jessica Judd, Amy-Eloise Markovc, Eilish McColgan

10,000m: Eilish McColgan, Jessica Judd

Marathon: Stephanie Davis, Jessica Piasecki, Steph Twell

3000m steeplechase: Elizabeth Bird, Aimee Pratt

100m hurdles: Tiffany Porter, Cindy Sember

400m hurdles: Jessica Turner, Meghan Beesley, Jessie Knight

High jump: Morgan Lake

Pole vault: Holly Bradshaw

Long jump: Jazmin Sawyers, Abigail Irozuru, Lorraine Ugen

Shot: Sophie McKinna

Heptathlon: Katarina Johnson-Thompson (subject to fitness)

4x100m Relay: Dina Asher-Smith, Beth Dobbin, Imani-Lara Lansiquot, Daryll Neita, Ashleigh Nelson, Asha Philip

4x400m Relay: Zoey Clark, Emily Diamond, Jessie Knight, Laviai Nielsen, Ama Pipi, Jessica Turner, Hannah Williams, Jodie Williams, Nicole Yeargin

Men

100m: CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Reece Prescod

200m: Adam Gemili

800m: Elliot Giles, Oliver Dustin, Daniel Rowden

1500m: Josh Kerr, Jake Wightman, Jake Heyward

5,000m: Marc Scott, Andrew Butchart

10,000m: Marc Scott, Sam Atkin

Marathon: Ben Connor, Callum Hawkins, Chris Thompson

20km Race Walk: Tom Bosworth, Callum Wilkinson

3000m Steeplechase: Phil Norman, Zak Seddon

110m hurdles: Andrew Pozzi

High Jump: Tom Gale

Pole Vault: Harry Coppell

Triple Jump: Ben Williams

Shot Put: Scott Lincoln

Discus: Lawrence Okoye

Hammer: Taylor Campbell, Nick Miller

Men's 4x100m Relay: Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Reece Prescod, CJ Ujah

Men's 4x400m Relay: Niclas Baker, Cameron Chalmers, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Michael Ohioze, Lee Thompson

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