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BREAKING: Team GB Names Athletics Squad For Rio Games

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BREAKING: Team GB Names Athletics Squad For Rio Games

The two best things about the Olympics are watching the sports you'd never normally watch and watching the blue ribband athletics events. Team GB have named their squad for the track and field in Rio.

The London games were a huge success for the entire GB squad and the athletics team were no different picking up six medals with four of those being gold. One of the highlights of 2012 was Super Saturday when Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all won gold in the Olympic Stadium on the same night.

And all three of that trio will get the chance to defend their medals having been picked in the 80 person strong squad that Great Britain will take to Brazil next month. Farah will defend both 5000 and 10,000m medals, Rutherford will hope to continue this season's impressive form in the long-jump and Ennis-Hill will battle with fellow Brit Katrina Johnson-Thompson for heptathlon gold.


400m runners Martin Rooney and Christine Ohuruogu both make the squad despite not finishing in the top two places at the recent trials in Birmingham and both are also included in the 4x400m squads.

Incredible 42 year old 10,000m runner Jo Pavey also qualifies becoming the first athlete to represent Britain in five Olympic games. On the other end of the scale young sprinters Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Dina Asher-Smith will be taking part in their first games.

How many medals will they win?

Topics: Team GB, Athletics, 2016 Olympics

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