Five homegrown athletes to watch out for at the London Summer Olympics 2012

Great Britain returned from the Beijing Olympics with an impressive haul of 47 medals to their name. Next year team GB will enjoy the rare honour of competing on their native soil, but which athletes have what it takes to become Olympic icons?

Paula Radcliffe

The long distance runner will be 38 when she steps into her running shoes for the London Summer Olympics 2012. Impressive as this marathon world record holder's resume is she still lacks that one things all serious athletes desire with every ounce of their being - an Olympic medal. Radcliffe is now past her prime, and if she makes it to London 2012 she will be the people's favourite, but not necessarily the runner tipped most likely to win by those in the know.

Rebecca Adlington

Adlington became the first British swimmer to win two golds at the same Olympic games for nearly a hundred years. Her double gold medal haul in Beijing also saw the 23-year-old break the longest standing record in swimming when she came first in the 800m. On her home soil Adlington will definitely be one to watch - in the water that is.

Tom Daley

As a 14-year-old, Tom Daley caught the world's attention in Beijing with his fearless and fascinating diving. The boy has now become a man and will definitely be one to watch at the London Summer Olympics in 2012.

Chris Hoy

Known affectionately by the nickname "The Real McHoy" the two-wheeled Scot is the track cyclist who has become a household name. By winning three gold medals in Beijing he became the first Great Britain to do so in over a century. The 36-year-old also won a gold in Athens and a silver in Sydney but will he be a little too past his prime when London 2012 rolls around?

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