British athletes to watch at the Summer Olympics in London

Summer Olympic Games are often defined by the exploits of track and field athletes, with athletics usually the sport which defines the games in the minds of most people.

Great Britain's recent performance at the 2011 World Athletics Championships promises some good medal returns for next summer's games. Mo Farah won a gold medal in Korea at 5000m, the first Briton to win a gold in long distance running at the championships, and has become the poster boy of British distance running as a result.

Sheffield's Jessica Ennis collected silver at the World Championships, but the heptathlon is tipped by many to be one of Britain's best hopes for a women's track and field gold medal. Already something of an iconic and high-profile presence in the sport, one senses that a gold medal could send her profile stratospheric.

But it is not just athletics at the Summer Olympics. Britain has produced a number of champions in other sports who will once again be pushing to be amongst the medals.

Cycling has witnessed much British success over the last decade, at Olympic Games and other championships. The Summer Olympics in London will feature three purpose-built venues for BMX, mountain bike and track cycling.

Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy will be looking to add to his medal tally, having taken three medals in the velodrome at the Summer Olympics in 2008 in Beijing. That feat earned Scotland's most successful Olympian a knighthood, and he will be keen to repeat that kind of success in London.

Equestrian events have also been an area of success for British athletes in the past, and there are some high hopes for several of the current Olympic team in the sport.

Carl Hester and his horse Utopia will be competing in the Dressage in London, and Hester will be hoping to redress the poor fortune he has experienced in Olympic Games in the past, with 2008 being marred by injury to two of his horses.

For those who prefer their sport indoors, then the pool could be another place to look for possible British glory at London 2012. Rebecca Adlington made herself a household name in the UK by taking home gold medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle events.

Those feats made her the first British Olympic swimming champion since 1988, and the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908. Already GB's most successful swimmer for over a century, Adlington, a native of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, could cement her place in history with success in London next year.

London also offers British tennis fans an Olympic treat in that Andy Murray should be competing for Great Britain. The Scot, who has recently returned to Davies Cup action for his nation, will surely attract some of the noisiest home support and could be a good bet for a gold medal for Britain.

Whatever your choice of sport, the Summer Olympics in London 2012 provides plenty of opportunity to cheer on British success.

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