With the London 2012 Olympics seven months away, it’s time to have a look back at 2011 to see how our athletes fared for the past 12 months. In addition, we’ll look at which events are Team GB’s best medal prospects for the world’s greatest sporting event, held on home soil for the first time since 1948.
Mark Cavendish topped off a superb year by winning the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award earlier this month. Cavendish became the first male Briton World Road Race champion in 46 years in Denmark. He also won the Tour De France Green jersey.
On the track, Team GB won 8 events (all Olympic events) in the World Championships held in The Netherlands. The Women’s Team Pursuit won gold (Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King).
The Athletics World Championships took place in Daegu, South Korea with Team GB claiming two gold medals in track events. Dai Greene became World, European and Commonwealth champion over 400m hurdles. Mo Farah won the 5,000m plus won a silver medal in the 10,000m. Overall GB finished sixth in the medals table.
Rebecca Adlington won gold and silver in the 800m and 400m freestyle events respectively. Great Britain won six medals during July’s World Championships, which were held in Shanghai. Keri-Anne Payne won a gold medal in the 10km open water.
The Championships were dominated by USA with Ryan Lochte winning 5 gold medals, one more than compatriot, superstar Michael Phelps.
Team GB dominated this year’s Triathlon World Championships as brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee finished first and second in the men’s event, whilst Helen Jenkins won the women’s event.
The World Championships were held in Bled, Slovenia. GB claimed seven gold, three silver and four bronze medals. Olympic Champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter were winners of the men’s lightweight double. The four’s also won gold (Tom James, Richard Egington, Alex Gregory and Matthew Langridge). Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins took the double sculls gold.
Team GB won six medals at the World Championships held in Perth, Australia. The team’s sole gold was won by Giles Scott in the Finn class. However, he will not be competing in the Olympics as Ben Ainslie (triple Olympic Champion) was disqualified but will be taking Scott’s place at the Games. Australia topped the medals table with three golds.
The World Champions were held in Azerbaijan with GB winning four medals (three silver and one bronze).
In May, Sarah Stevenson took her third Taekwondo title at the World Championships in Gyeongju, South Korea.
The London Olympic Games commence 27th July until 12th August 2012.