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    • Olympic Prospectus 2012 JA Hingston
    • The Olympics is built around stories - from the favourite chasing a new record, tothe plucky underdog surpassing all expectation. Broadcasters do a fantastic jobkeeping you up to date as they unfold but, for me, there is no substitute for beingable to spot and follow a story yourself. As interactive coverage expands, andespecially if you are watching a sport live, too often at the Olympics you are leftfeeling bewildered by the unfamiliar characters in front of you, in a sport you don’tsee outside two weeks every four years.This prospectus seeks to plug some of these gaps. For every event at theOlympics - 302 in total - I have set out, in the simplest way possible, a brief form-guide: a summary of whats going on in the sport together with tables setting outthe world rankings and results from recent Olympic Games and WorldChampionships. For everything that has been included there is inevitably farmore left out, but I am hoping this will provide an idea of who is expected to dowell and a snapshot of the stories behind each event.This prospectus is not designed to be read from start to finish, but rather to bedipped into to obtain that vital bit of extra information before the action unfolds.Whether printed out and taken to a session or looked at on-screen in front of theTV, I hope it will prove useful. At the front end, I have also included my top 100British medal hopes at these Olympics and my pick of three must-see eventseach day.I encourage anybody who finds use in what I have put together to distribute thisto others who may similarly benefit. It has been put together in my spare-time,not for profit or gain, but for my own interest and the enjoyment of others aroundme.All opinions and mistakes and mistaken opinions herein are my own. For everysportsman and woman there, the London Games will represent a pinnacle in theirsporting career and the culmination of years of dedication and hard work. I havethe utmost respect for every one of them - success is only ever relative. J A Hingston jahingston@gmail.com 10th July 2012
    • 3 Contents Top 100 Team GB Medal Contenders 4 Day-by-Day Viewing Guide 5-7 Archery 8-10 Mens Athletics 11-21 Womens Athletics 22-32 Badminton 33-37 Basketball 38-40 Beach Volleyball 41-42 Bocing 43-54 Canoe/Kayak Slalom 55-56 Canoe/Kayak Sprint 57-62 Cycling - BMX 63-64 Cycling - Mountain Bike 65-66 Cycling - Road 67-69 Cycling - Track 70-77 Diving 78-82 Equestrian 83-87 Fencing 88-91 Football 92-94 Gymnastics - Artistic 95-100 Gymnastics - Rhythmic 101 Gymnastics - Trampolining 102 Handball 103-104 Hockey 106-106 Judo 107-114 Moder Pentathlon 115-116 Rowing 117-127 Sailing 128-131 Shooting 132-136 Mens Swimming 137-145 Womens Swimming 146-154 Synchronised Swimming 155 Table Tennis 156-157 Taekwondo 158-162 Tennis 163-166 Triathlon 167-168 Volleyball 169-170 Water Polo 171-172 Weightlifting 173-178 Wrestling 179-183 Olympic Prospectus 2012 3
    • 4 Top 100 Team GB medal contendersRank Sport Name - Event Rank Sport Name - Event 1 Rowing Womens Coxless Pair 51 Swimming Fran Halsall - 50m Free 2 Cycling - Track Womens Team Pursuit 52 Sailing Alison Young - Laser Radial 3 Rowing Womens Double Sculls 53 Modern Pentathlon Mhairi Spence 4 Triathlon Alistair Brownlee 54 Boxing Fred Evans - Welterweight 5 Swimming Becky Adlington - 800m Free 55 Canoe Slalom Florence & Hounslow - C-2 6 Sailing Ben Ainslee - Finn 56 Athletics Robbie Grabarz - High Jump 7 Athletics Jessica Ennis - Heptathlon 57 Shooting Peter Wilson - Double Trap 8 Cycling - Track Mens Team Pursuit 58 Tennis Andy Murray - Singles 9 Equestrian Team 3-day 59 Cycling - Road Bradley Wiggins - Time Trial 10 Cycling - BMX Shanaze Reade - BMX 60 Swimming Liam Tancock -100m Back 11 Athletics Mo Farah - 5,000m 61 Swimming Hannah Miley - 400m IM 12 Rowing Mens Coxless Four 62 Sprint Kayak Tim Brabants - K-1 1000m 13 Boxing Savannah Marshall - Middleweight 63 Cycling - Road Lizzie Armistead - Road Race 14 Cycling - Road Mark Cavendish - Road Race 64 Swimming Fran Halsall - 100m Free 15 Sprint Kayak Ed McKeever - K-1 200m 65 Sailing Bryony Shaw - RS:X 16 Boxing Anthony Joshua - Super Heavyweight 66 Diving Tom Daley - 10m Platform 17 Swimming Keri-Anne Payne - 10km 67 Athletics Lawrence Okoye - Discus 18 Cycling - Track Laura Trott - Omnium 68 Swimming Womens 4x100m Medley 19 Sailing Womens 470 69 Cycling - Track Mens Team Sprint 20 Rowing Mens Lgtwgt Four 70 Swimming Ellen Gandy - 100m Fly 21 Cycling - Track Chris Hoy - Keirin 71 Hockey Mens Team 22 Boxing Nicola Adams - Flyweight 72 Boxing Anthony Ogogo - Middleweight 23 Athletics Phillips Idowu - Triple Jump 73 Sailing Paul Goodison - Laser 24 Athletics Mo Farah - 10,000m 74 Athletics Tiffany Porter - 100h 25 Swimming Becky Adlington - 400m Free 75 Equestrian Mary King - 3-day 26 Cycling - Road Emma Pooley - Time Trial 76 Football Womens Team 27 Rowing Mens Lwt Double Sculls 77 Taekwondo Martin Stamper -68kg 28 Boxing Tom Stalker - Lgt Welterweight 78 Gymnastics Mens Team All Around 29 Triathlon Helen Jenkins 79 Boxing Josh Taylor - Lightweight 30 Athletics Greg Rutherford - Long Jump 80 Swimming Lizzie Simmonds - 200m back 31 Sailing Womens Elliot 6m 81 Football Mens Team 32 Triathlon Jonathon Brownlee 82 Sailing Mens 470 33 Hockey Womens Team 83 Gymnastics Dan Purvis - Mens All-Around 34 Cycling - Track Jason Kenny/Chris Hoy - sprint 84 Rowing Alan Campbell - Single Sculls 35 Boxing Luke Campbell - Bantamweight 85 Athletics Shara Proctor - Long Jump 36 Sailing Nick Dempsey - RS:X 86 Archery Womens Team 37 Rowing Mens Eight 87 Taekwondo Jade Jones -57kg 38 Cycling - Track Womens Team Sprint 88 Diving Daley & Waterfield - 10m Syncro 39 Taekwondo Sarah Stevenson -67kg 89 Badminton Adcock & Bankier - Mixed Doubles 40 Equestrian William Fox-Pitt - 3-day 90 Athletics Womens 4x400m 41 Boxing Natasha Jonas - Lightweight 91 Trampolining Bryony Page 42 Athletics Dai Green - 400m hurdles 92 Gymnastics Beth Tweddle - Asymmetric Bars 43 Cycling - Track Ed Clancy - Omnium 93 Athletics Hannah England - 1500m 44 Gymnastics Louis Smith - Pommel Horse 94 Cycling - Road Nicole Cooke - Road Race 45 Swimming Ellen Gandy - 200m Fly 95 Taekwondo Lutalo Muhammed -80kg 46 Sailing Mens Star 96 Athletics Christine Ohoruogu - 400m 47 Cycling - Track Victoria Pendleton - Sprint 97 Tennis Andy Murray & Jamie Murray 48 Equestrian Team Dressage 98 Modern Pentathlon Sam Murray 49 Boxing Andrew Selby - Flyweight 99 Judo Euan Barton - 81kg 50 Sprint Kayak Scofield & Heath - K-2 200m 100 Equestrian Laura Bechtolsheimer - Dressage Team GB prediction: 23 golds, 23 silver, 23 bronze Key: Absolute dead certainty - would take a serious calamity to stop them claiming gold Gold medal favourite - but in an unpredictable sport, or with opposition snapping at their heels Probably 50/50 for gold - anything less than a medal would be a disappointment Gold is a possability - but must treat any medal as a real success Outside the favourites - should still go into the Games intent on challenging for a medal Olympic Prospectus 2012 4
    • 5 Day-by-Day Guide Friday 27th July Opening Ceremony - 9pm onwards The highlight of any Olympics for any non-sports fan. Early signs were that the organisers were so intimidated by the Beijing opening ceremony that they were going to bottle it and stage something deliberately understated on the cheap. Fortunately they drafted in film director Danny Boyle who has persuaded LOCOG otherwise. The budget was doubled and a five act extravaganza entitled the ‘Isles of Wonder’ will, hopefully, kick the Olympics off with a bang. Saturday 28th July Cycling - Mens Road Race - 10am to 4pm The Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, will be looking to kick off the home nation medal tally on the first day. The 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will have his work cut out staying in the peloton as the race flies over Box Hill 9 times. If he’s still in contention near the finish on the Mall, then they can start engraving the gold medal. Fencing - Womens Individual Foil - 6pm to 8pm Ever heard of Valentina Vezzali? No? You’re probably not alone but she is Italy’s answer to Steve Redgrave and Ben Ainslee. If she can retain the individual foil title she will become only the fourth athlete and first woman ever to win four consecutive gold medals in an individual event. Swimming - inc. Mens 400m IM - 7.30pm to 9.20pm The first of two showdowns between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Both are chasing multiple medals at these Olympics and this will be the big first decider en-route to the title of greatest swimmer in the world. Hannah Miley goes in the women’s 400IM and is expected to start GB’s medal count in the Aquatics Centre. Sunday 29th July Basketball - USA vs France - 2.30pm to 4.15pm A huge early test for an injury-ravaged USA team. France will post an all-NBA starting line-up and if they can rattle the Americans they will set the tone for what promises to be a fascinating Olympic tournament. Archery - Womens Team - 3pm to 6.30pm Archery is a surprisingly riveting sport to watch. Tension always runs high and the British archers will be hoping not to buckle on the hallowed turf at Lord’s cricket ground. Swimming - inc. Womens 400m Free - 7.30pm to 9.30pm Rebecca Adlington mounts her defence of the 400 and 800m double, form suggests it is just outside her reach so this will be a really big test of how much the home-crowd atmosphere can help. This session should also see Michael Phelps lose his second final in a row as the mens 4x100m free reaches its climax. This event has produced some of the most memorable moments of the past 3 Olympics and this year shouldnt disappoint with the Australians, French and Americans all talking up their chances. Monday 30th July Equestrian - 3-Day Eventing X-Country - 11.30am to 4.30pm Attention turns to Greenwich Park as the cross-country phase of the 3-day eventing takes place. GB have put together a very impressive looking team including the almost unbeatable William Fox-Pitt and the Queens grand-daughter Zara Phillips. Diving - Mens 10m Synchronised - 3pm to 4pm Tom Daley has struggled since a growth spurt added six inches to his height two years ago. His form seems to be returning and this is his first opportunity to try to take a gold medal away from the Chinese. Gymnastics - Mens Team - 4.30pm to 7pm GB has, over the past five years, transformed itself into a powerhouse in mens gymnastics. The reigning European champions will have their work cut out against a Japanese team featuring triple world champion Kohei Uchimura, but stand a great chance of snatching a first ever medal in the event. Tuesday 31st July Gymnastics - Womens Team - 4.30pm to 6.20pm Always an Olympic highlight, the USA once again go in hot favourites to take gold. In Athens and Beijing they threw it away… surely that cant happen a third time? Swimming - inc. Womens 200m IM - 7.30pm to 9pm Australias darling, Stephanie Rice, goes in the 200m individual medley in an evening that will also see Phelps chase a third gold in the 200m butterfly and 17 year-old sensation Missy Franklin swim in the 200m freestyle Volleyball - Mens GB vs Australia - 8pm to 9.30pm Great Britian may never again be represented in an Olympic volleyball tournament, so what better way to celebrate their cameo than with one of the greatest rivalries in sport. GB might even win it.Wednesday 1st August Rowing - inc. Womens Coxless Pair - 9.30am to 12.40pm My number one ranked British gold medal prospect competes in the first day of the rowing finals at Eton-Dorney lake. The womens coxless pair have dominated competition this year and should, barring illness or injury, take home Britains first ever womens rowing gold medal. Also look out for the wide open mens coxed eight. Cycling - Mens and Womens Road Time Trial - 12.30pm to 4pm Starting and finishing at Hampton Court Palace, the time trials should provide top racing. If Bradley Wiggins has any legs left after the Tour de France he will be in the mix for the mens gold; and the bronze medallist four years ago, Emma Pooley, will be targeting gold in the womens. Football - Mens GB vs Uruguay - 7.45pm to 9.40pm Stuart Pearces Great Britain side will face their first real test of the Games. Against a tough Uruguan side, GB will need to pull out a stong performance, even without David Beckham the talent on the team is such that anything less than a semi-final will be a disappointment. Olympic Prospectus 2012 5
    • 6 Day-by-Day GuideThursday 2nd August Canoe/Kayak Slalom - Mens C2 and Womens K1 - 1.30pm to 4.30pm Always an exciting competition to watch, the mens C2 (two men in a canoe with a single bladed paddle each) boasts the best chance for GB to make good the considerable advantage of having trained on the Olympic course for the past two year. Gymnastics - Womens All-Around - 4.30pm to 6.15pm An old fashioned USA vs Russia battle in the womens gymnastics. Jordan Weiber, the classic all-American sweetheart, and Viktoria Komova, a waif-like daughter of two Soviet-era international gymnasts. It should be a good one. Swimming - inc. Mens 200m IM - 7.30pm to 9pm The second showdown between Phelps and Lochte beckons in the 200m individual medley. We should by now know who has the upper hand but there is little to call between the form of the two in this event. This session also brings Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe going in the 200m butterfly, Fran Halsall in the 100m freestyle and Lochte again in the 200m backstroke. Friday 3rd August Rowing - inc. Womens Double Scull - 9.30am to 12.40pm The GB medals should start to flow over the next few days. The womens double scull, mens coxless four and mens lightweight double scull all boast British favourites, though the mens boats will need to improve on their form earlier this year. Athletics - inc. Heptathlon - 10am to 1.40pm and 7pm to 10pm The athletics finally gets under way with the heptathlon featuring on the first day. Jessica Ennis has an awful lot of pressure, and an awful lot of sponsors money riding on her being successful. Going in with a new British record earlier this year, and as the British champion in 100m hurdles and high jump, it is hopeful shell have the form to become one of the stars of the Games. Swimming - inc. Womens 800m Freestyle - 7.30pm to 8.30pm Rebecca Adllington goes again: shes the fastest women in the world this year but will have to fight hard to retain her Olympic title, her strongest challenge coming from 15 year-old American Katie Ledecky. Phelps goes again in the 100m fly, a medal here may be enough for him to equal the only record left - the most medals in an individual event, currently held by gymnast Larissa Latynina.Saturday 4th August Cycling - inc. Womens Team Pursuit - 4pm to 6.40pm In the first evening session at the velodrome, we start with the British womens pursuit squad who have set a world record in their past two outings. The omnium also makes its debut; watch out for the fantastic devil-takes-the- hindmost where Ed Clancy will ride about in an almost permanent state of panic. Athletics - inc. Heptathlon & Mens 10,000m - 7pm to 10pm As the middle weekend continues we see the two British superstars of athletics shoot for gold. Jessica Ennis will have to fight to make up or keep her position, and Mo Farah runs in the 10,000m. Both are narrow favourites but were beaten into second at last years World Champonships. Swimming - inc. Mens 4x100m Medley - 7.30pm to 8.30pm The final evening of swimming in the Aquatics Centre bring the two traditional curtain closers, the medley relays. The British women will be targeting a medal and we will see the final episode in Phelps Olympic saga as he takes his bow with a near certain gold in the medley relay. GB has two more medal shots with our womens medley team and Fran Halsall in the spash-and-dash 50m free. Sunday 5th August Sailing - inc. Mens Finn - 12pm to 5.50pm In sailing everybody starts with the same equipment and the same wind. For most people this means that luck pays a big part in deciding who wins the medals. Ben Ainslee, on the other hand, has picked up a silver and then three golds in successive Olympics. Hes still unparallelled and hopefully come the medal race hell still be in contention for gold. Cycling - inc. Mens Sprint - 4pm to 7pm Big thighs galore inside the velodrome as the mens speed merchants go head-to-head. With only one rider per country, either four times Olympic champion Chris Hoy or 2011 World Champion Jason Kenny will have to sit and watch from the sidelines as their compatriot take on the might of Frenchman Gregory Bauge. Ahtletics - inc. Mens 100m - 7pm to 10pm Bolt vs. Blake anyone? Throw in Gay, Gatlin and Powell and weve got a race. Monday 6th August Cycling - inc. Womens Sprint - 4pm to 7pm Its the turn of the women and Victoria Pendleton will go up against her Australian adversary Anna Mears. It was Pendleton who came out on top in the World Championships earlier this year but this could go either way. Football - Womens Semifinals - 5pm & 7.30pm If the British women have got this far theyll be coming up against the best in the world. A rare opportunity for the women to show their skills and build some excitement about womens football. Athletics - inc. Mens 400m Hurdles - 7pm to 9.40pm Dai Green shouldnt have been fast enough to win the World Championships 400m hurdles last year. He was. This year he doesnt look fast enough either… Olympic Prospectus 2012 6
    • 7 Day-by-Day Guide Tuesday 7th August Triathlon - Mens - 11.30am to 1.45pm As much credit as Alistair Brownlee gets, he deserves more; hes completely dominated world triathlon for the past few years. Earlier this year he tore his achilles and for a while it looked as though his Olympics were in doubt but, in his comeback race in June, he was a man posessed and tore the field to pieces. He should do the same in Hyde Park. Sailing - inc. Mens & Womens RS:X - 12pm to 5.50pm The sailing finals continue down in Weymouth. Today is the last chance to see windsurfing at the Olympics as it makes way for kite surfing in Rio. GBs Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw should be in the hunt for medals. Cycling - inc. Mens Keirin - 4pm to 6.25pm Three minutes of watching six men roll around behind a motorbike and then a minute of holding your breath as they sprint full out within touching distance of each other. Sir Chris Hoy is reigning world and Olympic champion but the final should be wide open. Laura Trott will also be hoping to take gold in the omnium.Wednesday 8th August Athletics - inc. Mens 110m Hurdles - 6pm to 10pm Pick of the days events is the mens 110m hurdles final as a returning Liu Zhang will once again have the hopes of a billion people behind him - fortunately hes injury free this time, and back in the form that saw him win gold eight years ago. Beach Volleyball - Womens Final - 7pm to 10pm Horse Guards Parade, bikinis, cheerleaders, oh, and some sport. Whats not to like. Hockey - Womens Semi-Finals & Basketball - Mens quarter-finals As the knock-out phases of the team sports get under way the womens hockey team will hope to live up to their excellent form earlier this year. If the GB men have made it as far as the basketball quarter finals they will probably be reaching the end of the line. Thursday 9th August Swimming -Womens Open Water 10k - 12pm to 2.30pm Kerri-Anne Payne will hit the waters of the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park in the open water swimming. Two hours in which the swimmers are almost unidentifiable may not seem like the best form of entertainment but, if world champion Kerri-Anne can match her previous performances, then a gold medal should be just rewards. Boxing - Womens Middle- and Lightweight Finals - 1.30pm to 3pm British female boxers are the best in the world, pefect timing for the debut of womens boxing at the Olympics. This session sees Natasha Jonas and world champion Savannah Marshall go for gold. Athletics - inc. Mens 200m Final - 6.30pm to 10.10pm Bolt vs. Blake round 2 as they face up over the 200m. Blake ran the second fastest 200m in history last season and Bolt will have to be on fire to live up to expectations. Add in Phillips Idowu in the triple jump and David Rudisha in the 800m and we have my pick for the best night of athletics at the Games. Friday 10th August Cycling - BMX Mens and Womens Finals - 3pm to 5pm Super cool, super fast, super big falls, and a British favourite. BMX was a welcome and fun addition to the Olympic schedule in 2008. Favourite there was Britians Shanaze Reade until a bad corner in the final saw her take a lunge and a fall. She looked imperious at the test event on the Olympic course last summer and will be hoping to round off a successful two weeks for the British cycling squad. Hockey - Womens Final - 8pm to 10pm This match should feature two out of Australia, Argentina and Great Britian. All have contrasting styles and bring the best out in each other. Victory may come down to who has the legs left after two weeks of hard competition. Taekwondo - Womens -67kg - 8pm to 10.10pm Sarah Stevenson won bronze four years ago having gone through the turmoil of having a head-shot missed causing her to lose the bout, and then the descision overturned just five minutes before her semi-final. Last year she won World Championship gold just a couple of months after her father passed away, and then had to deal with the death of her mother later that summer. Saturday 11th August Football - Mens Final - 3pm to 4.45pm For the first time in 52 years, GB is putting up a united team - of English and Welshmen. My guess is that well discover our Olympic experience is just like any other major tournament; cynicism right up to the point we all start to believe we might win it... and then crushing defeat at the hands of a superior nation. At what stage it will happen in the Olympics Im not sure but Spain and Brazil come bristling with talent. Athletics - inc. Mens 5,000m - 7pm to 9.20pm Depending on the result of the 10,000m Mo Farah will either have the chance to redeem himself or to join the ranks of elite long-distance runners who have won the 5k & 10k double at an Olympics. Add in the ever popular relays and the atmosphere will be electric. Diving - Mens 10m - 8.30pm to 9.45pm Ten days after he went in the synchro Tom Daley is back to take the battle to the Chinese. Anything less than a bronze will be a failure, but theres a Chinese wall between him and gold. Sunday 12th August Boxing - Mens Finals - 1.30pm to 3.45pm As the boxing competition draws to close, British expectations will be at fever pitch. The pressure is on for the young talented British squad, but a noisy home-crowd may help sway the judges in their favour. Modern Pentathlon - Womens - 2.35pm to 6.20pm The last medal to be won before the closing ceremony will be in the strangest of Olympic sports, the modern pentathlon. With running and shooting newly combined into a single race the final will be tense and unpredictable. Team GB includes the current world gold and bronze medallists, so chances are good for a final flourish. Basketball - Mens Final - 3pm to 5pm Four years ago USA dominated their opposition right up until the Olympic final, where a resurgent Spain took them down to the wire. For the second most popular sport in the world, this final will be a fitting climax to what has, hopefully, been a fantastic Olympic Games. Olympic Prospectus 2012 7
    • 8 Archery Sometimes its hard to know why a sport catches on somewhere. South Korea has, for no obvious historical or cultural reason, taken Archery on as a national pastime. For the past twenty years the only question before any major Archery championships has been "Will any of the gold medals not be won by South Korea?" An impressive tally of 34/44 World Championship and 12/20 Olympic gold medals have gone their way since 1990, but there is some reason to suspect that the Koreans will not have it all their own way this summer. Although the men still seem dominant (despite the best efforts of reigning Olympic Champion Victor Ruban (UKR) and the American Brady Ellison), their women have slipped from previous superiority. With no Korean women getting through to the individual semi-finals in either last years World Championships or World Cup Final, they can at best be said to be on an even keel with archers from countries such as India, China and Italy as well as individuals such as reigning World Champion Denisse van Lamoen from Chile. Anyone who sees themselves drawn against the Koreans will still feel a pang of dread, particularly if that Korean is the world record holder and legally-blind Im Dong-Hyun (who likes to shoot without corrective eyewear despite having 20/200 vision); but under the pressure of the crowd at Lords, and with only 15 arrows per match, the medals are firmly up for grabs by anyone who has the bottle to take them. Archery has long been one of Britains nearly sports; a bronze for Simon Terry and the mens team in Barcelona, a bronze for Allison Williamson in Athens, and a bronze for the womens team in the 2007 World Championships. With a relatively small worldwide participation base, it was hoped that an input of funding in the run up to 2012 would see the team progress to a level where they could challenge for gold medals. Focusing on veteran archers with Olympic experience, Terry, Larry Godfrey, Alan Wills, and Williamson, Naomi Folkard and Amy Oliver were seen as a talented team with real medal potential. Sadly, since 2007 Britains archers have repeatedly failed to deliver any medals in major championships. Most disappointingly, a full strength squad picked up only 2 silvers at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Despite this, UK Sport have significantly increased their funding in the run up to the Olympic Games, which may well pay off. The womens team are probably our best chance, but if any of the archers can channel the home crowd into points rather than nerves then it wont be a surprise to see a British tracksuit climbing onto the podium. Mens Individual 2008 Olympics 2009 World Championships 1 Victor Ruban UKR 1 Lee Chang-Hwan KOR 2 Park Kyung-Mo KOR 2 Im Dong-Hyun KOR 3 Bair Badenov RUS 3 Victor Ruban UKR 4 Juan Rene Serrano MEX 4 Oh Jin Hyek KOR 5= Juan Carlos Stevens CUB 5= Mangal Singh Champia IND 5= Ryuichi Moriya JAP 5= Romaine Girouille FRA 5= Victor Wunderle USA 5= Dmytro Hrachov UKR 5= Chu Sian Cheng MAS 5= Wenyuan Chen CHN 2011 World Championships World Ranking Points 1 Kim Woo-Jin KOR 1 Brady Ellison USA 313 2 Oh Jin Hyek KOR 2 Im Dong-Hyjn KOR 261 3 Brady Ellison USA 3 Kim Woojin KOR 246 4 Im Dong-Hyun KOR 4 Dmytro Hrachov UKR 234 5= Jason Lyon CAN 5 Khairul Anuar Mohamad MAS 206 5= Jeff Henckels LUX 6 Oh Jin-Hyek KOR 192 5= Baard Nesteng NOR 7 Joe Fanchin USA 187 5= Laurence Godfrey GBR 8 Markiyan Ivashko UKR 181 9 Laurence Godfrey GBR 179 2011 World Cup Final 10 Gael Prevost FRA 171 1 Brady Ellison USA 11 Romain Girouille FRA 146 2 Dai Xiaoxiang CHN 12 Pedro Vivas Alcaca MEX 138 3 Dmytro Hrachov UKR 13 Cheng Chu Sian MAS 136 4 Gael Prevost FRA 14 Luis Alvarez MEX 133 5= Joe Fanchin USA 15 Jayanta Talukdar IND 131 5= Pedro Vivas Alcala MEX 16 Elias Malave VEN 131 5= Oh Jin Hyek KOR 17 Tarundeep Rai IND 128 5= Yaglz Yilmaz TUR 18 M. V. Teymoorlooei IRI 127 19 Xing Yu CHN 127 20 Viktor Ruban UKR 126 Olympic Prospectus 2012 8
    • 9 Archery Mens Team 2008 Olympics 1 South Korea Im D-H, Lee C-H, Park K-M 2 Italy Di Buo I, Galiazzo M, Nespoli M 3 China Jiang L, Li W, Xue H F 4 Ukraine Ivashko M, Ruban V, Serdyuk O 5= Poland Dobrowolski R, Piatek P, Proc J 5= Malaysia Cheng C S, Khalmizam W, Marbawi M 5= Taiwan Chen S Y, Kuo C W, Wang C P 5= Russia Abramov A, Badenov B, Tsyrempilov B World Ranking Points 1 United States 428 2009 World Championships 2 France 360 1 South Korea Im D-H, Lee C-H, Oh J H 3 South Korea 346 2 France Aubert T, Girouille R, Valladont J-C 4 India 326 3 Japan Kikuchi H, Yamamoto H, Yoshinaga H 5 Great Britain 299 4 China Chen W, Xing Y, Xue H F 6 China 298 5= United States Ellison B, Johnson R, Wunderle V 7 Ukraine 277 5= Taiwan Kuo C W, Sung C C, Wang C P 8 Italy 275 5= India Banerjee R, Champia M S, Talukdar J 9 Japan 259 5= Russia Badenov B, Borodin A, Tsyrempilov B 10 Taiwan 248 11 Malaysia 241 2011 World Championships 14 Mexico 201 1 South Korea Im D-H, Kim W-J, Oh J-H 2 France Girouille R, Valladont J-C, Prevost G 3 Italy Frangilli M, Nespoli M, Galiazzo M 4 Mexico Serrano, Vivas Alcala, Velez Sanchez 5= Ukraine Ruban V, Hrachov D, Ivashko M 5= Great Britain Terry S, Wills, A, Godfrey L 5= China Chen W, Xing Y, Dai X 5= United States Ellison B, Fanchin J, Wukie J Womens Individual 2008 Olympics 2009 World Championships 1 Zhang Juan Juan CHN 1 Joo Hyun-Jung KOR 2 Park Sung-Hyun KOR 2 Kwak Ye Ji KOR 3 Yun Ok-Hee KOR 3 Natalia Sanchez COL 4 Kwon Un Sil PRK 4 Karina Lipiarska POL 5= Khatuna Lorig USA 5= Elena Kuznetsova BLR 5= Nami Hayakawa JPN 5= Yun Ok-Hee KOR 5= Joo Hyun-Jung KOR 5= Carina Christiansen DEN 5= Mariana Avitia MEX 5= Miki Kanie JPN 2011 World Championships World Ranking Points 1 Denisse Van Lamoen CHI 1 Deepka Kumari IND 254 2 Kristine Esebua GEO 2 Ki Bo Bae KOR 240 3 Fang Yuting CHN 3 Fang Yuting CHN 219 4 Berengere Schuh FRA 4 Jung Dasomi KOR 210 5= Han Gyeong-Hee KOR 5 Alejandra Valencia MEX 199 5= Jung Dasomi KOR 6 Cheng Ming CHN 194 5= Katsiaryna Timofeyeva BLR 7 Berengere Schuh FRA 178 5= Khatuna Narimanidze GEO 8 Miranda Leek USA 172 9 Denisse Van Lamoen CHI 169 2011 World Cup Final 10 Ksenia Perova RUS 158 1 Cheng Ming CHN 11 Han Gyeonghee KOR 154 2 Deepka Kumari IND 12 Inna Stepanova RUS 149 3 Berengere Schuh FRA 13 Naomi Folkard GBR 143 4 Jung Dasomi JPN 14 Jennifer Nichols USA 143 5= Alejandra Valencia MEX 15 Ren Hayakawa JPN 143 5= Inna Stepanova RUS 16 Aida Roman MEX 140 5= Han Gyeong-Hee KOR 17 Kristine Esebue GEO 133 5= Natalia Nasaridze TUR 18 Xu Jing CHN 131 19 Justyna Mospinek POL 129 20 Maja Buskbjerg Jager DEN 121 Olympic Prospectus 2012 9
    • 10 Archery Womens Team 2008 Olympics 1 South Korea Joo H-J, Park S-H, Jun O-H 2 China Chen L, Guo D, Zhang J J 3 France Arnold V, Dodemont S, Schuh B 4 Great Britain Burgess C, Folkard N, Williamson A 5= Italy Lionetti P C, Tonetta E, Valeeva N 5= Poland Cwienczek M, Marcinkiewicz I, Mospinek J 5= India Banerjee D, Devi L B, Vardhineni P 5= Japan Hayakawa N, Hayashi Y, Kitabatake S World Ranking Points 1 South Korea 415 2009 World Championships 2 India 375 1 South Korea Joo H-J, Kwak Y J, Yun O-H 3 Ukraine 318 2 Japan Kanie M, Matsunaga A, Matsushita S 4 China 310 3 Russia Boroday T, Erdyniyeva N, Segina T 5 Mexico 290 4 Belarus Kuznetsova E, Marusava H, Timofeyeva K 6 Italy 287 5= Italy Lionetti P C, Tonetta E, Valeeva N 7 Russia 285 5= Poland Cwienczek M, Lipiarska K, Mospinek J 8 Taiwan 276 5= Georgia Diasamidze A, Esebua K, Narimanidze K 9 United States 275 5= France Delamare C, Dodemont S, Schuh B 11 Japan 225 15 Denmark 175 2011 World Championships 17 Great Britain 164 1 Italy Tomasi J, Sartori G, Valeeva N 2 India Devi L B, Swuro C, Kumari D 3 South Korea Ki B-B, Han G, Jung D 4 China Zhu S, Fang Y, Xu J 5= Ukraine Koval V, Mylchenko N, Sichenikova L 5= Taiwan Yuan S C, Le C-Y, Lin C-E 5= Russia Erdyniyeva N, Stepanova I, Perova K 5= Denmark Christiansen C R, Jager M B, Laursen L Olympic Prospectus 2012 10
    • 11 Mens AthleticsThink Athletics, think Olympics, think Jamaica, think Puma - think Usain Bolt. It is hard to recall another example of where oneman’s achievements and charisma has done so much to change the fortunes of a sport. At the start of 2008 athletics was in a veryunhealthy state: years of drug scandals (encompassing three of the past four men’s 100m champions), declining audiences atinternational meets and general media apathy meant there was little enthusiasm for what was about to be seen in the Bird’s NestStadium. Then, at the end of May, an unheralded 21 year old Jamaican ran 9.72 seconds in the 100m at a small meeting in NewYork, becoming the fastest man in history. The media started to pay attention; it turned out this kid was not only fast, but alsoattractive, charismatic and, consensus had it, probably clean. The story of that year’s Olympics was written and Bolt went on to breakhis own world record in the 100m, break Michael Johnson’s ‘unbeatable’ record in the 200m, and take another gold and world recordin the 4x100m - all whilst playing to the crowd, striking a pose and smiling at the cameras. A legend was born and interest in athleticshas rocketed ever since. In the London Olympic stadium the men’s sprints will, as always, be the centre of attention. The prospect in London is not just for a repeat performance from the fastest man in history, but also a real challenge from Bolt’s 22 year old training partner, Yohan Blake. Although hes not made many headlines (yet), Blake took last year’s World Championships in the 100m, albeit after Bolt had been disqualified. He finished 2011 by running 19.26 in the 200m, the second fastest time ever and faster than Bolt ran in Beijing. Blake then spent 2012 quietly training in Jamaica before turning up at the Jamaican Olympic trials and beating Usain Bolt in the 100m and 200m. The timing may be wrong in London but with both sprinters still young, two previously unthinkable barriers beckon - a sub-9.5second 100m and a sub-19 second 200m. It should also not be forgotten that in London we have the second and third fastest men inhistory, Tyson Gay (USA) and Asafa Powell (JAM), and the returning 2004 Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin (USA). They all are capable of running below 9.8 seconds and such a strong line-up should make for one of the greatest Olympic moments of all time.The men’s hurdles are also gearing up to provide top entertainment. The 2004 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang, who broke hisnation’s heart after pulling out of the 2008 Olympics injured, is right back on form. He has looked electric this season but faces thebest crop of hurdlers in years. Americans Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson have both run below 13 seconds this year and don’tcount out 21 year old European Champion Sergey Shubenkov from Russia or Dayron Robles, the softly spoken Cuban who hasstruggled with injury since the last Olympics but has shown flashes of brilliance suggesting he could return to his Olympic gold andworld record form. The 400m hurdles involves one of GB’s reigning world champions, Dai Green. Form says that Dai will be way offpace, with the likes of Javier Culson (PUR) and Bershawn Jackson (USA) posting times well under Green’s best this year, but thatwas also true at last year’s World Championships. The 400m hurdles punishes anyone running too hard and if Green shows the rightrace-craft then a medal is within his reach. The traditional climax to major athletics championships are the relays. The 4x100m will come down to a shoot out between Jamaicaand USA and, with both countries putting up four sub 9.9 second runners, a world record may well be needed to win it. In the 4x400m USA should have the class to take gold but they have been challenged in recent championships. The Bahamas and Jamaica are in with a shot but you can expect all attention to be on South Africa, who came within half a second of the American’s at last year’s World Championships and where Oscar Pistorius, if selected, is set to become the first amputee runner to race in the Olympics. Great Britain, despite lacking any standout male sprinters, should have the consistency to chase bronze.The men’s middle-distance races look ripe for two fantastic head-to-heads. In the 800m David Rudisha (KEN), who in 2010 brokeWilson Kipketer’s 13 year old world record (Lord Seb Coe is still the third fastest man in history over 800m), will go up against the rawtalent of Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki. In the 1500m the battle is between two Kenyans, Silas Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprop, who havespent the past two years exchanging victories.In the long-distance races all eyes will be on Britain’s Mo Farah. The Somali-born runner from south-west London took a jump-step in his development when he moved to Portland, Oregon and started training under Cuban Alberto Salazar with his friend Galen Rupp (USA). At the World Championships last year he narrowly lost the 10,000m, finishing second, but bounced back with victory in the 5,000m. He will probably be attempting the double again in London. He will start favourite in both races, though he hasn’t run a 10k this year. Mo’s strength is his kick in the last 600m but he will need to get his tactics right; American’s Galen Rupp and Bernhard Lagat both sport ferocious last laps but the big unknown comes from the Ethiopian and Kenyan runners. Foremost amongst these is double world record holder and Olympic champion Keninesa Bekele. Bekele is moving towards the twilight of his career and, as of the start of July, he is out of form and struggling with injuries. But - as we saw last year when he dropped out of the 10,000m final at the World Championships and then set the fastest time of the year two weeks later – he has the potential to spoil Mo Farah’s party.The men’s jumps are going through a weak patch at the moment with nobody close to world record standards. On the bright side, thismeans that Great Britain have medal potential in each discipline. Philips Idowu has been a stalwart of the British team and is aformer eorld and European champion and Olympic medallist; however, hes been thwarted before by competitiors pulling off the jumpof a lifetime and so the triple jump is likely to come down to who can produce that one big jump when it counts. In the long jump GB’sGreg Rutherford has posted the longest jump in the world this year. Unfortunately for him there are ten men who have jumped within10cm and another ten men capable of it. In the high jump it is Robbie Grabarz, this year’s break-through athlete for GB, who will betargeting a medal and should have the goods to be involved at the final shake up. The throws continue to rebuild themselves in a newer cleaner era. Paramount to this is the young German shot putter, David Storl, who turns 22 on the day of the opening ceremony. The former decathlete became the youngest ever shot put world champion lastyear and is helping to bring Germany back to athletics after years of self-recrimination over the abuses conducted by the East German regime. The imposing Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) will be going for a third successive gold in the javelin, but he has had no form since being upset in last years World Championship final and it is Vitezslav Vesely (CZE) that leads an open and international field. Meanwhile, British throwing may have found a future star in the 65" frame of Lawrence Okoye. Despite only switching from rugby to discus last year, Okoye has set a new British record and is ranked fourth in the world. Although inexperience may count against him, international success is surely on the horizon if he can balance training with the Oxford law degree he starts in October . Olympic Prospectus 2012 11
    • 12 Mens Athletics Mens 100m World Record: 9.58s Usain Bolt JAM 16 August 2009 Olympic Record: 9.69s Usain Bolt JAM 16 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Usain Bolt JAM 9.69 1 Usain Bolt JAM 9.76 2 Richard Thompson TRI 9.89 2 Asafa Powell JAM 9.78 3 Walter Dix USA 9.91 3 Tyson Gay USA 9.79 4 Churandy Martina AHO 9.93 4 Steve Mullings JAM 9.80 5 Asafa Powell JAM 9.95 5 Yohan Blake JAM 9.82 6 Michael Frater JAM 9.97 6 Mike Rodgers USA 9.85 7 Marc Burns TRI 10.01 7 Richard Thompson TRI 9.85 8 Darvis Patton USA 10.03 8 Michael Frater JAM 9.88 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Yohan Blake JAM 9.92 1 Yohan Blake JAM 9.75 2 Walter Dix USA 10.08 2 Usain Bolt JAM 9.76 3 Kim Collins SKN 10.09 3 Justin Gatlin USA 9.80 4 Christophe Lemaitre FRA 10.19 4 Asafa Powell JAM 9.85 5 Daniel Bailey ANT 10.26 5 Keston Bledman TRI 9.86 6 Jimmy Vicaut FRA 10.27 6 Tyson Gay USA 9.86 7 Nesta Carter JAM 10.95 7 Nickel Ashmeade JAM 9.93 8 Usain Bolt JAM DSQ 8 Ryan Bailey USA 9.93 Mens 200m World Record: 19.19s Usain Bolt JAM 20 August 2009 Olympic Record: 19.30s Usain Bolt JAM 20 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Usain Bolt JAM 19.30 1 Yohan Blake JAM 19.26 2 Shawn Crawford USA 19.96 2 Usain Bolt JAM 19.40 3 Walter Dix USA 19.98 3 Walter Dix USA 19.53 4 Brian Dzingai ZIM 20.22 4 Christophe Lemaitre FRA 19.80 5 Christian Malcolm GBR 20.40 5 Nickel Ashmeade JAM 19.91 6 Kim Collins SKN 20.59 6 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure NOR 19.95 DSQ Churandy Martina AHO 19.82 7 Rakieem Salaam USA 20.05 DSQ Wallace Spearmon USA 19.95 8 Steve Mullings JAM 20.11 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Usain Bolt JAM 19.40 1 Yohan Blake JAM 19.80 2 Walter Dix USA 19.70 2 Usain Bolt JAM 19.83 3 Christophe Lemaitre FRA 19.80 3 Churandy Martina NED 19.94 4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure NOR 19.95 4 Nickel Ashmeade JAM 19.94 5 Nickel Ashmeade JAM 20.29 5 Wallace Spearmon USA 19.95 6 Bruno de Barros BRA 20.31 6 Warren Weir JAM 19.99 7 Rondell Sorrillo TRI 20.34 7 Walter Dix USA 20.02 8 Alonso Edward PAN DNF 8 Harry Adams USA 20.10 Mens 400m World Record: 43.18s Michael Johnson USA 26 August 1999 Olympic Record: 43.49s Michael Johnson USA 29 July 1996 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 LaShawn Merritt USA 43.75 1 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.35 2 Jeremy Wariner USA 44.74 2 Kirani James GRN 44.36 3 David Neville USA 44.80 3 Rondell Bartholomew GRN 44.65 4 Chris Brown BAH 44.84 4 Tony McQuay USA 44.68 5 Leslie Djhone FRA 45.11 5 Jermaine Gonzales JAM 44.69 6 Martyn Rooney GBR 45.12 6 Kevin Borlee BEL 44.74 7 Renny Quow TRI 45.22 7 Demetrius Pinder BAH 44.78 8 Johan Wissman SWE 45.39 8 Jonathon Borlee BEL 44.78 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Kirani James GRN 44.60 1 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.12 2 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.63 2 Luguelin Santos DOM 44.45 3 Kevin Borlee BEL 44.90 3 Tony McQuay USA 44,49 4 Jermaine Gonzales JAM 44.99 4 Kevin Borlee BEL 44,56 5 Jonathon Borlee BEL 45.07 5 Kirani James GRN 44.72 6 Rondell Bartholomew GRN 45.45 6 Michael Berry USA 44.75 7 Tabaire Henry USV 45.55 7 Demetrius Pinder BAH 44.77 8 Femi Seun Ogunode QAT 45.55 8 Bryshon Nellum USA 44.80 Olympic Prospectus 2012 12
    • 13 Mens Athletics Mens 110m Hurdles World Record: 12.87s Dayron Robles CUB 12 June 2008 Olympic Record: 12.91s Liu Xiang CHN 27 August 2004 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Dayron Robles CUB 12.93 1 David Oliver USA 12.94 2 David Payne USA 13.17 2 Liu Xiang CHN 13.00 3 David Oliver USA 13.18 3 Dayron Robles CUB 13.00 4 Ladji Doucoure FRA 13.24 4 Jason Richardson USA 13.04 5 Artur Noga POL 13.36 5 Aries Merritt USA 13.12 6 Maurice Wignall JAM 13.46 6 Dwight Thomas JAM 13.15 7 Richard Phillips JAM 13.60 7 Terrence Trammell USA 13.16 8 Jackson Quinonez ESP 13.69 8 Joel Brown USA 13.20 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Jason Richardson USA 13.16 1 Aries Merritt USA 12.93 2 Liu Xiang CHN 13.27 2 Liu Xiang CHN 12.97 3 Andy Turner GBR 13.44 3 Jason Richardson USA 12.98 4 David Oliver USA 13.44 4 Jeff Porter USA 13.08 5 Aries Merritt USA 13.67 5 Orlando Ortega CUB 13.09 6 William Sharman GBR 13.67 6 Sergey Shubenkov RUS 13.09 7 Dwight Thomas JAM DNF 7 David Oliver USA 13.13 8 Dayron Robles CUB DSQ 8 Dexter Faulk USA 13.13 Mens 400m Hurdles World Record: 46.78s Kevin Young USA 06 August 1992 Olympic Record: 46.78s Kevin Young USA 06 August 1992 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Angelo Taylor USA 47.25 1 L.J van Zyl RSA 47.66 2 Kerron Clement USA 47.98 2 Jeshua Anderson USA 47.93 3 Bershawn Jackson USA 48.06 3 Bershawn Jackson USA 47.93 4 Danny McFarlane JAM 48.30 4 Angelo Taylor USA 47.94 5 L.J van Zyl RSA 48.42 5 Cornel Fredericks RSA 47.94 6 Marek Plawgo POL 48.52 6 Dai Greene GBR 48.14 7 Markino Buckley JAM 49.60 7 Javier Culson PUR 48.32 8 Periklis Iakovakis GRE 49.96 8 Michael Tinsley USA 48.45 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Dai Greene GBR 48.26 1 Javier Culson PUR 47.78 2 Javier Culson PUR 48.44 2 Dai Greene GBR 47.84 3 L.J van Zyl RSA 48.80 3 Bershawn Jackson USA 48.20 4 Felix Sanchez DOM 48.87 4 Michael Tinsley USA 48.33 5 Cornel Fredericks RSA 49.12 5 Takayuki Kiskimoto JPN 48.41 6 Bershawn Jackson USA 49.24 6 Felix Sanchez DOM 48.56 7 Angelo Taylor USA 49.31 7 Angelo Taylor USA 48.57 8 Alexsandr Derevyagin RUS 49.32 8 Jehue Gordon TRI 48.78 Olympic Prospectus 2012 13
    • 14 Mens Athletics Mens 4x100m relay JAM (N Carter, M Frater, World Record: 37.04s 26 August 2010 Y Blake, U Bolt) JAM (N Carter, M Frater, Olympic Record: 37.10s 22 August 2008 U Bolt, A Powell) 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championships Nesta Carter Nesta Carter Michael Frater Michael Frater 1 Jamaica 37.10 1 Jamaica 37.04 Usain Bolt Yohan Blake Asafa Powell Usain Bolt Keston Bledman Teddy Tinmar Trinidad Marc Burns Christophe Lemaitre 2 & 38.06 2 France 38.20 Emmanuel Callender Tobago Yannick Lesourd Richard Thompson Jimmy Vicault Naoki Tsukahara Jason Rogers Saint Shingo Suetsugu Kim Collins 3 Japan 38.15 3 Kitts & 38.49 Shinji Takahara Antoine Adams Nevis Nobuhara Asahara Brijesh Lawrence Vincente Lima Pawel Stempel Sandro Viana Dariusz Kuc 4 Brazil 38.24 4 Poland 38.50 Brunno de Baros Robert Kubaczyk Jose Carlos Kamil Krynski Tobias Unger Simone Collio Till Helmke Emanuele Di Gregorio 5 Germany 38.58 5 Italy 38.96 Alexander Kosenkow Fabio Cerutti Martin Keller Michael Tumi Hank Palmer Keston Bledman Trinidad Anson Henry Marc Burns 6 Canada 38.66 6 & 39.01 Jared Connaughton Aaron Armstrong Tobago Pierre Browne Richard Thompson Maarten Heisen Trell Kimmons Guus Hoogmoed Justin Gatlin United 7 Holland 45.81 7 DNF Patrik van Luijik Darvis Patton States Caimin Douglas Walter Dix Wen Yongyi Christian Malcolm Zhang Peimang Craig Pickering Great 8 China DSQ 8 DNF Lu Bin Marlon Devonish Britain Hu Kai Harry Aikines-Aryeetey Combined 2011/12 Individual Best Times Yohan Blake 9.75 Usain Bolt 9.76 1 Jamaica 39.09 Asafa Powell 9.78 Steve Mullings 9.80 Tyson Gay 9.79 Justin Gatlin United 9.80 2 39.37 Mike Rodgers States 9.85 Ryan Bailey 9.93 Richard Thompson 9.85 Trinidad Keston Bledman 9.86 3 & 39.80 Rondell Sorrillo Tobago 10.03 Marc Burns 10.06 Dwain Chambers 10.01 Adam Gemili Great 10.08 4 40.33 James Dasaolu Britain 10.11 Harry Aikines-Areetey 10.13 Christophe Lemaitre 9.92 Jimmy Vicaut 10.07 5 France 40.40 Martial Mbandjock 10.13 Emmanuel Biron 10.28 Kim Collins 10.00 Saint Antoine Adams 10.10 6 Kitts & 40.46 Brijesh Lawrence 10.12 Nevis Jason Rogers 10.24 Simon Magakwe 10.06 Roscoe Engel South 10.19 7 40.64 Thuso Mpuang Africa 10.16 Hannes Dreyer 10.23 Ryota Yamagata 10.08 Masashi Eriguchi 10.14 8 Japan 40.65 Yusuke Kotani 10.21 Soto Kawatsura 10.22 Olympic Prospectus 2012 14
    • 15 Mens Athletics Mens 4x400m relay USA (A Valmon, Q Watts, B World Record: 2:54.29 Reynolds, M Johnson) 22 September 1993 USA (L Merritt, A Taylor, D Olympic Record: 2:55.39 Neville, J Wariner) 23 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championships LaShawn Merritt Greg Nixon Angelo Taylor United Bershawn Jackson United 1 2:55.39 1 2:59.31 David Neville States Angelo Taylor States Jeremy Wariner LaShawn Merritt Andretti Bain Shane Victor Michael Mathieu Ofentse Mogawane South 2 Bahamas 2:58.03 2 2:59.87 Andrae Williams Willem de Beer Africa Chris Brown L.J van Zyl Maksim Dyldin Allodin Fothergill Vladislav Frolov Jermaine Gonzales 3 Russia 2:58.06 3 Jamaica 3:00.10 Anton Kokorin Riker Hylton Denis Alexeev Leford Green Andrew Steele Maksim Dyldin Robert Tobin Great Konstantin Svechkar 4 2:58.81 4 Russia 3:00.22 Michael Bingham Britain Pavel Trenikhin Martyn Rooney Denis Alekseyev Kevin Borlee Jonathon Borlee Jonathon Borlee Antoine Gillet 5 Belgium 2:59.37 5 Belgium 3:00.41 Cedric Van Branteghem Nils Duerinck Arnaud Ghislain Kevin Borlee Sean Wroe Vincent Kiplanget Kosgei John Steffensen Vincent Mumo Kiilu 6 Australia 3:00.02 6 Kenya 3:01.15 Clinton Hill Anderson Mureta Mutgei Joel Milburn Mark Mutai Rafal Wieruszewski Richard Strachan Piotr Klimczak Nigel Levine Great 7 Poland 3:00.32 7 3:01.16 Piotr Kedzia Christopher Clarke Britain Marek Plawgo Martyn Rooney Michael Blackwood Jonas Plass Sanjay Ayre Kamghe Gaba 8 Jamaica 3:01.45 8 Germany 3:01.37 Ricardo Chambers Miguel Rigau Lanceford Spence Thomas Schneider Combined 2011/12 Individual Best Times LaShawn Merritt 44.12 Tony McQuay United 44.49 1 2:58.16 Michael Berry States 44.75 Bryshon Nellum 44.80 Demetrius Pinder 44.77 Chris Brown 44.79 2 Bahamas 2:59.49 Ramon Miller 44.87 Michael Mathieu 45.06 Jermaine Gonzales 44.69 Dane Hyatt 44.83 3 Jamaica 2:59.92 Rusheen McDonald 45.10 Riker Hylton 45.30 Martyn Rooney 44.92 Conrad Williams Great 45.08 4 3:00.34 Nigel Levine Britian 45.11 Luke Lennon-Ford 45.23 Renny Quow 44.94 Trinidad Deon Lendore 45.13 5 & 3:00.91 Lalonde Gordon Tobago 45.33 Jarrin Solomon 45.51 L.J. van Zyl 44.86 Oscar Pistorius South 45.07 6 3:00.94 Lebogang Moeng Africa 45.47 Ofentse Mogawane 45.54 Luguelin Santos 44.45 Domin- Felix Sanchez 45.34 7 ican 3:01.18 Gustavo Cuesta Republic 45.79 Arismendy Peguero 45.6 Pako Seribe 45.41 Bafetoleng Mogami 45.46 8 Botswana 3:02.26 Isaac Makwala 45.63 Zachira Kamberuka 45.76 Olympic Prospectus 2012 15
    • 16 Mens Athletics Mens 800m World Record: 1:41.01 David Rudisha KEN 29 August 2010 Olympic Record: 1:42.58 Vebjorn Rodal NOR 31 July 1996 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Wilfred Bungei KEN 1:44.65 1 David Rudisha KEN 1:41.33 2 Ismail Ahmed Ismail SUD 1:44.70 2 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:42.61 3 Alfred Yego KEN 1:44.82 3 Asbel Kiprop KEN 1:42.91 4 Gary Reed CAN 1:44.94 4 Adam Kszczot POL 1:43.13 5 Yusef Saad Kamel BAH 1:44.95 5 Mohammed Aman ETH 1:43.15 6 Yeimar Lopez CUB 1:45.88 6 Nick Symmonds USA 1:43.30 7 Nabil Madi ALG 1:45.96 7 Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS 1:43.37 8 Nadjim Manseur ALG 1:47.19 8 David Mutua KEN 1:43.83 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 David Rudisha KEN 1:43.91 1 David Rudisha KEN 1:41.54 2 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:44.41 2 Nijel Amos BOT 1:43.11 3 Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS 1:44.49 3 Mohammed Aman ETH 1:43.51 4 Marcin Lewandowski POL 1:44.80 4 Leonard Kosencha KEN 1:43.60 5 Nick Symmonds USA 1:45.12 5 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:43.71 6 Adam Kszczot POL 1:45.25 6 Job Kinyor KEN 1:43.76 7 Alfred Yego KEN 1:45.83 7 Adam Kszczot POL 1:43.83 8 Mohammed Aman ETH 1:45.93 8 Nick Simmonds USA 1:43.92 Mens 1500m World Record: 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj MOR 14 July 1998 Olympic Record: 3:32.07 Noah Ngeny KEN 29 September 2000 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading DSQ Rashid Ramzi BRN DQ for CERA 1 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:30.46 1 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:33.11 2 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:30.47 2 Nicholas Willis NZL 3:34.16 3 Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba KEN 3:30.94 3 Mehdi Baala FRA 3:34.21 4 Augustine Chepseba KEN 3:31.14 4 Juan Carlos Higuero ESP 3:34.44 5 Ilham Tanui Ozbilen TUR 3:31.37 5 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:44.66 6 Abdelaati Iquider MAR 3:31.60 6 Juan van Deventer RSA 3:34.77 7 Abubaker Kaki SUD 3:31.76 7 Belal Mansoor Ali BRN 3:35.23 8 Nicholas Willis NZL 3:31.79 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:35.69 1 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:29.63 2 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:35.92 2 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:29.78 3 Matthew Centrowitz USA 3:36.08 3 Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba KEN 3:29.90 4 Manuel Olmedo ESP 3:36.33 4 Ayanleh Souleiman DJI 3:30.31 5 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:36.56 5 Bethwell Birgen KEN 3:31.17 6 Mohammed Moustaoui MAR 3:36.80 6 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH 3:31.45 7 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH 3:36.81 7 Collins Cheboi KEN 3:32.64 8 Eduar Villaneuva VEN 3:37.31 8 Taoufik Makhloufi ALG 3:33.26 Mens 3000m Steeplechase World Record: 7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen QAT 03 September 2004 Olympic Record: 8:05.51 Julius Kariuki KEN 30 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 8:10.34 1 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 7:53.64 2 M. Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 8:10.49 2 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 7:55.76 3 R. Kipkemboi Mateelong KEN 8:11.01 3 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 7:57.32 4 Yacob Jarso ETH 8:13.47 4 M. Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 8:02.09 5 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 8:14.79 5 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 8:05.72 6 Youcef Abdi AUS 8:16.36 6 Bernard Nganga KEN 8:05.88 7 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 8:16.38 7 Richard Mateelong KEN 8:07.41 8 Abubaker Ali Kamal QAT 8:16.59 8 Hillary Kipsang Yego KEN 8:07.41 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 8:14.85 1 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 7:54.31 2 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 8:16.05 2 Richard K. Mateelong KEN 7:56.81 3 M. Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 8:16.09 3 Abel Kiprop Mutai KEN 8:01.67 4 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 8:17.56 4 Brimin Kipchoge Birech KRN 8:01.73 5 Roba Gari ETH 8:18.37 5 Jairus Kipchoge Birech KEN 8:03.43 6 Jacob Araptany UGA 8:18.67 6 Roba Gari ETH 8:06.16 7 Richard Mateelong KEN 8:19.31 7 Conseslus Kipruto KEN 8:08.92 8 Ion Luchianov MDA 8:19.69 8 Brahim Taleb MAR 8:10.20 Olympic Prospectus 2012 16
    • 17 Mens Athletics Mens 5000m World Record: 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 31 May 2004 Olympic Record: 12:57.82 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 23 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 12:57.82 1 Mohammed Farah GBR 12:53.11 2 Eliud Kipchoge KEN 13:02.80 2 Bernard Lagat USA 12:53.60 3 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi KEN 13:06.22 3 Isiah Kiplangat Keoch KEN 12:54.18 4 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro UGA 13:10.56 4 Imane Merga ETH 12:54.21 5 Abreham Cherkos ETH 13:16.46 5 Vincent Kiprop Chepkok KEN 12:55.29 6 Tariku Bekele ETH 13:19.06 6 Dejen Gebremeskel ETH 12:55.89 7 Juan Luis Barrios MEX 13:19.79 7 Thomas Longosiwa KEN 12:56.08 8 James Kwalia CKurui QAT 13:23.48 8 Sileshi Sihine ETH 12:57.86 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Mohammed Farah GBR 13:23.36 1 Dejen Gebremeskel ETH 12:46.81 2 Bernard Lagat USA 13:23.64 2 Hagos Gebrhiwet ETH 12:47.53 3 Dejen Gebremeskel ETH 13:23.92 3 Isiah Kiplangat Koech KEN 12:48.64 4 Isaiah Kiplangat Koech KEN 13:24.95 4 Ynew Alamirew ETH 12:48.77 5 Abera Kuma ETH 13:25.50 5 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa KEN 12:49.04 6 Thomas Longosiwa KEN 13:26.73 6 John Kipkoech KEN 12:49.50 7 Eliud Kipchoge KEN 13:27.27 7 Tariko Bekele ETH 12:55.79 8 Bilisuma Shugi BAH 13:27.67 8 Edein Cheruiyot Soi KEN 12:55.99 Mens 10000m World Record: 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 26 August 2005 Olympic Record: 27:01.17 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 17 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 27:01.17 1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 26:43.16 2 Sileshi Sihine ETH 27:02.77 2 Lucas Rotich KEN 26:43.98 3 Micah Kogo KEN 27:04.11 3 Mohammed Farah GBR 26:46.57 4 Modes Ndiema Masai KEN 27:04.11 4 Galen Rupp USA 26:48.00 5 Zersenay Tadese ERI 27:05.11 5 Imane Merga ETH 26:48.35 6 Haile Gebrelassie ETH 27:06.68 6 Josphat Bett Kipkoech KEN 26:48.99 7 Martin Irungu Mathathi KEN 27:08.25 7 Paul Tanui KEN 26:50.63 8 Ahmad Hassan Abdullah QAT 27:23.75 8 Zersenay Tadese ERI 26:51.09 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Ibrahim Jelain ETH 27:13.81 1 Wilson Kiprop KEN 27:01.98 2 Mohammed Farah GBR 27:14.07 2 Moses Ndiema Masai KEN 27:02.25 3 Imane Merga ETH 27:19.14 3 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 27:02.25 4 Zersenay Tadese ERI 27:22.57 4 Tariku Bekele ETH 27:03.24 5 Martin Irungu Mathathi KEN 27:23.87 5 Gebregziabher Begremariam ETH 27:03.58 6 Peter Cheruiyot Kirui KEN 27:25.63 6 Seleshi Sihine ETH 27:04.48 7 Galen Rupp USA 27:26.84 7 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro UGA 27:05.50 8 Sileshi Sihine ETH 27:34.11 8 Bitan Karoki KEN 27:07.90 Mens Marathon World Record: 2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie ETH 28 September 2008 Olympic Record: 2:06:32 Samuel Wanjiru KEN 24 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Samuel Kamau Wanjiru KEN 2:06:32 1 Patrick Makau Musyoki KEN 2:03:38 2 Jaouad Gharib MOR 2:07:16 2 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich KEN 2:03:42 3 Tsegay Kebede ETH 2:10:00 3 Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai KEN 2:04:40 4 Deride Merga ETH 2:10:21 4 Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai KEN 2:05:05 5 Martin Lel KEN 2:10:24 5 Levy Matebo Omari KEN 2:05:16 6 Viktor Rothlin SUI 2:10:35 6 Albert Kiplagat Chebet KEN 2:05:25 7 Gashaw Asfaw ETH 2:10:52 7 Wilson Kwambai Chebet KEN 2:05:27 8 Yared Asmerom ERI 2:11:11 8 Vincent Kipruto KEN 2:05:33 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Abel Kirui KEN 2:07.38 1 Ayele Abshero ETH 2:04:23 2 Vincent Kipruto KEN 2:10.06 2 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich KEN 2:04:44 3 Feyissa Lilesa ETH 2:10.32 3 Yemane Tsegay ETH 2:04:48 4 Abderrahime Bouramdane MOR 2:10.55 4 Dino Sefir ETH 2:04:50 5 David Barmassi Tumo KEN 2:11.29 5 Getu Feleke ETH 2:04:50 6 Eliud Kiptanui KEN 2:11.50 6 Markos Geneti ETH 2:04:54 7 Hiroyuki Horibata JPN 2:11.52 7 Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo KEN 2:04:56 8 Ruggero Pertile ITA 2:11.57 8 Moses Cheruiyot Mosop KEN 2:05:03 Olympic Prospectus 2012 17
    • 18 Mens Athletics Mens 20km Walk World Record: 1:17.16 Vladimir Kanaykin RUS 29 September 2007 Olympic Record: 1:18:59 Robert Korzeniowski POL 22 September 2000 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Valeriy Borchin RUS 1:19:01 1 Wang Zhen CHN 1:18:30 2 Jefferson Perez ECU 1:19:15 2 Chu Yafei CHN 1:18:38 3 Jared Tallent AUS 1:19:42 3 Chen Ding CHN 1:18:52 4 Wang Hao CHN 1:19:47 4 Valeriy Borchin RUS 1:18:55 5 Ivano Brugnetti ITA 1:19:51 5 Vladimir Kanaykin RUS 1:19:14 6 Luke Adams AUS 1:19:57 6 Sergey Morozov RUS 1:19:18 7 Francisco Fernandez ESP 1:20:32 7 Hyunsub Kim KOR 1:19:31 8 Robert Heffernan IRE 1:20:36 8 Stanislav Emelyanov RUS 1:19:36 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Valeriy Borchin RUS 1:19.56 1 Alex Schwazer ITA 1:17:30 2 Vladimir Kanaykin RUS 1:20.27 2 Wang Zhen CHN 1:17:36 3 Luis Fernando Lopez COL 1:20:38 3 Chen Ding CHN 1:17:40 4 Zhen Wang CHN 1:20:54 4 Yohann Diniz FRA 1:17:43 5 Stanislav Emelyanov RUS 1:21:11 5 Andrey Ruzavin RUS 1:17:47 6 Kim Hyun-Sub KOR 1:21:17 6 Sergey Morozov RUS 1:17:52 7 Ruslan Dmytrenko UKR 1:21:31 7 Andrey Rivov RUS 1:18:25 8 Yusuke Suzuki JPN 1:21:39 8 Arick Barrondo GUA 1:18:25 Mens 50km Walk World Record: 3:34.14 Denis Nizhegorodov RUS 11 May 2008 Olympic Record: 3:37.09 Alex Schwazer ITA 22 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Alex Schwazer ITA 3:37:09 1 Sergey Bakulin RUS 3:38:46 2 Jared Tallent AUS 3:39:27 2 Tianfeng Si CHN 3:38:48 3 Denis Nizhegorodev RUS 3:40:14 3 Matej Toth SVK 3:39:46 4 Jesus Angel Garcia ESP 3:44:08 4 Faguang Xu CHN 3:42:20 5 Erik Tysse NOR 3:45:21 5 Yury Andronov RUS 3:42:25 6 Horacio Nava MEX 3:45:21 6 Denis Nizhegorodev RUS 3:42:45 7 Yuki Yamazaki JPN 3:45:47 7 Jared Tallent AUS 3:43:36 8 Rafal Fedaczynski POL 3:46:51 8 Jianbo Li CHN 3:43:38 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Sergey Bakulin RUS 3:41.24 1 Sergey Kirdyapkin RUS 3:38:08 2 Denis Nizhegorodev RUS 3:42.45 2 Igor Erokhin RUS 3:38:10 3 Jared Tallent AUS 3:34:36 3 Jared Tallent AUS 3:40:32 4 Si Tianfeng CHN 3:44:40 4 Yury Andronov RUS 3:40:46 5 Luke Adams AUS 3:45:41 5 Alex Schwazer ITA 3:40:58 6 Koichiro Morioka JPN 3:46:21 6 Yuki Yamazaki JPN 3:41:47 7 Park Chil-Sung KOR 3:47:13 7 Si Tianfeng CHN 3:43:05 8 Xu Faguang CHN 3:47:19 8 Takayuki Tanii JPN 3:43:56 Mens Decathlon World Record: 9039pts Ashton Eaton USA 23 June 2012 Olympic Record: 8893pts Roman Sebrle CZE 24 August 2004 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Bryan Clay USA 8791 1 Ashton Eaton USA 8729 2 Andrei Krauchanka BEL 8551 2 Trey Hardee USA 8689 3 Leonel Suarez CUB 8527 3 Leonel Suarez CUB 8501 4 Alexsandr Pogorelev RUS 8328 4 Mikk Pahapill EST 8398 5 Romain Barras FRA 8253 5 Yordani Garcia CUB 8397 6 Roman Sebrle CZE 8241 6 Aleksey Drozdov RUS 8334 7 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR 8238 7 Edgars Erins LAT 8312 8 Andre Niklaus GER 8220 8 Eelco Sintnicolaas NED 8304 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Trey Hardee USA 8607 1 Ashton Eaton USA 9039 2 Ashton Eaton USA 8505 2 Pascal Behrenbruch GER 8558 3 Leonel Suarez CUB 8501 3 Hans van Alphen BEL 8519 4 Aleksey Drozdov RUS 8313 4 Eelco Sintnicolaas NED 8506 5 Eelco Sintnicolaas NED 8298 5 Trey Hardee USA 8383 6 Mihail Dudas SRB 8256 6 Sergey Sviridov RUS 8365 7 Padcal Behrenbruch GER 8211 7 Larbi Bourrada ALG 8332 8 Jan Felix Knobel GER 8200 8 Rico Freimuth GER 8322 Olympic Prospectus 2012 18
    • 19 Mens Athletics Mens Long Jump World Record: 8.95m Mike Powell USA 30 August 1991 Olympic Record: 8.90m Bob Beamon USA 18 October 1968 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Irving Saladino PAN 8.34 1 Mitchell Watt AUS 8.54 2 Khitsi Mokoena RSA 8.24 2 Dwight Phillips USA 8.45 3 Ibrahim Camejo CUB 8.20 3 Ngonidzashe Mukasha ZIM 8.40 4 Ngonidzashe Mukasha ZIM 8.19 4 Irving Saladino PAN 8.40 5 Wilfredo Martinez CUB 8.19 5 Yahya Berrabah MAR 8.37 6 Ndiss Kaba Badji SEN 8.16 6 Christopher Tomlinson GBR 8.35 7 Luis Felipe Meliz ESP 8.07 7 Marcos Chuva POR 8.34 8 Roman Novotny CZE 8.00 8 Will Claye USA 8.29 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Dwight Phillips USA 8.45 1 Greg Rutherford GBR 8.35 2 Mitchell Watt AUS 8.33 2 Sergey Morgunov RUS 8.35 3 Ndonidzashe Makusha ZIM 8.29 3 Sebastian Bayer GER 8.34 4 Yahya Berrabah MAR 8.23 4 Marquise Goodwin USA 8.33 5 Luvo Manyonga RSA 8.21 5 Godfrey Khotso Mokoena RSA 8.32 6 Aleksandr Menkov RUS 8.19 6 Henry Frayne AUS 8.29 7 Christian Reif GER 8.19 7 Christian Reif GER 8.27 8 Sebastien Bayer GER 8.17 8 Will Claye USA 8.26 Mens Triple Jump World Record: 18.29m Jonathon Edwards GBR 07 August 1995 Olympic Record: 18.09m Kenny Harrison USA 27 July 1996 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Nelson Evora POR 17.67 1 Christian Taylor USA 17.96 2 Phillips Idowu GBR 17.62 2 Teddy Tamgho FRA 17.91 3 Leevan Sands BAH 17.59 3 Phillips Idowu GBR 17.77 4 Arnie David Giralt CUB 17.52 4 Sheryf El Sheryf UKR 17.72 5 Marian Oprea ROU 17.22 5 Alexis Copello CUB 17.68 6 Jadel Gregorio BRA 17.20 6 Will Claye USA 17.50 7 Onochie Achike GBR 17.17 7 Ernesto Reve CUB 17.40 8 Viktor Kuznyetsov UKR 16.87 8 Nelson Evora POR 17.35 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Christian Taylor USA 17.96 1 Christian Taylor USA 17.63 2 Phillips Idowu GBR 17.77 2 Will Claye USA 17.55 3 Will Claye USA 17.50 3 Lyukman Adams RUS 17.53 4 Alexis Copello CUB 17.47 4 Fabrizio Donato ITA 17.53 5 Nelson Evora POR 17.35 5 Osviel Hernandez CUB 17.49 6 Christian Olsson SWE 17.23 6 Daniele Greco ITA 17.47 7 Leevan Sands BAH 17.21 7 Jonathan Silva BRA 17.39 8 Benjamin Compaore FRA 17.17 8 Dong Bin CHN 17.38 Mens High Jump World Record: 2.45m Javier Sotomayor CUB 27 July 1993 Olympic Record: 2.39m Charles Austin USA 28 July 1996 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Andrey Silnov RUS 2.36 1 Jesse Williams USA 2.37 2 Germaine Mason GBR 2.34 2 Alexsey Dmitrik RUS 2.36 3 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 2.34 3 Alexsandr Shustov RUS 2.36 4 Stefan Holm SWE 2.32 4 Andrey Silnov RUS 2.36 5 Paul Spank GER 2.32 5 Dmytro Demyanyuk UKR 2.35 6 Jaroslav Baba CZE 2.29 6 Mutaz Essa Barshim QAT 2.35 7 Tomas Janku CZE 2.29 7 Ivan Ukhov RUS 2.34 8 Tom Parsons GBR 2.25 8 Kyriakos Iaonnu CYP 2.33 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Jesse Williams USA 2.35 1 Ivan Ukhov RUS 2.37 2 Alexsey Dmitrik RUS 2.35 2 Jesse Williams USA 2.36 3 Trevor Barry BAH 2.32 3 Robbie Grabarz GBR 2.36 4 Jaroslav Baba CZE 2.32 4 Erik Kynard USA 2.34 5 Dimitrios Chondrokoulis GRE 2.32 5 Ricky Robertson USA 2.32 6 Ivan Ukhov RUS 2.32 6 Dimitrios Chondrokouis GRE 2.32 7 Mutaz Essa Barshim QAT 2.32 7 Rozle Prezelj SLO 2.32 8 Alexsandr Shustov RUS 2.29 8 Mickael Hanany FRA 2.31 Olympic Prospectus 2012 19
    • 20 Mens Athletics Mens Pole Vault World Record: 6.14m Sergey Bubka UKR 31 July 1994 Olympic Record: 5.96m Steven Hooker AUS 22 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Steven Hooker AUS 5.96 1 Renaud Lavillenie FRA 5.90 2 Yevgeny Lukyanenko RUS 5.85 2 Pawel Wojciechowski POL 5.90 3 Denys Yurchenko UKR 5.70 3 Lazaro Borges CUB 5.90 4 Derek Miles USA 5.70 4 Lukasz Michalski POL 5.85 5 Dmitry Starodubtsev RUS 5.70 5 Malte Mohr GER 5.85 6 Danny Ecker GER 5.70 6 Brad Walker USA 5.84 7 Jerome Clavier FRA 5.60 7 Fabio Gomes da Silva BRA 5.80 8 Raphael Holzdeppe GER 5.60 8 Mateusz Didenkow POL 5.75 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Pawel Wojciechowski POL 5.90 1 Renaud Lavillenie FRA 5.97 2 Lazaro Borges CUB 5.90 2 Bjorn Otto GER 5.92 3 Renaud Lavillenie FRA 5.85 3 Malte Mohr GER 5.91 4 Lukasz Michalski POL 5.85 4 Raphael Holzdeppe GER 5.77 5 Milte Mohr GER 5.85 5 Jan Kudlicka CZE 5.73 6 Konstantinos Filippidis GRE 5.75 6 Evgeniy Lulyanenko RUS 5.73 7 Mateusz Didenkow POL 5.75 7 Brad Walker USA 5.72 8 Fabio Gomes da Silva BRA 5.65 8 Steven Lewis GBR 5.72 Mens Shot Put World Record: 23.12m Randy Barnes USA 20 May 1990 Olympic Record: 22.47m Ulf Timmermann GDR 23 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Tomasz Majewski POL 21.51 1 Dylan Armstrong CAN 22.21 2 Christian Cantwell USA 21.09 2 Andrei Mikhnevich BLR 22.10 3 Andrei Mikhnevich BEL 21.05 3 Adam Nelson USA 22.09 4 Dylan Armstrong CAN 21.04 4 Reese Hoffa USA 22.09 5 Pavel Lyzhyn BEL 20.98 5 Christian Cantwell USA 22.07 6 Yuriy Bilonog UKR 20.63 6 David Storl GER 21.78 7 Reese Hoffa USA 20.53 7 Ryan Whiting USA 21.76 8 Pavek Sofin RUS 20.42 8 Tomasz Majewski POL 21.60 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 David Storl GER 21.78 1 Reese Hoffa USA 22.00 2 Dylan Armstrong CAN 21.64 2 Christian Cantwell USA 21.71 3 Andrei Mikhnevich BLR 21.40 3 Ryan Whiting USA 21.66 4 Christian Cantwell USA 21.36 4 Tomasz Majewski POL 21.60 5 Reese Hoffa USA 20.99 5 David Storl GER 21.58 6 Marco Fortes POR 20.83 6 Adam Nelson USA 21.54 7 Ryan Whiting USA 20.75 7 Dylan Armstrong CAN 21.50 8 Adam Nelson USA 20.29 8 Maksim Sidorov RUS 21.22 Mens Discus Throw World Record: 74.08m Jurgen Schult GDR 06 June 1986 Olympic Record: 69.89m Virgilijus Alenka LTU 23 August 2004 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Gerd Kanter EST 68.82 1 Zoltan Kovago HUN 69.50 2 Piotr Malachowski POL 67.82 2 Robert Harting GER 68.99 3 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 67.79 3 Jarred Rome USA 68.76 4 Robert Harting GER 67.09 4 Piotr Malachowski POL 68.49 5 Frank Casanas ESP 66.49 5 Gerd Kanter EST 67.99 6 Bogdon Pishchalnikov RUS 65.88 6 Mario Pestano ESP 67.97 7 Rutger Smith NED 65.39 7 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 67.90 8 Robert Fazekas HUN 63.43 8 Rutger Smith NED 67.77 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Robert Harting GER 68.97 1 Robert Harting GER 70.66 2 Gerd Kanter EST 66.95 2 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 70.28 3 Ehsan Haddadi IRI 66.08 3 Piotr Malachowski POL 68.94 4 Mart Israel EST 65.20 4 Lawrence Okoye GBR 68.24 5 Benn Harradine AUS 64.77 5 Zoltan Kovago HUN 68.21 6 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 64.09 6 Ehsan Hadadi IRI 68.20 7 Vikas Gowda IND 64.05 7 Yennifer Frank Casanas ESP 57.74 8 Jorge Fernandez CUB 63.54 8 Gerd Kanter EST 67.71 Olympic Prospectus 2012 20
    • 21 Mens Athletics Mens Javelin Throw World Record: 98.48m Jan Zelezny CZE 25 May 1996 Olympic Record: 90.57m Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 23 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 90.57 1 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 90.61 2 Ainars Kovals LAT 86.64 2 Matthias de Zordo GER 88.36 3 Tero Pitkamaki FIN 86.16 3 Vadims Vasilevskis LAT 88.22 4 Tero Jarvenpaa FIN 83.95 4 Sergey Makarov RUS 87.11 5 Teemu Wirkkala FIN 83.46 5 Tero Pitkamaki FIN 85.33 6 Jarrod Bannister AUS 83.45 6 Petr Frydrych CZE 85.32 7 Ilya Korotkov RUS 83.15 7 Ari Mannio FIN 85.12 8 Uladzimir Kazlou BEL 82.06 8 Dmitri Tarabin RUS 85.10 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Matthias de Zordo GER 86.27 1 Vitezslav Vesely CZE 88.11 2 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 84.78 2 Vadims Vasilevskid LAT 86.50 3 Guillermo Martinez CUB 84.30 3 Stuart Farquhar NZL 86.31 4 Vitezslav Vesely CZE 84.11 4 Oleksandr Pyatnytsya UKR 86.12 5 Fatih Avan TUR 83.34 5 Fatih Avan TUR 85.60 6 Roman Avramenko UKR 82.51 6 Ivan Zaytsev UZB 85.03 7 Jarrod Bannister AUS 82.25 7 Pawel Rakoczy POL 84.99 8 Mark Frank GER 81.81 8 Antti Ruuskanen FIN 84.95 Mens Hammer Throw World Record: 86.74m Yuriy Sedykh URS 30 August 1986 Olympic Record: 84.80m Sergey Litvinov URS 26 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Primoz Kozmus SLO 82.02 1 Krisztian Pars HUN 81.89 2 Vadim Devyatovskiy BEL 81.61 2 Aleksey Zagornyi RUS 81.73 3 Ivan Tsikhan BEL 81.51 3 Koji Murofushi JPN 81.24 4 Krisztian Pars HUN 80.96 4 Pavel Kryvitski BLR 80.67 5 Koji Murofushi JPN 80.71 5 Kibwe Johnson USA 80.31 6 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN 79.59 6 Dilshod Nazarov TJK 80.30 7 Szymon Ziolkowski POL 79.22 7 Nicola Vizzoni ITA 80.29 8 Libor Charfreitag SLO 78.65 8 Primoz Kozmus SLO 80.28 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Koji Murofushi JPN 81.24 1 Ivan Tsikhan BLR 82.81 2 Krisztian Pars HUN 81.18 2 Krisztian Pars HUN 82.28 3 Primoz Kozmus SLO 79.39 3 Pawel Fajdek POL 81.39 4 Markus Esser GER 79.12 4 Sergej Litvinov RUS 80.98 5 Pavel Kryvitski BLR 78.53 5 Pavel Kryvitski BLR 80.25 6 Kirill Ikonnikov RUS 78.37 6 Andrei Varantsou BLR 80.25 7 Szymon Ziolkowski POL 77.64 7 Vadim Devyatovskiy BLR 79.60 8 Nicola Vizzoni ITA 77.04 8 Dzmitry Marshin AZE 79.56 Olympic Prospectus 2012 21
    • 22 Womens AthleticsMore than any other area of sport, Womens Athletics continues to suffer from the legacy of rampant performance enhancing drug abusein the 1980s. Any sport lives and dies by its stars, and in athletics stars are made by breaking records. Over half of the world records inwomen’s athletics were set in the 1980s when East Germany operated a policy of heavy and institutionalised doping and Americanathletics was rife with abuse. Steroids in particular are much more effective in women than men and, although it can never be proved,many records are so in doubt that there have been serious suggestions that the slate should be wiped clean and records started anew.The 100m and 200m records are held by American Florence Griffiths-Joyner (Flo Jo) who, having never won a major championships,started the 1988 season with dramatically changed physique – increased muscle mass and definition – and proceeded to knock half asecond off her personal bests and set two new world records. At the end of the season she retired - a decision which some have arguedwas linked to the introduction in 1989 of out of competition drug testing. The 1500m and 10,000m records were both set at a nationalchampionships in Beijing in 1993 by then unknown runners coached by former East German coaches expelled from their own country formalpractices. I could go on. A feature of athletics, especially pronounced in the women’s events, is the dominance of athletes from two or three countries - whether this is due to sociology or physiology is up for debate. In women’s sprinting it is Jamaica and the United States who dominate and there are three or four athletes in each event with a shot of taking gold. Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price (JAM), Carmelita Jeter (USA), Allyson Felix (USA) and Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) will all have their eyes on the 100m and 200m double with Sanya Richards-Ross (USA) going for the 200m and 400m double. In the 400m you can add to the mix three athletes outside the hegemony: Amantle Montsho became the first Botswanan to win a World Championships in 2011, Antonina Krivoshapka continues Russia’s strong history in the event and Britain’s Christine Ohuruogo will be looking to defend her Olympic gold. Ohuruogo has never managed to run a fast time - she has only twice broken the 50 second barrier - but she is a proven championships performer (those two fastest times bringing her gold in the World Championships and the Olympics) and is showing signs of coming back into peak form having spent most of the past four years on the injured lists.The hurdles boasts the women’s athletics star of 2011, Australian Sally Pearson. Pearson is lightning quick – the 24 year-old worldrecord is tantalisingly within reach – humble, personable and, importantly from a commercial point of view, an English-speaking blonde.Challenging for a medal alongside Pearson will be Tiffany Porter. Porter became, rather ridiculously, the centre of the ‘Plastic Brit’controversy kicked up by the Daily Mail over the granting of British passports to overseas nationals. The controversy was nonsence giventhat the athletes involved were granted citizenship through normal immigration channels with no special treatment (i.e. byresidency/marriage) – and all the more so in Porters case given that her mother is British, she has held a British passport since birth andtherefore, despite growing up in Michigan, she was always eligable to run for GB. It was another example of breathtaking hypocricy from anewspaper that doesnt blink an eye over white overseas nationals playing for our cricket and rugby teams, and which led the campaignfor South African Zola Bud to be granted British citizenship to avoid the Apartheid era sporting boycott.The women’s relays should be fantastic races. The 4x100m will come down to the slimmest of margins between Jamaica and USA. The 4x400m looks slightly more in USA’s favour but Russia and Jamaica both hold the fire power to run it very close. Great Britain, on paper, should be fighting for fourth, but the relay seems to bring the best out of athletes and they will look to better last year’s World Championships, where they lost bronze in a photo-finish.Women’s middle-distance races are always strange affairs at major championships as the lack of pace-makers throws the form book outof the window. Expect 2008 sensation Pamela Jelimo (KEN) to run from the front in the 800m. If the race goes differently and is runslowly then Charles van Commenee, the GB director for athletics, may be proven right to have selected Lynsey Sharp; a contoversialdecision given that Sharp has failed to run the A standard time, meaning she will be the sole GB representative rather than sending threeof the four women who have met the A standard. Lisa Dobriskey and Hannah England will both hope to recapture the finish that tookthem to World Championship silver in the 1500m in 2009 and 2011 respectively. In the long-distance events Kenya and Ethiopia rule the roost. Kenya currently holds the ace in the form of Vivian Cheruiyot, who took a golden double in the 5,000 and 10,000m at last year’s World Championships, but expect strong challenge from 2008 double champion Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia. Out on the road Kenya and Ethiopia will hope they do not see another surprise victor like 2008 Olympic champion Constantina Tomescu. British hopes lie with the long-serving pairing of Mara Yamauchi and Paula Radcliffe. Radcliffe, who has run the three fastest female marathons of all time, has had (well documented) horrific luck at the Olympics and, although it looks like time may finally have got the better of her, lets hope she manages one last hurrah.In the heptathlon Jessica Ennis (GBR) looks in scintillating form. More than anyone else she is the face of these Olympics in Britain andshe has huge pressure to deliver. Heptathlon is an unforgiving sport and Ennis has had particular trouble in the long jump and the javelinin the past, but she should have the class to deliver what may well be the most popular gold of the Games. Russia’s Tatyana Chernovalooks the athlete with the most potential to challenge Ennis, but in reality success or failure will come down to how Jess handles thepressure. As on the men’s side, the women’s jumps are in a poor state at the moment without any stand-out stars. Britain’s hopes will lie with Cuban-raised Yamille Aldama in the triple jump, who has finally been granted British citizenship 10 years after she married her Scottishdrug-dealing husband; Shara Proctor in the long jump, whose home of Anguilla is a British Oversea’s Dominion and thus doesn’t have an independant Olympic team; and Holly Bleasdale, from Preston, in the pole vault. All will be stretched to take a medal but are capable of challenging.The headline battle in the throws will be between the imposing 6’5” New Zealander Valerie Adams (neé Vili), who has won the past threeWorld Championships and the 2008 Olympics, and Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus, who has been gaining ground on Adams for thepast few years and will be neck-and-neck come the final. Special mention also has to go to Goldie Sayers who has been flying the flagfor British throwing alone for the past ten years and has an unerring ability to make international finals but fall just short of a medal. Olympic Prospectus 2012 22
    • 23 Womens Athletics Womens 100m World Record: 10.49s Flo Griffith Joyner USA 16 July 1988 Olympic Record: 10.62s Flo Griffith Joyner USA 24 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Shelly-Ann Fraser JAM 10.78 1 Carmelita Jeter USA 10.70 2 Sherone Simpson JAM 10.98 2 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 10.76 3 Kerron Stewart JAM 10.98 3 Marshevet Myers USA 10.86 4 Lauryn Williams USA 11.03 4 Kerron Stewart JAM 10.87 5 Muna Lee USA 11.07 5 Kelly-Ann Baptiste TRI 10.90 6 Jeanette Kwakye GBR 11.14 6 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce JAM 10.95 7 Debbie Furguson BAH 11.19 7 Ivet Lalova BUL 10.96 8 Torri Edwards USA 11.20 8 Oludamola Osayomi NGR 10.99 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Carmelita Jeter USA 10.90 1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce JAM 10.70 2 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 10.97 2 Carmelita Jeter USA 10.81 3 Kelly-Ann Baptiste TRI 10.98 3 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 10.82 4 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce JAM 10.99 4 Kelly-Ann Baptiste TRI 10.86 5 Blessing Okagbare NGR 11.12 5 Allyson Felix USA 10.92 6 Kerron Stewart JAM 11.15 6 Kerron Stewart JAM 10.94 7 Ivet Lalova BUL 11.27 7 Kimberlyn Duncan USA 10.96 8 Marshevet Myers USA 11.33 8 Tianna Madison USA 10.96 Womens 200m World Record: 21.34s Flo Griffith Joyner USA 29 September 1988 Olympic Record: 21.34s Flo Griffith Joyner USA 29 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 21.74 1 Shalonda Solomon USA 22.15 2 Allyson Felix USA 21.93 2 Carmelita Jeter USA 22.20 3 Kerron Stewart JAM 22.00 3 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 22.22 4 Muna Lee USA 22.01 4 Kimberlyn Duncan USA 22.24 5 Marshevet Hooker USA 22.34 5 Jeneba Tarmoh USA 22.28 6 Sherone Simpson JAM 22.36 6 Allyson Felix USA 22.32 7 Debbie Furguson BAH 22.61 7 Bianca Knight USA 22.35 8 Cydonie Mothersille CAY 22.68 8 Ana Claudia Silva BRA 22.48 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 22.22 1 Allyson Felix USA 21.69 2 Carmelita Jeter USA 22.37 2 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 22.09 3 Allyson Felix USA 22.42 3 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce JAM 22.1 4 Shalonda Solomon USA 22.61 4 Carmelita Jeter USA 22.11 5 Kerron Stewart JAM 22.70 5 Kimberlyn Duncan USA 22.19 6 Debbie Furguson-McKenzie BAH 22.96 6 Jeneba Tarmoh USA 22.35 7 Hyrstyna Stuy UKR 23.02 7 Tianna Madison USA 22.37 8 Sherone Simpson JAM 23.17 8 Sherone Simpson JAM 22.37 Womens 400m World Record: 47.60s Marita Koch GDR 06 October 1985 Olympic Record: 48.25s Marie-Jose Perec FRA 29 July 1996 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Christine Ohurougu GBR 49.62 1 Anastasia Kapachinskaya RUS 49.35 2 Shericka Williams JAM 49.69 2 Amantle Montsho BOT 49.56 3 Sanya Richards USA 49.93 3 Allyson Felix USA 49.59 4 Yulina Gushchina RUS 50.01 4 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 49.66 5 Anastasia Kapachinskaya RUS 50.03 5 Rosemarie Whyte JAM 49.84 6 Tatiana Firova RUS 50.11 6 Antonina Krivoshapka RUS 49.92 7 Rosemarie Whyte JAM 50.68 7 Novlene Williams-Mills JAM 50.05 8 Amantle Montsho BOT 51.18 8 Francena McCorory USA 50.24 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Amantle Montsho BOT 49.56 1 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 49.28 2 Allyson Felix USA 49.59 2 Antonina Krivoshapka RUS 49.43 3 Anastasia Kapachinskaya RUS 50.24 3 Amantle Montsho BOT 49.62 4 Francena McCorory USA 50.45 4 Novlene Williams-Mills JAM 49.78 5 Antonina Krivoshapka RUS 50.66 5 Deedee Trotter USA 50.02 6 Shericka Williams JAM 50.79 6 Francena McCorory USA 50.06 7 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 51.32 7 Yulia Gushchina RUS 50.26 8 Novlene Williams-Mills JAM 52.89 8 Kseniya Ustalova RUS 50.48 Olympic Prospectus 2012 23
    • 24 Womens Athletics Womens 100m Hurdles World Record: 12.21s Yordanka Donkova BUL 20 August 1988 Olympic Record: 12.37s Joanna Hayes USA 24 August 2004 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Dawn Harper USA 12.54 1 Sally Pearson AUS 12.28 2 Sally Pearson AUS 12.64 2 Danielle Carruthers USA 12.47 3 Piscilla Lopes-Schliep CAN 12.64 3 Dawn Harper USA 12.47 4 Damu Cherry USA 12.65 4 Kellie Wells USA 12.50 5 Delloreen Ennis-London JAM 12.65 5 Tiffany Porter GBR 12.56 6 Brigitte Foster-Hylton JAM 12.66 6 Lisa Urech SUI 12.62 7 LoLo Jones USA 12.72 7 LoLo Jones USA 12.67 8 Sarah Claxton GBR 12.94 8 Ginnie Crawford USA 12.73 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Sally Pearson AUS 12.28 1 Sally Pearson AUS 12.40 2 Danielle Carruthers USA 12.47 2 Brigitte Foster-Hylton JAM 12.51 3 Dawn Harper USA 12.47 3 Kellie Wells USA 12.55 4 Tiffany Porter GBR 12.63 4 Kristi Castlin USA 12.56 5 Tetyana Dektyareva RUS 12.82 5 Ginnie Crawford USA 12.59 6 Nikkita Holder CAN 12.93 6 Priscilla Lopes-Schliep CAN 12.64 7 Phylicia George CAN 17.97 7 Tiffany Porter GBR 12.65 8 Kellie Wells USA DNF 8 Dawn Harper USA 12.65 Womens 400m Hurdles World Record: 52.34s Yulia Pechonkina RUS 08 August 2003 Olympic Record: 52.64s Melanie Walker JAM 20 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Melanie Walker JAM 52.64 1 Lashinda Demus USA 52.47 2 Sheena Tosta USA 53.70 2 Melanie Walker JAM 52.73 3 Tasha Danvers GBR 53.84 3 Kaliese Spencer JAM 52.79 4 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk UKR 53.96 4 Zuzana Hejnova CZE 53.29 5 Anna Jesien POL 54.29 5 Vania Stambolova BUL 53.68 6 Ekaterina Bikert RUS 54.96 6 Natalya Antyukh RUS 53.75 7 Zuzana Hejnova CZE 54.97 7 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk UKR 54.18 8 Tiffany Ross-Williams USA 57.55 8 Ristananna Tracey JAM 54.58 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Lashinda Demus USA 52.47 1 Irina Davydova RUS 53.77 2 Melanie Walker JAM 52.73 2 Lashinda Demus USA 53.98 3 Natalya Antyukh RUS 53.85 3 Vania Stambolova BUL 54.04 4 Kaliese Spencer JAM 54.01 4 Denisa Rosolova CZE 54.24 5 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk UKR 54.18 5 Georgeanne Moline USA 54.33 6 Vania Stambolova BUL 54.23 6 Hanna Yaroshchuk UKR 54.35 7 Zuzana Hejnova CZE 54.23 7 Kaliese Spencer JAM 54.39 8 Elena Churakova RUS 55.17 8 Zuzana Hejnova CZE 54.43 Olympic Prospectus 2012 24
    • 25 Womens Athletics Womens 4x100m relay GDR (S Gladisch, S Rieger, I World Record: 41.37s Auerswald, M Gohr) 06 October 1985 GDR (R Muller, B Wockel, I Olympic Record: 41.60s Auerswald, M Gohr) 01 August 1980 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championships Evgeniya Polyakova Bianca Knight Alexsandra Fedoriva Allyson Felix United 1 Russia 42.31 1 41.56 Yulia Gushchina Marshevet Myers States Yuliya Chermoshanskaya Carmelita Jeter Olivia Borlee Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce Hanna Marien Kerron Stewart 2 Belgium 42.54 2 Jamaica 41.70 Elodie Ouedraogo Sherone Simpson Kim Gevaert Veronica Campbell-Brown France Idoko Olesya Povh Gloria Kemasuode Nataliya Pohrebnyak 3 Nigeria 43.04 3 Ukraine 42.51 Halimat Ismalia Mariya Ryemyan Oludamola Osayomi Hrystyna Stuy Rosemar Coelho Neto Kai Selvon Trinidad Lucimar de Moura Kelly-Ann Baptiste 4 Brazil 43.14 4 & 42.58 Thaissa Presti Semoy Hackett Tobago Rosangela Santos Michelle-Lee Ahye Anne Mollinger Myriam Soumare Verena Sailer Celine Distel 5 Germany 43.28 5 France 42.70 Cathleen Tschirch Lina Jacques-Sebastien Marion Wagner Veronique Mang Jeanette Kwakye Yuliya Gushchina Montell Douglas Great Natalia Rusakova 6 DNF 6 Russia 42.93 Emily Freeman Britain Elizabeta Savlinis Emma Ania Alexsandra Fedoriva Shelly-Anne Fraser Gloria Asumnu Sherone Simpson Oludamola Osayumi 7 Jamaica DNF 7 Nigeria 42.93 Kerron Stewart Agnes Osazuwa Veronica Campbell-Brown Blessing Okagbare Ewelina Klocek Ana Claudia Lemos Silva Daria Korczynska Vanda Gomes 8 Poland DSQ 8 Brazil 43.10 Dorota Jedrusinska Franciela Krasucki Joanna Hnedryka Kocielnik Rosangela Santos Combined 2011/12 Individual Best Times Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 10.7 Veronica Campbell-Brown 10.76 1 Jamaica 43.33 Kerron Stewart 10.87 Sherone Simpson 11.00 Carmelita Jeter 10.70 Marshevet Myers United 10.86 2 43.44 Allyson Felix States 10.92 Kimberlyn Duncan 10.96 Kely-Ann Baptiste 10.86 Trinidad Semoy Hacket 11.10 3 & 44.36 Michelle-Lee Ahye Tobago 11.19 Kai Selvon 11.21 Oludamola Osayomi 10.99 Blessing Okagbare 11.01 4 Nigeria 44.53 Gloria Asumnu 11.21 Endurance Abinuwa 11.32 Jeanette Kwakye 11.15 Jodie Williams Great 11.18 5 44.72 Anyika Onoura Britain 11.18 Abi Oyepitan 11.21 Sheniqua Ferguson 11.07 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie 11.09 6 Bahamas 44.79 Anthonique Strachan 11.22 Shaunae Miller 11.41 Olesya Povh 11.08 Nataliya Pohrebnyak 11.17 7 Ukraine 44.81 Mariya Ryemyen 11.21 Daria Pizhankova 11.35 Veronique Mang 11.11 Myriam Soumare 11.17 8 France 44.83 Christine Arron 11.27 Carima Louami 11.28 Olympic Prospectus 2012 25
    • 26 Womens Athletics Womens 4x400m relay World Record: 3:15.17 URS (T Ledovskaya, O 01 October 1988 Nazarova, M Pinigina, O Olympic Record: 3:15.17 Bryzgina) 01 October 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championships Mary Wineberg Sanya Richards-Ross Allyson Felix United Allyson Felix United 1 3:18.54 1 3:18.09 Monique Henderson States Jessica Beard States Sanya Richards Francena McCorory Yulia Gushchina Rosemarie Whyte Lyudmila Litvinova Davita Predergast 2 Russia 3:18.82 2 Jamaica 3:18.71 Tatyana Firova Novlene Williams-Mills Anastasiya Kapachinskaya Shericka Williams Novolene Williams Antonina Krivoshapka Shereefa Lloyd Natalya Antyukh 3 Jamaica 3:20.40 3 Russia 3:19.36 Rosemarie Whyte Lyudmila Litvinova Shericka Williams Anastasiya Kapachinskaya Anna Kozak Perri Shakes-Drayton Iryna Khliustava Nicola Sanders Great 4 Belarus 3:21.85 4 3:19.36 Ilona Usovitch Christine Ohuruogu Britain Sviatlana Usovitch Lee McConnell Christine Ohuruogu Nataliya Pyhyda Kelly Sotherton Great Anastasia Rabchenyuk 5 3:22.68 5 Ukraine 3:23.86 Marilyn Okoro Britain Anna Yaroshchuk Nicola Sanders Antonina Yefremova Roxanna Diaz Hanna Tashpulatava Zulia Calatayud Yulyana Yushchanka 6 Cuba 3:23.21 6 Belarus 3:25.64 Susanna Clement Ilona Usovitch Indira Terrero Sviatlana Usovitch Joy Amechi Eze Denisa Rusolova Folashade Abugan Zuzana Bergova Czech 7 Nigeria 3:23.74 7 3:26.57 Oluoma Nwoke Jitka Bartonickova Rep Ajoke Odumosu Zuzana Hejnova Jonna Valesca Tilgner Omolara Omotosho Sorina Nwachukwu Muizat Ajoke Odumosu 8 Germany 3:28.45 8 Nigeria 3:29.82 Florence Ekpo-Umoh Margaret Etim Claudia Hoffmann Bukola Abogunloko Combined 2011/12 Individual Best Times Sanya Richards-Ross 49.28 Allyson Felix United 49.59 1 3:18.95 Deedee Trotter States 50.02 Francena McCorory 50.06 Anastasiya Kapachinskaya 49.35 Antonina Krivoshapka 49.43 2 Russia 3:19.52 Yulia Gushchina 50.26 Kseniya Ustalova 50.48 Novlene Williams-Mills 49.78 Rosmarie Whyte 49.84 3 Jamaica 3:20.78 Shericka Williams 50.45 Patricia Hall 50.71 Christine Ohuruogu 50.69 Lee McConnell Great 51.01 4 3:24.20 Shana Cox Britian 51.24 Perri Shakes-Drayton 51.26 Antonia Yefremova 50.69 Alina Lohvynenko 51.19 5 Ukraine 3:24.98 Nataliya Pyhyda 51.42 Iuliia Olishevska 51.68 Sviatlana Usovich 51.00 Hanna Tashpulatava 51.43 6 Belarus 3:26.48 Ilona Usovich 51.69 Iryna Khliustava 52.36 Geisa Aparecida Coutinho 51.08 Jailma de Lima 51.66 7 Brazil 3:27.36 Joelma Sousa 52.23 Barbara de Olivera 52.39 Omolara Omotosho 51.28 Florence Uwakwe 52.09 8 Nigeria 3:28.00 Endurance Abinuwa 52.28 Bukola Abogunloko 52.35 Olympic Prospectus 2012 26
    • 27 Womens Athletics Womens 800m World Record: 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvilova CZE 26 July 1983 Olympic Record: 1:53.43 Nadezhda Olizarenko URS 27 July 1980 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Pamela Jelimo KEN 1:54.87 1 Mariya Savinova RUS 1:55.87 2 Janeth Jepkosgei KEN 1:56.07 2 Caster Semenya RSA 1:56.35 3 Hasna Benhassi MAR 1:56.73 3 Yuliya Rusanova RUS 1:56.99 4 Svetlana Klyuka RUS 1:56.94 4 Ekaterina Kostetskaya RUS 1:57.19 5 Maria Mutola MOZ 1:57.68 5 Janeth Jepkosgei KEN 1:57.42 6 Kenia Sinclair JAM 1:58.24 6 Alysia Johnson Montano USA 1:57.48 7 Yuliya Krevsun UKR 1:58.73 7 Svetlana Klyuka RUS 1:58.03 8 Tatyana Andrianova RUS 2:02.63 8 Elena Kofanova RUS 1:58.04 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Mariya Savinova RUS 1:55.87 1 Pamela Jelimo KEN 1:56.94 2 Caster Semenya RSA 1:56.35 2 Alysia Johnson Montano USA 1:57.37 3 Janeth Jepkosgei KEN 1:57.42 3 Fantu Magiso ETH 1:57.48 4 Alysia Johnson Montano USA 1:57.58 4 Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei KEN 1:57.79 5 Ekaterina Kostetskaya RUS 1:57.82 5 Irina Maracheva RUS 1:57.82 6 Maggie Vessey USA 1:58.50 6 Mariya Savinova RUS 1:57.93 7 Kenia Sinclair JAM 1:58.66 7 Ekaterina Poyistogova RUS 1:57.93 8 Yuliya Rusanova RUS 1:59.74 8 Elena Arzhakova RUS 1:58.28 Womens 1500m World Record: 3:50.46 Qu Yunxia CHN 11 September 1993 Olympic Record: 3:53.96 Paula Ivan ROU 26 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Nancy Legat KEN 4:00.23 1 Morgan Uceny USA 4:00.06 2 Iryna Lishchynska UKR 4:01.63 2 Maryam Yusef Jamal BRN 4:00.33 3 Nataliya Tobias UKR 4:01.78 3 Mariem Alaoui Selsouli MAR 4:00.77 4 Lisa Dobriskey GBR 4:02.10 4 Kalkidan Gezahegne ETH 4:00.97 5 Maryam Yusef Jamal BAH 4:02.71 5 Ekaterina Gorbunova RUS 4:01.02 6 Natalia Rodriguez ESP 4:03.19 6 Btissam Lakhouad MAR 4:01.09 7 Shannon Rowbury USA 4:03.58 7 Silham Hilali MAR 4:01.33 8 Iris Fuentes-Pila ESP 4:04.86 8 Natalia Rodriguez ESP 4:01.50 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Jennifer Barringer Simpson USA 4:05.40 1 Mariam Alaoui Selsouli MAR 3:56.15 2 Hannah England GBR 4:05.68 2 Abedeba Arigawe ETH 3:56.54 3 Natalia Rodriguez ESP 4:05.87 3 Asli Cakir Alptekin TUR 3:56.62 4 Btissam Lakhouad MAR 4:06.18 4 Genzebe Bibaba ETH 3:57.77 5 Kalkidan Gezahegne ETH 4:06.42 5 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot KEN 3:59.25 6 Ingvill Makestad Bovim NOR 4:06.85 6 Svetlana Podosenova RUS 3:59.61 7 Mimi Belete BAH 4:07.60 7 Btissam Lakhouad MAR 3:59.65 8 Tugba Karakaya TUR 4:08.14 8 Hellen Onsando Obiri KEN 3:59.68 Womens 3000m Steeplechase World Record: 8:58.81 G. Samitova-Galinka RUS 17 August 2008 Olympic Record: 8:58.81 G. Samitova-Galinka RUS 17 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Gulnara Samitova-Galinka RUS 8:58.81 1 Yuliya Zaripova RUS 9:07.0 2 Eunice Jepkorir KEN 9:07.41 2 Habiba Ghribi TUN 9:11.97 3 Yekaterina Volkova RUS 9:07.64 3 Milcah Chemos Cheywa KEN 9:12.89 4 Tatyana Petrova RUS 9:12.33 4 Sofia Assefa ETH 9:15.04 5 Christina Casandra ROU 9:16.85 5 Mercy Wanjiku KEN 9:16.94 6 Ruth Bisibori Nyangau KEN 9:17.35 6 Lydia Rotich KEN 9:19.20 7 Zemzwm Ahmed ETH 9:17.85 7 Birtukan Adamu ETH 9:20.37 8 Wioletta Frankiewicz POL 9:21.76 8 Hiwot Ayalew ETH 9:23.88 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Yuliya Zarudneva Zaripov RUS 9:07.03 1 Milcah Chemos Cheywa KEN 9:07.14 2 Habiba Ghribi TUN 9:11.97 2 Sofia Assefa ETH 9:09.00 3 Milcah Chemos Cheywa KEN 9:17.16 3 Hiwot Ayalew ETH 9:09.61 4 Mercy Wanjiku KEN 9:17.88 4 Gulcan Mingir TUR 9:13.53 5 Lydia Rotich KEN 9:25.74 5 Eternesh Diro ETH 9:22.66 6 Sofia Assefa ETH 9:28.24 6 Lydiah Chepkurui KEN 9:24.24 7 Binnaz Uslu TUR 9:31.06 7 Barbara Parker GBR 9:24.26 8 Hanane Ouhaddou MAR 9:32.36 8 Marta Dominguez ESP 9:24.60 Olympic Prospectus 2012 27
    • 28 Womens Athletics Womens 5000m World Record: 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 06 June 2008 Olympic Record: 14:40.79 Gabriela Szabo ROU 25 September 2000 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 15:41.40 1 Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 14:20.87 2 Elvan Abeylegesse TUR 15:42.74 2 Meseret Defar ETH 14:29.52 3 Meseret Defar ETH 15:44.12 3 Sally Kipyego KEN 14:30.10 4 Sylvia Kibet KEN 15:44.96 4 Sentayehu Ejigu ETH 14:30.42 5 Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 15:46.32 5 Linet Masai KEN 14:31.66 6 Liliya Shobukhova RUS 15:48.48 6 Viola Masai KEN 14:32.95 7 Alemitu Bekele TUR 15:49.03 7 Mercy Cherono KEN 14:34.86 8 Meselech Melkamu ETH 15:49.39 8 Sylvia Kibet KEN 14:35.13 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 14:55.36 1 Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 14:35.62 2 Sylvia Kibet KEN 14:56.21 2 Meseret Defar ETH 14:35.65 3 Meseret Defar ETH 14:56.94 3 Viola Jelegat Kibiwot KEN 14:39.53 4 Santayehu Ejigu ETH 14:59.99 4 Gelete Burka ETH 14:41.43 5 Mercy Cherono KEN 15:00.23 5 Sally Kipyego KEN 14:43.11 6 Linet Masai KEN 15:01.01 6 Veronica Wanjiru KEN 14:44.82 7 Lauren Fleshman USA 15:09.25 7 Mariem Selouli MAR 14:45.91 8 Genzebe Dibaba ETH 15:09.35 8 Sylvia Kibet KEN 14:46.73 Womens 10000m World Record: 29:31.78 Wang Junxia CHN 08 September 1993 Olympic Record: 29:54.66 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 15 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 29:54.66 1 Sally Kipyego KEN 30:38.35 2 Elvan Abeylegesse TUR 29:56.34 2 Shalane Flanagan USA 30:39.57 3 Shalane Flanagan USA 30:22.22 3 Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 30:48.98 4 Linet Chepkwemoi Masai KEN 30:26.50 4 Linet Chepkwemoi Masai KEN 30:53.59 5 Mariya Konovalova RUS 30:35.84 5 Kayoko Fukushi JPN 30:54.29 6 Inga Abitova RUS 30:37.33 6 Priscah Jepleting Cherono KEN 30:56.43 7 Lucy Kabuu Wangui KEN 30:39.96 7 Meselech Melkamu ETH 30:56.55 8 Lornah Kiplagat NED 30:40.27 8 Meseret Defar ETH 31:05.05 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 30:48.98 1 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 30:24.39 2 Sally Kipyego KEN 30:50.04 2 Flroence Kiplagat KEN 30:24.85 3 Linet Chepkwemoi Masai KEN 30:53.59 3 Beleynesh Oljira ETH 30:26.70 4 Priscah Jepleting Cherono KEN 30:56.43 4 Werknesh Kidane ETH 30:50.16 5 Meselech Melkamu ETH 30:56.55 5 Elizaveta Grechishnikova RUS 31:07.88 6 Shaitaye Eshete BAH 31:21.57 6 Abery Kebede ETH 31:09.28 7 Shalane Flanagan USA 31:25.57 7 Betsy Saina KEN 31:15.97 8 Ana Dulce Felix POR 31:37.03 8 Amy Hastings USA 31:19.87 Olympic Prospectus 2012 28
    • 29 Womens Athletics Womens Marathon World Record: 2:15:25 Paula Radcliffe GBR 13 April 2003 Olympic Record: 2:23.14 Naoko Takahashi JPN 24 September 2000 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Constantina Tomescu ROU 2:26:44 1 Liliya Shobukhova RUS 2:18.20 2 Catherine Ndereba KEN 2:27:06 2 Mary Keitany KEN 2:19.19 3 Zhou Chunxiu CHN 2:27:07 3 Florence Kiplagat KEN 2:19.44 4 Zhu Xiaolin CHN 2:27:16 4 Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:20.46 5 Martha Komu KEN 2:27:23 5 Tiki Gelana ETH 2:22.08 6 Mara Yamauchi GBR 2:27:29 6 Ejegayehu Dibaba ETH 2:22.09 7 Irina Timofeyeva RUS 2:27:31 7 Irina Mikitenko GER 2:22.18 8 Lidia Simon ROU 2:27:51 8 Lydia Cheromei KEN 2:22.34 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:28:43 1 Mary Keitany KEN 2:18:37 2 Priscah Jeptoo KEN 2:29:00 2 Tiki Gelana ETH 2:18:58 3 Sharon Cherop KEN 2:29:14 3 Aselefech Mergia ETH 2:19:31 4 Buzunesh Bekele ETH 2:29:21 4 Lucy Wangui Kabuu KEN 2:19:34 5 Yukiko Akaba JPN 2:29:35 5 Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat KEN 2:19:50 6 Zhou Chunxiu CHN 2:29:58 6 Mare Dibaba ETH 2:19:52 7 Isabellah Andersson SWE 2:30:13 7 Priscah Jeptoo KEN 2:20:14 8 Wang Jiali CHN 2:30:25 8 Bezunesh Bekele ETH 2:20:30 Womens 20km Walk World Record: 1:25.08 Vera Sokolava RUS 26 February 2011 Olympic Record: 1:26.31 Olga Kaniskina RUS 21 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Olga Kaniskina RUS 1:26:31 1 Vera Sokolova RUS 1:25:08 2 Kjersti Platzer NOR 1:27:07 2 Anisya Kirdyapkina RUS 0.059132 3 Elisa Rigaudo ITA 1:27:12 3 Hong Liu CHN 0.060613 4 Liu Hong CHN 1:27:25 4 Elmira Alembekova RUS 0.060822 5 Maria Vasco ESP 1:27:44 5 Anna Lukyanova RUS 0.060984 6 Beatriz Pascual ESP 1:27:45 6 Shenjie Qieyang CHN 1:28:04 7 Olive Loughnane IRE 1:27:46 7 Tatiana Mineeva RUS 1:28:09 8 Ana Cabecinha POR 1:27:46 8 Olga Kaniskina RUS 1:28:35 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Olga Kaniskina RUS 1:29:42 1 Elmira Alembekova RUS 1:25:27 2 Liu Hong CHN 1:30:00 2 Hong Liu CHN 1:25:46 3 Anisya Kirdyapkina RUS 1:30:13 3 Elena Lashmanova RUS 1:26:30 4 Elisa Rigaudo ITA 1:30:44 4 Irina Yumanova RUS 1:26:47 5 Qieyang Shenjie CHN 1:31:14 5 Tatiana Sibileva RUS 1:26:59 6 Susana Feitor POR 1:31:26 6 Xiuzhi Lu CHN 1:27:01 7 Ana Cabecinha POR 1:31:36 7 Shenjie Qieyang CHN 1:27:04 8 Kristina Saltanovic LTU 1:31:40 8 Anna Lukyanova RUS 1:27:08 Olympic Prospectus 2012 29
    • 30 Womens Athletics Womens Heptathlon World Record: 7291s Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA 24 September 1988 Olympic Record: 7291s Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA 24 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Nataliya Dobrynska UKR 6733 1 Tatyana Chernova RUS 6880 DSQ Lyudmila Blonska UKR DSQ for anabolic steroids 2 Jessica Ennis GBR 6790 2 Hyleas Fountain USA 6619 3 Jennifer Oeser GER 6663 3 Tatyana Chernova RUS 6591 4 Karolina Tyminska POL 6544 4 Kelly Sotherton GBR 6517 5 Nataliya Dobrynska UKR 6539 5 Jessica Zelinka CAN 6490 6 Aiga Grabuste LAT 6507 6 Anna Bogdanova RUS 6465 7 Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida FRA 6409 7 Karolina Tyminska POL 6428 8 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER 6370 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Tatyana Chernova RUS 6880 1 Jessica Ennis GBR 6906 2 Jessica Ennis GBR 6751 2 Tatyana Chernova RUS 6774 3 Jennifer Oeser GER 6572 3 Kristina Savitskaya RUS 6681 4 Karolina Tyminska POL 6544 4 Jessica Zelinka CAN 6599 5 Nataliya Dobrynska UKR 6539 5 Antoinette Nana Sjimou FRA 6544 6 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER 6321 6 Olga Kurban RUS 6528 7 A. Nana Djimou Ida FRA 6309 7 Lyudmyla Yosypenko UKR 6501 8 Austra Skujyte LTU 6297 8 Austra Skujyte LTU 6493 Womens Long Jump World Record: 7.52m Galina Chistyakova URS 11 June 1988 Olympic Record: 7.40m Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA 29 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Maurren Higa Maggi BRA 7.04 1 Brittney Reese USA 7.19 2 Tatyana Lebedeva RUS 7.03 2 Darya Klishina RUS 7.05 3 Blessing Okagbare NIG 6.91 3 Olga Zaytseva RUS 7.01 4 Chelsea Hammond JAM 6.79 4 Janay DeLoach USA 6.97 5 Brittney Reese USA 6.76 5 Veronika Shotkova BLR 6.95 6 Oksana Udmurtova RUS 6.70 6 Maurren Higa Maggi BRA 6.94 7 Jade Johnson GBR 6.64 7 Eloyse Lesueur FRA 6.91 8 Grace Upshaw USA 6.58 8 Olga Balayeva RUS 6.89 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Brittney Reese USA 6.82 1 Brittney Reese USA 7.15 2 Olga Kucherenko RUS 6.77 2 Anna Nazarova RUS 7.11 3 Ineta Radevica LAT 6.76 3 Chelsea Hayes USA 7.10 4 Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova BLR 6.74 4 Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova BLR 7.08 5 Carolina Kluft SWE 6.56 5 Olga Kucherenko RUS 7.03 6 Janay DeLoach USA 6.56 6 Janay DeLoach USA 7.03 7 Darya Klishina RUS 6.50 7 Veronika Shutkova BLR 7.01 8 Karin Mey Melis TUR 6.44 8 Blessing Okagbare NGR 6.97 Womens Triple Jump World Record: 15.50m Inessa Kravets UKR 10 August 1995 Olympic Record: 15.39m F. Mbango Etone CMR 17 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Francoise Mbango Etone CAM 15.39 1 Yargelis Savigne CUB 14.99 2 Tatyana Lebedeva RUS 15.32 2 Caterine Ibarguen COL 14.99 3 Hrysopiyi Devetzi GRE 15.23 3 Olha Saladukha UKR 14.98 4 Olga Rypakova KAZ 15.11 4 Olga Rypakova KAZ 14.96 5 Yargelis Savigne CUB 15.05 5 Paraskevi Papahristou GRE 14.72 6 Merija Sestak SLO 15.03 6 Natalya Kutyakova RUS 14.67 7 Viktoriya Gurova RUS 14.77 7 Mabel Gay CUB 14.67 8 Anna Pyatykh RUS 14.73 8 Joseidy Ribalta CUB 14.61 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Olha Saladukha UKR 14.94 1 Olha Saladukha UKR 14.99 2 Olga Rypakova KAZ 14.89 2 Caterine Ibarguen COL 14.95 3 Caterine Ibarguen COL 14.84 3 Kseniya Dziatsuk BLR 14.76 4 Mabel Gay CUB 14.67 4 Olga Rypakova UKR 14.70 5 Yamile Aldama GBR 14.50 5 Athanasia Perra GRE 14.75 6 Yargelis Savigne CUB 14.43 6 Yamile Aldama GBR 14.65 7 Anna Kuropatkina RUS 14.23 7 Dailenys Alcantara CUB 14.58 8 Baya Rahouli ALG 14.12 8 Paraskei Papahristou GRE 14.58 Olympic Prospectus 2012 30
    • 31 Womens Athletics Womens High Jump World Record: 2.09m Stefka Kostadinova BUL 30 August 1987 Olympic Record: 2.06m Yelena Slesarenko RUS 28 August 2004 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Tia Hellebaut BEL 2.05 1 Anna Chicherova RUS 2.07 2 Blanka Vasic CRO 2.05 2 Blanka Vlasic CRO 2.03 3 Anna Chicherova RUS 2.03 3 Antoinetta Di Martino ITA 2.00 4 Yelena Slesarenko RUS 2.01 4 Svetlana Shkolina RUS 1.99 5 Vita Palamar UKR 1.99 5 Venelina Veneva-Mateeva BUL 1.98 6 Chaunte Howard USA 1.99 6 Esthera Petre ROU 1.98 7 Ariane Friedrich GER 1.96 7 Elena Slesarenko RUS 1.97 8 Ruth Beitia ESP 1.96 8 Anna Iljustsenko EST 1.96 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Anna Chicherova RUS 2.03 1 Anna Chicherova RUS 2.02 2 Blanka Vlasic CRO 2.03 2 Chaunte Lowe USA 2.01 3 Antonietta Di Martino ITA 2.00 3 Birgetta Barrett USA 2.01 4 Yelena Slesarenko RUS 1.97 4 Svetlana Shkolina RUS 2.00 5 Svetlana Shkolina RUS 1.97 5 Ruth Beita ESP 1.97 6 Zheng Xingjuan CHN 1.93 6 Tinja Angelsen NOR 1.97 6 Deirdre Ryan IRL 1.93 7 Tia Tellebaut BEL 1.96 8 Svetlana Radzivil UZB 1.93 8 Olena Holosha UKR 1.96 Womens Pole Vault World Record: 5.06m Yelena Isinbayeva RUS 28 August 2009 Olympic Record: 5.05m Yelena Isinbayeva RUS 18 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Yelena Isinbayeva RUS 5.05 1 Jennifer Suhr USA 4.91 2 Jennifer Stczynski USA 4.80 2 Fabiana Murer BRA 4.85 3 Svetlana Feofanova RUS 4.75 3 Martina Strutz GER 4.80 4 Yulia Golubchikova RUS 4.75 4 Elena Isinbaeva RUS 4.76 5 Monika Pyrek POL 4.70 5 Anna Rogowska POL 4.75 6 Carolin Hingst GER 4.65 6 Silke Spiegelburg GER 4.75 7 Silke Spiegelburg GER 4.65 7 Svatlana Feofanova RUS 4.75 8 April Steiner Bennett USA 4.55 8 Yarisley Silva CUB 4.75 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Fabiana Murer BRA 4.85 1 Fabiana Murer BRA 4.77 2 Martina Strutz GER 4.80 2 Alana Boyd AUS 4.76 3 Svetlana Feofanova RUS 4.75 3 Silke Spiegleburg GER 4.76 4 Jennifer Suhr USA 4.70 4 Jirina Ptacnikova CZE 4.72 5 Yarisley Silva CUB 4.70 5 Holly Bleasdale GBR 4.71 6 Yelana Isinbayeva RUS 4.65 6 Yarisley Silva CUB 4.65 7 Jirina Ptacnikova CZE 4.65 7 Jennifer Suhr USA 4.65 8 Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou GRE 4.65 8 Lisa Ryzih GER 4.6 Womens Shot Put World Record: 22.63m Natalya Lisovskaya URS 07 June 1987 Olympic Record: 22.41m Ilona Slupianek GDR 24 July 1980 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Valerie Vili NZL 20.56 1 Valerie Adams NZL 21.24 2 Natallia Mikhnevich BEL 20.28 2 Nadzeya Ostapchuk BLR 20.94 3 Nadzeya Ostapchuk BEL 19.86 3 Jillian Camarena-Williams USA 20.18 4 Misleydis Gonzalez CUB 19.50 4 Lijiao Gong CHN 20.11 5 Gong Lijiao CHN 19.20 5 Michelle Carter USA 19.86 6 Anna Omarova RUS 19.08 6 Yevginya Kolodko RUS 19.78 7 Nadine Kleinert GER 19.01 7 Ling Li CHN 19.72 8 Li Meiju CHN 19.00 8 Anna Avdeyeva RUS 19.54 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Valerie Adams NZL 21.24 1 Nadzeya Ostapchuk BLR 21.13 2 Nadzeya Ostapchuk BLR 20.05 2 Valerie Adams NZL 21.03 3 Jillian Camarena-Williams USA 20.02 3 Yevginya Kolodko RUS 20.22 4 Gong Lijiao CHN 19.97 4 Lijiao Gong CHN 20.21 5 Yevgeniya Kolodko RUS 19.78 5 Jillian Camarena-Williams USA 19.82 6 Li Ling CHN 19.71 6 Olesya Sviridova RUS 19.72 7 Anna Avdeyeva RUS 19.54 7 Natalia Mikhnevich BLR 19.72 8 Nadine Kleinert GER 19.26 8 Nadine Leinert GER 19.67 Olympic Prospectus 2012 31
    • 32 Womens Athletics Womens Discus Throw World Record: 76.80m Gabriele Reinsch GDR 09 July 1988 Olympic Record: 72.30m Martina Hellmann GDR 29 September 1988 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Stephanie Brown-Trafton USA 64.74 1 Li Yanfeng CHN 67.98 2 Yarelis Barrios CUB 63.64 2 Sandra Perkovic CRO 67.96 3 Olena Antonova UKR 62.59 3 Nadine Muller GER 66.05 4 Song Aimin CHN 62.20 4 Yevgeniya Pecherina RUS 65.77 5 Vera Pospisilova-Cechlova CZE 61.75 5 Yarelis Barrios CUB 65.73 6 Ellina Zvereva BEL 60.82 6 Backy Breisch USA 64.30 7 Yanfeng Li CHN 60.68 7 Stephanie Brown-Trafton USA 64.13 8 Melina Robert-Michon FRA 60.66 8 Zaneta Glanc POL 63.99 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Li Yanfeng CHN 66.52 1 Nadine Muller GER 68.89 2 Nadine Muller GER 65.97 2 Sandra Perkovic CRO 68.24 3 Yarelis Barrios CUB 65.73 3 Daria Pishchalnikova RUS 68.18 4 Zaneta Glanc POL 63.91 4 Yarelis Barrios CUB 68.03 5 Stephanie Brown-Trafton USA 63.85 5 Li Yanfeng CHN 67.84 6 Tan Jian CHN 62.96 6 Stephanie Brown-Trafton USA 67.74 7 Dragana Tomasevic SRB 62.48 7 Denia Cabellero CUB 65.60 8 Nicoleta Grasu ROU 62.08 8 Zenata Glanc POL 65.34 Womens Javelin Throw World Record: 72.28m Barbora Spotakova CZE 13 September 2008 Olympic Record: 71.53m Osleidys Menendez CUB 27 August 2004 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Barbora Spotakova CZE 71.42 1 Maria Abakumova RUS 71.99 2 Mariya Abakumova RUS 70.78 2 Barbora Spotakova CZE 71.58 3 Christina Obergfoll GER 66.13 3 Christina Obergfoll GER 69.57 4 Goldie Sayers GBR 65.75 4 Sunette Viljoen RSA 68.38 5 Steffi Nerius GER 65.29 5 Martina Ratej SLO 65.89 6 Osleidys Menendez CUB 63.35 6 Katherina Molitor GER 64.67 7 Barbara Madejczyk POL 62.02 7 Goldie Sayers GBR 64.46 8 Katherina Molitor GER 59.64 8 Kimberley Mickle AUS 63.82 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Mariya Abakumova RUS 71.99 1 Sunette Viljoen RSA 69.35 2 Barbora Spotakova CZE 71.58 2 Barbora Spotakova CZE 68.73 3 Sunette Viljoen RSA 68.38 3 Christina Obergfoll GER 67.04 4 Christina Obergfoll GER 65.24 4 Maria Abakumova RUS 66.86 5 Katharina Molitor GER 64.32 5 Vira Rebryk UKR 66.86 6 Kimberley Mickle AUS 61.96 6 Martina Ratej SLO 66.24 7 Martina Ratej SLO 61.65 7 Li Lingwei CHN 65.11 8 Jarmila Klimesova CZE 59.27 8 Lu Huihui CHN 64.95 Womens Hammer Throw World Record: 79.42m Betty Heidler GER 21 May 2011 Olympic Record: 76.34m Aksana Miankova BLR 20 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2011 World Leading 1 Aksana Miankova BEL 76.34 1 Betty Heidler GER 79.42 2 Yipsi Moreno CUB 75.20 2 Tatyana Lysenko RUS 77.13 3 Zhang Wenxiu CHN 74.32 3 Wenxiu Zhang CHN 75.65 4 Barya Pchelnik BEL 73.65 4 Yipsi Moreno CUB 75.62 5 Manuela Montebrun FRA 72.54 5 Kathrin Klaas GER 75.48 6 Anita Wlodarczyk POL 71.56 6 Anita Wlodarczyk POL 75.33 7 Clarissa Claretti ITA 71.33 7 Jennifer Dahlgren ARG 73.44 8 Martina Danisova-Hrasnova SLO 71.00 8 Zalina Marghieva MDA 72.93 2011 World Championships 2012 World Leading 1 Tatyana Lysenko RUS 77.13 1 Aksana Miankova BLR 78.19 2 Betty Heilder GER 76.06 2 Betty Heidler GER 78.07 3 Zhang Wenxiu CHN 75.03 3 Zhang Wenxiu CHN 76.99 4 Yipsi Moreno CUB 74.48 4 Alena Matoshka BLR 76.56 5 Anita Wlodarczyk POL 73.56 5 Tatyana Lysenko RUS 76.14 6 Bianca Perie ROU 72.04 6 Anita Wlodarczyk POL 75.6 7 Katharin Klaas GER 71.89 7 Yipsi Moreno CUB 75.27 8 Zalina Marghieva MDA 70.27 8 Katherin Klaas GER 75.13 Olympic Prospectus 2012 32
    • 33 Badminton Five countries dominate world Badminton; the Asia-Pacific countries of China, Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia, and, somewhat surprisingly, Denmark. Since the sport’s induction into the Olympiad in 1992 only three medals have gone elsewhere. Whilst this has undoubtedly restricted the sports growth internationally, having a home amongst some of the world’s fastest growing economies cannot be a bad thing for the sport. From these countries there are two men who, for half a decade, have not only dominated the men’s singles but become real sporting super-stars in their home countries. Lin Dan, from China, has won every title going in the sport including four World Championships and the 2008 Olympic gold medal. There is, however, suggestion that this fame may have started to wear Super Dan out. He has failed to reach the world number 1 spot since 2008 and, whilst his 2011 World Championship victory confirmed him as narrow favourite for the London Olympics, he has lost the invincibility that once surrounded him. Dan’s main competition will come from world number 1 and Beijing silver medallist Lee Chong Wei. Wei’s medal in Beijing prompted Malaysia’s Prime Minister to pronounce him a national hero, and a vociferous following of supporters trail him all over the world. Everyone is expecting a Lin Dan vs Lee Chong Wei final on the 5th of August, which would have one of the highest viewing figures of the Games (though you may not realise that from the home media). What no- one knows is who will take home the gold. The women’s singles event will probably be a contest between the three Wangs from China, although in Saina Nehwal India has one of their few Olympic medal hopes; should she reach the final, we can expect viewing figures to exceed even those of the men’s final. Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng in the men’s doubles and Wang Xiaoli & Yu Yang in the women’s doubles give China a narrow advantage in those disciplines, but again expect strong challenges from competitive Korean and Danish pairings and exciting competitions. Great British attention will, once again, be drawn to the mixed doubles events. Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier won silver at the 2011 World Championships and, after beating off a strong challenge for the Olympic spot from Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, will be hoping to replicate that feat in London. Though they are ranked only 10th in the world, they always perform better on European soil than in the Asian tournaments which dominate the sports calendar. Along with the in-form Danish pairings of Nielson & Pederson and Laybourn & Juhl, they will be taking the fight to the higher ranked Chinese pairings in what is always an open and exciting discipline. Mens Singles 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Lin Dan CHN 1 Chen Jin CHN 2 Lee Chong Wei MAS 2 Taufik Hidayat INA 3 Chen Jin CHN 3 Peter Gade DEN 4 Lee Hyun-il KOR 3 Park Sung-hwan KOR 5= Peter Gade DEN 5= Hseuh Hsuan-Yi MAC 5= Sony Dwi Kuncoro INA 5= Lee Chong Wei MAS 5= Hsieh Yu-Hsing TPE 5= Kazushi Yamada JPN 5= Bao Chunlai CHN 5= Lin Dan CHN 2011 World Championships 2011 World Series Final 1 Lin Dan CHN 1 Lin Dan CHN 2 Lee Chong Wei MAS 2 Chen Long CHN 3 Peter Gade DEN 3 Lee Chong Wei MAS 3 Chen Jin CHN 3 Peter Gade DEN 5= Sho Sasaki JPN 5= Taufik Hidayat INA 5= Kevin Cordon GUA 5= Kenichi Tago JPN 5= Nguyen Tien Minh VIE 5= Sho Sasaki JPN 5= Hans-Kristian Vittinghus DEN 5= Simon Santoso INA Olympic Prospectus 2012 33
    • 34 Badminton World Rankings Points 2012 Korea Open 1 Lee Chong Wei MAS 95,198 1 Lee Chong Wei MAS 2 Lin Dan CHN 92,646 2 Lin Dan CHN 3 Chen Long CHN 84,632 3 Du Pengyu CHN 4 Chen Jin CHN 73,978 3 Sho Sasaki JPN 5 Peter Gade DEN 71,102 5= Kenichi Tago JPN 6 Sho Sasaki JPN 65,880 5= Marc Zwiebler GER 7 Lee Hyun Il KOR 58,718 5= Simon Santoso INA 8 Kenichi Tago JPN 58,703 5= Jan O Jorgensen DEN 9 Simon Santoso INA 55,044 11 Tien Minh Nguyen VIE 54,204 12 Taufik Hidayat INA 52,954 13 Jan O Jorgensen DEN 50,961 14 Shon Wan Ho KOR 50,000 15 Marc Zweibler GER 48,736 19 Rajiv Ouseph GBR 40,102 20 Wong Wing Ki HKG 39,976 22 Pablo Abian ESP 37,894 24 Kashyap Parupalli IND 36,536 25 Hsu Jen Hao TPE 36,155 28 Boonsak Ponsana THA 35,393 Womens Singles 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Zhang Ning CHN 1 Wang Lin CHN 2 Xie Xingfang CHN 2 Wang Xin CHN 3 Maria Kristin Yulianti INA 3 Tine Baun DEN 4 Lu Lan CHN 3 Wang Shixian CHN 5= Pi Hongyan FRA 5= Eriko Hirose JPN 5= Xu Huaiwen GER 5= Pi Hongyan FRA 5= Saina Nehwal IND 5= Cheng Shao-Chieh MAC 5= Wong Mew Choo MAS 5= Saina Nehwal IND 2011 World Championships 2011 World Series Final 1 Wang Yihan CHN 1 Wang Yihan CHN 2 Cheng Shao-Chieh TPE 2 Saina Nehwal IND 3 Wang Xin CHN 3 Wang Xin CHN 3 Juliane Schenk GER 3 Tine Baun DEN 5= Pi Hongyan FRA 5= Ji Hyun-sung KOR 5= Wang Shixian CHN 5= Sayaka Sato JPN 5= Saina Nehwal IND 5= Juliane Schenk GER 5= Tine Baun DEN 5= Youn Joo Bae KOR World Rankings Points 2012 Korea Open 1 Wang Yihan CHN 96,220 1 Wang Shixian CHN 2 Wang Xin CHN 86,164 2 Jiang Yanjiao CHN 3 Wang Shixian CHN 77,026 3 Youn Joo Bae KOR 5 Saina Nehwal IND 70,516 3 Wang Yihan CHN 7 Tine Baun DEN 65,887 5= Gu Juan SIN 8 Juliane Schenk GER 64,518 5= Saina Nehwal IND 9 Cheng Shao-Chieh TPR 57,097 5= Li Xuerui CHN 10 Sung Ji Hyun KOR 56,511 5= Juliane Schenk GER 11 Inthanon Ratchanok THA 56,074 12 Tai Tzu Yin TPE 53,825 13 Bae Youn Joo KOR 53,588 15 Sayaka Sato JPN 49,519 16 Juan Gu SIN 56,490 18 Yao Jie NED 44,190 20 Petya Nedelcheva BUL 42,384 21 Pi Hongyan FRA 41,144 22 Li Michelle CAN 39,911 23 Yip Pui Yin HKG 39,384 27 Carolina Marin ESP 35,846 33 Agnese Allegrini ITA 29,546 Olympic Prospectus 2012 34
    • 35 Badminton Mens Doubles 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Markis Kido Cai Yun 1 INA 1 CHN Hendra Setiawan Fu Haifeng Fu Haifeng Koo Kien Keat 2 CHN 2 MAS Cai Yun Tan Boon Heong Lee Jae-jin Markis Kido 3 KOR 3 INA Hwang Ji-man Hendra Setiawan Lars Paaske Guo Zhendong 4 DEN 3 CHN Jonas Rasmussen Xu Chen Koo Kien Keat Mathias Boe 5= MAS 5= DEN Tan Boon Heong Carsten Mogensen Howrad Bach Jung Jae-sung 5= USA 5= KOR Bob Malaythong Lee Yong-dae Tadashi Ohtsuka Fang Chieh-Min 5= JPN 5= MAC Keita Masuda Lee Sheng-Mu Michal Logosz Lars Paaske 5= POL 5= DEN Robert Mateusiak Jonas Rasmussen 2011 World Championships 2011 World Series Final Cai Yun Mathias Boe 1 CHN 1 DEN Fu Haifeng Carsten Mogensen Ko Sung-hyun Chai Biao 2 KOR 2 CHN Yoo Yeon-seong Guo Zhendong Jung Jae-sung Ko Sung-hyun 3 KOR 3 KOR Lee Yong-dae Yoo Yeon-seong Mohammed Ahsan Jung Jae-sung 3 INA 3 KOR Bona Septano Lee Yong-dae Mads Conrad-Petersen Mohammed Ahsan 5= DEN 5= INA Jonas Rasmussen Bona Septano Koo Kien Keat Cai Yun 5= MAS 5= CHN Tan Boon Heong Fu Haifeng Hong Wei Hirokatsu Hashimoto 5= CHN 5= JPN Shen Ye Noriyasu Hirata Mathias Boe Kien Keat Koo 5= DEN 5= MAS Carsten Mogensen Boon Heong Tan World Rankings Points 2012 Korea Open Cai Yun Cai Yun 1 CHN 96,011 1 CHN Fu Haifeng Fu Haifeng Jung Jae Sung Jung Jae-sung 2 KOR 89,561 2 KOR Lee Yong Dae Lee Yong-dae Mathias Boe Ko Sung-hyun 3 DEN 78,257 3 KOR Carsten Mogensen Yoo Yeon-seong Ko Sung Hyun Kim Jung-kim 4 KOR 77,797 3 KOR Yoo Yeon Seong Kim Sa-rang Chai Biao Michael Fuchs 5 CHN 67,549 5= GER Guo Zhendong Oliver Roth Mohammead Ahsan Fang Chieh-Min 6 INA 63,329 5= TPE Bona Septano Lee Sheng-Mu Fang Chieh Min Hiroyuki Endo 7 TPE 59,469 5= JPN Lee Sheng Mu Kenichi Hayakawa Kien Keat Koo Hong Wei 8 MAS 58,111 5= CHN Boon Heong Tan Shen Ye Naoki Kawamae 11 JPN 55,497 Shoji Sato Bodin Issara 17 THA 43,575 Maneepong Jongjit Ingo Kindervater 18 GER 43,529 Johannes Schoettler Vladimir Ivanov 20 RUS 41,360 Ivan Sozonov Howard Bach 21 USA 41,050 Tony Gunawan Adam Cwalina 22 POL 40,673 Michal Logosz Ross Smith 33 AUS 30,887 Glenn Warfe Dorian Lance James 48 RSA 24,231 Willem Viljoen Olympic Prospectus 2012 35
    • 36 Badminton Womens Doubles 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Du Jing Du Jing 1 CHN 1 CHN Yu Yang Yu Yang Lee Kyung-won Ma Jin 2 KOR 2 CHN Lee Hyo-jung Wang Xiaoli Zhang Yawen Cheng Wen-Hsing 3 CHN 3 MAC Wei Yili Chien Yu-Chin Miyuki Maeda Cheng Shu 4 JPN 3 CHN Satoko Suetsuna Zhao Yunlei Kumiko Ogura Pan Pan 5= JPN 5= CHN Reiko Shiota Tian Qing Jiang Yanmei Ha Jung-eun 5= SIN 5= KOR Li Yujia Kin Min-jung Chien Yu Chin Yoo Hyun-young 5= TPE 5= KOR Cheng Wen-Hsing Jung Kyung-eun Yang Wei Miyuki Maeda 5= CHN 5= JPN Zhang Jiewen Satoko Suetsuna 2011 World Championships 2011 World Series Final Wang Xiaoli Wang Xiaoli 1 CHN 1 CHN Yu Yang Yu Yang Tian Qing Jung Eun-ha 2 CHN 2 KOR Zhao Yunlei Min Jung-kim Miyuki Maeda Tian Qing 3 JPN 3 CHN Satoko Suetsuna Zhao Yunlei Jwala Gutta Christinna Pedersen 3 IND 3 DEN Ashwini Ponnappa Kamilla Rytter Juhl Shizuka Matsuo Cheng Wen Hsing 5= JPN 5= TPE Mami Naito Chien Yu Chin Mizuki Fujii Mizuki Fujii 5= JPN 5= JPN Reika Kakiiwa Reika Kakiiwa Meiliana Jauhari Lok Yan Poon 5= INA 5= HKG Greysia Polii Ying Suet Tse Vita Marissa Shizuka Matsuo 5= INA 5= JPN Nadya Melati Mami Naito World Rankings Points 2012 Korea Open Wang Xiaoli Tian Qing 1 CHN 100,704 1 CHN Yu Yang Zhao Yunlei Tian Qing Ha Jung-eun 2 CHN 91,051 2 KOR Zhao Yunlei Kim Min-jung Ha Jung Eun Jung Kyung-eun 3 KOR 76,540 3 KOR Kim Min Jung Kim Ha-na Mizuki Fujii Wang Xiaoli 4 JPN 68,834 3 CHN Reika Kakiiwa Yu Feng Kamilla Rytter Juhl Miyuki Maeda 5 DEN 64,279 5= JPN Christinna Pedersen Satoko Suetsuna Miyuki Maeda Meiliana Jauhari 6 JPN 60,824 5= INA Satoko Suetsuna Greysia Polii Jung Kyung Eun Shizuka Matsuo 8 KOR 58,840 5= JPN Kim Ha Na Mami Naito Cheng Wen Hsing Shinta Mulia Sari 10 TPE 56,579 5= SIN Chien Yu Chin Lei Yao Greysia Polii 12 INA 52,427 Meiliana Jauhari Shinta Mulia Sari 13 SIN 50,098 Lei Yao Poon Lok Yan 15 HKG 49,054 Tse Ying Suet Jwala Gutta 16 IND 46,816 Ashwini Ponnappa Valeri Sorokina 18 RUS 46,426 Nina Vislova Alex Bruce 28 CAN 37,853 Michelle Li Leanne Choo 35 AUS 31,069 Renuga Veeran Michelle Edwards 44 RSA 23,424 Annari Viljoen Olympic Prospectus 2012 36
    • 37 Badminton Mixed Doubles 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Lee Yong-dae Zheng Bo 1 KOR 1 CHN Lee Hyo-jung Ma Jin Nova Widianto He Hanbin 2 INA 2 CHN Lilyana Natsir Yu Yang He Hanbin Ko Sung-hyun 3 CHN 3 MAC Yu Yang Ha Jung-eun Flandy Limpele Lee Sheng-Mu 4 INA 3 KOR Vita Marissa Chien Yu-Chin Nathan Robertson Nova Widianto 5= GBR 5= POL Gail Emms Lilyana Natsir Sudket Prapakamol Thomas Laybourn 5= THA 5= DEN Saralee Thoungthongkam Kamilla Rytter Juhl Robert Mateusiak Valiyaveetil Diju 5= POL 5= IND Nadiezda Kostiuczyk Jwala Gutta Thomas Laybourn Tao Jiaming 5= DEN 5= CHN Kamilla Rytter Juhl Zhang Yawen 2011 World Championships 2011 World Series Final Zhang Nan Zhang Nan 1 CHN 1 CHN Zhao Yunlei Zhao Yunlei Chris Adcock Xu Chen 2 GBR 2 CHN Imogen Bankier Ma Jin Xu Chen Shintaro Ikeda 3 CHN 3 JPN Ma Jin Reiko Shiota Tantowi Ahmad Joachim Fischer Nielsen 3 INA 3 DEN Lilyana Natsir Christinna Pedersen Chen Hung-Ling Tontowi Ahmed 5= TPE 5= INA Cheng Wen-Hsing Lilyana Natsir Tao Jiaming Chen Hung-Ling 5= CHN 5= TPE Tian Qing Cheng Wen-Hsing Chayut Triyachart Robert Blair 5= SIN 5= GBR Lei Yao Gabrielle White Joachim Fischer Nielsen Sudket Prapakamol 5= DEN 5= THA Christinna Pedersen Saralee Thoungthongkam World Rankings Points 2012 Korea Open Zhang Nan Xu Chen 1 CHN 90,940 1 CHN Zhao Yunlei Ma Jin Xu Chen Lee Yong-dae 2 CHN 84,196 2 KOR Ma Jin Ha Jung-eun Tontowi Ahmad Joachim Fischer Nielsen 3 INA 80,990 3 DEN Liliyana Natsir Christinna Pedersen Joachim Fischer Nielsen Alexandr Nikolaenko 4 DEN 80,036 3 RUS Christinna Pedersen Valeri Sorokina Chen Hung-Ling Thomas Laybourn 5 TPE 69,720 5= DEN Cheng Wen-Hsing Kamilla Rytter Juhl Thomas Laybourn Tontowi Ahmed 6 DEN 64,882 5= INA Kamilla Rytter Juhl Liliyana Natsir Lee Yong Dae Valiyaveetil Diju 7 KOR 60,290 5= IND Ha Hung Eun Jwala Gutta Sudket Prapakamol He Hanbin 8 THA 57,194 5= CHN Saralee Thoungthongkam Yixin Bao Peng Soon Chan 9 MAS 57,180 Liu Ying Goh Chris Adcock 10 GBR 51,180 Imogen Bankier Shintaro Ikeda 11 JPN 50,790 Reiko Shiota Alexandr Nikolaenko 12 RUS 48,850 Valeri Sorokina V. Diju 14 IND 46,060 Jwala Gutta Michael Fuchs 16 GER 45,123 Birgit Michels Robert Mateusiak 19 INA 44,206 Nadiezda Zieba Toby Ng 26 CAN 36,610 Grace Gao Olympic Prospectus 2012 37
    • 38 Basketball Basketball is one of the success stories of recent Olympics. For 52 years following its debut in 1936, the USA would send a team of college students to the Olympics and, with a couple of exceptions (their loss to USSR in 1972 is regularly voted as one of the greatest Olympic moments in history), would win gold. Basketball was an American sport and there was very little interest outside that continent. Then, at the Barcelona Games in 1992, professionals from the NBA were allowed in; enter Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippin, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird. Still regarded as a golden generation, they showed the speed, creativity, athleticism and glamour that top level basketball can produce and the world was hooked. Although their ability meant there was no contest for the gold that year –their lowest winning margin was 38 points – it didn’t matter; a generation of young players across the world were inspired. A decade later and those young players were playing in professional leagues in their own countries and, increasingly, the NBA. They also brought a new level of preparation to international tournaments (the US were still treating it as a fun fortnight away) and, in Athens, this paid off when Argentina subjected the Americans to an embarrassing defeat in the semi-finals and went on to win gold. In Beijing the US had to copy the preparation of their rivals - which paid off – but a close final against Spain proved that basketball is truly a world-wide sport, and the USA should never again be treated as guaranteed winners. That said, and despite the continuing improvement of teams across the world, it is the USA that retains the most standout players. A full strength American team may well have seemed near invincible, but they have been ravaged by injuries. Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh have all had to pull out but it is Dwight Howard that will be missed most of all. Howard is an incredible physical defensive and offensive presence under the basket who can single-handedly win games for Orlando Magic in the NBA; had he been available for the US Olympic team, his low-post presence would have made them near unbeatable. In his place the US will take only one centre to the Olympics, Tyson Chandler, who is fantastic defensively but does not provide the same offensive option and so will push the US to the perimeter. That is not to say that the USA team will be left without talent. Their middle three (shooting guard, small forward and power forward) will be a frightening proposition to face: Kobe Bryant, five times NBA champion with the LA Lakers; Kevin Durant, who was this NBA season’s revelation and led Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals; and the incredible LeBron James, the three time NBA MVP who took this year’s playoffs by storm on his way to the NBA Championship with Miami Heat. If these three can play as a unit at anywhere near their best then the gold medal should return to the States; but, as two of the three having recently gone through the physically and emotionally draining experience of the best-of-7 NBA finals, fatigue is a real and present possibility. So if not the USA then who? As 2006 World Champions and 2008 silver medallists, Spain have international and NBA experience galore in the squad. Imposing under the basket at over 7’ tall, brothers Pau and Marc Gasol (both NBA All-Stars) know how to rattle the USA. They will, however, miss their young point guard Ricky Rubio who, after starting the year as one of the most exciting players in his rookie season in the NBA, tore his ACL and so leaves a hole in the Spanish play. In fine national tradition, France bristle with talent but underachieve; they have struggled in recent years to get a full strength team to turn out for their nation but with Joakim Noah, Boris Diaw and Tony Parker leading an all-NBA starting line-up they have gold-winning potential. Next up are Argentina and Brazil, again with NBA quality but perhaps not quite the depth needed to challenge the Americans. Great Britain will be led by NBA All-Star Luol Deng and for a while looked a very exciting prospect for the Games, but they have been left very short by the withdrawal of two NBA players in the past month; a couple of wins and a quarter-final appearance would be an excellent achievement. In women’s basketball the USA team will be under no illusions that anything other than gold is good enough. Winners of every Olympic title ever, the USAs traditional success should be continued by the likes of Diana Taurasi. If they are capable of challenge, it will come from Australia and Russia; as ever, a one match knockout is a hair- raising experience and the Americans can’t afford to allow their concentration to slip. The British women’s basketball team has recorded some respectable victories recently and they will be hoping both to make it to the quarter-finals in London, and to build on their experience to qualify for the next Olympics for the first time ever. Olympic Prospectus 2012 38
    • 39 Basketball Mens Basketball World Country Qualification Group Achievements Top Players Ranking LeBron James (27, Forward, 203cm, 1st overall draft pick 2003, 3x NBA MVP - 2009- After some poor performances in the 10 & 2012, 8x NBA All-Star, 2012 NBA Finals MVP & Champion), Kevin Durant (23, Won 2010 World mid-noughties, the Redeem Team Small Forward, 206cm, 2nd overall in NBA draft 2007, 2008 Rookie of the Year, 2010- United States A 1st Championships dominated the 2008 Olympics and then 2012 NBA Scoring Champion & NBA All-Star, 2010 FIBA World Championships MVP) , won the 2010 World Championships Kobe Bryant (33, Shooting Guard, 198cm,5x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 2008 NBA MVP, 14x NBA All-Star) Manu Ginobili (35, Shooting Guard, 198cm, 10yrs with San Antonio Spurs, 3x NBA 2004 Olympics champions, won bronze Won 2011 Americas champion, 2x NBA all star, Argentinas Olympic flag bearer 2008), Luis Scola (32, Argentina A 3rd in 2008, knocked out in QF by Lithuania Championships Small Forward, 206cm, 5yrs with Houston Rockets, 2010 World Championship All- in 2010 World Championships Tournament Team), Carlos Delfino (29, Shooting Guard, 198cm, 8yr NBA career) Have reached the semi-finals at every Jonas Valanciunas (20, Center, 211cm, 5th overall draft by Toronto Raptors in 2011 Olympics since 1992, third in 2010 though yet to start due to contract restriction, European Young Player of the Year Lithuania Wildcard Qualifier A 5th World Championships, 5th in 2011 2011), Linas Kleiza (27, Power Forward, 203cm, 2010 World Championsips All- EuroBasket Tournamnet Team, o the books of Toronto Raptors but has has injury issues) Last Olympics since 2000 (where they Boris Diaw (30, Power Forward, 203cm, 9yr NBA career, currently at San Antonio won silver), poor performance at 2010 France Runner-Up 2011 Eurobasket A 12th Spurs), Tony Parker (30, Point Guard, 188cm, 11years with San Antonio Spurs, 3x World Champs, silver at 2011 NBA champion, 3x All Star, ex-husband of Eva Longoria) EuroBasket with a new-look team Al-Farouk Aminu (21, Small Forward, 206cm, 8th overall pick 2010, started 21 First appearance at the Olympics, only Nigeria Wildcard Qualifier A 21st games for New Orleans Hornets last season), Ike Diogu (28, 208cm, Centre/Power two appearances at the World Champs Forward, 7 years in NBA, now playing in Puerto Rico) Won Afrobasket for 1st time in 2011, Salah Mejri (26, Center, 217cm, MVP Afrobasket 2011, Joined Antwerp Diamond Tunisia Won Afrobasket A 32nd have never qualified for Olympics and Giants in 2010) finished last in their group at 2010 WC Silver in 2008 Olympics (took USA Pau Gasol (32, Power Forward, 213cm, 11 years in NBA, 2x NBA champion, 4x NBA close in final), 2006 World Champions, All Star, 7x European player of year), Marc Gasol (27, Center, 216cm, 4 year starter Spain Won 2011 Eurobasket B 2nd 2009 & 2011 EuroBasket Champions, lost to Serbia in QF at 2010 World Memphis Grizzlies, All-Star 2012) , Serge Ibaka (22, Power Forward, 208cm, 3 years Champs NBA, 2-time competitor in NBA Slam Dunk contest) 7th at last Olympics, lost to Slovenia in Patrick Mills (23, Point Guard, 183cm, playing for San Antonio Spurs where he Australia Won Oceania Qualification B 9th last-16 at 2010 World Championships scored a career high 34 points & 12 assists against Golden State) 8th at 2008 Olympics, last-16 at 2010 Yi Jianlian (24, Power Forward, 213cm, 6th overall pick 2007, 6 years NBA now with China Won Asia Qualification B 10th World Championships Dallas Mavericks) 9th at 2008 Olympics, 9th at 2010 Andrei Kirilenko (31, Small Forward, 206cm, played for Utah Jazz 2001-11 earning Russia Wildcard Qualifier B 11th World Championships but 3rd at 2011 All-Star honours in 2004, Eurobasket MVP in 207, returned to CSKA Moscow last year EuroBasket and champions in 2007 who he led to Euroleague championships becoming MVP) Tiago Splitter (27, Center, 211cm, Spanish League MVP 2010, Joined San Antonio Have not qualified for Olympics since Runner-Up 2011 Americas Spurs in 2010), Anderson Varejao (29, Power Forward, 211cm, 8 years NBA), Brazil B 13th 1996, lost to Argentina in last-16 at Championships Leandro Barbosa (29, Guard, 191cm, 9 years NBA, 2007 NBA Sixth Man of the 2010 World Championships Year) Luol Deng (27, Small Forward, 206cm, 7th overall draft pick 2004, 2012 NBA All- Had never qualified for an international Star, 8 year starter for Chicago Bulls - highest minutes per game in 11/12 season), tournamnet until 2009, finished 2009 & Joel Freeland (25, Power Forward, 208cm, drafted in first round by Portland Trail Great Britain Host-Country Place B 43rd 2011 EuroBasket with 2-3 record but Blazers in 2006 but has never played for them, starting PF for Malaga in Spanish top have not reached knockout stages division), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (28, Power Forward, 206cm, journey-man career inc 61 NBA appearances, now playing in Turkey) Olympic Prospectus 2012 39
    • 40 Basketball Womens Basketball World Country Qualification Group Achievements Top Players Ranking Diana Taurasi (30, Guard, 183cm, 5x WNBA All-Star, 2x WNBA Champion, 2009 Gold at every Olympics since Won 2010 World WNBA MVP, 2x Olympic Gold), Tamika Catchings (3, Forward, 185cm, 7x WNBA All- United States A 1st 1996; 1st & unbeaten at 2010 Championships Star, 2011 WNBA MVP, 2x Olympic Gold), Candace Parker (26, Forward, 193cm, World Championships 2008 WNBA MVP, 1st player to dunk in college basketball, 1x Olympic gold) 4th at 2008 Olympics; 13th at 2010 China Won Asia Qualification A 7th World Championships; reigning - Asian Champions DNQ for 2008 Olympics; 6th at 2010 France Wildcard Qualifier A 8th World Championships; 1st in 2009 Sandrine Gruda (25, Centre, 193cm, best rebounder & blocker at 2009 Eurobasket) and 3rd in 2011 at EuroBasket Never qualified for Olympics or Quanitra Hollingsworth (23, Centre, 196cm, took Turkish citizenship despite never Turkey Wildcard Qualifier A 21st World Championships; 2nd at 2011 having lived there, 2nd in Euroleague field goal percentage), Nevriye Yilraz (32, EuroBasket Power Forward, 193cm, EuroBasket All-Star 2011) Never qualified for Olympics or Angola Won Afrobasket A 27th World Championships; reigning - African Champions Never qualified for Olympics or Sandra Mandir (24, Shooting Guard, 176cm, top-5 in EuroBasket points per game Croatia Wildcard Qualifier A 31st World Championships; 5th at 2011 and assists per game 2011, All-Tournament Team at EuroBasket 2011) EuroBasket Silver at past three Olympics; 5th Lauren Jackson (31, Forward/Centre, 196cm, 3x (03, 07, 10) WNBA MVP, 7x Australia Won Oceania Qualification B 2nd= at 2010 World Championships, 1st at WNBA All-Star, 2x WNBA Champion, 3x Olympic Silver), Penny Taylor (31, Guard, 2006 World Championships 185cm, 3x WNBA All-Star, 2006 World Championships MVP) Bronze at past two Olympics; 7th at Becky Hammon (35, Guard, 168cm, 6x WNBA All-Star, US born and raised, 2010 World Championships; 1st in Hammon took Russian nationality after not being selected for USA team in 2008), Russia Won 2011 Eurobasket B 2nd= 2011 and 2nd in 2009 at Elena Danilochkina (26, Shooting Guard, 182cm, 2011 EuroBasket MVP) , Maria EuroBasket Stepanova (33, Center, 201cm, All-Tournament Team at 2011 EuroBasket) 7th at 2008 Olympics; 2nd at 2010 Hana Horakova (33, Guard, 181cm, 2010 World Championship MVP), Eva Czech Wildcard Qualifier B 4th World Championships; 4th at 2011 Viteckova (30, Forward, 190cm, All-Tournament Team at 2011 EuroBasket and 2010 Republic EuroBasket World Champioships, averages 16.4 PPG for Czech) 11th at 2008 Olympics; 9th at 2010 Won 2011 Americas Brazil B 6th World Championships; 3rd in 2011 Erika de Sousa (30, Center, 196cm, 2009 WNBA All-Star) Qualification Pan-American Games DNQ for past three Olympics, best Courtnay Pilypaitis (24, Guard, 185cm, Canadas top scorer at Olympic qualification Canada Wildcard Qualifier B 11th result 4th in 1984; 12th at 2010 tournament) World Championships =9th place at 2011 EuroBasket was Great Britain Host-Country Place B 49th first ever appearance at major Jo Leedham (24, Small Forward, 180cm) championships Olympic Prospectus 2012 40
    • 41 Beach VolleyballSun, sand, bikinis, cheerleaders, dance music, beautiful people, Horse Guards Parade… what’s not to like about Olympic Beach Volleyball? No othersport has so unashamedly, and so successfully, sold itself on a cocktail of sex and cool. Although the rule has now been discontinued, women were subjectto a bikini only dress-code which actually restricted the size of those bikinis. The problem is that, in the list of reasons to watch a beach volleyball session,exciting sporting action will appear a long way down. Speaking from personal experience in Beijing, the crowd would sit quietly, faintly bored, whilst thevolleyball was underway, but would then spring to life, excitedly cheering and rushing about to take photographs, as soon as the cheerleaders came on.Admittedly there were problems with the atmosphere at many sessions in Beijing, but my feeling is that for beach volleyball to take the next step thereneeds to be more focus on the sport rather than the sex. Having said that, one thing that beach volleyball cant but be credited for doing well is creating great images. A boisterous youthful crowd watching the beach volleyball on Bondai Beach was one of the defining memories of the incredibly successful Sydney Olympics. Although the London crowd will besomewhat more corporate, the choice of location, on Horse Guards Parade, was inspired. One man that could give you real insight into the history of beach volleyball is Brazilian Emanuel Rego, one half of the number 1 ranked team coming into this men’s tournament. A legend of world sport, Emanuel was there at the birth of the professional sport, having taking part in the first ever Olympic beach volleyball tournament in 1996 (and every one since) and every season of the professional tour. Not satisfied with the gold medal he picked up in 2004, or the bronze in 2008, he teamed up with a new partner in 2010, Alison Cerutti, and has climbed to the top of the world rankings, picking up a host of awards on the way.Emanuel and Alison’s Olympic journey will, unless there is a real upset, result in a final against Californians, the Beast and the Professor. The Beast, 6’9”,bald and intimidating Phil Dalhauser, and the Professor, goatee sporting Todd Rogers, were unstoppable four years ago in Beijing on their way to the goldmedal. Since then they have gone off the boil slightly, but are still the most consistent winners on the World Tour and, all being well, the final should be ashow stopper. Amongst the women, Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh (USA) have dominated for a decade, winning two Olympic golds and three World Championships. They will be very strong contenders again but coming off an ACL tear for May Treanor whilst paricipating in Dancing With the Stars in 2009 and two children for Walsh, the number 1 ranked pair, Brazil’s Larissa Franca and Juliana Da Silva, will be hoping their reign is over. Number 2 ranked are Zhang Xi and Xue Chen, a young, tall Chinese duo who have great consistency and potential but need to step up if they have aspirantions of winning regularly on the international circuit.Mens Beach Volleyball Country Players Age Height Ranking Achievements Emanuel and Alison, since becoming partners in 2010, have won the 2011 World Emanuel Rego 39 190cm Championships, almost every prize given out by FIVB, and 5 Grand Slam events. Previously Brazil 1 Emanuel has won Olympic gold in Athens, bronze in Beijing and 2 other World Alison Cerutti 27 203cm Championship golds Todd Rogers 38 187cm Nick-named the Beast and the Professor (for obvious reasons), they have been the most United 2 successful beach volleybal partnership in history - Olympic gold medallists in 2008, 15 States Philip Dalhausser 31 206cm international titles in past 3 years, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 AVP Tour champions Julius Brink 30 186cm Germany 3 2009 World Champions, 2011 European Champions, have not won a world event since 2009 Jonas Reckermann 33 200cm United Jacob Gibb 36 201cm Quarter-finalists in 2008 Olympics, won the last World Tour event, in Rome, before the 4 States Sean Rosenthal 32 191cm London Olympics Reinder Nummerdor 35 194cm Quarter-finalists in 2008 Olympics, failed to progress past 1st round in last 3 WorldNetherlands 5 Richard Schuil 39 202cm Championships, won 2012 Beijing Grand Slam event Pedro Henrique Cunha 29 189cm Only got together in late 2011 after Ricardo won 2011 World Championship silver, have Brazil 6 Ricardo Costa Santos 37 200cm started strong racking up 4 tournament victories from 12 Grzegorz Fijalek 25 186cm 2011 World Championship quarter-finalists, 2nd place in two World Grand Slam events in Poland 7 Mariusz Prudel 26 191cm 2011, Prudel was 2011 FIVB Most Impoved Player Jonathan Erdmann 23 194cm Germany 9 Silver in 2011 European Championships, quarter-finalists in past 3 World Grand Slam events Kay Matysik 32 191cm Patrick Heuscher 35 194cmSwitzerland 10 Paired up in 2011 when Bellaguarda got Swiss nationality, have had three podiums since Jefferson Bellaguarda 35 193cm Pablo Herrera 30 193cm Spain 11 2011 World Championship quarter-finalists, fallen in the first round at past 5 events Adrian Gavira 24 193cm Xu Linyin 26 200cm Lost in first round at 2008 Olympics, 2nd at 2011 Asian Championships, 1st in 2010 Moscow China 12 Wu Penggen 30 198cm Grand Slam Czech Petr Benes 37 197cm Have reached the quarter-finals at just one Grand Slam event per year for the past three 13 Republic Premysl Kubala 38 202cm years Aleksandrs Samoilovs 27 195cm Lost in first round at 2011 and 2009 World Championships but have been quarter-finalists at Latvia 14 Ruslans Sorokins 30 196cm past three Grand Slam events Martins Plavins 27 190cm 4th in the 2011 World Championships but have not been close to that in any major Latvia 15 Janis Smedins 24 191cm competition before or since Paolo Nicolai 23 203cm Young team only got together last year, have struggled for consistancy since but achieved Italy 18 Daniele Lupo 21 195cm an impressive 2nd at this years Beijing Grand Slam Sascha Heyer 40 203cm Heyer has been on the World Tour since 1996, reaching a career high of WorldSwitzerland 19 Championship silver in 2005, this partnership has only once reached into the quarter-finals of Sebastien Chevalier 25 193cm a tournament but Chevalier was 2011 FIVB Rookie of the Year Tarjei Skarlund 33 191cm Third in European Championships 2012, final-16 twice in Grand Slam tournaments in 2012, Norway 21 Martin Spinnangr 25 197cm best performance 2nd in 2010 Norway Grand Slam, last in group at 2008 Olympics Konstantin Semenov 23 208cm Finished third in the 2012 Dutch Open, fifth at the 2012 European Championships and Russia 23 Yaroslav Koshkarev 27 194cm qualified at the final qualification tournament Clemens Doppler 31 200cm New pairing this year, won the Austrian satellite tournament and qualified at the final Austria 43 Alexander Horst 29 186cm qualification tournament John Garcia-Thompson 33 ??Great Britian 63 Have never passed through the qualifying stages at any 1st or 2nd tier international event Steven Grotowski 30 198cm Katsuhiro Shiratori 35 190cm Finished third in their group at the 2008 Olympic Games, finished 5th in the Asian Japan 95 Championships this year and make it through the qualifiers at Grand Slam tournamnets Kentaro Asahi 36 199cm about 1 time in 5 Josh Binstock 31 ?? New pairing this year, reached the last-16 of the Polish Open and won the North American Canada 77 Martin Reader 28 199cm Continental Cup Igor Hernandez 35 190cm Have made it through the qualifying rounds just twice in a Grand Slam event in the past 3 Venezuala 115 Jesus Fane 25 188cm years - Won the South American Continental Cup Freedom Chiva 32 ??South Africa 293 Have only once attempted to qualify for a world event, won the African Continental Cup Grant Goldschmit 29 194cm Olympic Prospectus 2012 41
    • 42 Beach VolleyballWomens Beach Volleyball World Country Players Age Height Achievements Ranking Larissa Franca 30 174cm Partners for 7 years, World Champions in 2011, 2nd in 2009 & 2005 and 3rd in 2007 but only Brazil 1 Juliana Da Silva 29 177cm quarter-finalists in the 2008 Olympics, FIVB Team of the Year 6 of past 7 years Zhang Xi 27 183cm Partners for 6 years, 2008 Olympic Bronze medallists, best World Championships in 2011 China 2 (3rd), have only ever won the Moscow Grand Slam event (which they have won in 2012, Xue Chen 23 189cm 2010 and 2008) United Misty May Treanor 34 182cm Partners for 11 years, 2008 and 2004 Olympic gold medallists, 3x World Champions, 2nd in 3 States Kerri Walsh 33 188cm 2011 World Championships, no world titles in 2012 but 3 Grand Slam victories in 2011 United Jennifer Kessy 34 180cm 2009 World Champions, have only won 2 international events since but consistant podium 4 States April Ross 30 185cm finishers Talita De Rocha Antunes 29 181cm 3rd in 2009 World Championships, quarter-finalists in 2011, Talita finished 4th in 2008 Brazil 5 Maria Antonelli 28 176cm Olympics Greta Cicolari 29 180cm 2011 European Champions, reached their first Grand Slam final in Beijing this year, Italy 6 Marta Menegati 21 180cm Menegatti was 2011 FIVB Most Improved Player Marlene Van Iersel 24 178cmNetherlands 7 2012 European Champions, 4th place in 2012 Shanghai Grand Slam event Sanne Keizer 27 182cm Sara Goller 28 180cm Lost in final 16 at last Olynmpics and World Championships, finished 2nd in last Grand Slam Germany 8 Laura Ludwig 26 181cm event, in Rome, Ludwig was FIVB 2011 Best Offensive Player Simone Kuhn 31 184cm Had never got into the semi finals at a top tier event before they won the last Grand SlamSwitzerland 9 Nadine Zumkehr 27 172cm prior to the Olympics Katrin Holtwick 28 176cm Germany 11 Improved consistancy in the past 2 years, Grand Slam final in Beijing 2011 Ilka Semmler 26 183cm Czech Marketa Slukova 24 182cm Under-23 European Champions in 2010, consistantly make it to th last 16 in nternational 12 Republic Kristyna Kolocova 24 170cm events Liliana Fernandez Steiner 25 178cm 3rd in European Championships in 2012 but have struggled to make it into the last 16 Spain 13 Elsa Baquerizo 25 181cm internationally Doris Schwaiger 27 171cm Austria 14 Quarter-finalists at 2008 Olympics, and frequent quart-finalists on World Tour Stefanie Schwaiger 25 182cm Becchara Palmer 24 183cm Struggle to get through to the final 8 at international events, finished fourth at Asian Australia 16 Louise Bawden 30 184cm Championships in 2011 Czech Hana Klapalova 30 182cm 4th at 2011 World Championships and 2011 & 2012 European Championships, have never 17 Republic Lenka Hajeckova 34 173cm made it to the quarter finals at Grand Slam event Vasiliko Arvaniti 27 178cm Greece 18 Eliminated in the first round at 8 of last 12 tournaments Maria Tsartsiani 31 180cm Heather Bansley 24 170cm 4th at the 2011 North American Championships, have had a couple of last-16s at Grand Canada 24 Elizabeth Maloney 27 183cm Slam events Nat Cook 37 181cm Australia 25 Have had three last-16 performances in 2012 Grand Slam events Tamsin Hinchley 32 193cm Madelein Meppelink 22 183cm New partnership this year, quarter-finalists at the 2012 Moscow Grand Slam, van Getsel wasNetherlands 27 Sophie van Gestel 21 ?? third in the Junior World Championships last year Anastasia Vasina 24 187cm Russia 29 Inconsistant but qualified at the last qualification tournamnet Anna Vozakova 23 175cm Evgenia Ukolova 23 181cm Last-32 at last years World Championships, best finish was a last-16 at the 2011 Moscow Russia 33 Ekaterina Khomyakova 23 180cm Grand Slam Shauna Mullin 27 178cm Usually knocked out in qualification stages for international tournaments but reached firstGreat Britain 37 Zara Dampney 25 178cm round at 2011 World Championships and 2011 Stavanger Grand Slam Elodie Yi Luk Yo 29 173cm Mauritius 130 Have never qualified for a significant tournament, won the African Continental Cup Natacha Rigobert 31 180cm Ana Gallay 26 173cm Argentina 227 Have only played in three qualification events, won the South American Continental Cup Virginia Zonta 22 170cm Olympic Prospectus 2012 42
    • 43 BoxingAt times, Boxing seems to slot uneasily into the Olympic programme. As the sole remaining amateur sport in the Olympics, it excludes many of itsbest athletes and yet the amateur status of some of the competitiors is questionable at best - most of the boxers who will win medals in London arefull-time professional sportsmen supported by their national federations, the amateur tag is retained as they do receive direct winnings from theirfights. Olympic boxing tournaments have also been repeatedly marred by match fixing, scoring and political controversies, giving it a poor reputationwhich perhaps goes some way to explaining why boxing tickets have been amongst the slowest to sell for London 2012. However, all this fails to recognise the importance of Olympic boxing as a respected platform for boxers from all nations to prove their ability. It is fasflowing, with short matches and an open scoring method; well removed from the commercial motivated arms of murky promoters (Don King is after all a convicted murderer). In London, male and, for the first time, female athletes from 79 countries will gain national coverage as respected sportsmen and women. They will include some of the fittest sportsmen of the Games and produce some of the most exciting and compelling action. For many the Olympics will remain a platform for young boxers to jump into the professional ranks; but for me, the Olympics shows one of the oldest and most universal sports in the world off at its best.For many years, buoyed by support from Castros government,Cuba enjoyed unrivalled success in Olympic boxing. Despite declining from theirpeak as a national outfit since the 1990s, they won 8 medals in 2008 and, with 2 reigning world champions, remain a real force in amateur boxing.Increasingly, however, they are joined by China, Great Britain, and the former Soviet states of Russia, Kazakstan, Azerbajan and the outstandingUkraine (who won 4 golds at last years World Championships in Baku). All these countries will be showing with large contingents of highly trainedspecialist amateur boxers with a hefty list recent titles to their names. The hottest property in mens amateur boxing at the moment is the Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko. The winner of the Val Barker Trophy (award for the most stylish boxer) in Beijing comes in with one gold medal and two World Championships to his name. He will expect to add the 2012 Lightweight gold medal to his resumé. Other male boxers worth watching out for areZou Shiming, who walked to the Light Flyweight gold in Beijingand to the 2011 World Championship; and Julio Cesar la Cruz from Cuba, who impressed on his way to the Light Heavyweight World Championship last year and is fancied to take this years Val Barker trophy. On the womens side it isKatie Taylor from Ireland who has taken every world and European title for the past 7 years. In a sport where the first World Championships for women was only held in 2001, she should prove to be precisely the burgeoning super-star needed to raise the profile of the womens competition.Great Britain only won their first World Championship medal in 1999 but have used a modest budget well and now count amongst the biggest forcesin world boxing. Our women make up the strongest female boxing team in the world. Savannah Marshall (Middleweight), Nicolas Adams(Flyweight) and Natasha Jonas (Lightweight) won gold, silver and bronze respectively at the World Championships in May; they combine to make acharismatic advert that shows off boxing at its best. On the mens side, despite an almost complete departure of the young team from Beijing into theprofessional ranks, the men showed well in the 2011 World Championships with 4 medallists. Andrew Selby (Flyweight), Luke Campbell(Bantamweight) and Anthony Joshua (Super-Heavyweight) will all be hoping to turn World Championship silver to Olympic gold at their home gamesbut every British boxer who qualifies will have a shot at gold. Josh Taylor (Lightweight), Tom Stalker (Light Welterweight), Fred Evans(Welterweight) and former Big Brother housemate Anthony Ogogo (Middleweight) will all take heart from the fact that British Beijing gold medallistJames DeGale lost his opening bout in the 2007 World Championships. The big unknown is the influence of the home crowd on scoring; althoughthe amateur scoring method may be the fairest and most transparent ever seen in boxing, it relies on the judgement of 5 men sitting at the side of thering who must decide whether a punch is of enough power and direction to be worth scoring, and who may well be swayed by a baying home crowd.If all goes to plan, the GB boxing team will be challenging the GB rowers, cyclists and sailors for the most number of medals won in London despitehaving half the funding.Womens Flyweight (-51kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification AchievementsRen Cancan CHN 24 Won 2012 World Championships World Championships - Gold 2012, 2010 World Championships - Silver 2012, 2010, 2008; EuropeanNicola Adams GBR 29 2nd 2012 World Championships Championships - Gold 2011 World Championships - Gold 2008, Silver 2006, Bronze 2012, 2010;Karolina Michalczuk POL 35 Semi-Finalist 2012 WC European Championships - Gold 2009, Silver 2011 World Championships - Gold 2010, Silver 2008, Bronze 2011 (@ 54kgElena Savelyeva RUS 28 Semi-Finalist 2012 WC pre-2011) 2nd Best Placed from Asia at 2012Mary Kom IND 29 World Championships - QF 2012, Gold 2010, 2008 (@ 48kg pre-2011) WC World Championships - QF 2012, Round-3 2010; EuropeanStoyka Petrova BUL 26 Tripartate Commission Invitation Championships - Bronze 2011Kim Hye Song PRK 27 Tripartate Commission Invitation World Championships - QF 2012, Silver 2010 (@-54kg) Best Placed from Americas at World Championships - QF 2012, Round-3 2010, Round-1 2008,Marlen Esparza USA 22 2012 WC Bronze 2006 2nd Best Placed from Americas at World Championships - Round-3 2012; Pan-American Games -Karlha Magliocco VEN 25 2012 WC Bronze 2011 World Championships - Round-3 2012, Round-2 2010; South-Erica Dos Santos BRA 29 Tripartate Commission Invitation American Games - Gold 2010 Best Placed from Africa at 2012Maroua Rahali TUN 24 World Championships - Round-2 2012, Round-1 2010 WC Best Placed from Oceania at 2012Siona Fernandez NZL 29 World Championships - Round-1 2012, Round-2 2010 WC Olympic Prospectus 2012 43
    • 44 BoxingWomens Lightweight (-60kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements World Championships - Gold 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006; EuropeanKatie Taylor IRE 26 Won 2012 World Championships Championships - Gold 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 World Championships - Silver 2012, Bronze 2008, Gold 2006, 2005;Sofya Ochigava RUS 25 2nd 2012 World Championships European Championships - Gold 2009 (@-57kg or -54kg pre-2011) World Championships - Bronze 2012; European Championships -Natasha Jonas GBR 28 Semi-Finalist 2012 WC Gold 2011 (@-64kg pre-2012)Mavzuna Chorieva TJK 19 Semi-Finalist 2012 WC World Championships - Bronze 2012, Round-2 2010 Best Placed from Americas at World Championships - QF 2012, Round-2 2010, Round-1 2008; Pan-Adriana Araujo BRA 31 2012 WC American Games - Round-1 2011 World Championships - Round-2 2012, Silver 2010, 2008; AsianDong Cheng CHN 25 Tripartate Commission Invitation Games - Gold 2010Mihaela Lacatus ROU 30 Tripartate Commission Invitation World Championships - QF 2012, Bronze 2010 World Championships - Round-3 2012, Bronze 2010; Pan-AmericanQuanitta Le Underwood USA 28 Tripartate Commission Invitation Games - QF 2011 Best Placed from Africa at 2012Rim Jouini TUN 31 World Championships - Round-2 2012, Bronze 2010 WC 2nd Best Placed from Asia at 2012Saida Khassenova KAZ 23 World Championships - Round-3 2012, Round-2 2010 WC Best Placed from Oceania at 2012Alexis Pritchard NZL 28 World Championships - Round-2 2012, Round-1 2010 WCMahjouba Oubtil MAR 29 Tripartate Commission Invitation World Championships - Round-1 2012, Round-2 2010Womens Middleweight (-75kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification AchievementsSavannah Marshall GBR 21 Won 2012 World Championships World Championships - Gold 2012, Silver 2010Elena Vystropova AZE 23 2nd 2012 World Championships World Championships - Silver 2012Nadezda Torlopova RUS 33 Semi-Finalist 2012 WC World Championships - Gold 2010, Bronze 2012 World Championships - Round-1 2012, Gold 2010, Gold 2008 (@ -Mary Spencer CAN 27 Tripartate Commission Invitation 66kg)Li Jinzi CHN 22 Best Placed from Asia at 2012 WC World Championships - Gold 2008, Silver 2010, QF 2012Marina Volnova KAZ 23 Tripartate Commission Invitation World Championships - QF 2012, Silver 2010 (@ -81kg) 2nd Best Placed from Americas at World Championships - Round-1 2012, Gold 2010; Pan-AmericanRoseli Feitosa BRA 23 2012 WC Games - Bronze 2011 (@ -81kg pre-2011)Anna Laurell SWE 32 Tripartate Commission Invitation World Championships - Round-2 2010, Silver 2008 Best Placed from Oceania at 2012Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen AUS 28 World Championships - Round-2 2012, 2010, Round-1 2008 WC Best Placed from Americas atClaressa Shields USA 17 World Championships - Round-2 2012 2012 WC Best Placed from Africa at 2012Edith Agu-Ogoke NGR 21 World Championships - Round-2 2012 WCElizabeth Andiego KEN 25 Tripartate Commission Invitation World Championships - Round-1 2012, 2010 Olympic Prospectus 2012 44
    • 45 BoxingMens Light Flyweight (-49kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - Gold 2008, Bronze 2004; World Championships - GoldZou Shiming CHN 31 Won 2011 World Championships 2011, 2007, 2005, Silver 2003; Asian Games - Gold 2010, 2006 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011, Bronze 2009;Shin Jong-Hun KOR 23 2nd 2011 World Championships Asian Championships - Gold 2011 Olympics - Silver 2008; World Championships - Gold 2009,Purevdorjiin Serdamba MGL 27 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Bronze 2011; Asian Championships - Gold 2007 Olympics - Bronze 2008; World Championships - QF 2007, Round-1Patrick Barnes IRE 25 Semi-Finalist European QT 2011, 2009; European Championships - Gold 2010, Silver 2008; Commonwealth Games - Gold 2010 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Silver 2009,David Arytapetyan RUS 28 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Bronze 2011; European Championships - Gold 2006 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - QF 2011, 2009;Jose de la Nieve ESP 25 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC European Championships - Silver 2008, Bronze 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; World YouthYosvany Veitia CUB 20 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Bronze 2010 Won Asian Qualification Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2005; AsianBirzhan Zhakypov KAZ 28 Tournament Games - Silver 2010 Won European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011, 2009;Ferhat Pehlivan TUR 23 Tournamant European Championships - Bronze 2008, QF 2011, 2009 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011, 2009; 2nd American QualificationCarlos Quipo ECU 22 Americas Championships - Gold 2010; Pan-American Games - Tournament Round-1 2011Devendro Singh IND 20 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011 Lost to Silver Medalist in 3rd Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; EuropeanJeremy Beccu FRA 21 Round - 2011 WC Championships - QF 2011 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Round-2 2011,Thomas Essomba CMR 24 Semi-Finalist African QT Round-1 2009; All-Africa Games - Gold 2011, Bronze 2007; African Championships - Gold 2011, 2009 Won American Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Pan-American Games -Jantony Ortiz PUR 18 Tournament Bronze 2011Kaew Pongprayoon THA 32 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-2 2009 2nd European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2009; EuropeanAleksandar Aleksandrov BUL 27 Tournament Championships - Round-2 2010 Lost to Gold Medalist in 3rd Round Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; World YouthMark Barriga PHI 19 - 2011 WC Championships - QF 2010 Won African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; All-AfricaMohamed Flissi ALG 22 Tournament Games - Silver 2011; Arab Games - Silver 2011 2nd African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; Arab Games -Abdelali Daraa MAR 22 Tournament QF 2011; African Championships - Silver 2011 Lost to Silver Medalist in QF Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; Arab Games -Ramy Helmy EGY 22 African QT QF 2011; African Championships - QF 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; World YouthManual Cappai ITA 19 Semi-Finalist European QT Championships - Round-2 2010 Won Oceanian QualificationBilly Ward AUS 19 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a TournamentJuliano Maquina MOZ 18 Semi-Finalist African QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Lost to Gold Medalist in Semi-FinalCarlos Suarez TRI 19 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a American QT Lost to Gold Medalist in QF African Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; World YouthSulemanu Tetteh GHA 19 QT Championships - Round-2 2010Bayron Molina Figueroa HON 19 Tripartate Commission Invitation Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Olympic Prospectus 2012 45
    • 46 BoxingMens Flyweight (-52kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Gold 2011, Silver 2009;Misha Aloyan RUS 23 Won 2011 World Championships European Championships - Gold 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011; EuropeanAndrew Selby GBR 23 2nd 2011 World Championships Championships - Gold 2011 Olympics - Round-1 2008, 2004; World Championships - Gold 2007,Raushee Warren USA 25 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Bronze 2011, 2005 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; EuropeanElvin Mamishzade AZE 20 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Gold 2010 (@ Light Flyweight) Lost to Gold Medalist in 3rd Round Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; World YouthRobeisy Ramirez CUB 18 - 2011 WC Championships - Gold 2010Jasurbek Latipov UZB 20 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011 Won Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Asian BoxingIlyas Suleimenov KAZ 28 Tournament Championships - Gold 2011 Olympics - Bronze 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2007;Vincenzo Picardi ITA 28 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC European Championships Bronze 2011, 2010, 2007 2nd Asian QualificationNyambayaryn Togstsogt MGL 20 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2009 Tournament Olympics - Round-2 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2007, Won European QualificationNordine Oubaali FRA 25 Round-1 2011, 2009; European Championships - Bronze 2007, Round Tournament 2 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; EuropeanMichael Conlan IRL 20 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - QF 2011; Won African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011;Oteng Oteng BOT 22 Tournament Commonwealth Games - Bronze 2010; All-Africa Games - Gold 2011 2nd American Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships -n/a; Americas ChampionshipsJuliao Henriques BRA 30 Tournament Gold 2010; Pan-American Games - Bronze 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2; Asian Games -Katsuaki Susa JPN 27 Semi-Finalist Asian QT Bronze 2010 Won American QualificationJeyvier Cintron PUR 17 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament Lost to Gold Medlaist in Semi-Final Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011, Round-1 2009;Salomo Ntuve SWE 23 European QT European Championships - Round-2 2010, Round-1 2011 Lost to Silver Medalist in 3rdChatchai Butdee THA 27 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2009 Round - 2011 WC 2nd European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; EuropeanSelcuk Eker TUR 20 Tournament Championships - QF 2010, Round-2 2011 Lost to Gold Medalist in QF African Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; Youth WorldHesham Yehia EGY 18 QT Championships - Bronze 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; All-AfricanSamir Brahimi ALG 22 Semi-Finalist African QT Games - Silver 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011;Duke Micah GHA 20 Semi-Finalist African QT Commonwealth Games - QF 2010 Lost to Silver Medalist in QF Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011;Oliver Lavigilante MRI 20 African QT Commonwealth Games - QF 2010Pak Jong-Chol PRK 24 Semi-Finalist Asian QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/aAjmal Faisal AFG 21 Tripartate Commission Invitation Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011 2nd African QualificationBenson Gicharu KEN 27 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2009 Tournament Won Oceanian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; World YouthJackson Woods AUS 19 Tournament Championships - QF 2010 Olympic Prospectus 2012 46
    • 47 BoxingMens Bantamweight (-56kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Gold 2011; Pan-AmericanLazaro Alvarez CUB 21 Won 2011 World Championships Games - Gold 2011 Olympics - Round-2 2004; World Championships - Gold 2009,Detelin Dalakliev BUL 29 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Bronze 2003; European Championships - Gold 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011; EuropeanLuke Campbell GBR 24 2nd 2011 World Championships Championships - Gold 2008, QF 2011 Olympics - Round-2 2008; World Championships - Gold 2007,Sergey Vodopiyanov RUS 24 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Silver 2009; European Championships - QF 2010 Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2011; AsianAnvar Yunusov TJK 25 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Gold 2011 Olympics - Round-2 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2011,John Joe Nevin IRL 23 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC 2009; European Championships - QF 2011, 2010 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2009, Won American Qualification Round-2 2011; Americas Championships - Silver 2010; Youth WorldOscar Valdez MEX 21 Tournament Championships - Gold 2009; Pan-American Championships - Silver 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; Asian Won Asian QualificationShiva Thapa IND 18 Championships - Round-1 2011; World Youth Championships - Silver Tournament 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; Asian Games - QFOrzubek Shayimov UZB 24 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC 2010Kanat Abutalipov KAZ 29 Won the World Series of Boxing Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - QF 2009Joseph Diaz USA 19 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011 Lost to Gold Medalist in 3rd Round Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Round-3 2011,Vittorio Parrinello ITA 28 - 2011 WC Round-1 2009, 2007; European Championships - QF 2011 2nd Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2009; Asian GamesWissam Salamana SYR 26 Tournament - Bronze 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; European Won European QualificationPavlo Ishchenko UKR 20 Championships - Round-1 2011; World Youth Championships - Round Tournament 1 2010 Lost to Gold Medlaist in Semi-Final Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Round-2 2011,Satoshi Shimizu JPN 26 Asian QT Round-1 2009, 2007; Asian Games - QF 2010 Lost to Silver Medalist in 3rdMohamed Amine Ouadahi ALG 25 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011 Round - 2011 WC Won African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; Arab Games -Aboubakr Lbida MAR 32 Tournament Gold 2011 2nd European QualificationMagomed Abdulhamidov AZE 25 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011, 2009; 2nd American QualificationAlberto Melian ARG 22 Americas Championships - QF 2010; Pan-American Games - Tournament QF2011 Olympics - Round-2 2008; World Championships - n/a; Pan-Robenilson Viera BRA 24 Semi-Finalist American QT American Games - QF2011, Round-1 2007 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; EuropeanDennis Ceylan DEN 23 Semi-Finalist European QT Championships - Round-2 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; All-AfricanAyabonga Sonjica RSA 21 Semi-Finalist African QT Games - Bronze 2011Romeo Lemboumba GAB 32 Semi-Finalist African QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2009Merab Turkadze GEO 23 Semi-Finalist European QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2009 Won Oceanian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Commonwealth Games -Ibrahim Balla AUS 22 Tournament Round-2 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; AmericasWilliam Encarnacion DOM 24 Semi-Finalist American QT Championships - QF 2010 2nd African QualificationIsaac Dogboe GHA 17 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament Lost to Gold Medalist in QF AfricanJonas Matheus NAM 26 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a QT Olympic Prospectus 2012 47
    • 48 BoxingMens Lightweight (-60kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - Gold 2008 + (Val Barker Trophy); World Championships -Vasyl Lomachenko UKR 24 Won 2011 World Championships Gold 2011, 2009, Silver 2007; European Championships - Gold 2008 (@ Featherweight pre-2011) Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011, QF 2009;Yasniel Toledo Lopez CUB 26 2nd 2011 World Championships Americas Championships - Gold 2010 Olympics - QF 2004, Round-2 2008; World Championships - GoldDomenico Valentino ITA 28 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC 2009, Silver 2007. Bronze 2011, 2005; European Championships - Silver 2011, Bronze 2004 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; EuropeanFatih Keles TUR 23 Semi-Finalist European QT Championships - Gold 2011 Won European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; YouthEvaldas Petrauskas LTU 20 Tournament Olympics - Gold 2010; Youth World Championships - Silver 2010Gani Zhailauov KAZ 26 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011, Round-1 2009 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-2Han Soon-Chul KOR 27 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC 2009; Asian Games - Silver 2006, Bronze 2010 Won Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; AsianLiu Qiuang CHN 29 Tournament Championships - Silver 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-3 2009,Jai Bhagwan IND 27 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC 2007; Commonwealth Games - Bronze 2010; Asian Championships - QF 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; EuropeanJosh Taylor GBR 21 Semi-Finalist European QT Championships - Round-2 2011; Commonwealth Games - Silver 2010 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-1Miklos Varga HUN 24 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC 2009; European Championships - Round-1 2011Fazliddin Gaibnazarov UZB 21 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011 2nd African Qualification Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - Round-2 2011; All-Abdelkader Chadi ALG 25 Tournament African Games - Gold 2007 Lost to Silver Medalist in 3rd Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Round-3 2011;Sailom Adi THA 26 Round - 2011 WC South East Asia Games - Gold 2009, 2007, Bronze 2011 Lost to Gold Medalist in 3rd Round Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Round-3 2011,Robson Conceicao BRA 21 - 2011 WC Round-1 2009 2nd European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2007, Round-2Vazgen Safaryants BLR 27 Tournament 2009; European Championships - Bronze 2008, 2006, QF 2010 Won Oceanian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011;Luke Jackson AUS 27 Tournament Commonwealth Games - QF 2010 Won African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; All-AfricanAhmed Mejri TUN 22 Tournament Games - Gold 2011 Won American Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Youth WorldFelix Verdejo PUR 19 Tournament Championships - Round-2 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; All-Africa Games -Abdon Mewoli CMR 26 Semi-Finalist African QT Bronze 2011Jose Ramirez USA 19 Semi-Finalist American QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011 Lost to Silver Medalist in QFShafiq Chitou BEN 26 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2009 African QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; Americas 2nd American QualificationWellington Arias DOM 21 Championships - Round-2 2010; Pan-American Games - Round-1 Tournament 2011 3rd World Series of Boxing (1st & Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; EuropeanRachid Azzedine FRA 29 2nd withdrawn by NOC) Championships - Round-2 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011;Andrique Alissop SEY 19 Semi-Finalist African QT Commonwealth Games - Round-1 2010 Lost to Gold Medalist in QF African Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011, Round-1Mohamed Ramadan EGY 25 QT 2009, 2007 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Youth WorldEduar Marriaga COL 19 Semi-Finalist American QT Championships - Round-2 2010Juan Huertas PAN 20 Tripartate Commission Invitation Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Olympic Prospectus 2012 48
    • 49 BoxingMens Light Welterweight (-64kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Gold 2011, QFEverton Lopes BRA 22 Won 2011 World Championships 2009; Americas Championships - Silver 2010, 2006; Pan American Games - Silver 2007, Bronze 2011 (@ Lightweight pre-2011) Olympics - Bronze 2008; World Championships - Gold 2009, Round- Won American QualificationRosniel Iglesias CUB 23 1 2011; Pan-American Games - Gold 2011; South American Tournament Championships - Gold 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011, Round-3 2009;Tom Stalker GBR 28 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC European Championships - Silver 2011, 2010; Commonwealth Games - Gold 2010 (@Lightweight pre-2011) Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011; WorldDenys Berinchyk UKR 24 2nd 2011 World Championships University Championships - Gold 2010 Olympics - QF 2008, Round-1 2004; World Championships - BronzeUranchimegiin Monkh-Erdene MGL 30 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC 2009; Asian Championship - Gold 2011; Asian Games - Silver 2006 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011; EuropeanVincenzo Mangiacapre ITA 23 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Bronze 2011, QF 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; EuropeanHeybatulla Hajialiyev AZE 21 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Bronze 2011, Round-1 2010 Olympics - Round-1 2008, 2004; World Championships - Bronze 2009, 2003; European Championships - Gold 2006, 2005, SilverGyla Kate HUN 30 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC 2010, 2009, 2008, Bronze, 2007, 2006, 2004; World University Championships - Gold 2004 Won Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; AsianDaniyar Yeleussinov KAZ 21 Tournament Championships - QF 2011, 2010; Asian Games - Gold 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-1 2009;Manoj Kumar IND 25 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Commonwealth Games - Silver 2010; Asian Games - Bronze 2006 Lost to Gold Medalist in 3rd Round Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; EuropeanAnthony Yigit SWE 20 - 2011 WC Championships - QF 2011, 2010 2nd Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2009, Round-2 2011;Serdar Hudayberdiyev TKM 25 Tournament Asian Championships - QF 2011; Asian Games - Round-2 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Asian Games - SilverUktamjon Rahmonov UZB 21 Semi-Finalist Asian QT 2010 Olympics - Round-2 2008; World Championships - Round-1 2009, Lost to Gold Medalist in QF AfricanRicharno Colin MRI 25 2007; Commonwealth Games - Bronze 2010; All-African Games - QT Gold 2011 Lost to Silver Medalist in 3rdJonathan Alonso ESP 21 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011 Round - 2011 WCMehdi Tolouti IRI 27 Semi-Finalist Asian QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011 Won European QualificationYakup Sener TUR 21 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011, Round-2Zdenek Chladek CZE 22 Tripartate Commission Invitation 2009, Round-1 2007; European Championships - Round-2 2011, Round-1 2010; Youth Worls Championships - Bronze 2008 Won Oceanian QualificationJeffre Horn AUS 24 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011 Tournament Won African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Arab Games - GoldAbdelhak Aakani MAR 24 Tournament 2011 2nd African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; All-African Games -Abderrazak Houya TUN 25 Tournament Silver 2011Romaric Bassole BUR 22 Semi-Finalist African QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011, Round-1 2009 2nd American QualificationFrancisco Vargas PUR 18 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; Americas Lost to Gold Medalist in QFAnderson Rojas ECU 19 Championships - Round-1 2010; Youth World Championships - Round American QT 2 2010Cesar Villarraga COL 26 Semi-Finalist American QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011Jamel Herring USA 26 Semi-Finalist American QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011Eslam El-Gendy EGY 22 Semi-Finalist African QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011 Lost to Silver Medalist in QF Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Youth WorldGilbert Choombe ZAM 20 African QT Championships - Round-1 2010 Olympic Prospectus 2012 49
    • 50 BoxingMens Welterweight (-69kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - Gold 2007, 2005,Serik Sapiyev KAZ 28 2nd 2011 World Championships Silver 2011, Bronze 2009; Asian Championships - Gold 2007; Asian Games - Bronze 2006 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011; Asian Games -Vikas Krishan IND 20 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Gold 2010; Youth World Boxing Championships - Gold 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Gold 2011, Round-3 2009;Taras Shelestyuk UKR 26 Won 2011 World Championships European Championships - Bronze 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; EuropeanFred Evans GBR 21 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Gold 2011; Commonwealth Games - Round-1 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Gold 2009, QF 2011;Andrey Zamkovoy RUS 25 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC European Championships - Round-1 2010 Won Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; AsianMaimaitituersun Qiong CHN 24 Tournament Championships - Gold 2011; Asian Games - Bronze 2010 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2011, QFEgidijus Kavaliauskas LTU 24 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC 2009; European Championships - Round-2 2010 Lost to Gold Medalist in 3rd Round Olympics - Bronze 2008; World Championships - QF 2007, Round-3Alexis Vastine FRA 25 - 2011 WC 2011, 2009; European Championships - Silver 2010 2nd Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Champioships - Round-2 2011, 2007; AsianByambyn Tuvshinbat MGL 25 Tournament Championships - Bronze 2011; Asian Games - QF 2010Errol Spence USA 22 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-1 2009 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-1 2009;Vasili Belous MDA 23 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC European Championships - Round-1 2011, 2010 Olympics - Round-1 2008, 2004; World Championships - Round-1 Won American QualificationMyke Carvalho BRA 28 2011, Round-3 2009, Round-2 2008; Americas Championships - Tournament Gold 2010, 2006; Pan-American Games - Bronze 2007, 2011 2nd European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; EuropeanPatrick Wojcicki GER 20 Tournament Championships - Round-1 2010 Olympics -n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011, Round-3 2009; 2nd American QualificationOscar Molina MEX 22 Americas Championships - Bronze 2010; Pan-American Games - Tournament Silver 2011 Won European QualificationAdam Nolan IRE 25 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament Lost to Silver Medalist in 3rdYasuhiro Suzuki JPN 24 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011 Round - 2011 WC Won African Qualification Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Round-2 2011,Mehdi Khalsi MAR 26 Tournament Round-1 2009 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2; AmericasGabriel Maestre VEN 25 Semi-Finalist American QT Championships - Round-1 2010; Pan-American Games - Round-1 2011 Lost to Gold Medalist in QF Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; AmericasCustio Clayton CAN 24 American QT Championships - QF 2010; Commonwealth Games - Round-2 2010 2nd African QualificationMohamed Diaby MLI 28 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011 Tournament Won Oceanian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Commonwealth Games -Cameron Hammond AUS 22 Tournament Round-2 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; Youth WorldIlyas Abbadi ALG 19 Semi-Finalist African QT Championships - Round-3 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2009;Siphiwe Lusizi RSA 23 Semi-Finalist African QT Commonwealth Games - Round-1 2010; All-African Games - Bronze 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; Pan-Carlos Sanchez ECU 23 Semi-Finalist American QT American Games - Round-1 2011 Lost to Gold Medlaist in Semi-FinalAmin Ghasemipour IRI 26 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011 Asian QT Lost to Gold Medalist in QF African Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Commonwealth Games -Seleman Kidunda TAN 28 QT Round-2 2010 Lost to Silver Medalist in QFYannick Mitoumba GAB 23 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a African QTAhmas Abdulkareem Ahmed IRQ 20 Tripartate Commission Invitation Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Olympic Prospectus 2012 50
    • 51 BoxingMens Middleweight (-75kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Won Asian Qualification Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Gold 2009,Abbos Atoev UZB 26 Tournament 2007. Round-1 2011; Asian Games - Silver 2010Evhen Khytrov UKR 23 Won 2011 World Championships Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Gold 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011; AsianRyota Murata JPN 26 2nd 2011 World Championships Championships - QF 2011 Olympics - Bronze 2008, Round-1 2004; World Championships -Vijender Singh IND 26 Semi-Finalist Asian QT Bronze 2009, Round-1 2011; Asian Games - Gold 2010, Bronze 2006; Commonwealth Games - Silver 2006, Bronze 2010Esquiva Florentino BRA 22 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011; EuropeanBogdan Juratoni ROU 22 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Round-2 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-3 2009;Darren ONeill IRL 26 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC European Championships - Silver 2010, QF 2011 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2007, Won European QualificationAdam Kilicci TUR 26 Round-3 2009, Round-1 2011; European Championships - Silver Tournament 2011, QF 2010 Olympics - Round-2 2008; World Championships - Silver 2009. QFAndranik Hakobyan ARM 30 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC 2011; European Championships - QF 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; European Lost to Gold Medalist in 3rd RoundZoltan Harcsa HUN 19 Championships - Round-2 2011; Youth World Championships - - 2011 WC Bronze 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; European 2nd European QualificationAnthony Ogogo GBR 23 Championships - Round-1 2011, Round-2 2010; Commonwealth Tournament Games - Silver 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; Asian Games -Danabek Suzhanov KAZ 27 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Bronze 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; Asian 2nd Asian QualificationNursahat Pazziyev TKM 19 Championships - Bronze 2011; Youth World Championships - Round- Tournament 2 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; EuropeanAleksandar Drenovak SRB 28 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Round-1 2011, 2010 Lost to Silver Medalist in 3rdStefan Hartel GER 24 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011 Round - 2011 WCSobirjon Nazarov TJK 21 Semi-Finalist Asian QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011 2nd African Qualification Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - n/a;Mujandjae Kasuto NAM 26 Tournament Commonwealth Games - QF 2010; All-African Games - Bronze 2011 Olympics - Round-2 2004, Round-1 2008; World Championships - Lost to Gold Medalist in QF AfricanMohamed Hikal EGY 33 Bronze 2005, Round-2 2011; All-African Games - Gold 1999, 2003; QT Mediterranean Games - Gold 2005 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; Americas 2nd American QualificationJunior Castillo DOM 26 Championships - Round-1 2010; Pan-American Games - Round-2 Tournament 2011 Won American QualificationTerrell Gausha USA 24 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2009 Tournament Won African QualificationBadreddine Haddioui MAR 23 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011 TournamentAbdelmalek Rahou ALG 26 Semi-Finalist African QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011 Won Oceanian QualificationJesse Ross AUS 22 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament 2nd at World Series of Boxing (1stSoltan Migitinov AZE 23 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a withdrawn by NOC)Marlo Delgado ECU 19 Semi-Finalist American QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/aJose Espinoza VEN 24 Semi-Finalist American QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Youth WorldMuideen Akanji NGR 20 Semi-Finalist African QT Championships - Round-1 2010 Lost to Gold Medalist in QFEnrique Collazo PUR 23 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a American QT Olympic Prospectus 2012 51
    • 52 BoxingMens Light Heavyweight (-81kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Gold 2011; AmericasJulio Cesar la Cruz CUB 21 Won 2011 World Championships Championships - Silver 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Gold 2009, Bronze 2011;Egor Mekhontsev RUS 27 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC European Championships - Gold 2010, 2008 (@ Heavyweight pre- 2011) Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - Silver 2009, BronzeElshod Rasulov UZB 26 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC 2011; Asian Games - Gold 2010, 2006; Asian Championships - Gold 2007Abdilbek Niyazymbetov KAZ 23 2nd 2011 World Championships Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-3 2009;Damien Hooper AUS 20 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Youth World Championships - Silver 2010; Youth Olympics - Gold 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; AsianMeng Fanlong CHN 23 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Silver 2011; Asian Games - Bronze 2010 Olympics - Round-2 2008; World Championships - QF 2009, Round-1 Won European QualificationBahram Muzaffer TUR 25 2011, 2007; European Championships - Gold 2006, Bronze 2011, Tournament 2007Oleksandr Gvozdyk UKR 25 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, Round-3 2009 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; Asian Games - QFEhsan Rouzbahani IRI 24 Quarter-Finalist 2011 WC 2010Abdelhafid Benchabla ALG 25 Won the World Series of Boxing Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - Round-3 2009 Won Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011; Youth WorldSumit Sangwan IND 19 Tournament Championships - QF 2010 Won American QualificationMarcus Browne USA 21 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011 Tournament Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011, 2009; Pan- 2nd American QualificationYamaguchi Falcao BRA 24 American Games - Silver 2011; Americas Championships - Silver Tournament 2010 Lost to Silver Medalist in 3rdJeysson Monroy COL 26 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011, 2009 Round - 2011 WC Lost to Gold Medlaist in Semi-FinalIhab Al-Matbouli JOR 26 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011, 2009, 2007 Asian QT Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - QF 2009, Round-3Carlos Gongora ECU 23 Semi-Finalist American QT 2007, Round-2 2011; Pan-American Games - Bronze 2011, 2007 Lost to Gold Medalist in 3rd RoundEnrico Koelling GER 22 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-3 2011 - 2011 WC Won African QualificationYahia El-Mekachari TUN 22 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011 Tournament 2nd Asian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Asian Games - BronzeJahon Qurbonov TJK 26 Tournament 2010; Asian Championships - Round-2 2011 Olympics - DNS 2008; World Championships - n/a; All-AfricanChristian Donfack CMR 28 Semi-Finalist African QT Games - Bronze 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011, Round-1Bosko Draskovic MNE 25 Tripartate Commission Invitation 2009; European Championships - Round-1 2011, Round-2 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; All-African Games -Lukman Lawal NGR 23 Semi-Finalist African QT Silver 2011 2nd European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Youth WorldVatan Huseynli AZE 20 Tournament Chmapionships - QF 2010 Lost to Gold Medlaist in Semi-Final Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; EuropeanMikhail Dauhaliavets BLR 22 European QT Championships - Round-2 2011 2nd African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; African Championships -Ahmed Bakri MAR 32 Tournament Gold 2009Osmar Bravo NCA 22 Semi-Finalist American QT Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011 Olympic Prospectus 2012 52
    • 53 BoxingMens Heavyweight (-91kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - Silver 2008, Round-2 2004; World Championships -Clemente Russo ITA 30 Won the World Series of Boxing Gold 2007, Round-3 2009; European Championships - Gold 2005, Silver 2007 Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - Gold 2011, BronzeOleksandr Usyk UKR 25 Won 2011 World Championships 2009; European Championships - Gold 2008, Bronze 2006 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011; EuropeanTeymur Mammadov AZE 19 2nd 2011 World Championships Championships - Gold 2011 Lost to Gold medallist in 1/4-Final Olympics - Round-2 2008; World Championships - Gold 2009,Artur Beterbiyev RUS 27 2011 WC Silver 2007; European Championships - Gold 2010, 2006 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011; AsianWang Xuanxuan CHN 22 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Championships - Silver 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011, Round-1 2009;Siarhei Karneyeu BLR 23 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC European Championships - QF 2011, Round-2 2010 Won European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011, 2009;Tervel Pulev BUL 29 Tournament European Championships - Silver 2011, 2010 Olympics - Round-1 2008; World Championships - Round-1 2007; Won Asian QualificationAli Mazaheri IRI 30 Asian Championships - Gold 2007, Bronze 2009, 2004; Asian Games Tournament Gold 2006, Bronze 2010 Won African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011; All-African Games -Chouaib Bouloudinats ALG 25 Tournament Gold 2011 Lost to Silver medallist in 1/4-FinalJose Larduet CUB 22 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, 2009 2011 WC Won Oceanian Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Junior WorldJai Tapu Opetaia AUS 17 Tournament Championships - Gold 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2009, Round-2 Lost to Gold Medalist in Semi-FinalJulio Castillo ECU 23 2009; Americas Championships - Gold 2010; Pan-American Games - American QT Silver 2011 Won American QualificationMicahel Hunter USA 23 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2009 Tournament 2nd African QualificationMaxwell Amponsah GHA 25 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2009, Round-1 2011 Tournament 2nd American Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-1 2011; AmericasYamil Peralta ARG 20 Tournament Championships - Round-1 2010; Pan-American Games - Bronze 2011Tumba Silva ANG 26 Tripartate Commission Invitation Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Olympic Prospectus 2012 53
    • 54 BoxingMens Super Heavyweight (+91kg)Name Nationality Age Qualification Achievements Olympics - Gold 2008, Bronze 2004; World Championships - Lost to Silver medallist in 1/4-FinalRoberto Cammarelle ITA 32 Gold 2009, 2007, Bronze 2005; European Championships - Silver 2011 WC 2011, 2004, 2002Magomedrasul Majidov AZE 25 Won 2011 World Championships Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Gold 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Silver 2011; EuropeanAnthony Joshua GBR 22 2nd 2011 World Championships Championships - QF 2011 Won European Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; EuropeanMagomed Omarov RUS 20 Tournament Championships - Gold 2011 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011, Round-2 2009;Ivan Dychko KAZ 21 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Asian Games - Silver 2010Erik Pfeifer GER 25 Semi-Finalist 2011 WC Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Bronze 2011, Round-2 2009 Olympics - Silver 2008; World Championships - Bronze 2009, 2007, Won Asian QualificationZhang Zhilei CHN 29 Round-2 2011; Asian Championships - Silver 2007, Bronze 2011, Tournament 2004; Asian Games - Gold 2010 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a; Americas Won American QualificationItalo Perea ECU 19 Championsips - Gold 2010; Pan-American Championships - Gold Tournament 2011 Lost to Gold medallist in 1/4-Final Olympics - n/a; World Championships - QF 2011, 2009; AmericasErislandu Savon CUB 22 2011 WC Champioships - Silver 2010 Won African QualificationMohamed Arjaoui MAR 25 Olympics - QF 2008; World Championships - QF 2009, Round-2 2011 Tournament Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011; European 2nd European QualificationTony Yoka FRA 20 Championships - Round-2 2011; Youth World Championships - Silver Tournament 2010 2nd African Qualification Olympics - n/a; World Championships - Round-2 2011;Blaise Yepmou CMR 27 Tournament Commonwealth Games - Bronze 2010 Won Oceanian QualificationJohan Linde AUS 29 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament 2nd American QualificationDominic Breazeale USA 26 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Tournament Lost to Gold Medalist in Semi-FinalSimon Kean CAN 23 Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a American QTMeji Mwanba COD 30 Tripartate Commission Invitation Olympics - n/a; World Championships - n/a Olympic Prospectus 2012 54
    • 55 Canoe/Kayak SlalomResponsible for some of the largest Olympic white elephants, Canoe/Kayak Slalom requires construction of a specialist venue withhigh running costs for a sport that is only seriously practised in half a dozen countries. It does, however, produce exciting images andhas a clean drugs record, which should be enough to keep it in the Games programme for the time being. Slovakia is the unlikelyhome to the most successful slalom paddlers of all time; brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner have gone nearly unbeaten inmajor championships for over 10 years and will become the first unchanged pair to win 4 gold medals in any sport if, or perhapswhen, they take the C-2 category. The past four Olympic golds in the C-1 have been shared between two men, Michal Martikan(SVK) and Tony Estanguet (FRA); since 1996, when Martikan won his first gold at 17 years old, their record stands at two goldsapiece. Though both have been outperformed by younger compatriots in recent championships, their respective Olympic commiteeshave kept faith in them and so set up one last almighty showdown. The Austrian Corinne Kuhnle has won with room to spare at thepast two World Championships in the womans K-1 but will face stern competition from Jana Dukatova (SVK), who has a moreconsistent record on the World Cup Series. The mens K-1 competition may well turn into the craps shoot that occured in Beijing,which resulted in the Togalese Benjamin Boukpeti winning his countrys first ever medal (albeit a country he had only visited once);but should the competition go to form then the medals will be shared between Peter Kauzer (SLO), Vavrinec Hradilek (CZE) andDaniele Molmenti (ITA). In Great Britain, despite a combined funding for slalom and flatwater canoeing of £16 million - the 6th highest of any sport - and a pedigree of medals at the past 3 Olympics, it is far from certain that any medals will be won in 2012. Best hope comes from David Florence (who won a deserved if lucky silver in the C-1 in 2008) and Richard Hounslow in the C-2 category. Despite having never won a major race, they have performed excellently in the past two World Championships and took a good win in this years World Cup event in Cardiff, so will hope to challenge the more experienced Slovakian and French boats. We may have to rely for further success on the significant advantage of having the Olympic course as the teams training base; if this pays off, then the likes of Florence in the C-1 and Lizzie Neave in the K-1 may be able to pay back some of the commitment UK Sport has shown to them. Mens K-1 2008 Olympic Games 2010 World Championships 1 Alexander Grimm GER 171.70 1 Daniele Molmenti ITA 91.00 2 Fabien Lefevre FRA 173.30 2 Vavrinec Hradilek CZE 93.58 3 Benjamin Boukpeti TOG 173.45 3 Jure Meglic SLO 93.74 4 Eoin Rheinisch IRL 176.91 4 Joan Crespo ESP 96.64 5 Warwick Draper AUS 177.85 5 Pierre Bourilaud FRA 97.10 6 David Ford CAN 178.35 6 Boris Neveu FRA 99.90 7 Helmut Oblinger AUT 178.83 7 Atanas Nikolovski MKD 101.99 8 Darisz Popiela POL 179.68 8 Stefano Cipressi ITA 102.91 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Standings Points 1 Peter Kauzer SLO 96.01 1 Etienne Daille FRA 175 2 Mateusz Polaczyk POL 97.22 2 Fabian Doerfler GER 117 3 Fabien Lefevre FRA 98.89 3 Vavrinec Hradilek CZE 112 4 Daniele Molmenti ITA 99.63 4 Sebastien Schubert GER 103 5 Alexander Grimm GER 100.42 5 Lucien Delfour AUS 102 6 Sebastien Schubert GER 103.10 6 Hannes Aigner GER 99 7 Simon Brus SLO 106.06 7 Jan Vondra CZE 98 8 Vavrinec Hradilek CZE 146.77 8 Paul Boeckelmann GER 95 Mens C-1 2008 Olympic Games 2010 World Championships 1 Michal Martikan SVK 176.65 1 Tony Estanguet FRA 95.70 2 David Florence GBR 178.61 2 Michal Martikan SVK 98.61 3 Robin Bell AUS 180.59 3 Jordi Domenjo ESP 99.41 4 Ander Elosegi ESP 182.12 4 Matej Benus SVK 99.89 5 Stanislav Jezek CZE 182.29 5 Alexander Slafkovsky SVK 101.11 6 Benn Fraker USA 183.14 6 Nicolas Pescher FRA 101.52 7 Christos Tsamakis GRE 186.67 7 Benjamin Savsek SLO 101.69 8 Krzystof Bieryt POL 200.21 8 Jan Benzien GER 102.31 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Standings Points 1 Denis Gargaud Chanut FRA 101.14 1 Alexander Slafkovsky SVK 146 2 Nico Bettge GER 103.83 2 David Florence GBR 130 3 Matej Benus SVK 103.91 3 Ander Elosegi ESP 122 4 Stanislav Jezek CZE 104.47 4 Jan Benzien GER 122 5 Ander Elosegi ESP 104.86 5 Thibaut Vielliard FRA 111 6 Teng Zhiglang CHN 106.30 6 Tony Estanguet FRA 110 7 Michal Martikan SVK 106.64 7 Metej Benus SVK 105 8 Jan Benzien GER 107.08 8 Nico Bettge GER 103 Olympic Prospectus 2012 55
    • 56 Canoe/Kayak Slalom Mens C-2 2008 Olympic Games 2010 World Championships Pavol Hochschorner Pavol Hochschorner 1 SVK 190.82 1 SVK 106.36 Peter Hochschorner Peter Hochschorner Jaroslav Volf Denis Gargaud Chanut 2 CZE 192.89 2 FRA 109.00 Ondrej Stepanek Fabien Lefevre Mikhail Kuznetsov David Florence 3 RUS 197.37 3 GBR 109.38 Dimitry Larionov Richard Houslow Cedric Forgit Tomas Koplik 4 FRA 198.19 4 CZE 111.64 Martin Braud Jakub Vrzan Andrea Benetti Gauthier Klauss 5 ITA 204.12 5 FRA 111.99 Erik Masoero Matthieu Peche Felix Michel Piotr Szczepanski 6 GER 204.43 6 POL 114.82 Dsebastien Piersig Marcin Pochwala Mark Bellofoere Mikhail Kuznetsov 7 AUS 104.17 7 RUS 114.81 Lachie Milne Dimitry Larionov Pawet Sarna Andrea Benetti 8 POL 105.32 8 ITA 127.86 Marcin Pochwala Erik Masoero 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Standings Points Pavol Hochschorner Pierre Labarelle 1 SVK 106.76 1 FRA 152 Peter Hochschorner Nicolas Peschier Fabien Lefevre Ladislav Skantar 2 FRA 107.49 2 SVK 126 Denis Gargaud Chanut Peter Skantar Ladislav Skantar Timothy Baille 3 SVK 109.86 3 GBR 105 Peter Skantar Etienne Stott David Florence Robert Behling 4 GBR 110.33 4 GER 99 Richard Houslow Thomas Becker Luka Bozic Franz Anton 5 SLO 112.96 5 GER 96 Saso Taljat Jan Benzien Timothy Baillie David Florence 6 GBR 114.80 6 GBR 82 Etienne Stott Richard Houslow Mikhail Kuznetsov Luka Bozic 7 RUS 116.28 7 SLO 80 Dmitry Larionov Saso Taljat Piotr Szczepanski Tomas Kucera 8 POL 118.36 8 SVK 73 Marcin Pochwala Jan Batik Womens K-1 2008 Olympic Games 2010 World Championships 1 Elena Kaliska SVK 192.64 1 Corinna Kuhnle AUT 102.64 2 Jacqueline Lawrence AUS 206.94 2 Jana Dukatova SVK 107.73 3 Violetta Oblinger-Peters AUT 214.77 3 Violetta Oblinger-Peters AUT 110.08 4 Yuriko Takeshita JPN 219.30 4 Jennifer Bongardt GER 111.26 5 Agneszka Stanuch POL 221.08 5 Jessica Fox AUS 113.74 6 Ariane Herde NED 231.99 6 Sarah Grant AUS 116.77 7 Emile Fer FRA 251.96 7 Marie Rihoskova CZE 159.62 8 Heather Corrie USA 270.88 8 Fiona Pennie GBR 181.06 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Standings Points 1 Corinna Kuhnle AUT 110.06 1 MaIalen Chourraut ESP 150 2 Jana Dukatova SVK 113.33 2 Ursa Kragalj SLO 134 3 MaIalen Chourraut ESP 113.68 3 Melanie Pfeifer GER 124 4 Emile Fer FRA 113.86 4 Cindy Poeschel GER 122 5 Fiona Pennie GBR 114.10 5 Jessica Fox AUS 120 6 Violetta Oblinger-Peters AUT 114.11 6 Katerina Kudejova CZE 112 7 Elena Kaliska SVK 114.17 7 Violetta Oblinger-Peters AUT 112 8 Dana Mann SVK 118.17 8 Elizabeth Neave GBR 111 Olympic Prospectus 2012 56
    • 57 Canoe/Kayak Sprint Born out of the lake holiday culture in Central and Eastern Europe, Sprint Canoe/Kayaking has never had a particularly large footprint anywhere else in the world. In a bid to make the sport seem more exciting (read more television friendly) the International Canoe Federation have reduced the shorter race distances from 500m to 200m, thus reducing average race times from 1 1/2 minutes to 30 seconds. What effect this has on excitement I will defer to you to decide, but it certainly has not changed the leading figures at these Games. Reigning 1000m canoe Olympic and world champion Attila Vajda (HUN) is probably the firmest bet in C/K sprint at these Olympics. The best race should be the individual 1000m Kayak; last year Canadian Adam van Koeverden took the field apart in the World Championship final but he will expect tough competition from Max Hoff (GER), who won back-to-back World Championships in 2009 and 2010, as well as GBs Tim Brabants who will be fighting hard to defend his Olympic title. The shorter and team events are much harder to predict, with a lot coming down to team selection and form running into the Games. With competitors separated by less than a second, anyone in a final will fancy their chances. All we can be certain of is that most medals will be returning between the Rhine and the Volga. Great Britain will be contesting medals in at least 4 events. Tim Brabants (1000m K-1 gold medallist in 2008 and bronze medallist in 2000; 500m K-1 bronze medalist in 2008) has been struggling for form this season, but will look to bounce back by fighting off competition including his friend van Koeverden in the K-1 1000m. Competition will be tough and Brabants was unlucky to lose the 2011 season to injury, but with his career in emergency medicine back on hold, he will want to deliver a medal. Ed McKeever has had a great few years since missing out on selection for 2008; the shorter 200m distance for K-1 suits him and, following on from his gold in the 2010 World Championships and silver in 2011, he is probably Great Britains best hope in canoeing for 2012. Scofield and Heath have medalled in the last two World Championships in the K-2 200m event; whilst beating the French pairing of Hybois and Jouve has thus far eluded them, they have the 31 second time needed to win gold in their arsenal. The Womens 500m K-4 boat will hope to steal some of the limelight from the men if they can continue their recent improvements and challenge for a medal in their highly competitive class. Mens K-1 200m Mens K-1 1000m World Record: 33.980s Olivier Lasak FRA 1992 World Record: 3:24.495 Ben Fouhy NZL 2006 Olympic Record: N/A Olympic Record: 3:25.785 Knut Holmann NOR 1996 2008 Olympics (Raced over 500m) 2008 Olympics 1 Ken Wallace AUS 1:37.252 1 Tim Brabants GBR 3:26.323 2 Adam van Koeverden CAN 1:37.630 2 Eirik Veras Larsen NOR 3:27.342 3 Tim Brabants GBR 1:37.671 3 Ken Wallace AUS 3:27.495 4 Eirik Veras Larsen NOR 1:37.949 4 Ben Fouhy NZL 3:29.193 5 Anton Ryakhov RUS 1:38.187 5 Max Hoff GER 3:29.391 6 Akos Vereckei HUN 1:38.318 6 Markus Oscarsson SWE 3:30.198 7 Anders Gustafsson SWE 1:38.447 7 Stjepan Janic CRO 3:30.495 8 Steven Ferguson NZL 1:38.512 8 Adam van Koeverden CAN 3:31.793 2010 World Championships 2010 World Championships 1 Edward McKeever GBR 34.807 1 Max Hoff GER 3:29.544 2 Ronald Rauhe GER 35.155 2 Tim Brabants GBR 3:30.040 3 Poitr Siemionowski POL 35.195 3 Aleh Yurenia BLR 3:30.128 4 Dziamyan Turchyn BLR 35.299 4 Rene Holten Poulsen DEN 3:31.880 5 Victor Zavolskiy RUS 35.507 5 Marko Tomicevic SRB 3:32.912 6 Filip Svab CZE 35.603 6 Ken Wallace AUS 3:33.656 7 Pablo Andres ESP 35.659 7 Anders Gustafsson SWE 3:35.236 8 Egidjus Balciunas LTU 35.699 8 Maxime Beaumont FRA 3:35.696 2011 World Championships 2011 World Championships 1 Piotr Semionowski POL 34.770 1 Adam van Koeverden CAN 3:36.194 2 Edward McKeever GBR 34.986 2 Anders Gustafsson SWE 3:39.488 3 Ronald Rauhe GER 35.118 3 Eirik Veras Larsen NOR 3:39.818 4 Maxime Beaumont FRA 35.250 4 Max Hoff GER 3:40.472 5 Alexander Dyachenko RUS 35.496 5 Aleh Yurenia BLR 3:42.314 6 Mark De Jonge CAN 35.514 6 Marko Tomicevic SRB 3:43.052 7 Cesar De Cesare ECU 35.634 7 Miroslav Kirchev BUL 3:44.438 8 Peter Molnar HUN 36.210 8 Fernando Pimenta POR 3:45.056 Olympic Prospectus 2012 57
    • 58 Canoe/Kayak Sprint Mens K-2 200m Mens K-2 1000m World Record: 3:09.190 A Rossi, D Scarpa ITA World Record: 31.570s V Makhneu, R Piatrushenka BLR 200 1996 Olympic Record: 3:09.190 A Rossi, D Scarpa ITA Olympic Record: N/A 1996 2008 Olympics (Raced over 500m) 2008 Olympics Saul Craviotto Martin Hollstein 1 ESP 1:28.736 1 GER 3:11.809 Carlos Perez Andreas Ihle Ronald Rauhe Kim Wraae Knudsen 2 GER 1:28.827 2 DEN 3:13.580 Tim Wieskotter Rene Holten Poulsen Raman Piatrushenka Andrea Facchin 3 BLR 1:30.005 3 ITA 3:14.750 Vadzim Makhneu Antonio Scudato Zoltan Kammerer Adam Seroczynski 4 HUN 1:30.285 DSQ POL 3:14.828 Gabor Kucsera Mariusz Kujawski Kim Wraae Knudsen Zoltan Kammerer 5 DEN 1:30.569 4 HUN 3:15.049 Rene Holten Poulsen Gabor Kucsera Richard Dober Mike Walker 6 CAN 1:30.857 5 NZL 3:15.329 Andrew Willows Steven Ferguson Vincent Lecroubier Philippe Colin 7 FRA 1:31.312 6 FRA 3:16.532 Sebastien Jouve Cyrille Carre Marek Twardowski Krists Straume 8 POL 1:31.869 7 LAT 3:19.387 Adam Wysocki Kristaps Zajupe 2010 World Championships 2010 World Championships Arnaud Hybois Martin Hollstein 1 FRA 31.532 1 GER 3:13.024 Sebastien Jouve Andreas Ihle Saul Craviotto Zoltan Kammerer 2 ESP 31.540 2 HUN 3:13.204 Carlos Perez Akos Vereckei Liam Heath Ilya Medvedev 3 GBR 31.584 3 RUS 3:15.736 Jonathon Schofield Anton Ryakhov Yury Postrigay Dusko Stanojevic 4 RUS 31.748 4 SRB 3:15.848 Maxim Molochkov Dejan Pajic Krists Straume Mariusz Kujawski 5 LAT 31.852 5 POL 3:16.544 Aleksejs Rumjancevs Rafal Rosolski Ryan Cochrane Vincent Lecroubier 6 CAN 32.204 6 FRA 3:16.968 Hugues Fournel Cyrille Carre Ognjen Filipovic Fernando Pimenta 7 SRB 32.348 7 POR 3:18.560 Dragan Zoric Joao Ribeiro Reinier Torres Riveaux Siarhei Findziukevich 8 CUB 32.744 8 BLR 3:18.756 Carlos C Mantalvo Garcia Vitaliy Bialko 2011 World Championships 2011 World Championships Arnaud Hybois Gelle Peter 1 FRA 31.940 1 SVK 3:20.626 Sebastien Jouve Vlcek Erik Jonathon Schofield Oscarsson Markus 2 GBR 32.156 2 SWE 3:21.478 Liam Heath Nilsson Henrik Raman Piatrushenka Yurchenko Vitaly 3 BLR 32.390 3 RUS 3:21.544 Vadzim Makhneu Pogreban Vasily Ionut Mitrea Cauwenburgh Olivier 4 ROU 32.468 4 BEL 3:21.892 Bogdan Mada Pannecoucke Laurens Ronald Rauhe Hollstein Martin 5 GER 32.480 5 GER 3:22.546 JonasEms Ihle Andreas Krists Straume Dombi Rudolf 6 LAT 32.522 6 HUN 3:22.588 Aleksejs Rumjancevs Kokeny Roland Marton Sik Hernanz Javier 7 HUN 32.582 7 ESP 3:24.094 Istvan Bee Cosgaya Diego Lasse Nielsen Horsky Ondrej 8 DEN 32.864 8 CZE 3:25.924 Casper Nielsen Sterba Jan Olympic Prospectus 2012 58
    • 59 Canoe/Kayak Sprint Mens K-4 1000m World Record: 2:49.875 R Riszdorfer, M Riszdorfer, E Vlcek, C Phelan SVK 2005 Olympic Record: 2:51.528 T Reineck, M Zabel, D Hofmann, O Winter GER 1996 2008 Olympics Raman Piatrushenka Aliaksei Abalmasau 1 BLR 2:55.714 Artur Litvinchuk Vadzim Makhneu Richard Riszdorfer Michal Riszdorfer 2 SLO 2:56.593 Erik Vlcek Juraj Tarr Lutz Altepost Norman Brockl 3 GER 2:56.676 Torsten Eckbrett Bjorn Goldschmitt Franco Benedini Antonio Rossi 4 ITA 2:57.626 Alberto Ricchetti Luca Piedmonte Martin Sik Istvan Bee 2011 World Championships 5 HUN 2:59.009 Akos Vereckei Norman Brockl Gabor Bozsik Robert Cleinert 1 GER 2:47.734 Marek Twardowski Max Hoff Tomasz Mandelski Paul Mittelstedt 6 POL 2:59.505 Pawel Paumann Jacob Clear Adam Wysocki Murray Stewart 2 AUS 2:48.724 Li Zhen David Smith Liu Haitao Tate Smith 7 CHN 3:00.078 Zhou Peng Ilya Medvedev Lin Miao Anton Vasilyev 3 RUS 2:49.516 Ilya Medvedev Anton Ryakhov Evgeny Salakhov Oleg Zhestkov 8 RUS 3:00.654 Anton Basilev Richard Riszdorfer Konstantin Vishnyakov Michal Riszdorfer 4 SVK 2:50.026 Erik Vlcek 2010 World Championships Juraj Tarr Arnaud Hybois Traian Neagu Etienne Hubert Stefan Vasile 1 FRA 2:54.103 5 ROU 2:50.350 Sebastien Jouve Toni Ioneticu Colin Phillippe Ionel Gavrila Raman Piatrushenka Jan Sterba Aliaksei Abalmasav Lukas Trefil 2 BLR 2:55.843 6 CZE 2:50.434 Artur Litvinchuk Jan Soucek Vadzim Makhnev Pavel Davidek Ondrej Horsky Akos Vereckei Jan Soucek Gabor Kucsera 3 CZE 2:56.023 7 HUN 2:50.506 Daniel Havel Zoltan Kammerer Jan Sterba Gergely Boros Marcus Gross Milenko Zoric Norman Brockl Ervin Holpert 4 GER 2:56.143 8 SRB 2:52.684 Tim Wieskotter Alexsandar Aleksic Hendrik Bertz Dejan Terzic Tate Smith Matthew Urquhart 5 AUS 2:56.591 Murray Stewart Jacob Clear Kirill Lyapunov Roman Anoshkin 6 RUS 2:56.931 Anton Vasilyev Konstantin Vishnyakov Krzysztof Luczak Tomasz Olszewski 7 POL 2:57.043 Marcin Nickowski Dawid Wardowicz Traian Neagu Iustin Porcarasu 8 ROU 2:58.739 Vasile Stefan Toni Ioneticu Olympic Prospectus 2012 59
    • 60 Canoe/Kayak Sprint Mens C-1 200m Mens C-1 1000m World Record: 38.383s Ledys Frank Balceiro CUB 2001 World Record: 3:46.201 David Cal ESP 2004 Olympic Record: N/A Olympic Record: 3:46.201 David Cal ESP 2004 2008 Olympics (Raced over 500m) 2008 Olympics 1 Maxim Opalev RUS 1:47.140 1 Attila Vajda HUN 3:50.467 2 David Cal ESP 1:48.397 2 David Cal ESP 3:52.751 3 Yuriy Cheban UKR 1:48.766 3 Thomal Cal CAN 3:53.653 4 Mathieu Goubel FRA 1:49.056 4 Vadim Menkov UZB 3:54.237 5 Aliaksandr Zhukouski BLR 1:49.092 5 Aliaksandr Zhukouski BLR 3:55.645 6 Li Qiang CHN 1:49.287 6 Florin Mironcic ROU 3:57.876 7 Florin Mironcic ROU 1:49.861 7 Mathieu GouBLR FRA 3:57.889 8 Pawel Baraszkiewicz POL 1:50.048 8 Andreas Dittmer GER 3:57.894 2010 World Championships 2010 World Championships 1 Ivan Shtyl RUS 39.161 1 Vadim Menkov UZB 3:51.721 2 Thomas Simart FRA 39.729 2 Attila Vajda HUN 3:51.921 3 Richard Dalton CAN 39.953 3 Sebastien Brendel GER 3:53.837 3 Iuri Cheban UKR 39.953 4 David Cal ESP 3:54.069 5 Jesus Nivalter Santos BRA 39.997 5 Silviu Simioncencu ROU 3:58.245 6 Jevgenij Shuklin LTU 40.101 6 Maxim Opalev RUS 3:59.449 7 Gergely Kovacs HUN 40.429 7 Tomasz Kaczor POL 4:00.301 8 Stefan Holtz GER 40.657 8 Mark Oldershaw CAN 4:01.009 2011 World Championships 2011 World Championships 1 Valentin Demyanenko AZE 39.339 1 Attila Vajda HUN 4:04.749 2 Ivan Shtyl RUS 39.573 2 David Cal ESP 4:06.045 3 Alfonso Benavides ESP 38.687 3 Vadim Menkov UZB 4:08.151 4 Iuri Cheban UKR 39.879 4 Aliaksandr Zhukouski BLR 4:08.739 5 Jevgenji Shuklin LTU 39.927 5 Mark Oldershaw CAN 4:10.707 6 Dzmitry Vaitsishkin BLR 40.275 6 Ilya Shtokalov RUS 4:12.345 7 Pawel Baraszkiewicz POL 40.743 7 Mathieu Goubel FRA 4:12.399 8 Nivalter Santos De Jesus BRA 40.911 8 Deyan Georgiev BUL 4:14.727 Mens C-2 1000m World Record: 3:28.531 I Rojas, L Pereira CUB 2001 Olympic Record: 3:31.870 A Dittner, G Kirchbach GER 1996 2008 Olympics Andrei Bahdanovich 3:36.365 1 BLR Aliaksandr Bahdanovich Christian Gille 3:36.588 2 GER Tomasz Wylenzek Gyorgy Kozmann 3:40.258 3 HUN Tamas Kiss 2011 World Championships Constantin Popa 3:40.342 Stefan Holtz 4 ROU 1 GER 3:31.070 Niculae Flocea Tomasz Wylenzek Chen Zhongyun 3:40.593 Segiy Bezugliy 5 CHN 2 AZE 3:31.952 Zhang Zhiwu Maksim Prokopenko Andrew Russell 3:41.165 L-A Dumitrescu-Lazar 6 CAN 3 ROU 3:32.264 G. Beauchesne-Sevigny Victor Mihalachi Wojciech Tysznski 3:42.845 Jaroslav Radon 7 POL 4 CZE 3:33.020 Pawel Baraszkiewicz Filip Dvorak Sergey Ulegin 3:44.669 Alexey Korovashkov 8 RUS 5 RUS 3:34.292 Aleksandr Kostoglod Ilya Pervukhin Andrei Bahdanovich 6 BLR 3:35.282 2010 World Championships Aliaksandr Bahdanovich Alexandru Dumitrescu Karel Aguilar Chacon 3:36.974 1 ROU 3:37.317 7 CUB Victor Mihalachi Serguey Torres Madrigal Andrei Bahdanovich Sergey Yemelyanov 2 BLR 3:37.325 8 KAZ 3:39.291 Aliaksandr Bahdanovich Timofey Yemelyanov Marton Toth 3 HUN 3:38.057 Robert Mike Alexey Korovashkov 4 RUS 3:39.173 Ilya Pervukhin Sergey Bezuhliy 5 AZE 3:39.505 Maksim Prokopenko Pawel Skowronski 6 POL 3:39.801 Marcin Grzybowski Andrew Russell 7 CAN 3:43.241 Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny Reydel Ramos Abila 8 CUB 3:45.693 Serguey Torres Madrigal Olympic Prospectus 2012 60
    • 61 Canoe/Kayak Sprint Womens K-1 200m Womens K-1 500m World Record: 38.970s Birgit Fische r GER 1994 World Record: 1:47.343 Katalin Kovacs HUN 2002 Olympic Record: N/A Olympic Record: 1:47.655 Rita Koban HUN 1996 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Inna Osypenko-Radomska UKR 1:50.673 1 Natasa Janics HUN 40.181 2 Josefa Idem ITA 1:50.677 2 Inna Osypenko-Radomska UKR 40.797 3 Katrin Wagner-Augustin GER 1:51.022 3 Shinobu Kitamoto JPN 40.917 4 Katalin Kavacs HUN 1:51.139 4 Nicole Reinhardt GER 41.013 5 Zhong Hongyan CHN 1:52.220 5 Teresa Portela ESP 41.273 6 Spela Ponomarenko SLO 1:52.363 6 Teresa Portela POR 41.281 7 Lucy Wainwright GBR 1:53.102 7 Marta Walczykieiwcz POL 41.409 8 Jennifer Hodson RSA 1:53.353 8 Spela Ponomarenko SLO 41.617 2010 World Championships 2011 World Championships 1 Inna Osypenko-Radomska UKR 1:50.461 1 Lisa Carrington NZL 39.998 2 Natasa Janics HUN 1:50.625 2 Marta Walczykieiwcz POL 40.472 3 Rachel Cawthorn GBR 1:50.929 3 Inna Osypenko-Radomska UKR 40.670 4 Teresa Portela POR 1:51.113 4 Shinobu Kitamoto JPN 40.730 5 Sofia Paldanius SWE 1:51.849 5 Alana Nicholls AUS 40.730 6 Beata Mikolajczyk POL 1:53.157 6 Teresa Portela POR 40.772 7 Katrin Wagner-Augustin GER 1:53.369 7 Jess Walker GBR 40.910 8 Henriette Engel Hansen DEN 1:55.217 8 Natalia Lobova RUS 41.282 2011 World Championships 1 Nicole Reinhardt GER 1:47.066 2 Danuta Kozak HUN 1:47.396 3 Inna Osypenko-Radomska UKR 1:48.668 4 Natalya Sergeyeva KAZ 1:48.704 Womens K-2 500m 5 Alana Nicholls AUS 1:49.136 6 Teresa Portela POR 1:49.910 7 Josefa Idem ITA 1:50.054 2008 Olympics 8 Henriette Engel Hansen DEN 1:50.570 Katalin Kavacs 1 HUN 1:41.308 Natasa Janics Beata Mikolajczyk 2 POL 1:42.092 Aneta Konieczna Marie Delattre 3 FRA 1:42.128 Anne-Laure Viard Fanny Fischer 4 GER 1:42.899 Nicole Reinhardt 2011 World Championships Shinobu Kitamoto Yvonne Schuring 5 JPN 1:43.291 1 AUT 1:37.071 Mikiko Takeya Viktoria Schwarz Hannah Davis Franziska Weber 6 AUS 1:43.969 2 GER 1:37.275 Lyndsie Fogarty Tina Dietze Anne Rikala Beata Mikolajczyk 7 FIN 1:44.176 3 POL 1:37.803 Jenni Mikkonen Aneta Konieczna Michala Mruzkova Tamara Csipes 8 CZE 1:44.870 4 HUN 1:39.099 Jana Blahova Katalin Kovacs Yanan Wu 5 CHN 1:39.159 2010 World Championships Wenjun Ren Gabriella Szabo Iuliana Paleu 1 HUN 1:40.064 6 ROU 1:39.303 Danuta Kozak Irina Lauric Juliana Salakhova Juliana Salakhova 2 RUS 1:41.628 7 RUS 1:40.761 Anastasia Sergeeva Anastasia Sergeeva Yvonne Schuring Ivana Kmetova 3 AUT 1:42.684 8 SVK 1:41.739 Viktoria Schwarz Martina Kohlova Carolin Leonhardt 4 GER 1:42.728 Silke Hoermann Marta Walczykieiwcz 5 POL 1:43.064 Ewelina Wojnarowska Nikolina Moldovan 6 SRB 1:43.888 Olivera Moldovan Ivana Kmetova 7 SVK 1:44.140 Martina Kohlova Wu Yanan 8 CHN 1:44.172 Zhang Hong Olympic Prospectus 2012 61
    • 62 Canoe/Kayak Sprint Womens K-4 500m World Record: 1:30.765 K Kovacs, S Szabo, E Viski, K Bota HUN 2002 Olympic Record: 1:38.101 R Portwich, B Fischer, A Schuck, M Mucke GER 1996 2008 Olympics Fanny Fischer Nicole Reinhardt 1 GER 1:32.231 Katrin Wagner-Augustin Conny Wassmuth Katalin Kavacs Gabriella Szabo 2 HUN 1:32.971 Danuta Kozak Natasa Janics Liso Oldenhof Hannah Davis 3 AUS 1:34.704 Chantal Meek Lyndsie Fogarty Beata Mikolajczyk Aneta Konieczna 4 POL 1:34.752 Edyata Dzienszewska Dorota Kuczkowska Beatriz Manchon Jana Smidakova 5 ESP 1:35.366 Sonia Molanes Maria Portela 2011 World Championships Shinobu Kitamoto Gabriella Szabo Ayaka Kuno Danuta Kozak 6 JPN 1:36.465 1 HUN 1:36.339 Mikiko Takeya Katalin Kovacs Yuniko Suzuki Dalma Benedek Michele Eray Carolin Leonhardt Carol Joyce Silke Hoermann 7 RSA 1:36.724 2 GER 1:37.521 Nicola Mocke Franziska Weber Jennifer Hodson Tina Dietze Stefania Cicali Iryna Pamialova Alessandra Galiotto Nadzeya Papok 8 ITA 1:36.770 3 BLR 1:37.887 Fabiana Sgori Volha Khudzenka Alice Fagioli Maryna Paltaran Abigail Edmonds 2010 World Championships Louisa Sawers 4 GBR 1:37.959 Natasa Janics Jess Walker Tamara Csipes Rachel Cawthorn 1 HUN 1:31.607 Katalin Kovacs Lyndsie Fogarty Dalma Benedek Joanne Brigden-Jones 5 AUS 1:39.303 Fanny Fischer Hannah Davis Nicole Reinhardt Rachel Lovell 2 GER 1:32.795 Katrin Wagner-Augustin Juliana Salakhova Tina Dietze Svetlana Kudinova 6 RUS 1:39.807 Karolina Naja Anastasia Sergeeva Aneta Konieczna Natalia Lobova 3 POL 1:33.815 Sandra Pawelczak Helena Rodrigues Magdelena Krukowska Teresa Portela 7 POR 1:40.041 Beatriz Manchon Joana Vasconcelos Jana Smidakova Beatriz Gomes 4 ESP 1:33.851 Sonia Molanes Marie Delattre-Demory Teresa Portela Adeline Morel 8 FRA 1:41.217 Abigal Edmonds Sarah Troel Rachel Cawthorn Sarah Guyot 5 GBR 1:33.979 Hayleigh Mason Louisa Sawers Helena Rodrigues Teresa Portela 6 POR 1:34.043 Joana Vasconcelos Beatriz Gomes Wang Feng Li Zhangli 7 CHN 1:34.259 Zhou Yu Yu Lamei Antonia Nadj Antonia Panda 8 SRB 1:36.255 Renata Major-Kubik Marta Tibor Olympic Prospectus 2012 62
    • 63 Cycling - BMX Fast and furious are two words you will be guaranteed to hear in the build up to the BMX racing at these Olympics. Having made its debut as an Olympic sport in 2008, BMX racing continues to tread the line between so-called extreme and elite sports. Brought in to the Games in an unashamed attempt to appeal to a younger audience (an Australian BMX rider in Beijing raced soley under the name of Kamakaze), BMX has, under the stewardship of the UCI, gained a reputation not only for exciting action but also exceptional athletes. Ever increasing rider standards have forced course designers to keep upping the ante. In London we will see the most technical course ever used for a major championship, with a breath-taking clockwise corkscrew leading up to a box jump for the men, and a steep often damp tunnel for the women. Crashes will be a inevitable - though for the reputation of the sport, organisers will be hoping not only that serious injury is avoided (no-one wants a repeat of the final of the test event last year, when 2011 World Champion Mariana Pajon (COL) was knocked unconcious and left prone on the track for over a minute whilst the medics celebrated Shanaze Reades gold) but also that the favourites are able to negotiate the qualifying rounds to ensure a fair and competitive final. In mens BMX racing is wide open. Defending Olympic champion Maris Strombergs, from Latvia, is the most consistent performer on the world stage but there are at least 10 other competitors - Joris Daudet (FRA), Mike Day (USA), Sam Willougby (AUS), Marc Williers (NZL), Moana Moo Caille (FRA), Nick Long (USA) etc - who have as good a chance on any given race day. Unlike the womens event, racing is often not decided until the final berm (corner) and the mens final will be one of the most watchable events of the Games. There is much greater variability in power in the womens event - simply put, this means Great Britains Shanaze Reade, who in training can post a higher max power output than any of the British track sprinting team, can open up a commanding lead in the opening straight, put herself into a lead by the first berm and keep herself out of trouble for the rest of the race. If she manages to finish without crashing, a feat she has failed to do at about half of major championships including the 2008 Olympics, she will be near impossible to beat in the race to Olympic gold. The charismatic Sarah Walker (NZL) or consistant Magalie Pottier (FRA) will be favourites to capitalise on any mistake Shanaze might make. Womens BMX 2008 Olympics 2009 World Championships 1 Anne-Caroline Chausson FRA 1 Sarah Walker NZL 2 Laetitia Le Corguille FRA 2 Eva Ailloud FRA 3 Jill Kintner USA 3 Ariell Martin USA 4 Sarah Walker NZL 4 Jana Horakova CZE 5 Gabriela Diaz ARG 5 Samantha Cools CAN 6 Nicole Callisto AUS 6 Manon Vallentino FRA DNF Sammy Cools CAN 7 Nicole Callisto AUS REL Shanaze Reade GBR 8 Maria Gabriela Diaz ARG 2010 World Championships 2011 World Championships 1 Shanaze Reade GBR 1 Mariana Pajon COL 2 Sarah Walker NZL 2 Sarah Walker NZL 3 Alise Post USA 3 Magalie Pottier FRA 4 Amelie Despeaux FRA 4 Lieke Klaus NED 5 Aneta Hladikova CZE 5 Ariell Martin USA 6 Rachel Bracken AUS 6 Vilma Rimsaite LTU 7 Laetitia Le Corguille FRA 7 Amanda Geving USA DNF Ariell Martin USA 8 Jana Horakova CZE 2011 Olympic Test Event 2012 World Championships 1 Shanaze Reade GBR 1 Magalie Pottier FRA 2 Sarah Walker NZL 2 Eva Ailloud FRA 3 Lauren Reynolds AUS 3 Romana Labounkova CZE 4 Magalie Pottier FRA 4 Arielle Martin USA 5 Amanda Carr USA 5 Mariana Pajon COL 6 Melinda McLeod AUS 6 Squel Stein BRA 7 Laetitia Le Corguille FRA 7 Manon Valentino FRA DNF Mariana Pajon COL 8 Alise Post USA World Rankings Points 1 Magalie Pottier FRA 1,233 2 Caroline Buchanan AUS 1,194 3 Brooke Crain USA 1,017 4 Arielle Martin USA 887 5 Lauren Reynolds AUS 847 7 Gabriela Diaz ARG 843 10 Laetitia le Corguille FRA 767 11 Mariana Pajon COL 759 13 Vilma Rimsaite LTU 709 14 Aneta Hladikova CZE 684 15 Laura Smulders NED 678 16 Jana Horakova CZE 663 21 Sarah Walker NZL 553 24 Priscila Stevaux Carnaval BRA 502 30 Shanaze Reade GBR 395 38 Sandra Aleksejeva LAT 202 Olympic Prospectus 2012 63
    • 64 Cycling - BMX Mens BMX 2008 Olympics 2009 World Championships 1 Maris Strombergs LAT 1 Donny Robinson USA 2 Mike Day USA 2 Mike Day USA 3 Donny Robinson USA 3 Ramiro Marino ARG 4 Andres Jiminez COL 4 Maris Strombergs LAT 5 Rob van den Wildenberg NED 5 Nicholas Long USA 6 Jared Graves AUS 6 Luke Madill AUS DNF Sifiso Nhlapo RSA 7 Andres Jiminez COL DNF Damien Godet FRA 8 Khalen Young AUS 2010 World Championships 2011 World Championships 1 Maris Strombergs LAT 1 Joris Daudet FRA 2 Sifiso Nhlapo RSA 2 Maris Strombergs LAT 3 Joris Daudet FRA 3 Marc Williers NZL 4 Thomas Hamon FRA 4 Sam Willoughby AUS 5 Raymon Van Der Biezen NED 5 Brian Kirkham AUS 6 Marc Williers NZL 6 Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala COL 7 Sam Willoughby AUS 7 Connor Fields USA 8 Khalen Young AUS 8 Moana Moo Caille FRA 2011 Olympic Test Event 2012 World Championships 1 Marc Williers NZL 1 Sam Willoughby AUS 2 Joris Daudet FRA 2 Joris Daudet FRA 3 Nicholas Long USA 3 Maona Moo Caille FRA 4 Sylvain Andre FRA 4 Anthony Dean AUS 5 David Herman USA 5 David Herman USA 6 Sam Willoughby AUS 6 Donny Robinson USA 7 David Graf SUI 7 Marc Willers NZL 8 Maris Strombergs LAT DSQ Maris Strombergs LAT World Rankings Points 1 Sam Willoughby AUS 1,441 2 Connor Fields USA 1,375 3 Joris Daudet FRA 968 4 Marc Willers NZL 943 5 David Herman USA 923 6 Maris Strombergs LAT 902 7 Brian Kirkham AUS 864 8 Raymon van der Biezen NED 816 9 Carlos Oquendo Zabala COL 830 10 Edzus Treimans LAT 695 11 Nicholas Long USA 695 13 Andres Jiminez Caicedo COL 628 14 Tory Nyhaug CAN 611 15 Renato Rezende BRA 607 16 Maona Moo Caille FRA 587 17 Khalen Young AUS 564 18 Rihards Veide LAT 557 19 Luis Brethauer GER 531 20 Twan van Gendt NED 530 25 Ernesto Pizarro ARG 469 26 Jelle van Gorkom NED 468 27 Quentin Caleyron FRA 451 34 Morten Therkildsen DEN 373 41 Manuel de Vecchi ITA 335 45 David Graf SUI 305 48 Liam Phillips GBR 286 53 Emilio Andres Falla Buchely ECU 279 56 Arnaud Dubois BEL 273 57 Maik Baier GER 265 59 Kurt Pickard NZL 259 72 Sifiso Nhlapo RSA 202 85 Daniel Caluag PHI 145 Olympic Prospectus 2012 64
    • 65 Cycling - Mountain Biking Mountain Biking caused one of the biggest headaches for the organisers of the London Olympic Games. The distinct lack of a mountain, or even significant hill, in the proximity of London meant that they were hard pressed to come up with a site that would provide a real test of the competitors skills. This issue was compounded by an early commitment to hold the event in Essex, overlooking the fact that Essex is the flattest county in Britain in favour of the fact that it extended Olympic links up the Lea Valley. The initial site, in the Weald Country Park, was deemed too flat by the sporting governing body (the UCI) in 2008, which prompted a move to the National Trust property Hadleigh Farm. Even here repeated visits have raised concerns, prompting successive alterations. What we have ended up with is repeated small climbs on each lap, rather than the usual large climb, with rather artificial looking but technically demanding descents into the next climb. The end result of this is a course where upper body strength (to deal with the descents) and an ability to deal with short recovery times will be at a premium. As these attributes are not replicated anywhere else on the regular Mountain Biking tour, we could be in for a surprise winner and disgruntled favourites come this summer. Julian Absalon from France was one of the strongest favourites to win gold across all sports coming into 2008. He had won the past 4 World Championships on top of his Athens gold medal and he proceeded to cycle away with ease on a very tough Beijing course. Although the chance of a third Olympic gold is not entirely out of his grasp, he has been overtaken in the past few years by the younger Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE) and Nino Schurter (SUI). Both have been neck and neck in recent competitions and it could come down to who deals best with the pressure on the day. Britain’s hopes will rest with Liam Killeen. He surpassed expectations to finish 7th in Beijing and maintained that level across the next couple of years; sadly injury and a loss in form has seen him plummet down the rankings so a top 15 finish will prove a reasonable goal this summer. Women’s mountain biking also saw a repeat gold medallist in Beijing - Sabine Spitz (GER). Although still racing, at 41 the Black Forest based rider is past her best. In her stead Maja Wloszczowska (POL) and Catherine Pendrel (CAN) looked set to fight out for dominance until the emergence of Julie Bresset (FRA). In 2011 Bresset was only selected for the under-23 World Championships but she has emerged on the World Cup scene in force and will go in favourite in the women’s event. On the British side Annie Last has proved the strongest British performer on the World Tour. The 21 year old, who has deferred her medical degree to concentrate on cycling, won the U-23 World Championships in 2010 and should be competing for a top 10 finish at Hadleigh Farm. Mens Mountain Biking World Ranking Points 2008 Olympics 1 Jaroslav Kulhavy CZE 2,660 1 Julien Absalon FRA 1:52:26 2 Nino Schurter SUI 2,404 2 Jean-Christophe Peraud FRA 1:52:55 3 Julien Absalon FRA 1,820 3 Nino Schurter SUI 1:53:36 4 Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos ESP 1,713 4 Christoph Sauser SUI 1:54:29 5 Florian Vogel SUI 1,600 5 Marco Fontana ITA 1:54:49 6 Fabian Giger SUI 1,525 6 Christoph Soukup AUT 1:55:09 7 Lukas Fluckiger SUI 1,447 7 Liam Killeen GBR 1:55:17 8 Burry Stander RSA 1,436 8 Inaki Errasti ESP 1:56:24 9 Moritz Milatz GER 1,401 10 Manuel Fumic GER 1,395 2010 World Championships 11 Christoph Sauser SUI 1,351 1 J. Antonio Hermida Ramos ESP 1:52:26 12 Marco Fontana ITA 1,287 2 Jaroslav Kulhavy CZE 1:52:55 13 Maxime Marotte FRA 1,256 3 Burry Stander RSA 1:53:36 14 Rudi van Houts NED 1,129 4 Nino Schurter SUI 1:54:29 15 Thomas Litscher SUI 1,092 5 Julien Absalon FRA 1:54:49 16 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez ESP 1,076 6 Carlos Coloma Nicolas ESP 1:55:09 17 Staphane Tempier FRA 1,073 7 Liam Killeen GBR 1:55:17 18 Martin Gujan SUI 1,010 8 Geoff Kabush CAN 1:56:24 19 Mathias Fluckiger SUI 1,006 20 Emil Lindgren SWE 975 2011 World Championships 21 Carlos Coloma Nicolas ESP 945 1 Jaroslav Kulhavy CZE 1:52:26 22 Marek Konwa POL 930 2 Nino Schurter SUI 1:52:55 23 Gerhard Kerschbaumer ITA 909 3 Julien Absalon FRA 1:53:36 24 Jan Skarnitzl CZE 880 4 J. Antonio Hermida Ramos ESP 1:54:29 25 Todd Wells USA 876 5 Lukas Fluckiger SUI 1:54:49 26 Kevin van Hoovels BEL 853 6 Florian Vogel SUI 1:55:09 27 Ralph Naef SUI 851 7 Todd Wells USA 1:55:17 28 Geoff Kabush CAN 828 8 Christoph Sauser SUI 1:56:24 29 Karl Markt AUT 811 30 Henk Jaap Moorlag NED 786 Olympic Prospectus 2012 65
    • 66 Cycling - Mountain Biking Womens Mountain Biking World Ranking Points 2008 Olympics 1 Catherine Pendrel CAN 2,360 1 Sabine Spitz GER 1:45:11 2 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa NOR 2,073 2 Maja Wloszczowska POL 1:45:52 3 Julie Bresset FRA 2,032 3 Irina Kalentieva RUS 1:46:28 4 Maja Wloszczowska POL 1,960 4 Catherine Pendrel CAN 1:46:37 5 Irina Kalentieva RUS 1,665 5 Chengyuan Ren CHN 1:47:40 6 Annie Last GBR 1,489 6 Petra Henzi SUI 1:48:41 7 Esther Suss SUI 1,437 7 Mary McConneloug USA 1:50:34 8 Blaza Klemencic SLO 1,417 8 Georgia Gould USA 1:50:51 9 Eva Lechner ITA 1,415 10 Elisabeth Osl AUT 1,365 2010 World Championships 11 Katrin Leumann SUI 1,348 1 Maja Wloszczowska POL 1:48:21 12 Sabine Spitz GER 1,327 2 Irina Kalentieva RUS 1:49:09 13 Emily Batty CAN 1,306 3 Willow Koerber USA 1:49:13 14 Katerina Nash CZE 1,268 4 Catherine Pendrel CAN 1:49:15 15 Tanja Zakelj SLO 1,258 5 Elisabeth Osl AUT 1:50:21 16 Yana Belomoyna UKR 1,245 6 Heather Irmiger USA 1:50:24 17 Marie-Helene Premont CAN 1,166 7 Anna Szafraniec POL 1:50:37 18 Georgie Gould USA 1,149 8 Sabine Spitz GER 1:50:53 19 Alexandra Engen SWE 1,122 20 Annika Langvad DEN 1,115 2011 World Championships 21 Nathalie Scneitter SUI 1,105 1 Catherine Pendrel CAN 1:46:14 22 Lea Davison USA 1,081 2 Maja Wloszczowska POL 1:46:42 23 Karen Hanlen NZL 969 3 Eva Lechner ITA 1:47:50 24 Tereza Hurikova CZE 912 4 Irina Kalentieva RUS 1:48:19 25 Adelheid Morath GER 904 5 Nathalie Scneitter SUI 1:49:41 26 Marielle Saner-Guinchard SUI 884 6 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa NOR 1:50:04 27 Anne Terpstra NED 862 7 Rosara Joseph NZL 1:50:38 28 Pauling Ferrand Prevot FRA 829 8 Emily Batty CAN 1:50:49 29 Janka Stevkova SVK 818 30 Heather Irmiger USA 806 Olympic Prospectus 2012 66
    • 67 Cycling - RoadRoad cycling sits alongside boxing, football, tennis, basketball and (from 2016) rugby and golf as well established professional sports forwhom Olympic gold is not the grand prize. For cyclists the Tour de France reigns supreme, and even amongst one-day cycling races it istaditionally out-ranked by the monuments (e.g. the Paris-Roubaix or Milan-San Remo) . There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly,Olympic road cycling only opened itself to professionals in 1996, which means there have only been 4 Olympic road race/time trial goldmedals compared to 99 Tours de France. Secondly, the biggest names in the sport (the Tour de France winners) are not going to suit anOlympic race; a grand-tour rider is a completely different specialist to a one-day rider – Lance Armstrong would never have been acontender in an Olympic road race - and the problem is further exacerbated this year by the timing of the road cycling event just a weekafter the Tour ends. Perhaps most significantly of all, riders are paid by trade teams (teams named after a sponsor) who have littleincentive to pay their riders to get in form and win a race in which they will not be wearing the sponsor’s name across their chest. It is notsurprising, therefore, that the Olympics have not been top of many riders priority list. But Olympic cycling also provides an example for how, over time, this view can change and Olympic gold can become a title that is important and valued within the sport. In 2008 Samuel Sanchez (ESP) took a well-deserved and hard fought gold medal, much to thedelight of his home country. His team, the Basque outfit Euskadi Euskatel, have made much out of this achievement in the four years that followed, allowing Sanchez to wear a gold helmet and, crucially, using Sanchez’s victory to bring in money from people who do not normally follow cycling. Herein lies the importance of the Olympics for professional sports; there are people watching who would not normally follow the sport. It is an unparalleled shop window (think how much McDonalds pays to associate itself with the Olympics) that can be used to open up new fans and sponsors. In London it is Sky who have decided to take advantage of this commercial opportunity. At the end of 2011 they signed Mark Cavendish (GBR), the world’s best road race sprinter and BBC Sports Personality of the Year, onto their team. His main priority of the year, rather than going for stage victories and the green jersey in the Tour – the traditional best optionfor publicity – has been to win Olympic gold. This is a tough ask - he has had to lose 4kg and exchange some top-end speed for climbingability to deal with Box Hill - but he will start as favourite and Sky are gambling that the double header of Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France performance and an Olympic gold for Cav will offer the best return on their investment. If the hottest property in cycling is making the Olympics his biggest priority, then who is to say that Nike would not make Tiger Woods prioritise the Rio de Janeiro Olympic golf gold in 2016.Sky, and GB, might also have a strong shout for gold in the men’s time trial if Bradley Wiggins or former Kenyan Chris Froome can keeptheir legs after the Tour. It is likely, however, that the time-trial specialists Fabian Cancellara (SUI), the winner in 2008 or Tony Martin,(GER) the current time trial World Champion, will dominate. The course, based around Hampton Court Palace, will suit a real rouler (apower specialist) rather than the lightweight frames of Wiggins and Froome but will be a very tight affair. The professional side of the sport is much less developed in womens cycling and so the Olmypics takes a more traditional role as the most important race on the calendar. The course in London is expected to come down to a straight sprint out. This is likely to count against the British contenders Lizzie Armistead and reigning Olympic champion Nicole Cooke. The two had a very public falling out last year following the World Championships where Cooke, who was supposed to be riding in a supporting role for Armistead, didn’t wait tohelp her leader after Armistead fell and instead raced for glory – finishing agonisingly in fourth. In London both could get in the mix but willface tough opposition from Giorgia Bronzani (ITA), Judith Arndt (GER), Emma Johansson (SWE) and pre-race favourite Marianne Vos (NED). Britian’s Emma Pooley, who won a surprise silver in Beijing in the time trial, has made the Olympics her priority. Her very slight frame doesn’t make her a natural time trialler, especially for a flat course as in London, but her notorious determination might just be enough to get her to gold. Mens Road Race 2008 Olympics Time 2010 World Championships Time 1 Samuel Sanchez ESP 6:23:49 1 Thor Hushovd NOR 6:21:49 DSQ* David Rebllin ITA s.t. 2 Matti Breschel DEN s.t. 2 Fabian Cancellara SUI s.t. 3 Allan Davis AUS s.t. 3 Alexandr Kolobnev RUS s.t. 4 Filippo Pozzato ITA s.t. 4 Andy Schleck LUX s.t. 5 Greg Van Avermaet BEL s.t. 5 Michael Rogers AUS s.t. 6 Oscar Freire ESP s.t. 6 Santiago Botero COL +0:12 7 Alexandr Kolobnev RUS s.t. 7 Mario Aerts BEL s.t. 8 Assan Bazayev KAZ s.t. * David Rebellin disqualified due to +ve test for CERA at Olympic Games 2011 Tour de France - Sprinters Jersey Points 2011 Vuelta a Espania - Sprinters Jersey Points 1 Mark Cavendish GBR 334 1 Baulke Mollema NED 122 2 Jose Joaquin Rojas ESP 272 2 Joaquim Rodriguez ESP 115 3 Philippe Gilbert BEL 236 3 Daniele Bennati ITA 101 2011 World Championships Time 2011 Giro di Lombardia Time 1 Mark Cavendish GBR 5:40:27 1 Oliver Zaugg SUI 6:20:02 2 Matthew Goss AUS s.t. 2 Dan Martin IRL +0:08 3 Andre Greipel GER s.t. 3 Joaquim Rodriguez ESP s.t. 4 Fabian Cancellara SUI s.t. 4 Ivan Basso ITA s.t. 5 Jurgen Roelandts BEL s.t. 5 Przemyslaw Niemiec POL s.t. 6 Romain Feillu FRA s.t. 6 Domenico Pozzovivo ITA s.t. 7 Borut Bozic SLO s.t. 7 Giovanni Visconti ITA +0:16 8 Edvald Boassen Hagen NOR s.t. 8 Philippe Gilbert BEL s.t. 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    • 68 Cycling - Road 2012 Milan-San Remo Time 2012 Ronde von Vlaanderen Time 1 Simon Gerrans AUS 6:59:24 1 Tom Boonen BEL 6:04:28 2 Fabian Cancellara SUI s.t. 2 Filippo Pozzato ITA s.t. 3 Vincenzo Nibali ITA s.t. 3 Alessandro Ballan ITA +0:01 4 Peter Sagan SVK +0:02 4 Greg Van Avermaet BEL +0:38 5 John Dedenkolb GER s.t. 5 Peter Sagan SVK s.t. 6 Filippo Pozzato ITA s.t. 6 Niki Terpstra NED s.t. 7 Oscar Freire SPA s.t. 7 Luca Paolini ITA s.t. 8 Alessandro Ballan ITA s.t. 8 Thomas Voeckler FRA s.t. 2012 Paris-Roubaix Time 2012 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Time 1 Tom Boonen BEL 5:55:22 1 Maxim Iglinsky KAZ 6:43:52 2 Sebastien Turgot FRA +1:39 2 Vincenzo Nibali ITA +0:21 3 Alessandro Ballan ITA s.t. 3 Enrico Gasperotto ITA +0:36 4 Juan Antionia Flecha ESP s.t. 4 Thomas Voekler FRA s.t. 5 Niki Terpstra NED s.t. 5 Daniel Martin IRE s.t. 6 Lars Boom NED +1:43 6 Bauke Mollema NED s.t. 7 Mateo Tosatto ITA +3:31 7 Samuel Sanchez ESP s.t. 8 Mathew Hayman AUS s.t. 8 Michele Scarponi ITA s.t. 2012 Giro dItalia - Sprinters Jersey Points 1 Joaquim Rodriquez ESP 139 Finish of the 2012 Tour de France fell after publication 2 Mark Cavendish GBR 138 3 Ryder Hesjedal CAN 113 Mens Time Trial 2008 Olympics Time 2010 World Championships Time 1 Fabian Cancellara SUI 1:02:11 1 Fabian Cancellara SUI 0:58:09 2 Gustav Larsson SWE 1:02:44 2 David Millar GBR 0:59:12 3 Levi Leipheimer USA 1:03:21 3 Tony Martin GER 0:59:22 4 Alberto Contador ESP 1:03:29 4 Richie Porte AUS 0:59:28 5 Cadel Evans AUS 1:03:34 5 Michael Rogers AUS 1:00:34 6 Samuel Sanchez ESP 1:04:37 6 Koos Moorenhout NED 1:00:50 7 Svein Tuft CAN 1:04:39 7 Luis Leon Sanchez ESP 1:00:54 8 Michael Rogers AUS 1:04:46 8 David Zabriskie USA 1:01:01 2011 Giro dItalia - Main Time Trial Time 2011 Tour de France - Main Time Trial Time 1 David Millar GBR 30:13 1 Tony Martin GER 55:33 2 Alex Rasmussen DEN 30:20 2 Cadel Evans AUS 55:40 3 Alberto Contador ESP 30:49 3 Alberto Contador ESP 56:39 4 Richie Porte AUS 30:56 4 Thomas De Gendt BEL 57:02 5 Yaroslav Popovych UKR 31:08 5 Richie Porte AUS 57:03 6 Jos van Emden NED 31:15 6 Jean-Christophe Peraud FRA 57:06 7 Cameron Meyer AUS 31:17 7 Samuel Sanchez ESP 57:10 8 Patrick Gretsch GER 31:21 8 Fabian Cancellara SUI 58:15 2011 Vuelta a Espania - Main Time Trial Time 2011 World Championships Time 1 Tony Martin GER 55:54 1 Tony Martin GER 53.44 2 Chris Froome GBR 56:53 2 Bradley Wiggins GBR 55:00 3 Bradley Wiggins GBR 57:16 3 Fabian Cancellara SUI 55:05 4 Fabian Cancellara SUI 57:21 4 Bert Grabsch GER 55:16 5 Taylor Phinney USA 57:27 5 Jack Bobridge AUS 55:59 6 Jakob Fuglsang DEN 57:31 6 Richie Porte AUS 56:15 7 Tiago Machedo POR 57:48 7 David Millar GBR 56:31 8 Janez Brajkovic SLO 57:50 8 Lieuwe Westra NED 57:06 2012 Giro dItalia - Main Time Trial Time 2012 Tour de France - 1st Main Time Trial Time 1 Marco Pinotti ITA 33:06 1 Bradley Wiggins GBR 51:24 2 Geraint Thomas GBR 33:45 2 Chris Froome GBR 51:59 3 Jesse Sergent NZL 33:59 3 Fabian Cancellara SUI 52:21 4 Alex Rasmussen DEN 34:06 4 Tejay van Garderen USA 52:30 5 Thomas De Gendt BEL 34:07 5 Sylvain Chavanel FRA 52:48 6 Ryder Hesjedal CAN 34:15 6 Cadel Evans AUS 53:07 7 Gustav Larsson SWE 34:20 7 Peters Vilits SVK 53:23 8 Maclej Bodnar POL 34:21 8 Vincenzo Nibali ITA 53:31 Olympic Prospectus 2012 68
    • 69 Cycling - Road Womens Road Race 2008 Olympics Time 2010 World Championships Time 1 Nicole Cooke GBR 3:32:24 1 Giorgia Bronzani ITA 3:32:01 2 Emma Johansson SWE s.t. 2 Marianne Vos NED s.t. 3 Tatiana Guderzo ITA s.t. 3 Emma Johansson SWE s.t. 4 Christiane Soeder AUT +0:04 4 Nicole Cooke GBR s.t. 5 Linda Villumsen DEN +0:08 5 Judith Arndt GER s.t. 6 Marianne Vos NED +0:21 6 Grace Berbeke BEL s.t. 7 Priska Doppmann SUI s.t. 7 Trixi Worrack GER s.t. 8 Paulina Brzezna POL s.t. 8 Rasa Leleivyte LTU s.t. 2011 World Cup Rankings Points 2011 World Championships Time 1 Annemiek van Vleuten NED 362 1 Giorgia Bronzani ITA 3:21:28 2 Marianne Vos NED 315 2 Marianne Vos NED s.t. 3 Emma Johansson SWE 223 3 Ina Teutenburg GER s.t. 4 Judith Arndt GER 184 4 Nicole Cooke GBR s.t. 5 Ina Teutenburg GER 143 5 Julia Martisova RUS s.t. 6 Emma Pooley GBR 135 6 Chloe Hosking AUS s.t. 7 Elizabeth Armitstead GBR 117 7 Elizabeth Armitstead GBR s.t. 8 Kirsten Wild NED 108 8 Ludivine Henrion BEL s.t. 9 Martine Bras NED 103 10 Tatiana Antoshina RUS 87 UCI World Rankings Points 1 Marianne Vos NED 1,380 2 Judith Arndt GER 925 3 Emma Johansson SWE 838 4 Ina Teutenburg GER 709 5 Annemiek van Vleuten NED 683 6 Amber Neben USA 564 7 Evelyn Stevens USA 481 8 Emma Pooley GBR 481 9 Giorgia Bronzini ITA 442 10 Kirsten Wild NED 395 Womens Time Trial 2008 Olympics Time 2010 World Championships Time 1 Kristin Armstrong USA 34:52 1 Emma Pooley GBR 32:48 2 Emma Pooley GBR 35:16 2 Judith Arndt GER 33:04 3 Karin Thurig SUI 35:51 3 Linda Villumsen NZL 33:04 4 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli FRA 35:53 4 Amber Neben USA 33:26 5 Christine Thorburn USA 35:54 5 Jeannie Longo FRA 33:32 6 Judith Arndt GER 35:59 6 Evelyn Stevens USA 33:49 7 Christiane Soeder AUT 36:21 7 Tara Whitten CAN 33:54 8 Priska Doppmann SUI 36:28 8 Shara Gillow AUS 34:01 2011 World Championships Time 1 Judith Arndt GER 37:07 2 Linda Villumsen NZL 37:27 3 Emma Pooley GBR 37:30 4 Tara Whitten CAN 37:32 5 Clara Hughes CAN 37:42 6 Ellen van Dijk NED 37:44 7 Rhae-Christie Shaw CAN 37:45 8 Amber Neben USA 37:46 Olympic Prospectus 2012 69
    • 70 Cycling - TrackOnly half of the events contested in Beijing will return to the Track Cycling schedule at this summers Olympics. All the distanceevents have been dropped along with the former blue-riband event - the individual pursuit. These have been removed to make room forequality between mens and womens events (introducing for the first time the womens team sprint, team pursuit and keirin) and a newinnovation in track cycling, the omnium. The omnium is a multi-discipline event that tests riders over a range of long distance bunchevents and shorter distance time trials. Although it has attracted some criticism for rewarding averageness across a range of events, itshows off those events recently dropped and sorely missed from the programme, such as the scratch and points races and theindividual pursuits, as well as the old favourite of six-day racing, the devil-takes-the-hindmost (now known as the elimination race). Anadditional change is the restriction to one rider per country in individual events. This this means not only that will we not see a repeat ofBritains 1-2 in the mens keirin and sprint from Beijing, but also that, in the mens events especially, the field of possible winners hasbeen halved. The Frenchman Gregory Bauge is the man of the moment in the mens sprint. He had his 2011 world title removed following a retrospective ban for missing 3 out-of-competition drug tests but came back in dominant form at the World Championship in April. The field of likely challengers has been diminished by the restriction to one rider per country, but, depending on selection, either twice beaten world-finalist Jason Kenny (GBR) or four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy (GBR), as well as the 2010 losing finalist Shane Perkins (AUS), the biggest thighs in cycling of Robert Forstemann (GER) and possibly even the young talented Trinidadian Djisane Philip will have spent the past 6 months reviewing possible tactics that could take them past the flying Frenchman. France vs Gemany looks the likely final of the mens Team Sprint but both teams will have to be on their toes - Australia made the most of home support to take this years World Championships and, if Great Britain have finally found a lead-out man in Philip Hindes capable of a low 19 second first lap, then they could replicate their Beijing gold. The last of the sprint events, the keirin, is Chris Hoys moment to shine. Although no longer as dominant as in 2008, when he could ride from the front without anyone else strong enough to keep up, he has developed excellent race-craft and will take some beating. Alongside the other likely nations, such as Frances Mickael Bourgain, watch out for Kazunari Watanabe from the Keirins homeland Japan and the outstanding Aziz Awang from Malaysia who is famous forusing even the smallest gap to make a big jump coming out of the last corner - a tactic that may prove very effective given the placing of the finish line in London further away from the corners than is usual.Only two teams bear notice in the mens team pursuit. A year ago Australia looked firm favourites going into these Games. Withindividual pursuit world record holder Jack Bobridge and a large squad of exciting youngsters, they won the 2011 WorldChampionships by over 5 seconds. A year on and, with the crucial addition of Geraint Thomas who has re-dedicated himself to thetrack after a successful few years out on the road, Great Britain set a world record at the 2012 World Championships and will go intoLondon as favourites. However, with Australia nipping at their heels, they will have to target taking at least another half second off theworld record if they want to win gold in London. The other star of the British pursuit squad, Ed Clancy, will also be turning his attentionto the omnium. This event boasts a rich variety of talent with everyone having a speciality, and overall victory will come down to tenthsof a second in the time trials and wheel widths in the bunch races. Alongside Ed Clancy, there are at least 9 men capable ofchallenging for a medal: Glenn OShea (AUS - 2012 World Champion), Elia Viviani (ITA - watch for aggressive moves in the bunchraces), Shane Archibold (NZL - amazing mullet), Juan Arango (COL), Zach Bell (CAN), Lasse Hansen (DEN), Cho Ho-Sung (KOR),Martyn Irvine (IRE) and Bryan Coquard (FRA).Anna Meares (AUS) has her eyes on repeating Chris Hoys achievements in Beijing - golds in the sprint, team sprint and keirin. She will go in favourite in all three events, though not by much. In the individual sprint Victoria Pendleton will be Annas biggest threat; they have been close (and not friendly) rivals for nearly 10 years now with the latest episode being a controversial win for Pendleton at the World Championships in Melbourne. Guo Shang (CHN), Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) and Lyubov Shulika (UKR) are all waiting on the wings and there has been a recent trend in major championships for fatigue, both mental and physical, from beating a tough opponent in an earlier round to cause a favourite to lose in the final. As in the mens team pursuit, the womens team sprint looked wrapped up for Australia a year ago. The partnership of Meares and Kaarle McCulloch for Australia has first been overtaken by Pendleton and Jess Varnish for Great Britain, who set a world record in February, and then Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel for Germany, who lowered the world record again at the World Championships. Anna Meares should let her power take her to gold in the keirin as she has in the past two World Championships, but will be targeted by all the same women as in the sprint.Finally in the womens team pursuit we have what looks like a sure-fire gold for Great Britain. Daniele King, Laura Trott, and JoannaRowsell have taken 5 seconds off the world record in a year and, despite challenge again from the Australians, should lower theirrecord again to take gold. The 20 year old Laura Trott has, like Ed Clancy, expanded her horizons from the pursuit to the omnium.Despite a limited racing background Laura has proved an adapt convert, winning the 2012 World Championships. She will face fewerrealistic competitors than seen in the mens event; alongside Laura, Annette Edmondson (AUS - twice World Silver medallist), SarahHammer (USA - former 2x individual pursuit world champion) and Tara Whitten (CAN - 2011 world omnium champion) will share themedals. Olympic Prospectus 2012 70
    • 71 Cycling - TrackMens Sprint World Record (For prelim Flying 9.572s Kevin Sireau FRA 20 May 2009 200m): Olympic Record (Prelim Flying 9.815s Chris Hoy GBR 17 August 2008 200m): Prelim Prelim 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Time Time 1 Chris Hoy GBR 9.815 1 Gregory Bauge FRA 9.896 2 Jason Kenny GBR 9.957 2 Shane Perkins AUS 9.948 3 Mickael Bourgain FRA 10.123 3 Kevin Sireau FRA 9.953 4 Maximilian Levy GER 10.199 4 Robert Forstemann GER 10.142 5 Kevin Sireau FRA 10.098 5 Matthew Crampton GBR 10.037 6 Teun Mulder NED 10.373 6 Chris Hoy GBR 9.913 7 Theo Bos NED 10.318 7 Francois Pervis FRA 10.023 8 Azizul Awang MAS 10.272 8 Jason Kenny GBR 10.073 Prelim Prelim 2011 World Championships 2012 London World Cup Time TimeDSQ* Gregory Bauge FRA 10.142 1 Chris Hoy GBR 9.932 1 Jason Kenny GBR 10.120 2 Maximilian Levy GER 10.096 2 Chris Hoy GBR 10.111 3 Robert Forstemann GER 10.144 3 Michael Bourgain FRA 10.043 4 Kevin Sireau FRA 10.026 4 Michael DAlmeida FRA 10.148 5 Jason Kenny GBR 10.153 5 Shane Perkins AUS 10.172 6 Matthew Crampton GBR 10.234 6 Scott Sunderland AUS 10.262 7 Kazunari Watanabe JPN 10.257 7 Robert Forstemann GER 10.267 8 Gregory Bauge FRA 10.217* DSQ due to receiving a ban for 3 missed out of competition tests Prelim 2012 World Championships Time 1 Gregory Bauge FRA 9.854 2 Jason Kenny GBR 9.953 3 Chris Hoy GBR 9.902 4 Shane Perkins AUS 9.965 5 Robert Forstemann GER 9.873 6 Stefan Boetticher GER 9.983 7 Kevin Sireau FRA 9.893 8 Mickael Bourgain FRA 9.966Mens Keirin 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Chris Hoy GBR 1 Chris Hoy GBR 2 Ross Edgar GBR 2 Aziz Awang MAS 3 Kiyofumi Nagai JPN 3 Maximillian Levy GER 4 Shane Kelly AUS 4 Teun Mulder NED 5 Carsten Bergemann GER 5 Francois Pervis FRA 6 Arnaud Tournant FRA 6 Sam Webster NZL 2011 World Championships 2012 London World Cup 1 Shane Perkins AUS 1 Chris Hoy GBR 2 Chris Hoy GBR 2 Rene Enders GER 3 Teun Mulder NED 3 Mickael Bourgain FRA 4 Matthew Crampton GBR 4 Teun Mulder NED 5 Rene Enders GER 5 Kazunari Watanabe JPN 6 Edward Dawkins NZL 6 Simon Van Veltooven NZL 2012 World Championships 1 Chris Hoy GBR 2 Maximilian Levy GER 3 Jason Kenny GBR 4 Mickael Bourgain FRA 5 Kazunari Watanabe JPN 6 Simon Van Velthooven NZL Olympic Prospectus 2012 71
    • 72 Cycling - TrackMens Team Sprint World Record: 42.950s GBR (C Hoy, J Kenny, J Staff) 15 August 2008 Olympic Record: 42.950s GBR (C Hoy, J Kenny, J Staff) 15 August 2008 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Chris Hoy Robert Forstemann 1 Jason Kenny Great Britain 43.128 1 Maximilian Levy Germany 43.433 Jamie Staff Stefan Nimke Gregory Bauge Gregory Bauge 2 Kevin Sireau France 43.651 DSQ* Michael DAlmeida France 43.453 Arnaud Tournant Kevin Sireau Rene Enders Ross Edgar 3 Maximilian Levy Germany 44.014 2 Chris Hoy Great Britain 43.59 Stefan Nimke Jason Kenny Daniel Ellis Cheng Changsong 4 Mark French Australia 44.022 3 Zhang Lei China 44.002 Shane Kelly Zhang Miao Theo Bos Edward Dawkins 5 Teun Mulder Holland 44.212 4 Adam Stewart New Zealand 44.45 Tim Veldt Sam Webster Kiyofumi Nagai Sergey Borisov 6 Tomohiro Nagatsuka Japan 44.437 5 Denis Dmitriev Russia 44.498 Kazunari Watanabe Sergey Kucherov Aziz Awang Dan Ellis 7 Josiah Ng Malaysia 44.822 6 Jason Niblett Australia 44.63 Mohd Tisin Scott Sunderland Michael Blatchford Teun Mulder 8 Adam Duvendeck USA 45.423 7 Yondi Schmidt Holland 44.63 Giddeon Massie Roy van den Berg * DSQ due to Gregory Bauge being banned for missing 3 out of competition tes 2011 World Championships 2012 London World Cup Michael DAlmeida Rene Enders 1 Gregory Bauge France 43.867 1 Robert Forstemann Germany 43.562 Kevin Sireau Maximiliam Levy Rene Enders Gregory Bauge 2 Maximilian Levy Germany 44.483 2 Mickael DAlmeida France 43.631 Stefan Nimke Kevin Sireau Matthew Crampton Ross Edgar 3 Chris Hoy Great Britain 44.235 3 Jason Kenny Great Britain 43.781 Jason Kenny Chris Hoy Jason Niblett Mathew Glaetzer 4 Scott Sunderland Australia 45.241 4 Shane Perkins Australia 43.954 Dan Ellis Scott Sunderland Sergey Kucherov Ethan Mitchell 5 Denis Dmitriev Russia 44.805 5 Sam Webster New Zealand 44.002 Pavel Yakushevskiy Edward Dawkins Sam Webster Changsong Cheng 6 Edward Dawkins New Zealand 45.032 6 Miao Zhang China 44.424 Ethan Mitchell Lei Zhang Hugo Haak Segei Kucherov 7 Roy van den Berg Holland 45.047 7 Denis Dmitriev Russia 44.597 Teun Mulder Sergi Borisov Zhang Miao Kazuki Amagai 8 Zhang Lei China 45.112 8 Kazunari Watanabe Japan 44.791 Cheng Changsong Seiichiro Nakagawa 2012 World Championships Shane Perkins 1 Scott Sunderland Australia 43.266 Matthew Glaetzer Gregory Bauge 2 Kevin Sireau France 43.267 Michael DAlmeida Ethan Mitchell 3 Sam Webster New Zealand 43.812 Edward Dawkins Kazuki Amagei 4 Kazunari Watanabe Japan 43.896 Seiichiro Nakagawa Rene Enders DSQ from * DSQ for missing the change over zone in their qualifying runREL* Maximilian Levy Germany 2nd in Stefan Nimke Qualifying Philip Hindes DSQ fromREL* Chris Hoy Great Britain 4th in Jason Kenny Qualifying Cheng Changsong 5 Zhang Lei China 44.049 Zhang Miao Denis Dmitriev 6 Sergei Borisov Russia 44.215 Sergei Kucherov Olympic Prospectus 2012 72
    • 73 Cycling - TrackMens Team Pursuit GBR (E Clancy, P Kennaugh, G World Record: 3:53.295 04 April 2012 Thomas, S Burke) GBR (E Clancy, P Manning, G Olympic Record: 3:53.314 18 August 2008 Thomas, B Wiggins) 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championshps Ed Clancy Jack Bobridge Paul Manning Rohan Dennis 1 Great Britain 3:53.314 1 Australia 3:57.832 Geraint Thomas Luke Durbridge Bradley Wiggins Michael Hepburn Caspar Jorgensen Alexei Markov Jens-Erik Madsen Evgeny Kovalev 2 Denmark 4:00.040 2 Russia 4:02.229 Alex Rasmussen Ivan Kovalev Michael Morkov Alexander Serov Sam Bewley Steven Burke Marc Ryan Sam Harrison 3 New Zealand 3:57.776 3 Great Britain 4:02.781 Jesse Sargent Peter Kennaugh Hayden Roulston Andy Tennant Jack Bobridge Sam Bewley Mark Jamieson Peter Latham 4 Australia 3:59.006 4 New Zealand 4:05.977 Bradley McGee Marc Ryan Graeme Brown Jesse Sargent Damien Gaudin Eloy Teruel Matthieu Ladagnou Pablo Bernal 5 France 4:03.679 5 Spain 4:06.187 Christophe Riblon Asier Maeztu Nicolas Rousseau David Muntaner Levi Heimans Tim Veldt Robert Slippens Levi Heimans 6 Netherlands 4:04.846 6 Netherlands 4:06.552 Wim Stroetinga Jenning Huizenga Jens Mouris Arno Van Der Zwet Sergei Escobar Nikias Arndt Asier Maeztu Henning Bommel 7 Spain 4:06.509 7 Germany 4:06.977 David Muntaner Stefan Schaefer Antonio Miguel Parra Jakob Steigmiller Alexei Markov Gijs van Hoecke Alexander Serov Dominique Cornu 8 Russia 4:06.518 8 Belgium 4:07.198 Alexander Petrovski Ingmar De Poortere Evgeny Kovalev Jonathan Dufranse 2012 London World Cup 2012 World Championships Jack Bobridge Ed Clancy Rohan Dennis Steven Burke 1 Australia 3:54.615 1 Great Britain 3:53.295 Alexander Edmondson Peter Kennaugh Michael Hepburn Geraint Thomas Steven Burke Glenn OShea Ed Clancy Jack Bobridge 2 Great Britian 3:56.330 2 Australia 3:53.401 Peter Kennaugh Rohan Dennis Geraint Thomas Michael Hepburn Sam Bewley Aaron Gate Aaron Gate Sam Bewley 3 New Zealand 3:59.242 3 New Zealand 3:57.592 Westley Gough Westley Gough Marc Ryan Marc Ryan Ingmar De Poortere Artur Ershov Dominique Cornu Avgeny Kovalev 4 Belgium 4:04.956 4 Russia 3:59.237 Kenny De Ketele Alexei Markov Jonathan Dufrasne Alexander Serov Artur Ershov Pablo Aitor Bernal Valery Kaykov Asier Maeztu Billelabeitia 5 Russia 4:06.823 5 Spain 4:01.717 Evgeny Kovalev Sebastien Mora Vedri Ivan Savitsky Albert Torres Michael Vingerling Gijs van Hoecke Levi Heimans Kenny De Ketele 6 Netherlands 4:07.825 6 Belgium 4:02.317 Jenning Huizenga Dominique Cornu Arno Van Der Zwet Jonathan Dufrasne Juan Esteban Arango Lasse Norman Hansen Edwin Avila Vanegas Casper Folsach 7 Columbia 4:08.287 7 Denmark 4:03.327 A. A. Castro Laverde Rasmus Quaade Weimar Roldan Ortiz Christian Ranneries Kirill Sveshnikov Peter Schep Roman Ivlev Levi Heimans 8 Russia 4:08.999 8 Netherlands 4:04.489 Ravel Karpenkov Aron van der Zwet Dswergey Shilov Tim Veldt Olympic Prospectus 2012 73
    • 74 Cycling - TrackMens Omnium Olympic Prospectus 2012 74
    • 75 Cycling - TrackWomens SprintWorld Record (For prelim Flying 10.782s Anna Meares AUS 05 April 2012 200m): Olympic Record (Prelim Flying 10.963s Victoria Pendleton GBR 17 August 2008 200m): Prelim Prelim 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Time Time 1 Victoria Pendleton GBR 10.963 1 Victoria Pendleton GBR 11.135 2 Anna Meares AUS 11.140 2 Guo Shang CHN 10.918 3 Guo Shang CHN 11.106 3 Simona Krupeckaite LTU 11.078 4 Willy Kanis NED 11.167 4 Anna Meares AUS 11.03 5 Clara Sanchez FRA 11.365 5 Kristina Vogel GER 11.356 6 Natallia Tsylinskaya BLR 11.372 6 Kaarle McCulloch AUS 11.202 7 Jennie Reed USA 11.400 7 Olga Panarina BLR 11.077 8 Simona Krupeckaite LTU 11.222 8 Victoria Baranova RUS 11.426 Prelim Prelim 2011 World Championships 2012 London World Cup Time Time 1 Anna Meares AUS 11.120 1 Guo Shang CHN 11.079 2 Simona Krupeckaite LTU 11.291 2 Anna Meares AUS 10.939 3 Victoria Pendleton GBR 11.299 3 Lee Wai Sze HKG 11.003 4 Olga Panarina BLR 11.120 4 Victoria Pendleton GBR 11.119 5 Lyubov Shulika UKR 11.152 5 Jess Varnish GBR 11.147 6 Sandie Clair FRA 11.398 6 Lisandra Guerra Rodriquez CUB 11.302 7 Kristina Vogel GER 11.387 7 Kristina Vogel GER 11.169 8 Guo Shang CHN 11.188 8 Kaarle McCulloch AUS 11.318 Prelim 2012 World Championships Time 1 Victoria Pendleton GBR 10.076 2 Simona Krupeckaite LTU 11.079 3 Anna Meares AUS 10.782 4 Lyubov Shulika UKR 11.131 5 Guo Shang CHN 11.004 6 Miriam Welte GER 11.033 7 Virginie Cueff FRA 11.386 8 Lisandra Guerra CUB 11.150Womens Team Sprint World Record: 32.630s GER (K Vogel, M Welte) 04 April 2012 Olympic Record: N/A 2010 World Championships 2011 World Championships Kaarle McCulloch Anna Meares 1 Australia 32.923 1 Australia 33.237 Anna Meares Kaarle McCulloch Gong Jinjie Victoria Pendleton 2 China 33.192 2 Great Britain 33.525 Lin Junhong Jessica Varnish Gintare Gaivenyte Guo Shang 33.586 3 Lithuania 33.109 3 China Simona Krupeckaite Gong Jinjie Victoria Pendleton Clara Sanchez 4 Great Britain 33.593 4 France 33.731 Jessica Varnish Sandie Clair Sandie Clair Miriam Welte 5 France 33.490 5 Germany 33.618 Clara Sanchez Kristina Vogel Kristina Vogel Gintare Gaivenyte 6 Germany 33.604 6 Lithuania 33.788 Miriam Welte Simona Krupeckaite Yvonne Hijgenaar Yvonne Hijgenaar 7 Netherlands 33.672 7 Netherlands 34.151 Willy Kanis Willy Kanis Victoria Baranova Iryna Papezhuk 8 Russia 34.369 8 Ukraine 34.373 Olga Streltsova Lyubov Shulika 2012 London World Cup 2012 World Championships Jess Varnish Kristina Vogel 1 Great Britain 32.754 1 Germany 32.549 Victoria Pendleton Miriam Welte Anna Meares Kaarle McCulloch 2 Australia 32.945 2 Australia 32.597 Kaarle McCulloch Anna Meares Gong Jinjie Gong Jinjie 3 China 33.060 3 China 32.870 Guo Shang Guo Shang Sandie Clair Victoria Pendleton 4 France 33.433 4 Great Britain 33.160 Clara Sanchez Jessica Varnish Miriam Weite Sandie Clair 5 Germany 33.554 5 France 33.355 Kristina Vogel Clara Sanchez Anastasiya Voynova Viktoria Baranova 6 Russia 33.650 6 Russia 33.440 Viktoria Baranova Anastasya Voynova Gintare Gaivenyte Yvonne Hijgenaar 7 Lithuania 33.716 7 Netherlands 33.571 Simona Krupeckaite Willy Kanis Katie Schofield Lyubov Shulika 8 New Zealand 33.881 8 Ukraine 33.639 Natasha Hansen Olena Tsos Olympic Prospectus 2012 75
    • 76 Cycling - TrackWomens Keirin 2010 World Championships 2011 World Championships 1 Simone Krupeckaite LTU 1 Anna Meares AUS 2 Victoria Pendleton GBR 2 Olga Panarina BEL 3 Olga Panarina BLR 3 Clara Sanchez FRA 4 Kaarle McCulloch AUS 4 Guo Shang CHN 5 Miriam Welte GER 5 Fatehah Mustapa MAS 6 Clara Sanchez FRA 6 Lisandra Guerra CUB 2012 London World Cup 2012 World Championships 1 Simona Krupeckaite LTU 1 Anna Meares AUS 2 Lee Wai Sze HKG 2 Ekaterina Gnidenko RUS 3 Guo Shang CHN 3 Kristina Vogel GER 4 Lyubov Shulika UKR 4 Guo Shuang CHN 5 Victoria Pendleton GBR 5 Clara Sanchez FRA 6 Anna Meares AUS 6 Di Mu CHNWomens Team Pursuit Great Britain (D King, L Trott, J World Record: 3:15.720 04 April 2012 Rowsell) Olympic Record: N/A 2010 World Championships 2011 World Championships Ashlee Ankudinoff Laura Trott 1 Sarah Kent Australia 3:21.748 1 Wendy Houvenaghel Great Britain 3:23.419 Josephine Tomic Danielle King Lizzie Armitstead Sarah Hammer 2 Wendy Houvenaghel Great Britain 3:22.287 2 Dotsie Bausch USA 3:25.308 Joanna Rowsell Jennie Reed Rushlee Buchanan Kaytee Boyd 3 Lauren Ellis New Zealand 3:21.552 3 Jaime Nielsen New Zealand 3:24.065 Alison Shanks Alison Shanks Dotsie Bausch Amy Cure 4 Sarah Hammer USA 3:24.571 4 Katherine Bates Australia 3:24.422 Lauren Tamayo Josephine Tomic Vera Koedooder Kirsten Wild 5 Amy Pieters Netherlands 3:25.156 5 Vera Koedooder Netherlands 3:26.092 Ellen van Dijk Ellen van Dijk Laura Brown Tara Whitten 6 Stephanie Roorda Canada 3:26.132 6 Laura Brown Canada 3:27.255 Tara Whitten Clara Hughes Charlotte Becker Lisa Brennauer 7 Lisa Brennauer Germany 3:27.236 7 Charlotte Becker Germany 3:27.623 Verena Joos Madeleine Sandig Yelizaveta Bochkarova Svitlana Gayluk 8 Svitlana Gayluk Ukraine 3:27.662 8 Lesya Kalitovska Ukraine 3:27.756 Lesya Kalitovska Anna Solovey 2012 London World Cup 2012 World Championships Laura Trott Daniele King 1 Danielle King Great Britain 3:18.148 1 Laura Trott Great Britain 3:15.720 Joanna Rowsell Joanna Rowsell Tara Whitten Annette Edmondson 2 Gillian Carleton Canada 3:18.982 2 Melissa Hoskins Australia 3:16.943 Jasmin Glaesser Josephine Tomic Annette Edmondson Tara Whitten 3 Amy Cure Australia 3:19.164 3 Jasmin Glaesser Canada 3:19.529 Josephine Tomic Gillian Carleton Kirsten Wild Lauren Ellis 4 Vera Koedooder Netherlands 3:21.992 4 Jaime Nielsen New Zealand 3:19.847 Ellen Van Dijk Alison Shanks Sarah Hammer Sarah Hammer 5 Jennie Reed United States 3:23.208 5 Dotsie Bausch United States 3:21.765 Lauren Tamayo Lauren Tamayo Lauren Ellis Alena Dylko 6 Jaime Nielsen New Zealand 3:25.468 6 Aksana Papko Belarus 3:22.509 Alison Shanks Tatsiana Sharakova Ausrine Trebaite Jiang Fan 7 Vaida Pikauskaite Lithuania 3:28.156 7 Jiang Wenwen China 3:23.083 Vilja Serekaite Liang Jing Lisa Brennauer Charlotte Becker 8 Charlotte Becker Germany 3:28.633 8 Lisa Brennauer Germany 3:24.145 Madeleine Sandig Meadeleine Sandig Olympic Prospectus 2012 76
    • 77 Cycling - TrackWomens Omnium Olympic Prospectus 2012 77
    • 78 DivingAt times it can feel as though there is a gulf between China and the rest of the World in Diving competitions. For over 20 yearsthey have produced diver after diver capable of incredibly challenging tucks and twists followed by breathtakingly clean entries intothe water. At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai they won all 8 available gold medals, all but one of which was over 20points clear of the best non-Chinese diver. On the mens side He Chong on the springboard and Qiu Bo on the platform, and onthe womens He Zi and Wu Minxia on the springboard and Hu Yadan and Chen Ruolin on the platform, are all superstars at homeand will be taking this pressure into the Games where nothing less than gold will be acceptable in either the synchro or individualevents. It is perhaps this pressure that has prevented China from completing a much anticipated clean-sweep of diving goldmedals at an Olympics. In Beijing, the Australian Matthew Mitcham, possibly the most successful openly gay competing sportmanon the planet, snatched the last available gold to spoil the Chinese party at their home Games. It is hard to see who could replicatethis feat in London but the Russian pairing of Zakharov and Kuznetsova in the mens 3m synchro have come the closest in recentmajor competitions and could be well placed to capitalise on a dropped dive from their opponents.GB diving boasts one of the "faces" of the London 2012 Olympics - Tom Daley. The 18 year old was the youngest competitor from any country at the 2008 Olympics and the youngest ever diving World Champion in 2009. He then hit a growth spurt that saw him gain him over 6 inches in height and 2 stone in weight in less than a year, which, understandably, forced him to adjust his divingstyle - relying less on clean entries and more on power-based difficult dives - and rebuild his competitive edge. He is still strugglingfor consistency with his new dives but has performed well this year, averaging significantly above his non-Chinese opponents. He should be aiming for medals both in the individual and, with his partner Pete Waterfield, in the synchronised 10m events. GBs only other likely source of a medal will come from the personable and photogenic synchro team of Sarah Barrow and Tonia Crouch, who surprised many by winning bronze in the World Cup event held in the Olympic Aquatics Centre earlier this year. Although theyre generally 10-20 points behind the medals, their youth means they may be less fazed by the pressure of having thousands of eyes focused on them perched 10m above the pool. Mens 3m Springboard 2008 Olympics 2010 World Cup 1 He Chong CHN 572.90 1 He Chong CHN 546.55 2 Alexandre Despatie CAN 536.65 2 Qin Kai CHN 522.35 3 Qin Kai CHN 530.10 3 Evgeny Kuznetsov RUS 501.85 4 Dmitry Sautin RUS 512.65 4 Yahel Castillo MEX 490.00 5 Pavlo Rozenberg GER 485.60 5 Patrick Hausding GER 481.75 6 Troy Dumais USA 472.50 6 Kristian Ipsen USA 480.30 7 Yahel Castillo MEX 462.10 7 Alex Despatie CAN 476.85 8 Patrick Hausding GER 462.05 8 Javier Illana ESP 475.10 2011 World Series avg. 2011 World Championships 1 Qin Kai CHN 528.59 1 He Chong CHN 554.30 2 He Chong CHN 518.15 2 Ilya Kvasha UKR 508.95 3 Evgeny Kuznetsov RUS 498.30 3 Evgeny Kuznetsov RUS 493.55 4 Troy Dumais USA 481.42 4 Qin Kai CHN 481.90 5 Yahel Castillo MEX 464.80 5 Troy Dumais USA 479.45 6 Ilya Kvasha UKR 463.23 6 Yahel Castillo MEX 464.10 7 Javier Illana ESP 437.03 7 Matthieu Rosset FRA 455.45 8 Patrick Hausding GER 433.69 8 Jack Laugher GBR 453.50 2012 World Series avg. 2012 World Cup 1 Qin Kai CHN 522.87 1 He Chong CHN 535.35 2 He Chong CHN 507.05 2 Qin Kai CHN 524.00 3 Yahel Castillo MEX 480.60 3 Alexandre Despatie CAN 511.95 4 Troy Dumais USA 468.55 4 Ethan Warren AUS 511.70 5 Patrick Hausding GER 467.45 5 Illya Kvasha UKR 500.50 6 Javier Illana ESP 449.69 6 Illya Zakharov RUS 493.05 7 Evgeny Kuznetsov RUS 448.14 7 Sho Sakai JPN 491.05 8 Ilya Kvasha UKR 433.78 8 Jack Laugher GBR 463.70 Olympic Prospectus 2012 78
    • 79 Diving Mens 3m Springboard Synchronised 2008 Olympics 2010 World Cup 1 Wang Feng, Qin Kai CHN 469.08 1 Qin Kai, Luo Yutong CHN 460.62 2 Dmitri Sautin, Yuriy Kunakov RUS 421.98 2 Troy Dumais, Kristian Ipsen USA 440.01 3 Illya Kvasha, Oleksiy Prygorov UKR 415.05 3 Illya Kvasha, Oleksiy Prygorov UKR 432.30 4 Chris Colwill, Jevon Tarantino USA 410.73 4 Reuben Ross, Alex Despatie CAN 424.92 5 Alexandre Despatie, Arturo Miranda CAN 409.29 5 Patrick Hausding, Stephan Feck GER 421.08 6 Pavlo Rozenberg, Sascha Klein GER 402.84 6 Dmitry Sautin, Yury Kunakov RUS 419.46 7 Nick Robinson-Baker, Ben Swain GBR 402.36 7 Jorge Betancourt, Jose Guerra CUB 416.46 8 Scott Robertson, Robert Newbery AUS 393.80 8 Damien Cely, Matthieu Rosset FRA 411.48 2011 World Series avg. 2011 World Championships 1 Qin Kai, Luo Yutong CHN 463.09 1 Qin Kai, Luo Yutong CHN 463.98 2 Yahel Castillo, Daniel Islas MEX 435.86 2 Ilya Zakharov, Evgeny Kuznetsova RUS 451.89 3 Troy Dumais, Kristian Ipsen USA 428.51 3 Julian Sanchez, Yahel Castillo MEX 437.61 4 Illya Kvasha, Oleksiy Prygorov UKR 425.08 4 Kristian Ipsen, Troy Dumais USA 429.06 5 Patrick Hausding, Stephan Feck GER 424.01 5 Patrick Hausding, Stephan Feck GER 412.39 6 Dmitry Sautin, Yury Kunakov RUS 419.60 6 O. Pryhorov, O. Gorshkovozov UKR 412.20 7 N. Robinson-Baker, Chris Mears GBR 406.41 7 N. Robinson-Baker, Chris Mears GBR 403.68 8 N. Robinson-Baker, Ben Swain GBR 392.12 8 Matthieu Rosset, Damaien Clay FRA 402.36 2012 World Series avg. 2012 World Cup 1 Qin Kai, Luo Yutong CHN 457.28 1 Qin Kai, Luo Yutong CHN 445.71 2 Illya Kvasha, Oleksiy Prygorov UKR 429.37 2 Evgeny Kuznetsov, Illya Zakharov RUS 439.83 3 Ilya Zakharov, Evgeny Kuznetsov RUS 428.97 3 Lomas Bryan Nickson, Huang Qiang MAS 432.09 4 Yahel Castillo, Julian Sanchez MEX 422.96 4 Illya Kvasha, Oleksyi Prygorov UKR 424.83 5 Troy Dumais, Kristian Ipsen USA 420.11 5 Alexandre Despatie, Reuben Ross CAN 417.42 6 Patrick Hausding, Stephan Feck GER 415.18 6 Troy Dumas, Kristian Ipsen USA 414.30 7 O. Gorshkovozov, Oleg Kolodniy UKR 412.50 7 Yahel Castillo, Alejandro Islas MEX 413.73 8 N. Robinson-Baker, Chris Mears GBR 409.85 8 Patrick Hausding, Stephan Feck USA 402.27 Mens 10m Platform 2008 Olympics 2010 World Cup 1 Matthew Mitcham AUS 537.95 1 Matthew Mitcham AUS 562.80 2 Zhou Luxin CHN 533.15 2 Huo Liang CHN 555.40 3 Gleb Galperin RUS 525.80 3 Qiu Bo CHN 554.70 4 Huo Liang CHN 508.40 4 Victor Minibaev RUS 525.00 5 Jose Guerra CUB 507.15 5 Jose Guerra CUB 511.00 6 Mathew Helm AUS 467.70 6 Pete Waterfield GBR 500.45 7 Thomas Daley GBR 463.55 7 Rommel Pacheco MEX 496.05 8 Rommel Pacheco MEX 460.20 8 Nick McCrory USA 482.20 2011 World Series avg. 2011 World Championships 1 Cao Yuan CHN 602.75 1 Qiu Bo CHN 585.45 2 Qiu Bo CHN 596.45 2 David Boudia USA 544.25 3 Liang Huo CHN 544.30 3 Sascha Klein GER 534.50 4 Pete Waterfield GBR 529.48 4 Victor Minibaev RUS 527.50 5 David Boudia USA 507.95 5 Thomas Daley GBR 505.10 6 Sascha Klein GER 506.80 6 Nick McCrory USA 501.65 7 Victor Minibaev RUS 498.80 7 Ivan Garcia MEX 493.15 8 Thomas Daley GBR 496.48 8 Oleksandr Bondar UKR 457.35 2012 World Series avg. 2012 World Cup 1 Qiu Bo CHN 567.88 1 Qiu Bo CHN 574.90 2 Yue Lin CHN 546.25 2 Victor Minibaev RUS 523.60 3 Thomas Daley GBR 541.09 3 Peter Waterfield GBR 510.35 4 David Boudia USA 517.89 4 David Boudia USA 501.10 5 Victor Minibaev RUS 505.48 5 Oleksandr Bondar UKR 499.95 6 Sascha Klein GER 501.75 6 Yue Lin CHN 493.00 7 Nick McCrory USA 498.53 7 Patrick Hausding GER 482.35 8 German Sanchez MEX 481.10 8 Lomas Bryan Nickson MAS 461.60 Olympic Prospectus 2012 79
    • 80 Diving Mens 10m Platform Synchronised 2008 Olympics 2010 World Cup 1 Lin Yue, Huo Liang CHN 468.18 1 Cao Yuan, Zhang Yanquan CHN 500.46 2 Patrick Hausding, Sascha Klein GER 450.42 2 Victor Minibaev, Ilia Zakharov RUS 492.90 3 Gleb Galperin, Dmitriy Dobroskok RUS 445.26 3 Jose Guerra, Jenkler Aguirre CUB 462.60 4 Mathew Helm, Robert Newbery AUS 444.84 4 David Boudia, Nick McCrory USA 448.89 5 David Boudia, Thomas Finchum USA 440.64 5 Sascha Klein, Patrick Hausding GER 435.93 6 Victor Ortega, Juan Uran COL 423.66 6 Max Brick, Pete Waterfield GBR 427.38 7 Jose Guerra, Erick Fornaris CUB 409.38 7 German Sanchez, Ivan Garcia MEX 421.80 8 Blake Aldridge, Tom Daley GBR 408.48 8 Kaptur Vadim, Hordkhik BLR 418.14 2011 World Series avg. 2011 World Championships 1 Cao Yuan, Zhang Yanquan CHN 473.24 1 Qiu Bo, Huo Lang CHN 480.03 2 Thomas Daley, Peter Waterfield GBR 437.35 2 Patrick Hausding, Sascha Klein GER 443.01 3 David Boudia, Thomas Finchum USA 437.10 3 O. Gorshkovozov, O. Bondar UKR 435.36 4 Sascha Klein, Patrick Hausding GER 434.90 4 Ilya Zakharov, Victor Minibaev RUS 427.98 5 Victor Minibaev, Ilia Zakharov RUS 432.60 5 David Boudia, Nick McCrory USA 420.69 6 Ivan Garcia, German Sanchez MEX 432.60 6 Peter Waterfield, Tom Daley GBR 407.46 7 Jose Guerra, Jenkler Aguirre CUB 432.08 7 German Sanchez, Ivan Garcia MEX 393.09 8 Rommel Pacheco, J. Ruvalcaba MEX 426.90 8 Eric Sehn, Kevin Geyson CAN 386.70 2012 World Series avg. 2012 World Cup 1 Cao Yuan, Zhang Yanquan CHN 477.27 1 Cao Yuan, Zhang Yanquan CHN 481.29 2 Lin Yue, Huo Liang CHN 433.59 2 Ivan Alejandro Garcia, German MEX 460.17 3 David Boudia, Nick McCrory USA 432.05 3 Patrick Hausding, Sascha Klein GER 457.41 4 Thomas Daley, Peter Waterfield GBR 431.21 4 David Boudia, Nick McCrory USA 444.93 5 O. Gorshkovozov, O. Bondar UKR 428.88 5 Jose Guerra, Jeinkler Aguirre CUB 432.30 6 Victor Minibaev, Ilia Zakharov RUS 428.18 6 Ilya Zakharov, Victor Minibaev RUS 432.27 7 Sascha Klein, Patrick Hausding GER 427.14 7 Thomas Daley, Peter Waterfield GBR 419.97 8 Ivan Garcia, German Sanchez MEX 423.97 8 Kevin Geyson, Erci Sehn CAN 402.12 Olympic Prospectus 2012 80
    • 81 Diving Womens 3m Springboard 2008 Olympics 2010 World Cup 1 Guo Jingjing CHN 415.35 1 He Zi CHN 395.55 2 Julia Pakhalina RUS 398.60 2 Wu Minxia CHN 371.05 3 Wu Minxia CHN 389.85 3 Paola Espinosa MEX 367.80 4 Blythe Hartley CAN 374.60 4 Jennifer Abel CAN 353.55 5 Tania Cagnotto ITA 349.20 5 Sharleen Stratton AUS 339.90 6 Anna Lindberg SWE 342.15 6 Tania Cagnotto ITA 323.15 7 Sharleen Stratton AUS 331.00 7 Anabelle Smith AUS 322.40 8 Nancilea Foster USA 316.70 8 Abby Johnston USA 321.75 2011 World Series avg. 2011 World Championships 1 He Zi CHN 388.40 1 Wu Minxia CHN 380.85 2 Wu Minxia CHN 386.33 2 He Zi CHN 379.10 3 Jennifer Abel CAN 350.41 3 Jennifer Abel CAN 365.10 4 Tania Cagnotto ITA 350.20 4 Christina Loukas USA 350.10 5 Sharleen Stratton AUS 340.60 5 Sharleen Stratton AUS 330.75 6 Abby Johnston USA 315.48 6 Laura Sanchez MEX 329.70 7 Anabelle Smith AUS 305.75 7 Kelci Bryant USA 322.95 8 Emilie Heymans CAN 305.55 8 Anna Pysmenska UKR 317.25 2012 World Series avg. 2012 World Cup 1 He Zi CHN 376.71 1 Wu Minxia CHN 368.95 2 Wu Minxia CHN 373.07 2 He Zi CHN 365.40 3 Tania Cagnotto ITA 346.81 3 Tania Cagnotto ITA 345.75 4 Christina Loukas USA 338.18 4 Pamela Ware CAN 341.30 5 Laura Sanchez MEX 332.70 5 Anna Lindberg SWE 341.25 6 Kelci Bryant USA 324.52 6 Laura Sanchez MEX 329.10 7 Jennifer Abel CAN 316.24 7 Christina Loukas USA 327.65 8 Uschi Freitag GER 313.90 8 Cassidy Krug USA 326.10 Womens 3m Springboard Synchronised 2008 Olympics 2010 World Cup 1 Guo Jingjing, Wu Minxia CHN 343.50 1 Zi He, Minxia Wu CHN 354.90 2 Julia Pakhalina, Anastasia RUS 323.61 2 Svetlana Filippova, Atasia RUS 323.52 3 Ditte Kotzian, Heike Fischer GER 318.90 3 Jennifer Abel, Emilie Heymans CAN 322.50 4 Kelci Bryant, Ariel Rittenhouse USA 314.40 4 Briony Cole, Sharleen Stratton AUS 320.61 5 Briony Cole, Sharleen Stratton AUS 311.34 5 Kassidy Cook, Cassidy Krug USA 318.30 6 Noemi Batki, Francesca Dallape ITA 296.70 6 Francy Dellape, Tania Cagnotto ITA 317.40 7 M. Voloshchenko, A, Pysmenska UKR 293.10 7 Arantxo Chavez, Laura Sanchez MEX 303.39 8 Tandi Gerrard, Hayley Sage GBR 278.25 8 Rebecca Gallantree, Alicia Blagg GBR 297.24 2011 World Series avg. 2011 World Championships 1 Zi He, Minxia Wu CHN 338.63 1 Wu Minxia, He Zi CHN 356.40 2 Jennifer Abel, Emilie Heymans CAN 309.30 2 Emilie Haymnas, Jennifer Abel CAN 313.50 3 Svetlana Filippova, N. Bazhina RUS 309.01 3 Anabelle Smith, Sharleen Stratton AUS 306.90 4 Francesca Dallape, Tania Cagnotto ITA 303.83 4 H. Pysmenska, Olena Fedorova UKR 302.40 5 Kassidy Cook, Cassidy Krug USA 293.21 5 Katja Dieckow, Uschi Freitag GER 299.40 6 Anabelle Smith, Sharleen Stratton AUS 280.65 6 Francesca Dallape, Tania Cagnotto ITA 297.60 7 Daniela Ramirez, Laura Sanchez MEX 279.32 7 Christina Loukas, Kassidy Cook USA 288.00 8 Rebecca Gallantree, Alicia Blagg GBR 270.90 8 S. Filippova, Atasia Pozdniakova RUS 282.72 2012 World Series avg. 2012 World Cup 1 Zi He, Minxia Wu CHN 334.35 1 He Zi, Wu Minxia CHN 345.30 2 Aranxa Chavez, Laura Sanchez MEX 307.20 2 Jennifer Abel, Emilie Heymans CAN 321.90 3 Kassidy Cook, Christina Loukas USA 305.52 3 Tania Cagnotto, Francesca Dallape ITA 317.40 4 Kelci Bryant, Abby Johnston CAN 304.80 4 Kelci Bryant, Abby Johnston USA 315.00 5 Francesca Dallape, Tania Cagnotto ITA 299.18 5 Olena Feborova, Anna Pysmenska UKR 314.70 6 Anna Pysmenska, Olena Fedorova UKR 295.20 6 Jun H. C., P. Rinong Pamg MAS 300.90 7 Katja Dieckow, Uschi Freitag GER 294.98 7 Paola Espinosa, Laura Sanchez MEX 300.60 8 Maria Polyakova, Nadezda Bazhina RUS 294.87 8 Anabelle Smith, Sharleen Stratton AUS 298.20 Olympic Prospectus 2012 81
    • 82 Diving Womens 10m Platform 2008 Olympics 2010 World Cup 1 Chen Ruolin CHN 447.70 1 Hu Yadan CHN 452.80 2 Emilie Heymans CAN 437.05 2 Chen Ruolin CHN 437.20 3 Wang Xin CHN 429.90 3 Melissa Wu AUS 374.30 4 Paola Espinosa MEX 380.95 4 Meaghan Benfeito CAN 359.65 5 Tatiana Ortiz MEX 343.60 5 Yulia Koltunova RUS 354.55 6 Melissa Wu AUS 338.15 6 Roseline Filion CAN 353.70 7 Marie-Eve Marleau CAN 332.10 7 Pandelela Rinong Pamg MAS 351.40 8 Tonia Couch GBR 328.70 8 Paola Espinosa MEX 338.15 2011 World Series avg. 2011 World Championships 1 Hu Yadan CHN 421.60 1 Chen Ruolin CHN 405.30 2 Chen Ruolin CHN 414.85 2 Hu Yadan CHN 394.00 3 Wang Hao CHN 392.80 3 Paola Espinosa MEX 377.15 4 Alexandra Croak AUS 356.80 4 Meaghan Benfeito CAN 375.50 5 Paola Espinosa MEX 350.69 5 Pandelela Rinong USA 355.85 6 Pandelela Rinong Pamg MAS 347.99 6 Iuliia Prokopchuk UKR 340.15 7 Roseline Filion CAN 342.83 7 Alexandra Croak AUS 337.75 8 Melissa Wu GER 339.30 8 Roseline Filion CAN 333.00 2012 World Series avg. 2012 World Cup 1 Chen Ruolin CHN 403.08 1 Chen Ruolin CHN 405.25 2 Hu Yadan CHN 361.05 2 Hu Yadan CHN 397.10 3 Paola Espinosa MEX 368.55 3 Yulia Koltunova RUS 350.25 4 Alexandra Croak AUS 325.13 4 Roseline Filon CAN 348.90 5 Pandelela Rinong Pamg MAS 349.78 5 Carolina Mendoza MEX 346.85 6 Roseline Filion CAN 303.30 6 Christin Steuer GER 346.80 7 Meaghan Benfeito CAN 342.09 7 Mai Nakagawa JPN 339.85 8 Yulia Koltunova RUS 345.20 8 Neomi Batki ITA 332.10 Womens 10m Platform Synchronised 2008 Olympics 2010 World Cup 1 Wang Xin, Chen Ruolin CHN 363.54 1 Chen Ruolin, Hao Wang CHN 349.56 2 Briony Cole, Melissa Wu AUS 335.16 2 Melissa Wu, Alexandra Croak AUS 331.56 3 Paola Espinosa, Tatiana Ortiz MEX 330.06 3 Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion CAN 322.89 4 Stefanie Anthes, Nora Subschinski GER 310.29 4 Rebecca Gallantree, Stacie Powell GBR 322.02 5 Mary Beth Dunnichay, Haley USA 309.12 5 Pandelela Rinong Pamg, Mun Yee MAS 321.96 6 Choe Kum Hui, Kim Un Hyang PRK 308.10 6 Yulia Koltunova, Natalia Gonch RUS 314.34 7 Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion CAN 305.91 7 Nora Subschinski, Christin Steuer GER 311.82 8 Tonia Couch, Stacie Powell GBR 303.48 8 Haley Ishimatsu, Mary Dunnichay USA 308.40 2011 World Series avg. 2011 World Championships 1 Chen Ruolin, Hao Wang CHN 358.03 1 Wang Hao, Chen Ruolin CHN 362.58 2 Meaghan Benfeito,Roseline Filion CAN 325.40 2 Alexandra Croak, Melissa Wu AUS 325.92 3 Melissa Wu, Alexandra Croak AUS 321.96 3 Christin Steuer, Nora Subschinski GER 316.29 4 Leong M. Y., P. Rinong Pamg MAS 317.22 4 Tonia Crouch, Sarah Barrow GBR 314.52 5 Yulia Koltunova, Daria Govor RUS 304.98 5 V. Potyekhina, Iuliia Prokopchuk UKR 311.64 6 R. Gallantree, Megan Sylvester GBR 291.03 6 Leong M. Y., P. Rinong Pamg MAS 305.34 7 Rebecca Gallantree, Tonia Couch GBR 288.15 7 Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion CAN 303.87 8 Mariana Mendiola, Marisa Diaz MEX 276.84 8 Paola Espinosa,Tatiana Ortiz MEX 298.80 2012 World Series avg. 2012 World Cup 1 Chen Ruolin, Hao Wang CHN 349.76 1 Chen Ruolin, Wang Hao CHN 359.58 2 Paola Espinosa, Alejandra Orozco MEX 326.98 2 Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion CAN 331.65 3 Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion CAN 321.45 3 Sarah Barrow, Tonia Couch GBR 314.40 4 Mun Yee Leong, Pandelela Rinong MAS 318.60 4 Alexandra Croak, Melissa Wu AUS 311.04 5 Sarah Barrow, Tonia Couch GBR 305.67 5 Nora Subschinski, Christin Steuer GER 309.33 6 Christin Steuer, Nora Subschinski GER 305.04 6 V. Potyekhina, Iulia Prokopchuk UKR 308.52 7 I. Prokopchuk, Viktoriya Potyekhina UKR 298.28 7 Mun Yee Leong, P. Rinong Pamg MAS 307.86 8 E. Petukhova, Yulia Timoshinina RUS 277.71 8 Paola Espinosa, Alejandra Orozco MEX 305.34 Olympic Prospectus 2012 82
    • 83 EquestrianEquestrian does not fit comfortably into the Olympics. The fundamental issue of whether it is right to award a gold medal to a rider when thecrucial skill and strength comes from their horse is enough for many to feel uncomfortable, and the list of additional concerns is seeminglyendless: horses can be bought and sold between nations (witness the money spent by Saudi Arabia equipping their show jumping stables);riders and trainers quite happily and openly use drugs which are on the banned list, such as the painkiller capsicum (4 horses/riders werebanned following the 2008 Olympics); some of the extreme training methods used to control the horses raise ethical concerns; riders arepaid by the owners of the horses who are motivated by a desire to show the horse off and thereby increase its value; the equestrian portionof the Olympics has twice (in 1956 and 2008) had to be held thousands of miles from the host city due to quarantine concerns… I could goon. Crucially, however, equestrianism is big business. Viewing figures in some rich markets remain high and it is popular with sponsors (orat least their wives and children) and so will keep its uneasy place in the Olympic Games for the foreseeable future. In equestrianism top riders often have several world-class horses to choose from (and often ride more than one at a competition), which makes it hard to judge form. In dressage, the skill of the rider-trainer and the bond required is significant enough that a rider can come todominate. Anky Van Grunsven (NED) enjoyed this position between 2000 and 2008, winning all three gold medals with two different horses. Shes back again with her 14 year old gelding Salinero, but will have to share the favourite tag with her country-woman Adelinde Cornelisson on Parzival who have won the past two World Cup Dressage Finals. Home crowd support (not always the best thing in the controlled world of dressage) will fall on Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojrij who, along with the Dutch team and the very strongGermans will be hot on the trail of individual gold. Team Dressage will be between those three countries as well. Germany have won every Olympic gold since 1984 but have been pipped twice by the Dutch and once by the British to major team titles since 2008.With a wafer thin margin of error, show jumping could be won be any of ten or twenty riders. As reigning Olympic champions, Germany willbe narrow favourites in the team competition but again this is too close to call. Great Britain do not have a strong record in show jumping,and unlike in dressage or 3-day eventing, are not expected to challenge for medals. Set within Greenwich park, the 3-day eventing will be the equestrian showpiece of the Games. Here Great Britain excels and, unlike in previous Olympic cycles, our riders will be taking their best horses and will be favourites to take gold in both the individual and team events. William Fox-Pitt on Lionheart, Tina Cook on Minors Frolic, Nicola Wilson on Opposition Buzz, Mary King on Imperial Cavalier andZara Phillips on High Kingdom make up a strong team who go in clear favourites to take team gold. Fox-Pitt has been the most successfuleventer in the world in recent years; though he is taking a chance on the relatively inexperienced 9 year-old Lionheart, he will be favourite for individual gold, albeit amongst a field of 10-20 potential winners. Should the Queen’s grand-daughter, Zara Phillips (herself the daughter of two Olympic eventers) medal in the Jubilee year equestrian will doubtless spend a news cycle at the top of the worlds headlines.Individual Jumping 2008 Olympics 2010 World Equestrian Games1 Eric Lamaze CAN Hickstead 1 Philippe Le Jeune BEL Vigo DArsouilles2 Rolf-Goran Bengtsson SWE Ninja 2 Abdullah Al Sharbatly KSA Seldana Di Campalto3 Beezie Madden USA Authentic 3 Eric Lamaze CAN Hickstead4 M. Michaels-Beerbaum GER Shutterfly 4 Rodrigo Pessoa BRA Rebozo5 McLain Ward USA Sapphire 5 Carsten-Otto Nagel GER Corradina6 Ludger Beerbaum GER All Inclusive 6 Rolf-Goran Bengtsson SWE Ninja7 Marc Houtzager NED Opium 7 McLain Ward USA Sapphire8 Angelique Hoorn NED OBrien 8 John Pearce CAN Chianto 2011 World Cup Jumping Final 2012 World Cup Jumping Final1 Christian Ahlmann GER Taloubet 1 Rich Fellers USA Flexible2 Eric Lamaze CAN Hickstead 2 Steve Guerdat SUI Nino Des Buissonnets3 Jeroen Dubbeldam NED Simon 3 Pius Schwizer SUI Carlina4 Marco Kutscher GER Cash 4 Philipp Weishaupt GER Monte Bellini4 Beezie Madden USA Danny Boy 5 Kevin Staut FRA Silvana6 Gerco Schroder NED New Orleans 6 Rolf-Goran Bengtsson SWE Casail La Silla7 Katie McVean NZL Delphi 7 Maikel van der Vleuten NED Groep Verdi8 Kevin Staut FRA Silvana 8 Marcus Ehning GER Copin van de Broy World Ranking Points1 Rolf-Goran Bengtsson SWE 27022 Pius Schwizer SUI 23503 Nick Skeltobn GBR 23404 Ludger Beerbaum GER 22925 Marco Kutscher GER 22126 Eric Lamaze CAN 21857 Steve Guerdat SUI 21508 Edwina Tops-Alexander AUS 21329 Marcus Ehning GER 212710 Kevin Staut FRA 2125 Olympic Prospectus 2012 83
    • 84 EquestrianTeam Jumping Country Qualification Top Results =4th at 2008 Olympics, 1st at 2010 World Qualified by winning the 2010 World Equestrian Games, 3rd at 2009 European Germany Equestrian Games Jumping Championships, 1st at 2011 European Jumping Championships Qualified by coming second in the 2010 2nd at 2010 World Equestrian Games, 2nd at France World Equestrian Games 2011 European Jumping Championships Qualified by coming third in the 2010 Belgium 3rd at 2010 World Equestrian Games World Equestrian Games 16th at 2008 Olympics, 4th at 2010 World Qualified by coming fourth in the 2010 Brazil Equestrian Games, 2nd at 2011 Pan-American World Equestrian Games Games Qualified by coming fifth in the 2010 2nd at 2008 Olympics, 5th at 2010 World Canada World Equestrian Games Equestrian Games Qualified by coming fifth at the 2011 7th 2008 Olympics, 6th at 2010 World Equestrian Sweden European Jumping Championships Games Qualified at 2010 World Equestrian Games by being the highest placed 8th at 2008 Olympics, 7th at 2010 World Australia finishers (7th) from Central & Eastern Equestrian Games Europe, Central Asia, S-E Asia and Oceania Qualified at Olympic Qualifying 12th at 2008 Olympics, 8th at 2010 World Saudi Arabia Tournament Equestrian Games 6th at 2008 Olympics, 9th at 2010 World Great Britain Qualified as hosts Equestrian Games, 3rd at 2011 European Jumping Championships 1st 2008 Olympics (+ 1st in 2004 Olympics), 10th Qualified by winning the 2011 Pan- United States at 2010 World Equestrian Games, 1st at 2011 American Games Pan-American Games Qualified by coming sixth at the 2011 3rd 2008 Olympics, 1st at 2009 European Switzerland European Jumping Championships Jumping Championships Qualified by coming fourth at the 2011 Netherlands =4th at 2008 Olympics European Jumping Championships Qualifed by being the best African or Ukraine 11th at 2008 Olympics Middle Eastern Team Qualified by coming third at the 2011 9th 2008 Olympics, 3rd at 2011 Pan-American Mexico Pan-American Games Games Qualified by coming fifth at the 2011 Chile Pan-American Games Olympic Prospectus 2012 84
    • 85 EquestrianIndividual Dressage 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships1 Anky van Grunsven NED Salinero 1 Edward Gal NED Moorlands Totilas2 Isalbell Werth GER Satchmo 2 Laura Bechtolsheimer GBR Mistral Hojris3 Heike Kemmer GER Bonaparte 3 Steffen Peters USA Ravel4 Steffen Peters USA Ravel 4 Imke Schellekens-Bartels NED Hunter Douglas Sunrise5 Hans Peter Minderhoud NED Nadine 5 Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz ESP Fuego XII6 Alexandra Korelova RUS Balagur 6 Isalbell Werth GER Warum Nicht7 Emma Hindle GBR Lancet 7 Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein DEN Digby8 Kyra Kyrklund FIN Max 8 Ashley Holzer CAN Pop Art 2011 World Cup Dressage Final 2012 World Cup Dressage Final1 Adelinde Cornelissen NED Jerich Parzival 1 Adelinde Cornelissen NED Jerich Parzival2 Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein DEN Digby 2 Helen Langehanenberg GER Damon Hill3 Ulla Salzgeber GER Herzrufs Erbe 3 Valentina Truppa ITA Eremo del Costegno4 Isabell Werth GER Satchmo 4 Isabell Werth GER El Santo5 Helen Langehanenberg GER Damon Hill 5 Richard Davison GBR Hiscox Artemis6 Hans Peter Minderhoud NED Exquis Nadine 6 Hans Peter Minderhoud NED Glocks Tango7 Patrik Kittel SWE Watermill Scandic 7 Nadine Capellmann GER Girasol8 Edward Gal NED Sister de Jeu 8 Patrik Kittel SWE Toy Story World Ranking1 Adelinde Cornelissen NED Jerich Parzival2 Matthias Rath GER Totalis3 Laura Bechtolsheimer GBR Mistral Hojris4 Charlotte Dujardin GBR Valegro5 Carl Hetser GBR Uthopia6 Ulla Salzgeber GER Herzrufs Erbe7 Isabell Werth GER El Santo8 Helen Langehanenberg GER Damon Hill9 Patrik Kittel SWE Watermill Scandic10 Valentina Truppa ITA Eremo del Costegno Team Dressage Country Qualification Top Results 2nd 2008 Olympics, 1st at 2010 World Qualified by winning the 2010 World Equestrian Games, 1st at 2009 European Netherlands Equestrian Games Dressage Championships, 3rd at 2011 European Dressage Championships 5th at 2008 Olympics, 2nd at 2010 World Equestrian Games, 2nd at 2009 European Great Britain Qualified as hosts Dressage Championships, 1st at 2011 European Dressage Championships 1st at 2008 Olympics (+1st at every Olympics since 1984), 3rd at 2010 World Equestrian Qualified by coming third in the 2010 Germany Games, 3rd at 2009 European Dressage World Equestrian Games Championships, 2nd at 2011 European Dressage Championships DSQ due to doping at 2008 Olympics, 4th at Qualified by coming fourth in the 2010 United States 2010 World Equestrian Games, 1st at 2011 Pan- World Equestrian Games American Games Qualified by coming sixth at the 2011 3rd 2008 Olympics, 5th at 2010 World Denmark European Dressage Championships Equestrian Games, Qualified by coming fifth at the 2011 Spain 6th at 2010 World Equestrian Games, European Dressage Championships Qualified by winning the 2011 Pan- 8th 2008 Olympics, 7th at 2010 World Equestrian Canada American Games Games, 2ndt at 2011 Pan-American Games Qualified by winning Asia-Pacific 7th 2008 Olympics, 8th at 2010 World Equestrian Australia tournament Games, Qualified by coming fourth at the 2011 4th 2008 Olympics, 10th at 2010 World Sweden European Dressage Championships Equestrian Games, Qualified requisite number of individual Poland riders to make up a team Olympic Prospectus 2012 85
    • 86 EquestrianIndividual Eventing 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships1 Hinrich Romeike GER Marius 1 Michael Jung GER La Biosthetique-Sam2 Gina Miles USA McKinlaigh 2 William Fox-Pitt GBR Cool Mountain3 Kristina Cook GBR Miners Frolic 3 Andrew Nicholson NZL Nereo4 Megan Jones AUS Irish Hester 4 Karin Donckers BEL Gazelle de la Brasserie5 Ingrid Klimke GER Abraxxas 5 Pippa Funnell GBR Redesigned6 Didier Dhennin FRA Ismene du Temple 6 Mary King GBR Imperial Cavalier7 Clayton Fredericks AUS Ben Along Time 7 Jonathan Paget NZL Clifton Promise8 Andreas Dibowski GER Butts Leon 8 Stuart Tinney AUS Vettori 2011 Badminton Horse Trials 2011 Kentucky Three Day1 Mark Todd NZL NZB Land Vision 1 Mary King GBR Kings Temptress2 Piggy French GBR Jakata 2 Mary King GBR Fernhill Urco3 Mary King GBR Imperial Cavalier 3 Sinead Halpin USA Manoir de Carneville4 Sam Griffiths AUS Happy Times 4 William Fox-Pitt GBR Neuf Des Coeurs5 Niklas Lindbach SWE Mister Pooh 5 Clayton Fredericks AUS Be My Guest6 Caroline Powell NZL Lenamore 6 Oliver Townend GBR Sonas Rovatio7 Nicola Wilson GBR Opposition Buzz 7 Jessica Pheonix CAN Exponential8 Laura Collett GBR Rayef 8 Hannah Sue Burnett USA St. Barths 2011 Luhmuhlen Horse Trials 2011 Burleigh Horse Trials1 Andreas Ostholt GER Franco Jess 1 William Fox-Pitt GBR Parklane Hawk2 Kai Ruder GER Leprince des Bois 2 Andrew Nicholson NZL Nereo3 Sara Algotsson Ostholt SWE Wega 3 Mary King GBR Kings Temptress4 Julia Mestern GER Schorsch 4 Caroline Powell NZL Lenamore5 Donatien Schauly FRA Ocarina Du Chanois 5 Jonathan Paget NZL Clifton Lush6 Dirk Schrade GER King Artus 6 Clea Phillipps GBR Lead the Way7 Niklas Lindbach SWE Mister Pooh 7 Boyd Martin USA Neville Bardos8 Marina Kohncke GER Calma Schelly 8 Andrew Nicholson NZL Avebury 2011 Etoiles de Pau 2012 Kentucky Three Day1 William Fox-Pitt GBR Oslo 1 William Fox-Pitt GBR Parklane Hawk2 Andrew Nicholson NZL Mr Cruise Control 2 Allison Springer USA Arthur3 William Fox-Pitt GBR Lionheart 3 Boyd Martin USA Otis Barbotiere4 Mary King GBR Imperial Cavelier 4 Karen OConner USA Mr. Medicott5 Nicolas Touzaint FRA Hildago de LIle 5 William Coleman USA Twizzel6 Clayton Fredericks AUS Bendigo 6 Jonathan Paget NZL Clifton Promise7 Lucy Wiegersma GBR Simon Porloe 7 Andrew Nicholson NZL Qwanza8 Christopher Burton AUS Holstein Park Leilani 8 Boyd Martin USA Remington XXV 2012 Badminton Horse Trials - Cancelled 2012 Burleigh Horse Trials - Cancelled Olympic Prospectus 2012 86
    • 87 EquestrianTeam Eventing Country Qualification Top Results 3rd at 2008 Olympics, 1st at 2010 World Eventing Championships, 1st at 2009 European Great Britain Qualified as hosts Eventing Championships, 3rd at 2011 European Eventing Championships 9th at 2008 Olympics, 2nd at 2010 World Qualified by coming second in the 2010 Canada Eventing Championships, 2nd at 2011 Pan- World Equestrian Games American Games Qualified by coming third in the 2010 5th at 2008 Olympics, 3rd at 2010 World New Zealand World Equestrian Games Eventing Championships 7th at 2008 Olympics, 4th at 2010 World Qualified by coming fourth in the 2010 United States Eventing Championships, 1st at 2011 Pan- World Equestrian Games American Games 1st at 2008 Olympics, 5th at 2010 World Qualified by coming fifth in the 2010 Germany Eventing Championships, 1st at 2011 European World Equestrian Games Eventing Championships Qualified by coming sixth in the 2010 6th at 2010 World Eventing Championships, 3rd Belgium World Championships at 2009 European Eventing Championships Qualified requisite number of individual 8th at 2008 Olympics, 7th at 2010 World Ireland riders to make up a team Eventing Championships 11th at 2008 Olympics, 8th at 2010 World Qualified by coming second the 2011 France Eventing Championships, 2nd at 2011 European European Eventing Championships Eventing Championships Japan Qualified at Asia-Pacific tournament 9th at 2010 World Eventing Championships Qualified by coming fourth at the 2011 4th at 2008 Olympics, 10th at 2010 World Sweden European Eventing Championships Eventing Championships Qualified by coming 4th at the 2011 10th at 2008 Olympics, 3rd at 2011 Pan- Brazil Pan-American Games American Games Qualified requisite number of individual Australia 2nd at 2008 Olympics riders to make up a team Qualified requisite number of individual Netherlands riders to make up a team Olympic Prospectus 2012 87
    • 88 Fencing Fencing offers fast, furious and riveting competition to a small but affluent global audience. Italy are currently the true power houses of the sport, with 3 current world number ones and 4 reigning world champions. If all goes to form their fencers could well end up accounting for half the nation’s gold medals in London. Their haul should be kicked off by reigning world and Olympic champion Valentina Vezzali, who will only be challenged by her higher ranked team mate Elise Di Francisca on her way to the womens individual Foil title; if achieved this would make her the fourth athlete, and first woman, to win four consecutive gold medals in an individual event. Andrea Cassara could lead an Italian 1-2-3 in the mens individual Foil, which would presumably be followed - if celebrations are kept under control, by gold in the team event. Paolo Pizzo, another Italian, leads a tight field in the mens Epee, whilst in the Sabre Nicolas Limbach (GER) and Alexey Yakimenko (RUS) will hope that they can keep last years world champion Aldo Montano from making it an Italian clean sweep of mens individual gold medals. Great Britain’s hopes of a medal at the 2012 Olympics will live and probably die with Richard Kruse. Undoubtedly Britain’s best fencer for 40 years, the former Olympic quarter-finalist and two-time European Championship medallist will hope to upset the favourites in the individual foil. His best chance, however, may come in the team event where the British men will take up their automatic qualification spot. With only 8 other teams, a good crowd reaction could see GB pull off an upset and take their first fencing medal since 1964. Mens Individual Foil World Ranking Points 2008 Olympics 1 Andrea Cassara ITA 284 1 Benjamin Kleibrink GER 2 Andrea Baldini ITA 176 2 Yuki Ota JAP 3 Erwan Le Pechoux FRA 159 3 Salvatore Sanzo ITA 4 Giorgio Avola ITA 138 4 Jun Zhu CHN 5 Alaa El Sayed EGY 129 5 Peter Joppich GER 6 Race Imboden USA 126 6 Andrea Cassara ITA 7 Valerio Aspromonte ITA 126 7 Erwan Le Pechoux FRA 8 Victor Sintes FRA 122 8 Sheng Lei CHN 9 Peter Joppich GER 119 10 Alexander Massialas USA 119 2011 World Championships 11 Choi Byung-Chul KOR 109 1 Andrea Cassara ITA 12 Alexey Cheremisinov RUS 107 2 Valerio Aspromonte ITA 13 Lei Sheng CHN 86 3 Victor Sintes FRA 14 Ma Jianfei CHN 86 3 Giorgio Avola ITA 15 Sebastian Bachmann GER 85 5 Choi Byung-Chul KOR 16 Roland Schlosser AUT 82 5 Alexey Cheremisinov RUS 17 Yuki Ota JPN 80 5 Race Imboden USA 18 Kenta Chida JPN 79 5 Alaa El Sayed EGY 19 Kwon Young-Ho KOR 74 20 Huang Liangcai CHN 73 Mens Individual Epee World Ranking Points 2008 Olympics 1 Paolo Pizzo ITA 184 1 Matteo Tagliariol ITA 2 Fabian Kauter SUI 164 2 Fanrice Jeannet FRA 3 Bas Verwijlen NED 156 3 Jose Luis Abajo ESP 4 Park Kyoung-Doo KOR 151 4 Gabor Boczko HUN 5 Nikolai Novosjolov EST 145 5 Jung Jin-Sun KOR 6 Mex Heinzer SUI 139 6 Radoslaw Zawrotniak POL 7 Gauthier Grumier FRA 132 7 Diego Confalonieri ITA 8 Soren Thompson USA 124 8 Bas Verwijlen NED 9 Geza Imre HUN 117 10 Elmir Alimzhanov KAZ 115 2011 World Championships 11 Silvio Fernandez VEN 111 1 Paolo Pizzo ITA 12 Jung Jin-Sun KOR 107 2 Bas Verwijlen NED 13 Ruben Limardo VEN 105 3 Fabian Kauter SUI 14 Yannick Borel FRA 99 3 Park Kyoung-Doo KOR 15 Jeorg Fiedler GER 96 5 Gexa Imre HUN 16 Matteo Tagliariol ITA 92 5 Ruben Limardo VEN 17 Dmitry Karuchenko UKR 91 5 Elmir Alimzhanov KAZ 18 Ronan Gustin FRA 91 5 Nikolai Novosjolov EST 19 Alfredo Rota ITA 90 20 Gabor Baczko HUN 90 Olympic Prospectus 2012 88
    • 89 Fencing Mens Individual Sabre World Ranking Points 2008 Olympics 1 Nicolas Limbach GER 270 1 Zhong Man CHN 2 Alexey Yakimenko RUS 240 2 Nicolas Lopez FRA 3 Aldo Montano ITA 191 3 Mihali Covaliu ROM 4 Won Woo-Young KOR 188 4 Julien Pillet FRA 5 Gu Bon-Gil KOR 188 5 Luigi Tarantino ITA 6 Aron Szilagyi HUN 177 6 Keeth Smart USA 7 Bolade Apithy FRA 119 7 Jorge Pina ESP 8 Luigi Tarantino ITA 119 8 Aliaksandr Buikevich BLR 9 Nikolay Kovalev RUS 115 10 Juilien Pillet FRA 110 2011 World Championships 11 Giampiero Pastore ITA 110 1 Aldo Montano ITA 12 Veniamin Reshetnikov RUS 107 2 Nicolas Limbach GER 13 Rares Dumitrescu ROU 105 3 Gu Bon-Gil KOR 14 Daryl Homer USA 101 3 Luigi Tarantino ITA 15 Diego Occhiuzzi ITA 90 5 Won Woo-Young KOR 16 Dmitri Lapkes BLR 83 5 Aron Szilagyi HUN 17 Nicolas Lopez FRA 78 5 Veniamin Reshetnikov RUS 18 Liu Xiao CHN 76 5 Dmitri Lapkes BLR 19 Renzo Agresta BRA 75 20 Philippe Beaudry CAN 68 Mens Team Foil 2011 World Championships World Ranking Points Zhang Liangliang 1 Italy 364 Lei Sheng 2 China 336 1 China Zhu Jun 3 Germany 326 Ma Jianfei 4 France 296 Marcel Marcilloux 5 Japan 276 Victor Sintes 6 Russia 264 2 France Erwan Le Pechoux 7 United States 236 Brice Guyart 10 Egypt 191 Sebastien Bachmann 11 Great Britain 184 Peter Joppich 3 Germany Benjamin Kleibrink Andre Wessels 4 Poland 5 Japan 6 Russia 7 Italy South 8 Korea Mens Team Sabre 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championships 1 Julien Pillet Nikolay Kovalev Boris Sanson Veniamin Reshetnikov France 1 Russia Nicolas Lopez Alexey Yakimenko Pavel Bykov 2 Tim Morehouse Valery Pryiemka Jason Rogers Aliaksandr Buikevich USA 2 Belarus Keeth Smart Dmitri Lapkes James Williams Aliaksei Likhacheuski Aldo Montano Diego Occuizzi Luigi Tarantino Also Montano 3 Italy 3 Italy Giampiero Pastore Gianpiero Pastore Diego Occhiuzzi Luigi Tarantino 4 Russia 4 Germany 5 Belarus 5 Romania 6 China 6 Hungary 7 Hungary 7 Ukraine 8 Egypt 8 USA World Ranking Points 1 Russia 364 2 Germany 322 3 Italy 314 4 Belarus 304 5 Romania 260 6 China 232 7 United States 229 8 South Korea 226 Olympic Prospectus 2012 89
    • 90 Fencing Womens Individual Foil World Ranking Points 2008 Olympics 1 Elisa Di Francisca ITA 263 1 Valentina Vezzali ITA 2 Valentina Vezzali ITA 244 2 Hyun-Hee Nam KOR 3 Nam Hyun-Hee KOR 147 3 Margherita Granbassi ITA 4 Corinne Maitrejean FRA 136 4 Giovanna Trillini ITA 5 Arianna Errigo ITA 131 5 Edina Knapek HUN 6 Ilaria Salvatori ITA 126 6 Evgenia Lamonova RUS 7 Lee Kiefer USA 118 7 Chieko Sugawara JPN 8 Evgeniya Lamonova RUS 105 8 Katja Wachter GER 9 Aida Mohamed HUN 95 10 Aida Shanaeva RUS 91 2011 World Championships 11 Ines Boubakri TUN 82 1 Valentina Vezzali ITA 12 Carolin Golubytskyi GER 82 2 Elisa Di Francisca ITA 13 Chen Jinyan CHN 82 3 Lee Kiefer USA 14 Inna Deriglazova RUS 75 3 Nam Hyun-Hee KOR 15 Jeon Hee-Sook KOR 74 5 Corinne Maitrejean FRA 16 Nzingha Prescod USA 69 5 Yevgeniya Lamoneva RUS 17 Doris Willette USA 67 5 Martyna Synoradzka POL 18 Liu Yongshi CHN 66 5 Ilaria Salvatori ITA 19 Astrid Guyart FRA 64 20 Sylwia Gruchala POL 64 Womens Individual Epee World Ranking Points 2008 Olympics 1 Ana Branza ROU 167 1 Britta Heidemann GER 2 Bianca Del Carretto ITA 159 2 Ana Maria Branza ROM 3 Sun Yujie CHN 158 3 Ildiko Mincza-Nebald HUN 4 Simona Gherman ROU 149 4 Li Na CHN 5 Mara Navarria ITA 146 5 Inke Duplitzer GER 6 Tiffany Geroudet SUI 130 6 Lubov Shutova RUS 7 Yana Shemyakina UKR 126 7 Laura Flessel-Colovic FRA 8 Magdalena Piekarska POL 125 8 Emma Samuelson SWE 9 Choi In Jeong KOR 118 10 Lyubov Shutova RUS 111 2011 World Championships 11 Luo Xiaojuan CHN 110 1 Li Na CHN 12 Monika Sozanska GER 110 2 Sun Yujie CHN 13 Li Na CHN 109 3 Ana Maria Branza ROU 14 Emesa Szasz HUN 107 3 Anca Maroiu ROU 15 Laura Flessel-Colovic FRA 104 5 Magdelana Piekarska POL 16 Courtney Hurley USA 93 5 Simona Alexandru ROU 17 Anca Maroiu ROU 89 5 Monika Sozanska GER 18 Rossella Fiamingo ITA 86 5 Shin A-Lam KOR 19 Anna Sivkova RUS 82 20 Shin A Lam KOR 82 Womens Individual Sabre World Ranking Points 2008 Olympics 1 Sofya Velikaya RUS 258 1 Mariel Zagunis USA 2 Mariel Zagunis USA 258 2 Sada Jacobson USA 3 Olga Kharlan UKR 230 3 Rebecca Ward USA 4 Yuliya Gavrilova RUS 170 4 Sofiya Velikaya RUS 5 Zhu Min CHN 153 5 Xue Tan CHN 6 Kim Yi-Yeon KOR 143 6 Yingying Bao CHN 7 Ekaterina Dyachenko RUS 137 7 Azza Besbes TUN 8 Azza Besbes TUN 136 8 Olena Khomrova UKR 9 Chen Xiaodong CHN 132 10 Vassiliki Vougiouka GRE 128 2011 World Championships 11 Irene Vecchi ITA 127 1 Sofia Velikaya RUS 12 Gioia Marzocca ITA 118 2 Mariel Zagunis USA 13 Dagmara Wozniak USA 100 3 Julia Gavrilova RUS 14 Aleksandra Socha POL 99 3 Olha Kharlan UKR 15 Leonore Perrus FRA 86 5 Sabina Mikina AZE 16 Olga Zhovnir UKR 81 5 Irene Vecchi ITA 17 Sabina Schneider USA 78 5 Ekaterina Diatchenko RUS 18 Sabina Mikina AZE 78 5 Zhu Min CHN 19 Bogna Jozwiak POL 72 20 Ibithaj Muhammad USA 71 Olympic Prospectus 2012 90
    • 91 Fencing Womens Team Foil 2008 Olympics 2011 World Championships 1 Svetlana Boiko Inna Deriglazova Aida Chanaeva Aida Shanyeva Russia 1 Russia Victoria Nikichina Larissa Korobeynikova Evgenia Lamonova Yevgeniya Lamanova 2 Emily Cross Arianna Errigo Hanna Thompson Valentina Vezzali USA 2 Italy Erinn Smart Elisa Di Francisca Ilaria Salvatori Valentina Vezzali Lee Hye-Sun Giovanna Trillini Nam Hyun-Hee South 3 Italy 3 Margherita Granbassi Jeo Hee-Sook Korea Ilaria Salvatori Jung Gil-Ok 4 Hungary 4 Poland 5 Germany 5 Hungary 6 China 6 France 7 Poland 7 USA 8 Egypt 8 Canada World Ranking Points 1 Italy 424 2 Russia 376 3 South Korea 328 4 Poland 250 5 United States 230 6 France 222 9 Japan 204 13 Great Britain 157 14 Egypt 126 Womens Team Epee 2011 World Championships World Ranking Points Anca Maroiu 1 Romania 388 Loredana Dinu 2 China 348 1 Romania Simona Alexandru 3 Russia 296 Ana Maria Branza 4 Italy 274 Luo Xiaojuan 5 South Korea 243 Li Na 6 United States 233 2 China Sun Yujie 7 Ukraine 214 Xu Anqi 8 Germany 210 Rossella Fiamingo Mara Navarria 3 Italy Nathalie Moellhausen Bianca Del Carretto 4 Germany 5 Poland 6 Estonia South 7 Korea 8 France Olympic Prospectus 2012 91
    • 92 Football Olympic Football is largely viewed as a waste of time in Britain, especially by professional football journalists and pundits,. The well-established argument runs that the Olympic title is not the pinnacle of the sport and, as such, the players and fans simply don’t care about winning. Whilst there may be valid concerns about Olympic football, this view is peculiarly British and can largely be explained by the fact that Great Britain, as a combination of the home nations, has never put together a professional team and has not competed in Olympic football since 1960 (when it was still an amateur-only event). To counter the notion that Olympic football is an irrelevance you only need to look at the five Games since the tournament started admitting professional players: when the Spanish football team took gold in Barcelona, the Spanish public voted it their favourite moment of the Games; African football regards Nigeria’s gold in Atlanta and Cameroon’s gold in Sydney as its arrival on the world scene; and Argentina’s golds in Athens and Beijing, with teams featuring such stars as Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi, are considered proof of a golden generation. Perhaps those that disparage the Olympic tournament so much might start to change their tune if a British football team finally managed to win something. Whilst the inculsion of several very weak sides in the mens tournament means the group stages may turn out a little predictable, by the time of the knockout rounds we will be able to see some of the current and future stars in world football going toe-to-toe. Uruguay, Switzerland, Mexico, South Korea and Japan all boast experienced players and bristling talent but look short of having the strength to pick up gold. The two standout teams in the Olympics are Brazil and Spain. Brazil’s senior team has gone through an overhaul in terms of philosophy and personnel since the 2010 World Cup. What we will see in London is the core of the team they are hoping will bring World Cup victory on home soil in 2014. With a front line of Neymar, Hulk and Alexandre Pato, and the experience of Thiago Silva at centre back, this will be a big test for Brazil and the home press will expect a finals appearance at the very least. Spain, off the back of two European Championships and one World Cup, bring a team with strength across the pitch and expectation of gold. Such is their strength that it is hard to pick their starting line-up, but with Manchester United’s David de Gea, Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez and Iker Munain and Chelsea’s Juan Mata, Spain will be formidable opponents. The big question mark in the men’s tournament falls on Great Britain. It is hard to compare GB’s team-sheet with those of Brazil and Spain without seeing a gulf in quality. Veteran Welsh players Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy have never had a chance to perform in an international tournament and home-field advantage is a big help – but the semi-finals will probably prove the absolute limit of their abilities. For women’s football, the Olympics remains the marquee event on the calendar despite the growing popularity of the women’s World Cup. Despite the recent collapse of their professional league, it is the USA that will come in as favourites to pick up a third consecutive gold. They have never failed to make it to an Olympic final, but as women’s football continues to grow world- wide they have been coming under increasing pressure. Japan won the 2011 World Cup and will come in with confidence after their victory over the full strength USA side in that final. Silver medallists four years ago, Brazil boasts three-times World Player of the Year – Marta – for whom this may be a last shot at the Olympics. There is also optimism around the Great British team; although the England team, around which it is based, are yet to lift an international trophy, there is a definite upward trend in their performances and they have an opportunity to raise the profile of their sport on the biggest stage of all. Mens Football World Country Qualification Group Achievements Top Players Ranking Undergoing a rennaisance , the 1924 & 1928 Olympic Second in South American Luiz Suarez (FW, 25, 28 goals in 54 games for senior team, 81 goals in 110 games champions have built a senior team that reached the 2010 Uruguay U-20 Qualification A 3rd for Ajax but been less impressive recently for Liverpool, dropped from first team World Cup semi-final and have finished third and then second Tournament towards end of last season), Abel Hernandez (FW, 21, currently at Palermo) at the past two U-20 South American Championships Ryan Giggs (MF, 38, voted best ever player in Premiership, 638 games, 112 goals The first united Great Britain team since 1960 and the first ever for Manchester Unt, 2 Champions Leagues), Aaron Ramsey(MF, 21, 68 united professional team - the core of the team is the English Great Britain Host-Country Place A 7th appearances for Arsenal, 21 senior caps for Wales, Welsh Young Player of the Year U-21 team that finished 3rd in their group below Czech and 2009, 2010), Craig Bellamy (FW, 32, 69 senior caps for Wales, played for 10 clubs Spain in the 201 U-21 Euro Championships in career) Lucky qualifiers to the Olympics - their spot comes despite Dame NDoye (FW, 27, 12 senior caps, top scorer in Danish Superliga 2011/12, has Won Asian-African play-off Senegal A 77th finishing fourth in the African U-23 Championships and is won the Danish Superliga 3x with FC Copenhagen),Mohamed Diame (DM, 25, 96 spot courtesy of a rotating continental allocation to the Olympics games for Wigan, has joined West Ham on a free transfer this summer) Senior squad has never tasted success but U-20 won the 2008 United Arab Won Group at Asian Hamdan Al Kamali (DF, 23, 26 senior caps for UAE, joined Lyon on loan this A 121st Asian Youth Championships and U-23 team were unbeaten in Emirates Qualification Tournament summer) qualification Olympic Prospectus 2012 92
    • 93 Football Admir Mehmedi (FW, 21, Swiss/Albanian currently playing for Dynamo Kiev, All- Senior squad have been a very average European side but this Star at EURO U-21s + 2nd top scorer), Granit Xhaka (MF, 19, Swiss/Albanian Second in European U-21 is an exciting group of young players that grown up together, Switzerland B 18th joined Borussia Monchengladbach for €8.5m this summer after 43 appearances for Qualification Tournament largely at Basel, and have won the 2009 U-17 World Cup and Basel), Valon Behrami (MF, 27, 32 senior caps, career has spanned Lazio, West came second in the 2010 U-21 European Championships Ham and now Fiorentina) Suffer as a team from most players spending their careers in Giovanni Dos Santos (MF/FW, 23, product of the Barcelona youth academ, now Won North American Mexico and not gaining experience from European football. playing on Tottenhams books but has spnet most of past three years on loan), Mexico B 20th Qualification Tournament Won the U-17 World Cup in 2007, third in 2011 U-20 World Oribe Peralta (FW, 28, 50 goals in 177 games for Santos Laguna in Mexico, top Cup, won the 2011 Pan-American Games scorer at 2011 Pan-American Games) Ki Sung-Yueng (MF, 23, 45 senior caps, currently playing for Celtic though there Historic performance at 2002 World Cup where their senior has been interst from several top clubs, 2009 Asian Young Footballer of the Year, Won Group at Asian team reached the semi-finals, have qualified for the past seven South Korea B 31st 2011 Korean Player of the Year), Park Chu-Young (FW, 26, 59 senior caps, 25 Qualification Tournament Olympics but failed to make in-roads, took Spain to penalties in senior goals, spent 2008-11 at Monaco scoring 25 goals, transferred to Arsenal in the 2011 U-20 World Cup 2011 off-season but injured after one start) Almost no international history, best result at African Cup fo Won African U-23 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FW, 23, 25 senior caps, scored 16 times in 46 Gabon B 42nd nations was a quarter final in 2012, but U-23 team won the Qualification Tournament matches in French Ligue 1 for Saint-Etienne) African qualification tournament Thiago Silva (DF, 27, AC Milan captain and talisman, 2011 Seria A Defender of the Simply the most successful team ever, five senior world cups, Year, Samba dOr (best Brazilian player in Europe) in 2011),Neymar (FW, 20, 9 Won South American U-20 won the 2011 U-20 World Cup and second in 2009, have never goals in 18 games for senior Brazilan team, 41 goals in 86 games for Santos, Brazil C 6th Qualification Tournament won Olympic gold, hotly tipped team including Ronaldinho possibly the most gifted player of his generation is getting his first tournament beaten 3-0 by Argentina in 2008 semi-finals experience in Europe), Hulk (FW, 25, 52 goals in 96 games for Porto, two time Primeira Liga Player of the Year) The most successful African team when playing in Africa (7 Third in African U-23 Ahmed El-Shenawy (GK, 21, 6 senior caps, best goalkeeper at 2011 African Youth Egypt C 55th African Cup of Nations) but have not performed well outside Qualification Tournament Championships) Africa - 11th Olmpic appearance but have never medalled Senior side has never made an appearance at an international Third in European U-21 Belarus C 68th tournament, surprising third at Euro U-21 qualified them for Alyaksandr Hutar (GK, 23, Belarussian Footballer of the Year 2011) Qualification Tournament Olympics Ryan Nelson (DF, 34, 172 appearances for Blackburn Rovers, now signed for Won Oceania Qualification Lowest ranked team in the tournament, drew against New Zealand C 130th QPR), Shane Smeltz (FW, 30, former AFC Wimbledon player, 2007 and 2008 Tournament Cameroon and Uruguay at 2011 U-20 World Cup, Oceania Player of the Year) David de Gea (GK, 21, Manchester Uniteds starting goalkeeper, best saves-to- shots ratio in Premier League 2011/12), Javi Martinez (MF/DC, 23, has won the Senior side have won the past two European Championships Won European U-21 World Cup, European Championships, Euro U-21s, Euro U-19s, Athletic Bilbaos Spain D 1st and on World Cup, U-21 side won Euro 2011, U-20 side lost at Qualification Tournament captain & La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year 2010),Juan Mata (MF, 24, 129 2011 World Cup against Brizil on penalties in QFs appearances for Valencia before joining Chelsea in 2011, won the Champions League, was FA Cup Final Man of the Match and Chelsea Player of the Year) Have failed to improve on the world scene despite continued Hiroki Sakai (DF, 22, 2011 J-League Rookie of the Year, transferred to Hannover Won Group at Asian Japan D 30th growth of soccer in Japan, have six European based players at 96 in off season), Kenyu Sugimoto (FW, 19, 9 goals from 11 games for Japan U- Qualification Tournament the Olympics 17) Senior team have only qualified for two World Cups, in 1982 Second in North American and 2010, where they finished last in their group, qualified for Maynor Figuroa (DF, 29, 85 senior caps for Honduras, 126 appearances for Wigan Honduras D 61st Qualification Tournament 2000 and 2008 Olympics but failed to progress past group Athletic stage Second in African U-23 Senior team have not qualified for a World Cup, second in Abdelaziz Barrada (MF, 22, plays for Gatafe, top scorer in African Youth Morocco D 62nd Qualification Tournament African Youth Tournament Tournament) Olympic Prospectus 2012 93
    • 94 Football Womens Football World Country Qualification Group Achievements Top Players Ranking Marta (FW, 70+ caps, 80+ goals, 5x FIFA World Player of the Year (+ 2x 2nd + 1x Won South American Silver medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, runner-up at 3rd), Joint highest World Cup scorer), Erika (DF, All-Star team in 2011 World Cup), Brazil A 4th Qualification Tournament the 2007 World Cup and 1/4-Finalist at the 2011 World Cup. Christiane (FW, 2x 3rd in FIFA World Player of the Year, 2x Hat-trick in Olympic Tournament) First appearance as combined GB team; as England they have Kelly Smith (FW, 100+ caps, 3rd 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, MBE), Alex Great Britain Host-Country Place A 9th been Quarter Finalistists in 2011 World Cup andsecond at Scott (DF, All-Star team in 2011 World Cup), Jill Scott (MF, All-Star team in 2011 2009 European Championships World Cup) Have qualifed for the past two World Cups and the last Won Oceania Ali Riley (DF, Played in US Pro Soccer League after captaining Stamford to two New Zealand A 24th Olympics, but have only picked up two points in total once Qualification Tournament NCAA Semi-Finals and one Final) there Never qualified for an Olympic Games or World Cup their best Joint-Winner at African Cameroon A 52nd performance to date has been runner-up in the 2004 African - Qualification Tournament Womens Championships Having never progressed beyond the group stages at the Homare Sawa (MF, top scorer at 2011 World Cup, 175+ national caps, 2011 FIFA World Cup or even won the Asian Championships, Japan Won Asian Qualification player of the year), Ayumi Kaihori (GK, All-Star team in 2011 World Cup, saved Japan B 3rd underwent a rejuvination under Eiji Ueda in the mid-naughties; Tournament two penalties in final to give her team the title), Aya Miyama (MF, 100+ national they have since been 4th at the Beijing Olympics andwon the caps, All-Star team in 2011 World Cup, Asian player of the year 2011) 2011 World Cup Lotta Schelin (FW, All-Star team in 2011 World Cup, 2x Swedish Footballer of the Won European Third in 2011 World Cup, Quarter Finals in 2008 Olympics, Year), Caroline Seger (MF, All-Star team in 2011 World Cup, 2009 Swedish Sweden B 5th Qualification Tournament Quarter Finals in 2009 Europeans Championships Footballer of the Year), Therese Sjogran (MF, 170+ Caps, 2x Swedish Footballer of the Year) Despite failing to advance beyond the group stages at the Second in North most recent World Cup and Olympics they have beaten USA Christine Sinclair (FW, 170+ Caps, 130+ goals, 7x Canadian Footballer of the Canada American Qualification B 7th twice in the past two years en-route to winning the Pan- year) Tournament American Games and the Olympic Qualifying tournament The Banyana Banyana only held their first international match Joint-Winner at African in 1993. Since then they have failed to qualify for a tournamen Noko Matlou (FW, African Player of the year 2008, 2011 South African South Africa B 65th Qualification Tournament outside Africa but have notched up top three places in the past Sportswoman of the year) three African Championships The dominant force in Womens Soccer for the past 20 years Abby Wamlach (FW, 175+ caps, 130+ goals, 3rd in 2011 FIFA player of the year), they have never finished outside the top three at a major Won North American Hope Solo (GK, 100+ caps, 2011 World Cup best-goalkeeper award, semi-finalist United States C 1st international tournament (though they have not won the Qualification Tournament Dancing with the Stars, posed nude for ESPN), Shannon Boxx (MF, 150+ caps, World Cup since 1999 they were second in the 2011 World All-Star team in 2011 World Cup, 3rd in 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year) Cup) and have won Olympic Gold in 1996, 2004 and 2008 Sonia Bompastor (DF, 140+ caps, 2x French Player of the Year, All-Star team in Second in European First Olympic Appearnace, Fourth in 2011 World Cup, 2011 World Cup), Laura Georges (DF, 100+ caps, All-Star team in 2011 World France C 6th Qualification Tournament Quarter Finalist in 2009 European Championships Cup), Louisa Necib (MF, All-Star team in 2011 World Cup, 2009 French Player of the Year) The North Korean team has been banned from FIFA competition until 2015 following five of their players testing positive during drugs tests at the Second in Asian North Korea C 8th 2011 World Cup. This ban does not, however, cover Olympic competition and in September 2011 the new batch of players were good enough to Qualification Tournament qualify through the Asian Qualification Tournament Second in South Qulified for their first World Cup in 2011 and were second at Columbia American Qualification C 28th - the 2010 South American Championships Tournament Olympic Prospectus 2012 94
    • 95 Artistic Gymnastics One man has come to dominate Mens Gymnastics - Kohei Uchimura. This 23 year old Japanese sensation dominated the mens all-around competition at the last three World Championships and the expectation is that he will take the individual title at this Olympics. He should take at least one apparatus title as well and, if they can avoid the mistakes made at last years World Championships, then Japan will be strong favourites to take the team gold - some commentators have predicted as many as six gold medals (through three or four is more likely) for Kohei and he will rightly be one of the stars of the Games. China should be capable of picking up golds in the apparatus finals, as well as capitilising on any mistakes Japan make. Germany will be hoping that double world individual all-around silver medallist Philipp Boy can repeat that feat or better on the Olympic stage. USA bring a very young but promising team to London, but these Games will likely come just too soon with Danell Leyva on parallel and high bars being their only realistic chance of gold. Koreas Yang Hak-Seon is currently producing the most difficult vaulting in history and should take that dicipline with room to spare. The headline battle in the womens events should still be between Jordyn Weiber from the USA and Viktoria Komova from Russia. Weiber took the upper hand at last years World Championships with individual and team gold but the waif-like Komova, physically a throw-back to gymnasts of 30 years ago (she weighs just 76lbs) and the daughter of two Soviet-era international gymnasts, looked like she had done enough to win the individual title until a harshly marked floor routine handed the title to the American. USA have easily enough strength in depth to take the team gold, though that was also true in 2004 and 2008 when mistakes slipped them into silver. China have gone off the boil since their home Olympics 4 years ago, and may have to rely on Sui Lu on the balance beam for a chance of gold. McKayla Moroney (USA) should take vaulting gold, but special notice should be given to Oksana Chusovitina, currently competing for Germany, who won silver in the vault at last years World Championships. At 37 she may well be competing in a final where none of the other competitors were born in time to watch her first gold for the Soviet team in 1992. The British team on both the mens and womens side comes into these Games stronger than ever before. The mens team are now the strongest in Europe having won 2 out of the last 3 European junior titles and their first ever senior team gold medal in May. Although Japan and China are still out ahead, a bronze is a realistic target in the team event and the squad genuinely believes they could be the best in the world within the next 4 or 8 years. Louis Smith has the most difficult routine on the pommel horse in the world. If he can put together a routine with a difficulty score at 7.1, and avoid the big mistake he made on dismount at last years Worlds, then he should be favourite to take gold. He has medalled in three consecutive major championships and he now has the experience and strength to deliver in front of his home crowd. Daniel Purvis, despite lacking any one piece of apparatus where he is in the top 8 in the world, will be targetting a medal in the individual all- around. He held bronze medal position until the final round at last years World Championships, when a superb high-bar performance by Philipp Boy knocked him into fourth. If he could up the difficulty level on his high bar and pommel horse routines then he stands an excellent chance of matching his World Championship silver from 2009. British womens gymnastics will continue to rely on Beth Tweddle for a chance of a medal. She should reach the final in both the floor and asymmetric bars (she has been world champion in both) but may find herself out-classed by her younger opponents. Although mistakes in qualification prevented her reaching the final in last years World Championships, she will be performing the most technically difficult routine at these Games and, if she can execute highly enough, gold is not out of her reach. Winner of the British Olympic trials, 15 year old Rebecca Tunney, and more experienced Becky Downing will be in contention for a top 8 in the individual all-around, which would be an excellent achievement. The team have performed well in recent championships and will be disappointed if they dont make the final. Mens Team All-Around 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 China 374.675 1 China 274.997 2 Japan 369.550 2 Japan 273.252 3 Russia 366.225 3 Germany 271.252 4 South Korea 365.675 4 USA 268.012 5 Germany 365.675 5 France 263.468 6 USA 365.200 6 Russia 263.170 7 France 361.200 7 Great Britain 261.103 8 Romania 359.350 8 Korea 259.952 2011 World Championships 1 China 275.161 2 Japan 273.093 3 USA 273.083 4 Russia 269.045 5 Ukraine 264.102 6 Germnay 263.926 7 South Korea 260.393 8 Romania 245.175 Olympic Prospectus 2012 95
    • 96 Artistic Gymnastics Mens Individual All-Around 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Yang Wei CHN 94.575 1 Kohei Uchimura JPN 92.331 2 Kohei Uchimura JPN 91.975 2 Philipp Boy GER 90.048 3 Benoit Caranobe FRA 91.925 3 Jonathon Horton USA 89.864 4 Hiroyuki Tomita JPN 91.750 4 Mykola Kuksenkov UKR 89.831 5 Sergey Khorokhordin RUS 91.700 5 Daniel Purvis GBR 88.965 6 Maxim Devyatovskiy RUS 91.700 6 Lu Bo CHN 88.964 7 Fabian Hambuechen GER 91.675 7 Sergey Khorokhordin RUS 88.664 8 Yang Tae Young KOR 91.600 8 Koji Uematsu JPN 88.398 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Kohei Uchimura JPN 93.631 1 Kohei Uchimura JPN 92.650 2 Philipp Boy GER 90.530 2 Kenya Kobayashi JPN 90.800 3 Koji Yamamuro JPN 90.255 3 Danell Leyva USA 90.664 4 Daniel Purvis GBR 89.932 4 Mykola Kuksenkov UKR 90.498 5 John Orozco USA 89.664 5 Shogo Nonomura JPN 90.050 6 David Belyavskiy RUS 89.274 6 Marcel Nguyen GER 89.925 7 Mykola Kuksenkov UKR 89.132 7 Ryohei Kato JPN 89.800 8 Macel Nguyen GER 88.831 8 Daniel Purvis GBR 89.766 Mens Vault 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Leszek Blanik POL 16.537 1 Thoams Bouhail FRA 16.449 2 Thomas Bouhail FRA 16.537 2 Anton Golotsutskov RUS 16.366 3 Anton Golotsutskov RUS 16.475 3 Dzimitry Kaspiarovich BLR 16.316 4 Marian Dragulescu ROU 16.225 4 Yang Hak Seon KOR 16.266 5 Benoit Caranobe FRA 16.062 5 Flavius Koczi ROU 16.208 6 Dmitry Kasperovitch BLR 16.050 6 Andriy Isayev UKR 16.049 7 Flavius Koczi ROU 15.925 7 Luis Rivera PUR 15.945 8 Isaac Botella ESP 15.737 8 Jeffrey Wammes NED 15.750 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Yang Hak Seon KOR 16.666 1 Cheng Ran CHN 16.262 2 Anton Golotsutskov RUS 16.366 2 Igor Radivilov UKR 16.250 3 Makoto Okiguchi JPN 16.291 3 Enrique Gonzales CHI 16.125 4 Thomas Bouhail FRA 16.187 4 Flavius Koczi ROU 16.116 5 Denis Ablyazin RUS 16.174 5 Dzmitry Kaspiarovich BLR 16.112 6 Dzmitry Kaspiarovitch BLR 16.083 6 Nguyen Ha Thanh VIE 16.075 7 Shek Wai Hung HKG 15.950 7 Denis Abilyazin RUS 16.062 8 Jeffrey Wammes NED 15.683 8 Du Wei CHN 16.012 Mens Floor 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Zou Kai CHN 16.050 1 Elaftherios Kosmidis GRE 15.700 2 Gervasio Deferr ESP 15.775 2 Kohei Uchimura JPN 15.533 3 Anton Golotsutskov RUS 15.725 3 Daniel Purvis GBR 15.366 4 Fabian Hambuechen GER 15.650 4 Alexander Shatilov ISR 15.333 5 Kohei Uchimura JPN 15.575 5 Thomas Bouhail FRA 15.200 6 Diego Hypolito BRA 15.200 6 Eddie Penev BUL 15.066 7 Marian Dragulescu ROU 14.850 7 Flavius Koczi ROU 15.066 8 Alexandr Shatilov ISR 14.125 8 Steven Legendre USA 13.600 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Kohei Uchimura JPN 15.633 1 Kohei Uchimura JPN 15.800 2 Zou Kai CHN 15.500 2 Eleftherios Kosmidis GRE 15.766 3 Diego Hypolito BRA 15.466 3 Jake Dalton USA 15.600 3 Alexsander Shatilov ISR 15.466 4 Daniel Purvis GBR 15.550 5 Steven Legendre USA 15.400 5 Zou Kai CHN 15.500 6 Flavius Koczi ROU 15.333 6 Enrique Gonzales CHI 15.475 6 Tomas Gonzalez CHN 15.333 7 Flavius Koczi ROU 15.450 8 Jacob Dalton USA 15.133 8 Steven Legendre USA 15.450 Olympic Prospectus 2012 96
    • 97 Artistic Gymnastics Mens Pommel Horse 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Xiao Qin CHN 15.875 1 Krisztian Berki HUN 15.833 2 Filip Ude CRO 15.725 2 Louis Smith GBR 15.733 3 Louis Smith GBR 15.725 3 P Sellathurai AUS 15.566 4 Yang Wei CHN 15.450 4 Cyril Tommasone FRA 15.433 5 Hiroyuki Tomita JPN 15.375 5 Filip Ude CRO 15.316 6 Kim Ji-Hoon HOR 15.175 6 Harutyum Merdinyan ARM 15.166 7 Alexander Artemev USA 14.975 7 Donny Truyens BEL 14.133 8 Jose Bustamante VEN 14.650 8 Saso Bertoncelj SLO 13.933 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Krisztian Berki HUN 15.833 1 Krisztian Berki HUN 15.958 2 Cyril Tommasone FRA 15.266 2 Xiao Qin CHN 15.925 3 Louis Smith GBR 15.066 3 Louis Smith GBR 15.833 4 Vid Hidvegi HUN 15.000 4 Zhang Hongtao CHN 15.825 5 Kohei Uchimura JPN 14.533 5 Daniel Keatings GBR 15.750 6 Prashnath Sellathurai AUS 14.333 6 Prashanth Sellathurai AUS 15.725 7 Saso Bertoncelj SLO 14.266 7 Max Whitlock GBR 15.525 7 Teng Haibin CHN 14.266 8 Saso Bertoncelj SLO 15.475 Mens Rings 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Chen Yibing CHN 16.600 1 Chen Yibing CHN 15.900 2 Yang Wei CHN 16.425 2 Yan Mingyong CHN 15.700 3 Olexsandr Vorobiov UKR 16.345 3 Matteo Morandi ITA 15.666 4 Andrea Coppolino ITA 16.225 4 Koji Yamamuro JPN 15.500 5 Danny Pinhero Rodrigues FRA 16.225 5 Yoo Won Chul KOR 15.433 6 Matteo Morandi ITA 16.200 6 Ivan San Miguel ESP 15.333 7 Robert Stanescu ROU 15.825 7 Kenya Kobayashi JPN 15.300 8 Jordan Jovtchev BUL 15.525 8 Chen Chih Yu TPE 15.266 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Chen Yibing CHN 15.800 1 Arthur Nabarrete Zaneti BRA 15.925 2 Arthur Nabarrate Zanetti BRA 15.600 2 Chen Yibing CHN 15.925 3 Koji Yamamuro JPN 15.500 3 Eleftherios Petrounias GRE 15.725 4 Matteo Morandi ITA 15.200 4 Samir Ait Said FRA 15.675 5 Youri van Gelder NED 14.666 5 Koji Yamamuro JPN 15.600 6 Kohei Uchimura JPN 14.633 6 Liao Qiuhua CHN 15.575 7 Jonathan Horton USA 14.300 7 Federico Molinari ARG 15.575 8 Regulo Cormona VEN 14.266 8 Davtyan Vahagn ARM 15.550 Mens Parallel Bars 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Li Xiaopeng CHN 16.450 1 Feng Zhe CHN 15.966 2 Yoo Won-Chul KOR 16.250 2 Teng Haibin CHN 15.616 3 Anton Fokin UZB 16.200 3 Kohei Uchimura JPN 15.500 4 Fabian Hambuchen GER 15.975 4 Fabian Hambuchen GER 15.366 5 Mitja Petkovsek SLO 15.725 5 Koji Uematsu JPN 15.233 6 Huang Xu CHN 15.700 6 Adam Kierzkowski POL 15.200 7 Yang Tae-Young KOR 15.650 7 Ildar Valeiev KAZ 15.183 8 Nikolay Kryukov RUS 15.150 8 Samuel Piasecky SVK 15.166 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Danell Leyva USA 15.633 1 Pham Phuoc Hung VIE 15.925 2 Vaileios Tsolakidis GRE 15.533 2 Kazuhito Tanaka JPN 15.900 2 Zhang Chenglong CHN 15.533 3 Epke Zonderland NED 15.800 4 Kohei Uchimura JPN 15.500 4 Marcel Nguyen GER 15.766 5 Yann Cucharet FRA 15.333 5 Feng Zhe CHN 15.700 6 Marius Berbecar ROU 15.266 6 Oleg Verniaiev UKR 15.666 7 Feng Zhe CHN 15.200 7 Mitja Petkovsek SLO 15.650 8 Kahuhito Tanaka JPN 15.166 8 Zhang Chenglong CHN 15.625 Olympic Prospectus 2012 97
    • 98 Artistic Gymnastics Mens Horizontal Bar 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Zou Kai CHN 16.200 1 Zhang Chenglong CHN 16.166 2 Jonathon Horton USA 16.175 2 Epke Zonderland NED 16.033 3 Fabian Hambuchen GER 15.875 3 Fabian Hambuchen GER 15.966 4 Igor Cassina ITA 15.675 4 Philipp Boy GER 15.833 5 Takuya Nakase JPN 15.450 5 Danell Leyva USA 15.666 6 Hiroyuki Tomita JPN 15.225 6 Christopher Brooks USA 15.383 7 Epke Zonderland NED 15.000 7 Feng Zhe CHN 15.166 8 Yann Cucherat FRA 14.825 8 Koji Uematsu JPN 14.000 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Zou Kai CHN 16.441 1 Epke Zonderland NED 16.400 2 Zhang Chenglong CHN 16.366 2 Zhang Chenglong CHN 16.275 3 Kohei Uchimura JPN 16.333 3 Koji Uematsu JPN 16.100 4 Fabian Hambuchen GER 16.233 4 Zou Kai CHN 16.075 5 Epke Zonderland NED 14.833 5 Danell Leyva USA 15.933 6 Yusuke Tanaka JPN 14.700 6 Emin Garibov RUS 15.833 7 Philipp Boy GER 14.300 7 Chris Brooks USA 15.650 8 John Orozco USA 14.133 8 Kazuhito Tanaka JPN 15.600 Womens Team All-Around 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 China 248.275 1 Russia 175.397 2 USA 246.800 2 USA 175.196 3 Russia 244.400 3 China 174.781 4 Romania 238.425 4 Romania 173.096 5 Australia 235.450 5 Japan 169.897 6 France 233.875 6 Australia 168.629 7 Brazil 233.800 7 Great Britain 166.828 8 Japan 233.175 8 Italy 163.429 2011 World Championships 1 USA 179.411 2 Russia 175.329 3 China 172.82 4 Romania 172.412 5 Great Britain 169.67 6 Germany 168.479 7 Japan 167.122 8 Australia 166.739 Womens Individual All-Around 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Nastasia Liukin USA 63.325 1 Aliya Mustafina RUS 61.032 2 Shawn Johnson USA 62.725 2 Jiang Yuyuan CHN 59.998 3 Yang Yilin CHN 62.650 3 Rebecca Bross USA 58.966 4 Ksenia Semenova RUS 61.925 4 Huang Qiushuang CHN 58.366 5 Steliana Nistor ROU 61.050 5 Ana Borgras ROU 58.165 6 Jiang Yuyuan CHN 60.900 6 Lauren Mitchell AUS 58.133 7 Anna Pavlova RUS 60.825 7 Tatiana Nabieva RUS 57.298 8 Sandra Izbasa ROU 60.750 8 Ariella Kaeslin SUI 56.900 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Jordyn Weiber USA 59.382 1 Jordyn Weiber USA 61.050 2 Viktoria Komova RUS 59.349 2 Alexandra Raisman USA 60.932 3 Yao Jinnan CHN 58.598 3 Kyla Ross USA 59.800 4 Alexandra Raisman USA 57.588 4 Larisa Iordache ROU 59.332 5 Hunag Qiushuang CHN 57.432 5 Christine Lee CAN 57.875 6 Ana Porgas ROU 57.299 6 Kennedy Baker USA 56.800 7 Ksenia Afanasyeva RUS 56.732 7 Rie Tanaka JPN 56.450 8 Lauren Mitchell AUS 56.669 8 Victoria Moors CAN 56.365 Olympic Prospectus 2012 98
    • 99 Artistic Gymnastics Womens Vault 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Hong Un Jong PRK 15.650 1 Alicia Sacramone USA 15.200 2 Oksana Chusovitina GER 15.575 2 Aliya Mustafina RUS 15.066 3 Cheng Fei CHN 15.562 3 J. Fernandes Barbosa BRA 14.799 4 Alicia Sacramone USA 15.537 4 Ariella Kaeslin SUI 14.783 5 Ariella Kaeslin SUI 15.050 5 Tatiana Nabieva RUS 14.599 6 Carlotta Giovannini ITA 14.550 6 Jo Hyunjoo KOR 14.483 7 Jade Barbosa BRA 14.487 7 Diana Chelaru ROU 14.066 8 Anna Pavlova RUS 7.812 8 Imogen Cairns GBR 13.999 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 McKayla Maroney USA 15.300 1 Sandra Izbasa ROU 14.883 2 Oksana Chusovitina GER 14.733 2 Jade Fernandes Barbosa BRA 14.799 3 Phan Thi Ha Thanh VIE 14.666 3 Oksana Chusovitina GER 14.683 4 Jade Barbosa BRA 14.566 4 Giulia Steingruber SUI 14.662 5 Giulia Steingruber SUI 14.450 5 Valeriia Maksiuta ISR 14.600 6 Tatiana Nabieva RUS 14.349 6 Elisabeth Black CAN 14.575 7 Alexa Moreno Medina MEX 14.216 7 Cheng Fei CHN 14.512 8 Yamilet Pena Abreu DOM 6.950 8 Alexa Moreno MEX 14.512 Womens Floor 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Sandra Izbasa ROU 15.650 1 Lauren Mitchell AUS 14.833 2 Shawn Johnson USA 15.500 2 Aliya Mustafina RUS 14.766 3 Nastia Liukin USA 14.425 3 Diana Chelaru ROU 14.766 4 Jiang Yuyuan CHN 15.350 4 Alexandra Raisman USA 14.716 5 Ekaterina Kramarenko RUS 15.025 5 Sui Lu CHN 14.666 6 Daiane Santos BRA 14.975 6 Vanessa Ferrari ITA 14.600 7 Cheng Fei CHN 14.550 7 Sandra Izbasa ROU 13.983 8 Anna Pavlova RUS 14.125 8 Ksenia Afanasyeva RUS 12.700 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Ksenia Afanasyeva RUS 15.133 1 Alexandra Raisman USA 15.433 2 Sui Lu CHN 15.066 2 Catalina Ponor ROU 15.275 3 Alexandra Raisman USA 15.000 3 Larisa Iordache ROU 15.233 4 Yao Jinnan CHN 14.866 4 Jordyn Weiber USA 15.133 5 Lauren Mitchell AUS 14.733 5 Victoria Moors CAN 14.766 6 Jordyn Weiber USA 14.700 6 Diana Laura Bulimar ROU 14.725 7 Beth Tweddle GBR 14.500 7 Mai Murakami JPN 14.700 8 Diana Chelaru ROU 14.200 8 Christine Lee CAN 14.575 Womens Uneven Bars 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 He Kexin CHN 16.725 1 Beth Tweddle GBR 15.733 2 Nastia Liukin USA 16.725 2 Aliya Mustafina RUS 15.600 3 Yang Yilin CHN 16.650 3 Rebecca Bross USA 15.066 4 Beth Tweddle GBR 16.625 4 Bridget Sloan USA 14.666 5 Anastasia Koval UKR 16.375 5 Ana Porgras ROU 14.600 6 Ksenia Semenova RUS 16.325 6 Huang Qiushuang CHN 14.400 7 Steliana Nistor ROU 15.575 7 He Kexin CHN 13.966 8 Dariya Zgoba UKR 14.875 8 Elisabeth Seitz GER 10.466 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Viktoria Komeva RUS 15.500 1 Aliya Mustafina RUS 15.833 2 Tatiana Nabieva RUS 15.000 2 Victoria Komova RUS 15.766 3 Huang Qiushuang CHN 14.833 3 Yao Jinnan CHN 15.675 4 Jordyn Weiber USA 14.500 4 Anastasia Grishina RUS 15.333 5 Gabrielle Douglas USA 14.200 5 Kyla Ross USA 15.250 5 Asuka Teramoto JPN 14.200 6 Huang Qiushuang CHN 15.200 7 Koko Tsurumi JPN 14.066 7 Beth Tweddle GBR 15.175 8 Youna Dufournet FRA 12.641 8 Gabrielle Douglas USA 15.150 Olympic Prospectus 2012 99
    • 100 Artistic Gymnastics Womens Balance Beam 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Shawn Johnson USA 16.225 1 Ana Porgras ROU 15.366 2 Nastia Liukin USA 16.025 2 Rebecca Bross USA 15.233 3 Cheng Fei CHN 15.950 3 Deng Linlin CHN 15.233 4 Anna Pavlova RUS 15.900 4 Lauren Mitchell AUS 15.200 5 Gabriella Dragoi ROU 15.625 5 Alicia Sacramone USA 15.066 6 Li Shanshan CHN 15.300 6 Anna Dementyeva RUS 13.966 7 Ksenia Afanasyeva RUS 14.825 7 Aliya Mustafina RUS 13.766 8 Koko Tsurumi JPN 14.450 8 Yana Demyanchuk UKR 13.733 2011 World Championships World Leading Scores 2012 1 Sui Lu CHN 15.866 1 Jordyn Weiber USA 15.700 2 Yao Jinnan CHN 15.233 2 Catalina Ponor ROU 15.433 3 Jordyn Weiber USA 15.133 3 Larisa Iordache ROU 15.400 4 Alexandra Raisman USA 15.066 4 Kyla Ross USA 15.375 5 Amelia Racea ROU 14.533 5 Christine Lee CAN 15.300 6 Yulia Inshina RUS 14.525 6 Chunsong Shang CHN 15.250 7 Catania Ponor ROU 14.241 7 Yao Jinnan CHN 15.175 8 Viktoria Komova RUS 13.766 8 Sixin Tan CHN 15.050 Olympic Prospectus 2012 100
    • 101 Rhythmic GymnasticsRhythmic Gymnastics is a staunch old-Soviet sport; the only time gold medals have been won west of the Iron Curtain was in the Los AnglesGames, which the Communuist-bloc boycotted. Russia will certainly expect to win the individual dicipline, either curtesy of the reigning championYevgeniya Kanayeva, who would become the first woman to retain the title, or her talented understudy Daria Kondakova. The team event couldsee a break from traditition if the Italians can continue their success at recent World Championships. However Russias greatest threat in thisevent may well come from the Belarussians who could triumph if they can avoid the mistakes they made in the final routine at last years WorldChampionships. Earlier this year, rythmic gymnastics received unprecedented media attention in Great Britain following the decision of the British GymnasticFederation to deny the team their automatic qualification spot after they fell fractionally short of a target score. The BGF could and probably shouldhave overlooked the shortfall given the teams dedication and potential - it declined to do so. The team therefore referred the decision to arbitration and succeeded in overturning the decision on a technicality. Thus we will have British representation in the team event at the London Olympics, giving the home crowd something to cheer for, and they will hopefully stay clear of last place. Francesca Jones was largely ignored in the the press furore, she met the target set for her and will be the sole British representitive iin the individual event. She too will do well to stick with the pace of the girls coming from countries with an established tradition in the sport.Womens Individual Womens Group Ribbon & 2008 Olympics Rope Hoop Clubs Ribbon Points 2008 Olympics Ball Points Hoop1 Yevgeniya Kanayeva RUS 1st 1st 1st 1st 75.500 1 Russia 1st 1st 35.5502 Inna Zhukova BLR 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 71.925 2 China 3rd 2nd 35.2253 Anna Bessonova UKR 4th 5th 2nd 2nd 71.875 3 Belarus 2nd 4th 34.9004 Olga Kaoranova RUS 2nd 2nd 8th 3rd 71.700 4 Italy 4th 3rd 34.4255 Aliya Yussupova KAZ 5th 6th 4th 7th 69.800 5 Bulgaria 5th 5th 33.5506 Aliya Garayeva AZE 6th 4th 6th 8th 69.675 6 Israel 7th 6th 32.1007 Natalia Godunko UKR 8th 7th 5th 5th 68.850 7 Azerbaijan 6th 7th 31.5758 Almudena Cid ESP 7th 9th 7th 6th 68.100 8 Ukraine 8th 8th 31.100 2011 World Ribbon & 2010 World Championships Rope Hoop Ball Ribbon Points Ball Points Championships Hoop1 Yevgeniya Kanayeva RUS 1st 1st 1st 1st 116.250 1 Italy 1st 1st 55.5252 Daria Kondakova RUS 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 113.825 2 Belarus 2nd 2nd 54.8003 Melitina Staniouta BLR 4th 3rd 4th 4th 110.350 3 Russia 7th 3rd 52.4254 Aliya Garayeva AZE 3rd 5th 3rd 3rd 110.300 4 Israel 4th 4th 51.9505 Alina Maksymenko UKR 5th 4th 6th 5th 108.950 5 Bulgaria 3rd 10th 51.4006 Silviya Miteva BUL 6th 9th 5th 8th 108.350 6 Japan 5th 7th 51.0257 Anna Alyabyeva KAZ 7th 7th 12th 7th 107.525 7 Azerbaijan 6th 6th 50.9758 Joanna Mitrosz POL 8th 10th 9th 10th 106.800 8 Germany 8th 5th 50.850 2011 World Ribbon & 2011 World Championships Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon Points Ball Points Championships Hoop1 Yevgeniya Kanayeva RUS 2nd 1st 1st 1st 116.650 1 Italy 2nd 1st 55.1502 Daria Kondakova RUS 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 116.600 2 Russia 3rd 2nd 54.8503 Aliya Garayeva AZE 4th 6th 4th 3rd 112.450 3 Bulgaria 4th 3rd 54.1254 Liubov Charkashyna BLR 5th 4th 6th 4th 112.200 4 Belarus 1st 12th 52.8505 Alina Maksymenko UKR 3rd 9th 5th 6th 111.575 5 Japan 6th 6th 52.7256 Melitina Staniouta BLR 9th 5th 8th 7th 110.250 6 Germany 7th 5th 52.6757 Silviya Miteva BUL 20th 3rd 3rd 5th 110.225 7 Ukraine 9th 9th 51.8508 Joanna Mitrosz POL 7th 11th 9th 11th 109.000 8 Switzerland 11th 7th 51.825 Olympic Prospectus 2012 101
    • 102 Gymnastics - Trampolining One of the newest sports to enter the Olympic program, Trampolining is easy to follow and has a wide participation base thanks to its suitability for school gyms. China developed a strong programme going into the 2008 Games and this has allowed them to depose the Russians as the dominant force in world trampolining. Lu Chunlong and He Wenna are both coming off strong world championship performances at the end of last year and look good to retain their Olympic titles. Aside from their compatriots, the young Masaki Ito (JPN) and Canadas pairing of Rosannagh MacLennan and Karen Cockburn will be the only other people realistically targeting top spot. Great Britains sole representative will be Kat Driscoll. She gained some publicity from being ranked world number one going into last years World Championships, although this was down mainly to the top competitors skipping most of the ranking events on an overcrowded calendar. She is, however, a strong contender and could challenge for a medal on her best form. Mens Individual 2008 Olympics 1 Lu Chunlong CHN 41.000 2 Jason Burnett CAN 40.700 3 Dong Dong CHN 40.600 4 Tetsuya Sotomura JPN 39.800 2011 World Championships 5 Yuriy Nikitin UKR 39.800 1 Lu Chunlong CHN 62.145 6 Dmitry Ushakov RUS 38.800 2 Dong Dong CHN 61.460 7 Alexander Rusakov RUS 38.500 3 Masaki Ito JPN 60.884 8 Mikalai Kazak BLR 38.100 4 Mikita Fedorenko RUS 60.305 5 Yuriy Nikitin UKR 58.485 2010 World Championships 6 Gregoire Pennes FRA 57.405 1 Dong Dong CHN 43.100 7 Dmitry Ushakov RUS 30.905 2 Ye Shuai CHN 43.100 8 Yasuhiro Ueyama JPN 18.795 3 Yasuhiro Ueyama JPN 42.400 4 Nikita Fedorenko RUS 41.400 5 Dmitry Ushakov RUS 41.300 6 Gregoire Pennes FRA 41.300 7 Tetsuya Sotomura JPN 41.300 8 Martin Gromowski GER 9.000 Womens Individual 2008 Olympics 1 He Wenna CHN 37.800 2 Karen Cockburn CAN 37.000 3 Ejaterina Khilko UZB 36.900 4 Olena Movchan UKR 36.600 2011 World Championships 5 Irina Karavaeva RUS 36.200 1 He Wenna CHN 56.275 6 Luba Golonvia GEO 36.200 2 Rosannagh MacLennan CAN 55.360 7 Rosannagh MacLennan CAN 35.500 3 Li Dan CHN 55.330 8 Anna Dogonadze GER 18.900 4 Karen Cockburn CAN 54.940 5 Tatsiana Piatrenia BLR 53.610 2010 World Championships 6 Anna Dogonadze GER 53.275 1 Li Dan CHN 40.300 7 Savannah Vinsant USA 53.085 2 Huang Shanshan CHN 39.800 8 Kat Driscoll GBR 11.505 3 Rosannagh MacLennan CAN 39.300 4 Bryony Page GBR 38.600 5 Tatsiana Piatrenia BLR 38.300 6 Irina Karavaeva RUS 38.200 7 Anna Dogonadze GER 37.300 8 Luba Golonvia GEO 4.200 Olympic Prospectus 2012 102
    • 103 HandballHandball is unique amongst Olympic team sports in that its origins are neither American nor British. Based on informal team games fromScandinavia, Germany and Eastern Europe, the rules were laid down by a schoolteacher in Copenhagen. The sport debuted in the 1936Games in Berlin and was admitted to the Olympic programme permanently 36 years later at the Munich Games. The popularity of the sporthas never really expanded beyond its continental European confines (although the Seoul Olympics in 1988 launched the sport with somesuccess there). Successful, though modest, professional leagues have sprung up across many countries in Europe and handball players,such as Jackson Richardson, the French flag bearer at the 2004 Olympics, are capable of reaching moderate fame in their home countries. Having won an Olympic Games, two World Championships and a European Championship in a row, the French men’s team were coming into London as hot favourites until a disastrous performance at the European Championships in January saw them win just two matches from six. The team that took advantage of the Franch capitulation was Denmark and they must feel that they are the form team coming into the Olympics. Their star man is Mikkel Hansen who won the 2011 Player of the Year award and whose rock-star looks and personality stand to make him a national hero if he could lead the Danes to Olympic gold.The team to watch on the women’s side are the Norwegians. The reigning world, European and Olympic champions will come underpressure in London but should have the experience to hold off their challengers. No other women’s team has managed to maintain anyconsistency in international competition since the last Olympics, but any of Russia, France or Sweden have the potential to go all the way. The Great British handball teams, for both men and women, have had to come a long way since being re-founded just six years ago. Largely made up of people recruited through the sporting giants program, which looked for tall athletic people that could be retrained in new sports, they have gone from struggling to beat teams like Yemen and Luxembourg to being reasonably competitive against all but the top European teams. As both the men and women are in weak groups the teams are optimistic that one or two victories is a realistic goal in London.Mens HandballCountry Qualification Group Achievements Top Players Nikola Karabatic (28, 196cm, IHF World Handball Player of the Year in 2007, MVP at 2011 World Gold at 2008 Olympics; Gold at 2011 and Championships, has won the domestic title in either 2009 World Championships; Gold at 2010 France or Germany for past 11 years); Thierry Won 2011 World Eurpoean Championships - first ever team toFrance A Omeyer (GK, 35, 193cm, IHF World Handball Championships win 4 major tournaments in a row, but won only Player of the Year in 2008, only third ever 2 of 6 games at 2012 European goalkeeper to win the award, Goalkeeper of the Championships Tournament in 2008 Olympics, 2009 and 2011 World Championships) Second in Additional Silver at 2008 Olympics; 6th at 2011 World Olafur Stefansson (39, 196cm, record holder forIceland Qualification A Championships; Bronze at 2010 European goals in international handball - over 1500 - Tournament C Championships, 10th in 2012 including 5 in 2008 Olympic Final) DNQ for 2008 Olympics; 4th at 2011 World Won Additional Championships on home soil, 7th in 2009; Dalibor Doder (33, 182cm, All-Star Team at 2011Sweden Qualification A 12th in 2012 and 15th in 2010 European World Championships) Tournament B Championships Never qualified for Olympic Tournament; 12 at Won 2011 Pan- 2011 World Championships - best ever Juan Agustin Vidal (24, 191cm, All-Star 2010 Pan-Argentina American A performance; 4x winner of Pan-American American Championships) Championships Championships Last qualified for the Olympics in 2000; 17th Won 2012 African Wissem Hmam (31, 198cm, top scorer in 2005Tunisia A 2011 World Championships; African Championships World Championships) Champions 2012, 2010 Never qualified for an international handball Bobby White (GK, 27, 192cm, captain and formerGreat Britain Host-Country Place A tournament semi-professional footballer) 7th at 2008 Olympics; Silver at 2011 World Mikkel Hansen (24, 192cm, IHF World Handball Championships, 4th 2009 World Won 2012 European Player of the Year in 2011, All-Star team at 2011Denmark B Championships; Gold at 2012 European Championships World Championships and 2012 European Championships, 5th 2010 European Championships) Championships Won Additional Bronze at 2008 Olympics; Bronze at 2011 Viran Morros (28, 199cm, Best Defensive Player atSpain Qualification B World Championships, 13th in 2009; 4th at 2012 European Championships) Tournament A 2012 European Championships, 6th in 2010 4th for 2008 Olympics (pre-event favourites); Won Additional Igor Vori (31, 203cm, MVP at 2009 World Silver at 2009 World Championships, 5th inCroatia Qualification B Championships, All-Star Team at 2010 European 2011; Bronze in 2012 and Silver in 2010 Tournament C Championships) European Championships DNQ for 2008 Olympics; 8th at 2011 World Second in Additional Championships, 10th in 2009; Silver at home Momir Ilic (30, 200cm, MVP at 2012 EuropeanSerbia Qualification B in 2012 European Championships, 13th in Championships) Tournament A 2010 Second in Additional DNQ for 2008 Olympics; 7th at 2011 WorldHungary Qualification B Championships, 6th in 2009; 8th in 2012 and Ferenc Ilyes (30, 198cm) Tournament B 14th in 2010 European Championships 8th in 2008 Olympics (won Silver in 1988); Won 2011 Asian Lee Jae Woo (32, 182cm, MVP 2012 AsianSouth Korea B 13th 2011 World Championships; Asian Olympic QT Championships) Champions 2012, 2010 Olympic Prospectus 2012 103
    • 104 HandballWomens HandballCountry Qualification Group Achievements Top Players Won Additional Silver 2008 Olympics; Gold 2009 World Lyudmila Postnova (27, 183cm, MVP 2009 WorldRussia Qualification A Championships, 6th in 2011; 7th 2010 Championships) Tournament C European Championships Won 2011 Pan- 9th at 2008 Olympics; 5th 2011 World Alexandra do Nascimento (30, 177cm, top scorerBrazil American A Championships; Gold in 2011 Pan-American at 2011 World Championships) Championships Championships Second in Additional DNQ 2008 Olympics; 7th 2011 World Andrea Penezic (26, 186cm, All-Star 2011 WorldCroatia Qualification A Championships; 9th 2010 European Championships) Tournament B Championships Second in Additional DNQ 2008 Olympics; 10th 2011 World Bojana Popovic (32, 185cm, top scorer in 2004,Montenegro Qualification A Championships; 6th 2010 European 2005 & 2007 European Champions League) Tournament A Championships 12th at 2008 Olympics; 8th 2011 World Won 2012 AfricanAngola A Championships; Gold at past 8 African Marcelina Kiala (32, 178cm) Championships Championships Never qualified for an international handballGreat Britain Host-Country Place A Lynn McCafferty (33, 168cm) tournament Gold at 2008 Olympics, 2011 World Heidi Loke (29, 177cm, IHF World Handball Player Won 2011 WorldNorway B Championships and 2010 European of the Year in 2011, All-Star Player 2011 World Championships Championships Championships, 2010 European Championships) Won Additional 5th at 2008 Olympics; Silver at 2011 and Allison Pineau (22, 181cm, IHF World HandballFrance Qualification B 2009 World Championships; 5th 2010 Player of the Year in 2009, All-Star Player 2011 and Tournament A European Championships 2009 World Championships DNQ 2008 Olympics; Bronze 2011 World Won Additional Championships, 4th 2011 World Marta Mangue (29, 170cm, All-Star 2009 WorldSpain Qualification B Championships; 11th 2010 European Championships) Tournament B Championships Second at 2010 8th at 2008 Olympics; 9th in 2011 and 13th in Linnea Torstenson (29, 186cm, MVP 2010Sweden European B 2009 World Championships; Silver in 2010 European Championships) Championships European Championships Won 2011 Asian Bronze at 2008 Olympics; 11th 2011 WorldSouth Korea B Woo Sun-Hee (34, 172cm) Olympic QT Championships; Bronze 2010 Asian Games Second in Additional DNQ 2008 Olympics; 4th 2011, 5th 2009 Line Jorgensen (22, 186cm, All-Star 2011 WorldDenmark Qualification B World Championships; 4th 2010 European Championships) Tournament C Championships Olympic Prospectus 2012 104
    • 105 HockeyHockey has gone through more changes than most sports in the past 40 years. Introduction of Astroturf in the mid-1970s brought about a quicker ground-basedgame, and ultimately brought the Indian sub-continents 50-year dominance of the sport to an end as they struggled to fund the introduction of the expensive newpitches. After an initial burst of excitement over the new pace of the game, negative tactics started to ruin the spectacle - it became too easy to play defensivelyand look for penalty corners which, due to the increased control offered by the smooth playing surface, gave by far the best scoring opportunities. The 70 minutematches started to hinge on 10 or 15 penalty corners, meaning the team with the best penalty taker would too often win. It wasnt until the mid-noughties thatincreased fitness started to give teams without leading ball-hitters opportunity to mix up the tactics. Spain came from nowhere on the international scene by usingdaringly quick-attack breaks and started to threaten the traditional forces. A 3-2 victory for the Spanish over the favourites Australia in the 2008 Olympic semi-final signalled to the world that the tide was turning. Although the Germans took gold with a dour defensive display, the top teams on the mens and womens sidesall opened up their tactics and so dawned a new era of exciting hockey.Perhaps inevitably due to their small hockey-playing base, the Spanish men started to be overhauled by new look teams. It was the Australians, so upset by their loss to the Spanish, that adapted the quickest; by unleashing their talismanic forward Jamie Dwyer on lightning quick attacks they have brought in ever international trophy since 2009, and Dwyer has picked up three consecutive World Player of the Year awards. Although the Dutch and the Germans have maintained consistency by playing with more conservative tactics, it will take an almighty shock to prevent the Kookaburras from returning home as champions From the low point of recording only one win (against Egypt) at the 2004 Olympics, British men have risen to new heights and will be shooting for a medal i London. However, gold will probably prove a dream too far unless they can somehow turn the tables on an Australian team that cruised to a 4-0 victory over thBrits at the 2010 Champions Trophy. Those that have been following the sport for some time will continue to look on with interest at the fortunes ofPakistani and Indian hockey. Their 50-year dominance has now long since passed but they have a habit of both producing naturally talented players and turning their hockegovernance into a soap opera. Pakistan sacked their entire team and staff after a poor performance in the 2010 Commonwealth Games whilst India currently has two competing governing bodies, one recognised by the government and one by the IOCOn the womens side we have three teams with very different styles of play, who will go into the Olympic tournament as serious contenders to take gold. Thereigning Olympic champions, the Netherlands have benefitted from having the most developed semi-pro league in the world and have the best strength in depthof any womens team. The likes of 2011 Player of the Year Maartje Pauman have helped them to the past two European Championships and the 2011Champions Trophy and they start the Olympics as narrow favourites with the bookmakers. WhatArgentina lacks in depth, they make up for this with one player -Luciana Aymar. The seven times World Player of the Year "Maradona of hockey" has brought a new level of skill and control to the womens game and will behoping that she wins Olympic gold as she moves towards the twilight of her career. The third team isGreat Britian; although only ranked 4th in the world, theyhave perhaps learnt more from the revolution in the mens game than anyone else. UK Sport funding has allowed a level of professionalism never beforeavailable and they have used it to develop their strength and conditioning far beyond that of any other team. Although they lack a world-class penalty corner taker,they use their fitness to control the pace of the game. Their performances have been steadily increasing and at the Olympic test event in May - admittedly nomore than a series of friendlies - they were outstanding, knocking up four clean sheets in a row including two convincing victories over Argentina. With a buoyanthome crowd they are probably Britains best chance of an Olympic medal in a team sport since 1988.Mens HockeyCountry Qualification Group World Ranking Achievements Top Players Jamie Dwyer (33, M/F, FIH World Player of the Year in 2004, Bronze 2008 Olympics (92 2nd, 96 3rd, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, scorer of winning goal in the 2004 00 3rd, 04 1st); Winners of the World Olympic Final - the worlds best marksman will be to crucial toAustralia Won 2011 Oceania Cup A 1st Cup 2010 (2nd 02 & 06); 1st in the Australias success), Eddie Ockenden (25, M/F, World All Star Champions Trophy 2008, 2009, 2010, team for past 3 years, key part of Australias fast attacking play), 2011; 1st 2010 Commonwealth Games Matthew Swann (23, D, FIH young player of the year 2011 & All- Star Team 2011) Ashley Jackson (24, M/F, First Bristish player to be voted FIH 5th 2008 Olympics; 4th 2010 World Cup; Young Player of the Year in 2009, World All Star team 2009 &Great Britain Host-Country Place A 4th 2nd 2010 Champions Trophy; 3rd 2010, has had his penalty corner stroke timed at over 100mph), EuroHockey 2011 Barry Middleton (28, M/F, Captain of team GB, World All-Star Team in 2010 & shortlisted for FIH player of the year in 2010) Invitee (due toAfrican Santi Freixa (29, M/F, World All-Star Team 2008 & 2011, Player of Silver in 2008 Olympics; 5th 2010 WorldSpain qualification tournament A 5th the Tournamant 2011 Champions Trophy, 2004 FIH Young Player Cup; 2nd 2011 Champions Trophy being too low quality) of the Year), Ramon Alegre (31, D, 2011 World All-Star team) Repeated political changes in their national federation have 8th 2008 Olympics; 3x Olympic Gold & resulted in a constant churn of players and coaches in the past fewPakistan Won 2010 Asian Games A 8th 4x World Cup Winners - nothing since years including the sacking of their Dutch coach less than 6 months 1994 ago Never finished better than 6th in major Won 2011 Pan AmericanArgentina A 9th international competition; top team in Lucas Vila (25, F, World Hockey All-Star 2010 & 2011) Games South America 12th 2008 Olympics, 10th 2010 World Won Additional Cup, 3rd 2011 Champions ChallengeSouth Africa A 12th Austin Smith (27, D, Captain & World Hockey All-Star 2009) Qualification Tournament (2nd tier competition), 5th 2010 Commonwealth Games Olympic Prospectus 2012 105
    • 106 Hockey Max Muller (25, D, Capatin and World All-Star for the past 3 years, Gold in 2008 Olympics (04 3rd); 2nd Defender of the Tournament at 2010 World Cup), Tobias HaukeGermany Won 2011 EuroHockey B 2nd 2010 World Cup (02 1st, 06 1st); 2nd (24, M, FIH Young Player of the Year 2010, World All-Star 2011 & 09 Champions Trophy 2010), Max Weinhold (30, GK, World All-Star 2011) Teun de Noojier (36, F, one of the most successful hockey players in history - 3x FIH World Hockey Player of the Year 2003, 2005 & 4th 2008 Olympics (96 1st, 00 1st; 04 Second in 2011 2006, Olympic champion 1996 & 2000, World All-Star every yearNetherlands B 3rd 2nd); 3rd 2010 World Cup; 3rd 2011 EuroHockey since the award was started in 2006), Guus Vogels (37, GK, Champions Trophy Player and Goalkeeper of the Tournament awards at the 2010 World Cup, 2x Olympic Champion) Sixth at 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Cup; 3rd at 2009 Champions Trophy; did Won AdditionalSouth Korea B 6th not win a game at 2011 Champions Seo Jong-Ho (32, F, World Hockey All-Star 2008, 2009 & 2010) Qualification Tournament Trophy and only narrowly beat Ireland in the qualification tournament 7th 2008 Olympics; No major medals Nick Wilson (21, F, one of the best young attacking players in Second in 2011 OceaniaNew Zealand B 7th since gold in 1976 Olympics; 4th 2011 world hockey, All-Star in 2011, 2010 and nominated for FIH Young Cup Champions Trophy Player of the Year in 2010) Former 8x Olympic Gold medallist, have Sandar Singh (26, D, imposing centre-half, has helped bring struggled since the switch to astroturf in Won Additional consistancy to the Indian team for the first time in over 10 years),India B 10th the 1980s. 2nd in 2011 Champions Qualification Tournament Sandeep Singh (26, D, one of the best penalty specialists in the Challenge (2nd tier competition), 2nd in world, scored 5 in the match that qualified India to the Olympics) 2010 Commonwealth Games Fourth in 2011 9th 2008 Olympics; 1st 2011 ChampionsBelgium B 11th Tom Boon (22, F, Top scorer at the 2011 Champions Challenge) EuroHockey Challenge (2nd tier competition)Womens HockeyCountry Qualification Group World Ranking Achievements Top Players Maartje Pauman (26, M, FIH World Player of the Year in 2011 and Gold in 2008 Olympics (96 3rd, 00 Young Player of the Year in 2008, topscorer at the 2010 World Cup 3rd, 04 2nd); 2nd 2010 World Cup; 3rd and 2011 Champions Trophy), Naomi van As (29, M/F, JointNetherlands Won 2011 EuroHockey A 1st 12, 1st 11, 2nd 10 Champions Winner of the World Player of the Year in 2009, World All-Star Trophy; 1st 2011, 2009 EuroHockey Team in 2008, 2009 & 2010, scored the first goal in the 2008 Olympic final) Alex Danson (27, F, World All-Star 2011), Beth Storey (34, GK, 6th in 2008 Olympics; 3rd in 2010 World key in keeping a cleen sheet at the Olympic Test Event in May,Great Britain Host-Country Place A 4th Cup; 2nd 2012 Champions Trophy, 3rd World All-Star 2009, 2010, best GK at 2010 World Cup), Crista 2010 Champions Trophy Cullen (26, D, penalty corner specialist, World All-Star 2010 & 2006, joint top-scorer at 2012 Champions Trophy) Silver in 2008 Olympics; 7th 2010 World Zhao Yudiao (23, F, FIH Young Hockey Player of the Year 2010,China Won 2010 Asian Games A 5th Cup award for best goal at 2011 Champions Trophy) Second in 2010 Asian Lee Seon-Ok (21, F, World All-Star 2008), Kim Da-Rae (25, M,South Korea A 8th 9th 2008 Olympics; 6th 2010 World Cup Games World All-Star 2011) 10th 2008 Olympics, absent at 2010 Won Additional Rika Komazawa (30, M/F, joint top scorer at the 2012 ChampionsJapan A 9th World Cup, 5th 2012 Champions Qualification Tournament Trophy) Trophy 5th in 2011 Euro Hockey Tournament; Won Additional beat two higher seeded teams (Spain Sofie Gierts (33, F, scored a hat-trick in the final of the qualificationBelgium A 15th Qualification Tournament and Ireland) to win their Olympic tournament) qualification tournament on home turf Luciana Aymar (31, M, "La Maradona del Hockey" - most Bronze in 2008 Olympics (00 2nd, 04 decorated player in history - FIH World Player of the Year 7 times, Invitee (due toAfrican 3rd); Winners of 2010 World Cup (02 Player of the Tournamant at all but 1 of the past 5 internationalArgentina qualification tournament B 2nd 1st, 06 3rd); 1st in 08, 09, 10, 12 tournaments), Belen Succi (26, GK, goalkeeper of the tournament being too low quality) Champions Trophy at the past two Champions Trophies), Noel Barrionuevo (28, F, World All-Star for past 3 years, top scorer at 2010 World Cup) Julia Muller (26, D, World All-Star 2011), Natascha Keller (25, F, Second in 2011 Forth 2008 Olympics; Fourth 2010 WorldGermany B 3rd World All-Star for the past 3 years, has a father and two brothers EuroHockey Cup; Fourth 2012 Champions Trophy who have won gold medals) 12th 2008 Olympics; 2nd 2010 Stacey Michelsen (21, M, FIH World Young Player of the YearNew Zealand Won 2011 Oceania Cup B 6th Commonwealth Games; 3rd 2011 2011) Champions Trophy 5th 2008 Olympics; 5th 2010 World Cup; Second in 2011 Oceania 2nd 2009 Champions Trophy; 1st 2010 Casey Eastham (23, M, FIH World Young Player of the Year 2009,Australia B 7th Cup Commonwealth Games; Dominant team World All-Star 2010, 2009)) in 1990s Won 2011 Pan American 8th 2008 Olympics; 1st 2011 Pan- Katelyn Falgowski (23, M, World All-Star 2011 - first American toUnited States B 10th Games American Games (1st ever victory) win the award since 2006) 11th in 2011 Olympic Games; Unbeaten Won Additional Pietie Coetzee (33, M/F, World All-Star 2011, All-time record holderSouth Africa B 12th in African competition; 4th in 2010 Qualification Tournament for international goals (230+)) Commonwealth Games Olympic Prospectus 2012 106
    • 107 Judo Unlike in many other combative sports at this year’s Games, Judo champions traditionally dominate their weight classes for many years, indicating that it is strength and skill rather than luck which will dictate who are crowned champion this summer. Of these long-standing champions, foremost is Teddy Riner, one of Frances sporting super stars. Just 23 years old, he is 68" and a ripped 22 stone and has won an unprecedented 6 World Titles. He went to Beijing at 19 years old as hot favourite and was devastated to go home with only a bronze; come London all "les Bleus" will be willing him to gold. At the opposite end of the physical spectrum the 54"Rishod Sobirov has been dominating the -60kg catagory for a number of years and should bring Uzbekistan a gold medal. The Korean 2008 silver medallist in the -73kg class, Wang Ki-Chun responded to yet another disappointing World Championships in 2011 by going on a 12 month winning streak and will lead a strong all- round Korean team. Finally, on the mens side, one story to look out for is that ofIlias Iliadis of Greece, who won his first Olympic title aged just 17 at his home Games. He has picked up the past two World Championships and, despite suffering from a drop in form since, will start favourite in the -90kg category. Judo was the first sport to understand that the Olympics offers the opportunity to grow their international base. By proactively sharing coaching experience and limiting countries entrants to just one per category, they encouraged many countries to establish programmes in search of an Olympic medal. Since 1968, 50 have gone on to do so One of the side-effects of this growth has been the downfall of Japanese men from the position of dominance once derived as originators of the sport. Fortunately for Japan, they have built up a dominant womans team. So good are they that they have left three world number ones at home. For a country pushing for a top five position overall in the medal table, pressure will be on the like of Misato Nakamura (-52kg) and Kaori Matsumoto (- 57kg) to win gold. Many in Brazil will be hoping that the charismatic double World Championship medallistSarah Menezes (-48kg) will cause an upset - she has won worldwide media attention by being vocal in standing up fo the rights of northern rural states such as her native Piaui and will hope to become Brazils first ever female individual gold medallist. Most of the heavier weight categories are more open butLucie Decosse (FRA) has a stranglehold over the -70kg class and, like her compatriot Riner, has won every major title in the sport except for the Olympics. Despite consistent funding (on a par with diving and badminton),Great Britain has been on the decline for some time. Having won just one medal in the past four Olympics (compared to 15 in the five before that) we have not got a single judoka in the top 12 in the world. Euan Barton, in the -81kg category, has been our top performer for the past 5 years. He picked up a good bronze in the 2010 World Championships but has slipped from the time when he was consistently ranked in the top 5 and will have to rely on home support to challenge for a medal. Karina Bryant (+78kg) is the only other Brit with experience of success at an international level; the rest of the team will be hoping to win a few bouts in front of their friends and family but are not expected to challenge for a medal. Mens 60kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Choi Min-Ho KOR 1 Rishod Sobirov UZB 2 Ludwig Paischer AUT 2 Georgii Zantaraia UKR 3 Rishod Sobirov UZB 3 Arsen Galstyan RUS 3 Ruber Houkes NED 3 Hiroaki Hiraoka JPN 5 Dimitri Dragin FRA 5 Elio Verde ITA 5 Gal Yekutiel ISR 5 Beslan Mudranov RUS 7 Frazer Will CAN 7 David Asumbani GEO 7 Craig Fallon GBR 7 Ludwig Paischer AUT 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Rishod Sobirov UZB 1 Rishod Sobirov UZB 2 Hiroaki Hiraoka JPN 2 Kim Won-Jin KOR 3 Ilgar Mushkiyev AZE 3 Jang Jin-Min KOR 3 Georgii Zantaraia UKR 3 Amiran Papinashvili GEO 5 Choi Gwang-Hyeon KOR 5 Robert Mshvidobadze RUS 5 Kim Won-Jin KOR 5 Tobias Englmaier GER 7 Arsen Galstyan RUS 5 Hovhannes Davtyan ARM 7 Hovhannes Davtyan ARM 5 Ilgar Mushkiyev AZE World Ranking Points 1 Rishod Sobirov UZB 1,940 2 Hirofumi Yamamoto JPN 948 3 Arsen Galystan RUS 936 5 Georgii Zantaraia UKR 860 6 Ilgar Mushkiyev AZE 860 7 Amiran Papinashvili GEO 842 9 Choi Gwang-Hyeon KOR 730 10 Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj MGL 716 11 Hovhannes Davytan ARM 528 13 Sofiane Milous FRA 508 14 Yerkebulan Kossayev KAZ 504 15 Felipe Kitadai BRA 494 Olympic Prospectus 2012 107
    • 108 Judo Mens 66kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Masato Uchishiba JPN 1 Junpei Morishita JPN 2 Benjamin Darbelet FRA 2 Leandro Cunha BRE 3 Yordanis Arencibia CUB 3 Tsagaanbaatar Hashbaatar MGL 3 Pak Choi-Min PRK 3 Loic Korval FRA 5 Alim Gadanov RUS 5 Sugoi Uriarte ESP 5 Mirali Sharipov UZB 5 Mirzahid Farmonov UZB 7 Giovanni Casale ITA 7 Miklos Ungvari HUN 7 Aheen El Hady EGY 7 Alim Gadanov RUS 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Masashi Ebinura JPN 1 David Larose FRA 2 Leandro Cunha BRA 2 Cho Jun-Ho KOR 3 Cho Jun-Ho KOR 3 Tsagaanbaatar Hashbaatar MGL 3 Musa Mogushkov RUS 3 Sergey Lim KAZ 5 Rok Draksic SLO 5 Tomasz Kowalski POL 5 Colin Oates GBR 5 Golan Pollack ISR 7 Tarlan Karimov AZE 5 Colin Oates GBR 7 David Larose FRA 5 Kamal Khan-Magomedov RUS World Ranking Points 2 Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar MGL 1,164 3 Musa Mogushkov RUS 1,110 4 Masahi Ebinuma JPN 980 5 Leandro Cunha BRA 966 8 Cho Jun-Ho KOR 876 9 David Larose FRA 746 10 Rok Draksic SLO 732 12 Mirzahid Farmonov UZB 596 13 Sergey Lim KAZ 594 15 Tomasz Kowalski POL 542 16 Tarlan Karimov AZE 522 17 Lasha Shavduatashvili GEO 492 Mens 73kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Elnur Mammadli AZE 1 Hiroyuki Akimoto JPN 2 Wang Ki-Chun KOR 2 Dex Elmont NED 3 Rasul Boquiev TJK 3 Yasuhiro Awano JPN 3 Leandro Guilheiro BRA 3 Wang Ki-Chun KOR 5 Dirk van Tichelt BEL 5 Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal MGL 5 Ali Malomat IRI 5 Mansur Isaev RUS 7 Yusuke Kanamaru JPN 7 Ugo Legrand FRA 7 Gennadly Bilodid UKR 7 Azat Kubakaev KGZ 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Riki Nakaya JPN 1 Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal MGL 2 Dex Elmont NED 2 Christopher Voelk GER 3 Navruz Jurakobilov UZB 3 Gilles Bonhomme FRA 3 Ugo Legrand FRA 3 Zelimkhan Ozdoev RUS 5 Hiroyuki Akimoto JPN 5 Odbayar Ganbaatar MGL 5 Rinat Ibragimov KAZ 5 Mirali Sharipov UZB 7 Dirk van Tichelt BEL 5 Rinat Ibragimov KAZ 7 Mansur Isaev RUS 5 Nicholas Delpopolo USA World Ranking Points 1 Wang Ki-Chun KOR 1,620 2 Riki Nakaya JPN 1,284 3 Dex Elmont NED 1,152 4 Mansur Isaev RUS 968 5 Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal MGL 910 6 Navruz Jurakobilov UZB 842 8 Ugo Legrand FRA 830 9 Dirk Van Tichelt BEL 576 12 Bruno Mendonca BRA 512 13 Nicholas Delpopolo USA 498 15 Tomasz Adamiec POL 458 17 Volodymyr Soroka UKR 454 Olympic Prospectus 2012 108
    • 109 Judo Mens 81kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Ole Bischof GER 1 Kim Jae-Bum KOR 2 Kim Jae-Bum KOR 2 Leandro Guilheiro BRA 3 Tiago Camilo BRA 3 Euan Barton GBR 3 Roman Gontiuk UKR 3 Masahiro Takamatsu JPN 5 Guillaume Elmont NED 5 Flavio Canto BRA 5 Nyamkhuu Damdinsuren MGL 5 Elnur Mammadli AZE 7 Euan Barton GBR 7 Guillaume Elmont NED 7 Robert Krawczyk POL 7 Sirazhudin Magomedov RUS 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Kim Jae-Bum KOR 1 Ole Bischof GER 2 Srdjan Mrvaljevic MNE 2 Antonio Ciano ITA 3 Leandro Guilheiro BRA 3 Keita Nagahima JPN 3 Sergiu Toma MDA 3 Sergiu Toma MDA 5 Elkhan Rajabli AZE 5 Tomislav Marijanovic CRO 5 Loic Pietri FRA 5 Artem Vasylenko UKR 7 Ivan Nifontov RUS 5 Islam Bozbayev KAZ 7 Artem Vasylenko UKR 5 Yuki Haruyama JPM World Ranking Points 1 Kim Jae-Bum KOR 1,286 2 Leandro Guilheiro BRA 1,130 3 Elnur Mammadli AZE 980 4 Ole Bischof GER 896 5 Takahiro Nakai JPN 880 7 Alain Schmitt FRA 760 8 Travis Stevens USA 712 9 Ivan Nifontov RUS 672 10 Segiu Toma MDA 640 13 Euan Barton GBR 551 15 Antonio Ciano ITA 530 16 Srdjan Mrvaljevic MNE 512 Mens 90kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Irakli Tsirekidze GEO 1 Ilias Iliadis GRE 2 Amar Benikhlef ALG 2 Daiki Nishiyama JPN 3 Hesham Mesbah EGY 3 Kirill Denisov RUS 3 Sergei Aschwandlen SUI 3 Elkhan Mammadov AZE 5 Yves-Matthieu Dafreville FRA 5 Varlam Liparteliani GEO 5 Ivan Pershan RUS 5 Valentyn Grekov UKR 7 Andrei Kazusionak BLR 7 Tiago Camilo BRA 7 Eduardo Santos BRA 7 Max Schirnhofer GER 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Ilias Iliadis GRE 1 Dilshod Choriev UZB 2 Daiki Nishiyama JPN 2 Roman Gontiuk UKR 3 Takashi Ono JPN 3 Kirill Denisov RUS 3 Asley Gonzalez CUB 3 Asley Gonzalez CUB 5 Lee Kyu-Won KOR 5 Robby Van Laarhoven NED 5 Kirill Denisov RUS 5 Elkhan Mammadov AZE 7 Hugo Pessanha BRA 5 Song Dae-Nam KOR 7 Velentin Grekov UKR 5 Varlam Liparteliani GEO World Ranking Points 1 Ilias Iliadis GRE 1,600 2 Varlam Liparteliani GEO 1,196 3 Masashi Nishiyama JPN 1,150 5 Asley Gonzalez CUB 986 6 Dilshod Choriev UZB 986 8 Tiago Camilo BRA 812 10 Elsan Mammadov AZE 680 11 Kirill Denisov RUS 664 13 Alexandre Emond CAN 582 14 Marcus Nyman SWE 576 16 Milan Randl SVK 476 17 Song Da-Nam KOR 472 Olympic Prospectus 2012 109
    • 110 Judo Mens 100kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Tuvshinbayar Naidan MGL 1 Takmasa Anai JPN 2 Askhat Zhitkeyev KAZ 2 Henk Grol NED 3 Movlud Miraliyev AZE 3 Thierry Fabre FRA 3 Henk Grol NED 3 Oreydi Despaigne CUB 5 Przemyslaw Matyaszek POL 5 Tuvshinbayar Naidan MGL 5 Levan Zhorzholiani GEO 5 Utkir Kurbanov UZB 7 Daniel Hadfi HUN 7 Elmar Gasimov AZE 7 Jang Sung-Ho KOR 7 Maxim Rakov KAZ 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Tagir Khaybulaev RUS 1 Tuvshinbayar Naidan MGL 2 Maxim Rakov KAZ 2 Jevgenijs Borodavko LAT 3 Irakil Tsirekidze GEO 3 Temuulen Battulga MGL 3 Lukas Krpalek CZE 3 Ramziddin Sayidov UZB 5 Ramadan Darwish EGY 5 Henk Grol NED 5 Elco van der Geest BEL 5 Cyrille Maret FRE 7 Sergey Samoylovich RUS 5 Hwang Hee-Tae KOR 7 Levan Zhorzholiani GEO 5 Ryonosuke Haga JPN World Ranking Points 1 Maxim Rakov KAZ 1,370 2 Henk Grol NED 1,250 4 Ramziddin Sayidov UZB 1,090 5 Takamasa Anai JPN 968 6 Tagir Khaibulaev RUS 960 7 Tuvshinbayar Naidan MGL 896 8 Hwang He-Tae KOR 834 9 Ramadan Darwish EGY 810 11 Ariel Zeevi ISR 750 12 Lukas Krpalek CZE 740 13 Irakli Tsirekidze GEO 672 15 Jevgenijs Borodavko LAT 584 Mens +100kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Satoshi Ishii JPN 1 Teddy Riner FRA 2 Abdullo Tangriev UZB 2 Andreas Toelzer GER 3 Vidal Brayson CUB 3 Matthieu Bataille FRA 3 Teddy Riner FRA 3 Islma El Shehaby EGY 5 Mohammed Roudaki IRI 5 Rafael Silva BRA 5 Lasha Gujujiani GEO 5 Kazuhiko Takahashi JPN 7 Tamerlan Tmenov RUS 7 Lasha Gujujiani GEO 7 Joao Schlitter BRA 7 Grim Buijsters NED 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Teddy Riner FRA 1 Teddy Riner FRA 2 Andreas Toelzer GER 2 Rafael Silva BRA 3 Kim Sung-Min KOR 3 Abdullo Tangriev UZB 3 Aleksandr Mikhailine RUS 3 Kim Sung-Min KOR 5 Oscar Braison CUB 5 Janusz Wojnarowicz POL 5 Mohammed Roudaki IRI 5 Jean-Sebastien Bonvoisin FRA 7 Barna Bor HUN 5 Matthieu Thorel FRA 7 Faical Jaballah TUN 5 Matjaz Ceraj SLO World Ranking Points 1 Teddy Riner FRA 1,590 2 Andreas Toelzer GER 1,350 3 Rafael Silva BRA 1,224 4 Kim Sung-Min KOR 1,084 5 Islam El Shehaby EGY 1058 6 Alexander Mikhaylin RUS 928 7 Abdulo Tangriev UZB 890 8 Adam Okruashvili GEO 762 9 Oscar Brayson CUB 688 10 Barna Bor HUN 656 11 Daiki Kamikawa JPN 560 15 Janusz Wojnarowicz POL 462 Olympic Prospectus 2012 110
    • 111 Judo Womens 48kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Alina Dumitru ROU 1 Haruna Asami JPN 2 Yanet Bermoy CUB 2 Tomoko Fukumi JPN 3 Paula Pareto ARG 3 Alina Dumitru ROU 3 Ryoko Tani JPN 3 Sarah Menezes BRA 5 Pak Ok Song PRK 5 Chung Jung-Yeon KOR 5 Liudmila Bogdanova RUS 5 Federique Jossinet FRA 7 Eva Csernoviczki HUN 7 Paula Pareto ARG 7 Ana Hormigo POR 7 Leandra Freitas POR 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Haruna Asami JPN 1 Tomoko Fukumi JPN 2 Tomoko Fukumi JPN 2 Sarah Menezes BRA 3 Sarah Menezes BRA 3 Urantsetseg Munkhbat MGL 3 Eva Csernoviczki HUN 3 Alina Dumitru ROU 5 Charline van Snick BEL 5 Hjeong Bo Kyeong KOR 5 Frederick Jossinet FRA 5 Eva Csernoviczki HUN 7 Wu Shugen CHN 5 Chung Jung-Yeon KOR 7 Alina Dumitru ROM 5 Laetitia Payet FRA World Ranking Points 2 Tomoko Fukumi JPN 1,730 3 Sarah Menezes BRA 1,338 4 Charline Van Snick BEL 1,160 5 Alina Dumitru ROU 1,030 6 Paula Pareto ARG 828 7 Eva Csernoviczki HUN 706 8 Urantsetseg Munkhbat MGL 668 9 Wu Shugen CHN 658 10 Oiana Blanco ESP 636 11 Dayaris Mestre Alvarez CUB 604 12 Chung Jung-Yeon KOR 602 13 Laetitia Payet FRA 598 Womens 52kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Xian Dongmei CHN 1 Yuka Nishida JPN 2 An Kum Ae PRK 2 Misato Nakamura JPN 3 Soraya Haddad ALG 3 Natalia Kuzyutina RUS 3 Misato Nakamura JPN 3 Bundmaa Munkhbaatar MGL 5 Sholpan Kaliyeva KAZ 5 Erika Miranda BRA 5 Kim Kyung Ok KOR 5 Romy Tarangul GER 7 Ilse Heylen BEL 7 Zhang Lichuan CHN 7 Ana Carrascosa ESP 7 Joana Ramos POR 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Misato Nakamura JPN 1 Yuka Nishida JPN 2 Yuka Nishida JPN 2 Bundmaa Munkhbaatar MGL 3 Ana Carrascosa ESP 3 Ana Carrascosa ESP 3 Andreea Chitu ROU 3 Yanet Bermoy Acosta CUB 5 Joana Ramos POR 5 Laura Gomez ESP 5 Priscilla Gneto FRA 5 Majlinda Kelmendi KOS* 7 Laura Gomez ESP 5 Natalia Kuzyutina RUS 7 Natalia Kuzyutina RUS 5 Soroya Haddad ALG * Kosovan national ‐ will represent Albania In 2012 World Ranking Points 2 Bundmaa Munkbaatar MGL 1,202 3 Misato Nakamura JPN 1,120 4 Erika Miranda BRA 1,006 5 Soraya Haddad ALG 890 6 Ilse Heylen BEL 798 7 Majlinda Kelmendi ALB* 750 8 Natalia Kuziutina RUS 738 10 Yanet Bermoy Acosta CUB 690 12 Ana Carrascosa ESP 640 13 Priscilla Gneto FRA 637 14 Andreea Chitu ROU 620 15 Joana Ramos POR 548 Olympic Prospectus 2012 111
    • 112 Judo Womens 57kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Giulia Quintavalle ITA 1 Kaori Matsumoto JPN 2 Deborah Gravenstijn NED 2 Telma Monteiro POR 3 Katleyn Quadros BRA 3 Sabrina Filzmoser AUT 3 Xu Yan CHN 3 Ioulietta Boukouvala GRE 5 Maria Pekli AUS 5 Yurileidys Lupetey CUB 5 Barbara Harel FRA 5 Corina Caprioriu ROU 7 Aiko Sato JPN 7 Hedvig Karakas HUN 7 Bernadett Beczko HUN 7 Gemma Howell GBR 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Aiko Sato JPN 1 Telma Monteiro POR 2 Rafaela Silva BRA 2 Aiko Sato JPN 3 Corina Caprioriu ROU 3 Automne Pavia FRA 3 Kaori Matsumoto JPN 3 Marti Malloy USA 5 Marti Malloy USA 5 Irina Zabludina RUS 5 Miryam Roper GER 5 Miryam Roper GER 7 Isabel Fernandez ESP 5 Sarah Loko FRA 7 Irina Zabludina RUS 5 Wang Hui CHN World Ranking Points 1 Kaori Matsumoto JPN 1,680 3 Telma Monteiro POR 1,328 4 Rafaela Silva BRA 1,154 5 Corina Caprioriu ROU 934 6 Automne Pavla FRA 842 7 Ioulietta Boukouvala GRE 776 8 Kim Jan-Di KOR 746 9 Giulia Quintavalle ITA 654 10 Sabrina Filzmoser AUT 620 11 Kifayat Gasimova AZE 620 12 Marti Malloy USA 592 13 Joliane Melancon CAN 526 Womens 63kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Ayumi Tanimoto JPN 1 Yoshie Ueno JPN 2 Lucie Decosse FRA 2 Miki Tanaka JPN 3 Elisabeth Willeboordse NED 3 Yaritza Abel CUB 3 Won Ok Im PRK 3 Ramila Yusubova AZE 5 Driulls Gonzalez CUB 5 Alice Schleisinger ISR 5 Claudia Heill AUT 5 Anicka van Emden NED 7 Urska Zolnir SLO 7 Elisabeth Willeboordse NED 7 Ysis Barreto VEN 7 Yarden Gerbi ISR 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Gevrise Emane FRA 1 Miki Tanaka JPN 2 Yoshie Ueno JPN 2 Joung Da-Woon KOR 3 Anicka van Emden NED 3 Elisabeth Willeboordse NED 3 Urska Zolnir SLO 3 Alice Schleisinger ISR 5 Elisabeth Willeboordse NED 5 Marijana Miskovik CRO 5 Maricet Espinosa CUB 5 Maelle Di Cintio FRA 7 Xu Yuhua CHN 5 Kana Abe JPN 7 Hilde Drexler AUT 5 Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren MGL World Ranking Points 1 Yoshie Ueno JPN 1,584 2 Gevrise Emane FRA 1,460 4 Alice Schlesinger ISR 982 5 Urska Zolnir SLO 956 7 Xu Lili CHN 860 9 Elisabeth Willeboordse NED 800 10 Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren MGL 794 11 Joung Da-Woon KOR 726 13 Yaritza Abel Rojas CUB 620 14 Claudia Malzahn GER 564 15 Marijana Miskovic CRO 524 16 Ramila Yusubova AZE 518 Olympic Prospectus 2012 112
    • 113 Judo Womens 70kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Masae Ueno JPN 1 Lucie Decosse FRA 2 Anaysi Hernandez CUB 2 Anett Meszaros HUN 3 Ronda Rousey USA 3 Yoriko Kunihara JPN 3 Edith Bosch NED 3 Rasa Sraka SLO 5 Annett Boahm GER 5 Cecilia Blanco ESP 5 Leire Iglesias ESP 5 Edith Bosch NED 7 Anett Meszaros HUN 7 Hwang Ye-Sul KOR 7 Yuri Alvear COL 7 Mina Watanabe JPN 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Lucie Decosse FRA 1 Haruka Tachimoto JPN 2 Edith Bosch NED 2 Lucie Decosse FRA 3 Yoriko Kunihara JPN 3 Hwang Ye-Sul KOR 3 Anett Meszaros HUN 3 Yoriko Kunihara JPN 5 Onix Cortes Aldama CUB 5 Houda Miled TUN 5 Rase Meszaros SLO 5 Chen Fei CHN 7 Sol Kyong PKR 7 Asmaa Niang MAR 7 Marie Pasquet FRA 7 Cecilia Blanco ESP World Ranking Points 1 Lucie Decosse FRA 1,816 2 Edith Bosch NED 1,360 3 Haruka Tachimoto JPN 1,274 4 Rasa Sraka SLO 1,038 6 Maria Portea BRA 894 7 Hwang Ye-Sul KOR 840 8 Chen Fei CHN 766 9 Yuri Alvear COL 628 10 Anett Meszaros HUN 618 10 Cecilia Blanco ESP 604 11 Onix Cortes Aldama CUB 588 12 Katarzyna Klys POL 578 Womens 78kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Yang Xiuli CHN 1 Kayla Harrison USA 2 Yalennis Castillo CUB 2 Mayra Aguiar BRA 3 Jeong Gyeong Mi KOR 3 Akari Ogata JPN 3 Stephanie Possamai FRA 3 Yang Xiuli CHN 5 Edinanci Silva BRA 5 Heide Wollert GER 5 Esther San Miguel ESP 5 Maryna Pryshchepa UKR 7 Lkhamdegd Purevjargal MGL 7 Celine Lebrun FRA 7 Heide Wollert GER 7 Vera Moskalyuk RUS 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Audrey Tcheumeo FRA 1 Mayra Aguiar BRA 2 Akari Ogata JPN 2 Kayla Harrison USA 3 Kayla Harrison USA 3 Akari Ogata JPN 3 Mayra Aguiar BRA 3 Audrey Tcheumeo FRA 5 Marhinde Verkerk NED 5 Lucie Louette FRA 5 Heide Wollert GER 5 Stephanie Possamai FRA 7 Abigel Joo HUN 5 Marhinde Verkerk NED 7 Hitomi Ikeda JPN 5 Lulse Malzahn GER World Ranking Points 1 Mayra Aguiar BRA 1,674 2 Kayla Harrison USA 1,660 3 Audrey Tcheumeo FRA 1,468 4 Akari Ogata JPN 1,370 5 Yang Xiuli CHN 1090 6 Lkhamdegd Purevjargal MGL 1030 7 Abigel Joo HUN 970 8 Amy Cotton CAN 762 9 Heide Wollert GER 706 10 Marhinde Verkerk NED 650 11 Anamari Velensek SLO 606 12 Jeong Gyeing-Mi KOR 594 Olympic Prospectus 2012 113
    • 114 Judo Womens +78kg 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships 1 Tong Wen CHN 1 Mika Sugimoto JPN 2 Maki Tsukada JPN 2 Qin Qian CHN 3 Luclja Polavder SLO 3 Maki Tsukada JPN 3 Idalys Ortiz CUB 3 Idalys Ortiz CUB 5 Kim Na-Young KOR 5 Liu Huanyuan CHN 5 Tserenkhand Dorjgotov MGL 5 Kim Na-Young KOR 7 Samah Ramadan EGY 7 Urszula Sadkowska POL 7 Anne Sophie Mondiere FRA 7 Tserenkhand Dorjgotov MGL 2011 World Championships 2012 Paris World Slam 1 Tong Wen CHN 1 Megumi Tachimoto JPN 2 Qin Qian CHN 2 Elena Ivashchenko RUS 3 Mika Sugimoto JPN 3 Idalys Ortiz CUB 3 Elena Ivashchenko RUS 3 Anne Sophie Mondiere FRA 5 Megumi Tachimoto JPN 5 Karina Bryant GBR 5 Idalys Ortiz CUB 5 Iryna Kindzerska UKR 7 Lucija Poalvder SLO 7 Sarah Adlington GBR 7 Karina Bryant GBR 7 Urszula Sadkowska POL World Ranking Points 3 Wen Tong CHN 1,140 4 Mika Sugimoto JPN 1,130 5 Elena Ivashchenko RUS 1,040 6 Idalys Ortiz CUB 940 7 Lucija Polavder SLO 884 8 Maria Suelen Altheman BRA 838 9 Kim Na-Young KOR 816 10 Vanessa Zambotti MEX 682 11 Anne-Sophie Mondiere FRA 604 12 Melissa Mojica PUR 524 13 Gulzhan Issanova KAZ 518 14 Karina Bryant GBR 502 Olympic Prospectus 2012 114
    • 115 Modern Pentathlon The Modern Pentathlon has done a fine job of representing the Olympics in more ways than one. Dreamt up by the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Baron de Coubertin, it was meant to display the skills of the ideal cavalry officer of the time – shooting, swimming, fencing, riding and running. It fitted in perfectly with the model of amateur sport that de Coubertin admired so much in British sporting life and which inspired him to create an international amateur sporting event. The ‘amateur’ status of the Games was meant to restrict the competition to the educated classes, and an event for officers was meant to be a crowning piece of the Games. When the sport debuted in 1912 the first American competitor was the future General, George S. Patten. In Patten’s Olympic experience we see what was to be a large part of the future Olympic experience – drugs and cheating. Having attempted to stick to a diet of steak, eggs and salad, Patten unsurprisingly started to fall short on energy in the final event – the run. His solution: a syringe full of opium injected into his legs to dull the pain and allow him to finish the event in 5th position. As sporting pharmiculture, improved the unique demands a pentathlon spread over 5 days meant athletes could select a different drug for each event. When drug testing was introduced in 1968 it was a modern pentathlete who had the honour of being the first Olympian to be thrown out for drug use - Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall from Sweden had attempted to dull his heart rate with beer before the shooting event. Four years later 14 athletes tested positive for taking tranquilisers, although in typical Olympic fashion it was discovered that these had been missed off the banned list and so the athletes were allowed to compete. Farce continued in 1976 when Olympic champion Boris Onishchenko was discovered to have rigged his fencing sword so he could artificially trigger hits. The switch to holding all events in one day eventually did away with the use of designer drugs, but by now the writing was on the wall for modern pentathlon. The Olympics had embraced commercialism and the expense and inconvenience to spectators having to move around 4 or 5 separate arenas means that the modern pentathlon is a perennial favourite to be dropped from the programme. Although attempts have been made to make it more spectator friendly – for this Olympics the run and shoot will be combined, as in a biathlon – the pressure from more commercially attractive sports will surely confine the modern pentathlon to history before long. In London the men’s event looks likely to be a shoot-out, if you’ll excuse the pun, between 2008 Olympic champion Andrei Moiseev and 2012 world champion Alexander Lesun. Great Britain’s Nick Woodbridge and James Cook should do well but are unlikely to finish in the top 5. The women competition looks likely to be close but the home crowd, on the last day of the Olympics, will be praying for a repeat of the World Championships in May when the Scottish duo of Mhairi Spence and Sam Murray took home a gold and a bronze respectively. Mens Modern Pentathlon 2008 Olympics Shooting /36 Fencing Swimming Equestrian Running Points 1 Andrey Moiseyev RUS 5th 1st 6th 15th 26th 5632 2 Edvinas Krungolcas LTU 7th 6th 23rd 4th 24th 5548 3 Andrejus Zadneprovskis LTU 16th 27th 5th 2nd 9th 5524 4 Qian Zhenhua CHN 2nd 2nd 22nd 19th 33rd 5516 5 Steffen Gebhardt GER 13th 17th 19th 5th 17th 5480 6 Michal Michalik CZE 3rd 23rd 24th 1st 25th 5460 7 Pavlo Tymoshchenko UKR 8th 4th 28th 17th 23rd 5436 8 Oscar Soto MEX 32nd 7th 30th 3rd 7th 5420 2011 World Championships Fencing /36 Swimming Equestrian Combined Points 1 Andrei Moiseev RUS 1st 6th 4th 23rd 5964 2 Alexsander Lesun RUS 2nd 17th 8th 11th 5944 3 Adam Marosi HUN 15th 7th 1st 4th 5924 4 Ilia Frolov RUS 3rd= 19th 23rd 3rd 5908 5 Robert Kasza HUN 3rd= 8th 10th 28th 5820 6 Bence Demeter HUN 23rd= 9th 2nd 12th 5816 7 Hwang Woojin KOR 23rd= 4th 3rd 17th 5812 8 Thomas Daniel AUT 19th 29th 5th 7th 5808 Olympic Prospectus 2012 115
    • 116 Modern Pentathlon 2012 World Championships Fencing /36 Swimming Equestrian Combined Points 1 Alexander Lesun RUS 1st= 18th 22nd 8th 5964 2 Andrei Moiseev RUS 1st= 13th 3rd 18th 5944 3 Jung Jin-wa KOR 6th 5th 2nd 12th 5928 4 Stefan Kollner GER 11th 31st 10th 2nd 5916 5 Nicola Benedetti ITA 4th 35th 8th 3rd 5912 6 Adam Marosi HUN 20th 7th 7th 5th 5888 7 Riccardo De Luca ITA 15th 29th 26th 1st 5876 8 Ilia Frolov RUS 8th 20th 29th 4th 5872 World Ranking Points 1 Alexander Lesun RUS 230 2 Andrei Moiseev RUS 215 3 Adam Marosi HUN 190 4 Robert Kasza HUN 183 5 Ilia Frolov RUS 182 6 Nicola Benedetti ITA 181 7 Jung Jin-wa KOR 171 8 Nicholas Woodbridge GBR 166 9 Pavlo Tymoshchenko UKR 164 10 Serguei Karyakin RUS 162 11 Bence Demeter HUN 162 12 Riccardo De Luca ITA 155 Womens Modern Pentathlon 2008 Olympics Shooting /36 Fencing Swimming Equestrian Running Points 1 Lena Schoeneborn GER 19th 1st 10th 11th 9th 5792 2 Heather Fell GBR 6th 11th 3rd 22nd 5th 5752 3 Victoria Tereschuk UKR 15th 7th 5th 18th 2nd 5672 4 Anastasia Samusevich BLR 2nd 14th 33rd 9th 1st 5640 5 Chen Qian CHN 20th 13th 15th 13th 8th 5612 6 Paulina Poenisz POL 9th 9th 27th 30th 6th 5564 7 Katy Livingston GBR 16th 20th 7th 7th 10th 5548 8 Aya Medany EGY 7th 5th 8th 24th 11th 5544 2011 World Championships Fencing /36 Swimming Equestrian Combined Points 1 Victoria Tereschuk UKR 18th 7th 13th 1st 5544 2 Sarolta Kovacs HUN 5th 2nd 2nd 18th 5512 3 Laura Asadauskaite LTU 9th 22nd 26th 2nd 5504 4 Evdokia Gretchichnikova RUS 1st 27th 4th 15th 5452 5 Lena Schoeneborn GER 5th= 17th 8th 10th 5428 6 Elodie Clouvel FRA 5th= 1st 18th 33rd 5404 7 Yane Marques BRA 11th 6th 12th 26th 5364 8 Mhairi Spence GBR 4th 8th 26th 29th 5344 2012 World Championships Fencing /36 Swimming Equestrian Combined Points 1 Mhairi Spence GBR 3rd 12th 4th 11th 5484 2 Chen Qian CHN 14th= 9th 8th 2nd 5460 3 Sam Murray GBR 14th= 2nd 14th 8th 5452 4 Amelie Caze FRA 1st 7th 15th 29th 5448 5 Lena Schoeneborn GER 5th 20th 11th 3rd 5440 6 Yane Marques BRA 8th= 6th 6th 15th 5396 7 Anastasiya Prokopenko BLR 8th= 32nd 19th 1st 5384 8 Chloe Esposito AUS 27th 4th 5th 6th 5368 World Ranking Points 1 Lena Schoeneborn GER 206 2 Mhairi Spence GBR 199 3 Laura Asadauskaite LTU 196 4 Victoria Tereschuk UKR 195 5 Elodie Clouvel FRA 190 6 Amelie Caze FRA 174 7 Saroite Kovacs HUN 171 8 Sam Murray GBR 169 9 Anastasiya Prokopenko BLR 169 10 Yane Marques BRA 164 11 Chen Qian CHN 161 12 Eva Trautmann GER 158 Olympic Prospectus 2012 116
    • 117 RowingSometimes success can become a burden for a national squad. 10 years ago, buoyed by the prodigiously successful Steve Redgrave andMatthew Pincent, UK Sport identified Rowing as a hotbed for British talent and Olympic medals. Two golds, two silvers and two bronzes at theBeijing Olympics prompted UK Sport to make rowing the most heavily funded sport coming into London 2012. This funding initially seemed towork: at the World Championships in 2009, GB brought home 1 gold, 5 silvers and 1 bronze; in 2010 the tally was 4 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze;and in 2011, 5 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes. At this point Jurgen Grobler, GB’s head rowing coach, could have been forgiven for giving himself apat on the back and expectation was that GB would at least match their World Championship tally on home water. Sadly the 2012 season has notproved so easy. Performances have deteriorated as the season has gone on with Australia and New Zealand in particular stepping up withrevitalised squads. Against a weak field missing several Olympic favourites, GB picked up just 3 golds, 1 silver and 4 bronzes at the final WorldCup regatta before the Olympics in Munich. This is still a very creditable tally, on a par with the performance in Beijing, but after so muchinvestment of time, money and effort the squad doubtless hoped for more. The reality is that, unless the GB boats have been keeping a lot inreserve, there will be an awful lot of British world champions leaving their home Games very disappointed. Three British men’s boats have epitomised the concern in form coming into these Olympics. The British men’s coxless four boat has been our flagship crew since Redgrave won his 5th gold in Sydney. We have taken both Olympic titles since and the decision to switch Peter Reed and Andrew Triggs-Hodge from the pair back into the four alongside Tom James and Alex Gregory was made purely to guarantee the Olympic title.All looked well in the first two races of the season, but in Munich an outstanding Australian boat (Lockwood, Chapman, Ginn and Dinkley-Smith) beat the British twice in succession and will now go into London as favourites.The second boat of concern is the lightweight double scull featuring 2008 Olympic gold medallists Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter. After theBeijing Olympics they both took some time off rowing but came back strong to win the 2010 and 2011 World Championships despite injury andsickness issues. In the first regatta of the 2012 season they again looked strong but, following a small bout of sickness, were abysmal in Lucerneand Munich, finishing last in both finals. Though they have shown in the past that they are capable of recapturing form in a short time, it will behard to find the 10 seconds needed to catch the French or Kiwis. The men’s eight also had great things expected of them in 2012. The introduction of Oxford student Constantin Loudiadis as stoke alongside1988 gold medallist Greg Searle brought personality into an already strong team. Sadly here, again, injury has worked against them. A lower back injury for Loudiadis has kept him out of racing and prompted numerous personnel changes that have unsettled the boat. If they can post a full strength team this summer then they stand a chance, but Germany are unbeaten since last season and the USA always focus on the eight in the Olympics and are confident of gold.The one British mens boat that has looked to buck the drop in form in 2012 has been the men’s lightweight four featuring brothers Peter andRichard Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley. They are in a competitive division but, having followed a bronze in last year’s WorldChampionships with a 2nd, 3rd and then strong 1st in 2012, their confidence is rising and they will start as very narrow favourites in London. Theenigmatic Northern Irish single sculler Alan Campbell has dedicated the past eight years to winning a medal at these Olympics. Though he willstruggle against Ondrej Synek (CZE) and Mahe Drysdale (NZL) he will expect at least a bronze. The brightest spots in British rowing resides on the women’s side. No British female rower has ever won an Olympic gold medal. In Beijing the quad scull were World Champions and unbeaten in two years, but a young Chinese boat rowed past in the final to agonisingly leave the Brits with silver. For one of the women in that boat, Katherine Grainger, it was her third successive silver medal. After taking some time off rowing she has come back desperate to claim gold. Now paired up with Anna Watkins in the double scull, she is again unbeaten in two years and this time it looks like there is no boat fast enough to prevent her winning a well-earned gold. Our women also boast what is probably our strongest bet for goldat these entire Games in the coxless pair. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have improved dramatically over the past few years; the Cornwall PE teacher and Royal Artillery captain had to settle for silver at the past two World Championships behind the New Zealanders, but have won with ease at every race this season. Bet your house on them.Away from Britain the USA’s women’s eight are unbeaten in major championships since 2005. Though the Canadian’s came within 3 hundredthsof a second of beating them in Lucerne, USA will anticipate another gold medal. Elsewhere the Ukrainian womens quad scull have been stand-out this season and should win gold. The British lightweight double scull, quad scull and eight will all be targeting a medal but must improve on theseason’s form to date. Finally, arguably the two best rowers in the world will go for New Zealand in the mens coxless pair this summer. EricMurray and Hamish Bond have been a phenomenon for the past 3 years. GB’s best rowers Reed and Triggs-Hodge tried and failed to beat themfor two straight seasons prompting them to retire to the four. Murray and Bond’s final should be one of the most comfortable victories of theGames. Mens Single Sculls 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Norway Czech Republic 1 6:59.83 1 6:47.49 Olaf Tufte Ondrej Synek Czech Republic New Zealand 2 7:00.63 2 6:49.42 Ondrej Synek Mahe Drysdale New Zealand Great Britain 3 7:01.56 3 6:49.83 Mahe Drysdale Alan Campbell Belgium Norway 4 7:03.40 4 6:55.68 Tim Maeyens Olaf Tufte Great Britain China 5 7:04.00 5 6:57.58 Alan Campbell Zhang Liang Sweden Slovenia 6 7:07.64 6 7:09.44 Lassi Karonen Luka Spik Olympic Prospectus 2012 117
    • 118 Rowing 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade New Zealand Czech Republic 1 6:39.56 1 6:47.82 Mahe Drysdale Ondrej Synek Czech Republic Great Britain 2 6:40.05 2 6:51.33 Ondrej Synek Alan Campbell Great Britain Cuba 3 6:44.86 3 6:53.62 Alan Campbell Angel Fournier Rodriguez Germany China 4 6:46.91 4 6:55.04 Marcel Hacker Zhang Liang Sweden Azebaijan 5 6:48.22 5 6:56.56 Lassi Karonen Aleksandar Aleksandrov Norway Lithuania 6 6:55.25 6 7:00.18 Olaf Tufte Mindaugas Griskonis 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich Czech Republic Germany 1 6:44.54 1 7:07.31 Ondrej Synek Marcel Hacker New Zealand Sweden 2 6:45.06 2 7:09.27 Mahe Drysdale Lassi Karonen Cuba Great Britain 3 6:49.56 3 7:12.74 Angel Fournier Rodriguez Alan Campbell Great Britain Great Britain 4 6:52.07 4 7:18.48 Alan Campbell Graeme Thomas Germany Mexico 5 6:54.81 5 7:21.92 Marcel Hacker Patrick Loliger Salas China Norway 6 7:07.50 6 7:23.01 Zhang Liang Olaf Tufte Mens Coxless Pair 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Australia New Zealand 1 6:37.44 1 6:30.16 Drew Gunn, Duncan Free Eric Murray, Hamish Bond Canada Great Britain 2 6:39.55 2 6:30.48 Dave Calder, Scott Frandsen Peter Reed, Andrew Triggs-Hodge New Zealand Greece 3 6:44.19 3 6:36.00 Nathan Tweddle, George Bridgewater Georgios Tziallas, Ioannis Christou Germany Italy 4 6:47.40 4 6:42.49 Tom Lehmann, Felix Drahotta Lorenzo Carboncini, Niccolo Morinati South Africa Germany 5 6:47.83 5 6:49.96 Shaun Keeling, Ramon di Clemente Andreas Kuffner, Eric Johannesen USA France 6 7:05.58 6 6:55.50 Tyler Winklevoss, Cameron Winklevoss Sebastien Lente, Adrien Hardy 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade New Zealand Germany 1 6:14.77 1 6:26.45 Eric Murray, Hamish Bond Anton Braun, Felix Drahotta Great Britain Great Britain 2 6:16.27 2 6:27.03 Peter Reed, Andrew Triggs-Hodge George Nash, Willian Satch Italy Greece 3 6:21.33 3 6:28.05 Niccolo Morinati, Lorenzo Carboncini N Gkountoulas, A Gkountoulas Greece Netherlands 4 6:23.13 4 6:36.58 N Gkountoulas, A Gkountoulas Nanne Sluis, Meindert Klem Canada Czech Republic 5 6:28.63 5 6:39.45 Scott Frandsen, Dave Calder Jan Gruber, Jakub Makovicka Germany Serbia 6 6:37.94 6 6:42.65 Max Munski, Felix Drahotta Nenad Bedik, Jovan Popovic 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich New Zealand New Zealand 1 6:24.04 1 6:42.97 Eric Murray, Hamish Bond Eric Murray, Hamish Bond Canada Australia 2 6:26.77 2 6:47.72 Scott Frandsen, Dave Calder James Margurg, Brodie Buckland Greece France 3 6:30.04 3 6:48.72 N Gkountoulas, A Gkountoulas Germain Chardin, Dorian Mortelette Germany Italy 4 6:30.79 4 6:51.87 Anton Braun, Felix Drahotta Niccolo Mornati, Lorenzo Carboncini Great Britain Spain 5 6:31.60 5 6:56.09 George Nash, Willian Satch P. Vela Maggi, A. Sigurbjonsson Benet Italy Serbia 6 6:35.86 6 6:57.32 Niccolo Morinati, Lorenzo Carboncini Nenad Bedik, Nikola Stojic Olympic Prospectus 2012 118
    • 119 Rowing Mens Double Sculls 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Australia New Zealand 1 6:27.77 1 6:22.63 David Crawshay, Scott Brennan Nathen Cohen, Joseph Sullivan Estonia Great Britain 2 6:29.05 2 6:24.21 Tonu Endrekson, Juri Jaanson Matthew Wells, Marcus Bateman Great Britain France 3 6:29.10 3 6:28.54 Matthew Wells, Stephen Rowbotham Cedric Berrest, Julien Bahain New Zealand Norway 4 6:30.79 4 6:31.08 Rob Waddell, Nathen Cohen Nils Jacob Hoff, Kjetil Borch France Australia 5 6:33.36 5 6:31.57 Jean-Baptiste Macquet, Adrien Hardy Nick Hudsen, Jared Bidwell Slovenia Germany 6 6:33.96 6 6:33.89 Luka Spik, Iztok Cop Eric Knittel, Stephan Krueger 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade New Zealand Germany 1 6:10.76 1 6:09.78 Nathan Cohen, Joseph Sullivan Eric Knittel, Stephan Krueger Germany Great Britain 2 6:10.82 2 6:10.90 Hans Gruhne, Stephan Krueger Bill Lucas, Sam Townsend France Slovenia 3 6:14.31 3 6:11.11 Cedric Berrest, Julien Bahain Luka Spik, Iztok Cop Australia France 4 6:14.67 4 6:11.64 David Crawshay, Scott Brennan Cedric Berrest, Julien Bahain Slovenia Germany 5 6:15.01 5 6:11.73 Iztok Cop, Luka Spik Hans Gruhne, Mathias Rocher Great Britain Italy 6 6:19.28 6 6:15.16 Matthew Wells, Marcus Bateman Alessio Sartori, Romano Battisti 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich Germany Norway 1 6:14.76 1 6:35.09 Eric Knittel, Stephan Krueger Nils Jakob Hoff, Kjetil Borch Australia New Zealand 2 6:15.66 2 6:36.06 David Crawshay, Scott Brennan Nathan Cohen, Joseph Sullivan France Germany 3 6:15.74 3 6:36.81 Cedric Berrest, Julien Bahain Eric Knittel, Stephan Kreuger Slovenia Great Britain 4 6:16.33 4 6:38.46 Luka Spik, Iztok Cop Bill Lucas, Sam Townsend Lithuania France 5 6:18.87 5 6:40.98 Saulius Ritter, Rolandas Mascinskas Cedric Berrest, Julien Bahain Great Britain Argentina 6 6:19.45 6 6:45.03 Bill Lucas, Sam Townsend Ariel Suarez, Cristian Rosso Mens Lwt Double Sculls 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Great Britain Great Britain 1 6:10.99 1 7:13.47 Zac Purchase, Mark Hunter Zac Purchase, Mark Hunter Greece Italy 2 6:11.72 2 7:15.88 Dimitrios Mougios, Vasileios Polymeros Lorenzo Bertini, Elia Luini Denmark New Zealand 3 6:12.45 3 7:18.31 Mads Rasmussen, Rasmus Quist Storm Uru, Peter Taylor Italy Canada 4 6:16.15 4 7:18.34 Marcello Miani, Elia Luini Douglas Vandor, Cameron Sylvester China China 5 6:16.69 5 7:25.27 Zhang Guolin, Sun Jie Zhang Fangbing, Wang Tiexin Cuba Portugal 6 6:19.96 6 7:33.76 Eyder Batista, Yunior Perez Pedro Fraga, Nuno Mendes 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade Great Britain Great Britain 1 6:18.67 1 6:19.71 Zac Purchase, Mark Hunter Zac Purchase, Mark Hunter New Zealand Greece 2 6:19.01 2 6:20.12 Storm Uru, Peter Taylor P Magdanis, E Konsolas Italy Italy 3 6:21.33 3 6:20.65 Lorenzo Bertini, Elia Luini Lorenzo Bertini, Elia Luini Germany Denmark 4 6:21.80 4 6:20.87 Linus Lichtschlag, Lars Hartig Mads Rasmussen, Rasmus Quist Denmark Hungary 5 6:24.25 5 6:23.46 Mads Rasmussen, Rasmus Quist Zsolt Hirling, Tamas Varga China Norway 6 6:30.88 6 6:24.18 Zhang Fangbing, Wang Tiexin Are Strandli, Kristoffer Brun Olympic Prospectus 2012 119
    • 120 Rowing 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich France New Zealand 1 6:22.78 1 6:40.21 Stany Delayre, Jeremie Azou Storm Uru, Peter Taylor New Zealand France 2 6:24.32 2 6:40.40 Storm Uru, Peter Taylor Stany Delayre, Jeremie Azou Denmark Denmark 3 6:24.97 3 6:42.98 Mads Rasmussen, Rasmus Quist Mads Rasmussen, Rasmus Quist Canada Italy 4 6:25.18 4 6:43.81 Douglas Vandor, Morgan Jarvis Lorenzo Bertini, Elia Luini Germany Hungary 5 6:18.67 5 6:46.74 Linus Lichtschlag, Lars Hartig Zsolt Hirling, Tamas Varga Great Britain Great Britain 6 6:32.03 6 6:49.16 Zac Purchase, Mark Hunter Zac Purchase, Mark Hunter Mens Coxless Four 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Great Britain France 1 6:06.57 1 6:45.38 James, Williams, Reed, Triggs-Hodge Macquet, Chardin, Despres, Mortelette Australia Greece 2 6:07.85 2 6:47.15 Ryan, Marburg, McKenzie, Hegerty Papachristos, Tsilis, Gtoulas, Gtoulas France New Zealand 3 6:09.31 3 6:48.38 Despres, Rondeau, Chardin, Mortelette Uru, Watson, Burson, Eade Slovenia Great Britain 4 6:11.62 4 6:49.02 T. Pirih, Rozman, Kolander, M. Pirih Partridge, Egington, Gregory, Langridge Czech Republic USA 5 6:16.56 5 6:55.94 Gruber, Horvath, Bruncvik, Neffe Lanzone, Rummel, Stitt, Stafford Germnay Italy 6 6:19.63 6 7:01.58 Urban, Schmidt, Kaeufer, Hauffe Paonessa, Fossi, Capelli, Palmisano 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade Great Britain Great Britain 1 5:55.18 1 5:50.29 Langridge, Egington, James, Gregory Gregory, Reed, James, Triggs-Hodge Greece Greece 2 5:57.20 2 5:52.64 Papachristos, Tsilis, Tziallas, Christou Papachristos, Tsilis, Tziallas, Christou Australia Belarus 3 5:58.44 3 5:53.01 Loch, Gunn, Purnell, Dunkey-Smith Lialin, Mihal, Sbachenia, Kazubouski USA Czech Republic 4 6:01.39 4 5:53.05 Lanzone, Newlin, Gault, Cole Horvath, Podrazil, Bruncvik, Klang Germany Netherlands 5 6:01.82 5 5:58.30 Kaeufer, Adamski, Seifert, Schmidt Meylink, Hendriks, Knab, Versluis Netherlands France 6 6:11.82 6 6:01.36 Klem, Knab, Hendriks, Klaassen Moinaux, Macquet, Rondeau, Despres 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich Great Britain Australia 1 5:50.84 1 6:10.28 Gregory, Reed, James, Triggs-Hodge Lockwood, Chapman, Ginn, Dunkley-Smith Australia Great Britain 2 5:51.98 2 6:11.15 Lockwood, Chapman, Ginn, Dunkley-Smith Gregory, Reed, James, Triggs-Hodge Greece Belarus 3 5:56.61 3 6:13.76 Papachristos, Tsilis, Tziallas, Christou Lialin, Mihal, Sbachenia, Kazubouski Belarus Serbia 4 5:58.02 4 6:16.57 Lialin, Mihal, Sbachenia, Kazubouski Vasic, Deric, Vukovic, Jagar Germany Czech Republic 5 6:00.47 5 6:18.95 Hauffe, Seifert, Kaeufer, Schmidt Horvath, Podrazil, Bruncvik, Klang New Zealand Romania 6 6:03.01 6 6:20.96 Uru, Williams, Harris, ONeill Cozmiuc, Palamariu, Pirghie, Curuea Olympic Prospectus 2012 120
    • 121 Rowing Mens Quad Sculls 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Poland Croatia 1 5:41.33 1 6:15.78 Wasielewski, Kolbowicz, Jelinski, Korol Sain, Sinkovic, Martin, Sinkovich Italy Italy 2 5:57.00 2 6:17.04 Agamennoni, Venier, Galtarossa, Raineri Agamennoni, Venier, Stefanini, Raineri France Australia 3 5:44.34 3 6:18.93 Coeffic, Peltier, Bahain, Berrest Forsterling, Crawshay, McRae, Noonan Australia Germany 4 5:44.68 4 6:19.53 Morgan, McRae, Long, Noonan Gruhne, Grohmann, Schoof, Rocher USA Great Britain 5 5:47.64 5 6:26.23 Hughes, Stitt, Schroeder, Gault Cousins, Townsend, Lucas, Rowbotham Germany Russia 6 5:50.96 6 6:34.90 Kruger, Bertram, Gruhne, Schreiber Morgachev, Salov, Kosov, Fedorovstev 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade Australia Croatia 1 5:39.31 1 5:46.73 Morgan, McRae, Forsterling, Noonan Sain, Sinkovic, Martin, Sinkovich Germany Germany 2 5:39.56 2 5:47.77 Schulze, Wende, Schoof, Grohmann Schulze, Wende, Schoof, Grohmann Croatia Estonia 3 5:42.82 3 5:50.82 Sain, Sinkovic, Martin, Sinkovich Jamsa, Raja, Endrekson, Taimsoo Poland France 4 5:45.34 4 5:55.09 Wasielewski, Kolbowicz, Jelinski, Licznerski Chabanet, Androdias, Stefanini, Galtarossa Russia Italy 5 5:49.47 5 5:59.04 Ryabcev, Salov, Morgachev, Fedorovtsev Venier, Fossi, Stefanini, Galtarossa Italy Russia 6 5:53.28 6 6:01.70 Perino, Venier, Stefanini, Galtarossa Ryabcev, Salov, Svirin, Morgachev 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich Croatia Croatia 1 5:42.42 1 5:56.22 Sain, Sinkovic, Martin, Sinkovich Sain, Sinkovic, Martin, Sinkovich Germany Germany 2 5:43.22 2 5:58.85 Schulze, Wende, Schoof, Grohmann Schulze, Wende, Schoof, Grohmann Russia Italy 3 5:44.61 3 6:00.28 Ryabcev, Svirin, Morgachev, Fedorovtsev Stefanini, Fossi, Frattini, Raineri Estonia Great Britain 4 5:45.05 4 6:01.06 Jamsa, Raja, Endrekson, Taimsoo Rowbotham, Solesbury, Cousins, Wells New Zealand Australia 5 5:49.35 5 6:01.24 Storey, Arms, Endrekson, Manson Morgan, McRae, Forsterling, Noonan Poland Estonia 6 5:50.98 6 6:03.68 Wasielewski, Korol, Jelinski, Kolbowicz Jamsa, Raja, Endrekson, Taimsoo Mens Lwt Coxless Four 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Denmark Great Britain 1 5:47.76 1 6:10.71 Ebert, Joergensen, Ebbesen, Anderson Chambers, Mattick, Williams, Bartley Poland Australia 2 5:49.39 2 6:10.78 Pawlowski, Pawelczak, Bernatajtys, Randa Edwards, Beltz, Tunevitsch, Skipworth Canada China 3 5:50.09 3 6:10.79 Brambell, Beare, Lewis, Parsons Li, Yu, Huang, Li France Germany 4 5:51.22 4 6:11.27 Solforosi, Raineau, Bette, Tilliet Seibt, Schoemann-Finck, Kuenher, Kuenher Great Britain Netherlands 5 5:52.12 5 6:11.94 Chambers, Lindsay-Fynn, Mattick, Clarke Heijbrock, Lievens, Muda, Muda Netherlands Italy 6 5:54.06 6 6:15.02 van der Linden, Godschalk, Snijders, Drewes Vlcek, Danesin, Caianiello, Gorletti 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade Australia Denmark 1 5:55.10 1 6:01.17 Edwards, Beltz, Cureton, Skipworth Winther, Joergensen, Barsoe, Ebbesen Italy Great Britain 2 5:56.33 2 6:02.23 Danesin, Caianiello, Miani, Goretti Chambers, Williams, Chambers, Bartley Great Britain China 3 5:57.33 3 6:03.51 Chambers, Bartley, Mattick, Williams Yu, Huang, Zhang, Wang China Netherlands 4 5:58.02 4 6:04.69 Huang, Yu, Li, Zhang Lievens, Heijbrock, Muda, Muda Denmark France 5 5:58.18 5 6:05.72 Barsoe, Joergensen, Winther, Ebbesen Moreau, Solforosi, Moutton, Baroukh Switzerland Germany 6 6:04.65 6 6:07.81 Schuerch, Tramer, Niepmann, Gyr Seibt, Kuehner, Kuehner, Wichert Olympic Prospectus 2012 121
    • 122 Rowing 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich China Great Britain 1 5:53.10 1 6:16.34 Yu, Huang, Zhang, Wang Chambers, Williams, Chambers, Bartley South Africa Australia 2 5:53.71 2 6:18.81 Thompson, Brittain, Smith, Ndlovu Edwards, Beltz, Cureton, Skipworth Great Britain Denmark 3 5:54.96 3 6:19.49 Mattick, Williams, Chambers, Bartley Winther, Joergensen, Barsoe, Ebbesen Denmark France 4 5:55.40 4 6:19.97 Winther, Joergensen, Barsoe, Ebbesen Moreau, Solforosi, Baroukh, Moutton France Switzerland 5 5:59.61 5 6:20.42 Moreau, Solforosi, Baroukh, Moutton Schuerch, Gmelin, Niepmann, Gyr Switzerland Czech Republic 6 6:05.51 6 6:23.55 Gmelin, Schuerch, Niepmann, Gyr Vetesnik, Vetesnik, Kopac, Vrastil Mens Eight 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Canada Germany 1 Light, Rutledge, Byrnes, Wetzel, Howard, 5:23.89 1 Hauffe, Reinelt, Wilke, Mennigen, Schmidt, 5:33.84 Seiterle, Kreek, Hamilton, Price Mueller, Seifert, Schmidt, Sauer Great Britain Great Britain 2 Partridge, Stallard, Lucy, Egington, West, 5:25.11 2 Broadway, Clarke, Nichol, Foad, Sbihi, 5:34.46 Heathcote, Langridge, Smith, Nethercott Searle, Ransley, Ritchie, Hill USA Australia Lockwood, Ryan, Hegerty, McKenzie- 3 Hoopman, Schnobrich, Boyd, Allen, Walsh, 5:25.34 3 5:35.96 McHarg, Marburg, Loch, Purnell, Dunkell- Coppola, Inman, Volpenheim, McElhenny Smith, Lister Netherlands Netherlands Van der Want, Blink, Hendriks, Klaassen, 4 Siegelaar, Brink, Klem, Klaassen, Huiper, 5:29.26 4 5:37.03 Hamburger, Klem, Siegelaar, Simon Steenman, van Andel, Simon, Wiersum Wiersum Poland New Zealand Kosiorek, Stawowski, P. Brzezinski, 5 5:31.42 5 Tripp, Williams, Seymour, Wehr-Candler, 5:38.46 Kruszkowski, Hejmej, M. Brzezinski, Arms, ONeill, Hammond, Pavich Gutorski, Burda, Trojanowski Australia USA Dennis, Loch, Chapman, Laurich, 6 5:35.10 6 Banks, Murphey, Walsh, Newlin, Cornelius, 5:40.55 Stevenson, Tomkins, Conrad, Stewart, Cole, Read, Paszek, Del Guercio Rabjohns 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade Germany Germany 1 Hauffe, Kuffner, Johannesen, Reinelt, 5:28.81 1 Adamski, Kuffner, Johannesen, Reinelt, 5:26.78 Schmidt, Mueller, Mennigen, Wilke, Sauer Schmidt, Mueller, Mennigen, Wilke, Sauer Great Britain Great Britain Reilly-ODonnel, Partridge, Egington, 2 Reilly-ODonnel, Nichol, Foad, Partridge, 5:30.83 2 5:29.93 Ransley, Searle, Sbihi, Foad, Langridge, Sbihi, Searle, Ransley, Ritchie, Hill Hill Canada Netherlands 3 Bergen, Byrnes, Brown, Csima, Howard, 5:31.18 3 Simon, Blink, Vellenga, Braas, Hamburger, 5:30.21 McCabe, Gibson, Crothers, Price Klaassen, Siegelaar, Steenman, Wiersum Australia Poland Brzezinski, Juszczak, Zablocki, Hejmej, 4 Linke, Marburg, Booth, Hegerty, Swann, 5:31.59 4 5:34.10 Radosz, Hojka, Aranowski, Szpakowski, Coudraye, Ryan, Pragnell, Lister Trojanowski Poland Ukraine Brzezinski, Hejmej, Radosz, Hojka, Burda, Kholyaznykov, Grebennykov, Tymko, 5 5:32.16 5 5:36.61 Juszczak, Aranowski, Szpakowski, Moroz, Pryveda, Kletskoy, Lykov, Trojanowski Chykanov, Konovaliuk Netherlands France Kuiper, Vellenga, Hamburger, Meylink, 6 5:35.37 6 Demey, Lang, Molina, DAgata, Mathis, 5:39.54 Braas, Luecken, Siegelaar, Simon, Chopy, Lente, Brunet, Manceau Wiersum Olympic Prospectus 2012 122
    • 123 Rowing 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich Germany Poland Brzezinski, Juszczak, Burda, Hojka, 1 Adamski, Kuffner, Johannesen, Reinelt, 5:27.47 1 5:40.03 Schodowski, Szpakowski, Aranowski, Schmidt, Mueller, Mennigen, Wilke, Sauer Hejmej, Trojanowski Great Britain Australia 2 Searle, Partridge, Bateman, Ransley, Sbihi, 5:28.64 2 Loch, Hegerty, McKenzie-McHarg, Booth, 5:41.40 Egington, Langridge, Foad, Hill Swann, Purnell, Ryan, Coudraye, Lister Canada Great Britain 3 Bergen, Csima, Gibson, McCabe, Howard, 5:29.62 3 Searle, Partridge, Bateman, Sbihi, Ransley, 5:42.99 Byrnes, Brown, Crothers, Price Egington, Langridge, Foad, Hill Netherlands Ukraine Grebennykov, Kholyaznykov, Moroz, 4 Simon, Blink, Vellenga, Braas, Hamburger, 5:31.45 4 5:51.89 Tymko, Pryveda, Kletskoy, Lykov, Klaassen, Siegelaar, Steenman, Wiersum Chykanov, Konovaliuk Poland Brzezinski, Juszczak, Zablocki, Hojka, 5 5:31.58 Schodowski, Szpakowski, Aranowski, Hejmej, Trojanowski Australia 6 Loch, Booth, McKenzie-McHarg, Coudraye, 5:34.42 Swann, Purnell, Ryan, Hegerty, Lister Womens Single Sculls 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Bulgaria Sweden 1 7:22.34 1 7:47.61 Rumyana Neykova Frida Svensson USA Belarus 2 7:22.78 2 7:47.79 Michelle Guerette Ekaterina Karsten Belarus New Zealand 3 7:23.98 3 7:49.64 Ekaterina Karsten Emma Twigg China Czech Republic 4 7:25.48 4 7:56.38 Zhang Xiuyun Mirka Knapkova Czech Republic Russia 5 7:35.52 5 8:02.41 Miroslava Knapkova Julia Levina Poland Serbia 6 7:43.44 6 8:04.60 Julia Michalska Iva Obradovic 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade Czech Republic China 1 7:26.64 1 7:24.15 Mirka Knapkova Zhang Xiuyun Belarus Czech Republic 2 7:28.68 2 7:27.55 Ekaterina Karsten Mirka Knapkova New Zealand Azebaijan 3 7:30.68 3 7:29.71 Emma Twigg Nataliya Mustafayeva China Sweden 4 7:33.63 4 7:30.77 Zhang Xiuyun Frida Svensson Sweden Ireland 5 7:33.64 5 7:45.97 Frida Svensson Sanita Puspure Germany Serbia 6 7:35.44 6 DNS Annekatrin Thiele Iva Obradovic 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich China Belarus 1 7:25.49 1 7:52.74 Zhang Xiuyun Ekaterina Karsten Australia New Zealand 2 7:26.42 2 7:56.22 Kim Crow Emma Twigg Czech Republic Lithuania 3 7:26.91 3 7:58.60 Mirka Knapkova Donata Vistartaite Azebaijan Denmark 4 7:27.28 4 8:02.80 Nataliya Mustafayeva Fie Udby Erichsen New Zealand Azebaijan 5 7:40.79 5 8:09.03 Emma Twigg Nataliya Mustafayeva Russia Ireland 6 7:44.88 6 8:14.05 Ilia Levina Sanita Puspure Olympic Prospectus 2012 123
    • 124 Rowing Womens Coxless Pair 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships Romania New Zealand 1 7:20.60 1 7:17.12 Georgeta Andrunache, Viorica Susana Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown China Great Britain 2 7:22.28 2 7:20.24 Wu You, Gao Yulan Helen Glover, Heather Stanning Belarus USA 3 7:22.91 3 7:22.46 Yuliya Bichyuk, Natallia Helakh Zsuzsanna Francia, Erin Cafaro Germany Australia 4 7:25.73 4 7:22.58 Lenka Wech, Maren Derlien Sarah Tait, Pheobe Stanley New Zealand Canada 5 7:28.80 5 7:22.97 Juliette Haigh, Nicola Coles Krista Guloeien, Andreanne Morin Great Britain Germany 6 7:33.61 6 7:28.69 Louisa Reeve, Olivia Whitlam Kerstin Hartmann, Marlene Sinnig 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade New Zealand Great Britain 1 6:58.16 1 7:00.61 Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown Helen Glover, Heather Stanning Great Britain USA 2 6:58.24 2 7:01.79 Helen Glover, Heather Stanning Erin Cafaro, Eleanor Logan Australia USA 3 7:03.98 3 7:03.47 Sarah Tait, Kate Hornsey Caroline Lind, Taylor Ritzel China Netherlands 4 7:06.43 4 7:10.72 Wu You, Gao Yulan Claudia Belderbos, Chantal Achterberg Romania Germany 5 7:08.64 5 7:15.14 Camelia Lupascu, Nicoleta Albu Kerstin Hartmann, Marlene Sinnig South Africa Romania 6 7:11.19 6 7:17.72 Naydene Smith, Lee-Ann Persse Adelina Cojocariu, Irina Dorneanu 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich Great Britain Great Britain 1 7:02.14 1 7:33.81 Helen Glover, Heather Stanning Helen Glover, Heather Stanning USA New Zealand 2 7:04.09 2 7:37.62 Erin Cafaro, Eleanor Logan Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown New Zealand Romania 3 7:05.98 3 7:42.08 Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown Georgeta Andrunache, Viorica Susanu Australia Germany 4 7:17.88 4 7:45.97 Sarah Tait, Kate Hornsey Kerstin Hartmann, Marlene Sinnig Argentina Canada 5 7:19.74 5 7:47.95 Maria Laura Abalo, Gabriella Best Carolyn Ganes, Larissa Lagzdins South Africa Argentina 6 7:20.22 6 7:48.98 Maria Laura Abalo, Lee-Ann Persse Maria Laura Abalo, Gabriella Best Womens Double Sculls 2008 Olympics 2010 World Championships New Zealand Great Britain 1 7:07.32 1 7:04.70 G Evers-Swindell, C Evers-Swindell Anna Watkins, Katherine Grainger Germany Australia 2 7:07.33 2 7:10.08 Annekatrin Thiele, Christina Huth Kerry Hore, Kim Crow Great Britain Poland 3 7:07.55 3 7:14.40 Elise Laverick, Anna Bebington Magdelena Fularczyk, Julia Michalska China Czech Republic 4 7:15.85 4 7:15.04 Li Qin, Tian Liang Jitka Antosova, Lenka Antosova USA USA 5 7:17.53 5 7:16.99 Megan Kalmoe, Ellen Tomek Stesha Carle, Kathleen Bertko Czech Republic Germany 6 7:25.09 6 7:21.60 Miroslava Knapkova, Gabriela Varekova Annekatrin Thiele, Stephanie Schiller 2011 World Championships 2012 World Cup Belgrade Great Britain Great Britain 1 6:44.73 1 6:50.35 Anna Watkins, Katherine Grainger Anna Watkins, Katherine Grainger Australia Germany 2 6:45.98 2 6:51.03 Kerry Hore, Kim Crow Annekatrin Thiele, Britta Oppelt New Zealand Czech Republic 3 6:46.74 3 6:53.90 Fiona Paterson, Anna Reymer Lenka Antosova, Jitka Antosova Ukraine China 4 6:49.64 4 7:01.22 Ansia Kozhenkova, Yana Dementieva Wang Min, Zhu Weiwei Poland China 5 6:54.22 5 7:04.93 Magdelena Fularczyk, Julia Michalska Jiang Yan, Li Rong Czech Republic Netherlands 6 7:04.06 6 7:07.13 Jitka Antosova, Lenka Antosova Inge Janssen, Elisabeth Hogerwerf Olympic Prospectus 2012 124
    • 125 Rowing 2012 World Cup Lucerne 2012 World Cup Munich Great Britain Great Britain 1 6:52.52 1 7:09.90 Anna Watkins, Katherine Grainger Anna Watkins, Katherine Grainger Poland Australia 2 6:55.00 2 7:11.92 Magdelena Fularczyk, Julia Michalska Kim Crow, Brooke Pratley Germany Poland 3 6:55.42 3 7:19.07 Annekatrin Thiele, Britta Oppelt Magdelena Fularczyk, Julia Michalska Czech Republic New Zealand 4