Dina Asher-Smith: Athletics – women’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m
The headline act on the British team, Asher-Smith won three medals at the 2019 World Championships – including 200m gold – and had her sights firmly set on matching that achievement in Tokyo. Unfortunately, a hamstring tear saw her miss out on the 100m final and she has now withdrawn from the 200m.
Sam Atkin: Athletics – men’s 10,000m
Based in the United States since moving there as a teenager for his studies, Atkin, now 28, made a huge breakthrough when he moved fifth on the British all-time 10,000m list in December 2020 to qualify for Tokyo.
Niclas Baker: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
Baker smashed his personal best to win the British 400m title this June and secure a first senior international call-up.
Meghan Beasley: Athletics – women’s 400m hurdles
Highly experienced after competing at the last four World Championships, Tokyo will be Beasley’s first Olympics. She sits fifth on the British all-time list.
Alex Bell: Athletics – women’s 800m
Bell is selected to make her Olympic debut having ran the 800m qualifying standard with a lifetime best performance of 1:58.52 at the end of May.
Lizzie Bird: Athletics – women’s 3,000m steeplechase
Bird has been based in the United States since moving there to study and has long been a regular near the top of the British 3,000m steeplechase rankings. She ran at the 2019 World Championships and moved third on the British all-time standings this summer.
Emily Borthwick: Athletics – women’s high jump
Although she fell just short of the 1.96m automatic Olympic standard, Borthwick earned her place on the team with five jumps above 1.90m this year – a huge improvement on her 1.84m personal best from 2020.
Tom Bosworth: Athletics: men’s 20km race walk
Sixth at Rio 2016, Bosworth is a Commonwealth silver medalist and world record holder.
Holly Bradshaw: Athletics – women’s pole vault
Bradshaw’s 5.90m British pole vault record was the standout performance of the championships and moved her third in the world rankings, serving notice that she is a genuine medal candidate in Tokyo. After so many near misses, this could be her year.
Andrew Butchart: Athletics – men’s 5,000m
Butchart finished an impressive sixth at the last Olympics and was selected for the Tokyo Games despite causing controversy when describing athletes allegedly faking Covid test results to return to the UK after international meets.
Taylor Campbell: Athletics – men’s hammer
Has improved considerably in recent years and moved second on the British all-time list behind Nick Miller this June. This is his senior British debut.
Cameron Chalmers: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
Predominantly a 400m hurdles specialist, Chalmers won the British title this year and has been a key part of the 4x400m relay set-up in recent years.
Zoey Clark: Athletics – women’s 4x400m
Clark has won world and European medals as part of the British 4x400m relay team. She finished sixth at this year’s British Championships.
Ben Connor: Athletics – men’s marathon
Finished second at Olympic marathon trials to book his place, having achieved qualifying time in 2020.
Harry Coppell: Athletics – men’s pole vault
Coppell had a major breakthrough when clearing 5.85m to break the British record and win the national title in 2020. This is his senior international debut at a major competition.
Stephanie Davis: Athletics – women’s marathon
Part-time athlete secured her place following victory at the Olympic marathon trials at Kew Gardens.
Emily Diamond: Athletics – women’s 4x400m
Diamond made the 400m semi-finals at Rio 2016, but has only qualified for the relay this time in what will be her third Olympic appearance.
Beth Dobbin: Athletics – women’s 200m and 4x100m
Just three years ago, Dobbin was still working a 40-hour week and training for athletics in her spare time, but she broke through to win the British title in 2018 and can now add the Olympic vest to her one from the 2019 World Championships.
Oliver Dustin: Athletics – men’s 800m
Dustin went from little-known future talent to Olympian in the space of a remarkable fortnight that saw the 20-year-old smash his personal best by almost two seconds to move top of this year’s world rankings (although his time has since been surpassed) before finishing second at the British Championships.
Jona Efoloko: Athletics – men’s 4 x 100m
After winning European Under-18 and world Under-20 gold over 200m, this is 21-year-old Efoloko’s first call-up to the senior team.
Tom Gale: Athletics – men’s high jump
Gale has won medals at European Under-20 and Under-23 level, but Tokyo will be his first global championship at senior level.
Adam Gemili: Athletics – men’s 200m and 4x100m
One of the most senior and well-respected members of the British athletics team, Gemili has already competed at two Olympics and missed out on 200m bronze by just 0.003sec at Rio 2016. He missed time with an injury at the start of the year and has since struggled to be at his very best.
Elliot Giles: Athletics – men’s 800m
Giles sent shockwaves across the sport earlier this year when he broke Seb Coe’s British record when running the second-fastest indoor 800m in history. He edged out Oliver Dustin in a fierce battle for gold at the British Championships.
Callum Hawkins: Athletics – men’s marathon
Ninth on Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Scot was narrowly beaten into fourth at the 2019 World Championships.
Jake Heyward: Athletics – men’s 1,500m
Recovered from a longstanding Achilles injury to finish third at the British trials and was rewarded with the selectors’ discretionary spot on the team.
Keely Hodgkinson: Athletics – women’s 800m
After becoming the first British woman to break a world under-20 record for 36 years in January, her mentor Jenny Meadows predicted Hodgkinson could one day break Kelly Holmes’ British 800m record. She secured a stunning national title triumph in June.
Matthew Hudson-Smith: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
Hudson-Smith made the Olympic 400m final in 2016 and claimed the European title two years later. Although he has struggled to match those fast times in recent years, he remains Britain’s leading 400m runner.
Zharnel Hughes: Athletics – men’s 100m and 4x100m
Hughes has the fastest personal best of Britain’s 100m trio, but false-started in the final at the British Championships. He is reigning European 100m champion and made the world final in 2019.
Abigail Irozuru: Athletics – women’s long jump
A law graduate from University College London and businesswoman, Irozuru officially retired from athletes in 2016 after a repeated cycle of injuries. She returned two years later, reached the world final in 2019 and is now making her Olympic debut.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Athletics – women’s heptathlon
Johnson-Thompson finally put years of anguish and under-performing behind her when she broke Jess Ennis-Hill’s British record to win a brilliant world title in 2019. Unfortunately, she then suffered a serious Achilles injury at the start of 2021 and only returned to competition on June 30 so her physical fitness is largely unknown.
Jess Judd: Athletics – women’s 5,000m and 10,000m
A teenage phenomenon who achieved multiple junior accolades, Judd fell out of love with the sport while struggling over a number of years before stepping up in distance and securing a spot at her first Olympics.
Josh Kerr: Athletics – men’s 1,500m
The America-based Scot finished sixth at the World Championships in 2019 and cemented his status as the leading British challenger by claiming this year’s national title.
Richard Kilty: Athletics – men’s 4x100m
Kilty has made a name for himself as something of a 60m specialist, winning a world and two European titles. But he is also an invaluable member of the 4x100m relay squad and helped claim silver at the last World Championships.
David King: Athletics – men’s 110m hurdles
A regular on international teams, King finished second at this year’s British Championships.
Jessie Knight: Athletics – women’s 400m hurdles and 4x400m
The fastest female 400m hurdler in Britain this year, Knight originally retired from the sport in 2017 as she struggled to juggle athletics with a career as a primary school teacher. Her return a year later saw her balance dual careers, something she has managed with aplomb.
Morgan Lake: Athletics – women’s high jump
Lake, a world junior heptathlon and high jump champion, originally intended to be a multi-eventer, but has focused solely on the high jump in recent years. She made the final at the Rio Olympics and has become increasingly consistent.
Imani-Lara Lansiquot: Athletics – women’s 4x100m
Lansiquot – who is named after the West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara – has steadily risen through the junior ranks and won world and European medals with the senior 4x100m team. She is ranked fifth on the British all-time 100m list.
Scott Lincoln: Athletics – men’s shot put
Lincoln has won the British title for the last seven years, although he has made huge strides recently, moving third on the national all-time rankings this June.
Amy-Eloise Markovc: Athletics – women’s 5,000m
Born in Stockport before moving to the United States, Markovc represented Britain at a number of youth and junior competitions before winning a surprise 3,000m gold at this year’s European Indoor Championships.
Eilish McColgan: Athletics – women’s 5,000m and 10,000m
Exactly thirty years after her mother Liz won the world 10,000m title in Tokyo, Eilish will contest the 5,000m and 10,000m at her third Olympics.
Sophie McKinna: Athletics – women’s shot put
McKinna initially turned down British Athletics funding at the start of 2020 to continue her work as a prison officer, but has since become a full-time athlete. In 2019 she was Britain’s first female shot putter to make a world final for 36 years.
Nick Miller: Athletics – men’s hammer
Miller smashed the British record to win Commonwealth gold in 2018. He has not quite matched that mark since, but will have his sights set on improving on his qualification exit at the last Olympics.
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake: Athletics – men’s 200m and 4x100m
The third-fastest 200m runner in British history has not managed to match the times he was running while studying in America a few years ago and finishing fourth at the 2017 World Championships.
Laura Muir: Athletics – women’s 1,500m
Muir has just missed out on a global medal so many times during her career, but the absence of some of her main rivals over her preferred 1,500m gives her an excellent chance of making the podium in Tokyo.
Daryll Neita: Athletics – women’s 100m and 4x100m
Neita, who has won multiple 4x100m relay medals, has made a huge step up this summer and now sits second on the British all-time 100m rankings behind Asher-Smith.
Ashleigh Nelson: Athletics – women’s 4x100m
Vastly experienced at the highest level, Nelson was selected for her first Olympics in 2008 when she was just 17. She has since been a regular in the 4x100m relay set-up.
Laviai Nielsen: Athletics – women’s 4x400m
Having just missed a medal when fourth over 400m at the 2018 European Championships, Nielsen broke her personal best the following year before reaching the World Championships semi-finals. She has battled niggling injuries this year.
Phil Norman: Athletics – men’s 3,000m steeplechase
Norman only turned his attention to athletics seriously later in life and will now represent his country for the first time at a global competition aged 31.
Michael Ohioze: Athletics – men’s 4x400m
Based in the United States after moving there to study on a sports scholarship, Ohioze was initially a footballer but now concentrates on sprinting and has earned a first British vest.
Lawrence Okoye: Athletics – men’s discus
The British record holder made the Olympic final at London 2012 before quitting the sport, moving to America and spending the next six years playing American football. This is his first full season back in athletics.
Asha Philip: Athletics – women’s 100m and 4x100m
Philip has a huge amount of experience competing at the highest level, having reached Olympic and world 100m semi-finals. She has also won Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth 4x100m relay medals.