Rio 2016: Wales' Olympics hopefuls to watch

Jade Jones celebrates winning an Olympic gold medal at taekwondo
Jade Jones celebrates winning an Olympic gold medal at taekwondo

One year out from the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, BBC Wales Sport looks at the Welsh talent likely to be part of Team GB's medal bid.

Wales' representatives in Brazil could feature those who have already experienced Olympic glory as well as up and coming talent looking to make an impression on the global stage.

Athletics

Sally Peake (pole-vault): Peake combines her pole-vaulting with a career in physiotherapy and won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Seren Bundy-Davies
Seren Bundy-Davies will be Wales' sole representative at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing

Seren Bundy-Davies (4x400m, maybe 400m): Bundy-Davies, 20, has enjoyed an excellent season, winning 400m individual bronze and relay silver at the European Indoor Championships, as well as running a personal best time of 51.48 seconds at the Anniversary Games in London's Olympic Stadium.

David Omoregie (110m hurdles): Another rising star of Welsh athletics, the 19-year-old clocked a personal best of 13.50 seconds to reach the final of the 110m hurdles at the Anniversary Games.

Boxing

Andrew Selby (flyweight): There is a possibility Selby could turn professional before the Olympics but, if he stays amateur, the Barry boxer will be confident of adding to his medal collection which currently includes two European Amateur Championship golds.

Cycling

Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas is a two-time Olympic gold medallist on the track

Geraint Thomas (road race): Having won team pursuit Olympic gold at the 2008 and 2012 Games, Thomas is already one of Wales' most decorated Olympians. The Tour de France star will turn his attention to the road race in Rio, where he could be joined by Team Sky team-mate and fellow Welshman Luke Rowe.

Elinor Barker (track): Although still only 20 years old, Barker has won a host of track medals. The Cardiff rider is a reigning world champion in the team pursuit and a Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the points race. Becky James, a world sprint champion in 2013, could also shine on the track.

Gymnastics

Georgina Hockenhull (artistic gymnastics): A bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Hockenhull was sixth in the beam final at the European Games in Baku.

Laura Halford
Laura Halford is a three times senior British Champion

Laura Halford (rhythmic gymnastics): Halford claimed the 2015 rhythmic gymnastics all-around title at the British Championships Series in July to add to the three Commonwealth Games medals she won at Glasgow 2014.

Judo

Natalie Powell (-78kg): Powell was one of Wales' stars of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning a judo gold medal by beating England's Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbon in the final. That saw Powell shortlisted for the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year award.

Shooting

Elena Allen (skeet): Allen is another of Wales' Commonwealth Games medallists, claiming skeet silver in Glasgow last year. The Moscow-born shooter also won World Championship gold in the team skeet event in 2014.

Swimming

Jazz Carlin
Jazz Carlin is a Commonwealth and double European champion

Jazz Carlin (400m, 800m, 1500m freestyle): Carlin had a brilliant 2014, becoming the first Welsh woman to win swimming gold for 40 years when she triumphed in the 800m freestyle - before claiming a silver in the 400m freestyle. Will be anxious to do well in Rio after missing out on selection for London 2012.

Georgia Davies (50m backstroke): Followed in the footsteps of her former Swansea training partner Jazz Carlin by winning a 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 50m backstroke. The Welsh-speaker reached the semi-finals at London 2012.

Rowing

Vicky Thornley (women's double scull): Paired alongside 2012 Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger, Thornley and her partner finished third in the World Cup in Italy earlier this year.

Chris Bartley (lightweight men's four): Wrexham's Bartley has Olympic pedigree, having won silver in the lightweight men's four in 2012, just missing out on gold to South Africa in a dramatic finish.

Graeme Thomas (men's quadruple sculls): Thomas was a part of the British quadruple sculls team which won a bronze medal at this year's World Cup in Italy.

Rugby union sevens

Several players in the current full Welsh side such as Alex Cuthbert and Justin Tipuric played sevens earlier in their career, but Great Britain's Olympic sevens team is likelier to include those who have played for the home nations' sevens sides in recent seasons. Scarlets openside flanker James Davies (brother of Wales centre Jonathan Davies) and Cardiff Blues fly-half Gareth Davies are among Wales' regulars on the sevens circuit.

Sailing

Saskia Clark & Hannah Mills
Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills won silver in the 470 class at London 2012

Hannah Mills (with Saskia Clark in 470)

Silver medallists at London 2012, Cardiff-born Mills, 27, and 35-year-old Clark have already secured their place in the Olympic Test event in Rio in August, 2015 and won bronze at the World Championships in September, 2014.

Golf

Jamie Donaldson

Golf returns to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904 and Donaldson, who clinched the 2014 Ryder Cup for Europe, will be hoping to be in Rio as current world number one Rory McIlroy has opted to represent Ireland. The field for the proposed 72-hold strokeplay event will be limited to 60 players. The top 15 players in the world rankings on 11 July will be eligible, with a limit of four competitors per country. The remaining spots will go the highest-ranked players from countries that do not already have two golfers qualified.

Taekwondo

Jade Jones (-57kg)

Jones admits she struggled to deal with the expectations after gold at London 2012 but says there is more to come ahead of Rio 2016 after success at the 2015 European Games in Baku.

Triathlon

Non Stanford
Non Stanford won the Under-23 world triathlon title in 2012 before adding the senior title a year later

Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins

The two former World champions have been blighted by injuries in recent years. Jenkins failed to finish the Olympic test event in Rio but Stanford took another step towards qualifying for 2016 with a second place. Stanford will qualify if she finishes in the top three at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago in September.

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