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Olympic Games: British medal hopes.

Coxless four: Matthew Pinsent Age 29 Olympic record 1992: gold, coxless pair; 1996: gold, coxless pair

Tim Foster, 30. Olympic record 1992: sixth, coxless four; 1996: bronze, coxless four

Steve Redgrave, 38. Olympic record 1984: gold, coxed four; 1988: gold, coxless pair; bronze, coxed pair; 1992: gold, coxless pair; 1996: gold, coxless pair

James Cracknell, 28. Olympic record 1996: fifth double sculls

Redgrave vowed to retire after winning gold for the fourth time in Atlanta - but he is back chasing history. "Shoot me," he said, "if I go near a boat again." Three months later the four-time Olympic champion announced his comeback, but this time in a quartet.

And in Redgrave's words, it is now Pinsent, "the finest rower in the world," who is leading the Olympic charge.

Colin Jackson, 110m hurdles. Age: 33. Record 1988: Silver, 1992: seventh, 1996: fourth. Jackson needs Olympic gold to complete the full set of medals from major championships.

Ben Ainslie, below. Laser class sailing. Age 23. Record 1996: silver. Took silver behind Robert Scheidt in 1996. The Brazilian will again be his main rival, but Ainsley is in good form.

Dean Macey, right, Decathlon. Age: 22. First Olympics. Mirror columnist Macey made a meteoric rise last year to win silver in Seville. May struggle to beat world record holder Tomas Dvorak - but don't bet against silver.

Paul Ratcliffe, K1 slalom canoeing. Age 26. Record 1996: 14th. World number one Ratcliffe is unbeaten on the Olympic course in major championships.

Jonathan Edwards, triple jump. Age 34. Record '88: dnq, '92: dnq, '96: silver. Huge disappointment in Atlanta and only silver

in Seville, but world record holder Edwards is the best triple jumper of his generation - and here's his chance to prove it.

Dwain Chambers, 100m. Age 22. First Games. Chambers has beaten Maurice Greene twice this year. So if it's windy don't bet against a surprise.

Men's 4x100m relay. Dwain Chambers, Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell and Marlon Devonish won silver behind the Americans

in Seville. The Americans have Maurice Greene, but Britain may yet have the stronger all round team unit.

Paula Radcliffe, 10,000m. Age 26. Record 1996: fifth (in 5,000m). Heart-warming silver in Seville. If she is over her knee injury, she can go one better.

Sue Rolph, 100m freestyle. Age 22. Record 1996: 50m free & 200m medley dnq. Commonwealth gold medalist Rolph faces a daunting struggle to beat Dutch rival, Inge de Bruijn.

Alison Williamson, Archery. Age 28. Record 1992: 5th, 1996: 3rd round. She's shortsighted, but Alison stands a very good chance of gold in an open field.

Simon Lessing, above, Individual triathlon. Age 28. New Olympic event. Lessing is the man Britain can expect to win its first gold medal when the triathlon makes its Olympic debut.

Graeme Randall 81kg, judo. Age 25. Record 1996: 1st round. Randall's win at last year's world championships was a surprise but boosted his confidence for gold in Sydney.

Denise Lewis, Heptathlon. Age 27. Record 1996: bronze. Injury-free Denise can strike it rich if she wins gold and becomes one of Britain's biggest sports star of all time. Her main rival, France's Eunice Barber, is out of form and is struggling with a hamstring injury too.
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Date:Sep 16, 2000
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