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Rio Ready

The athletes are Rio ready and here in Wales we’re Rio ready too!

While the athletes are packing their bags and tapering their training, we’re checking there’s enough space to record the action!

All the preparation has been done, its now countdown to show time!

This year it’s about elite Welsh women

Of the 24 Welsh athletes, 15 are women. This is the first time that Welsh female athletes have outnumbered the men and it’s not surprising with the fantastic talent in Wales…here are a few names to look out for…

• Jade Jones is world number one 57kg class and is the only Welsh athlete entering the games defending her title.

• Natalie Powell will be the first Welsh woman to compete in Judo at the Olympics, a great step forward for Judo in Wales.

• Jasmine Joyce is the only non-English member of the women’s Rugby Sevens team. She has taken a year out from her studies to focus on Rugby and it’s paying off. 2016 is the Olympic debut for Rugby Sevens - Wales is no stranger to  supporting rugby so it’ll be exciting to see the rest of the world get behind the game too.

• Helen Jenkins is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most consistent female athletes, with three Olympic Games under her belt she has more World Triathlon Series podium finishes than any other British woman.

• Seren Bundy-Davies will be carrying all of our athletics hopes as the only Welsh athlete in the track and field team – not much pressure on the 21  year old during her first games then!

The men are also serious contenders for medal places too.  Olympic fever is starting to take over now!


Stats you need to know

• There are 24 welsh athletes selected to compete for Team GB – our highest number for an overseas Games.

• The previous record for an overseas Games was 17 athletes who competed in Athens 2004.

• Wales will be represented across 11 sports.

• Rio 2016 is the first time Welsh women selected have outnumbered Welsh men.

• London 2012 saw Wales win a record 7 medals overall, so that’s the stat to beat!