Great Britain


Great Britain made its first Summer Olympic appearance at the inaugural 1896 games and is one of few nations to have competed at all of the games. They were the hosts for three Olympics; 1908, 1948 and 2012, all held in London. The nation sends one of the largest delegations to the Olympics with over 200 athletes competing in most games. Great Britain competes in most sports, including team events, with athletics, cycling, rowing, sailing and swimming being well represented.

Great Britain has won at least one medal in all of the Summer Olympics it has competed in and has a total of around 850 medals. They are the third most successful nation, behind the United States and the former Soviet Union. The most successful sports are athletics, cycling, swimming, rowing, sailing and boxing. The most successful athlete is cyclist Bradley Wiggins whom has won eight medals from 2000-2016. He has won two golds (2004 & 2008) in the men’s individual pursuit, two golds (2008 & 2016), one silver (2004) and one bronze (2000) in the men’s team pursuit, one gold (2012) in the men’s road time trial and one bronze (2004) in the men’s Madison. In 2016 Great Britain won 67 medals, its second best ever performance.

Qualified Quotas


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Individual Dressage From Team Quota
From Team Quota
From Team Quota
Team Dressage Spencer Wilton
Horse: Super Nova II
Emile Faurie
Horse: Dono di Maggio
Carl Hester
Horse: Hawtins Delicato
Charlotte Dujardin
Horse: Mount St John Freestyle
Individual Eventing From Team Quota
From Team Quota
From Team Quota
Team Eventing Rosalind Canter
Horse: Allsat B
Piggy French
Horse: Quarrycrest Echo
Tom McEwen
Horse: Toledo de Kerser
Gemma Tattersall
Horse: Arctic Soul


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s RS:X Kieran Holmes Martin
Women’s RS:X Emma Wilson
Men’s Laser Elliot Hanson
Women’s Laser Radial Alison Young
Men’s Finn Edward Wright
Men’s 470 Luke Patience
Chris Grube
Women’s 470 Hannah Mills
Eilidh McIntyre
Men’s 49er James Peters
Fynn Sterritt
Women’s 49erFX Sophie Weguelin
Sophie Ainsworth
Mixed Nacra 17 Foiling John Gimson
Anna Burnet


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Seonaid McIntosh