Taken from the BBC Sport website, here’s the list of Vale of glamorgan hopefuls for Team GB


Rhys Williams

From: Bridgend. Club: Cardiff: Discipline: 400m hurdles

The son of Wales rugby great JJ Williams, Rhys was the hope of Welsh 400 metre hurdle running before Dai Greene’s emergence. The former European youth champion won bronze in the 2006 European before breaking the Welsh record while finishing fourth at the 2006 Commonwealths. He ran a personal best of 48.96 seconds winning European silver in 2010 and confirmed his first Olympic selection by winning the 2012 Europeans. His 2012 best of 49.33secs is not in the top 25, almost two seconds slower than quickest Javier Culson.


Andrew Selby

From: Barry. Club: Splott ABC Discipline: Flyweight 52kg

The 23-year-old sealed his place at London 2012 after defeating England’s Khalid Yafai in a box-off and Selby is a realistic medal hope as he currently stands as number one flyweight amateur in the world. Selby was Wales’ first European amateur champion in 86 years back in 2011 when he beat former three-time champion Georgy Balakshin in Turkey before winning silver medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships, missing out on gold against Russian Misha Aloyan by only a point.


Nicole Cooke

From: Vale of Glamorgan. Club: Team Faren. Discipline: Road Race

The 29-year-old is one of the world’s most formidable riders and won the first Welsh Olympic gold for 36 years when she stormed to the Olympic title in Beijing. In fact, Cooke was the first of Team GB’s 19 gold medals in 2008 as she became the only cyclist ever to win the Olympic and world title double. The 10-times British Road Race champion has won the World Cup twice but her form leading up to London 2012 has not been as good as Cooke would like so she will provide support to assist Lizzie Armitstead win gold.


David Davies

From: Barry. Club: Cardiff. Discipline: 1,500m

The double-Olympic medallist is set for his swimming swansong at his home Olympics in the event which catapulted him to international recognition. Davies smashed the British record by swimming the then fourth fastest 1500m freestyle time in history by winning Olympic bronze at the 2004 Games. The 27-year-old then won Commonwealth gold in 2006 before switching to the new 10k open water marathon. Davies secured an open water silver at the 2008 Olympics but failed to qualify for London 2012 in the 10k. He made the GB team, however, in the 1,500m squad. Davies, who is ranked 10th in the world, hopes to become the first Welshman since Paulo Radmilovic at the 1920 Antwerp Games to win Olympic medals in three separate Games.

Ieuan Lloyd

From: Penarth. Club: Cardiff. Discipline: 200m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle

The double 2011 European Junior champion made his senior international debut at the 2010 Commonwealth Games when, aged just 17, he came within 0.23 seconds of a spot in the final. The 19-year-old won a trio of medals at the 2012 British Championships in the 200m individual medley bronze, 200m freestyle silver and 400m freestyle bronze. The promising world number 28 goes into his first Olympic Games a month after lowering his 200m freestyle personal best to one minute 47:55 seconds as he won gold at the National Championships.


Helen Jenkins

From: Bridgend.

The 28-year-old was victorious on the London triathlon course last year as she won her second World Championship title in 2011. Jenkins disappointed at the 2008 Olympics because she finished 21st in Beijing but she made up for that poor performance as she won the first of her world titles in 2008. Jenkins, who married coach Marc Jenkins at Disney World in 2002, also won the 2011 Pan American Cup and the world number three is among the favourites for gold at London 2012.

Also, Here is BBC Wales’ at-a-glance guide of when, where and on which channel Wales’ record 30-strong Olympic contingent will be competing at London 2012 – and a summary of Olympic football matches in Cardiff.

For the full list, check out my previous post