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McLaren and Flynn provide speed and goals, while team captain Whitelock has made a sparkling return to worldwide hockey in 2016 following the birth of her daughter previous year.

Great Britain: Great Britain was one of 14 teams to compete in the first Games, the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, and is one of only three nations (France and Switzerland are the others) to have competed at every Summer Olympics. A team of relatively inexperienced players, made up mostly of amateur and college-level players, defeated the Soviet Union's national team. "When the gold medals were being hung around everyone's necks and "The Star Spangled Banner" was being played and the flag was waving, I had a lot of thoughts go through my mind".

2013 European champions Germany - known as Die Danas - are always serious title contenders in every event in which they compete, something that will be no different in Rio. Head Coach Jamilon Mülders has been nurturing this gifted group for a number of years, and has named a squad containing a fine balance of talented youngsters alongside some experienced heads. At 27, she is the 2016 points leader and defending world indoor champion in pentathlon (five events instead of heptathlon's seven).

The two-time gold medallist in the 200-meter backstroke is aware that Rio 2016 will be incredibly competitive.

Being compared to Bindra, India's only individual Olympic gold medalist is high praise indeed.

Similarly, in 2016 two thirds of Australians say they'll use TV more to view Olympic-related coverage, while the 13 hour time difference means many will rely on catch-up video - 51 per cent said their video consumption will increase. But their most unsafe player might just be a newcomer to the Olympic stage.

Mahashweta Devi, Indian writer, social activist, dies at 90
Always choosing to lead her life on her own terms, she was fiercely independent till her last day, staying alone. She completed her MA from Calcutta University and took up a career in teaching at Bijoygarh College in 1964.

Alongside the Netherlands, Argentina have been the dominant force in women's hockey for well over a decade. No help from relay teammates to boost that medal count.

She had narrowly missed qualifying for the London Games, at the Asian Championships in Doha in 2012, and now that she has got her chance, will be raring to give it her best shot. Livewire attacker Carla Rebecchi and drag-flicking defender Noel Barrionuevo are both potential match winners amongst the current group, while 2014 FIH Young Player of the Year Florencia Habif and exceptional forward Maria Granatto are rated as two of the most exciting talents in the game.

Phelps has the all-time Olympic record with his medal haul of 22, but Coventry needs one more podium finish at her last Olympics to be the first female swimmer to win eight individual medals. Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt took the men's title, and Barbara Seixas and Agatha Bednarczuk won an all-Brazilian women's final.

Inevitably, comparisons have been drawn between the 32-year-old and all-time Olympic record holder Michael Phelps from the US. This experience and the heartbreak of missing the London Olympics by a whisker will make her even more determined for a strong showing at Rio. Only 16, she posted the two best scores of any competitor on balance beam at trials and was second only to Simone Biles in the all-around, priming her for a significant role for the the Olympics.

Widely considered the greatest team ever assembled in any sport, the "Dream Team" was the nickname earned by Team USA's Men's Basketball team for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. It is now ranked fourth in the world. The bronze medal game will take place earlier that day at 11.30 a.m. (1730GMT). The USA team is captained by 31-year-old defender Lauren Crandall, who with over 270 global appearances, is one of the longest serving members of the group.

  • Phil Peters