Rio Olympics 2016 | Derbyshire athletes to look out for during the games

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A number of athletes from Derbyshire will be competing in the Olympic Games at Rio 2016 over the next 2 weeks, all of which have gained superb achievements and a range of titles across their own sports. Here’s our guide to the locals to look out for – Explore Buxton wishes you all the very best and we hope to see some Olympic medals arrive right in Derbyshire in 2 weeks time!

NIKKI HARRIS

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Draycott, Derbyshire

What is she competing in?

Women’s cycling road race, also featuring Lizzie Armistead and Emma Pooley.

When?

4.15pm on Sunday, 7th August

Biography:

29 year old Nikki Harris was chosen to make her Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016 having won the British National Cyclo-cross Championships in January of the same year. That was the second time she had claimed the national title, while in 2004 and 2012 she won the Mountain Bike equivalents. In 2006 she finished eighth and 13th respectively in the Commonwealth Games points and scratch races, while the following year she won the Under-23 road race title at the British Championships.

LIAM PITCHFORD

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Where is he from? 

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

What is he competing in?

Table tennis – singles and team

When?

Singles are on Sunday, 7th August at 2pm and team is on Friday, 12th August at 11.30pm.

Biography:

Born in Chesterfield, 23 year old Liam Pitchford began playing table tennis at junior school aged nine – it was a rainy day and he was looking for something to do with his friends. What was once a distraction from the weather has turned into a full time occupation for Liam, with national singles titles at Under-14, cadet, Under-21, and senior levels, and doubles titles at Under-14, cadet, junior and senior levels. He has played for clubs in Germany, Denmark, represented Great Britain at London 2012 and the 2015 European Games while at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow he picked up team and mixed doubles silver and men’s singles bronze.

ADAM PEATY

Adam Peaty celebrates his new record in Berlin.

Where is he from? 

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

What is he competing in?

The 100 metres breaststroke

When?

The 100 metres breaststroke heats are at 7.04pm on Saturday, 6th August . The semi-finals are at 3.08am on Sunday, 7th August. The 100 metres breaststroke final is at 2.53am on Monday, 8th August.

Biography:

World, European and Commonwealth champion 21 year old Adam Peaty is one of Team GB’s brightest prospects for success in the pool at Rio 2016. City of Derby swimmer Peaty emerged as a star in 2014 when, after taking three medals at Glasgow 2014, he shone at the European Championships in Berlin to claim four gold medals and clinched the 50m breaststroke world record in the process. In 2015 he swam a world record time in the 100m breaststroke at the British Swimming Championships in London before claiming three gold medals at the World Championships in Kazan and once again set a world record pace over 50m.

JACK BURNELL

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Where is he from? 

Born in Scunthorpe and former University of Derby student

What is he competing in?

The open water swim.

When?

At 9am on Tuesday, 16th August

Biography:

Former University of Derbyshire student, 22 year old Jack Burnell was the first Briton to earn a quota place for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and was selected to race in the 10km open water marathon event. He secured his spot with a top-ten finish at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia. He first represented Great Britain in 2010 when he finished fourth in 1500m freestyle at the 2010 European Junior Championships in Helsinki.

HOLLIE WEBB

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Where is she from? 

Belper, Derbyshire

What is she competing in?

The women’s hockey final

When?

At 9pm on Friday, 19th August

Biography:

Former Belper Hockey Club player, 25 year old Hollie Webb made her England debut against South Africa in 2013, shortly before finishing her degree in economics from the University of Sheffield. That same year she helped England win EuroHockey Championship silver, improving to gold in London in 2015. In between Webb was part of the England side that won silver at Glasgow 2014, while she was chosen for her maiden Olympic Games at Rio 2016.

For more on when to watch and the full schedule you can find detailed information on the Rio 2016 website or www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016 for times to watch the games online or on TV. You can also find out more on the Team GB website.