WHT's Olympic hopefuls going for gold

PUBLISHED: 11:02 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009

Hatfield swimmer Richard Charlesworth in Beijing

Hatfield swimmer Richard Charlesworth in Beijing

ALL eyes are focusing on China as the greatest show on Earth is once again preparing to take centre stage. The Beijing Olympics gets under way today, with nine Times Territory hopefuls aiming to come home with a precious gold medal. Here s the WHT s guide

Caversham, Great Britain, Tom STALLARD, GB Rowing media day at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake. GB Rowing Training centre. Tue. 29.04.2008  [Mandatory Credit. Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

ALL eyes are focusing on China as the greatest show on Earth is once again preparing to take centre stage.

The Beijing Olympics gets under way today, with nine Times Territory hopefuls aiming to come home with a precious gold medal.

Here's the WHT's guide to who to look out for - and when.

Liz Yelling

Billy Joe Saunders - Boxing

The 18-year-old boxer, who lives on the Holwell caravan site off the A414 near Hatfield, is the first person from the British Romany community to qualify for the Games.

He is fighting in the 69kg welterweight category, which starts on Sunday (Aug 10) with the final due on August 24.

Hayley Sage - Diving

Born in WGC and a former member of the Hatfield-based Beaumont Diving Academy.

She will be competing in the women's 3m synchro final on Sunday (Aug 10).

Ben Swain - Diving

The former Monk's Walk School pupil now lives in Sheffield, but his family still live in Welwyn.

He started his career with Hatfield's Beaumont Diving Academy.

His events are the men's 3m synchro next Wednesday (Aug 13) alongside partner Nick Robinson-Baker, and the individual 3m on August 18 and 19.

Adam Brown - Swimming

The 19-year-old member of Hatfield Swimming Club will be going for gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Heats are on Sunday (Aug 10), with the final just a day later, on August 11.

Steve Sutherland - Boxing

Fighter Steve went to Monk's Walk School in WGC before emigrating to Australia.

Aged only 17, he is the youngest boxer in the Australian Olympic team.

His weight class is 51kg, with preliminary rounds starting next Tuesday (Aug 12) running through to the final on August 24.

Richard Charlesworth - Swimming

Richard, who has been penning an exclusive Beijing diary for the WHT's sports pages, is a member of Hatfield Swimming Club.

His 1,500m freestyle heat takes place next Friday (Aug 15), with the final two days later.

Tom Stallard - Rowing

Tom will be looking to prove that Lewis Hamilton is not the only sporting superstar who calls Tewin home.

He rows in the men's eight, which starts on Sunday (Aug 10) and runs throughout the week until August 17.

Liz Yelling - Athletics

The WGC-born athlete was Britain's top finisher at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but will be hoping to improve on 25th place this time round.

She will line up at the start - with or without team-mate Paula Radcliffe - on August 17.

Olivia Allison - Synchronised swimming

The former Potters Bar synchro swimmer is an honorary member of Hatfield Swimming Club.

The teen is part of Britain's first Olympic synchronised swimming duet since 1992, alongside partner Jenna Randall.

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