Where could the GB medals come from this summer?

Home nation success is always a vital ingredient of a successful championship. Ahead of the IAAF World Championships (August 4-13) and World Para Athletics Championships (July 14-23) in London, we take a look at where the British medal hopes could be coming from later this year.

DINA ASHER-SMITH

The sprints prodigy is the British 100m and 200m record-holder and is poised to build on her fine fifth place in the 200m in Rio.

LIBBY CLEGG

The 100m and 200m Paralympics winner in 2016 and we can expect more in 2017 as she is in the peak of her career.

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MO FARAH

Seemingly invincible in track finals for the last five years but not getting any younger and 2017 is likely to be his swansong at 5000m and 10,000m.

SOPHIE HITCHON

Bronze and a British record in Rio for the hammer thrower, so what can she now do in front of a home crowd?

JONNIE PEACOCK

Superb in Rio with 100m gold and will be keen to repeat his London 2012 heroics in the same Olympic Stadium.

LAURA MUIR

The fastest 1500m woman in 2016 can beat anybody on her day and is a rising force keen to bury the ghost of her Rio disappointment.

SOPHIE HAHN

The sprints talent is also still young at 19 and rounding into the best years of her athletics life.

GREG RUTHERFORD

Like Mo Farah, he is now the wrong side of 30 but apart from his bronze medal blip in Rio he has shown his greatest-ever form in the last 12 months.

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RICHARD WHITEHEAD

A relative veteran at 40 but will relish the London Olympic Stadium stage and there is no finer sight in para-athletics than when he gets his prosthetic limbs moving at top speed.

GEORGINA HERMITAGE

Another world record-breaker who will look to take her fine Rio form into London.

CINDY OFILI AND TIFFANY PORTER

The sprint hurdles duo are both World Championships medal contenders. Until 2016, big sister Tiffany has been the No.1, but Cindy finished fourth behind the US 1-2-3 in Rio and is still on an upward curve.

ADAM GEMILI

His easy charm and ever-smiling face makes him a hit with athletics fans, but the fast-improving sprinter will be even more popular if he makes a sprint podium this August in London.

HANNAH COCKROFT

The wheelchair racer will still be only aged 24 at London 2017 and was in dominating form in Rio this year.

KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON

If the heptathlete can get to grips with her throws events, a gold medal in London is possible. She is still only 23 and let’s not forget she was world No.1 in 2014, nearly broke the world indoor pentathlon record in 2015 and has set UK records for high jump and long jump.

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One of the beauties of athletics is that brilliant breakthroughs are common. So do not be shocked if athletes like Holly Bradshaw, Lynsey Sharp, Zharnel Hughes or one of Britain’s talented long jumpers like Lorraine Ugen battle their way on to the podium.

Oh, and don’t forget the relay teams – always great medal chances for British athletes.

» For more on London 2017 preparations so far and the full feature on the potential stars of the championships, including international medal hopes, see the November 17 London 2017 special issue of AW magazine