Oliver Brown gives his verdict on the best ever UK Olympians, as part of our quest to decide the country’s greatest ever sportsperson .
20. Richard Meade
The first Briton to seize an individual equestrianism gold, he prevailed in 1972 on Laurieston and gathered team three-day eventing golds in both Mexico City and Munich.
19. Albert Hill
As Europe recovered from the ravages of the First World War, he took the understated Antwerp Games of 1920 as his cue to win the middle-distance double over 800m and 1,500m.
18. Rebecca Adlington
There had been no British Olympic swimming champion for 20 years before Adlington, the 'Mermaid of Mansfield', swept to two golds in Beijing 2008 at the age of 19.
17. Charlotte Dujardin
Unassailable in dressage, she and her horse Valegro showed balletic grace in securing individual gold in both London and Rio. For now, she is an equestrienne without peer.
16. Max Whitlock
Rare indeed is the Olympian who can claim two golds in two hours. The gymnast's triumphs on the floor and pommel horse in Rio represented his masterpiece.
15. Dame Kelly Holmes
Considered past her prime at 34, the former Army sergeant belied her billing as the perennial bridesmaid by sealing gold in both the 800m and 1,500m at Athens 2004.
14. Andy Murray
On his Olympic pedigree alone, Murray's place in history is secure. After his Rio triumph in 2016, he is the only male tennis player ever to win back-to-back singles golds.
13. Henry Taylor
So poor he could only afford to swim in his local baths on a 'dirty water day', he still grasped three golds at London 1908 in the 400m, 1,500m and 4 x 200m relay.
12. Laura Trott
Staggeringly precocious, deceptively powerful, she is our most successful female Olympian at 24. She has won all four Olympic events she has entered and targets more glory in Tokyo.
11. Jack Beresford
The rower won five medals in five straight games, including a gold in the double sculls at Adolf Hitler's Berlin Olympics in 1936, where he and Dick Southwood beat the much-heralded Germans.
10. Paulo Radmilovic
A hugely important, if largely forgotten figure, his four golds in water polo and swimming set a standard not broken for 80 years. Only the First World War denied him winning more.
9. Sebastian Coe
Best known for his political roles these days, but a captivating middle-distance runner in his pomp, winning successive 1,500m titles and forging a compelling rivalry with Steve Ovett.
8. Daley Thompson
Quite simply the country's finest all-round athlete, with back-to-back decathlon golds in 1980 and 1984. A mystery why he is yet to be awarded a knighthood.
7. Jason Kenny
Sprint king of the Olympic velodrome, his glory in triplicate in Rio helped him to emulate Sir Chris Hoy with six golds. At 28, he could add more to the collection in 2020.
6. Sir Chris Hoy
At Beijing 2008, he became the first Briton to win three golds at the same Games for 100 years. A sixth in London, to overtake Redgrave's haul, cemented his totemic status.
5. Sir Matthew Pinsent
He joined forces with Redgrave while still at Oxford and the two swiftly formed an invincible partnership. But a fourth gold in Athens proved he could also do it without his famous foil.
4. Sir Bradley Wiggins
Controversy over his therapeutic use exemptions cannot dent his body of work at the Games. An eighth medal in Rio, his fifth gold, made him the UK's most decorated Olympian.
3. Mo Farah
An athlete whose feats for this country will stand for generations. Only the second man ever, after 'Flying Finn' Lasse Viren, to win the 'double double' over 5,000 and 10,000 metres.
2. Sir Ben Ainslie
Stoic, implacable, ferocious, he is the emblem of a noble maritime heritage. After gold in the Laser in 2000, the sailor gained 20lbs to win three more in the Finn.
1. Sir Steve Redgrave
"If you ever see me in a boat again, shoot me." These were the rower's words after a fourth gold at Atlanta 1996. Come Sydney, he was back for a historic fifth.
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