With the Athletics due to start this Friday at London 2012, here's a look at some of Team GB's best medal hopes for track and field. Don't forget, you can still win up to £100 worth of Heathcote & Ivory goodies in our sporting 7 Day Dash medal hunt. On your marks, get set, moisturise...

Team GB Athletics Medal Hopes for London 2012 - Comp

Jessica Ennis

Website: https://www.jessicaennis.net/
Event: Heptathlon
Date/Time: First event 3 August, 10.05am, Olympic Stadium.

Team GB Athletics Medal Hopes - Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis is the former European and world heptathlon champion, the former world indoor pentathlon champion, and the current British national record holder for both the heptathlon and the indoor pentathlon. After the bitter disappointment of having to pull out of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with a fractured ankle, 2012 could be her year to shine. Let's hope Team GB's golden girl and most recognisable face and can achieve a matching gold medal.

Dai Greene

Event: 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay
Date/Time: 400m hurdles; 3 August, 11.15am, 4x400m relay; 11.35am, 9 August, Olympic Stadium.

Team GB Athletics Medal Hopes - Dai Greene

Dai Greene is Team GB's athletics captain, and is the current 400m hurdles Commonwealth and World Champion. He is also the former European Champion from the 2010 championships (choosing not to defend his title in preparation for the Olympics). The Welshman has gained a reputation for being somewhat outspoken off the track; let's hope his bite is as loud as his bark come the end of the week, and that he can achieve Team GB a medal with a captain's performance.

Louise Hazel

Website: https://www.louisehazel.co.uk/
Event: Heptathlon
Date/Time: First event 3 August, 10.05am, Olympic Stadium.

Team GB Athletics Medal Hopes - Louise Hazel

Louise Hazel is the lesser known of the British female heptathletes (the heptathlon consists of 100m hurdles, High jump, Shot put, 200m, Long jump, Javelin throw, and 800m – not for the faint hearted!), but won Gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games for the England team, with a personal best of 6156 points, making her a real prospect for a medal this Olympics. Watch out for just a little bit of Team GB rivalry between her and team mate Jessica Ennis.

Phillips Idowu

Website: https://phillips-idowu-official.com/
Event: Triple jump
Date/Time: 7 August, 10.45am, Olympic Stadium.

Team GB Athletics Medal Hopes - Phillips Idowu

Phillips Idowu is a Nigerian-English triple jumper who was the 2009 World Champion, silver medallist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and is the reigning 2010 EAA European Champion. The 33-year-old's fitness and attitude have been brought into question in the build up to the games, but he is nevertheless one of Team GB's greatest talents (and best haircuts), and if all goes well, could be in the medals. Let's hope he can keep his head and get his hands on another Olympic medal.

Perri Shakes-Drayton

Website: https://perrishakesdrayton.com
Event: 400m hurdles
Date/Time: 5 August, 7pm, Olympic Stadium.

Team GB Athletics Medal Hopes - Perri Shakes-Drayton

Perri Shakes-Drayton took a bronze in the 2010 European Championships in Athletics, and is looking to further that success at London 2012. What the 23-year-old lacks in experience, she makes up for in raw talent and potential; she won the 400m hurdles in the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace earlier in July, setting a personal best of 53.77sec – joint second in the world this season. Having grown up in East London, she's most definitely on home turf – let's see what she can do. Go Team GB!

Don't forget, you can still win up to £100 worth of Heathcote & Ivory goodies in our sporting 7 Day Dash medal hunt.

Images: Wikimedia Commons