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Anne Bochmann: After amassing a string of medals as a junior, the City of Leeds swimmer went to the Beijing Games as part of the British Ambition Programme. Qualifying for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli, the teenager came fourth just behind Rebecca Adlington in the 400m freestyle and looks set to become one of the golden girls of British swimming.

Mark Buckingham: Orignally a cross country runner with Holmfirth Harriers, he recently quit his office job to concentrate on triathlon training full-time. With fellow Yorkshire athletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee at number one and two in the world, the 26-year-old faces stiff home-grown opposition. However, Mark won the national duathlon title last year and finished second in his first triathlon of 2012 in Brazil.

Lizzie Simmonds: Talent-spotted at her local pool, by the age of 11 the Beverley-born swimmer was already competing in her first nationals. The backstroke specialist came sixth in the 200m at Beijing and while she missed out on a chance to compete in the 100m, Lizzie, who is regularly in the top five world rankings, hopes to improve on her performance in London.