THE Olympic Games get under way in Tokyo tomorrow but over the years the huge global sporting showpiece has seen plenty of Bradford involvement.

Here is a look back at just a few Olympic legends from the Bradford district, just outside, or those who have connections to the city.

Why not leave your own suggestions in the comments section below or Olympic stars from Bradford we may have missed.

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The Otley-based cycling star will be taking part in her third successive Olympics in Tokyo when she competes in the road cycling event this weekend.

Mrs Deignan, 32, won a silver medal in the women’s road race at London 2012, while also coming tenth in the individual time trial.

In Rio 2016 she came in fifth place in the road race, and will be aiming to add to her medal tally on Sunday, July 25.

She is in fine form, having won last year’s UCI Women’s World Tour, and also won this year’s Tour de Suisse Women, also topping the points and mountains classifications.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nicola Adams, right, in action at London 2012 Nicola Adams, right, in action at London 2012


She may have been born in Leeds, but former boxing superstar Nicola has strong connections to Bradford.

She made history winning gold in 2012 as women's boxing was introduced to the Olympics.

She trained at weekends at Huggy’s gym in Spring Mill Street, off Manchester Road, during her career and showed off her boxing gold medal from the London 2012 Olympics just days after winning it.

During the visit, former Bradford College student Nicola was greeted with a round of applause by boxers at a training session when she dropped in yesterday.

In 2016, Nicola cruised into the history books by becoming the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title in 92 years at Rio Centro tonight.

She unanimously outpointed Sarah Ourahmoune of France to claim flyweight gold and emulate Harry Mallin, who won back-to-back gold medals in 1920 and 1924.

Nicola retired from the ring in November 2019, aged 37, after suffering a torn pupil in her eye in a fight two months earlier.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Alistair, front, and Jonny Brownlee in action at the Rio 2016 triathlon eventAlistair, front, and Jonny Brownlee in action at the Rio 2016 triathlon event


Brothers Jonny and Alistair, of Bramhope, near Otley, have dominated the field in Olympic triathlon events in 2012 and 2016, but this year it will be different.

Jonny, two years his brother’s junior, had grown used to battling away in Alistair’s shadow, first in London when he had to settle for bronze and again in Rio when he trailed his brother into the silver medal position. They are both former Bradford Grammar School pupils too.

But it is now Jonny's own “time to shine” in Tokyo but admits the absence of Alistair at the start line this time around.

Alistair’s exclusion from the team for Japan was confirmed last month when the British Olympic Association announced Alex Yee as the second member of the men’s team for the Games.

Alistair, who has been struggling with an ankle injury, was disqualified during the swim at an event in Leeds in June.

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The 57-year-old swimming superstar-turned-businessman and commentator is best known for winning gold in the 100-metre breaststroke at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Born in Bradford, Moorhouse attended Bradford Grammar School and went to 4th Shipley Scouts.

Moorhouse retired after the 1992 Olympics after he finished eighth.

He has since commentated on a number of Olympic swimming events for the BBC.

He was picked as an official Team GB Ambassador for the London 2012 Games and was a torchbearer.

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The former Wibsey resident had a glittering career in cycling, being named the 2000 world pursuit champion.

That same year she became the first British woman to win an Olympic cycling medal when she took bronze in the women's 3,000 metre individual pursuit at Sydney.

McGregor, who was made an MBE in the New Year’s honours list in 2002, also won the Commonwealth Games points race in 1994 and was third in the Commonwealth Games pursuit in 1998.

She also won a world pursuit bronze in 1997 and was British champion in 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2000, also lifting the national time trial title in 2001.

McGregor retired from competitive cycling after that season and then qualified as a sports masseur.