Asia and Oceania
China – Wu Minxia (Diving)
One of the biggest stars from the dominant diving nation, Wu Minixa is attempting to win her fourth consecutive gold medal in the synchronised 3 metre springboard event, her seventh medal in all, which would make her the most decorated female diver ever.
India – Men’s Hockey Team
India would once have been an overwhelming favourite for gold but has not reached the knockout phase since 1980. A new format should change that, and a medal could follow.
Indonesia – Tontowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir (Badminton)
Indonesia’s eclipse by China in badminton seemed complete in London, when it won no medals. Its mixed doubles pairing came closest and they will hope to start the recovery.
Japan – Saori Yoshida (Wrestling)
If Yoshida wins gold, she will be the first wrestler to claim four titles, the first Olympian to win four golds in a row, in any individual event outside athletics, and the first woman in any sport to win four solo golds in a row. Unless teammate Kaori Icho gets there first.
Australia – Jared Tallent (Race Walking)
Tallent is the defending 50km walk champion, but was late in receiving his medal, after Sergey Kirdyapkin was caught doping. He now has the chance to enjoy a victory in full.
Fiji – Men’s Rugby Sevens Team
Fiji has never won an Olympic medal but the country’s favourite sport has not been part of the programme before. Its women could medal but the gold is expected from its men.
Next week: Six more members to complete Team World, from North and South America