GB sailor Ben Ainslie (left) and cyclist Bradley Wiggins

Just six British Olympians have won three or more Olympic gold medals.

Sir Steve Redgrave heads the list with five golds and one bronze in rowing between 1984 and 2000.

SIr Matthew Pinsent partnered Redgrave on the water to three victories and himself won four golds at successive Games.

Pinsent's feat was matched by Paul Radmilovic, who won three water polo titles and a swimming relay gold between 1908 and 1920.

Three men have won three golds apiece.

Jack Beresford won a medal at each of the five Games he competed at from 1920 to 1936 (two of them silver).

Reginald Doherty was the first Brit to win three gold medals, doing so in tennis at the 1900 and 1908 Olympics (he also won a bronze at the 1900 Games).

And Charles Sydney Smith was, like Radmilovic, part of Britain's dominant water polo side that won successive golds in the early part of the 20th Century.

Sailor Ben Ainslie appears to be on most people's minds when it comes to a Brit winning a third Olympic gold in Beijing.

But let's not forget cyclist Bradley Wiggins, who won gold in Athens four years ago and is looking to replicate the three gold medals he won at the World Championships in March.

Will either of these two join Britain's three-time Olympic winners in Beijing?

Peter Scrivener is a BBC Sport Journalist. Our FAQs should answer any questions you have.


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  • 1. At 7:20pm on 05 Aug 2008, sumofmarc wrote:

    As well as Wiggins, Chris Hoy is also in with a good shout

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  • 2. At 1:40pm on 06 Aug 2008, clarke_j wrote:

    I'd cite Rebecca Adlington as an outside bet for 3 medals. She starts as fastest in the 800free, 3rd fastest in the 400free and the womens 4x200 will be in the mix. Agreed, it's a long shot for 3 golds but not impossible.

    She 100/1 to win sports personality of the year.

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  • 3. At 7:59pm on 06 Aug 2008, Sam wrote:

    Bradley won Gold, Silver and a Bronze in Athens, so he's already pretty much at the top of the medal tree for a single games. All going well, he will get his 3 Golds in Beijing, which he admits he is setting out to achieve.

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