From MK to Team GB: The wait is almost over for our five Olympic stars

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THE eyes of the world will be on London for the next two weeks, and the eyes of Milton Keynes will be fixated on our five Olympians, all entering the biggest stage of their lives.

Ian Stannard, Andrew Baggaley, Bobby White, Mervyn Luckwell and Greg Rutherford will do the city proud at London 2012 – and they might even produce a medal or two along the way.

Having five elite athletes at the top of their game flying the flag for MK at the Games represents a truly magnificent achievement for them, and for the city as a whole. Only Britain’s biggest cities can boast an Olympic contingent as impressive as ours.

Cyclist Stannard will be the first to experience the no doubt electric atmosphere of London 2012 when he attempts to help Mark Cavendish win gold in the Men’s Road Race this Saturday, just a few hours after the Opening Ceremony.

Captain White will lead Team GB’s Men’s Handball Team out for their first of at least five matches on Sunday night when they take on France. They then play their next four group stage games on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and the following Monday, August 6.

Baggaley will be out for Men’s Table Tennis Team glory on the evening of Friday, August 3 – the same day that Rutherford’s bid for Olympic gold gets going with the Men’s Long-Jump qualifying round. The Final then follows on Saturday, August 4.

And Luckwell will take on the world’s best in the Men’s Javelin qualifying round on Wednesday, August 8. The Final takes place on Saturday, August 11.

When you also consider that three out of the four Team GB Badminton squad also live in MK – Chris Adcock, Imogen Bankier and Rajiv Ouseph – you start to realise just how well represented the city is at London 2012.

Good luck to all of them from everyone at the Citizen. See our website for unrivalled coverage of their exploits over the next couple of weeks.