7: those who know what it is to win an Olympic medal


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7: those who know what it is to win an Olympic medal

Winning an Olympic medal is not an everyday thing. Rather, it is something that occurs every four years (now five) and for a very privileged few.

Of the 193 entries nominated by 46 countries in Tokyo 2020, seven tennis players already know what it is to win a medal in a Games.

Three of the members of that list arrive in Japan as defending champions: Andy Murray, Elena Vesnina and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. It should be noted that the British is the first tennis player in history to successfully defend his Olympic gold in singles (2008 and 2012).

In doubles, that milestone was achieved by Venus and Serena Williams who won the gold medal three times but two in a row (2000, 2008 and 2012).

The list:

-Andy Murray (gold singles, London 2012, Rio 2016)
-Elena Vesnina (doubles gold, Rio 2016)
-Bethanie Mattek-Sands (mixed doubles gold, Rio 2016)
-Novak Djokovic (bronze in singles, Beijing 2008)
-Petra Kvitova (bronze in singles, Rio 2016)
-Kei Nishikori (bronze in singles, Rio 2016)
-Rajeev Ram (silver in mixed doubles, Rio 2016)


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