The Leap Year: Team GB athletes’ wait for Tokyo 2020

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Sam Mellish

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Following the news that Tokyo 2020 was to become the first Olympic Games to be postponed in its 125 year history, photographer Sam Mellish undertook a project to show the resilience of British athletes

Although the challenges of Covid made planning difficult, the aim of the project was to show the different journey each athlete made in preparation to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Games. The work offers a snapshot of what’s been going on behind closed doors, showing the extraordinary lengths each athlete is going through to keep at elite level and maintain the highest level of sporting ability. For some, their selection places were confirmed, pre-pandemic, while others the qualification process went right up to the wire.

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