Tokyo 2020: Want to win an Olympic gold medal? Having a birthday on 23 March might help

Sir Mo Farah, Sir Steve Redgrave and Shelley Rudman all have birthdays on the magical date of March 23.

Want to cycle like Jason Kenny, run like Sir Mo Farah, or row like Sir Steve Redgrave?

For those interested in launching a successful Olympic career, having a March 23 birthday might be a good way to go.

Across the years, it has been noted several British sporting greats were born on the same date in spring.

With a total of 33 medals, 21 golds, nine silver and three bronzes, March 23 boasts half a dozen of Team GB's Olympic stars.

Jason Kenny - eight Olympic medals in cycling events

Jason Kenny celebrates winning gold in the men's keirin in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Credit: USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images

Jason, who is one-half of Team GB's golden married couple along with cyclist Laura, is currently level with Chris Hoy for the most number of gold medals won by a Team GB athlete, a draw he hopes to demolish in his fourth Olympics. 

However, in Jason's case the silver medal at Tokyo arguably makes him the most successful British male Olympian of all time.

He also is level with Sir Bradley Wiggins on eight medals in all, but has six golds compared to Wiggins' five and two silvers to Wiggins' one.

Kenny was awarded an OBE for his incredible performances in London 2012 and also completed a hat-trick of gold medals in Rio 2016.

Sir Mo Farah - four Olympic medals in running events

Mo Farah winning the Men's 5000m Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics at the Olympic Stadium, London. Credit: PA

Sir Mo Farah won a remarkable "double double" - with two golds in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the London 2012 Olympics and Rio 2016.

The four-time British champion just missed the qualifying time for the Tokyo games in a specially-arranged 10,000m at the British Athletics Championships in June 2021.

He also completed the "distance double" at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships with five European titles.

Farah became a British sporting legend when he won two gold medals in both distances at London 2012, and was awarded a CBE following his Olympic success.

Sir Steve Redgrave - five Olympic medals in rowing events

Sir Steve Redgrave won five gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. Credit: PA

Rowing's most decorated Olympian who has five gold medals - Sir Steve Redgrave - was born on March 23, 1962.

He won consecutive golds at five Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000.

Sir Redgrave won the gold medals in five different Olympics, a record number only beaten by fellow March 23 babies - with Sir Chris Hoy winning six and Jason Kenny winning eight.

Sir Chris Hoy - seven Olympic medals in cycling events

Sir Chris Hoy in the Men's Sprint Qualifying during day three the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Sir Chris Hoy has won six golds and one silver medal during his Olympic career, topped off with a golden double at the London 2012 Games.

Hoy dominated the match sprint and Keirin competitions to win three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics - the best track cycling performance at a single Olympics since Marcus Hurley in 1904.

The sprint cyclist won 25 world Championship medals during his time on the track.

Hoy also reached the world’s top ten rankings in BMX and was a medallist at the Scottish Junior Rowing Championships.

Shelley Rudman - one Olympic medal in skeleton athletics

Great Britain's Shelley Rudman starts her first heat in the women's skeleton World Cup competition in November 2012. Credit: AP

Shelley Rudman was Team GB's most successful skeleton athlete and competed in three winter Olympic games.

The skeleton star from Pewsey won silver at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin - Team GB's only medal that year.

Rudman then became the European and World Skeleton Champion.

March 23 has also spawned Sir Roger Bannister, who in 1954 became the first ever man to clock a sub-four-minute mile.

If you have not started a family yet, but dream of your future child topping the podium, June 29 could be the magic day as it is the estimated conception date for a March 23 birthday.