Who are the four Channel Islanders competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begins this weekend.

After facing multiple setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic, the opening ceremony was held today (23 July), with the games taking place over the following fortnight.

This year, there are four athletes with Channel Islands links competing - Carl Hester, Cameron Chalmers, Heather Watson and Oliver Schofield.

  • Carl Hester

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Dressage rider Hester, from Sark, has set his sights on a third Olympic medal, as he heads to Tokyo for his sixth Games. He won gold at London 2012, before picking up a silver medal in Rio four years later.

He begins his quest for another medal on Saturday 24th July. Day one of the team and individual Grand Prix qualifiers begins at 9am (GMT).

  • Cameron Chalmers

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Guernsey athlete Chalmers will compete in the men's 4x400m relay team. The 24-year-old gained his spot after picking up silver in the 400m at the British Athletics Championships in Manchester last month.

Chalmers has to wait to make his Olympic bow with the 400m relay heats not taking place until Friday 30 July. The first heat begins at 12pm (GMT).

  • Heather Watson

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Watson, who is from Guernsey, will play in the women's tennis singles.

The 29-year-old was also supposed to partner British number one Joanna Konta in the doubles, however Konta has since had to pull out after contracting coronavirus.

At London 2012, Watson reached the second round of the singles, then repeated that performance at Rio in 2016. Her best performance also came in Brazil where she reached the quarter-finals in the mixed doubles.

Watson gets her singles campaign underway on Saturday 24 July. She will play Anna-Lena Friedsam from Germany at 3am (GMT).

  • Oliver Schofield

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Former Jersey schoolboy Schofield has been selected as part of the Canadian Hockey squad for his first Olympic Games. He was born in Canada, but grew up in Jersey where he studied at Victoria College.

Canada play their first game against Germany on Saturday 24 July. That game gets underway at 11am (GMT).