As Team GB's women continue to rack up an unprecedented Olympic medal collection take a look at some of the country's finest sportswomen before them, from world-record breaking Olympians like Dame Kelly Holmes and tennis legend Virginia Wade, to determined boxer Jane Couch, multi-award winning golfer Laura Davies, unbeaten triathlete Chrissie Wellington and more.
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Words: Anna Pollitt, photos: Rex Features