Two former Loughton pupils will represent Team Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics.

Daniel Rowden and Reece Prescod, both former students at Davenant Foundation School, will be looking to bring home gold medals.

Daniel Rowden will be competing in the 800m in Japan while Reece Prescod will running the 100m.

Rowden’s Davenant Year 7 800m record was broken by a pupil at the school’s latest sports day on Monday.

He left the school in 2016 – where he held the 800m record for every school year.

The 23-year-old became British champion when winning the 800 metres event at the 2020 British Athletics Championships in a time of 1 min 45.94 secs

Reece Prescod, who left Davenant in 2012, holds the 100m and 200m record for Year 9.

The 25-year-old won the silver medal in the 100 metres at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in a time of 9.96 seconds.

Davenant headteacher Adam Thorne said: "We are very proud that two of our past students are representing Team GB in the Olympics.

"They were both outstanding athletes during their time at school and we wish them all the best."

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic – will feature 33 sports and 339 medal events held at 42 venues across Japan.

There is mounting scepticism in Tokyo – which has recorded over 1,000 new cases for the fourth straight day – over International Committee Olympic president Thomas Bach’s insistence that the risk of the Japanese public being infected with the virus by a Games participant is “zero”.

The games begins on Wednesday, July 21 with group matches in women's football and softball with the opening ceremony set to be held at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 23.

The competition comes to a close on Sunday, August 8, with the closing ceremony taking place later that day.