THE Olympic Games send our heart rates soaring – as do more than a few of the competitors.

As the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony airs on BBC1 tonight, we check out the top talent likely to be fancied for more than just medals.

Tokyo 2020 will see a host of attractive athletes compete to take home medals

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Tokyo 2020 will see a host of attractive athletes compete to take home medalsCredit: Splash News

From Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri to US footballer Alex Morgan, the competition looks hotter than ever.

Covid restrictions mean no cheering spectators in the stadium but there will be plenty to feast your eyes on from home.

Here, we take a look at the form book to see who is shaping up to really stand out in Japan.

Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy)

Gorgeous Gregorio, 26, won the 1,500 metres gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic

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Gorgeous Gregorio, 26, won the 1,500 metres gold at the 2016 Rio OlympicCredit: greg_palt/instagram

THE swimming sensation lives life in the fast lane – he holds the world record for the 1,500m (short course) freestyle.

Gorgeous Gregorio, 26, won the 1,500 metres gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and finished fifth at the 2012 London Games, aged just 17.

Leticia Bufoni (Brazil)

Forbes named Leticia the Most Powerful Woman In International Sports in 2018

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Forbes named Leticia the Most Powerful Woman In International Sports in 2018

LETICIA, 28, is regarded as one of the best skateboarders in the world, winning extreme sports competition X Games six times in 12 appearances.

Forbes named Leticia the Most Powerful Woman In International Sports in 2018 and she has posed nude for ESPN.

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Rebeca Andrade (Brazil)

Gymnast Rebeca, 22, is a strong contender after winning the Pan American Championships earlier this year.

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Gymnast Rebeca, 22, is a strong contender after winning the Pan American Championships earlier this year.

ARTISTIC gymnast Rebeca, 22, is a strong contender after winning the Pan American Championships earlier this year.

She has performed dazzling routines to Beyonce’s Crazy In Love and Single Ladies, so is set to put on a great show.

Alex Morgan (USA)

The ex-Spurs striker, 32, upset England fans at the 2019 World Cup by miming sipping tea

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The ex-Spurs striker, 32, upset England fans at the 2019 World Cup by miming sipping teaCredit: Getty

THE footie ace already has an Olympic gold after her side triumphed at the 2012 London Games.

The ex-Spurs striker, 32, upset England fans at the 2019 World Cup by miming sipping tea after scoring against us, but later said the gesture was taken the wrong way.

Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain)

Dina is pulling out all the stops to win gold this time around

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Dina is pulling out all the stops to win gold this time aroundCredit: dinaashersmith/instagram

SPRINTER Dina, 25, from Orpington, Kent, nabbed bronze in the 4x100m relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But she is pulling out all the stops to win gold this time around. She said: “I want to win. I want to be the best. I know I’m talented enough.”

Alica Schmidt (Germany)

Alica won bronze at the 2019 Under-23 European Championships

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Alica won bronze at the 2019 Under-23 European ChampionshipsCredit: Instagram / @alicasmd

DUBBED “the world’s sexiest athlete”, 22-year-old Alica will race in the Games’ first 4×400 mixed relay and the women’s 4x400m relay.

With 1.8million followers on Instagram, she won bronze at the 2019 Under-23 European Championships.

Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain)

Team GB sprinter Zharnel, 26, has trained with Olympic legend Usain Bolt in Jamaica

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Team GB sprinter Zharnel, 26, has trained with Olympic legend Usain Bolt in JamaicaCredit: zharnel_hughes/instagram

TEAM GB sprinter Zharnel, 26, has trained with Olympic legend Usain Bolt in Jamaica.

As the second-fastest Brit ever after former Olympic champ Linford Christie, he is expected to stun in the 100m and 200m at his first Games.

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