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Meet the GB stars of the future

World of Sport

English 17-year-old Charley Hull shot a stunning 62 to win her first European Ladies Tour golf tournament at the weekend. But Charley isn't the only young Brit who has the world of sport at her feet. We take a look at the other up-and-coming stars of British sport who are expected to hit the headlines over the next few years.

Charley Hull

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Meet the GB stars of the future

Kettering lass Charley first sprang to fame as a tiny tot golfing prodigy, when her ungodly skills at a ridiculously young age - she won the UK National Ladies Championship at Turnberry when she was just nine - earned her all sorts of media appearances.

But unlike most child prodigies she has moved onwards and upwards: after a stellar amateur career she turned pro last year, finished second in her first five events on the European Tour and played a key role on the winning Solheim Cup team (the women's version of the Ryder Cup).

She finally won her first event at the weekend, and she did it in style with a nine-under-par 62 in the final round to force a play-off which she won with a birdie on the first extra hole. The sky is the limit - and she's not quite 18 yet.

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Dan Goodfellow

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Everyone’s heard of Tom Daley, while occasional synchro partner and fellow 19-year-old Jack Laugher has a string of British and World Junior titles to his name.

Goodfellow, though, is rated as a possible world-class diver and, at just 17, has been selected to be Daley’s synchro partner in recent months. He needs experience, and what better place to get it than alongside Olympic bronze medallist Daley?

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Adam Armstrong

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It’s difficult to find a highly-rated British footballer no-one has heard of, but 17-year-old Newcastle forward Armstrong made his debut for the club in last weekend’s defeat at Fulham. A diminutive speed-merchant, he has scored seven goals in five England U17 appearances and is highly-rated as a star of the future.

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Dina Asher-Smith

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The 18-year-old sprinter may not be a household name, but she is already a world medallist, having won 4x100m relay bronze at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Primarily a 200m runner – she is current European Junior Champion at that distance – she is likely to be Britain’s top female sprinter in the coming years.

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Kyle Edmund

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The 19-year-old Edmund is barely in the world’s top 300 but he is rated so highly by the LTA that he was taken to the crucial Davis Cup match in the USA this season. A twice junior Grand Slam winner, he has won four ITF titles so far and is expected to become British number two in the coming years.

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Matthew Fitzpatrick

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The 19-year-old from Sheffield made an incredible splash in the world of golf last season, first by coming through qualifying to earn a place in The Open at Muirfield and then by outplaying many of the best in the world as he came 44th on a brutal course and claimed the Silver Medal for top amateur.

He then went on to win the US Amateur Championship a few weeks later - probably the toughest of the amateur 'majors' to win - before starting college at Northwestern University, where Luke Donald learnt his craft.

But he's now quit college and is ready to turn pro - though he'll only take the plunge after taking the spots granted to him at the Masters, US Open and Open Championship as the reigning US Amateur champion. Considering how well his near-contemporaries Matteo Manassero and Jordan Spieth have done, big things are expected.

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Jessica Judd

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Essex girl Jess is just 19 but she has already won a Diamond League 800m title and claimed World Junior silver two years ago, no mean feats for a European teenager. With a PB of 1:59.85 in 800 she has clear potential to enter the world class bracket, if she can improve her race tactics.

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Will Rhodes

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Having just turned 19 this month, Rhodes is expected to have the world of cricket at his feet. An all-rounder who plays for Yorkshire, he is also captain of England's U19 side - and his amazing 76 in the U19 World Cup earlier this year was regarded as one of the best innings in the tournament, even if his side ultimately lost the semi-final in which it came. He is one of several outstanding young Yorkshire players tipped to follow fellow Yorkshireman Joe Root into the national side before long.

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