Sport-in-brief - your weekly update from the high performance sports community
Published 17 July 2014
Athletics: British Athletics has named a team of 74 athletes to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland 12-17 August 2014.
James Dasaolu (coach: Steve Fudge) has been selected for the third 100m slot alongside Sainsbury’s British Championships qualifiers Harry Aikines Aryeetey and Dwain Chambers (both Rana Reider) after showing strong form at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix last weekend in clocking 10.03 in both races. Talented sub-ten sprinter Chijindu Ujah (Jonas Tawiah Dodoo) is named for the first time in a senior GB & NI team as part of the men’s 4x100m relay.
British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: “The fact that there were so many tough selection choices reflects on the depth and strength we have in some events this summer.
“It is great to see young talent coming through such as Morgan Lake in the high jump and Matthew Hudson Smith in the men’s 400m. At the same time, the calibre of individuals such as Dai, Chrissy and Goldie will ensure the team has a bedrock of championship experience within it.”
See the squad in full on the British Athletics website.
Canoeing: London 2012 Olympian Ed McKeever, Jess Walker and Angela Hannah produced a silver and bronze medal between them for GB on the final day of the Canoe Sprint European Championships in Brandenburg on Sunday.
GB’s Paracanoe team finished its best ever Canoe Sprint European Championships in Brandenburg with seven gold and two silver medals. A year ago the team had won five gold, two silver and one bronze, highlighting the advances made by the squad which trains full time in Nottingham with the benefit of UK Sport Lottery funding.
It has been confirmed that Olympic champion Etienne Stott will team up with Mark Proctor in the C2 following the retirement of Tim Baillie.
Also this week, GB Canoeing confirmed the Senior Sprint and Paracanoe athletes who will be representing Great Britain at the 2014 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
See the squad in full on the GB Canoeing website.
Hockey: England’s men and women secured a double win at the London Cup last weekend, triumphing in both competitions. England’s men won a penalty shootout against Ireland, whilst the women’s team saw off South Africa.
Read match reports of the two finals and find out more about hockey on the England Hockey website.
Modern Pentathlon: Samantha Murray and Joe Evans won silver in the mixed relay while Sam Curry and Tom Toolis won bronze in the men’s relay at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary this week.
See the full list of results on the Pentathlon GB website.
Para-Equestrian Dressage: British Dressage selectors have announced the UK Sport National Lottery funded Great Britain squad for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which takes place in Normandy, France (23 August – 7 September, with the para-equestrian dressage competition taking place 25-29 August 2014 at La Prairie Racecourse in Caen).
Chef de Mission, Will Connell commented; “The British para-equestrian dressage team have enjoyed many successes over recent years and it is clear that there are a number of nations working hard to push us off our perch. We travel to WEG with a very experienced squad that will be focussed on securing Rio 2016 qualification and winning medals for Great Britain.”
See the squad in full on the British Dressage website.
Rowing: The GB Rowing Team for the World Championships has been announced, ahead of the competition in the Netherlands next month.
The squad of 66 rowers and 19 crews was revealed by GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner and his Chief Coaches Jurgen Grobler and Paul Thompson,
Double Olympic Champion Andrew Triggs-Hodge said: “Holland is a great rowing nation, with a huge following. Having a chance to race in Amsterdam will be akin to racing at our Olympic home in Dorney. The crowd make any sporting event and I’m eager to see what the Dutch will do and, knowing the Dutch a little, I think this will be a Worlds to remember".
See the squad in full on the GB Rowing Team website.
The news follows last week’s four-gold medal haul at the World Cup in Lucerne. The medals were won by the men’s quadruple scull, the lightweight women's double scull, the women’s pair and men’s four.
Sailing: Luke Patience and Elliot Willis won gold at the 470 European Championships this week. The British Sailing Team pairing, who only teamed up five months ago, amassed an unassailable lead over their nearest European.
There were also silver medals for Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (470) and Dylan Fletcher and Alan Sign (49er).
See the full list of results on the British Sailing website.
Triathlon: Olympic champion, Alistair Brownlee, won gold at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Hamburg, his first Series win of the year. Younger brother, Jonathan finished third, demonstrating good form with twelve days until the Commonwealth Games triathlon in Glasgow.
Alistair said: “I’m pleased with that, I’m better than I was and getting back to my old self I think.
This season has been about the Commonwealth Games for me, so I’m happy that I’m fit now”
Great Britain also won the Mixed Triathlon Relay with Lucy Hall, Jonathan Brownlee, Vicky Holland defeating the rest of the field.
Lucy Hall was delighted to win her first ITU world title. She said: “I think to be in a team with the Brownlees and Vicky you can’t go too wrong with that. It was a tough race for me, but I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Wheelchair Basketball: After defeat to Turkey in the quarter-finals, GB beat Iran 77-65 to secure seventh place overall at the Men’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Japan.
It was an important win for Europe as it secures them five qualifications spots for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
British Wheelchair Basketball