UK Sport Talk

Published 3 August 2015

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Wednesday 5 August

Swimming: James Guy won 200m Freestyle gold and Adam Peaty set a 50m Breaststroke world record as the British team continued their explosive start to the Kazan 2015 World Championships.

Having claimed 400m Freestyle silver on the opening night in Russia, Guy went one better with a British record in the 200m Freestyle, taking the GB medal tally to five with the first major title of his career.

Minutes after Guy landed his second medal of the Championships, 20-year-old Peaty laid down his claims for a second prize with an eye-catching swim in the 50m Breaststroke semi-finals. Having won 100m Breaststroke gold last night, the World debutant sliced 0.2 seconds off his PB to win his semi in 26.42 with South Africa’s two-time champion Cameron Van Der Burgh second fastest through.

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Tuesday 4 August

Swimming: Adam Peaty won 100m Breaststroke gold as Great Britain claimed three medals on the second night of swimming at the Kazan 2015 World Championships.

European silver medallist Ross Murdoch landed bronze to join Peaty on the 100m Breaststroke podium while Siobhan-Marie O’Connor also secured her first World Championship medal with 200m Individual Medley bronze.

Competing at his first Worlds, all eyes were on Commonwealth and European champion Peaty, having lowered the 100m Breaststroke world record at this season’s British Championships in London.

South Africa’s Olympic champion Cameron Van Der Burgh took the race out to turn 0.41 seconds clear at the half-way stage but it was Peaty who came back strongest to take the touch just 0.07 seconds ahead of the South African.

Murdoch – who won Commonwealth gold over 200m Breaststroke last year – was seventh at the turn but put in the fastest back 50m of the field to storm through and touch third.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor dug deep to claim her maiden World Championship medal in the 200m Individual Medley final.

With Hungary’s defending champion Katinka Hosszu blasting clear to set a new world record, O’Connor was battling the rest of the field for a place on the podium.

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Para-Cycling: Dame Sarah Storey produced a virtuoso solo performance to claim her second world title at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Switzerland on Saturday.

After decimating the field in Thursday’s time trial, the 37-year-old reigning world champion repeated the performance in the road race. Storey made her intentions clear from the outset, attacking on the first of four laps of the 15.5-kilometre course. One rider tried to follow but Storey was soon effectively locked into another, somewhat longer, time-trial effort.

At the end of the first lap Storey was over a minute ahead, a lead that quintupled by the halfway stage, the multiple Paralympic and world champion eventually crossing the line an astonishing eight minutes and 24 seconds ahead of Anna Harkowska to chalk up cycling world title number 22.

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Para-Triathlon: Great Britain paratriathletes secured five medals at the Rio Test Event on Copacabana Beach. Lauren Steadman and Alison Patrick won gold medals as the Rio 2016 Paratriathlon course was tested ahead of the sport’s debut next summer.

Steadman led from start to finish, delivering a world champion’s performance with Faye McClelland securing a bronze behind her. Grace Norman (USA) split the British duo.

Alison Patrick had to come from behind to win the PT5 event for visually impaired athletes. She and Grace France were a minute down after the bike leg but ran brilliantly to secure gold.

Melissa Reid, guided by Nicole Walters, had taken the lead at the start of the run from Joleen Hakker (NED) and she held on for silver when Patrick came past her.

Andy Lewis secured the best result of his career with bronze in the PT2 category and Joe Townsend also had his best ever result with fourth in a very competitive PT1 event. Phil Hogg was sixth.

George Peasgood, the youngster of the team at 19, was happy with sixth place in the men’s PT4 event after leading out the swim and bike legs.

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Triathlon: Non Stanford and Vicky Holland achieved the first part of the British Olympic selection policy by finishing on the podium in second and third place respectively at the Rio Olympic Test Event on Copacabana Beach.

In the men’s race, Olympic Champion, Alistair Brownlee swam and biked brilliantly, relishing the hills. However, he struggled with an ankle injury on the run. He held on to third place for three of four laps, before easing off and finishing tenth.
The race was won convincingly by Javier Gomez (ESP). Britain’s Adam Bowden had a strong run to finish 12th.

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Swimming: James Guy landed Great Britain’s first swimming medal of the Kazan 2015 World Championships on the opening night in Russia.

The 20-year old set a British record 3:43.75 to claim the first World medal of his career with silver, touching 1.17 seconds behind China’s Olympic and defending World champion Sun Yang.

Having qualified second-fastest for the final, the Brit – who finished fifth in this event on his World debut two years ago – took the race out, maintaining a pace over the first 300m that only Sun could keep up with.

The Chinese swimmer ultimately pulled clear in the final 50m but Guy held off Canada’s Commonwealth champion Ryan Cochrane to become the first British man to win a World Championship 400m Freestyle medal since Paul Palmer’s bronze in 1998.

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Diving: Tom Daley won his second medal of the Kazan 2015 World Championships with 10m Platform bronze on the final day of diving in Russia.

Having already won Mixed Team gold alongside Rebecca Gallantree, the Brit scored 537.95 to return to the individual World podium for the first time since his 10m gold as a 15-year old in 2009.

Great Britain have enjoyed their most profitable World Championships in history with bronze medals for Jack Laugher and Chris Mears in the 3m Synchro and for Laugher in the individual 3m ensuring a return of four medals.

As well as winning four medals, the British team have secured one quota place in all four individual events and one in the men's 3m Synchro for next year's Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

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