UK Sport Talk

Published 10 August 2015

Wednesday 12 August

Athletics: British Athletics have named Martyn Rooney as captain of the British Athletics 63-strong team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

Rooney, the European 400m champion, was selected by British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black and will lead a 63-strong team at the Bird’s Nest stadium on 22-30 August.

Rooney said: “It has always been an honour to represent my country and something I've been lucky enough to do for the last 10 years. In many ways everything really started to kick off for me in Beijing at the World Juniors in 2006 when I won the Bronze medal, so to now to have the privilege of returning to China and captaining the British Athletics team at the World Champs is a job and a responsibility that fills with me with great pride.”

Find out more: British Athletics

Tuesday 11 August

Para-Cycling: British Cycling has named the Great Britain Cycling Team for the final round of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in South Africa. 

Karen Darke will compete in the H3 handcycling category while Lora Turnham & Corrinne Hall and Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby will compete in the tandem events.

Simon Price will be hoping for his first podium finish of 2015 in the men’s C2 after a 5th place in the road race at the world championships, while Hannah Dines and Liz Saul will be hoping for a strong performance in the women’s T2 and C4 races respectively, to round off a breakthrough year for the pair.

David Smith, Jaco Van Gass and Jon Gildea all return to the squad after competing at world cups in Italy and Switzerland earlier in the season while Sally Hurst and Craig McCann both make their debuts for the Great Britain Cycling Team at world cup level.

Find out more: British Cycling

Shooting: Steve Scott has won a fifth Rio Quota Place for Team GB after securing a silver medal at the Gabala 2015 World Cup. Scott shot 143 in the qualification rounds to reach the semi-finals in which he shot a perfect 30/30 targets.

He now joins Amber Hill, Ed Ling, Elena Allen and Jennifer McIntosh in the list of British Shooting athletes who have secured Team GB Rio 2016 Olympic Quota Places.

Find out more: British Shooting

Hockey: England have named their men's and women's squads for the Unibet Eurohockey Championships on #EveryRoadtoRio in London later this month. 

Bobby Crutchley makes one change to his men's squad, recalling Reading’s Dan Shingles who missed the World League through injury. The rest of the group is the same as the squad who took that Olympic berth as Great Britain in June.

Danny Kerry makes two changes to his women's squad, recalling Holcombe’s Sam Quek and giving a first call up to Leicester goalkeeper Sabbie Heesh.

Tickets for the Unibet Eurohockey Championships are still on sale and you can buy them now >

See the squads in full: England Hockey

Monday 10 August

Judo: British Judo have announced a team of nine players for the World Judo Championships, held in Astana, Kazakhstan 24-29 August.

Heading to Kazakhstan to represent Great Britain at the final World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be Kelly Edwards, Nekoda Davis, Alice Schlesinger, Sally Conway, Natalie Powell, London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons, Ashley McKenzie, Colin Oates and Ben Fletcher.

Speaking ahead of the Championships, Gemma Gibbons said: “The World Championship is one of the highest levels you can perform at in judo, so I’m really excited to be going to Astana. I’ve never been a medallist at the World’s before so that’s my goal going in to the Championship.”

Find out more: British Judo

Shooting: Amber Hill has become British Shooting’s first medallist at the Gabala World Cup 2015 after winning bronze. The British athlete shot a perfect 16 to beat Poland’s Aleksandra Jarmolinska in the bronze medal match.

The young shooter continues her success in Azerbaijan after she won gold in the European Games earlier this year in Baku. She said: "To come away with a bronze medal was more than I could have asked for.

"To win two medals in a matter of a couple of months is an amazing feeling and it really feels that my hard work has paid off."

Find out more: British Shooting

Swimming: Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished fourth at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia with nine medals; five gold, one silver and three bronze making it British Swimming's most successful medal haul at a Worlds Championships.

The final day saw British men’s 4x100m Medley Relay quartet narrowly denied a fairytale ending as they finished fourth, as did Hannah Miley in the 400m Individual Medley.

Adam Peaty said: “It’s been my first Worlds and I know now that when it comes to a World Championships or hopefully an Olympic Games, it’s not about the occasion – it’s about racing and executing that race plan perfectly.”

Find out more: British Swimming


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