UK Sport Talk

Published 21 September 2015

Friday 25 September:

Para-Swimming: A group of 44 athletes including Josef Craig, Jonathan Fox, Jessica-Jane Applegate and Claire Cashmore has been selected to join the British Para-Swimming Podium and Podium Potential Programme as the sport enters the final stretch for Rio.

The sport has been working through a robust performance review programme with athletes and coaches to decide who will receive direct support from UK Sport through the World Class Programme.

At the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow this summer the sport won a total of 32 medals with 10 golds and achieved a personal best rate of 50%.

National Performance Director Chris Furber explained: "This season is the big one for all of us and we have carefully considered our podium athletes for the Paralympic year. The athletes selected to the podium programme have all demonstrated they have the ability to be able to return medals in Rio and have made positive steps to support the vision of the programme of being best performing at the Paralympic Games.

"The funding criteria that we put in place is based on whether the athlete has demonstrated that they on the right trajectory to reach what we’ve predicted the medal times to be in Rio.

"This year we saw that, as expected, the world of Para-Swimming is moving forwards rapidly. We need to make sure that we are ready for what could be the toughest Paralympics Games ever and in order to be at our top end of funding the athletes need to demonstrate that they are improving to keep up with the rest of the world."

Find out more: British Swimming

BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year: BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2015 nominations are now open.

The winner will be revealed during this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which will come from Belfast's SSE Arena on Sunday, 20 December. Last year's winner was gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who won four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Find out more: BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

Wednesday 23 September

Cycling: Tour de France winner and four times Olympic gold medallist, Sir Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from this weekend’s British Cycling National Track Championships.

Wiggins, who has returned to the track with the aim of riding the team pursuit in Rio next year, has been advised not to race on medical grounds, after suffering a cold in the aftermath of the Tour of Britain.

Find out more: British Cycling

Monday 21 September

Wheelchair Fencing: Piers Gilliver won silver in the Men's Category A Epee competition at the 2015 Wheelchair Fencing World Championships.

Gilliver faced Gang Sun in the final where he was narrorly defeated 15-14 while in the men’s category B foil event Great Britain’s rising talent Dimitri Coutya came close to preventing China’s World No.1 Daoliang Hu from defending his World Championship crown. Hu had to fight hard to beat 17-year-old Coutya, eventually emerging with a 15-12 victory.

Find out more: British Disabled Fencing Association

Para-Equestrian Dressage: Great Britain secured 11 medals at the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships in France.

The final day of competition at the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage European Championships in Deauville, France, saw the Individual Freestyle medals contested across the five grades. Great Britain’s athletes replicated their performances from yesterday’s Individual Championship tests, securing an Individual Gold and four Silver medals, to head home with a total of eleven medals.

Sophie Christiansen secured gold for Great Britain in the Grade Ia competition on Diane Redfern’s Athene Lindebjerg. The pair posted a huge score to storm into the lead with 80.700% - the only +80% score of the entire week.

Find out more: Equestrian Team GBR

Para-Triathlon: Lauren Steadman retained her World Championships title after a dominant performance at the ITU World Paratriathlon Championships in Chicago.

steadman claimed gold in the women's PT4 event as she finished well over a minute in front of her nearest rival Grace Norman, with the American crossing the line in 1:09.48.

Find out more: British Triathlon

Wheelchair Rugby: A last gasp goal for Great Britain saw them crowned European Champions in a dramatic final with Sweden.

With qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games already secured by beating Germany in the semi-finals, Britain defeated Sweden to equal their record of four victories in the competition.

GB battled back in the closing stages and scored with two seconds left on the clock to secure a 49-48 win.

Find out more: GB Wheelchair Rugby

Canoeing: Great Britain’s David Florence became World Champion in the canoe single at the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire. The Olympic silver medallist becomes World Champion for the third time in his career on the venue where he competed at London 2012. 

Florence's British teammate Ryan Westley finished in bronze medal position making it a double celebration on the final day of action at the #EveryRoadtoRio event. 

Earlier in the weekend, Britain's women's K1 team won team silver and the men's C2 team secured bronze. Lizzie Neave, Fiona Pennie and Kimberley Woods finished seventh, ninth and 10th in the individual K1 competition, but in the team event they finished behind the Czech Republic in silver.

See the results in full on the British Canoeing website >

Triathlon: Non Stanford and Vicky Holland secured Rio 2016 Olympic Games pre-selection by finishing second and third respectively at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago. The race was won by Gwen Jorgensen (USA), who has not been beaten all season.

Jodie Stimpson had her best race of the season to finish sixth. Having put injuries behind her, she will want to push on from here to put herself in the frame for the final Olympic slot next year. She’ll have strong competition from double world champion and Olympian, Helen Jenkins, who finished not too far behind in 11th place.

Meanwhile, Jonny Brownlee made his return from a stress fracture he sustained in May as he secured a 12th place finish. 

British Triathlon Performance Director, Brendan Purcell, said: “Jonny needed a few things to have gone his way to get away on the bike, when he attacked it just wasn’t working for him. Given the timeline, he couldn’t have done much more. It wasn’t that long ago that he was doing nothing at all because of injury.

“The highlight of this championships was the women’s race. Vicky and Non were awesome and have met the criteria for Olympic selection. Jodie Stimpson and Helen Jenkins showed that they have the potential to be the best in the world again too. Overall, there have been challenges, but it’s been a good world championships.”

Find out more: British Triathlon

Taekwondo: Jade Jones confirmed her status as world number one with impressive victory in the -57kg final at the WTF World Grand Prix in Samsun,Turkey.

The Welsh star defeated World Championship and World University Games silver medallist, Yun-Wen Huang 6-3, gaining revenge for team mate, Rachelle Booth, beaten by the Taiwanese silver medallist in the semi-finals.

In the men’s -68kg weight division, London 2012 Olympian, Martin Stamper, and Manchurian, Jordan Gayle, lost in the second and first rounds respectively. But it was GB’s women who prevailed with Jones and Booth adding to World Champion Bianca Walkden’s opening day, silver medal at +67kg.

Find out more: GB Taekwondo


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