UK Sport Talk

Published 12 October 2015

Friday 16 October

Disability Table TennisParalympic team bronze medalists Aaron McKibbin and Ross Wilson laid to rest the memory of GB’s narrow semi-final defeat by Poland in London 2012 by beating the men’s class 6-8 Paralympic champions in their first match of the men’s class 8 team event today at the European PTT Championships in Vejle, Denmark.

It was a good start to the team event for the GB team with Will Bayley and Billy Shilton beating World champions Spain in men’s class 7 and Paul Karabardak and David Wetherill assuring GB of at least a bronze medal in men’s class 6 by topping their group to reach the semi-finals.

The team event here is being played in the new format that will be used at the Paralympic Games next year with best of three matches instead of the previous best of five. Each tie begins with a doubles and is then decided by two singles matches.

Find out more: GB Para Table Tennis Team

CyclingGreat Britain Cycling Team stormed to two gold medals in the team pursuit at the UEC European Track Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland.

Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Elinor Barker caught Russia within 2500m after an explosive start to win the women’s final at the Velodrome Swisse, going on to set a time of 4:17.010.

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Andy Tennant, Owain Doull and Jon Dibben then defeated hosts Switzerland by two seconds in 3.55.243 to complete the double.

Find out more: British Cycling

Thursday 15 October

Para-AthleticsPaul Blake and Laura Sugar have been named the team captains for IPC Athletics World Championships, which takes place at the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium between 22-31 October.

Blake, one of six reigning world champions in the 48-strong British Athletics team, will look to regain the T36 800m crown while also looking to go one better than silver he picked up in the T36 400m in Lyon two years ago. However, for Blake he is determined to inspire the team just as his predecessor Richard Whitehead did ahead of last edition of the championships, which saw the British contingent win 29 medals, including 11 gold.

Blake commented: “It was quite a surprise. I was waiting at the train station heading to training and Paula (Dunn) gave me a call which was a complete shock. She could have chosen a number of athletes on the team so it was quite an honour for me to be chosen."

Find out more: British Athletics

Wednesday 14 October

Disability Table TennisRob Davies has retained his men's class 1 singles title at the ITTF PTT European Championships in Vejle, Denmark. The 31 year old Welshman defeated the World number one Jean-francois Ducay from France 3-2 in this afternoon's final.

Will Bayley took silver in men's class 7 after losing his final to the Dutchman Jean-paul Montanus 3-1.

Paul Karabardak (men's class 6), David Wetherill (men's class 6) and Tom Matthews (men's class 1) all take bronze medals after losing in their semi-finals this morning.

Find out more: GB Para Table Tennis Team

SwimmingBritish Swimming has unveiled its 2016 performance squads for Podium and Podium Potential athletes on UK Sport's National Lottery funded World Class Programme

Sixty-six athletes across Podium (21) and Podium Potential (45) have been selected to the World Class Performance Programme for the 2015/16 season following an extensive selection procedure.

Athletes selected on to the World Class Programme are eligible to receive advanced training camp and competition opportunities, access to world-class sports science and medicine services, and enhanced support from British Swimming performance staff and National Institute of Sport programmes across the country. Athletes will also receive targeted financial assistance from UK Sport through the World Class Performance Programme’s Athlete Personal Award (APA).

Podium level support identifies athletes who have the potential to medal in 2016 while Podium Potential support marks a longer term investment by supporting athletes who are considered to have a greater chance of medalling in 2020.

See the squads in full on the British Swimming website >

Wheelchair Rugby: Great Britain lost to Paralympic champions Australia in their second game of the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge. 

Despite a bright start by Great Britain, Australia took the lead in the first quarter and held on to narrowly win 57-55. Next up for Britain is Japan. 

Find out more: BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge

Disability Table TennisWorld champion Will Bayley is still on course to regain his European title but he will have to beat his GB team mate Billy Shilton in the semi-final after the 17 year old produced the performance of the championships so far to defeat the reigning European champion Mykhaylo Popov 3-1 in the quarter-final and assure himself of a medal at his first major championship.

On another good day for the GB Para Table Tennis Team in Vejle, Denmark Rob Davies, Thomas Matthews, Paul Karabardak and David Wetherill also made it through to the semi-finals and 12 out of 15 athletes qualified for the knockout stages.

Find out more: GB Para Table Tennis Team

Tuesday 13 October

BoxingJoe Joyce won bronze in the super-heavyweight division at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha. 

The Commonwealth and European Games champion lost a unamious decision to Tony Yoka in the semi-finals, meaning he comes away with bronze but misses out on a Rio 2016 quota place. 

Find out more: GB Boxing

Monday 12 October

JudoBritain's Owen Livesey topped the podium in a strong -81kg category at the Glasgow European Judo Open. France topped the medal table with a total of five medals including two golds. Hosts Great Britain took eight medals with the home crowd enjoying the exciting judo on show at the Emirates Arena.

Find out more: British Judo

Gymnastics: British Gymnastics have named their squad for the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow on #EveryRoadtoRio.

Four of Great Britain’s Olympic medal winners from London 2012 will compete in the six strong men’s team. World Championship all-around silver medallist Max Whitlock, triple Olympic medal winner and European pommel champion Louis Smith MBE and European floor champion Kristian Thomas join Scotsman and British champion Daniel Purvis as the boys aim for Olympic places. They are joined by European junior all-around champion Nile Wilson and English all-around champion Brinn Bevan in his first World Championships.

The women’s team will be 2008 Olympian Rebecca Downie , the European bars and beam silver medallist competes alongside her younger sister Ellie Downie, 2015 European all-around bronze medallist who makes her World Championships debut. Four time Commonwealth Games champion Claudia Fragapane returns with fond memories to the Hydro Arena, as do her teammates World University champion Kelly Simm and triple Commonwealth medal winner Ruby Harrold. British champion Amy Tinkler, a first year senior like Ellie, also makes her World Championship debut to complete the line-up.

Find out more: British Gymnastics

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Boxing: Joe Joyce reached the super-heavyweight semi-finals at the World Championships in Doha, guaranteeing him at least a bronze medal following his win over Turkey's Ali Demirezen. It's a step towards Olympic qualification for the Londoner, who must win gold to cement his place at Rio.

Meanwhile Muhammad Ali, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly were all defeated at the quarter-final stages. 

Find out more: GB Boxing

Taekwondo: Mahama Cho won bronze at the Serbia Open in Belgrade, just one week before the #EveryRoadtoRio World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester.

The twenty-six-year old began his day by beating Greece’s Konstantinos Gkoltsios by golden point 9-8 before going onto face Spanish opponent, Mikel Bernal Fernandez in the +87kg Quarter Final where he won 8-2.

However, London-born Cho narrowly missed out on the chance to go for gold as he lost out to Russian Roman Kuznetsov 3-1 in the Semi-Final.

Find out more: GB Taekwondo

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