UK Sport Talk

Published 21 March 2016

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Thursday 24 March

Rowing: GB Rowing Team performance director Sir David Tanner admits the Rio 2016 rowing line-up is far from finalised after a fiercely competitive Olympic trials event at Caversham concluded on Wednesday.

“We still have some questions as we move towards our crew formation," said Tanner. "We have good information from these Trials as we start putting together our boats for the European Championships in May and then, later in the year, for the Olympics."

Alan Campbell and Vicky Thornley triumphed in the single sculls, while Moe Sbihi and Alex Gregory and Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were winners in the pairs.

For more: British Rowing



Curling: Eve Muirhead is taking the positives after Switzerland mounted a dramatic comeback to snap Scotland's winning streak at the World Women's Curling Championships in Swift Current, Canada.

Off the back of seven straight wins, Team Muirhead led 5-1 before watching their advantage slip away in a 7-6 extra-end defeat.

Scotland are tied at the top of the standings with Canada, Switzerland and Japan on a 7-2 record and Muirhead said: "I don't think we can get too hung up on that. They played great. I'm actually pretty happy the way we played out there."

Scotland play Japan at 3pm BST today and hosts Canada at 1am BST Friday to wrap up the group stage, with six teams progressing to the A Event knock-out phase.  

For more: British Curling

Road Cycling: Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead reveals she cannot wait to be the hometown hero when she brings her world champion's jersey to the Tour de Yorkshire in April.

Armitstead, who leads the WorldTour standings through two rounds, said: "The Tour de Yorkshire Women’s race will be my first race in the UK in my world champions jersey and it’s an absolute dream to be starting in my home town."

For more: British Cycling

Boxing (Amateur): The British Lionhearts will host a high-stakes World Series of Boxing quarter final on April 21-22 against an opponent to be decided.

After topping a group including Mexico, USA and Morocco, the Lionhearts will return to York Hall, London, to face either Cuba, Ukraine or China.

For more: GB Boxing 

Wednesday 23 March


Athletics: Usain Bolt has confirmed he will compete at the London Anniversary Games in July.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist will be in action on the night session of Friday 22 July at the IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Bolt lit up the London Anniversary Games in 2013 and 2015 with 100m times of 9.85 and 9.87, and the world's fastest man is aiming to be in top condition as he prepares to defend his sprint crowns in Rio.

“The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio,” said Bolt. “It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce. I always get great support in the UK and I expect the stadium to be packed.  See you in July.”

For more: British Athletics

BMX: Liam Phillips will lead Great Britain in search of his fifth straight home victory at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup as British Cycling confirmed their team for the event.

Phillips will be joined by Kyle Evans, Tre Whyte and Quillan Isidore at the second round of the World Cup series, held at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on April 9 and 10.

“The crowds here are fantastic and give the riders an extra boost which is especially important to us this year as we’re in the final stages of Olympic qualification,” said BMX coach Grant White.

For more: British Cycling

Curling: Scotland added another two victories to move on to seven wins in the World Women’s Curling Championships.

Eve Muirhead led her team to a 6-5 triumph over Finland and a 7-1 demolition of Finland to make it seven wins in a row after dropping the first contest of the event against Sweden. Scotland are tied at the top of the standings with hosts Canada and Switzerland. They face Switzerland at 8pm GMT on Thursday.

For more: British Curling

Rowing: Charles Cousins has revealed back surgery has prematurely ended his road to Rio but he has backed the men’s quad to go on to medal.

"I am devastated that I will not compete at Rio," Cousins (second from the front in the above picture) said. "Although I won't be in the boat, I truly believe the quad will go on to do great things and I take solace in knowing I was part of it."

Cousins, a bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships, was in the boat which finished fifth at London 2012. James Foad, a bronze medallist in the men’s eight at London 2012, will also miss the Rio Games due to undergoing back surgery.

For more: British Rowing

Tuesday 22 March

Curling: Scotland made it five wins out of six on Tuesday to keep them tied at the top of the table in the 2016 World Women’s Curling Championships.

Skip Eve Muirhead and her team downed Denmark 9-3 following a 6-5 victory over the United States. They have contests with Finland, Russia, Switzerland, Japan and host nation Canada remaining as they seek to qualify for the semi finals.

For more: British Curling

Rowing: Olympic trials began for Great Britain rowers in Caversham on Tuesday.

As there are 115 rowers in action and only 48 seats available on the flight to Rio, the trials will be an opportunity for many previous Olympians and hopefuls to stake their claim.

The competition also acts as a qualification event for the European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, in May.

For more: British Rowing

Monday 21 March


Road Cycling: Lizzie Armitstead defended her Trofeo Alfredo Binda title and emphasised her target for the year is the Olympic gold.

London 2012 silver medallist Armitstead leads the standings heading into April’s Tour of Flanders after racing to glory at the Tour of Qatar in February, but explained where her full focus lies.

“It gives me pride to the winning the Women’s WorldTour but it’s not a goal this season. I want to be Olympic champion. That’s my goal.”

Para Cycling: Great Britain recorded an haul of eight gold medals at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Italy with Dame Sarah Storey remaining unbeaten in the C5 3km individual pursuit.

Storey sealed her seventh world title in nine years despite suffering an earlier asthma attack, something which felt may have affected her silver-medal performance in the scratch race.

"The asthma attack put a bit of a dampener on things and that potentially killed my legs in the scratch race, but take nothing away from Anna,” she told BBC Sport. "However, it has still been a successful championships for me."

For more: British Cycling


Athletics: Robbie Grabarz was left in disbelief following his silver-medal winning performance at the World Indoor Championships as Great Britain collected three medals in Portland, USA.

“I’m ecstatic, I just can’t believe it,” Grabarz said. “If someone had said I would get that result two years ago I wouldn’t have believed it.”

Tiffany Porter and Lorraine Ugen took bronze medals in the 60m hurdles and long jump respectively.

Tom Bosworth smashed the 20km British record by 81 seconds en route to winning the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Dudince, Slovakia in a time off 80.41 minutes. Ian McCombie's record had stood since 1988. 

For more: British Athletics

Ski and Snowboard: Jamie Nicholls lifted his first career World Cup slopestyle title as Great Britain made their mark in the snow of the Czech Republic.

“I’m so happy have to finally win a World Cup,” he said. “It’s a first for me to get a on a podium at a World Cup and I am just so pleased with how it went.”

Nicholls recorded 87.14 points to shade USA’s Chris Corning by 0.01 of a point, with fellow Brit Billy Morgan joining him on the podium in third. That wasn’t all for GB Snowboarding, as Nicholls’ cousin Katie Ormerod clinched silver in the women’s event.

Alpine skiier Dave Ryding completed a stand-out season with a 15th place finish at the FIS World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland.

Freestyle skiiers Isabel Atkin and James Woods both climbed the podium at the AFP World Tour in La Clusaz.

Atkin posted an impressive performance to take silver, while Woods secured third to make it two bronze medals in two weeks following on from the European Freeski Open in Laax, Switzerland. 

For more: British Ski and Snowboard

Synchronised Swimming: It has been confirmed Great Britain will take up their quota place at Rio 2016, which was earned by duet free athletes Katie Clark and Olivia Federici at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.

For more: British Swimming

Triathlon: Lauren Steadman and Alison Patrick booked their tickets to Rio 2016 by winning gold medals at the ITU World Para-triathlon in Buffalo City, USA.

World Champion Steadman raced to victory in the PT4 event, and Patrick won the PT5 race for visually impaired athletes, guided by Nicole Walters.

For more: British Triathlon

Shooting: Ben Llewellin won a first career silver medal in the skeet at the Shotgun World Cup in Cyprus. Steven Scott and Tim Kneale finished 12th and 15th in the double trap at the first World Cup event of the season.

For more: British Shooting

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