UK Sport Talk

Published 13 June 2016

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Friday 18 June
Archery: Folkard takes aim for Rio
Athletics: Diamond League delight for Dina
Diving: Daley spearheads 11-strong diving team for Rio 
Para-Athletics: Fourth for Weir sets up record-breaking British haul
Hockey: GB battle back to draw with Belgium

Thursday 17 June
Judo: Four handed Olympic debuts
Swimming: Payne and Burnell complete Team GB swimming line-up
Para-Cycling: Seventh Paralympics awaits veteran Storey
Para-Athletics: Peacock has Rio in sight after Euro victory

Wednesday 16 June
Para-Athletics: Second world record for high-flying Hermitage
Hockey: Jackson earns a point to keep GB hopes alive

Tuesday 14 June
Canoe Sprint: Heath set to double up at Rio
Para-Canoe: Six will make history with Paralympic debut

Monday 13 June
Hockey: Condon double gives Great Britain Korea win
Hockey: Great Britain slip to India defeat in Hockey Champions Trophy
Para-Athletics: Six gold medals on magical night for British team
Sailing: British Sailing Team rules the waves with 13 World Cup medals
Swimming: Golds cap off strong British outing
Taekwondo: Greece lightning as Welsh wonder Williams wins again
Triathlon: Brownlees dominate in World Series on their doorstep

Friday 18 June


Folkard takes aim for Rio

Archery: Naomi Folkard is set to compete at a fourth Olympic Games after securing a quota place for Great Britain at Rio 2016.

Folkard reached the final at the Final Team Qualifying Tournament in Antalya, coming away with a silver medal and earning an Olympic slot for her country in the process.

Archery GB already has one athlete qualified for Rio, after Patrick Huston beat Serbia's Luka Popovic in a third-place play-off match at the European Archery Championships in Nottingham, part of UK Sport's National Lottery backed #EveryRoadtoRio series

For more: Archery GB


Diamond League delight for Dina

Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie) once again showcased her Olympic potential with an eye-catching victory in the women’s 200m on a less than favourable night for sprinters. In her first 200m of the year, the British record holder coped impressively in a rain-sodden Stockholm Olympic Stadium, fending off a competitive field to claim victory in 22.72 (-0.8 m/s). Following close behind were compatriots Desiree Henry (Rana Reider) and Margret Adeoye (Linford Christie). Henry finished strongly for a third place finish with a 22.88 clocking, revising a personal best in the process, whilst Adeoye opened her outdoor season with a 23.57 timing for sixth.

For more: British Athletics


Daley spearheads 11-strong diving team for Rio 

Diving: Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley will compete at a third Olympic Games after being named by the British Olympic Association as part of the 11-strong diving team heading to Rio 2016.

Seven of the 11 have competed at Olympic level before with Daley and Tonia Couch set to make their third appearance at a Games.

Chris Mears, Jack Laugher, Rebecca Gallantree, Alicia Blagg and Sarah Barrow are the other returning Olympians while Daniel Goodfellow, Lois Toulson, Grace Reid and Freddie Woodward are set to make their Olympic debuts.

For more: Team GB


Fourth for Weir sets up record-breaking British haul

Para-Athletics: It was a record breaking evening for the British Athletics team in Grosseto who won three golds and five medals in total to improve the previous highest number of medal won at an IPC Athletics European Championships, recorded in Swansea two years ago, to 56 medals overall.

David Weir (Jenny Archer) won his fourth gold of the championships in the T54 1500m in fine style after a late fight back from the Russian Aleksei Bychenok in 3:18.50, winning by just 0.03 seconds. 

Weir said afterwards: “It was quite slow for me but I was alright, I knew I had it covered. Heinz (Frei) broke early and I wasn’t expecting that. With 500m to go I didn’t know whether to go behind Aleksei (Bychenok) or go round. I made the decision to go around him in case he had nothing else in the tank. I had to go the long way round but it was a good race.”

The women’s T35-38 4x100m relay team produced one of the finest performances of the championships on their way to gold, setting a world record of 51.63 to dip below the mark set by the Chinese earlier this year. The quartet of Olivia Breen (coach: Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo), Maria Lyle (Tabo Huntley), Georgie Hermitage (Paul McGregor) and Sophie Hahn (Joe McDonnell) made a series of confident handovers to take the relay title back off the Russians who won two years ago.

For more: British Athletics


GB battle back to draw with Belgium

Hockey: Two goals from Barry Middleton and a first Great Britain goal for David Ames snatched a dramatic draw for Great Britain in their Hero Hockey World League match with Belgium. Having trailed 3-1 to goals from Thomas Briels and a double from Loick Luypaert a grandstand finale from the hosts rescued a point. With Australia defeating India earlier in the day, Bobby Crutchley’s side needed a win over Belgium to make the final. Despite their late heroics, the draw means they will now play for bronze against Germany.

The event is part of UK Sport's National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio series.

For more: GB Hockey

Thursday 17 June


Four handed Olympic debuts

Judo:
Four women and three men, including three judoka who competed at London 2012, have been announced by Team GB in the judo team for Rio 2016.

Ashley McKenzie makes his second Olympic appearance in the men’s -60kg division with Colin Oates (-66kg) and Sally Conway (-70kg) also returning from four years ago.

Benjamin Fletcher completes the men’s line-up and will go in the -100kg division, having turned out for Team GB at the inaugural European Games in Baku last year.

For more: Team GB


Payne and Burnell complete Team GB swimming line-up

Swimming: Keri-anne Payne and Jack Burnell have been named as the two marathon swimmers who will represent Team GB at Rio 2016.

Rio 2016 will be the first Games for Burnell, who earned his place after securing a named quota spot for Team GB with a fifth-place finish at the 2015 World Championships.

It will be a third Olympic Games for Payne, having won silver in the open water marathon swim at Beijing 2008 – where she also competed in the pool – and finishing fourth at London 2012.

See more: Team GB


Seventh Paralympics awaits veteran Storey

Para-Cycling: Dame Sarah Storey has been announced by the British Paralympic Association as one of the 11 riders and four pilots who will compete for medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 

Storey – already Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian - will compete at her seventh Paralympic Games and won four gold medals at London 2012. Storey has 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals to her name and will compete in up to four events in Rio. 

Storey said: “I’m delighted to be picked for my seventh Paralympic Games. It’s just as exciting to be named in the team today as it was for my first Games in Barcelona back in 1992. London 2012 was incredible; to win four gold medals at a home Games was a once in a lifetime experience but I can’t wait to get to Rio and hopefully enjoy some more success alongside my ParalympicsGB team mates.”   

Veterans of multiple Games, Jody Cundy (Atlanta 96, Sydney 00, Athens 04, Beijing 08 and London 12), David Stone (Sydney 00, Beijing 08 and London 12) and Neil Fachie (Beijing 08 and London 12) join the line-up.

See the team in full: ParalympicsGB


Peacock has Rio in sight after Euro victory

Para-Athletics: A superb 11 medals were won on the penultimate evening session of the IPC Athletics European Championships with six British athletes winning European titles. This exceeded the record number of gold medals won by the British team in Swansea 2014, taking the gold medal tally up to 20 and the overall number of medals to 49.  

Paralympic T44 100m champion Jonnie Peacock (coach: Dan Pfaff) retained his European title in style after a very close battle with Germany’s Felix Streng. He just edged it in the final 10m with a time of 11.18 (-1.2). After running 10.88 in the heats this morning, it was an encouraging return to international competition for Peacock.

He commented: “It’s a final and it’s all about winning medals. I was happy with my time (10.88) in the heats this morning and it’s good to see I can do it when it matters. I want to be even faster but it is a great feeling to be European champion again. I’m healthy, I managed to finish strongly so I have to be happy heading back into training."

On his Rio ambitions, Peacock added: “I’ll be looking to retain my title in Rio. I think there will be about five athletes who will be very close in the final, one thing for sure, it will be a fast.”

For more: British Athletics

Wednesday 16 June


Second world record for high-flying Hermitage

Para-Athletics: Another golden night for Britain at the IPC Athletics European Championships saw Georgie Hermitage (coach: Paul McGregor) set another world record on her way to gold and David Weir (Jenny Archer) took his third title of the week. In total, the British Athletics team won seven medals during the evening session on day four.

Fresh from winning the T37 400m in world record time, Hermitage won the 200m title in 27.21 (+1.1) bettering her lifetime best by almost a second. It was a superb run by the 400m world champion who won her first major title over the distance.

The 27-year-old said afterwards: “I wanted to get a PB – I didn’t think I would run low 27 seconds I was just hoping to be under 28 seconds! I’m just so happy to get the world record and win a second European gold medal.

“The 400m yesterday was very pressurised but the 200m isn’t a Rio event for me, however it is something I still really enjoy. I went into it a lot calmer and more relaxed so maybe that helped.”

For more: British Athletics

Jackson earns a point to keep GB hopes alive

Hockey: A second half penalty corner from Ashley Jackson secured a hard-earned draw for Great Britain in their Hero Hockey Champions Trophy match with Germany. Bobby Crutchley’s side went into the final quarter trailing to Tobias Hauke’s 29th minute goal but Jackson, his country’s all time top scorer; stepped up with 12 minutes left to ensure a share of the spoils. 

In the day's other games, India defeated Korea 2-1 and Australia beat Belgium 2-0. The results mean Great Britain need to beat Belgium on Thursday and hope for a favourable result from India vs. Australia in order to make the final.

For more: GB Hockey

Tuesday 14 June

Six will make history with Paralympic debut

Para-Canoe: The British Paralympic Association has announced the six athletes selected to represent ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016 in the sport of para-canoe, set to feature on the Paralympic programme for the very first time this September.

While para-canoe is a new Paralympic sport, three of the selected athletes have already represented their country at a Games; Jeanette Chippington competed as a swimmer at five consecutive Paralympic Games from Seoul 88 to Atlanta 96, while Emma Wiggs and Nick Beighton made their Games debut at London 2012 in the sports of sitting volleyball and rowing. 

Anne Dickens, Ian Marsden and Rob Oliver have been selected for their first Paralympic Games after joining the British Canoeing Performance Programme, which was first established in 2011 and has since gone from strength to strength.

For more: ParalympicsGB

Heath set to double up in Rio

Canoe Sprint: Team GB has announced the six canoe sprint athletes who will be on their way to Brazil this summer. London 2012 Olympic bronze medallists Liam Heath and Jon Schofield make their return to Team GB in the men’s K2 200m, with Heath doubling up in the K1 200m, while Rachel Cawthorn will go in the women’s K1 500m. 

Cawthorn will also race as part of the women’s K4 500m team alongside, Louisa Gurski, Rebeka Simon and Jess Walker, who has been selected for her third Olympic Games and will also race in the K1 200m.

Five of the team have represented Team GB at Olympic level in the past with Heath, Schofield, Gurski and Cawthorn also taking part at the inaugural European Games in Baku last year.

For more: Team GB

Monday 13 June


Photo: Ravi Ghowry 

Condon double gives Great Britain Korea win

Hockey: A double strike from Great Britain’s David Condon handed the hosts their first win of the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy as they saw off Korea 4-1. Condon struck in each half adding to strikes from Ashley Jackson and Alastair Brogdon with Sengju You bagging a consolation for the Koreans.

With a draw and a defeat in their opening two games, the pressure was on Bobby Crutchley’s side to produce a result and they didn’t disappoint in front of a noisy home crowd at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.    

For more: GB Hockey


Great Britain slip to India defeat in Hockey Champions Trophy

Hockey: A penalty corner goal from Ashley Jackson wasn’t enough to salvage a point as Great Britain slipped to a 2-1 defeat to India in their second Hero Hockey Champions Trophy match at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. A first half strike from Mandeep Singh gave India the lead, which was doubled by Harmanpreet Singh from the penalty spot in the 34th minute. Jackson struck back immediately but India could not be broken down and took the victory.

For more: GB Hockey


Six gold medals on magical night for British team

Para-AthleticsOn a magical night for the British team at the IPC Athletics European Championships, six gold medals were won and nine in total during the evening session of day two. The six-time Paralympic champion David Weir (coach: Jenny Archer) looked in supreme form as he took the T54 5000m title.

In scenes reminiscent of London 2012, Weir moved away from his rivals with ease in the home straight to power to the European gold medal in a time of 11:15.95. Weir spoke afterwards: “I knew coming in here that I was in good shape – I haven’t done a 5000m on the track this year but I have the speed from the road and the mile I did the other week, so I’m happy to transfer that onto the track.

“I’m getting lots of mileage in on the road but also some quality speed work on the track. My speed looked good on the last lap – 22 mph is pretty good for me but there is a bit more to give and that is good for the shorter stuff such as the 800m and the 1500m. I’m happy with any medal here at the Europeans but it is all looking good for Rio.”

British Athletics medal tally at the IPC Athletics European Championships so far:

Gold: Richard Chiassaro – T54 200m; Aled Davies – F42 Shot Put; Dan Greaves – F44-46 Discus; Mo Jomni – T53 200m; Maria Lyle – T35 100m; David Weir – T54 5000m; Richard Whitehead – T42 100m

Silver: Sophie Hahn – T38 200m; Carly Tait – T34 100m and 400m; Isaac Towers – T34 400m

Bronze: Jonathan Broom-Edwards – T42/44 High Jump; Kadeena Cox – T38 200m; Steve Osborne – T51 100m; Ben Rowlings – T34 400m

For more: British Athletics

British Sailing Team rules the waves with 13 World Cup medals

Sailing: Britain’s sailors ruled the waves on the final day of World Cup competition in Weymouth and Portland, winning five golds medals among a total haul of 13 at the final event before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Seven of the British Sailing Team’s Rio representatives secured podium positions on their home waters on Sunday (12 June), with medal performances also from rising talents and Olympic hopefuls for Tokyo 2020.

The day culminated in a British sweep of the medals in the 470 Women’s event, with gold medallists Hannah Mills-Saskia Clark flanked on the podium by training partners Sophie Weguelin-Eilidh McIntyre in silver and Amy Seabright-Anna Carpenter taking bronze. Maiden World Cup victories went to Charlotte Dobson-Sophie Ainsworth in the 49erFX and Ben Saxton-Nicola Groves in the Nacra 17, while World Champions Giles Scott in the Finn and Nick Thompson in the Laser rounded off event victories on a stunning final day of racing at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games venue.

For more: British Sailing Team

Golds cap off strong British outing

Swimming: Jazz Carlin and Adam Peaty lead the impressive British performances on the final day of the Mare Nostrum in Barcelona each winning more gold as Britain added 14 further medals to their total.

Carlin lead a British one-two in the 400m Freestyle and took the victory from team-mate Camilla Hattersley while Stephen Milne won gold and Tim Shuttleworth the bronze in the 1500m Freestyle.

World Champion and World Record holder Peaty was in devastating form in the 50m Breaststroke to take gold while World Champion James Guy also took the victory in the 200m Freestyle with a strong swim.

British athletes completed a clean sweep of the medals in the Women’s 50m Backstroke with Georgia Davies leading the way with gold from Fran Halsall and Jess Fullalove. And Chloe Tutton won silver in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke while Ben Proud won silver in the Men’s 50m Freestyle.

Max Litchfield took bronze in the Men’s 400m IM, Chris Walker-Hebborn earned bronze in the Men’s 100m Backstroke and Ross Murdoch also won bronze in the 200m Breaststroke.

For more: British Swimming 

Greece lightning as Welsh wonder Williams wins again

Taekwondo: Lauren Williams struck gold again as GB Taekwondo fighters completed a full house of medals at the Greece Open in Salonika.

In her first outing since becoming European champion last month, the 17-year-old Welsh defeated Germany’s Vanessa Koerndl 22-12 to win the -67kg title.

Team mates, Josh Calland (-63kg silver), Charlie Maddock (-53kg silver) and Max Cater (-58kg bronze) also finished on the podium.

But it was Williams who caught the eye once more. She dropped only six points reaching the final, claiming the scalp of Australia’s 2013 World Champion, Carmen Marton, in the penultimate round.

“I didn’t go out there just to get gold,” insisted the Gwent raised prospect. "I went out to try new kicks and techniques so to get a medal was a bonus.

“I didn’t play to my strengths because I was doing new things so win by 12 points gap against Marton was a major plus.”

For more: GB Taekwondo


Brownlees dominate in World Series on their doorstep 

Triathlon: Brothers Ali and Jonny Brownlee took a stunning one two, respectively, in the debut of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon in their home city, Leeds, and Gwen Jorgensen took the women’s title in one of the most competitive races in the ITU World Triathlon Series so far this season. The elite athletes were roared home by a huge and passionate crowd in Leeds, with an estimated crowd in excess of 80,000 people watching the event, which was part of UK Sport's National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio series. Alongside the Brownlees, Great Britain’s Vicky Holland came in third with Jodie Stimpson fourth. Alistair Brownlee said: “Thank you Leeds! The people absolutely made it today. We had support like I’ve never known it."

For more: British Triathlon


Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley strike gold in Japan

Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley strike gold in Japan

Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley strike gold in Japan

Turnham and Hall capture two silvers in final major before Paralympics

Turnham and Hall capture two silvers in final major before Paralympics

Rutherford keeps perfect record alive in Manchester

Rutherford keeps perfect record alive in Manchester

Rutherford keeps perfect record alive in Manchester

Murray and French advance to World Championships Final

Murray and French advance to World Championships Final

Great Britain defend FEI Nations Cup title in Rome

Great Britain defend FEI Nations Cup title in Rome

GB cyclists collect medal haul on final test

GB cyclists collect medal haul on final test

GB cyclists collect medal haul on final test

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