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Grace Cullen 05 April 2012
Archery: The first of three ‘Selection Shoots’ for the 2012 Olympic Games saw five archers fall out of contention, while Alison Williamson, Amy Oliver, Naomi Folkard, Beccy Martin, Charlotte Burgess, Nicky Hunt, Larry Godfrey, Simon Terry, Michael Peart, Alan Wills, Rob Hallworth and Andrew Randall secured their places in Selection Shoot two.
The second Selection Shoot takes place in two weeks’ time, over the weekend of 14-15 April. Four men and four women then go through to the final Selection Shoot over three days, the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Badminton: Rajiv Ouseph is the new Finnish Open men's singles champion. And Anglo-Scottish pair Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier made it a title double by taking the mixed doubles.
England No. 1 Ouseph, who is set to represent GB at London 2012 this summer, defeated Sweden's Henri Hurskainen in a hard-contested final in Vantaa. Adcock and Bankier took on Denmark's Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Sara Thygesen and the world silver medallists were made to battle all the way before taking the mixed doubles title.
Cycling: At the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, the GB men’s team of Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Steven Burke, won the Team Pursuit final to take the gold medal from Australia with a new world record of 3.53.295, just over a tenth of a second clear of their rivals' 3.53.401.
Ben Swift also claimed gold in the non-Olympic Scratch race, beating South Africa’s Nolan Hoffman. There was less success in the team sprints, with GB’s Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish losing out to China in the bronze medal race and the GB men disqualified for a technical infringement ahead of their bronze medal race.
On day two, the women’s team of Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott, followed the men’s lead, breaking the world record and beating Australia in the final on their way to the team pursuit gold medal.
The event is on-going in Melbourne until 8 April.
Handball: The GB men’s team will face Tunisia, Argentina and South Korea at the Pinsent Masons London Handball Cup this week (5-7 April) at Crystal Palace. All four teams have qualified for the London Olympics and GB’s first match is against Argentina.
Rowing: The GB Rowing Team, which is sponsored by Siemens and supported by the National Lottery, has today announced the crews that will compete in the first world cup of the 2012 season in Belgrade, Serbia, from May 4-6th.
“World Cups are important competitions in their own right but this one will be more significant than usual as it gives us the first glimpse of the potential 2012 racing form of our crews”, said GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner. “We are always ambitious to do well and will want to see a number of crews on the Belgrade podium. We will take into account performances in Belgrade as we shape the Team for the remainder of the season”.
Open Women: Pair: Helen Glover/Heather Stanning, Eight: Jo Cook/Emily Taylor/Polly Swann/Olivia Whitlam/Louisa Reeve/Jess Eddie/Katie Greves/Lindsey Maguire/Caroline O’Connor (cox), Single scull (two boats): Annabel Vernon, Rachel Gamble Flint, Double scull: Anna Watkins/Katherine Grainger, Quadruple scull: Beth Rodford/Melanie Wilson/Frances Houghton/Victoria Thornley
Open Men: Pair (two boats): George Nash/Will Satch, Dan Ritchie/Cameron Nichol, Four:
Alex Gregory/Peter Reed/Andrew Triggs Hodge and either Alex Partridge or Tom James, Eight: James or Partridge/James Foad/Tom Ransley/Ric Egington/Moe Sbihi/Greg Searle/Matt Langridge/Constantine Louloudis, Single scull: Alan Campbell, Double scull: Bill Lucas/Sam Townsend, Quadruple scull and 2nd men’s single scull: (To be named from five rowers listed here in alphabetical order): Marcus Bateman/Charles Cousins/Stephen Rowbotham/Tom Solesbury/Matt Wells
Lightweights Women: Single scull: Kathryn Twyman, Double scull (two boats): Sophie Hosking/Kat Copeland, Imogen Walsh/Andrea Dennis
Lightweights Men: Pair: Paul Mattick/Adam Freeman-Pask, Four: Peter Chambers/Richard Chambers/Rob Williams/Chris Bartley, Double scull: Zac Purchase/Mark Hunter
Sailing: British sailing’s multiple Olympic gold medallists Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy return to competitive action for the first time since the Perth World Championships in December at the Palma leg of the World Cup circuit this week (2-7 April).
Ainslie, Percy and his Star teammate Andrew Simpson are among the 40 Skandia Team GBR sailors across nine classes who are set compete at this six day regatta, which is the first European World Cup regatta of the 2012 season and has welcomed some 900 sailors from 53 nations.
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