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Natalie Broadbent 08 June 2012
Athletics: Jo Pavey has achieved the 10,000m qualifying time for the London 2012 Olympics. She finished second in the European Cup in Bilbao.
“It was my main hope to get the time for the Olympics,” said Pavey. “I’m pleased and relieved really. It leaves my options open and the team hasn’t been selected yet. It’s just nice to have the qualifying times so I’m really pleased.”
Gymnastics: Following the final trampoline gymnastics Olympic trial in Liverpool British Gymnastics Kat Driscoll placed top of the competition trial process.
Meanwhile, Great Britain’s first team won gold at the three way Senior Women’s Artistic International in Ipswich, which also served as the second Olympic trial. Hannah Whelan, Jenni Pinches, Rebecca Tunney and Rebecca Downie beat the second Great Britain team of Beth Tweddle, Danusia Francis, Niamh Rippin and Imogen Cairns who took silver. In the individual finals Beth Tweddle won the bars, Jenni Pinches took gold in the vault and Jocelyn Hunt won floor gold.
Modern Pentathlon: The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced four athletes as officially selected to represent Team GB in Modern Pentathlon at the Games. They are:
Mhairi Spence, Samantha Murray, Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale.
GB's female modern pentathletes have an outstanding track record at the Olympic Games, having won four medals since the women’s event was added to the Olympic Programme at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Spence is Britain’s highest ranked female and won World Championship gold this year while Murray claimed the bronze medal. Woodbridge is currently ranked fifth in the world in the men's competition while Weale recently became the first British man to win a European Championships medal.
Rowing: The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the 48 rowers officially selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Games.
Selections are still to be finalised in the men’s and women’s eights boats, but once confirmed, the Team GB rowing squad for London 2012 will be 52 strong, including 5 reserves, and will be the largest Great Britain has ever entered to an Olympic Games.
Helen Glover and Victoria Thornley became the first ‘Sporting Giants’ to be selected for Team GB. Glover and Thornley were both discovered by the joint UK Sport and English Institute of Sport Talent ID initiative, Sporting Giants, which was launched in 2007.
The rowing athletes selected to Team GB are:
Men’s Pair: George Nash and Will Satch
Men’s Four: Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge
Men’s Eight note: one further rower will be added at a later date : Richard Egington, James Foad, Matthew Langridge, Alex Partridge, Tom Ransley, Mohamed Sbihi, Greg Searle, Phelan Hill (cox)
Men’s Single Scull: Alan Campbell
Men’s Double Scull: Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend
Men’s Quadruple Scull : Charles Cousins, Stephen Rowbotham, Tom Solesbury and Matthew Wells
Women’s Pair: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
Women’s Eight note: eight from the ten rowers listed below will be confirmed as racing in the eight. The two rowers not racing in the eight will be selected as reserves.
Jo Cook, Jessica Eddie, Katie Greves, Lindsey Maguire, Natasha Page, Louisa Reeve, Emily Taylor, Victoria Thornley, Annabel Vernon, Olivia Whitlam, Caroline O'Connor (cox)
Women’s Double Scull : Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins
Women’s Quadruple Scull: Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton, Beth Rodford and Melanie Wilson
Lightweight Men’s Four: Chris Bartley, Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers and Rob Williams
Lightweight Men’s Double Scull: Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull: Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking
Swimming: British swimmers have been racing to success at the Mare Nostrum series, which comprises of three international swimming meets across the Mediterranean.
The GB team finished the first leg in Barcelona with 29 medals including eight gold. Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington won gold in the Women’s 800m Freestyle setting a new championship record. Hanna Miley took gold in the Women’s 200m and 400m Individual Medley. Chris Walker-Hebborn posted his fastest time of the season to take gold in the Men’s 200m Backstroke, James Goddard won the Men’s 200m Individual Medley and the GB men’s breaststroke swimmers lead the way and occupied every step of the podium in the 200m event but it was Michael Jamieson who came out on top. Georgia Davies won gold in the Women’s 50m and 100m Backstroke.
The next leg took place in Canet with the GB swimmers taking home 10 medals. Gold medals came from Lizzie Simmonds in the Women’s 100m and 200m Backstroke, Amy Smith in the Women’s 100m Freestyle and Andrew Willis in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke.
The third and final meeting will take place 9-10 June.
Equestrian (Showjumping): Great Britain's showjumpers delivered their best Nations Cup performance of the season in St Gallen, Switzerland. Tim Stockdale made his first appearance for GB in the Nations Cup since breaking three vertebrae in his neck last October. He jumped two clear rounds to leave GB joint-second overall alongside Switzerland, just one point behind winners Holland. Nick Skelton and John Whitaker also went clear.
Equestrian Team GBR
Events taking place over the weekend:
Canoe Slalom: World Cup, Cardiff (8-10 June)
Cycling (Road): Dauphine Libere, France (3-10 June). Bradley Wiggins defends his title
Diving: British Diving Championships, Ponds Forge, Sheffield (8-10 June)
Equestrian (Eventing): Bramham Horse Trials (7-10 June)
Hockey: London Cup, Chiswick (5-10 June). GB’s women compete
Sailing: Sail for Gold, Weymouth (4-9 June)
Swimming: Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Qualifier, Setubal, Portugal (10 June) and third leg of the Mare Nostrum Series (9-10 June)
Triathlon: Blenheim Triathlon (9 June). World champion Alistair Brownlee returns from injury to compete for the first time in 2012