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Grace Cullen 14 June 2012
Athletics: World 5,000m Champion, Mo Farah has confirmed he will compete over 1500m at the Aviva 2012 Trials on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium.
Farah, who is aiming to do the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the Olympic Games this summer, will race in the shorter distance at the Aviva 2012 Trials as a means of putting his speed and finishing ability to the test against metric mile specialists. Selecting the 1500m event also means that Farah will race in a heat and a final on consecutive days.
Boxing: Team GB has announced their biggest ever boxing teams as 10 members of the GB Boxing squad were officially named in the team for the 2012 Olympics. The team includes the three women who will make history by becoming the first British women to compete at the Olympic Games.
The selections bring the total number of boxers who will fight for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics to ten – seven male and three female. They represent Team GB’s largest ever Olympic boxing squad, two more than were selected for the last Olympics in Beijing.
London is the first Olympic Games to include women’s boxing and Team GB will have plenty of reason for optimism after all three female boxers selected secured their qualification for London 2012 by winning medals at the recent World Championships in Quinhuangdao, China.
Boxers on the GB team are:
Andrew Selby, flyweight, up to 52 kg
Luke Campbell, bantamweight, up to 56 kg
Tom Stalker, light welterweight, up to 64 kg
Fred Evans, welterweight, up to 69 kg
Anthony Joshua, super heavyweight, +91 kg
Nicola Adams – Women’s Flyweight, 51kg
Natasha Jonas – Women’s Lightweight, 60kg
Savannah Marshall – Women’s Middleweight, 75kg
Anthony Ogogo – Men’s Middleweight, 75kg
Josh Taylor – Men’s Lightweight, 60kg
Canoe Slalom: Great Britain's David Florence made history by becoming the first man to win two gold medals at a Canoe Slalom World Cup across two classes.
Competing at the World Cup event in Cardiff, Florence claimed gold in the men’s C1, before partnering Richard Hounslow to victory in the C2.
David Florence said: “It feels amazing! To come away with one medal in canoe slalom which is such an on the day sport with so many guys fighting for the top is amazing, but to win two is incredible. What a weekend!
“The run was hard work and we did some bits well and there were a few bits we could have done better so I was really pleased when I saw the time. It is a hard course and some of the gate positions were really difficult. I thought we were in with a shout but it was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time to sit and wait for the other boats to go and there were quite a few mistakes however we were delighted with the win.”
Canoe Sprint: Nine athletes selected to represent Team GB in the flat-water Canoe Sprint at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Richard Jefferies will be the only British athlete to race in the canoe in the Men’s C1 200m and C1 1000m events. Jefferies was fast-tracked into canoeing through UK Sport’s Sporting Giants programme.
Tim Brabants will compete in his fourth Games while Talent ID athlete Angela Hannah will make her first appearance at an Olympic Games.
The athletes that have been selected to represent Team GB are:
Men’s K1 200m: Edward McKeever
Men’s K2 200m: Liam Heath and Jonathan Schofield
Men’s K1 1000m: Tim Brabants
Men’s C1 200m & Men’s C1 1000m: Richard Jefferies
Women’s K1 200m: Jessica Walker
Women’s K1 500m: Rachel Cawthorn
Women’s K4 500m: Jessica Walker, Rachel Cawthorn. Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers
Cycling: Selections for Great Britain’s Olympic cycling team for London 2012 have been confirmed by the British Olympic Association, with 18 athletes officially named to represent Team GB.
Selections include Beijing Olympic triple gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, road race World Champion Mark Cavendish and Olympic road race champion Nicole Cooke.
The mountain bike team will consist of Liam Killeen and Annie Last. Representing Great Britain in BMX are Liam Phillips and Shanaze Reade.
Road race teams will be narrowed to the final five men and four women to represent Team GB on July 28-29 in due course. Selections for individual track events will also be determined from the named athletes.
Full GB squad:
Track Sprint: Philip Hindes, Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Varnish
Track Endurance: Steven Burke, Edward Clancy, Wendy Houvenaghel, Peter Kennaugh, Danielle King, Joanna Rowsell, Andrew Tennant, Geraint Thomas, Laura Trott
BMX: Liam Phillips, Shanaze Reade
Cross Country Mountain Biking: Liam Killeen, Annie Last
Men’s Road (five to ride): Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, Chris Froome, Jeremy Hunt, David Millar, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Bradley Wiggins
Women’s Road (four to ride): Lizzie Armitstead, Nicole Cooke, Katie Colclough, Sharon Laws, Lucy Martin, Emma Pooley
Diving: The British Olympic Association has announced 12 athletes officially selected to represent Team GB in the sport of diving at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The squad includes European and Commonwealth champion Tom Daley, 18, who is selected for his second Olympics to compete in both the men’s 10m individual competition, and together with Peter Waterfield, in the men’s 10m synchronised event.
Full GB squad:
Tom Daley (10m Platform and 10m Synchro), Peter Waterfield (10m Platform and 10m Synchro), Chris Mears (3m Springboard and 3m Synchro), Nick Robinson-Baker (3m Synchro), Jack Laugher (3m Springboard), Alicia Blagg (3m Synchro), Rebecca Gallantree (3m Synchro), Hannah Starling (3m Springboard), Tonia Couch (10m Synchro), Sarah Barrow (10m Synchro), Stacie Powell (10m Platform), Monique Gladding (10m Platform)
Fencing: The British Olympic Association has confirmed the final three athletes who will represent GB at London 2012.
Anna Bentley and Sophie Troiano joined the women's team, while Husayn Rosowsky is set for the men's foil squad. The two reserves will be Martina Emanuel and Laurence Halsted.
British Fencing performance manager, Alex Newton, said: "We have a really strong team and I am confident that they will fulfil their exciting potential in London. Now that the final team has been confirmed, I am looking forward to working with the athletes, coaches and support staff to ensure that we are fully focused on maximising our performances as we enter these final critical stages of our preparation."
Hockey: Great Britain’s women rounded off their Investec London Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Ireland, seeing them finish in fifth place. The event, which was the team’s final competition before London 2012, was won by Olympic champions the Netherlands, who beat Australia in the final.
Great Britain Hockey
Judo: Gemma Howell won World Cup gold for the second consecutive week in Estonia having topped the medal rostrum in Romania a week ago.
The 21-year-old returned to action in May after a nine-month injury lay-off and has seamlessly negotiated a move up in weight category to -63kg and has claimed four medals in her first month back competing. After marking her return with bronze at the IJF Baku Grand Prix, Howell won the British Open before winning her maiden World Cup gold in Bucharest.
Sailing: Alison Young and Giles Scott sealed victories in the Laser Radial and Finn events on the final day of racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, with further podium glory for British sailors in the 470 men, 470 women, 49er, Star, Finn and RS:X men’s events, taking the GBR medal tally to eleven from their home World Cup regatta.
Ben Ainslie had to settle for silver in the Finn class behind Giles Scott, Britain's former world and European champion who will not be competing at London 2012. Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell claimed silver in the men's 470 class, while Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won bronze in the women's event. There were also bronze medals for Olympians Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star and Nick Dempsey in the men's RS:X event.
GB medals: Gold: Alison Young (Laser Radial), Giles Scott (Finn), John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas (Sonar), Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (SKUD)
Silver: Luke Patience-Stuart Bithell (470 Men), Ben Ainslie (Finn), Helena Lucas (2.4mR)
Bronze: Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign (49er), Nick Dempsey (RS:X Men), Iain Percy-Andrew Simpson (Star), Hannah Mills-Saskia Clark (470 Women)
Royal Yachting Association
Triathlon: The British Olympic Association has announced the six triathletes officially selected to represent Team GB at the Games.
Team GB will have a full complement of three male and three female triathletes in Hyde Park this summer, where the women’s and men’s competitions will take place on 4th and 7th August respectively.
The triathletes selected are: Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Lucy Hall, Stuart Hayes, Vicky Holland, Helen Jenkins
Team GB Triathlon Head Coach Malcolm Brown said: “We have a group of fantastic athletes, and I’m confident that all six of them will put in strong performances for Team GB at London 2012. Britain has never won a triathlon medal so we are trying to make history this summer, and I feel that we definitely have the strength and ability within our squad to do so.
“We are going into London with a strong and united team, a group of athletes who will know what each other’s strengths and ambitions are, and we will all be working together to achieve success.”
Weightlifting: the British Olympic Association has announced five weightlifters as officially selected to compete for Team GB at the Games.
The five selected athletes – three men and two women – represent the largest contingent of weightlifters Team GB has taken to an Olympics Games since Barcelona 1996, when there were six British weightlifters.
All five athletes will be competing at their first Olympic Games in London and will be aiming to produce their personal best during the competition which takes place at the ExCeL Arena in London Docklands from 28th July to 7th August.
The weightlifters selected are:
Gareth Evans (Men’s 69kg), Peter Kirkbride (Men’s 94kg), Jack Oliver (Men’s 77kg), Natasha Perdue (Women’s 69kg), Zoe Smith (Women’s 58kg)
Team GB Weightlifting Head Coach Tamas Feher said: “I am convinced we will participate at London with our strongest and best prepared team. Our five young strong-bodied and strong-minded athletes will show to millions around the world and in their own country exactly what it means to be a British weightlifter.
“The final stage of qualification was hard, and all involved competitors did their best. There was a lot of sweat, pain and sacrifice, which is usual with weightlifting! But now all team members are ready for the hardest 50 days' work of their lives to make sure they put in their best performance ever in front of their own fans.
“I have great pride in being the Team GB Weightlifting Head Coach and preparing and coaching such great athletes like ours. We have a great team in which all athletes support each other and I am sure they will give unforgettable moments to all Team GB fans and will push British weightlifting even further forwards.”
Wheelchair Tennis: Lucy Shuker won both the women’s singles and doubles titles at the Daegu Open in Korea to clinch the second ITF 1 Series singles title of her career and her third ITF 1 doubles title in the last month on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
The British No. 1 and second seed eased into the women’s singles final without dropping a set and then beat top seed and world No. 7 Daniela di Toro 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the title and gain her first career win over the Australian in seven attempts.
Events taking place over the weekend:
Rowing: World Cup, Munich (15-17 June)
Canoe Slalom: World Cup, Pau (15-17 June)
Equestrian: Luhmuhlen Horse Trials, Germany (14-17 June)
Gymnastics (Trampoline): World Cup Series, Spain (14-18 June)