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Gagandeep Bedi 18 July 2012
Athletics: At the Diamond League Meeting in London, Goldie Sayers threw a new British record of 66.17m in the women’s javelin to beat her PB and national by 42cm. Mo Farah dominated the men’s 5,000m event at Crystal Palace, Farah finished in 13:06.04 well ahead of second placed Australian Collis Birmingham.
Perri Shakes-Drayton beat a world-class field to run a 53.77, a PB, in the women’s 400m hurdles. Shakes-Drayton beat European Champion Irina Davydova who finished in 54.63 and has moved into second on the all-time UK lists behind former world and Olympic champion Sally Gunnell.
The current women’s Olympic 400m champion, Christine Ohuruogu, continued the form of her Team GB compatriots and produced a season’s best of 50.42 to beat Amantle Montsho of Botswana who finished second in 50.56.
European high jump champion, Robbie Grabarz, finished joint second with a best of 2.22m.
An electric performance at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona saw sprinter Adam Gemili take gold in 10.05 seconds, becoming the fastest British junior of all time in the process.
Jessica Judd claimed a PB in the women’s 800m, running in two minutes 0.96 seconds, to take silver, at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona.
A British first and third place in in the long jump saw Katarina Johnson-Thompson win gold with a leap of 6.81m, breaking Jessica Ennis’s British Heptathlon record in May, whilst Jazmin Sawyers took bronze with a leap of 6.67m.
Basketball: Great Britain’s men’s team triumphed twice against the Portuguese in as many days, Team GB beat Portugal 83-68 in the first game and 86-66 in the second, going into their friendly against the USA on a high.
Great Britain’s women’s team produced a stunning 74-67 comeback against the French, ranked eighth in the world, in preparation for London 2012.
Cycling: Bradley Wiggins has retained the yellow jersey since stage seven and goes into the final weekend of the Tour de France with a commanding lead over his nearest competitors.
Hockey: In a solid team performance, Crista Cullen scored a hat-trick for Great Britain’s women’s team as they beat South Africa 6-0.
The men’s team sealed first place in the Tri-Nations Tournament, GB came back from 1-0 down to beat India 3-1 and held out on an early lead to beat the Spanish 2-1.
Events taking place over the weekend:
Athletics: Diamond League, Monaco (20 July)
Basketball: Team GB v USA (18-19 July)
Cycling: Tour de France (30 June – 22 July)
Football: Team GB Friendlies (20 July)