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Grace Cullen 20 April 2012
Archery: Eight archers, four men and four women, will take part in the final Olympic Selection Shoot at Lilleshall this week (19-21 April), taking part in three head to head matches over the three days. The top two archers automatically qualify for the Olympics, and the final three will be revealed at a Press Conference at Lords on May 9.
Two-time Olympian Larry Godfrey against Michael Peart will open up the action. Godfrey tops the standings after the first two selection shoots, while Peart secured his place in the final round when he pipped Rob Hallworth by just 20 points. Simon Terry and Alan Wills complete the men's line-up.
Naomi Folkard against five-time Olympian Alison Williamson will get the women's tournament underway. Amy Oliver and Charlotte Burgess are the other two women archers chasing one of three places at the London 2012 Games.
Badminton: The European Championships are taking place in Karlskrona, Sweden (16-20 April) as the GB players continue to battle for Olympic qualification.
Boxing: GB Boxing has selected the three female boxers that will go to the forthcoming World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China (11-20 May) where they will have the opportunity to make history by qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Leeds’ European Champion, Nicola Adams, will compete at flyweight (51kg), Savannah Marshall from Hartlepool will box at middleweight (75kg) and Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas has been selected at lightweight (60kg).
To meet the qualification standard for the London Olympics, all three women will need to make the semi-finals or be among the last four Europeans in the quarter-finals of their category at the World Championships in China.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director Rob McCracken said “The female squad has made great progress in the last two years. The women have gained a lot of experience and have a track record of winning medals at international competitions.”
Canoe Slalom: Following the GB selection trials at Lee Valley Whitewater centre, five athletes have qualified for the London 2012 team. Olympic silver medallist David Florence will compete in the C1 event, with Richard Hounslow claiming the spot in the K1 event. Florence and Hounslow will pair up to compete in the C2 event, while Lizzie Neave won the right to compete in the women’s K1.
Canoe Sprint: At the National Sprint Regatta at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham, GB paddlers competed in the first races of the Olympic selection process, with three athletes confirming their places. World silver medallists Liam Heath and Jon Schofield (K2 200m) and 2010 world champion Ed McKeever (K1 200m) comfortably won their races to seal their Olympic spots.
Olympic Champion Tim Brabants is half way to securing his place on the Olympic Team for the fourth consecutive time, after winning the first of three race offs in the K1 1000m against Paul Wycherley.
John Anderson GB Canoeing’s Performance Director commented: “It’s been a challenging day with cold difficult condition for the athletes up in Nottingham, but we have seen some fantastic racing with Jon Schofield and Liam Heath in the K2 200m and Ed McKeever in the K1 200m putting in great performances to secure their Team GB nomination.”
Diving: Tom Daley had added more silver wear to his collection, finishing second in the 10m platform event at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Moscow.
Commonwealth champion Daley, who already has two silver medals from the events in Dubai and Beijing, was looking to capitalise on the absence of World Champion Qui Bo but was beaten to the Gold by Yue Lin of China who finished with 546.25 points.
Daley was second with 520.95 narrowly beating David Boudia of USA into third with 518.40. His 10m Synchro partner Peter Waterfield scored a total of 405.15 to finish further down the table.
The pairing had a frustrating 10m Synchro competition in Friday’s final finishing in fifth place with 429.39 points.
In the women's event Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch placed sixth in the 10m synchronised dive with a total points score of 296.76.
Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker were fifth in the 3m Synchro finals scoring 391.53 and Jack Laugher just missed out on the final of the individual 3m event, finishing with a total of 425.95.
Rowing: Olympic champion Tom James will be the fourth man in the GB Rowing Team men’s four for the season’s opening World Cup in Belgrade (4-6 May) whilst Alex Partridge has the chance to pursue his passion for the eight instead. James will be reunited with Andrew Triggs Hodge and Peter Reed, with whom he won men’s four gold in Beijing, and with Alex Gregory with whom he won World gold in 2011.
Shooting: British Shooting has selected the following team to compete at the ISSF World Cup in London (17-28 Apr), the official Olympic Test Event:
10m Air Rifle Men: Mike Bamsey, James Huckle, Kenny Parr, 50m Rifle Prone Men: Jon Hammond, Neil Stirton, Matt Thomson, 50m Rifle Three Positions Men: Jon Hammond, James Huckle, Kenny Parr, 10m Air Rifle Women: Jenny Corish, Sheree Cox, Jen McIntosh, 50m Rifle Three Positions Women: Jenny Corish, Sheree Cox, Jen McIntosh
Synchronised Swimming: The FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, Presented by Visa, takes place at the Aquatics Centre this week (18-22 Apr), providing the final opportunity for synchronised swimmers to qualify for the London 2012 Games.
Triathlon: Helen Jenkins demonstrated excellent form with second place at the first round of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Sydney earlier today. The 28 year old world champion from Bridgend finished behind Australia’s Erin Densham to secure yet another top finish in the Series.
Jenkins, who has already met British Triathlon’s qualification criteria for the London 2012 Olympic Games, was making her season debut.
Jenkins said: “It’s always a relief to get the first race out of the way. When the all the bike packs came together I was a bit edgy and had memories of falling off again, so I had to hold my nerve and hold my position in the pack.”