Sport-in-brief - your weekly update from the high performance sports community
Published 11 July 2014
Athletics: British Athletics has announced a team of 46 athletes for the IAAF World Junior Championships to be held in Eugene, Oregon on 22-27 July.
On the strength of the team selected, Team Leader and former world junior high jump fourth placer Jo Jennings commented: “We’re all excited for what is set to be a very special championship. Hayward Field in Eugene is an iconic venue with a lot of history and this will certainly add to the experience. The championship will provide a great opportunity for this very talented crop of young athletes to get a taste of what is hopefully on the agenda for them in years to come. It’s a strong team, with plenty of highly ranked athletes, so we look forward to the championships and coming home with some great performances.”
See the squad in full on the British Athletics website.
Cycling: The 2014 Tour de France started last week with an incredible three-stage visit to Britain. Getting underway in Leeds, stage 1 saw Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish crash out in a sprint finish sustaining an injury which led to him withdrawing from the competition.
GB and Team Sky rider Chris Froome also had to pull out of the race after three crashes over two stages left him with a series of injuries.
The Grand Depart of the of Tour de France was part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series and saw over 3.5m people on the streets of Yorkshire, Cambridge Essex and London to support the world’s largest annual sporting event.
Find out more about the Gold Event Series >
Meanwhile, British Cycling has confirmed three riders who will represent the Great Britain Cycling Team in the UCI BMX World Championships taking place from 23 – 27 July 2014 in Rotterdam.
World champion Liam Phillips leads the national team and will be looking to defend the rainbow jersey having enjoyed a strong season so far. Phillips is currently top of the UCI rankings and took podium positions in both the time trial and supercross events at the Manchester and Papendal rounds of the World Cup. Liam is joined by Academy riders Kyle Evans and Charlotte Green both of whom have made the finals at World Cup level this year.
Hockey: England’s men and women are currently competing in the Investec London Cup alongside Scotland and Wales. After the first two rounds, England top both competitions with four wins from four.
The competition continues on Saturday 12th July as England take on Ireland and Scotland face South Africa in the men’s competition while England women face Scotland and Wales play South Africa.
Keep up-to-date with the action on the England Hockey website.
Modern Pentathlon: All four British women qualified for Saturday’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships final in Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and world number six Kate French qualified comfortably from group A, finishing in second and third places respectively on Thursday.
Mhairi Spence, Britain’s 2012 world champion, and world number 19 Freyja Prentice had to work harder in the run/shoot in group B, but came home in eighth and 12th places to ensure they join Murray and French in the final.
The points scored by French, Murray and Spence on Saturday will count towards Great Britain’s result in the team competition, where Britain are aiming to retain the title they won last year.
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “All four are through to the final. Samantha and Kate looked comfortable in their group, but Mhairi and Freyja had to work harder in their combined event today.
“We can move on positively and regroup for the final now, where we will also be aiming to fight against the other teams to defend the European team title.”
Keep up-to-date with the Championships by following Pentathlon GB on Twitter @pentathlongb
Para-Canoe: Britain’s top paracanoe athletes compete in the European Senior Sprint Championships in Brandenburg, Germany this week, followed three weeks later by the World Championships in Moscow.
The Brits will be up against some 80 top athletes from over 15 countries in the third Para Europeans, which is run alongside the European Championships for mainstream competitors.
Find out the full squad and keep up-to-date with the results on the GB Canoeing website.
Rowing: British crews produced a strong string of performances to dominate the finals day of the 175th Anniversary Henley Royal Regatta.
There were wins in the open events for men’s and women’s eights, the men’s four and the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls on a day which saw a brace of races decided by just three feet after the 2112 metre course.
For a full list of winners, visit the GB Rowing Team website.
Swimming: Great Britain are currently competing in the LEN European Junior Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands.
The competition is an important development opportunity for junior athletes and a chance to experience competing on an international stage.
Head of Performance Pathway for Swimming, Tim Jones, said: “The European Junior Championships is one of our benchmark meets and a great opportunity for our younger swimmers to experience an international competition.
“A clear challenge for our sport is to successfully transition some of our good juniors into medal winning senior athletes, and this meet is a vital part of that process.
Keep up-to-date with how the team are doing on the British Swimming website.
Wheelchair Basketball: GB Men finished top of their pool at the World Championships in Incheon, South Korea and will face Turkey in the quarter-finals.
GB’s Head Coach, Haj Bhania said, “It was a really tough game, but that’s what we expected. We knew that they would come out at us as we’ve seen the way they play. They played very physically and jumped everything, they pressured us and I think they did all the right things but we were prepared and knew what was coming so we just had to work through it.
“We are taking one game at a time. We have done well so far but I still don’t think we are playing at our best. We have yet played to our full potential and when we do this we will get better, but we are just taking one game at a time.”
British Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair Tennis: Jordanne Whiley made history by becoming the first British woman to lift a wheelchair tennis trophy at Wimbledon as she clinched the doubles title with Japanese partner Yui Kamiji.
The pair, who had already won the Australian and French Open titles this year, got the better of defending champions from the Netherlands Aniek van Koot and Jiske Griffioen 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in a hugely enthralling encounter at The Championships to take the title out of Dutch hands for the first time in its six-year history.
Meanwhile, Wimbledon champion Whiley has also helped launch Ticket2Tokyo – a Talent ID campaign aimed at finding a new generation of wheelchair tennis players to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Run by the Tennis Foundation, with support from UK Sport, the British Paralympic Association and the Lawn Tennis Association, Ticket2Tokyo aims to attract potential athletes across the country to find those with the desire and dedication to train to become elite athletes and compete for ParalympicsGB.