UK Sport Talk

Published 22 June 2015

Friday 26 June

Rowing: The GB Rowing Team has been announced ahead of the final World Cup of the season in Lucerne. 

Constantine Louloudis, a double World Champion in the men’s eight and Olympic medallist in 2012, has finished his University finals and rejoined the squad with only minor changes being made following recent success in Italy. Three of the four gold medal crews from Varese remain unchanged with 

Jamie Kirkwood, winner of the last two GB Rowing Team Senior Trials takes a seat in the lightweight men’s four with Mark Aldred and 2012 silver medallists Peter Chambers and Chris Bartley while James Foad and Matt Langridge are also back in the fray as the lead men’s pair.  They will be joined by a second men’s pair of Stewart Innes and Oli Cook - the former having won eights gold in Varese.

See the squad in full on the GB Rowing Team website >

Thursday 25 June

Hockey: Great Britain beat the World No 32 China by eight goals to pick up their first win of the World League in Antwerp. Doubles from Nick Catlin, Sam Ward and Mark Gleghorne alongside strikes from Ashley Jackson and Alastair Brogdon did the damage with Zecheng Li pulling one back for China.

Great Britain’s next match is against Malaysia on Sunday 28 June at 13:00 UK time.

Read the full report: GB Hockey

Sailing: European Champions Luke Patience-Elliot Willis will head to Aarhus, Denmark this weekend to defend their title at the 470 Open European Championships.

Olympic silver medallist Luke Patience and partner Elliot Willis won last year’s event after only five months sailing together. One year on Patience looks back fondly on their partnership, “I’ve had a great year with Elliot, it’s an absolute pleasure every time we go on the water and I’m looking forward to see what we can make of this week.

“It’s our first time back as defending champions which is special and unique in a way. I think it will be on my mind from last year although it’s not really a realistic goal. All we can do is be the hardest boat to beat on the water and hopefully we will then be challenging for gold’s at the end of the week.”  

Follow the action by following British Sailing on Twitter @BritishSailing

Modern Pentathlon: Nick Woodbridge and Mhairi Spence have joined the team selected to represent Britain at next week’s Modern Pentathlon World Championships.

Woodbridge, who came second in the 2013 World Championships, replaces Joe Evans to join Jamie Cooke, Tom Toolis and Joe Choong. All four men will hope to qualify for the individual final following Wednesday’s qualification competition.

Former World Champion Spence now has the opportunity to join an elite group of pentathletes who have secured multiple titles, a feat achieved by just four of the 26 World Champions since the competitions inception in 1981. The 29 year old replaces Frejya Prentice, joining current World Champion Samantha Murray, Kate French and Francesca Summers.

Find out more: Pentathlon GB

Tuesday 23 June

Hockey: Great Britain's men were forced to settle for a point in their second match of the World League Semi-Final after being pegged back by Ireland in Antwerp. Bobby Crutchley’s men led 2-0 after the first quarter thanks to goals from Barry Middleton and Chris Griffiths but Ireland replied through Kyle Good and then levelled in the second half through Reading’s John Jackson to ensure a share of the spoils.

Find out more: GB Hockey

Athletics: European Junior number ones Morgan Lake, Ojie Edoburun, Shannon Hylton and Bobby Clay are among 32 athletes announced in the first wave of selections for the European Junior Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden on 16-19 July. A 22-strong team has also been confirmed for the Mannheim Bauhaus Juniorengala this weekend.

GB & NI team leader Jo Summers said: “We have had some fantastic performances over the last few months and collectively as a team, we are heading to Sweden in really good shape.

“We saw that despite challenging conditions at times in Bedford, the athletes as a whole were able to show the sort of maturity that will hopefully put them into medal contention in a few weeks’ time. Mannheim is a key competition ahead of the trip to Eskilstuna and will give the athletes a chance to complete their preparations before flying out to the European Juniors.”

See the squad in full on the British Athletics website >

Monday 22 June

Disability Table Tennis: GB players picked up four medals at the Para Table Tennis Spanish Open in El Prat de Llobregat with Rajan Waterman and Nathan Thomas taking silver and bronze respectively in the men’s class 10 singles and then combining to win silver in the men’s class 10 team event while 17 year old Daniel Bullen took bronze in the men’s class 5 singles.

Follow the GB Para Table Tennis Team on Twitter @gbparatt

Rowing: Britain topped the medal table at the World Cup in Italy with a total of 10 medals, including five golds. 

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the women's pair as Katherine Copeland and Charlotte Taylor won the lightweight women's double. There were also wins for the men's quadruple sculls, men's eight and the Para-rowing mixed coxed four.

Olympic champion Katherine Grainger and Victoria Thornley won bronze in the double sculls while Jonathan Clegg and Sam Scrimgeour won silver in the lightweight men's pair. 

See the results in full on the GB Rowing Team website >

Shooting: Seventeen-year-old Amber Hill won gold at the European Games in Baku, beating the world number one and securing a qualifying place for Britain in the process.

Hill triumphed in a sudden-death shoot-out in the women's skeet competition and becomes the second athlete to earn a qualification spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with Elena Allen having won silver at the World Championships last year. 

Find out more: British Shooting

Athletics: Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished fifth in the European Team Championships in Russia with the men's 4x400m relay team grabbing a silver medal on the final day of action. 

Britain were in fourth position ahead of the final day after winning the 4x100m relay on Saturday night.

See the results in full on the British Athletics website 

Hockey: Great Britain women booked their place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with two wins over Germany and China as they made it seven wins from seven at the World League in Valencia. 

Lily Owsley’s well taken strike in the first half was enough to see off Germany but Danny Kerry’s team were indebted to goalkeeper Maddie Hinch who kept out a string of late German penalty corners to preserve the lead and secure at next year’s Olympic Games. Alex Danson and Hollie Webb scored the goals to win the gold medal in the win over China. 

Meanwhile, Britain's men got their World League Semi-Final campaign off and running with a hard-fought point against hosts Belgium in their opening match. The Red Lions took the lead through captain John-John Dohmen but his strike was cancelled out by Barry Middleton’s penalty corner goal four minutes later. Alastair Brogdon gave GB the lead at the start of the second half, but they were unable to hold on and Sebastien Dockier equalised with 12 minutes remaining, ensuring the points were shared.

Find out more: GB Hockey

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