UK Sport Talk

Published 6 July 2015

Friday 10 July

Rowing: The GB Rowing Team men’s eight cruised into Sunday’s world cup final in Lucerne, Switzerland, today by winning their heat in 5:29.23.

Matt Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Sbihi, Alex Gregory, George Nash, Will Satch and cox Phelan Hill took the lead from the outset, controlled the race and had enough pace to brook no opposition in the final quarter. Poland were second and France third.

Of the 16 GB crews in action today, nine won their heats. Eight crews moved into semi-finals and three qualified direct to the finals here - the men’s eight, lightweight men’s pair and Imogen Walsh in the lightweight single scull.

Olympic Champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning as well as Kat Copeland with Charlotte Taylor were amongst those who moved smoothly to the semi-finals by winning their opening heat. Double scull Olympic Champion, Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley also got through in second place to an experienced Belarusian combination.

Find out more: GB Rowing Team

Thursday 9 July

Wheelchair Basketball: With 50 days to go until the nation welcomes Europe’s leading wheelchair basketball nations to Worcester for the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, GB Men’s Head Coach Haj Bhania has announced the 12 players who will be aiming for both an unprecedented third title and a qualifying spot for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The #EveryRoadtoRio event will see GB Men’s Team – who will begin their Championship campaign in Pool A against the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland and Spain – represented by six-time Paralympian Simon Munn, with Mark Fosbrook, Lee Manning, and Phil Pratt all making their second major senior appearance for Great Britain.

GB Men’s Head Coach Haj Bhania said: “The depth of talent we have within the Men’s Squad meant that selection was once again a very challenging decision: every athlete has worked incredibly hard both throughout the season and our recent intensive programme."

See the squad in full on the British Wheelchair Basketball website >

Sailing: Nick Thompson won gold at the Laser World Championships in Kingston, Canada to become the first British Laser World Champion since Paul Goodison in 2009.

Thompson had won two silvers and two bronze medals in previous World Championships, and admitted he was over the moon to finally win gold.

"I’m kind of speechless to be honest. It’s been a long time coming!" said a relieved Thompson. "I’ve medalled in four other Worlds and come so close but never quite won one, and to finally do it – and do it the year before the Olympics when it really matters… I’m over the moon about it!"

Find out more: British Sailing

Wednesday 8 July

Rowing: The GB Rowing Team and German men’s eights are both entered for the Lucerne World Cup this weekend (10-12 July) and will race each other once more just days after the British crew won in the Henley Royal Regatta final.

This continuing rivalry - between the reigning British World Champions and Germany, the Olympic Champions - could be the main attraction in a men’s eight entry which does not include the Russians or Americans but does include the New Zealanders and Poles who were fourth and fifth at the last world cup in Varese, Italy.

See the squad in full and follow the action on the GB Rowing Team website >

Tuesday 7 July

Athletics: British Olympic champion Mo Farah will be the star attraction on a fantastic Friday night of competition at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, in the former Olympic Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, on 24 July.

The #EveryRoadtoRio event will see the double Olympic and World gold medallist compete in the 3000m as part of his preparations for the World Championships in Beijing next month, where he is aiming to defend his 5000m and 10,000m titles.

Farah said: “The race will be exciting on the Friday night at the Olympic Stadium. My training is going well and it is just what I need to prepare more for the IAAF World Championships.

“I can’t wait to run in front of a home crowd again and thank the British public for all their support. I hope that the fans will come out and cheer me on at the Olympic Stadium on Friday 24 July. Knowing how it felt to run in that stadium in 2012 and 2013 means I can’t wait to round off my World Championships build up with a successful run in front of the best spectators in the world."

Find out more: British Athletics

Monday 6 July

Wheelchair Basketball: Great Britain women have won the Women’s U25 World Championships in Beijing, China with 44-35 victory against Australia in the final.

The only nation to emerge from the pool stage undefeated, Britain secured their place in the knockout stages with consecutive wins against Canada, Australia, hosts China, Japan, and Germany.

Holding the group’s top spot, Great Britain’s semi final therefore saw the team face the fourth-placed nation Canada once more. In a re-match of the teams' opening game, the GB Women’s U25 Team overcame another performance by Canada to earn their place in the final against Australia with a 67-51 victory.

GB Women’s U25 Co-Captain and MVP of the 2015 Women's U25 World Championship Amy Conroy said: “It feels absolutely amazing to be World Champions: I’m so proud of everyone! We didn’t have the best game in the final, but we’ve worked so hard for it and all the hours we put in came out in the end.”

Find out more: British Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Tennis: A British player is guaranteed a place in Sunday’s men’s and women’s doubles wheelchair tennis finals at Wimbledon after the draw was made today at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Grand Slam champions Jordanne Whiley and Gordon Reid will both face fellow Brits on the opposite side of the net in their respective women’s and men’s semi-finals.

Whiley and Japan’s Yui Kamiji will play Britain’s Louise Hunt and Germany’s Katharina Kruger as the top seeds begin their Wimbledon women’s doubles titles defence on Friday with a rematch of last November’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters final in California. Whiley and Kamiji won that contest to retain their Doubles Masters title and after finishing runners-up at Roland Garros last month, they will be aiming for their sixth Grand Slam doubles title in the last seven majors, having completed the calendar year Grand Slam in 2014.

Find out more: The Tennis Foundation

Rowing: The GB Rowing Team crews recorded a super six victories on finals day at the Henley Royal Regatta as the men's eight pounded out a “devastating rhythm” to inflict a second successive defeat on their German rivals.

Tom Ransley, with the men’s four, and Sam Townsend, in the men’s quadruple scull, claimed their sixth and fifth Henley titles respectively while European champions James Foad and Matt Langridge got the better of their Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup showdown with fellow GB men’s pair Oliver Cook and Stewart Innes.

John Collins and Jonny Walton took the Double Sculls Challenge Cup crown and the GB women’s quad claimed the Princess Grace title.

Find out more: GB Rowing Team

Modern Pentathlon: Performance Director Jan Bartu said he had “mixed feelings” towards the team’s results at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships.

Defending world champion Samantha Murray finished fifth in the women's final while Jamie Cooke was the highest placed Briton in 22nd.Thomas Toolis and Kate French came 13th in the mixed relay meaning no GB pentathlete has yet qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Bartu said: “We can see the potential in their ability to improve in their performances and I was extremely happy with Samantha Murray’s 5th place in the women’s final. However, there is a long way to go over the next five to six weeks before the European Championships in order to get things right."

Find out more: Pentathlon GB

Judo: Britain’s Gemma Gibbons won gold in the women’s under 78 kilogram at the IJF Grand Prix in Mongolia.

The last time Gibbons had the joy of standing on top of a Grand Prix podium was two years ago at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix. Today's victory gained an additional 300 qualification points for the Scottish based fighter.

Find out more: British Judo

Hockey: Great Britain's men finished third at the World League after beating India 5-1 in the 3rd Place Play-Off. 

Bobby Crutchley's side lost 3-1 to Australia in the semi-finals but bounced back with a convincing win to secure a place in both the World League Final and at the Rio Olympics. 

Crutchley said: "We want to win these tournaments and although we qualified for Rio we wanted to be in the final here. We have a big challenge to get on a par with teams like Australia but we’re certainly heading the right way."

Find out more: GB Hockey

Cycling: British Cycling has confirmed the team of 30 riders who will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming UEC Under-23 and Junior European Track Championships taking place in Athens, Greece from 14 – 19 July.

The Great Britain Cycling Team won two gold, four silver and four bronze medals at last year’s event, with current junior European team pursuit champions Megan Barker and Grace Garner making selection for this year’s competition. Current elite European champion Katie Archibald has been selected as have former junior world champions Danni Khan, Emily Kay and Emily Nelson.

Technical director Shane Sutton OBE said: “This is the largest team we’ve fielded at an Under-23 and Junior European Championships for a long time, and that’s indicative of the hard work we’ve been doing on the performance pathway to ensure that talented young riders are identified and developed."

See the squad in full on the British Cycling website >

Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith set a British Championships record as she won the 100m title at the Sainsbury's British Championships in Birmingham on Sunday.

Asher-Smith clocked in at 11.08 to win her first senior British title as Chijindu Ujah won the 100m at the Sainsbury's British Championships this weekend as James Dasaolu took silver. 

There were gold medals for Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, Robbie Grabarz and Eilidh Child.

See the full set of results on the British Athletics website >

Sailing: Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre wrapped up bronze for Great Britain as the 470 European Championships drew to a close in Aarhus, Denmark, on Saturday.

The world number ten-ranked duo finished fifth overall in the Open regatta, won by New Zealand’s Olympic Champions Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, and were the third-ranked European crew after a testing week at the Danish venue. Slovenia’s Tina Mrak-Veronika Macarol secured the European Championship title.

In the men’s division, defending European Champions Luke Patience and Elliot Willis finished as the fourth European crew, sixth overall, after a testing week which included a forced retirement from one race due to equipment breakage.

Find out more: British Sailing

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