UK Sport Talk

Published 19 October 2015

Friday 23 October

HockeyTwo goals from Scotland’s Chris Grassick helped Great Britain to a 5-3 win in the final test of the three match series against Argentina. The Scotland star grabbed two open play goals to add to strikes from Barry Middleton – his 100th international goal, Ashley Jackson and Sam Ward. Argentina struck back through Juan Gilardi, Lucas Rossi and Gonzalo Peillat but it was not enough to stop Bobby Crutchley’s team taking the series 2-1.

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Para-AthleticsThe British team were in unstoppable form as they won four gold, a silver and two bronze medals on the opening day of action at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. 

There were gold medals and world records for Sophie Hahn and Kadeen Cox in the T38 and T37 100m as Georgie Hermitage claimed silver.

Hannah Cockroft was in imperious form as the Yorkshire woman won her fifth career world gold medal in the T34 100m with Abbie Hunnisett and Sammi Kinghorn winning bronze.

Find out more: British Athletics

Thursday 22 October

Para-AthleticsAled Davies won the team’s first gold medal of the IPC Athletics World Championships in the F42 Shot Put, throwing a championship record of 14.95m in the final round to take victory over the Iranian Saiad Mohammadian. 

He commented after his victory: “It’s probably not the performance I wanted, but I came here and I won a major title and that’s what matters at the end of the day. I keep preaching that if it wasn’t for the medical team, I wouldn’t be here and also my coach Ryan Spencer-Jones. I made the move to him and technically I’m in good shape, and I knew I was the best athlete out there. I know I didn’t perform as well as I could have, but I got the gold medal and that’s what it’s all about.”

Meanwhile, Kadeena Cox extended her own T37 100m world record in the semi-finals, smashing her previous best with a 13.59 clocking to go into tonight’s final as the strong favourite for gold.

Follow the action live on Twitter @BritAthletics and @C4Paralympics

Wednesday 21 October 

RowingHelen Glover and Heather Stanning are in the running for another major honour after being named as Female Crew of the Year finalists in the 2015 World Rowing Awards.

Staged annually by the World Rowing Federation, FISA, the awards cover five categories and celebrate the personalities who have excelled during the year.

The GB Rowing Team women’s pair of Glover and Stanning are shortlisted after being crowned as World and European Champions, as well as overall World Cup winners, during another unbeaten season.

Glover and Stanning, coached by Robin Williams, have also been shortlisted for the Vitality Team of the Year prize in the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

Find out more: GB Rowing Team

HockeyTwo goals in the last five minutes for Great Britain handed them a 2-1 win in the second test against Argentina. Having fallen behind to Gonzalo Peillat’s 47th minute penalty corner, it took late strikes from Tom Carson and Ian Sloan’s first goal for Great Britain to overhaul the deficit and level the series.

Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said: "I’m pleased with a lot of what we did today. We had an inexperienced team compared with Monday, we lost a great deal of caps with the players we left out, but that’s the challenge I was setting the group. I wanted to see how people step up to the mark which these players did very well. There are technical aspects we need to improve and be better at and they caused us some problems but overall I’m pleased we stuck at it and got a win in a tight game."

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Tuesday 20 October

Hockey: Great Britain suffered defeat in the first test against Argentina as goals from Alan Forsyth - making his Great Britain debut - and Sam Ward were not enough to overcome Los Leones. 

"It’s very frustrating because there are a lot of things we did well today," said Head Coach Bobby Crutchley. "We had a lot of possession and a lot of territory but didn’t create enough. We fell right into their trap as we were sloppy at times in possession which allowed them to counterattack. That’s what they’re looking for and that’s why it’s frustrating. We weren’t good enough when we needed to be."

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Monday 19 October

CyclingGreat Britain topped the medal table at the 2015 UEC European Track Championships in Grenchen as Laura Trott and Katie Archibald each won three gold medals.

Trott defended her omnium title in a dominant performance to collect her third gold medal at the Velodrome Suisse after success in the team pursuit and scratch race, winning her tenth European title.

Archibald was alongside Trott as well as Joanna Rowsell Shand and Elinor Barker to win gold in the women's team race, a feat the men's team of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Andy Tennant and Jon Dibben replicated. 

There were also bronze medals for Ciara Horne, Jon Dibben and Chris Latham.

Find out more: British Cycling

TaekwondoJade Jones won gold at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester on #EveryRoadtoRio, securing a Rio qualification quota spot for Great Britain while Bianca Walkden and Lutalo Muhammad won silvers. 

Jones defeated Spain's Eva Calvo Gomez in the final with a stunning 14-4 win as Walkden lost to China’s Shuyin Zheng on a Golden Point.

Muhammad, a London 2012 bronze medallist, knocked out World champion and world number one, Mahdi Khodabakhshi, in the semi-finals as well as compatriots Damon Sansum and Tom Smith but Tunisia’s Oussama Oueslati proved a step too far in the final and Muhammad slipped to a 16-6, -80kg defeat. 

Find out more: GB Taekwondo

Fencing: James Davis won silver at the World Cup in San Jose this weekend. 

Davis defeated the the reigning World Champion and world number two, Yuki Ota in the semi-finals but was beaten by Russia's Timur Safin in the final. 

Alex Newton, British Fencing’s Performance Director said; “It was a fantastic result for James and a great start to the season, with every ranking point counting as we enter the second half of the Olympic qualification.  However, there was little time for celebration, as today we are fencing in the team event with qualifying a team a top priority for both James and the men’s foil squad.”

Find out more: British Fencing

Disability Table TennisRob Davies and Tom Matthews took gold in the men’s class 1 team event on the final day of the ITTF PTT European Championships in Vejle, Denmark. 

There were silver medals for Will Bayley and Billy Shilton (men’s class 7) and Paul Karabardak and David Wetherill (men’s class 6) and Aaron McKibbin and Ross Wilson took bronze in men’s class 8 to bring the total number of medals won by GB at these championships to 11.

Performance Director Gorazd Vecko said: "I think we need to be really happy with the performance because we took 11 medals and we were without Paul Davies in men’s class 1 so we might have had even more.
 
"In 2011 we took six medals at the European Championships and we went on to take four medals in London, which was a huge success because in Beijing we didn’t take any. Now with the best performance at a European Championships in history for GB with 11 medals I think we are looking good and we can hope to reach our targets in Rio."

Find out more: GB Para Table Tennis Team

SailingOlympic silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won silver medals at the 470 World Championships in the Israeli port city of Haifa.

After a difficult penultimate race day, the British duo faced an uphill battle to try and wrest gold from the grip of the Austrian defending champions Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar, who started the final 10-boat medal race with a near insurmountable 18 point lead.

The British duo had to win the race, with the Austrians finishing tenth to overtake them on the top step of the podium.

It was a tall order, but the 2012 World Champions Mills and Clark took on the fight and played their part to seal an emphatic medal race victory.  

Find out more: British Sailing Team

Shooting: Amber Hill and Steve Scott both won gold medals at the 2015 ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Cyprus.

Amber shot an impressive 15/16 in the semi-final stage of the skeet competition to finish joint top of the leaderboard and progress to the gold medal match against Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit, which she won with another 15/16 score. 

Meanwhile Scott shot 29/30 in the semi-finals to progress to the gold medal match in which he held his nerve to shoot 27/30 to beat Qiang Pan who shot 25/30.

British Shooting also announced their World Class Programme squads for for 2015/16, including European Games gold medallist Amber Hill and World Champion Elena Allen. 

The squad in full is: 

Podium
Amber Hill
Ed Ling
Elena Allen
Steve Scott
Tim Kneale

Podium Potential
Jen McIntosh

Find out more: British Shooting

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