UK Sport Talk

Published 29 March 2016

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Friday 1 April

Sailing: Giles Scott and Tom Squires have taken the lead of their respective sailing classes as the Princess Sofia Trophy heads towards a conclusion on Saturday.

World Champion Scott, who is preparing for his maiden Olympic Games in Rio, forced his way back to the top of the finn fleet, regaining the lead from New Zealand’s Josh Junior with a race win and a fourth place on Thursday.

Windsurfer Squires held on to a slender advantage at the top of the RS:X standings on day four. The 22-year-old is two points ahead of European Champion Pawel Tarnowski of Poland with two days of racing remaining.

Great Britain remain in medal contention in both 470 categories, with Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter third and Luke Patience and Chris Grube are sixth. Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth lie fifth in the 49er class, while London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas is closing on Germany’s Heiko Kröger in second in the 2.4mR discipline.

For more: Royal Yachting Association

Figure Skating: Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland delivered a career-best finish of seventh on their return to the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston, USA.

The pair missed out on competing in the 2015 World and European Championships due to illness, and they were left glowing after they eclipsed their 2014 World Championship placing of ninth.

“We really wanted to leave it all out on the ice and we did that,” Buckland told BBC Sport.

“I lived every second and thoroughly enjoyed it,” added Coomes.

For more: National Ice Skating Association

Badminton: Mixed doubles pair Chris and Gabby Adcock and Rajiv Ouseph could not progress past the opening matches in the India Open.

The Superseries champion Adcocks were upset by Chinese youngsters Wang Yilyu and Chen Qingchen 11-21, 21-17, 21-13, while Ouspeh slipped to a 21-15, 16-21, 15-21 exit against Japan’s Kento Momota.

For more: Badminton England

Thursday 31 March

Para-Swimming: Stephen Clegg has broken the world record in the S12 200m backstroke. 

Clegg, brother of sprinter and Beijing Paralympic medallist Libby, set the new record of 2:18:08 in the heats at the Scottish National Age Group Championships in Glasgow.

Follow the event @ScottishSwim

Cycling: The prize money for the UCI Women’s WorldTour event at Prudential RideLondon 2016 will be the highest ever offered for a women’s one-day race and matches the prize money offered at the one day men’s race the following day.

The new Prudential RideLondon Classique, which will be televised live by BBC Sport from central London on Saturday 30 July, has a prize pool of 100,000 Euros. 

Double Olympic champion Laura Trott, who has raced every year in Prudential RideLondon and won the inaugural women’s race, said: “This is fantastic news. Women’s cycling is being given the recognition it deserves. Prudential RideLondon has pioneered incredible change in women’s cycling, first with live television coverage, then live cameras on bikes last year and now with record prize money and parity with the men’s race.”

Find out more: Prudential RideLondon

Wednesday 30 March

Equestrian: London 2012 silver medallist William Fox-Pitt will make a welcome return to action for the first time since suffering a serious head injury when the Burnham Market Horse Trails begin on Thursday.

The 47-year-old has four horses entered in the Norfolk event and returns following a fall at October's World Young Horse Championships which caused head trauma and left him hospitalised for three weeks.

“It's all systems go and everything is on target,” Fox-Pitt posted on his official website. “A big thank you to everyone who has supported me through my recover. I am looking forward to working with Chilli Morning and the rest of the horses and getting going with the season.”

For more: Equestrian Team GBR

Tennis: Jamie Murray will become the first Brit to be world doubles number one when the rankings are updated on April 4.

Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig’s second round loss at the Miami Open confirms that Murray will jump into the top spot and the Scotsman vowed to ensure the acclaim is not temporary.

“It's an awesome feeling,” Murray told BBC Sport. “I think definitely my motivation is even higher than before, now that I've got here. You want to stay here."

For more: Lawn Tennis Assoication

Shooting: Amber Hill came up short in a six-way shoot-off for a semi-final place at the opening round of the World Cup Shotgun in Larnaca, Cyprus. The teenager was forced into seventh place in the final skeet standings. In the trap, Ed Ling placed 14th.

For more: British Shooting

Badminton: Olympic seedings will begin fall into place as the Road to Rio straightens out during a three-week Asian tour, starting with this week’s India Open.

England number one Rajiv Ouseph faces Japan’s second seed Kento Momota in the first round, while Chris and Gabby Adcock, the fourth seed in mixed doubles, open against Chinese pair Wang Yilyu and Chen Qingchen.

For more: Badminton England

Modern Pentathlon: 2014 World Champion Samantha Murray leads an eight-person Great Britain squad into the third World Cup Series event of the season in Rome starting today.

For more: Pentathlon GB 

Tuesday 29 March

Half Marathon: Double Olympic champion Mo Farah feels he knows the level he needs to hit in Rio to lift gold once again following a third-place finish at the World Half Marathon Championships.

In a swirling storm in Cardiff, Farah came in behind defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor and fellow Kenyan Bedan Karoki in 59 minutes 59 seconds.  

“I'm disappointed," Farah told BBC Sport. "With great support from the home crowd it would have been nice to win.

“Rio is definitely the aim. The guys are going to be strong in Rio, so I am going to work hard and this has just given me massive motivation."

For more: British Athletics

Judo: Gemma Howell made the podium for first time since 2014 and vowed to build on the best result of her career at the Tblisi Grand Prix.

Howell recorded a silver medal in the -63kgs category following a final defeat against Austria’s Katrin Unterwurzacher and was delighted when reflecting on the event.

“I’m really happy, winning this silver is the best senior medal I’ve won so far,” said Howell. “I’m going to carry this momentum forward with me now into the Samsun Grand Prix in Turkey next weekend.”

Natalie Powell made it two bronze medals for the year following a -78kg medal-match win against France’s Madeleine Malonga on the final day of competition in Georgia.

For more: British Judo

Cycling – Road: Geraint Thomas recorded third place in the Gent-Wevelgem race on Sunday despite crashing around 50km from the finish line.

The treacherously windy caused the set-back, while Sir Bradley Wiggins bowing out before the finish and Mark Cavendish lost ground on the leading pack. Thomas had become the first Brit to win the E3 Harelbecke on Friday, as preparations for the Tour de Flanders on April 5 continue.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome finished eighth overall at the Volta a Catalunya after a 19th-placed finish in Sunday’s final stage, with Hugh Carthy landing a ninth overall finish.

Cycling  BMX: Kyle Evans and Tre Whyte both came up short in the quarter-finals of the opening round of BMX Supercross World Cup action in Argentina.

The duo were up against each other in the same heat in Santiago del Estero could neither could record a top-four finish to progress, with Evans coming In fifth and British champion Whyte crashing early on.

Reigning World Cup champion Liam Phillips will launch his campaign in round two in Manchester on 9-10 April.

For more: British Cycling

Boccia: Stephen McGuire clinched his first gold medal at the World Individual Boccia Championship in Beijing and in turn secured his place at Rio 2016.

The Scotsman, whose previous best was a silver medal in 2010, downed China’s Yuansen Zheng 4-3 in the BC4 final. David Smith sealed a bronze medal in the BC1 event with a 4-3 win against Greece’s Panagiotis Soulanis.

For more: GB Boccia

Sailing: Giles Scott has opened up an early lead in the finn class and Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter top the standings in the 470 category of the Princess Sofia Trophy in Mallorca.

Luke Patience and Chris Grube are currently in a seventh in the 470 men’s category, while James Peters and Flynn Sterritt lie fifth in the 49er standings.

Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth are third in the 49FX, and Alison Young is also third in the laser radial. In the RS:X event, Tom Squires is currently second in the men’s category. The regatta concludes on April 2.

For more: Royal Yachting Association

Equestrian: The Great Britain quartet of Dani Evans, Izzy Taylor, Laura Collett and Gemma Tattersall finished in sixth position at the 2016 FEI Nations Cup in Fontainebleau, France. Laura Renwick was forced to pull out of the Jumping 2016 World Cup Finals in Gothenburg.

For more: British Equestrian Federation

Curling: A three-game losing streak meant Scotland finished fifth in the World Women’s Curling Championship and missed out on progressing through the group stage to the semi-finals.

After dropping the opener to Sweden, Eve Muirhead’s team won seven contests in a row but finished with a 7-4 record after defeats by Switzerland, Japan and Canada in Swift Current, Canada.

For more: British Curling

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