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Published 3 May 2016

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Friday 6 May
Taekwondo: Muhammad vows to be back to his best on his Euros return

Thursday 5 May
Fencing: Four fencers added to Team GB's Rio 2016 ranks
Para Table Tennis: Bailey and Davies have golden touch in Slovenia

Wednesday 4 May
Sailing: Final four sailors receive boarding call for Rio 2016
Para-Swimming: Hynd and Mullen lead the way as Britain gather golds at Euros

Tuesday 3 May 
Sailing: Mills and Clark on top of the world once again
Badminton: Silver lining for Gilmour at Europeans
Gymnastics: Golden girl Downie clears up in Croatia
Cycling - Road: Yates is best of British at Tour de Yorkshire
Athletics: McColgan back in style as three land Rio qualifing time
Archery: GB trio narrowly miss out after impressing in Shanghai

Friday 6 May

Muhammad vows to be back to his best on his Euros return

Taekwondo: London 2012 bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad will make his return to the mat after a six-month absence at the European Championships and he has warned his rivals to expect him at his best.

Muhammad is named in a 15-strong GB Taekwondo squad to travel to Montreaux, Switzerland, and will be competing for this first time since winning the Mexico Grand Prix final series in December.

Facing competition for Rio 2016 selection from 2014 European champion Damon Sansum, Muhammad is determined to quickly stamp his mark back on the -80kg competition.

“This will be my third European Championships and I am extremely eager to go on and win it,” said Muhammad, who won European gold in 2012 and bronze in 2014.

“I have had an intense rehabilitation period but I am back into my normal training programme now. So, I am excited to show everyone what I can do. It’s going to be fun to go out and remind everyone why I have the titles I have.”

Olympic champion Jade Jones and world champion Bianca Walkden are also included in the squad.

For more: GB Taekwondo

Thursday 5 May

Bailey and Davies have golden touch in Slovenia

Para Table Tennis: World number ones Will Bailey and Rob Davies sent a message of intent to their Paralympic rivals by each winning gold medals at the ITTF Slovenia Open.

Bailey lifted the men’s class 7 title by beating world number two Maksym Nikolenko 3-1 and Davies took class 1 victory against fellow Welshman Paul Davies, 3-1, the silver medallist making an impressive comeback after two years out through injury. Kim Daybell earned a bronze medal in the men’s class 10.

For more: BTTAD

Four fencers added to Team GB's Rio 2016 ranks

Fencing: Four more athletes have confirmed their places at Rio 2016 as Team GB announced the Great Britain fencing squad.

Richard Kruse is selected for his fourth Olympic Games and Laurence Halsted and James Davis will build on their London 2012 experience. The trio will compete in the individual and team foil events, while Marcus Mepstead is named as the team reserve.

“I was selected for London but this is different because we qualified by right this time and that feels significant because we did it ourselves,” Halsted said.

“To be there by right and to qualify a team is brilliant,” added Davis. “Just by qualifying and beating the best teams we know that we have a chance at the Olympics.”

For more: British Fencing

Wednesday 4 May

Final four sailors receive boarding call for Rio 2016

Sailing: Team GB have named their final four sailors to complete the group who will represent Great Britain on the waters of Guanabara Bay at Rio 2016.

Luke Patience and Chris Grube will compete in the men’s 470, and the pair of Dylan Fletcher and Alan Sign will participate in the 49er discipline.

London 2012 silver medallist Patience has re-qualified for selection, this time with Grube, after team-mate Elliot Willis was diagnosed with cancer last year. Grube, Fletcher and Sign will sail at their first Olympics.

With the 15-strong sailing roster complete, Team GB sailing leader Stephen Park said: “Luke and Chris have formed a strong unit in the time they’ve had together and have shown that they can be medal competitive. They are determined to continue the work which Luke and Elliot started out together this cycle and hopefully see that through to a successful conclusion in Rio.

“Dylan and Alain have come through a particularly close selection battle with teammates John Pink and Stuart Bithell and the fast progressing pairing of James Peters and Fynn Sterritt in the 49er class, but will go into their first Games full of passion and enthusiasm, and with the confidence of being World Championship medallists in the Olympic year.”

For more: Royal Yachting Association

Hynd and Mullen lead the way as Britain gather golds at Euros

Para-Swimming: Ollie Hynd and Andrew Mullen both sealed their second gold medals of the IPC Swimming European Championships as Great Britain took their gold tally to nine in Portugal.

Hynd added the SM8 200m individual medley to his S8 400m title, before teaming with Matt Wylie, Josef Craig and Lewis White to win silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Mullen captured the S5 200m freestyle title in addition to the S5 50m butterfly on Monday.

Susie Rodgers was one of three Brits to clinch gold on day two of the event in Madeira, improving her own S7 50m butterfly European record. James Crisp took his European title tally to five in the S9 100m backstroke and Hynd was following in by Craig in a British one-two in the S8 400m freestyle.

That following four golds on day one: Wylie in the S9 50m freestyle, Tom Hamer in the S14 200m freestyle, Mullen in the S5 50m butterfly and Jonathan Fox in the S7 100m backstroke.

For more: British Swimming

Tuesday 3 May

Mills and Clark on top of the world once again

Sailing: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are world champions again after winning the 470 class title at the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres.

Mills and Clark, the 2012 world champions, lay in second spot heading into the medal race, where a third place finish was enough to see them leapfrog the Brazilian boat and strike gold.

Windsurfer Bryony Shaw was a contender heading into the final RS:X race, and a third place finish ensured she secured a silver medal overall. Nick Dempsey was also on the podium in the men’s RS:X event after poor condition meant the medal race was cancelled and he remained third, while laser radial sailor Alison Young finished third in her fleet.

Just outside of medal positions, James Peters and Fynn Sterritt placed fourth in the 49er category, and Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves were also fourth in the Nacra 17 event.

For more: Royal Yachting Association

Silver lining for Gilmour at Europeans

Badminton: Kirsty Gilmour clinched a silver medal at the European Championships and vowed to use the experience to kick on to another level.

The 22-year-old was beaten 21-12, 21-18 by Spain’s double world and double European champion Carolina Marin, but in the process sealed Scotland’s first ever medal at the Championships.

"It's very satisfying to win silver," said Gilmour.

"I will learn from anyone who is world class standard. Every game you go on is a learning curve."

Raj Ouseph captured his second successive European bronze medal after being eliminated in the semi-finals by last year’s champion Jan O Jorgensen, while Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge went out to Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding in the last four to also take home bronze medals.

For more: Badminton Scotland / Badminton England

Golden girl Downie clears up in Croatia

Gymnastics: Ellie Downie topped the charts in all four apparatus finals to take four gold medals away from the Osijek World Challenge Cup in Croatia.

The 16-year-old started the weekend in dream fashion, with victories in the vault and bars on Saturday, and followed it up on Sunday with glory on the beam and the floor.

"I really enjoyed being here. Osijek is one of the best competitions I have ever had. I really enjoyed the whole experience,” she said.

For more: British Gymnastics

Yates is best of British at Tour de Yorkshire

Cycling – Road: Adam Yates finished at the top British rider at the Tour de Yorkshire with a fourth place overall finish.

Yates powered through to take third in the final stage on Sunday behind overall winner Thomas Voeckler of France and Irishman Nicolas Roche in the 198km route from Middlesbrough to Scarborough.

Chris Froome recorded a stage win at the Tour de Romandie on Saturday, taking the queen stage after a long breakaway. The two-time previous winner had to settle for 38th place overall after a puncture on the opening stage of the six-day race left him playing catch up.

For more: British Cycling

McColgan back in style as three Brits land Rio qualifying time

Athletics: Eilish McColgan landed a personal best on her return from a long injury layoff as three Brits met the Olympic 5000m qualifying time in California.

McColgan shaved 35 seconds off her previous best, running 15:09.94, on her way to a fifth-place finish in her first outing on the track in 22 months following complications after ankle surgery.

Fellow Scot Laura Whittle finished one place ahead of McColgan in fourth in 15:08.58 at the Payton Jordan invitational, falling well inside the Olympic qualifying time of 15:24.00.

Andrew Butchart recorded a time of 13:18.96 to finish as runner-up in the men’s race, comfortably below the 13:25.00 qualifying standard required to make him eligible for selection to Rio 2016.

For more: British Athletics

GB trio narrowly miss out on medals after impressing in Shanghai

Archery: Great Britain’s recurve team advanced to the last four of the Shanghai World Cup but missed out on a medal at the hands of India.

The trio of Patrick Huston, Larry Godfrey and Kieran Slater had defeated number one seeds USA and Australia on their way to the final four, but an agonising one-point loss to Korea Republic’s cadet team denied them a chance to shoot for gold.

India’s Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia swept the bronze medal match 6-0.

For more: Archery GB

Final four sailors receive boarding call for Rio 2016
Final four sailors receive boarding call for Rio 2016
Final four sailors receive boarding call for Rio 2016
Final four sailors receive boarding call for Rio 2016
Final four sailors receive boarding call for Rio 2016

Muhammad vows to hit the ground running on his return at the Euros
Muhammad vows to hit the ground running on his return at the Euros

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