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Published 9 May 2016

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Friday 13 May
Sailing: Scott sends a message to Rio rivals with fourth World title win
Diving: 
Two more silvers add to Great Britain medal tally
Wheelchair Rugby: European champions' places are confirmed for Rio Paralympics

Thursday 12 May
Diving: Daley and Reid show golden touch to clinch Euro glory
Archery: Six recurve archers named to take on Europe in Nottingham
Hockey: Men’s hockey squad selected for tour down under

Wednesday 11 May
Diving: Couch and Toulson vow to move on from last-round slip

Tuesday 10 May
Diving: Ward and Lee launch GB’s medal haul with opening night bronze

Monday 9 May
Rowing: GB Rowing Team flourish in challenging conditions at Euros
Judo: Schlesinger strikes gold in Baku to boost Rio hopes
Para-Swimming: Five-star Rodgers finishes IPC Euros on a high
Modern Pentathlon: World Cup win makes it perfect for Cooke
Athletics: Doyle sets the bar on way to Diamond League glory
Equestrian - Eventing: Tattersall is best Brit at Badminton as five hit Rio 2016 qualifying mark 

Friday 13 May


Scott sends a message to Rio rivals with fourth World title

Sailing: Giles Scott laid down a marker ahead of his maiden Olympic games by winning his fourth World Finn Championships.

The 28-year-old becomes the second most successful sailor at the regatta, after four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie, who Scott replaces as Team GB’s finn class representative at Rio 2016.

“That sends a bit of a message out,” said Scott. “To win any World Championship is massive, but to win the one three months out from the Games is great.”

For more: Royal Yachting Association



Two more silvers add to Great Britain medal tally

Aquatics - Diving: Great Britain’s Jack Laugher and 10m syncro pair Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow walked away from the London Aquatics Centre clutching European Championships silver medals on Thursday night.

Laugher captured his maiden European medal by finishing as runner-up to Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov in the 3m springboard but insists there is still plenty more to come from him this season.

“I’ve had a positive season so far and that medal with help  my confidence but I’ve got things I know I can work on to be ready for the Olympic trials in June and then beyond,” Laugher said.

Daley and Goodfellow secured silver after having led the standings going into the 10m synchro final dive by 4.4 points. The pair were pipped to gold by a tight margin of 0.96 points at the hands of German duo Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding.

“I think we’ve got lots of positives to take from tonight’s performance,” Daley told British Swimming. “Yes we wanted the gold medal and yes it was really close but we’re happy,” said Daley.

For more: British Swimming


European champions' places are confirmed for Rio Paralympics 

Wheelchair Rugby: The twelve athletes who will represent Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby team at Rio 2016 have been selected, with 11 European Champions among their number.

Chris Ryan will captain the team, while Alan Ash will be heading to a fifth Paralympics after missing London 2012 and taking time out of the sport. Jonny Coggan goes to a fourth Games and Bulbul Hussain and Mandip Sehmi are selected for a third.

For more: Paralympics GB

Thursday 12 May


Daley and Reid show golden touch to clinch Euro glory

Aquatics - Diving: Tom Daley and Grace Reid turned their short-lived diving partnership into a gold medal-winning one as the duo took the mixed 3m synchro title at the European Aquatics Championships.

Daley and Reid delighted the home crowd at the London Aquatics Centre with an impressive score of 321.06 from their five dives, topping Tania Cagnotto and Maicol Verzotto of Italy and Russia’s Nadezhda Bazhina and Nikita Shleikher on the podium.

Having only trained together since the start of month, as the event is not an Olympic discipline, Daley and Reid executed the best dives of the night with their final two attempts, with scores of 76.26 and 75.60, to put Great Britain’s first gold of the event on the medal table.

For more: British Swimming



Six recurve archers named to take on Europe in Nottingham

Archery: Great Britain’s six-person recurve team has been named for the European Championships in Nottingham later this month, where GB will seek to qualify quota places for Rio 2016.

Three-time Olympian Larry Godrey leads the men’s unit, which includes Patrick Houston and Kieran Slater, while Amy Oliver, Naomi Folkard and Bryony Pittman make up the women’s team.

The European Championships take place at the University of Nottingham’s Highfields playing fields from May 23-29, while the Olympic-qualifying tournament runs on May 27 as Team GB attempt to qualify one male and one female individual place in Rio.

For more: Archery GB 



Men’s hockey squad selected for tour down under

Hockey: Great Britain’s men’s team have selected a 22-strong squad as their Rio 2016 preparations begin to step up another level with a three-test tour of Australia this month.

Head coach Bobby Crutchley’s team begin with warm-up matches against Western Australia on May 16 and 18, before the series against their world number one opponents gets started on May 22.

Team GB also kick-off their Champions Trophy campaign against Australia in London in June, and Crutchley believes the tour will stand them in good stead for a testing summer.

“We want to challenge ourselves against the best and Australia in their own back yard is about as tough as it gets,” said Crutchley.

For more: GB Hockey

Wednesday 11 May



Couch and Toulson vow to move on from last-round slip

Aquatics - Diving: Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson vowed to put their European Aquatics Championships display swiftly behind them after falling from first to fifth place on the final round.

The world number three pair were leading the standings before an error in the last round of divers allowed Germany’s Maria Kurjo and My Phan to take gold at the London Aquatics Centre.

“We’re a little bit gutted but [Toulson] is such an amazing diver and we’ve got so much more to give,” Couch said. “We’re going to let tha tone go and just prepared for the summer ahead.”

In the men’s 1m springboard final, teenagers Freddie Woodward and Jordan Houlden delivered their best international results, finishing seventh and ninth respectively.

For more: British Swimming

Tuesday 10 May


Ward and Lee launch GB’s medal haul with opening night bronze

Aquatics - Diving: Georgia Ward and Matt Lee kick-started Great Britain's medal tally at the European Aquatics Championships on the opening night at the London Aquatics Centre.

Ward and Lee’s total score of 353.85 from their six dives was good enough to earn mixed team bronze behind the three-time champions from Russia, Nadezhda Bazhina and Victor Minibaev, and silver medalists  Iuliia Prokopchuk and Oleksandr Gorshkovozov from Ukraine.

The pair, who won a World Series silver medal last year, will be back in action on Saturday in the mixed syncro. Ward, who was competing in front of a hometown crowd in London, told British Swimming: “That was incredible. It’s fantastic to come away with a medal.”

For more: British Swimming

Monday 9 May

GB Rowing Team flourish in challenging conditions at Euros

Rowing: Olympic champion Helen Glover believes the challenging conditions at the European Championships in Germany was the ideal preparation for Rio 2016.

Glover and partner Heather Stanning retained their European women’s pairs crown as the GB Rowing Team topped the medal table in Brandenburg with four golds, two silvers and a bronze.

“There were waves coming over my back at the start but racing here has up-skilled us,” Glover said. “We may have cross-wind conditions in Rio so it was good to race in them.”

Stanning added: “We may be an experienced crew but we’re not experienced in these conditions so we had to concentrate.”

The new-look men’s four of Alex Gregory, Mohamed Shibi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis powered to win by a length, the women’s eight took gold by pulling away from the Netherland’s boat with 10m to go in a dominant display, and Sam Scrimgeour and Joel Cassells were victorious in style in the lightweight men’s pair.

For more: British Rowing

Schlesinger strikes gold in Baku to boost Rio hopes

Judo: Alice Schlesinger powered to Baku Grand Slam glory and sealed her first title in almost four years to boost her Rio 2016 qualification hopes.

The 27-year-old recorded an ippon in every bout on her way to winning the -63kg gold medal against Croatia’s Marijana Hasanbegovic, upgrading from bronze in last year’s competition.

Schlesinger, who recorded 500 Olympic qualifying points with the victory, said: “I am really pleased with how I fought and focused. I was very disappointed at the Europeans, so it feels nice to be on the rostrum again.”

On the opening day of competition, Nekoda Davis claimed -57kg silver and Ashley McKenzie took bronze in the -60kg event.

For more: British Judo

Five-star Rodgers finishes IPC Euros on a high

Para-Swimming: The British Para-Swimming Team finished the IPC Swimming European Championships in Madeira with 22 gold medals to end the competition with a total of 46 medals.

Susie Rodgers won five gold medals in total, finishing on a high with two titles on Saturday in the S5 50m and the medley relay. Steph Millward, also part of the relay team, picked up a pair of golds on the final day, including an earlier victory in the S9 400m freestyle.

For more: British Swimming



World Cup win makes it perfect for Cooke

Modern Pentathlon: Jamie Cooke raced to glory to become the first British male to win modern pentathlon’s World Cup Final.

Cooke lay third in the standings following the swimming, fencing and riding stages but, as he did in the Hungary World Cup series last month, finished strongly in the combined run and shoot discipline to take the title.

“It’s been a perfect day,” Cooke said, after he topped the podium ahead of Germany’s Patrick Dogue and France’s Valentin Prades. Freyja Prentice finished sixth in the women’s event.

For more: Pentathlon GB



Doyle sets the bar on way to Diamond League glory

Athletics: Eilidh Doyle ran the fastest time in the world this year to win the 400m hurdles at the opening Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha.

Doyle, formerly known as Child before she started competing under her married name, recorded 54.53 to better Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya and Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica.

The 29-year-old European champion missed out on qualification for the final at London 2012 and is aiming to compete at her second Olympics in Rio.

For more: British Athletics

Tattersall is best Brit at Badminton as five hit Rio 2016 qualifying mark

Equestrian – Eventing: Gemma Tattersall finished as the best placed British rider at the Badminton Horse Trials and was one of five Brits to hit the Olympic qualification mark.

Tattersall recorded a third place overall finish on Arctic Soul, with Kristina Cook coming in seventh on Star Witness. Izzy Taylor followed in eighth on Allecombe Ellie, while Ben Way finished 12th on Gallery Light and Zara Tindall placed 23rd on High Kingdom.

For more: GB Equestrian

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