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Published 23 May 2016

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HEADLINES

Friday 27 May
Boxing: Adams completes medal collection with world gold in Astana
Gymnastics: GB gymnasts will be out in full force on finals day
Archery: Huston shoots to bronze and secures Rio 2016 place
Wheelchair Tennis: Great Britain finish with two medals at World Team Cup

Thursday 26 May
Archery: GB Recurve team take aim for European gold in Nottingham
Modern Pentathlon: Murray and French advance to World Championships final

Wednesday 25 May
Hockey: Great Britain sunk by Australia in third test 

Tuesday 24 May
Boxing: Savannah seals spot in Rio with quarter-final win

Monday 23 May
Swimming: Double relay gold brings Europeans to a close
Taekwondo: Golden girls keep up winning ways at Euros
Wheelchair Tennis: Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley strike gold in Japan
Hockey: Great Britain seek to salvage Australia series
Para-Cycling: Turnham and Hall capture two World Cup silvers in Belgium
Canoeing: Heath promises to step it up after World Cup bronze
Athletics: Andrews shines in 10,000m trials and Rutherford maintains winning streak

Friday 27 May


Adams completes medal set with world gold in Astana

Boxing: Nicola Adams captured her first World Championship gold with victory in Astana, Kazakhstan on Friday morning.

The Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion defeated Thailand’s Peamilai Laopeam by split decision, the final piece in her gold medal collection, having had to settle for silver at this event in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Savannah Marshall secured 75kg bronze after her loss against the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontjin on Thursday.

Back in London, the British Lionhearts took a slender 3-2 advantage into day two of World Series of Boxing semi-final against Astana Arlans Kazakhstan. Galal Yafai, Pat McCormack and Croatian heavyweight Josep-Bepo Filipi scored wins for the Lionhearts after the defending WSB champions had levelled the scores twice.  

For more: GB Boxing

GB gymnasts will be out in full force on finals day

Gymnastics: A full complement of Great Britain athletes will compete in the European Gymnastic Championship finals.

The men’s team qualified in second place, 0.7 points behind leaders Russia, as all five individuals also advanced to their respective apparatus finals on Saturday.

Nile Wilson and Kristian Thomas compete in the high bar, with Thomas also going on the vault and the floor alongside Daniel Purvis. Louis Smith topped the standings in pommel horse qualifying, while Courtney Tulloch will content the rings final.

For more: British Gymnastics

Huston shoots to bronze and secures Rio 2016 place

Archery: Patrick Huston booked his place at Rio 2016 with a bronze-medal winning performance at the European Archery Championships.

The recurve archer, who helped the men’s team to the gold medal match yesterday, fired his way to the last four but was beaten in the semi-final by Turkey’s Mete Gazoz.

With a place of the podium guaranteeing his place in Rio, Huston defeated Bulgaria’s Luka Popovic to seal individual bronze and a place at the Olympic Games.

For more: GB Archery


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Great Britain finish with two medals at World Team Cup

Wheelchair Tennis: Great Britain have clinched one silver and one bronze medal at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Japan.

The Brits faced off against Australia in two medal matches, coming out on top of the bronze medal clash in the men’s event, 2-0, with Marc McCarroll and Alfie Hewett claiming singles win.

Andy Lapthorne and Jamie Burdekin contested the gold medal match in the quad event but, with the tie level at 1-1, the pair dropped the deciding doubles match to end up with a silver medal.

For more: Tennis Foundation

Thursday 26 May

GB Recurve team take aim for European gold in Nottingham

Archery: The Great Britain recurve team will be shooting for gold at the European Archery Championships as three GB teams put themselves in medal contention in Nottingham.

The recurve trio of Larry Godfrey, Patrick Huston and Kieran Slater, out-performed their 13th place seeding to defeat France, Turkey and, finally Belgium 6-0 in the semi-finals, to guarantee at least silver. They now compete for gold in the middle of Nottingham’s Old Market Square on Sunday.

The women’s compound team of Naomi Jones, Andrea Gales and Daisy Clark upset world champions Ukraine to get to the semi finals but fell at the hands of Russia. They now face the Netherlands in the bronze medal match.

The women’s recurve team will also take aim for medals. Naomi Folkard, Amy Oliver and Bryony Pitman downed top seed Russia and will compete for bronze against Germany at the weekend.

For more: GB Archery

Murray and French advance to World Championships final

Modern Pentathlon: Samantha Murray and Kate French will compete in the Modern Pentathlon World Championships final in Russia after booking their place in Wednesday’s semi-finals.

The pair, who have already recorded the Olympic qualifying standard, advanced following Murray’s fifth-place group A finish in Moscow, while French sealed second place in group B. Jo Muir (14th) and Freyja Prentice (17th) missed out on the final.

For more: GB Pentathlon

Wednesday 25 May


Great Britain sunk by Australia in third test 

Hockey: Great Britain ended their three-test series in Australia with a 5-1 loss in Perth.

Simon Mantell had levelled up the tie in the fifth minute after Jamie Dyer’s early strike for the Kookaburras, but Bobby Crutchley’s side were sunk by two more goals either side of the interval.

World number one-ranked Australia took the series 2-0, following a 4-2 win in the first test and a 2-2 tie in the second.

For more: Great Britain Hockey

Tuesday 24 May 

Savannah seals spot in Rio with quarter-final win

Boxing: Savannah Marshall booked her place at Rio 2016 with a quarter final victory over Qian Li at the World Championships in Kazakhstan.

Middleweight Marshall guaranteed a trip to her second Olympic Games by winning each round against the Chinese number four seed in Astana to secure a unanimous points triumph.

Nouchkha Fontjin from the Netherlands awaits Marshall in the semi-final on Thursday. Nicola Adams, bidding for her first World Championships title, secured her spot in the last four of the flyweight division with victory over Yu-Ting Lin of Taipei.

For more: GB Boxing

Monday 23 May


Double relay gold brings Europeans to a close

Swimming: Team GB racked up a medal haul of 22, including seven golds, as the European Aquatics Championships came to a conclusion on Sunday night.

World record holder Adam Peaty starred, collecting four golds in total, and drawing the curtain on the event with victory in the men’s medley relay alongside James Guy, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Duncan Scott. A race, earlier Britain’s women’s quarter clinched gold with Fran Halsall, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Chloe Tutton and Kathleen Dawson taking the 4x100m medley relay.

Peaty had taken 50m breaststroke gold on Saturday to add to his 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley relay titles from earlier in the week. Ross Murdoch secured bronze in the 50m breaststroke, and Halsall stormed to 50m backstroke gold in a Championships record.  

Other medals at the London Aquatics Centre on Sunday included silvers for Jazz Carlin the 400m freestyle and Halsall in the 50m freestyle, while Ben Proud took men’s 50 freestyle bronze.

For more: British Swimming

Golden girls keep up their winning ways at Euros

Taekwondo: Jade Jones and Bianca Walkden kept their Rio 2016 preparations on track and 17-year-old Lauren Williams secured a shock gold at the European Taekwondo Championships. 

Williams was competing in only her second international competition in Switzerland, edged a tight 13-12 semi-final against Croatia's Matea Jelic and downed London 2012 Olympic champion Nur Tatar 4-3 in the final of the -67kg event.

“I am overwhelmed,” said the 2014 world junior champion, forced to overcome two major ankle operations to get her career back on track. “I didn’t expect a medal, let alone gold. I have only just comeback from injury so to win the European title is insane.”

Olympic champion Jones clinched a first European title on her fourth appearance in the event with an 11-5 win over Nikita Glasnovic of Sweden in the -57kg final.

“This is something I've wanted to win for a long time,” said Jones. “The road to Rio has been harder than it was to London. So, to tick this title off my list before getting there, I feel on top of the world.”

A 5-4 victory over Nafia Kus of Turkey in Montreux meant Walkden defended her European +73kg crown and she revealed she now only has eyes for Olympic gold.  

“It’s really nice to be reigning World and European champion and hopefully I can go to the Olympics and become Olympic champion now,” Walkden said. 

“The plan is to get gold in Rio and hopefully I can go out there and deliver that gold medal.”

London 2012 bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad made his return from injury with a 5-0 triumph over Ramin Azizov before falling to another Azerbaijani, Milad Beigi Harchegani.

For more: GB Taekwondo

Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley strike gold in Japan

Wheelchair Tennis: Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne enjoyed the ideal warm up for next week’s BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Tokyo by wining the quad doubles title at the Japan Open in Fukuoka.

Second seeds Burdekin and Lapthorne clinched their second Super Series quad doubles title of 2016 with victory over three-time Paralympic champions and top seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner, 7-5, 6-2.

Jordanne Whiley partnered Japan’s Yui Kamiji to retain their women’s doubles title, while Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid lived up to their second seeding to finish runners-up in their third Super Series men’s doubles final of 2016.

For more: Tennis Foundation

Great Britain seek to salvage Australia series

Hockey: Dan Fox is desperate to help Great Britain claw back a series draw after a dramatic finale saw Australia secure a 4-3 second test victory in the tour down under.

The series opened with a 2-2 draw on Saturday, and in Sunday’s test, Great Britain lost a 2-0 lead before Blake Govers completed a hat-trick late on to snatch a win for the Kookaburras.

The third and final test is played in Perth on Tuesday, and defender Fox wants to see improvements. "They played pretty well and we're a bit disappointed in our performance," said Fox. “We'll go back to Perth tonight to rest up. We'll be desperate to get the win and level the series.”

For more: Great Britain Hockey

Turnham and Hall capture two World Cup silvers in Belgium

Para-Cycling: The Great Britain Cycling Team took seven trips to the podium at the UCI para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium.

Lora Turnham and Corinne Hall sealed two silver medals in the time trial and road race disciplines, having been closely beaten in sprint finishes on both occasions by Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal.

Great Britain’s final medal count was four silvers and three bronzes at the at the last major event ahead of Rio 2016 Paralympic team selection.

For more: British Cycling

Heath promises to step it up after World Cup bronze

Canoeing: Liam Heath landed a bronze medal in the K1 at the Canoe Sprint World Cup in Germany by a narrow margin but feels there is still come to come ahead of Rio 2016.

The London 2012 bronze medallist finished equal third with Aleksejs Rumjancevs of Latvia in 34.582 seconds, as only 0.23 seconds separated the four contenders in Duisburg.

“It wasn’t quite the race I was hoping for, but it is definitely something to improve on over the next few months,” Heath said.

For more: British Canoeing

Andrews shines in 10,000m trials and Rutherford maintains winning streak

Athletics: Jess Andrews powered to glory in the British 10,000m trials to clock a new personal best and comfortably secure the Olympic qualifying time.

The 23-year-old, who had only ran the distance on the track once before, beat her previous time by 83 seconds with a run of 31:58, 17 seconds inside the time required for Rio 2016. Beth Potter finished in second place, also inside the Olympic ‘A standard’ qualifying time. 

Greg Rutherford set a Great CityGames Manchester long jump record on his return to British soil as his focus on Rio 2016 stepped up a level.

Rutherford recorded a final jump of 8.20m, 10cm short of his season’s best, to extend his winning streak to five straight competitions on his first home event since winning the World Championships last year.

“I’ll try to maintain that unbeaten run for the rest of the year,” Rutherford said. “To get 8.20m on boards like that is very good. “I had a perfect season last year and want to try and maintain it this year. ”

European champion Tiffany Porter ran 12.89 to claim 100m hurdles victory, while Harry Aikines-Aryeetey took victory in the men’s 150m.

For more: British Athletics

Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley strike gold in Japan
Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley strike gold in Japan
Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley strike gold in Japan
Turnham and Hall capture two silvers in final major before Paralympics
Turnham and Hall capture two silvers in final major before Paralympics
Rutherford keeps perfect record alive in Manchester
Rutherford keeps perfect record alive in Manchester
Rutherford keeps perfect record alive in Manchester
Murray and French advance to World Championships Final
Murray and French advance to World Championships Final

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