UK Sport Talk

Published 20 June 2016

HEADLINES

Friday 24 June
Cycling: Wiggins and Cavendish return to the track in 26-strong Rio cycling squad
Fencing: European bronze for GB foil fencers
Hockey: Great Britain slip to third Champions Trophy defeat
Boxing: Kelly completes full complement of GB Boxers heading for Rio

Thursday 23 June
Boxing: McCormack boxes his way to Brazil
Para-Athletics: Paralympic champions headline first wave of selections

Wednesday 22 June
Hockey: GB's hopes on a knife edge after New Zealand loss
Taekwondo: Jones issues battle call as taekwondo quartet head for Rio

Tuesday 21 June
Para Archery: Ten archers join the team with sights set on Rio 2016

Monday 20 June
Rowing: Glover and Stanning march on as GB haul in eight medals in Poznan
Cycling - Road: Armitstead becomes first Brit to take Women's Tour glory 
Hockey: Medal dream still alive says Richardson-Walsh
Wheelchair Basketball: Bywater leads 12-strong team in his fourth Paralympics

Friday 24 June


Wiggins and Cavendish return to the track in 26-strong Rio cycling squad

Cycling: A 26-strong cycling team has been named to represent Great Britain at Rio 2016.

London 2012 time trial gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins is back in the velodrome, and is joined in the nine-strong men’s track team alongside three-time world madison champion Mark Cavendish and double defending Olympic champion Jason Kenny. Reigning Olympic champions Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand headline the seven-strong women’s track team.

World champion Lizzie Armitstead leads the women’s road squad, with double Tour de France winner Chris Froome and Olympic champion Geraint Thomas also picked to compete on the roads of Rio. In BMX, 2013 world champion Liam Phillips is one of two riders who will pull on Team GB kit.

For more: British Cycling


European bronze for GB foil fencers

Fencing: Great Britain's men's foil team were on the podium at the European Fencing Championships in Poland.

James-Andrew Davis, Laurence Halsted, Marcus Mepstead and Richard Kruse were beaten 44-28 by Italy in the semi-finals before the fourth seeds secured bronze by beating France 45-28. Davis, Halsted and Kruse will compete in the individual and team events at Rio 2016.


For more: GB Fencing

Great Britain slip to third Champions Trophy defeat

Hockey: Great Britain went down to a 2-0 defeat against the United States in their penultimate match of the Champions Trophy pool stage.

The hosts were left rooted to the bottom of the standings when Emily Wold and Kathleen Sharkey netted in the third quarter to consign GB to their third defeat in four games.

Britain must beat Australia by three goals or more to stand any chance of reaching Sunday’s bronze medal match, otherwise they will contest the fifth and sixth place playoff at UK Sport’s National Lottery backed event, part of the #EveryRoadtoRio series.

For more: Great Britain Hockey

Kelly completes full complement of GB Boxers heading for Rio

Boxing: Josh Kelly was victorious in his European Olympic qualifier quarter-final to seal his place in the biggest Great Britain boxing team to go to a Games.

Welterwight Kelly’s points decision win against Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron Prince ensured Britain will have a representative in each of the ten men’s weight divisions.

For more: GB Boxing

Thursday 23 June


Paralympic champions headline first wave of selections

Para-Athletics: A clutch of Paralympic gold medallists headline the first wave of track and field athletes selected to represent Great Britain at Rio 2016.

Four-times a champion at London 2012, David Weir is named in the group, alongside reigning Paralympic title holders Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies and Richard Whitehead.

“London 2012 was beyond my wildest expectations, so to have the opportunity to go and do it all again at my fifth Games fills me with huge excitement,” said Weir.

“The team has gone from strength-to-strength in the last few years and I’m sure we’ll show once again that we’re a force to be reckoned with.”

For more: Paralympics GB

McCormack boxes his way to Brazil

Boxing: Pat McCormack has become the 12th British boxer to secure a place at Rio 2016 after winning his quarter-final at the penultimate Olympic qualifer in Azerbaijan.

The 20-year-old light welterweight beat France’s Hassan Amzile to secure his place.

British team mate Josh Kelly fights in his quarter-final later today for the chance to join the Olympic team.

For more: GB Boxing

Wednesday 22 June


Jones issues battle call as taekwondo quartet head for Rio 

Taekwondo: The four taekwondo players to represent Great Britain in Rio have been announced, with Jade Jones primed for an Olympic title defence.

Jones, the -57kg London 2012 gold medallist, is the current world number one and is joined in the team by world champion at +67kg, Bianca Walkden.

Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad is seeking to upgrade in the -8okg division and heavyweight Mahama Cho is selected for his maiden Olympic Games.

“I’m going to Rio for gold,” said Jones. “I’ll literally be leaving everything on the mat so that regardless of the result, I can come out of the ring and know I have given it my all.”

For more: GB Taekwondo


GB's hopes on a knife edge after New Zealand loss 

Hockey: Great Britain fell to a single-goal defeat against New Zealand to leave their Champions Trophy medal hopes in the balance.

Following a draw with Argentina and a loss against the Netherlands, the hosts got off to the worst possible start, with Stacey Michelsen scoring the decisive goal for the Black Sticks the opening minute.

Great Britain close out their campaign at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at UK Sport’s National Lottery backed event, part of the #EveryRoadtoRio series, with matches against the United States and Australia on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

For more: GB Hockey

Tuesday 21 June

Ten archers join the team with sights set on Rio 2016

Para Archery: Ten archers have their targets locked on Rio 2016 as the British Paralympic Association announced Great Britain's representatives for the Paralympics.

Beijing 2008 gold medallist John Stubbs will participate at his third Paralympic Games and he is counting down the days until he gets to compete at the iconic Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro.


“I feel just as proud today as I did when I was selected to represent ParalympicsGB for the first time in Beijing,” Stubbs said.

“Going to the Paralympics is the biggest honour an athlete can achieve and I really hope to do the nation proud again as the team did at London 2012.”

For more: Paralympics GB

Monday 20 June


Glover and Stanning march on as GB haul in eight medals in Poznan

Rowing: The GB Rowing Team twice topped the podium and scooped up eight medals at the World Cup in Poland in their final Rio 2016 rehearsal.

Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning kept their undefeated streak since the London Games going and set a World Cup best time of 6:52.79, beating their own record mark.

Alex Gregory, Moe Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis powered home by a length to take men’s four gold, while Great Britain added three more silvers and three more bronzes.

For more: GB Rowing



Armitstead becomes first Brit to take Women's Tour glory

Cycling - Road: Lizzie Armitstead brought home her first Women’s Tour victory by navigating Sunday’s fifth stage in Northamptonshire.

The world road race champion negotiated the Northampton to Kettering stage and finished in the pelaton to maintain her 11-second lead on South Africa’s Ashleigh Moolamn-Paslo.

"I feel very lucky because I am part of a country that loves cycling at the moment," said Armitstead, who became the first Brit to win the event.

For more: British Cycling

Medal dream still alive says Richardson-Walsh

Hockey: Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh believes Great Britain are still in the Champions Trophy medal hunt despite their 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands.

Following a 2-2 tie against Argentina in the opener of UK Sport’s National Lottery backed event, part of the #EveryRoadtoRio series, Richardson-Walsh is adamant that Britain can finish strongly to get themselves back into medal contention.

“It’s hugely frustrating because we show week in, week out in training that we are good with the ball and have many highly-skilled players that we want on the ball,” she said. “We just need the belief to do that against the very best sides.

In the men's Champions Trophy, Great Britain missed out on a bronze medal following a 1-0 defeat to Germany on Saturday at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

For more: Great Britain Hockey

Bywater leads 12-strong team in his fourth Paralympics

Wheelchair Basketball: The 12-strong Great Britain team to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has been announced by the British Paralympic Association.

Double bronze medallist Terry Bywater, the co-Captain, has been to four Paralympic Games but cannot wait to get back on court in Brazil.

“I am so pleased to have been selected once again, the excitement and the pride at being able to compete at a Paralympics never wears off,” said Bywater.

For more: British Wheelchair Basketball



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



Great Britain defend FEI Nations Cup title in Rome



Great Britain defend FEI Nations Cup title in Rome



GB cyclists collect medal haul on final test



GB cyclists collect medal haul on final test



GB cyclists collect medal haul on final test



Paralympic champions headline first wave of selections
Paralympic champions headline first wave of selections
Paralympic champions headline first wave of selections

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