News feed/All news feedsTennisLausanne 2020BoxingAthleticsTokyo 2020HockeyGymnastics ArtisticSwimmingTeam GBSportSkeletonSailingEquestrianFreestyle SkiingTaekwondoDressageRugbyGymnastics TrampolineCurlingAlpine SkiingBobsleighSochi 2014ShootingCycling TrackSummer SportsWorld Beach GamesCanoe SlalomTokyo 1964 urn:uuid:8dcba88d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 TennisWatson and Dart lose as British singles interest ends in AustraliaTwo-time Olympian Heather Watson pulled no punches when assessing her performance in her second-round defeat at the Australian Open. <p>Watson&rsquo;s 6-3, 6-0 loss to Belgium&rsquo;s 16th&nbsp;seed Elise Mertens was followed by further British disappointment as Harriet Dart was ousted by world No.3 Simona Halep, losing 6-2, 6-4 on the Rod Laver Arena.</p> <p>The double blow means there are no British singles players left in the competition with Dan Evans going out in round two and Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter, Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie all falling at the first hurdle.</p> <p>Watson reached the semi-finals of last week&rsquo;s Hobart International &ndash; beating Mertens en route &ndash; before downing Czech Republic&rsquo;s Kristyna Pliskova in the first round in Melbourne.</p> <p>But the 27-year-old, who competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016, managed to win just three games against Mertens this time around and was highly critical of her showing.</p> <p>"I felt like my level wasn't there,&rdquo; British No.2 Watson said. &ldquo;I felt like I was a millimetre or a second too slow and I was letting her dictate.</p> <p>"It was one of those days, physically. You don't feel amazing every day and today was that day, unfortunately.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">What a fight but Harriet Dart's run at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> through qualifying to the main draw ends in the 2nd round to No.4 seed Halep 6-2, 6-4 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BackTheBrits?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BackTheBrits</a> <a href="https://t.co/psZrQ7JvhI">pic.twitter.com/psZrQ7JvhI</a></p> &mdash; LTA (@the_LTA) <a href="https://twitter.com/the_LTA/status/1220279166878306305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>"As the match went on, I thought she played better and was more aggressive but I was not happy with my performance at all.</p> <p>"My level was a lot lower than Hobart and her level was higher, but because my level was lower I allowed her to step up and play a lot better.</p> <p>"She is ranked where she is for a reason and I had to play a lot better than I did to have a chance."<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:25:32 Zurn:uuid:d197a88d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Team GB ends Lausanne 2020 on a high, with medal success for Kirsty Muir and Olivia WeedonTeam GB clinched two medals on the final day of competition at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. Kirsty Muir secured Team GB's only individual medal of the Games, winning silver in the freestyle skiing big air competition at the Leysin Park and Pipe Centre.<br /> <br /> The Scot, who qualified for the final in third place, was right in medal contention from the start, registering a score of 82.50 to place her in first position after run one. Scores of 78.50 and 87.50 in runs two and three further solidified her place on the podium, with her final score of 171.00 from her best two runs ensuring that she&rsquo;d clinched second place. China&rsquo;s Ailing Eileen Gu claimed the gold, with her combined score totalling 171.25 &ndash; just 1.25 in front of Muir.<br /> <br /> Muir, who will also have the honour of being Team GB&rsquo;s flagbearer at tonight&rsquo;s closing ceremony in the Lausanne Medal Plaza, was pleased with the outcome: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m really happy with how I skied, I aimed for my best tricks and managed to put them down well &ndash; I&rsquo;m just so delighted.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m just so happy (with the silver), Eileen had some amazing runs and she&rsquo;s a really great skier and was amazing today. I really hope this will inspire some of the younger athletes back at home. I just try to ski how I ski with the hope that it will inspire some people.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Elsewhere, Olivia Weedon capped off an unforgettable week at the Youth Olympic Games with a bronze medal in short track speed skating mixed country relay, lining up with individual double gold medallist Whi Min Seo (KOR) as well as Ethan De Rose (NZL) and Thomas Nadalini (ITA) to make up Team A.<br /> <br /> In an high octane final race, there was almost nothing between the teams until a fall from Team G with 12 laps to go opened up the pack. It was Team B who sealed the gold medal with Team G just behind them in silver after pulling away from Weedon&rsquo;s Team A in the final moments of the race.<br /> <br /> Speaking after her bronze medal win, Weedon was clearly elated: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m on cloud nine right now &ndash; it&rsquo;s been amazing this whole experience. Even to be in the relay team, I was like yes, that&rsquo;s my achievement.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> With two personal bests and a bronze medal to her name, Weedon had a Youth Olympic Games few could beat: &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t expect to come in here and do this at all. I thought that I&rsquo;d come in, I&rsquo;d skate well, but I didn&rsquo;t imagine any of this would happen. <br /> <br /> "I&rsquo;ve never skated with half of these people before, never been in a relay with half of these people before, so just getting to skate with these people and experience how they skate was amazing. You just don&rsquo;t get a feeling like it.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Freestyle skier, Jasper Klein, was the only other Team GB athlete in action on day 13, securing a top 10 finish in the men&rsquo;s big air competition. Klein&rsquo;s combined score of 133.75 from his best two runs saw him claim ninth position &ndash; Matej Svancer of Czech Republic was the eventual winner, triumphing with a score of 186.00.<br /> <br /> Team GB finished the Lausanne Games with seven medals in total, with Muir&rsquo;s silver and Weedon&rsquo;s bronze, adding to the four ice hockey medals (Amy Robery, Mack Stewart, Mirren Foy and Evan Nauth) and one speed skating medal (Theo Collins) won in week one. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Results:</strong></p> <p>Freestyle skiing &ndash; women&rsquo;s big air:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Kirsty Muir &ndash; 2<sup>nd</sup></p> </li> </ul> <p>Freestyle skiing &ndash; men&rsquo;s big air:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Jasper Klein &ndash; 9th</p> </li> </ul> <p>Short track speed skating &ndash; mixed country relay:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Olivia Weedon (Team A) &ndash; 3<sup>rd</sup></p> </li> </ul>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:28:28 Zurn:uuid:4583a88d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Lausanne 2020Double delight for Kirsty Muir at Lausanne 2020 Following silver medal success in the ski big this afternoon, it was double delight for Kirsty Muir as she was announced as Team GB's Closing Ceremony flagbearer at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Aberdeen skier has enjoyed an excellent week, securing fourth in the slopestyle before second place today, scoring 170.00 from her best two runs, just 1.25 points off gold medal winning Ailing Eileen Gu of China<br /> <br /> <img src="https://d2njx87fm2ttul.cloudfront.net/images/default-source/news-items/yog_20-01-2020_w_ski-big-air-final_mw-8235-(1).jpg?sfvrsn=113dc492_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Kirsty Muir wins Youth Olympic silver " title="Kirsty Muir wins Youth Olympic silver " /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Muir follows fellow Scot, Robyn Mitchell, who carried the Union Flag at the Opening Ceremony and will bring the third winter Youth Olympic Games to a close in central Lausanne this evening.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Speaking after her silver medal success, Muir said: "I'm so excited. It's going to be such a cool experience and I'm honoured to be asked. I'm really happy with how I've skied and this is the perfect end to the week and I'm just so proud to represent Team GB."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Team GB's Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020, Georgie Harland, was in no doubt about the choice: "Kirsty is thoroughly deserving of being Team GB's flagbearer at tonight's closing ceremony. Not only have her performances during these Games been first rate, but she has also really lived the Team GB values, getting involved with and enjoying the activities provided by the Lausanne 2020 organising committee and also making a positive impact in a vibrant Team GB HQ.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> "Today's silver medal is a fitting way to bring the Games to a close but myself and my team are also keen to recognise the great efforts across the board from these young, promising British athletes who have represented their country with great pride and effort throughout."<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:41:33 Zurn:uuid:3575a88d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 TennisWatson weathers storm to progress in Melbourne<p>Two-time Olympian Heather Watson believes the blustery Melbourne conditions played into her hands as she successfully booked her spot in the Australian Open second round with a three-set win over Czech Kristyna Pliskova.</p> <p>The 27-year-old - who competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016 - had arrived at the first Grand Slam of 2020 in promising form following her run to the Hobart International semi-finals last week but had only won one match in her last six appearances in the Australian Open main draw.</p> <p>And Watson&rsquo;s fortunes looked bleak when Pliskova - twin sister of second seed Karolina - took the first set 6-4, appearing to settle better into the tie which had been pushed back to Wednesday as a result of Monday&rsquo;s rain washout.</p> <p>But the Guernsey-born star rallied to claim the second set 6-3, and gradually found her best form to cruise her way through the decider 6-1 and become only the second Briton left in the singles draws.</p> <p>Having overcome her opponent - ranked 10 places higher than her in the standings - Watson suggested she had been better equipped to adapt to conditions similar to those she had grown up surrounded by at home.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being the first-round match and it being postponed, I felt a bit nervous on court in the first set and was a bit tense,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;But after that I managed to loosen up and relax and start enjoying it and I thought my game improved more and more as the match went on.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don't mind the wind at all. I like it and the way I play - slice, drop shots, and change of pace balls - I think it works well in the wind, and I'm patient.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Onto round 2. Thanks for all the support today! Every year without fail I feel the love in Australia &hearts;️ I love playing here <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/V4SOhzAonP">pic.twitter.com/V4SOhzAonP</a></p> &mdash; Heather Watson (@HeatherWatson92) <a href="https://twitter.com/HeatherWatson92/status/1219862052883202048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Having joined Harriet Dart in the second round, Watson will now come up against Belgian 16th&nbsp;seed Elise Mertens as she bids to make round three of the Australian Open for only the second time in her career.<br /> </p> <p>Having beaten Mertens in their quarter-final meeting in Tasmania last week, Watson added: &ldquo;She's a great player and tough competitor and very solid so it will be a tough match.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think coming in it will give me confidence for sure to know that I can beat her, especially if it gets close in those tight moments.&rdquo;</p> <p>Elsewhere there was disappointment for British No.1 Dan Evans, with the 29-year-old crashing out in the men&rsquo;s second round to 71st-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 6-3 6-4.</p> <p>Evans - who was competing in his first Grand Slam as a seeded player - had produced heroics to overcome American Mackenzie McDonald in round one but was well beaten by his Japanese opponent.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;I knew it would be difficult. Some days you look forward to matches and I didn't look forward to it. I just find him overly awkward. He made it literally as awkward as possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rio 2016 competitor Dom Inglot and Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were knocked out of the men&rsquo;s doubles in the opening round to Dutch-Romanian duo Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-1 3-6 6-2.</p> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:03:50 Zurn:uuid:4537a88d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Kirsty Muir qualifies in third ahead of big air final tomorrowFreestyle skier Kirsty Muir qualified in third place in the big air competition on day 12 of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. The Aberdeen athlete qualified comfortably with a score of 81.33 behind two adversaries from the slopestyle event in the shape of Swedish skier Jennie-Lee Burmansson (second with 85.66) and Ailing Eileen Gu (first with 91.33) from China. The big air event concludes tomorrow at Leysin Park and Pipe Centre.<br /> <br /> It was double disappointment at the Champery Curling Arena as both Robyn Mitchell and Jamie Rankin exited at the round of 12 stage. Rankin and Polish playing partner, Klaudia Szmidt, were first up this morning but weren&rsquo;t able to replicate earlier form as they came undone against the Japanese/French pairing with a score of 9-2 to exit the competition. In the afternoon session, Mitchell and Frantisek Jiral fought hard but couldn&rsquo;t overcome the Canadian/Hungarian duo losing 7-4.<br /> <br /> Scott Johns was back in action in the mixed country ski-snowboard cross event at Villars Winter Park. This particular competition saw a male and female ski cross athlete, and a male and female snowboard cross athlete compete in four separate races, with a combined time deciding which teams progressed through to the next round.<br /> <br /> Although the teenager, who was placed in a team alongside Marie-Pier Brunet (CAN), Aina Gomariz (ESP) and Alvaro Romero (ESP), won his individual ski cross heat, it wasn&rsquo;t enough to progress through to the quarter-finals, with his mixed team finishing third overall.<br /> <br /> In the final day of the cross country skiing, Molly Jefferies took on the 5km classic over a tough, undulating course at Vall&eacute;e de Joux. Finishing in 59th place with a time of 18:00.01, Jefferies was 3:44.04 off the pace of winner Maerta Rosenberg (SWE).<br /> <br /> James Slimon was next up in the 10km classic in his final performance at Lausanne 2020, finishing in a time of 32:35.07 to finish 64th with Russia&rsquo;s Iliya Tregubov taking gold.<br /> <br /> With just one day left of competition, Team GB will be in action across two sports with Kirsty Muir and Jasper Klein in action in the big air event, while Olivia Weedon will race in the mixed country team relay at the Lausanne Skating Arena. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><br /> Results:</strong></p> <p>Cross country skiing &ndash; women&rsquo;s 5km classic:</p> <ul> <li>Molly Jefferies &ndash; 59<sup>th</sup></li> </ul> <p>Cross country skiing &ndash; men&rsquo;s 10km classic:</p> <ul> <li>James Slimon &ndash; 64<sup>th</sup></li> </ul> <p>Curling - mixed doubles:</p> <ul> <li>Robyn Mitchell/Frantisek Jiral (CZE) lost 7-4 versus Laura Nagy (HUN)/ Nathan Young (CAN)</li> <li>Jamie Rankin/Klaudia Szmitd (POL) lost 9-2 versus Mina Kobayashi (JPN)/Leo Tuaz (FRA)</li> </ul> <p>Freestyle skiing &ndash; women&rsquo;s qualification:</p> <ul> <li>Kirsty Muir &ndash; 3rd &ndash; qualified for final</li> </ul> Freestyle skiing - mixed country ski-snowboard cross:<br /> <ul> <li>Scott Johns (mixed team six) - 3rd in preliminary heat one - DNQ for quarter-finals</li> </ul>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:49:52 Zurn:uuid:0326a88d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 TennisKonta suffers defeat as Dart arrows through in Australia<p>British No.1 Johanna Konta was simply relieved to physically make it through the match despite exiting the Australian Open at the first-round stage, while Harriet Dart progressed after a three-set thriller.</p> <p>Konta, who represented Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games, lost 6-4, 6-2 to Tunisia&rsquo;s Ons Jabeur in Melbourne.</p> <p>But it was only the 28-year-old&rsquo;s second match since coming back from a five-month lay-off with a knee injury.</p> <p>"Ultimately the main thing was to start playing again, and I am,&rdquo; Konta said.</p> <p>&ldquo;And how I physically felt out there is obviously a massive tick for me compared to where I was in September of last year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Before Brisbane, I had been out for almost five months so it's been quite a bit of time away.</p> <p>"Giving myself that time to find a level that I want to play is going to be important. I also played a very good opponent, so it&rsquo;s not all on my racket.</p> <p>&ldquo;I knew that by taking a decision to come play here, I was opening myself up to potentially it not going well or for it to be difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>There was joy for Dart however, as she overcame Japan&rsquo;s Misaki Doi in a final-set tie-break, winning 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-6).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">That feeling when you win your 1st ever <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AustralianOpen</a> main draw match <br /> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/harriet_dart?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@harriet_dart</a> <a href="https://t.co/Fw8ZHUTI4h">pic.twitter.com/Fw8ZHUTI4h</a></p> &mdash; LTA (@the_LTA) <a href="https://twitter.com/the_LTA/status/1219600548057571330?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Dart joins Dan Evans in the second round after the British No.1 came from two sets down to beat USA&rsquo;s Mackenzie McDonald 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 on the opening day of action.</p> <p>Kyle Edmund, an Australian Open semi-finalist in 2018, was knocked out by Serbia&rsquo;s 24th&nbsp;seed Dusan Lajovic, losing 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).</p> <p>There was also disappointment for Cameron Norrie &ndash; who went down 7-5, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to France&rsquo;s Pierre-Hughes Herbert &ndash; while Katie Boulter lost 6-4, 7-5 to Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina.</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2020</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:41:56 Zurn:uuid:deeba78d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Mitchell and Rankin show the way at Champery in curling eventRobyn Mitchell and Jamie Rankin both secured a spot in the round of 12 tomorrow in the mixed country doubles at Lausanne 2020. Mitchell and her Czech playing partner, Frantisek Jiral, beat the Korean/Polish pairing 6-5 after an excellent power play in the seventh end secured them a 6-4 lead which their opponents could only reply with one point in the eighth end.<br /> <br /> Jamie Rankin and Klaudia Szmidt (POL) made it into the round of 12 with a commanding performance, which saw them defeat the mixed team of Turkey and Sweden 11-6. It was not to be for Ross Craik who lost 12-6 with playing partner Natalie Wiksten (DEN), against their Czech and Swedish opponents.<br /> <br /> Hot on the heels of his teammate Charlotte Longden&rsquo;s top 12 finish yesterday, William Scammell also secured a 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;place finish in St. Moritz in a combined time of 2:28.26, having sat in 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;place after his first run. German Alexander Czudaj and Robert Andrei Nica from Romania shared the gold in a time of 2:24.80.<br /> <br /> Speaking at the end of the competition Scammell had an overriding feeling of relief, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve done such a good run, I feel so proud of how I&rsquo;ve done. To finish close to the top 10 in the world is unbelievable, I think I&rsquo;ve proved that even though I can&rsquo;t train as much [as some of the other competitors] I&rsquo;m up there with one of the best.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> After yesterday&rsquo;s postponement the men&rsquo;s slopestyle competition got underway at Leysin Park and Pipe Centre. Team GB&rsquo;s Jasper Klein sat in 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;position after his first run with a score of 61.00 and followed this up with 61.66 to slightly improve on his second run.<br /> <br /> This would prove to not be enough to progress with Japan&rsquo;s Ruka Ito&rsquo;s score of 63.33 seeing him finish 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and secure the last place for the finals with Klein in 15<sup>th</sup>. American Kiernan Fagan won with a score of 90.66, while Klein will turn his attention to the big air competition on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Olivia Weedon and Matt Gardner were both back in action in the short track speed skating, with the British pair tackling the shorter distance of 500m. Weedon sailed through to the quarter-finals, finishing second in her first round heat in a personal best time of 47.790 &ndash; her second PB of the week after setting a time of 1:37.974 in the 1,000m.<br /> <br /> Despite not going beyond the quarter-final stage, Weedon was delighted with how she&rsquo;s raced this week. &ldquo;There were a lot of positives to take this week, I&rsquo;ve come out with two PBs. Coming into the 500m, I was pretty confident that I would qualify for the quarter-finals, if I skated well and got my tactics right. I managed to do that in the first heat and I got a PB in the process.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Earlier in the day, Matt Gardner was knocked out in the first round of the men&rsquo;s 500m, after finishing fourth in his heat. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong></p> <p>Bobsleigh &ndash; men&rsquo;s monobob:</p> <ul> <li>Will Scammell &ndash; 12<sup>th</sup></li> </ul> <p>Curling - mixed doubles:</p> <ul> <li>Robyn Munro/Frantisek Jiral (CZE) won 6-5 versus Robert Kaminski (POL)/Youbeen Park (KOR)</li> <li>Jamie Rankin/Klaudia Szmitd (POL) won 11-6 versus Olle Moberg (SWE)/Berfin Sengul (TUR)</li> <li>Ross Craik/Natalie Wiksten (DEN) lost 6-12 versus Axel Landelius (SWE)/Kristyna Farkova (CZE)&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Freestyle skiing &ndash; men&rsquo;s slopestyle:</p> <ul> <li>Jasper Klein &ndash; 15<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;&ndash; DNQ for final</li> </ul> <p>Short track speed skating- 500m:</p> <ul> <li>Matthew Gardner: First round &ndash; fourth in heat six, DNQ for quarter-finals</li> <li>Olivia Weedon: First round &ndash;&nbsp; second in heat seven. Quarter-finals - third in heat four, DNQ for semi-finals</li> </ul>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:09:03 Zurn:uuid:248ca78d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 St. Moritz takes centre stage on day 10 of Lausanne 2020Day 10 at Lausanne 2020 was a busy one for Team GB with six sports in action and after four days of official training, the bobsleigh finally got underway in St. Moritz with the women's monobob competition. Charlotte Longden lined up for Team GB having only been training in the bobsleigh for a year. The teenager got progressively quicker over her two runs, reaching speeds of 125.4km/h to finish on a combined time of 2:30.20 and 12th place overall &ndash; +3.36 seconds off the eventual winner Georgeta Popescu of Romania.<br /> <br /> Speaking after her second run Longden was pleased with her performance: &ldquo;I was happy with how my runs went, the track&rsquo;s quite fast today so obviously that changes thinking times. I could notice improvements on my second run from my first run so that&rsquo;s all I can really ask for.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For me this is just the start, I loved it, I loved this experience and just want to do more.&rdquo; Longden&rsquo;s teammate Will Scammell will push off onto the Olympia Bob Run tomorrow in the men&rsquo;s monobob event. <br /> <br /> Sam Bolton became the first ski jumper to represent Team GB in any Olympic event since Glynn Pedersen at Salt Lake City 2002, as he made his Youth Olympic debut in the men&rsquo;s individual competition at Les Tuffes Nordic Centre. Bolton scored 199.9 from his two jumps to secure 18<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;position &ndash; a strong finish in a field of 37.<br /> <br /> It was a successful day&rsquo;s work for Team GB&rsquo;s curlers Robyn Mitchell and Ross Craik in the mixed country pairs, as they joined teammate Jamie Rankin in the last 24 of the competition. Mitchell and her partner Frantisek Jiral of Czech Republic started the morning session off in great fashion, securing an 8-5 victory against Benny Kapp (GER) and Sara Rigler (SLO).<br /> <br /> Later in the day, Craik, who skipped Team GB during the mixed team event earlier in the week, also confirmed his pathway through to the next round with Danish playing partner, Natalie Wiksten, following an 8-6 triumph over Romet Maeesalu (EST) and Momoha Tabata (JPN). All three British athletes are back in action tomorrow, as the round of 24 gets underway at the Champ&eacute;ry Curling Arena.<br /> <br /> Ski cross athlete Scott Johns was in action at a blustery Villars resort and despite impressive skiing in the heats with one first place, three seconds and a third, Johns wasn&rsquo;t able to progress to the semi-final stages of an extremely competitive field.<br /> <br /> Cross-country skiers, Molly Jefferies and James Slimon were back in action in the women&rsquo;s and men&rsquo;s sprint free competition, with the pair finishing 48<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and 63<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;respectively &ndash; both above their seeded bib numbers. One final event remains for the duo, as they both tackle their preferred event on Tuesday &ndash; the cross-country classic.<br /> <br /> High winds at the Leysin Park and Pipe Centre caused the men&rsquo;s slopestyle event to be postponed, so Jasper Klein will have to wait until tomorrow for his Youth Olympic debut. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><br /> Results:</strong></p> <p>Bobsleigh &ndash; women&rsquo;s monobob:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Charlotte Longden &ndash; 12<sup>th</sup></li> </ul> <p>Cross-country skiing &ndash; sprint free:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Molly Jefferies &ndash; 48<sup>th</sup></li> <li>James Slimon &ndash; 63<sup>rd</sup></li> </ul> <p>Curling:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Robyn Munro/Frantisek Jiral (CZE) won 8-5 versus Benny Kapp (GER)/Sara Rigler (SLO)</li> <li>Ross Craik/Natalie Wiksten (DEN) won 8-6 versus Romet Maeesalu (EST)/Momoha Tabata (JPN)</li> </ul> <p>Freestyle skiing &ndash; men&rsquo;s ski cross:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Scott Johns -11th&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Freestyle skiing &ndash; men&rsquo;s slopestyle:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Jasper Klein &ndash; Event postponed to 20.01.20 due to weather</li> </ul> <p>Ski jumping:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Sam Bolton: 18<sup>th</sup></li> </ul>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:05:44 Zurn:uuid:df1ea78d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Kirsty Muir agonisingly close to slopestyle bronzeThe action recommenced on day nine of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games and a brilliant first run in the final saw freestyle skier Kirsty Muir claim fourth place and just miss out on bronze in the women's slopestyle.<br /> <br /> The Scottish skier overcame a fall in her first run of the day in qualification to post a score of 77.50 in her second run to make it through to the finals.<br /> <br /> Placed ninth for the final round of three runs, Muir held first position for a time, scoring 86.25, before being edged into fourth place. Despite this she pushed eventual bronze medal winner, Jennie-Lee Burmansson of Sweden (90.00), all the way. The gold medal was taken by Estonian Kelly Sildaru (93.75) and silver by Ailing Eileen Gu of China (93.25).<br /> <br /> Speaking after the conclusion of the event, Muir said: "I&rsquo;m happy that I&rsquo;ve landed my runs, I definitely have things to improve but I&nbsp;was really happy with that.<br /> <br /> "In the morning it was really fast, I was struggling for speed there (in the final), but I managed to find it. I wasn&rsquo;t too nervous I knew I could go and send my tricks and do what I could; there was nothing to stop me, I just had to send it."<br /> <br /> Elsewhere, Mani Cooper became the first British, female athlete to compete in an Olympic Nordic combined event, as the women&rsquo;s competition made its debut at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne.<br /> <br /> Cooper was ranked 16<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;after the competition round of the ski jump, before falling three places in the cross-country skiing &ndash; eventually finishing in a credible 19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;position.<br /> <br /> Describing her performance, Cooper said, &ldquo;The ski jump was a big improvement from yesterday (official training) &ndash; the landing was a bit untidy, which would have cost me a few points.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The first lap of the cross country - I felt good. The second one the girls came and closed me down. I tried to stick with the girls that had overtaken me, but I reached the downhill part where I was pushing and pushing, but came unbalanced and crashed. I had to get my pace back and try and finish as high up as possible.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This competition has been amazing and it&rsquo;s very much a stepping stone. It&rsquo;s all about progress, progress, progress and improving, but I&rsquo;m really happy to be here. My big aim is to compete at Beijing 2022 in the first women&rsquo;s Nordic combined event.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Olivia Weedon and Matt Gardner lined up for Team GB in the short track speed skating, battling it out in the 1,000m competition.<br /> <br /> Weedon was the first of the two to hit the ice, following in the footsteps of her uncle Jon Eley, who represented Team GB at three Olympic Winter Games between 2006-2014. In the fastest of the eight heats, Weedon set a new personal best of 1:37.974 beating her old record by over half a second. This, however, wasn&rsquo;t quite enough to secure her a spot in the quarter-finals.<br /> <br /> Next up was Gardner, who was making his international debut. In a tough competition where the heat had to be re-started due to a timing issue, Gardner held his own in difficult circumstances, however his time of 1:33.305 wasn&rsquo;t quite enough to progress through to the quarter-finals. The pair will return to the ice on Monday in the 500m heats.<br /> <br /> British duo Jamie Rankin and Hannah Farries were back in action in the mixed country pairs, as week two of curling commenced at the Champ&eacute;ry Curling Arena.<br /> <br /> Rankin, who is paired with Klaudia Szmidt of Poland, sailed through to the last 24 following a convincing 8-2 victory over the Vito Melo (Brazil) and Alina Fakhurtdinova (Russia). However, it was disappointment for Farries and Kadir Polat (Turkey), who fell at the round of 48 stage following a 8&ndash;4 defeat to Jaedon Neuert (Canada) and Kaitlin Murphy (USA).<br /> <br /> The cross-country skiing also got underway at the Vall&eacute;e de Joux Cross-Country Centre, with British pair Molly Jefferies and James Slimon in action in the cross-country free competition.<br /> <br /> Teenager Jefferies finished in 51<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;position in the women&rsquo;s event &ndash; improving on her starting bib number of 72, while Slimon finished 67<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in the men&rsquo;s. Both athletes are back in action tomorrow, competing in the sprint free.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Results:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cross-country skiing - free:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Molly Jefferies &ndash; 51<sup>st</sup></p> </li> <li> <p>James Slimon &ndash; 67<sup>th</sup></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Curling:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Jamie Rankin/Klaudia Szmitd (POL) won 8-2 versus Vito Melo (BRA)/Alina Fakhurtdinova (RUS)</p> </li> <li> <p>Hannah Farries/Kadir Polat (TUR) lost 4&ndash;8 versus Jaedon Neuert (CAN)/Kaitlin Murphy (USA)</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Freestyle skiing &ndash; women&rsquo;s slopestyle:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Kirsty Muir &ndash; 4<sup>th</sup></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Nordic combined:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Mani Cooper &ndash; 19<sup>th</sup></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Short track speed skating- 1,000m:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Matthew Gardner: 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;round &ndash; 4<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in heat 2, DNQ</p> </li> <li> <p>Olivia Weedon: 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;round - 3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;in heat 3, DNQ</p> </li> </ul>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:12:37 Zurn:uuid:980ca78d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Hall and Cackett make British bobsleigh historyHistory boys Brad Hall and Greg Cackett went where no Brits have gone before and won two-man Bobsleigh World Cup silver in Igls, Austria.<br /> <br /> It was just the pair&rsquo;s third race together and will go down in British sliding folklore, yielding their nation&rsquo;s first-ever World Cup medal in the event.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> The Bath-based duo missed the podium in La Plagne a week ago by 18 hundredths of a second &ndash; Britain&rsquo;s best result this millennium - but weren&rsquo;t to be denied in the Austrian Alps.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Remarkable result for <a href="https://twitter.com/BobsleighBrad?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BobsleighBrad</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/GregCackett?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GregCackett</a> - we&rsquo;re going over &amp; over the records with <a href="https://twitter.com/IBSFsliding?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IBSFsliding</a> but we believe that&rsquo;s best ever showing in a 2-man race since the circuit officially came into being in the 1980s!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/historymakers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#historymakers</a> <a href="https://t.co/EsxVPqFlCY">pic.twitter.com/EsxVPqFlCY</a></p> &mdash; GBBobsleighSkeleton (@The_BBSA) <a href="https://twitter.com/The_BBSA/status/1218555877021691915?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "It's an absolutely incredible feeling," said Hall, who alongside Cackett has been laid low with illness in recent days. <br /> <br /> "Greg and I have been feeling under the weather but we managed to pull out two consistent runs and to be stood on the podium with a silver medal around our necks is really, really special.<br /> <br /> "To be rewriting history at this stage of our careers is amazing."<br /> <br /> Hall and Cackett clocked 52.22s to sit third at the halfway stage and reached a top speed of 121kph in a 52.39s second run to guarantee a medal.<br /> <br /> Their combined time, 1:44.61, was a hundredth ahead of Germany&rsquo;s Richard Oelsner and Tobias Schneider and 0.74s behind all-conquering Germans Francesco Freidrich and Thorsten Margis.<br /> <br /> "I couldn't believe it when we were in the leader's box watching Oelsner's run," said Hall.<br /> <br /> "Seeing them bleeding time all the way down the track, our eyes were lighting up and we were on the edge of our seats waiting for them to cross that finish line."<br /> <br /> The 29-year-old driver Hall has now clocked personal bests in his last six two-man races and has broken through this season after finishing ninth, eighth and sixth in the final three World Cup races of 2019. <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">❤️❤️❤️❤️ this! &amp; history makers for Bobsleigh!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WOW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WOW</a> <a href="https://t.co/si68AUKGpg">pic.twitter.com/si68AUKGpg</a></p> &mdash; GBBobsleighSkeleton (@The_BBSA) <a href="https://twitter.com/The_BBSA/status/1218558201769209857?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> The former decathlete finished joint fourth at the 2019 World Championships alongside Nick Gleeson, Britain&rsquo;s best two-man result for 53 years.<br /> <br /> Cackett has recently moved back to sliding after switching to cycling following the PyeongChang Olympics. <br /> <br /> "We've still got a lot to improve on in the start - which is a good thing as it shows we can keep getting better," said Hall.<br /> <br /> "Showing this level of consistency and, hopefully, keeping on pushing for these medals, will be brilliant for us in the build-up to the Beijing Olympics in a couple of years' time."<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:09:40 Zurn:uuid:efaaa68d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 BoxingWhittaker: Dad's guidance helped me target TokyoParents often know what's best and Great Britain boxer Ben Whittaker has been shaped by his father's advice. <br /> <br /> The 22-year-old stands on the cusp of a massive 2020 as he sets his sights on light heavyweight stardom in Tokyo. <br /> <br /> Whittaker claimed silver at the European Games and world championship bronze in 2019, with a word in the ear from dad a consistent factor in his success. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am in a great position and I remember a couple of years ago my dad said coming up to the Olympics I needed rubberstamp my name as one of the best out there,&rdquo; Whittaker said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You need to go to these majors and start getting medals or trying to win them. That is what I have been doing and I just want to keep that momentum going for the rest of 2020.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You want to be the type of boxer who when people draw you, they think &lsquo;oh no I&rsquo;ve got Ben Whittaker&rsquo;. 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line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Always time for a selfie #RushHour2 Lee X James Carter - - #2020</a></p> <p style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/benwhittaker/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> B&pound;NZO</a> (@benwhittaker) on <time style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2020-01-14T21:39:19+00:00">Jan 14, 2020 at 1:39pm PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script> <br /> &ldquo;It is going to be a real busy year, which is exciting and I really can&rsquo;t wait to get going. The year has just started and we are back in a training camp. The ball is rolling and I am in a good place.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Despite being a light heavyweight, Whittaker is remarkably nimble on his feet and credits dancing in his training regime with giving him an X factor.<br /> <br /> Once again Whittaker, who boasts an amateur record of 28-8, praises his dad in helping to sculpt his style.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My dad has been a great influence and I was a hyperactive kid,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was running wild at school and got sacked from jobs. I wasn&rsquo;t naughty, I was just full of energy. I didn&rsquo;t follow rules and was too hyper. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I was 14 or 15 my dad said I had to focus on my boxing. I took that advice and it got me here. Even when I was about seven, he wouldn&rsquo;t let me throw punches and used only do foot work training. You can see that influence all over my style.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Whittaker will look to continue his ascent in Tokyo, but must first earn a spot on the plane to Japan with Team GB.<br /> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ZbFQPJUwb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12" style="background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:16px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ZbFQPJUwb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;" target="_blank"> </a> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ZbFQPJUwb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="background:#FFFFFF; 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line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">world semi final- vs - - It&rsquo;s all about changing that colour medal... in due time for Tokyo - #Bronze #to #GOLD</a></p> <p style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/benwhittaker/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> B&pound;NZO</a> (@benwhittaker) on <time style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2019-10-09T12:20:35+00:00">Oct 9, 2019 at 5:20am PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script> <br /> The first chance to do so comes at London&rsquo;s Copper Box in March when the Road to Tokyo European Qualifying event arrives in the capital.<br /> <br /> It will be the biggest boxing tournament to take place in England since London 2012 and Whittaker is enthused by the prospect of fighting in front of a vociferous home crowd.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Watching 2012 and seeing the emotion when a British boxer won gold made me think I&rsquo;d love to fight in front of that crowd. Next thing you know I am on the doorstep of doing it myself,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;People always want to watch me, but fights are usually overseas. With the Olympic qualifiers being in London, I will be bringing the whole of Wolverhampton down to watch me.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A rangy fighter whose fleet-footed and easy-on-the-eye style belies his 6ft 3in frame,<br /> <br /> Whittaker has found a new level of consistency since stepping up in weight and looks at home in his 81kg frame.<br /> <br /> He wears his weight across a slender frame and a big reach has proven a boon for a man who is clearly comfortable among bigger fighters.<br /> <br /> Whittaker will look to use this confidence to fuel a medal assault should he qualify for Japan and is relishing the chance to make the next big step in his career.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I moved up to 81kg and won gold at my first tournament. Ever since then I have been flying and it was the best decision I ever made,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Everyone is saying I can win gold in Tokyo, but I just want to go there and medal. Once I have a medal I can start thinking about changing the colour. I want to do myself and my country proud.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Doing well at the Olympics can change your life and I have the skill set to go there and do it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020<br />Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:38:04 Zurn:uuid:fc9ea68d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 AthleticsAthletics coach Malcolm Arnold wins IOC Lifetime Achievement AwardLegendary British athletics coach Malcolm Arnold has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week as the recipient of the IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award.<br /> <br /> Arnold, who trained athletes from all around the world over a career that spanned almost 60 years until he retired in 2016, trained three Olympic champions, from Uganda, Canada and Great Britain. His athletes held world records in the 60m hurdles, the 110m hurdles, the 200m hurdles and the 400m hurdles.<br /> <br /> Arnold&rsquo;s career began as a physical education teacher, before heading to Uganda to become the Head Coach of the Athletics Federation. He led John Akii-Bua to African history when John became Africa&rsquo;s first Olympic champion at Munich 1972. Malcolm then headed Welsh Athletics and British Athletics, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen of the United Kingdom in 2012 for services to athletics.<br /> <br /> Along with Ulla Koch of Germany, Arnold will receive the award today during a ceremony to be held at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, in the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach and members of the IOC Athletes&rsquo; and Athletes&rsquo; Entourage Commissions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I feel very honoured to receive this award,&rdquo; said Arnold. &ldquo;Throughout my 42 years employment with British Athletics and its predecessors, I have been privileged to work with some great coaches and some outstanding athletes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Athlete development and coach education have been the basis of my work. Organised, professional coaching in the UK began in 1947 with outstanding work and inspiration by Geoffrey Dyson and I, along with some other professional colleagues, have been proud to follow in his footsteps. I have also been privileged to help develop and work with some outstanding volunteer coaches, who have contributed to the success of the British Athletics coaching scheme.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;I hope that my award will enthuse British Athletics in its new strategy &ndash; following their reviews of performance and coaching &ndash; towards improved coach education and young athlete development.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> British Olympic Association Chairman Sir Hugh Robertson said: "On behalf of the British Olympic Association and the wider British Olympic Family may I offer our sincere congratulations to Malcolm on receiving the IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Malcolm embodies not only the Olympic Values but those of Team GB and this award is fitting recognition for the life-long dedication he has given to the sport athletics.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Jason Gardener, President of UK Athletics and Olympic gold medallist, said: &ldquo;On behalf of everyone at UK Athletics, and myself personally, I want to offer many congratulations to Malcolm for receiving the prestigious IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Malcolm achieved so much with so many athletes across multiple Olympic Games in almost 60 years as a coach, including with myself. To have him as my coach was a true honour and he is fully deserving of all of the appreciation that comes his way now that he is retired.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;The Olympic values closely align to how Malcolm was as a coach and is as a person and it is extremely pleasing to see him being recongised in this way after such a long and successful career. I hope he and his family have a wonderful time at the ceremony and get the chance to celebrate all of Malcolm&rsquo;s achievements.&rdquo;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:00:25 Zurn:uuid:7b87a68d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Theo Collins brings Team GB's first week of Lausanne 2020 to a closeSpeed skater Theo Collins brought Team GB's first week at Lausanne 2020 to a close as he collected his mixed country relay silver medal in St. Moritz yesterday. He had earlier competed in the final speed skating event - the men&rsquo;s mass start &ndash; where he fell at the semi-final stage.<br /> <br /> Collins wasn&rsquo;t Team GB&rsquo;s only medallist from the week, as Amy Robery, Mack Stewart, Mirren Foy and Evan Nauth all clinched medals in the mixed country 3-on-3 ice hockey event (two silver, two bronze) on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> There were positive results elsewhere throughout the week, as Shawna Pendry followed up her impressive display in the women&rsquo;s 10km (39<sup>th</sup>) with a personal best of 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in the 6km sprint, while Collins also registered his own personal best time of 40:59 in the men&rsquo;s 500m.<br /> <br /> Team GB&rsquo;s curlers just missed out on a place in the knockout stages of the mixed team competition, going out on head to head to Norway, despite having the same record as their Norwegian counterparts. The British quartet will be back in action tomorrow, as they take part in the mixed country pairs event at the Champ&eacute;ry Curling Arena.<br /> <br /> It was a difficult week for Team GB's alpine skiers at Les Diablerets, with Daisi Daniels posting the best result of the week, after finishing 18<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in the women&rsquo;s Super G. <br /> <br /> Yesterday,&nbsp;saw the departure of alpine skiing, biathlon and ice hockey athletes from the Athlete Village, and welcomed in new faces from cross-country skiing (Molly Jefferies, James Slimon), freestyle skiing (Scott Johns, Jasper Klein, Kirsty Muir), Nordic combined (Mani Cooper), short track speed skating (Matthew Gardner, Olivia Weedon) and ski jumping (Sam Bolton). The competition at Lausanne 2020 resumes on Saturday, following tomorrow&rsquo;s official training day.<br /> <br /> Bobsleigh will get underway at the Olympia Bob Run, St. Moritz on Sunday, with British duo Charlotte Longden and William Scammell in action. <p>&nbsp;</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:18:59 Zurn:uuid:98e1a58d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Tokyo 2020Team GB announces AoyamaTreehouse as Team GB House at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic GamesThe British Olympic Association (BOA) and GlobalTreehouse Inc. today announced that AoyamaTreehouse, located in central Tokyo, will serve as Team GB House for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.<br /> <br /> A brand-new private venue in the bustling district of Aoyama, AoyamaTreehouse will play host to Team GB&rsquo;s athletes, commercial partners and guests as they enjoy the Games of XXXII Olympiad in style.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Team GB House will be an intimate and truly beautiful base for the athletes and the wider delegation; a place where we can come together and celebrate the achievements of the nation&rsquo;s finest athletes,&rdquo; said BOA CEO, Andy Anson.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;AoyamaTreehouse is a wonderful venue and we could not have hoped for a better place to call home for Team GB &ndash; we believe the athletes will love it and it will be an exciting place to be during the Games.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our members and staff are honoured for AoyamaTreehouse to be selected as Team GB House during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. AoyamaTreehouse is a place for innovation and creativity, and hosting Team GB perfectly matches our concepts,&rdquo; said Fred Katsuro Schmidt, Co-founder and President of GlobalTreehouse.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The venue&rsquo;s second floor will provide viewing facilities for invited guests to follow Team GB athletes in competition and includes private dining facilities alongside communal areas for athletes to spend time with their friends and family and to celebrate their achievements.<br /> <br /> A short walk from the Tokyo National Stadium, which will play host to track and field competitions as well as the Opening and Closing ceremonies, AoyamaTreehouse is located in the heart of Tokyo, surrounded by the nature of the Akasaka Imperial grounds nearby.<br /> <br /> AoyamaTreehouse is building a global community of leaders dedicated to Mindfitness and innovation. The Treehouse space, designed by Roman &amp; Williams, creates a unique environment, using natural materials key to a healthy and mindful experience.<br /> <br /> Team GB House will also feature a Team GB shop open to guests and housed in the adjoining House of Aston Martin Aoyama. The iconic British brand, through its Aoyama venue, has already hosted several events for visiting Team GB delegations on their journey to Tokyo 2020.<br /> <br /> The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begins on Friday, 24 July and runs through until Sunday, 9 August 2020.Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:00:00 Zurn:uuid:62eaa58d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Medal flurry for Team GB on day six of Lausanne 2020Team GB scooped five medals on day six of Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games.<br /> <br /> Speed skater Theo Collins became the first Team GB medal winner at Lausanne 2020 as he collected silver in the mixed country team sprint.<br /> <br /> Competing with skaters from Finland, Japan and Poland, Collins&rsquo;s team finished in a time of 2:05.92, and following an appeal moved into silver position, 1.82 behind the gold medal winning team from Austria, Finland, Japan and Russia.<br /> <br /> Speaking straight after his medal success, Collins said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an incredible feeling. I did not expect to get a medal coming into this race but we had a really good chemistry despite having never met each other.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There was a pretty strong head wind out there and my legs started to hurt but I wanted to do the team justice and make them proud. When my coach told me our medal had been upgraded to silver I was unbelievably happy.<br /> <br /> No sooner had the first medal of the Games arrived, another two came in quick succession in the Ice Hockey 3-on-3 as Evan Nauth (Team Brown 6-5 Team Black) and Mirren Foy (Team Blue 6-4 Team Brown) both won their bronze medal matches, Team Brown winning with under 10 seconds left on the clock.<br /> <br /> First off the ice, Mirren Foy couldn&rsquo;t hide her delight at winning bronze: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing, I was crying with happiness when the game finished. The game ended up being too close for comfort but we managed to hold on. I&rsquo;ve loved getting to know and playing with these players and I&rsquo;ll miss them a lot &ndash; it&rsquo;s been a great experience.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> After so many dominant displays during the tournament, Nauth was relieved to have secured the bronze in a last gasp manner: &ldquo;The adrenalin is absolutely pumping through me. It was a tied game and we were all expecting a shoot out. We were even picking who was going to go and then Matyas [Sapovaliv, Czech Republic] scored with an incredible finish and made my heart come out of my chest. It brought us up after yesterday and the perfect way to end an amazing week.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> After the excitement of the bronze medal matches, Team GB were back in action soon after as they had a presence in both the men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s gold medal matches with Mack Stewart (Team Red) and Amy Robery (Team Black) in action.<br /> <br /> Despite valiant performances from both players it was easy victories for their opponents, meaning both had to settle for silver, but a great outcome all the same.<br /> <br /> Robery was very upbeat despite the defeat: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m actually really happy. We did lose but we gave it a really good go and we came so far, I&rsquo;m just happy to get an Olympic medal.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Stewart was slightly more downcast but was philosophical about the outcome: &ldquo;We started the game strong but we dropped behind and our heads dropped a little bit but we did try to keep fighting. It does feel great to win an Olympic medal and to share it with some great team mates.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> It was the last day of alpine skiing at Les Diablerets, with Daisi Daniels and Robert Holmes in action in the parallel mixed team event. The British pair went down 4-0 in the round of 16, against the Austrian pair of Philip Hoffmann and Amanda Salzgeber, who eventually ended up winning the bronze medal.<br /> <br /> Only one Team GB athlete is in action on day seven of Lausanne 2020 as Theo Collins takes part in the men&rsquo;s mass start competition which will bring to a close his competition and also that of Team GB&rsquo;s wave one athletes.<br /> <br /> One of the key Lausanne 2020 targets was to grow the total number of athletes from Lillehammer 2016 and to achieve this they introduced a two wave concept with athletes either competing in week one or week two. Team GB&rsquo;s week two athletes start arriving across today and tomorrow, with competition starting again on Saturday 18<sup>th</sup>. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Alpine Skiing &ndash; Parallel Mixed Team Event:</p> <ul> <li>Daisi Daniels and Rob Holmes - 14th</li> </ul> <p>Ice Hockey &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3 bronze medal match:</p> <ul> <li>Mirren Foy (blue) &ndash; won 6-4 versus (brown)</li> <li>Evan Nauth (brown) &ndash; won 6-5 versus (black)</li> </ul> <p>Ice Hockey &ndash; Men&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3 gold medal match:</p> <ul> <li>Mack Stewart (red) &ndash; lost 10-4 versus (green)</li> <li>Amy Robery (black) &ndash; lost 6-1 versus (yellow)</li> </ul> <p>Speed Skating - Mixed country team sprint</p> <ul> <li>Team 16 (Kivioja (FIN), Collins (GBR), Motonaga (JPN), Kopacz (POL)) - 2nd</li> </ul>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:41:30 Zurn:uuid:3dcda58d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 HockeyOlympic champion Danson-Bennett grateful to be back in GB setup<p>This time last year Alex Danson-Bennett was convinced she would never be able to play hockey again. </p> <p>The Rio 2016 hockey gold medallist lost the ability to read, walk or speak after sustaining a concussion when she hit the back of her head on a wall while on holiday in Kenya 18 months ago. </p> <p>Having captained England at a home World Cup shortly before the trip, the seemingly insignificant moment turned her life upside down in an instant &ndash; but she immediately vowed to come back.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7JuAvMArAr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12" style="background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:16px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7JuAvMArAr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;" target="_blank"> </a> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7JuAvMArAr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a></div> <div style="display:block; 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line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Reflecting on an enormous week &bull; It&rsquo;s been 462 days since my head injury. I hate to think how many hours and moments that is, but I know it has felt long &bull; This week I was welcomed back to the @gbhockey centralised program. It came with its ups and downs with headaches at times being pretty bad my overwhelming feeling is that of joy. I believe whole heartedly that this process will both support my recovery and hopefully give me the opportunity to play again. It&rsquo;s not going to be easy but that is the challenge &bull; What have I learnt? &bull; Never give up, even when it seems impossible, listen to that whisper of hope &bull; Make your team of rock stars, those people that just never leave your side, the ones that are relentlessly there &bull; Be honest. I&rsquo;ve never said in my life that I&rsquo;m not ok, but now I have no option. It&rsquo;s quite incredible how people respond &bull; Lastly, always search for the brighter side of life, if you look hard enough, it is always there &bull; Time to rest, recover and be ready again for Monday. Thank you for all your support &bull; #mildtraumaticbraininjury #recovering #team #reflections #grateful #iwillbeatthis #iambeatingthis</a></p> <p style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/alexdanson15/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> A L E X D A N S O N MBE</a> (@alexdanson15) on <time style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2020-01-10T20:03:43+00:00">Jan 10, 2020 at 12:03pm PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script> <p><br /> Those aspirations felt unimaginable not too long ago but Danson-Bennett has finally breathed her first sigh of relief having completed her first week back at Bisham Abbey in the GB Hockey set-up &ndash; a position the Olympic champion will never take for granted again.<br /> </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a different human to the human I was a year ago,&rdquo; said Danson-Bennett. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll be really honest, there were just so many dark times over the last 16 months when I just wondered whether I&rsquo;d get well or if something had been misdiagnosed.</p> <p>&ldquo;Just seeing the team, picking up my stick and being welcomed back in the first meeting was a day I didn&rsquo;t know would come, so it was pretty special. </p> <p>&ldquo;This has been my home for many years, but I hadn&rsquo;t been here for a year and it feels like an age.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a big step but it&rsquo;s just so good to be able to do so much more. It&rsquo;s certainly better than the front room of my bedroom, that&rsquo;s for sure.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vq-rp5ehHcs" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> Having only been back in the GB set-up for seven days, Danson-Bennett will not be part of the squad travelling to Australia for the start of their FIH Pro League season on February 1.</p> <p>With time running out until Team GB launch their Olympic title defence in Tokyo, Danson-Bennett admitted herself in an Instagram post that now &lsquo;is the last chance to see what she can do&rsquo; &ndash; but she knows full recovery is a long way off just yet.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve managed to tolerate full days, be in the gym, do running and bike sessions &ndash; but not without symptoms,&rdquo; she added. &ldquo;Headaches are my primary problem. I feel like if they went I could just crack on as before.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m just grateful to be in an environment where I can tolerate lots of things going on. Everybody here knows me and knows my character and that if I could be on that pitch, I&rsquo;d be there. </p> <p>&ldquo;The past year has given me the most enormous perspective. I was too unwell to make contact with anybody. I wasn&rsquo;t well enough to place any phone calls, read any messages or do anything for myself at that stage. </p> <p>&ldquo;Coming back here has helped enormously. I feel well supported, but not everybody is that fortunate which is why it&rsquo;s important to highlight just how debilitating head injuries can be.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:51:01 Zurn:uuid:15a2a58d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics ArtisticOlympic medallist Tinkler retires from competitive gymnasticsAmy Tinkler, Olympic bronze medallist and the youngest member of Team GB to compete at Rio 2016, has retired from competitive gymnastics. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/P1Snh29KFS">pic.twitter.com/P1Snh29KFS</a></p> &mdash; Amy Tinkler OLY (@amytinkler2) <a href="https://twitter.com/amytinkler2/status/1217386075372605440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 15, 2020</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;When one door closes, another one opens,&rdquo; said the 20-year-old. &ldquo;Thank you to the gymnastics community, you&rsquo;ve been my whole life and this is not goodbye.<br /> </p> <p>&ldquo;In the short term, I&rsquo;m excited to try new opportunities, especially in an Olympic year like this one where I knew Team GB will again capture the nation&rsquo;s attention by delivering a fantastic performance in Tokyo.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tinkler was aged just 16 when she became the first British woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal on the floor with a brilliant bronze in Brazil.</p> <p>Injury prevented the talented teenager from adding to her medal haul, missing the 2018 World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games after tearing ankle ligaments within a year of Rio.</p> <p>She also had to miss out on last year&rsquo;s European Championships, undergoing a series of operations in a bid to get herself back to full fitness.<br /> </p> <p>Tinkler remained confident of a return in 2019 but a reappearance on the mat was not forthcoming, though she insists her time in the sport is not completely at an end.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Planning something special?<br /> <br /> Why not join us in Tokyo this summer for the greatest show on earth? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> </p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1217110372311846916?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>While Tinkler&rsquo;s competitive career came to an end prematurely, her achievements in Rio and beyond saw her become one of the most successful gymnasts in British history.</p> <p>A promising junior athlete, her talent was first noticed on the big stage when helping Great Britain win silver at the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht.</p> <p>The Durham native broke onto the senior circuit in 2015 &ndash; becoming the all-around champion thanks to her performance at the English National Championships.</p> <p>Within a month she was also British champion, earning selection to the European Championships alongside fellow future Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie and Claudia Fragapane.</p> <p>Victory didn&rsquo;t come her way in her maiden major international competition as a senior gymnast but it wasn&rsquo;t long until she was on the podium, part of the British team to win a team medal in that year&rsquo;s World Championships.</p> <p>Competing in front of a home Glasgow crowd, Tinkler produced strong performances on both the vault and floor to help the squad to bronze &ndash; less than half a point clear of Russia in fourth.</p> <p>Within a year she was not only part of Team GB&rsquo;s squad for Rio but making history too, with the 16-year-old the youngest member of the 366-strong squad. </p> <p>But, determined as ever, she wasn&rsquo;t content with just making up the numbers, a superb floor score of 14.933 seeing her win a brilliant bronze for her country &ndash; a performance that proved to be her last in competitive gymnastics.</p> <p>Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said; &ldquo;At just 20-years old Amy has achieved so much in her gymnastics career. Amy made her own history and Team GB&rsquo;s when she fought off two former European Champions to secure her spectacular floor bronze medal to become our youngest medallist since 1984. We wish her all the best for her retirement from gymnastics.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:59:58 Zurn:uuid:9a59a58d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Curlers agonisingly miss out despite victory against New ZealandAnother brilliant performance from Team GB's curlers, this time against New Zealand, wasn't enough to see them through to the knock-out stages at Lausanne 2020 as Norway held on to defeat a spirited French side and knock the Brits out on head-to-head record.<br /> <br /> Team GB came into their final round robin fixture with their destiny out of their hands after two earlier defeats against Turkey and Norway had hampered their progress. The early exchanges of the match saw three points exchanged in the first and second end. <br /> <br /> Another three points for Team GB in the third end put them in a commanding position but the Kiwis chipped away at the lead in the fourth and fifth end to tie things up and then take the lead in the sixth.<br /> <br /> Not deterred Team GB evened things up again in the seventh end before some ice cool play by skip Ross Craik allowed Team GB to score two precious points to secure the win though Norway secured the second qualification spot behind New Zealand as they saw off France on the adjacent rink to end Team GB&rsquo;s Youth Olympic hopes.<br /> <br /> Biathlete Shawna Pendry was back in action, this time in the women&rsquo;s 6km sprint at Les Tuffes Nordic Centre. Pendry, who had previously finished with a personal best of 39<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in the 10km event, went even better in the 6km, finishing an impressive 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;place in a field of 94 &ndash; another personal best.<br /> <br /> Team GB are guaranteed two medals in the mixed country 3-on-3 ice hockey event, as Mack Stewart and Amy Robery both secured their respective pathways through to tomorrow&rsquo;s gold medal matches.<br /> <br /> Stewart&rsquo;s Team Red are finding form at the right time, making it four straight wins in the competition, following an 11-7 victory over teammate Evan Nauth&rsquo;s Team Brown. They will meet Team Green in tomorrow&rsquo;s final &ndash; a team they narrowly lost 8-9 to in the preliminary round.<br /> <br /> Following today&rsquo;s triumph, Stewart said &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a pretty big deal getting to the final because we&rsquo;re now guaranteed a medal - we&rsquo;ve got one more game where we&rsquo;re hoping for gold. We started off slowly today, but we&rsquo;ve now beaten a big team (brown) twice in two days which helps us mentally.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re on a four game win streak right now, so tomorrow we just need to play as we have been playing because it seems to be working."<br /> <br /> Amy Robery&rsquo;s Team Black launched a stunning comeback to win 11-7 over Team Brown in the women&rsquo;s semi-finals, despite finding themselves 5-3 down after the first period. They go into tomorrow&rsquo;s gold medal match against Team Yellow with a record of seven wins out of eight, and Robery is delighted with the team&rsquo;s progress.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so surreal &ndash; as a team we can&rsquo;t believe we&rsquo;ve actually made it to the final. We are all so happy for each other and I&rsquo;m so proud of my teammates &ndash; we&rsquo;re going to go into the final and try and win it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was very intense &ndash; we were level with the other team throughout. We kept going, we kept working and then we scored a few goals in the second period &ndash; finding momentum at the right time. We switched tactics to defence towards the end and managed to hold on to the victory.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our team has come so far &ndash; the fact we&rsquo;re going to be going home with a medal is amazing. Although we&rsquo;re guaranteed a medal, we&rsquo;ve come this far and we want to go all the way and get that gold."<br /> <br /> Evan Nauth and Mirren Foy will also be in action, playing in the men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s bronze medal match &ndash; starting 11:00 GMT.<br /> <br /> At Les Diablerets, Sophie Foster secured a decent 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;place finish in the women&rsquo;s slalom, adding to her 33<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;place finish in the Super G last Friday. The 16-year-old clocked 1:37:05 over her two runs, moving up 21 places from her starting bib number of 41.<br /> <br /> Daisi Daniels registered another DNF, while Jack Cunningham and Robert Holmes failed to place in the men&rsquo;s event with a DNF and DSQ respectively. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong><br /> <br /> Alpine Skiing &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Giant Slalom:</p> <ul> <li>Daisi Daniels &ndash; DNF</li> <li>Sophie Foster &ndash; 20<sup>th</sup></li> </ul> <p>Alpine Skiing &ndash; Men&rsquo;s Slalom:</p> <ul> <li>Jack Cunningham &ndash; DNF</li> <li>Robert Holmes &ndash; DSQ</li> </ul> <p>Biathlon &ndash; Women&rsquo;s 6km Sprint:</p> <ul> <li>Shawna Pendry &ndash; 12<sup>th</sup></li> </ul> <p>Curling &ndash; Mixed Team:</p> <ul> <li>Great Britain 9-7 New Zealand&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Ice Hockey &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3 semi-finals:</p> <ul> <li>Mirren Foy (blue) &ndash; lost 5-7 versus (yellow)</li> <li>Amy Robery (black) &ndash; won 11-7 versus (brown)</li> </ul> <p>Ice Hockey &ndash; Men&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul> <li>Evan Nauth (brown) &ndash; lost 7-9 versus (red)</li> <li>Mack Stewart (red) &ndash; won 9-7 versus (brown)</li> </ul>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 22:54:14 Zurn:uuid:2551a48d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Tokyo 2020Team GB appoints British Airways as official airline partner for Tokyo 2020Team GB has appointed British Airways as its official airline partner ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The airline will fly hundreds of athletes and support team, along with their equipment to and from the Games as part of the partnership, which also includes ParalympicsGB. British Airways has been supporting British Olympic athletes for over a decade, since the Beijing 2008 Games.<br /> <br /> To mark the announcement, athletes from a range of sports officially launched the partnership at London Heathrow airport. Representing skateboarding, which is being introduced at the Olympic Games for the first time in Tokyo, was 11-year-old Sky Brown who is set to be GB&rsquo;s youngest summer Olympian, athlete Dina Asher-Smith, and boxer Cheavon Clarke who hopes to represent Team GB. <br /> <br /> In addition, Ali Jawad, powerlifter, Maisie Summers-Newton, Para swimmer and Alfie Hewett, wheelchair tennis player, were also in attendance and all hope to represent ParalympicsGB.<br /> <br /> Dina Asher-Smith, current British record holder and 200m World Champion sprinter, said: &ldquo;Tokyo 2020 is going to be so exciting for the nation with a new generation of athletes and additional sports being added. Every athlete dreams of returning home on that British Airways plane carrying gold, silver and bronze luggage with them!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> With a long-standing history in supporting national sporting events and teams, British Airways will ensure Great Britain&rsquo;s medal hopefuls arrive in Japan refreshed and ready to perform at their best. The airline will fly hundreds of athletes back to the UK ready for a warm welcome at the end of the Games.<br /> <br /> Carolina Martinoli, British Airways&rsquo; Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re so proud to be the official airline of Team GB and ParalympicsGB for the fourth consecutive Games. The Olympic and Paralympics Games always instil a sense of national pride and it&rsquo;s an honour to fly the best of British talent in sport and be part of their journey &ndash; from start to finish.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> British Olympic Association CEO, Andy Anson, said: &ldquo;British Airways is one of the most recognisable and prestigious brands in the world, so it is with great pride that we partner with them for the fourth consecutive Games.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Tokyo 2020 promises to be an incredible event and securing a partnership of this calibre can only assist with our preparations ahead of the Games in July.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Olympic Games will take place between 24 July - 9 August 2020 and for the first time will include skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, karate and baseball/softball.Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:00:00 Zurn:uuid:8dc9a48d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Team GB set up must win game against New Zealand in the curlingIn a must win game on day four at the Champery Curling Arena, Team GB kept their nerve to produce a mature and disciplined display to beat Slovenia 6-2. <br /> <br /> The game was nip and tuck throughout but as the game went on Team GB applied the pressure and forced the Slovenians into a mistake in the sixth end to go 4-2 up. They made sure in the seventh end to finish the game 6-2 and give confidence ahead of their final game against New Zealand.<br /> <br /> Speaking after the game Team GB's skip Ross Craik said: "It was a good performance. We made all the shots we needed to and we forced them into making more difficult shots.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We wanted to communicate better as a team coming into this game and I think we did and it benefitted our play overall.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Going into tomorrow&rsquo;s game against New Zealand, Hannah Farries was pleased with the performance: &ldquo;We made the right decisions and made some good shots. It&rsquo;s really pleasing to get that second win. We&rsquo;ll go into tomorrow&rsquo;s game [against New Zealand] and hope to play like we did tonight, keep that communication going and try and get that win.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> It was day four of the alpine skiing at Les Diablerets, with Robert Holmes and Jack Cunningham returning to action in the giant slalom. Holmes secured a top twenty finish in the event, placing 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in a time of 2:12:28 &ndash; +5.97 behind eventual winner Philip Hoffmann of Austria.<br /> <br /> Seventeen-year-old Holmes started bib no.37 and rapidly made his way up the leaderboard to be in 23<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;position after run one. He then made up even more ground during run two, moving up three places to finish in a very respectable 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;place, and he was extremely pleased with how his day panned out:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s been great &ndash; to be competing at the event in the first place is amazing. I&rsquo;ve worked so hard to be selected for Team GB over the last ten years and especially the last two months. I&rsquo;ve been all over Europe every single weekend &ndash; competing in a crazy amount of races.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was happy with my first run &ndash; I came through the top split and I was in front which was brilliant. Coming from a dry slope background, it was kind of hard to maintain and I&rsquo;m still working on the steep hill elements of the course, but it was a good start to the race. I really tried my best to attack it, so it&rsquo;s great to finish, especially after crashing out in the Super G.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My GS (giant slalom) is actually quite weak at the moment and my technique still needs a little bit of work, but I feel like I&rsquo;ve done well to the best of my ability today.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Teammate Jack Cunningham recorded his second DNF of the week, but will look to bounce back in tomorrow&rsquo;s slalom event. Daisi Daniels and Sophie Foster will also return to action in the women&rsquo;s slalom, in what promises to be a busy day for our alpine skiers.<br /> <br /> Amy Robery and Mirren Foy both secured a spot in the last four of the mixed country 3-on-3 ice hockey competition at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games, following a hard-fought last day of the preliminary round.<br /> <br /> Robery&rsquo;s Team Black will be seeded first going into tomorrow&rsquo;s semi-final against Team Brown, following a record of six wins out of seven. Foy&rsquo;s Team Blue go into the last four as the second seeds, despite only registering one win on the final day of the round robin, they will face Team Yellow in the semi-finals.&nbsp; &nbsp; <br /> <br /> Elsewhere, Abby Rowbotham&rsquo;s Team Red managed to finish the preliminary round strongly, with back to back victories against Team Yellow (8-5) and table toppers Team Blue (5-4), while Jessie Taylor&rsquo;s Team Green just missed out on a top four spot, finishing in fifth place overall.<br /> <br /> Evan Nauth and Mack Stewart will be on opposing sides in the men&rsquo;s semi-finals, as Nauth&rsquo;s Team Brown and Stewart&rsquo;s Team Red both booked their respective pathways through to the knockout stages of competition. Nauth and Stewart&rsquo;s showdown will take place at 12:30 GMT tomorrow afternoon, where one of them is guaranteed to take to the ice in Wednesday&rsquo;s gold medal match.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Carter Hamill&rsquo;s Team Blue finished the competition without registering a victory, following further defeats to Team Brown and Team Red.<br /> <br /> Theo Collins was back out on the ice at Lake St. Moritz today, this time in the 1,500m event. Collins, who recorded a personal best in yesterday&rsquo;s 500m, came 32<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;in a time 2:09:43. The teenager has two events left to complete at Lausanne 2020 &ndash; the mixed country team sprint (Wednesday) and the mass start (Thursday). <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><br /> Results:</strong><br /> </p> <p>Alpine Skiing &ndash; Giant Slalom:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Jack Cunningham &ndash; DNF</li> <li>Robert Holmes &ndash; 20th</li> </ul> <p>Curling &ndash; Mixed Team:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Great Britain 6-2 Slovenia</li> </ul> <p> Ice Hockey &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Mirren Foy (blue) &ndash; won 5-4 versus (brown) and lost 4-5 versus (red)</li> <li>Amy Robery (black) &ndash; won 5-3 versus (grey) and won 9-4 versus (green)</li> <li>Abby Rowbotham (red) &ndash; won 8-5 versus (yellow) and won 5-4 versus (blue)</li> <li>Jessie Taylor (green) &ndash; won 7-6 versus (orange) and lost 4-9 versus (black)</li> </ul> <p>Ice Hockey &ndash; Men&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Evan Nauth (brown) &ndash; won 14-2 versus (blue) and won 8-6 versus (yellow)</li> <li>Mack Stewart (red) &ndash; won 15-13 versus (yellow) and won 18-11 versus (blue)</li> <li>Carter Hamill (blue) &ndash; lost 2-14 versus (brown) and lost 11-18 versus (red)</li> </ul> <p>Speed Skating &ndash; 1,500m:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Theo Collins &ndash; 32<sup>nd</sup></li> </ul>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:18:58 Zurn:uuid:935ca48d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Team GB ice hockey players near mixed country successMirren Foy and Amy Robery are both well in contention to reach the last four of the mixed country 3-on-3 ice hockey event after another successful day on the ice at Lausanne 2020.<br /> <br /> Foy (Team Blue) and Robery (Team Black) are involved in a three-way tie at the top of the women&rsquo;s standings alongside Team Yellow, all with a record of four wins and one loss from their five matches. Fifteen-year-old&nbsp;Foy suffered her first taste of defeat during this evening&rsquo;s session, after going down 8-5 against fellow contenders Team Yellow, while Robery&rsquo;s Team Black are the current form team, winning both of their matches against Team Yellow (7-2) and Team Orange (7-3).&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Jessie Taylor&rsquo;s Team Green currently occupy the fourth and final qualification position, helped greatly by their most recent 9-4 victory against Team Grey, but are also involved in a three-way fight with Team Grey and Team Brown to secure that semi-final berth. Elsewhere, Abby Rowbotham&rsquo;s Team Red recorded their first victory of the competition with an 11-7 triumph over Team Brown.<br /> <br /> Evan Nauth&rsquo;s Team Brown are sitting nicely in third place in the men&rsquo;s standings despite a mixed day of competition. They started the day with a convincing 14-5 victory over Team Orange, but then suffered an 11-5 defeat at the hands of teammate Mack Stewart&rsquo;s Team Red. Stewart himself sits in fifth position, just outside the all-important top four qualification spots after back to back victories, so will hope to capitalise on any opportunity that opens on day four.<br /> <br /> Carter Hamill&rsquo;s Team Blue continue to struggle in the men&rsquo;s competition and are still left searching for their first victory, following defeats to Team Green (11-6) and Team Yellow (13-8) today. <br /> <br /> The seven Team GB athletes head back to the Vaudoise Arena for the last two preliminary matches tomorrow, before the semi-finals on January 14.<br /> <br /> It was the first day of competition in the speed skating, with teenager Theo Collins taking to the frozen lake at St. Moritz in the 500m race. Collins, who today became the first Brit to compete in an Olympic speed skating event since 1992, recorded a personal best of 40:59 on the way to a 28<sup>th&nbsp;</sup>place finish and was pleased with his day&rsquo;s work:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy with how the race went, in general. I officially skated 0.2 seconds under my personal best on ice that wasn&rsquo;t the greatest, while other people were over a second off their PB. I&rsquo;m really happy with how I skated, especially my technique.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It [these Games] were about skating well personally and doing good times. I&rsquo;ve achieved all my goals in the 500m, so I&rsquo;m pleased with what I&rsquo;ve done.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Looking ahead to tomorrow&rsquo;s 1,500m and the rest of the week, Collins said, &ldquo;I just need to be as confident as possible and if I take the lessons from the 500m, I should be able to do just as well in the 1,500m and the other two races. I haven&rsquo;t really got any goals position wise, but I&rsquo;m hoping to skate as close to my PB as possible and skate with good technique again.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Team GB's curlers were unable to bounce back from their defeat against Turkey yesterday as Norway proved to be too strong for them. The Norwegian's drew first blood going two up after the first end but some tidy play in ends two and three saw the match level. However, Norway turned the screw and eased away, and despite an additional point for the Brits, they ran out eventual 8-3 winners.<br /> <br /> The loss means that Team GB will likely need to win their remaining two fixtures starting against Slovenia tomorrow evening at 5pm GMT.<br /> <br /> It was a difficult day at Les Diablerets ski resort for Team GB&rsquo;s alpine skiers, with Daisi Daniels and Sophie Foster both recording DNFs in the giant slalom. Both skiers were well ahead of their starting bib positions after the first run, sitting comfortably in 23<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;and 31<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;respectively, however faced difficulty on the second run and were unable to complete the course.<br /> <br /> The pair return to action on Tuesday in the slalom, before finishing off their Games in the parallel mixed event on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> <strong>Results:</strong> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alpine Skiing &ndash; Giant Slalom:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Daisi Daniels &ndash; DNF</p> </li> <li> <p>Sophie Foster &ndash; DNF</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> Curling &ndash; Mixed Team:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Norway 8-3 Great Britain</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> Ice Hockey &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Mirren Foy (blue) &ndash; won 5-3 versus (green) and lost 5-8 versus (yellow)</p> </li> <li> <p>Amy Robery (black) &ndash; won 7-2 versus (yellow) and won 7-3 versus (orange)</p> </li> <li> <p>Abby Rowbotham (red) &ndash; lost 5-8 versus (grey) and won 11-7 versus (brown)</p> </li> <li> <p>Jessie Taylor (green) &ndash; lost 3-5 versus (blue) and won 9-4 versus (grey)</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> Ice Hockey &ndash; Men&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Evan Nauth (brown) &ndash; won 14-5 versus (orange) and lost 5-11 versus (red)</p> </li> <li> <p>Mack Stewart (red) &ndash; lost 9-13 versus (grey) and won 11-5 versus (brown)</p> </li> <li> <p>Carter Hamill (blue) &ndash; lost 6-11 versus (green) and lost 13-8 versus (yellow)</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> Speed Skating &ndash; 500m:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Theo Collins &ndash; 28<sup>th</sup></p> </li> </ul>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 22:15:52 Zurn:uuid:c8fda38d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Pendry takes centre stage on day two at Lausanne 2020Day two of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games saw competition across four venues and for the first time in these Games, action in France in the biathlon.<br /> <br /> Shawna Pendry got her competition underway in Les Tuffes, France in the 10km race in a very strong 97-person field. An impressive ski and first two rounds of shooting saw her well placed in the top ten but some missed targets late on saw her slip down the rankings but still finish in a very credible 39<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;position.<br /> <br /> Speaking after the race, Pendry was pleased with how it had gone overall: &ldquo;I was skiing pretty good and the snow was really fast. Shooting I was really happy, first one five out of five. The second was a bit harder as the French girl was next to me and I&rsquo;m not used to everyone shouting and then last one I was tired and couldn&rsquo;t hold my rifle as well, so I was less accurate.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think today has given me more of a sense of what to expect in terms of the crowds and the shouting/support which I&rsquo;m not used to. It&rsquo;s really cool [hearing the support] and that people know me. There&rsquo;s so many people. We never have this many people supporting which was great today."<br /> <br /> It was a difficult day for some of Team GB's alpine skiers as Daisi Daniels, Jack Cunningham and Robert Holmes were unable to finish their slalom in the alpine combined event (following yesterday's Super G), while Sophie Foster put in a strong showing finishing in 23<sup>rd</sup>place in a time of 1:40.31, +6.57 behind eventual winner Amanda Salzgeber from Austria. <br /> <br /> In the men&rsquo;s competition it was a dead heat with Auguste Aulnette (France) and Mikkel Remsoey (Norway) both crossing the line in 1:28.41 to share gold. All four British athletes will be back in action tomorrow in Les Diablerets in the Giant Slalom, before a second run in the same competition on Monday.<br /> <br /> At the Champ&eacute;rey Curling Arena Team GB were unable to follow up their convincing 9-5 win over France in their first match as they lost 5-1 to Turkey in their second game. They have a chance to make amends though as they play Norway in the early game at 9am GMT tomorrow.<br /> <br /> Another busy day in the mixed nation ice hockey event, with all seven Team GB athletes in action. Scottish player Mirren Foy won both her games with Team Blue, to remain unbeaten overall alongside Team Yellow. Abby Rowbotham and Amy Robery faced off with Robery&rsquo;s Team Black being victorious. Rowbotham&rsquo;s Team Red still await their first win. The last female player, Jessie Taylor, had a frustrating day with Team Green, losing twice by narrow margins.<br /> <br /> In the men&rsquo;s competition Evan Nauth&rsquo;s Team Brown sit in second after a win and a loss today, while Mack Stewart&rsquo;s Team Red won their first game before losing a tight match this evening against Team Green. It wasn&rsquo;t to be for Carter Hamill whose Team Blue lost both their matches.<br /> <br /> <strong>Results:</strong> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alpine Skiing &ndash; Alpine Combined:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Daisi Daniels &ndash; DNF</p> </li> <li> <p>Sophie Foster &ndash; 23<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p>Alpine Skiing &ndash; Alpine Combined:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Jack Cunningham &ndash; DNF</p> </li> <li> <p>Robert Holmes &ndash; DNF</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Biathlon - 10km</p> <ul> <li>Shawna Pendry - 39th&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Curling &ndash; Mixed Team:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Turkey 5-1 Great Britain</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> Ice Hockey &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Mirren Foy (blue) &ndash; won 7-4 versus (orange) and 8-4 versus (black)</p> </li> <li> <p>Amy Robery (black) &ndash; won 5-4 versus (red) and lost 4-8 versus (blue)</p> </li> <li> <p>Abby Rowbotham (red) &ndash; lost 4-5 versus (black) and 7-9 versus (green)</p> </li> <li> <p>Jessie Taylor (green) &ndash; lost 4-6 versus (brown) and won 9-7 versus (red)</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> Ice Hockey &ndash; Men&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Evan Nauth (brown) &ndash; lost 6-8 versus (green) and won 16-6 versus (grey)</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Carter Hamill (blue) &ndash; lost 1-12 versus (orange) and lost 8-14 versus (black)</p> </li> <li> <p>Mack Stewart (red) &ndash; won 12-9 versus (black) and lost 8-9 versus (green)</p> </li> </ul>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 23:29:24 Zurn:uuid:b98ba38d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Super G headlines on day one of Lausanne 2020After the excitement of the Lausanne 2020 Opening Ceremony last night, today saw the start of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) with 15 Team GB athletes competing across three sports &ndash; alpine skiing, curling and ice hockey.<br /> <br /> The Super G competition was up first for alpine skiers Daisi Daniels and Sophie Foster, who finished 18<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and 33<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;respectively, with Daniels finishing +1.55 seconds behind the eventual winner &ndash; home favourite Amelie Klopfenstein of Switzerland.<br /> <br /> Daniels, who has already represented Team GB before at the Sarajevo 2019 European Youth Olympic Games (EYOF), said: &ldquo;It was really sweet. Out of the start the nerves were obviously there but I knew I just had to be confident and send myself down there as fast as I could. At the start I was a bit off [with] my balance and needed to tighten up and I know that going into GS I can be more clean."<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the men&rsquo;s Super G competition also started at the Les Diablerets ski resort, with British pair Jack Cunningham and Robert Holmes taking to the slopes. Teenager Cunningham crossed the line in a time of 56:36, leaving him in 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;position in the field, while teammate Holmes recorded a DNF.<br /> <br /> All four skiers will be back in action tomorrow, as they tackle the slalom discipline in the alpine combined event.<br /> <br /> Ross Craik, Hannah Farries, Robyn Mitchell and Jamie Rankin, got off to a winning start in the mixed team curling event, seeing off France 9-5 in the round robin.<br /> <br /> The first few ends were extremely tight until Mitchell, who carried the Union Flag into last night&rsquo;s Opening Ceremony, virtually sealed the win in the sixth end, scoring four to put Great Britain 8-2 up. Skip Ross Craik then confirmed the victory in the final end, to put the quartet top of the Round Robin after one match. They meet in their second match Norway tomorrow.<br /> <br /> The NOC mixed ice hockey event also got underway today with each of the seven Team GB athletes divided in 16 teams (men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s) made up of 11 players in a squad but the format being 3-on-3.<br /> <br /> The event, which is making its debut at YOG, see&rsquo;s eight men&rsquo;s teams and eight women&rsquo;s made up of different nationalities, with team names determined by the colours black, blue, brown, green, grey, orange, red and yellow. Each team will compete against each other once, forming the preliminary round, with the top four teams progressing through to the semi-finals, then the winning teams competing in the gold medal match.<br /> <br /> In the men&rsquo;s competition, only Evan Nauth (brown) was victorious, as his mixed team defeated the black team 13-11 at the Vaudoise Arena. Carter Hamill (blue) and Mack Stewart (red) were both on the wrong side of narrow losses, losing to the grey and orange team&rsquo;s 8-9 and 6-8 respectively.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Mirren Foy, Amy Robery, Abby Rowbotham and Jessie Taylor all started their Youth Olympic Games in the women&rsquo;s competition with Foy (blue) and Robery (black) both coming out on top in their respective matches. It was opening round disappointment for Rowbotham and Taylor, but all seven Team GB athletes return to the rink tomorrow where they&rsquo;ll contest two matches each on day two.<br /> <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong></p> <p>Alpine Skiing &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Super G:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Daisi Daniels &ndash; 18<sup>th</sup></p> </li> <li> <p>Sophie Foster &ndash; 33<sup>rd</sup></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alpine Skiing &ndash; Men&rsquo;s Super G:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Jack Cunningham &ndash; 30<sup>th</sup></p> </li> <li> <p>Robert Holmes &ndash; DNF</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Curling &ndash; Mixed Team:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Great Britain 9-5 France</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ice Hockey &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Mirren Foy (blue) &ndash; won 9-7 versus (grey)</p> </li> <li> <p>Amy Robery (black) &ndash; won 7-6 versus (brown)</p> </li> <li> <p>Abby Rowbotham (red) &ndash; lost 4-6 versus (orange)</p> </li> <li> <p>Jessie Taylor (green) &ndash; lost 4-12 versus (yellow)</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ice Hockey &ndash; Men&rsquo;s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Evan Nauth (brown) &ndash; won 13-11 versus (black)</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Carter Hamill (blue) &ndash; lost 8-9 versus (grey)</p> </li> <li> <p>Mack Stewart (red) &ndash; lost 6-8 versus (orange)</p> </li> </ul>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 22:26:29 Zurn:uuid:9c71a38d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 BoxingWhittaker and Clarke to lead GB charge as Tokyo qualification hits LondonBen Whittaker is hoping home advantage is what he needs to book his place at this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. <p><br /> The 22-year old is one of the world&rsquo;s leading light heavyweights having won bronze at last year&rsquo;s World Championships and claimed silver for Team GB at last year&rsquo;s European Games in Minsk.<br /> </p> <p>And with tickets now on sale as London is set to stage an all-important qualifier, Whittaker is determined to seize his chance and summon the spirit of London 2012 where Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams and Luke Campbell all claimed Olympic gold.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://boxingroadtotokyo.seetickets.com/tour/boxing-road-to-tokyo-european-qualifier?src=boxingroadtotokyo">BUY TICKETS NOW</a></p> <p>He said: &ldquo;Last year was huge for me as I felt I really proved myself as a top international boxer, so it has given me a lot of confidence coming into the qualifying campaign. Having the first event in London is a bonus.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I remember watching the boxing at London 2012 on television and the atmosphere was just electric. If we can get anywhere close to that it will be absolutely amazing.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> </blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>London&rsquo;s Copper Box plays host to Britain&rsquo;s biggest Olympic boxing event since 2012 when the Boxing Road to Tokyo Qualifying competition takes place between 14-24 March. <br /> </p> <p>It will serve as the first European qualifier for Tokyo, with up to 450 of Europe&rsquo;s best boxers from 50 nations compete for 77 places at the Games.</p> <p>GB Boxing are set to select eight men and five women and those who fail to make the cut could be afforded the chance at the final qualifying event in Paris from May 14-24.</p> <p>Heavyweight Cheavon Clarke is another hoping to earn his quota spot and expects plenty of friends and family to support him as he looks to underline the promise he showed with a bronze at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have grown-up and spent a lot of my life in London so to have the Olympic qualifier here is fantastic,&rdquo; Clarke said.</p> <p>&ldquo;As part of the GB Boxing squad we usually compete abroad so to have such an important event on home soil is fantastic. All of the boxers in the squad are pleased about it and really excited at the prospect of competing in London.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has welcomed the decision to host the European qualifying event in London, highlighting the city&rsquo;s track record of putting on memorable sporting spectacles.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;London is the sporting capital of the world and it&rsquo;s fantastic we&rsquo;re hosting yet another world-class event.</p> <p>&ldquo;Londoners and visitors alike can look forward to a thrilling spectacle at the Olympic Park in March, as Europe&rsquo;s best boxers compete for a place in the Tokyo 2020 Games.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:57:10 Zurn:uuid:e95ba38d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SwimmingPeaty crowned European Men's Swimmer of the Year for third timeHistory-making swimming sensation Adam Peaty praised his backroom team after being crowned LEN European Men's Swimmer of the Year for the third time.<br /> <br /> The 25-year-old has been recognised for a memorable 2019 season in which he claimed three gold medals at the World Championships in South Korea &ndash; taking his tally of world titles to eight.<br /> <br /> The reigning Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion defended his 50m and 100m breaststroke double in Gwangju in July before helping to men&rsquo;s 4x100m relay to victory.<br /> <br /> He also became the first person in history to go under 57 seconds for the 100m breaststroke, clocking 56.88s in the Worlds 100m semi-finals to beat his own personal best.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I'm incredibly honoured to receive such a prestigious award, especially with other athletes such as Krist&oacute;f Mil&aacute;k breaking down barriers that we thought were impossible,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It shows that the sport is growing in the right direction and it&rsquo;s amazing to be headlining that right now.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As always though it&rsquo;s down to my irreplaceable team that help me get these results and I want to thank everyone for such commitment and dedication to what I do.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Peaty, who received 45.8 per cent of the vote, has won the title twice before &ndash; first being recognised in 2016 after his maiden Olympic triumph and a quartet of European crowns.<br /> <br /> The following year he received the award again after winning two individual gold medals and a relay silver at the World Championships in Budapest.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere, Hungary&rsquo;s Katinka Hosszu was named 2019 European Women&rsquo;s Swimmer of the Year, while Russian pair Aleksandar Bondar and Ekaterina Beliaeve took the diving titles.<br /> <br /> Brit Jack Laugher, who won the men&rsquo;s diving award in 2016 and 2018, was second in the voting this time around after winning World silver with Dan Goodfellow in the 3m synchronised.<br /> <br /> He also clinched bronze in the 3m springboard in Gwangju and won gold medals in the same event at the World Series events in London and Kazan.<br /> <br /> British Swimming&rsquo;s other previous winners of LEN&rsquo;s annual European crowns include Tom Daley (2009, 2015, 2017), Rebecca Adlington (2008) and Keri-Ann Payne (2011).<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:13:52 Zurn:uuid:9313a38d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics ArtisticTokyo 2020 or never for Downie in bid for Olympic successAfter enjoying her most successful ever year in 2019, Nottingham gymnast Becky Downie is determined to make the most of her final Olympic cycle with all roads leading to Tokyo.<br /> <br /> Last year brought Downie&rsquo;s maiden individual World Championships medal as she secured a silver medal in the uneven bars in Stuttgart, beaten only by Belgian double world champion Nina Derwael.<br /> <br /> It was an achievement made all the sweeter in that it came after years of struggle &ndash; Downie having missed out on London 2012 selection, failing to qualify for the final of the uneven bars in Rio and suffering career-threatening elbow and ankle injuries.<br /> <br /> For these reasons, and now aged almost 28 &ndash; far beyond the peak for a gymnast, the Nottingham star is anticipating retirement in a year or two with one last shot at a medal on the biggest stage this summer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had a very long gymnastics career and I know that I am coming towards the end of it,&rdquo; Downie said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t have an exact date as to when I&rsquo;m fully done but I know there&rsquo;s only a few years left so to make the most of every experience is really important.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m really excited for Tokyo, I feel like I&rsquo;m in the best position of my career leading into an Olympic Games.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But I am trying not to get too ahead of myself, that&rsquo;s lots of work still to be done in the gym and more I still want to achieve so it&rsquo;s about pacing myself really.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to just enjoy the whole process of my last Olympics, really soak it up. It&rsquo;s my fourth Olympic cycle so I know what to expect in terms of the trial processes and what a Games is about. I need to use all of that to my advantage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Winning silver last year was an incredible experience and so special. My first ever Worlds was in Stuttgart in 2007 and that could potentially be my last so for it to finish how it has, it was an incredible year really.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> If her sporting career in a competitive sense is to come to an end by the time she turns 30 then Downie will have lots to fall back on &ndash; including the leotard and experience day business she runs with sister Ellie.<br /> <br /> Ellie, who won bronze in the vault at October's World Championships aged 20, may have time on her side but Becky is already planning to focus on &lsquo;Double Downies&rsquo; full-time when she hangs up her beam shoes for good.<br /> <br /> She added: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m super excited to explore more of my business, it&rsquo;s really fun working with Ellie. We design all of our leotards together, we love doing the experience days and passing our knowledge and experiences on to younger generations.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We brought out some new leotards for Christmas and had shoots around that point, it was a bit hectic fitting it around our schedules but it&rsquo;s good fun.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For now, I&rsquo;m just really pleased that we managed to set it up and have worked at it at our own pace while we&rsquo;re training and competing, but then once I retire I&rsquo;ll be able to put a lot more time into it."<br /> <br /> It is not just a business that Becky has her sights set on too, with the goal already in mind to join the long line of sporting authors by penning her own book.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I would really like to write a book," she added. "It stems from wanting to tell all of my history coming up through the sport and the four different Olympic cycles, the change in British Gymnastics over that period too and I think it would be a great way to get all my views and opinions out."<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:03:50 Zurn:uuid:85afa28d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Robyn Mitchell selected as Team GB flagbearerRobyn Mitchell will have the honour of leading out Team GB at the Opening Ceremony of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) after being announced as flagbearer.<br /> <br /> Mitchell, who will compete in the Mixed Team curling event alongside teammates Ross Craik, Hannah Farries and Jamie Rankin, was nominated by Georgina Harland, Team GB&rsquo;s Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020, after being put forward by her team leader for best displaying the Team GB values.<br /> <br /> Tonight&rsquo;s Opening Ceremony will start at 19:30 local time at the Vaudoise Ar&eacute;na, Lausanne, marking the start of the Games and the first time an Olympic event has been situated at the home of the Olympic movement in Switzerland.<br /> <br /> Mitchell will carry the Union Flag in front of the British delegation, which consists of 28 athletes aged between 14 and 17 years of age. Team GB will compete in 11 of the 16 disciplines on the programme across the 14 days of competition.<br /> <br /> A welcome ceremony will also be taking place in St. Moritz, Switzerland &ndash; home to the second Olympic village and bobsleigh, skeleton, luge and speed skating events - with bobsleigh athlete Charlotte Longden chosen to represent Team GB at the ceremony.<br /> <br /> The Games, which run from 9th &ndash; 22nd January, will be the third winter edition of the Youth Olympic Games, with over 1,880 athletes expected to take part.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a surreal feeling &ndash; it&rsquo;s not really sunk in yet. I&rsquo;m really proud to have the chance to represent my country,&rdquo; said Mitchell.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I got told that I was going to be the flagbearer via a phone call yesterday morning &ndash; it was really exciting, especially when I got to tell my family about it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Preparations for the curling are going well. We think that we&rsquo;ve got a good chance and hopefully we can compete for a medal. I just want to play well and do my family proud.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Georgina Harland, Team GB&rsquo;s Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020 said: &ldquo;Robyn should be extremely proud to lead the team out at tonight&rsquo;s Opening Ceremony and I really hope she will enjoy the once in a lifetime experience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;She follows in the footsteps of some great athletes, not least Lizzy Yarnold who supported the team at last month's Athlete Summit &ndash; the first time the delegation gathered ahead of the Games.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The team have been arriving in the Athlete Village over the past few days and have settled into the environment extremely quickly - we look forward to getting underway with the sport on Friday.&rdquo; <p>&nbsp;</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 09:56:00 Zurn:uuid:16fca18d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Live Stream: Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic GamesThe third Youth Olympic Winter Games is upon us and you can watch all the action featuring the next generation of winter sport stars right here on TeamGB.com.<br /> <br /> Provided by the Olympic Channel, you can watch the main multi-sport player from Lausanne 2020 or alternatively pick from the individual sports Team GB athletes are set to feature in.<br /> <br /> A schedule of what is available live can be accessed below, along with links to individual sport feeds. Where live coverage is not available, highlights will be listed shortly after competing has concluded.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Please click&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.lausanne2020.sport/results" target="_blank">HERE</a>&nbsp;</strong>for a full schedule of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games.<br /> <h3>Team GB in action</h3> <p>Click on the links below to watch live or highlights of each sport Team GB athletes will compete in. Remember to check when the sport is set to feature in the <a href="https://www.lausanne2020.sport/results" target="_blank"><strong>full schedule</strong></a>.<br /> <br /> To see the full British squad, please click <a href="/news/lausanne-2020-meet-team-gb"><strong>HERE</strong></a>.&nbsp;<br /> </p> <a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-alpine-skiing"><strong>Alpine Skiing</strong></a>&nbsp;| <a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-biathlon"><strong>Biathlon</strong></a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-bobsleigh"><strong>Bobsleigh</strong></a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-cross-country-skiing"><strong>Cross Country Skiing</strong></a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-curling"><strong>Curling</strong></a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-freestyle-skiing"><strong>Freestyle Skiing</strong></a>&nbsp;| <strong><a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-ice-hockey">Ice Hockey</a></strong>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-nordic-combined"><strong>Nordic Combined</strong></a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-ski-jumping"><strong>Ski Jumping</strong></a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="/gbtv?v=lausanne-2020-live-stream-speed-skating"><strong>Speed Skating</strong></a>&nbsp;|<br /> <br /> <h3>Multi-Sport Player</h3> As well as Team GB action, the Olympic Channel are running a main multi-sport player covering all the best of the action from across the Games. See the action and the schedule below.<br /> <br /> <div style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; padding-top: 135%;"> <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge,chrome=1" /> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1" /> <iframe data-base-url="https://www.olympicchannel.com/" id="ocs-embed-msevent" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.olympicchannel.com/events/detail/lausanne-2020-youth-olympic-games/embed/pages/videoads/live" style="position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; border: 0;"></iframe> </div> <h3><strong>Schedule</strong>&nbsp;</h3> <strong>Day 13 - Wednesday, 22nd January 2020</strong><br /> <a><em>Freestyle Skiing / Snowboarding</em></a><br /> 08:25 - Big Air Finals<br /> <em>Short Track Speed Skating</em><br /> 08:55 - Mixed NOC Relay<br /> <em>Ice Hockey</em><br /> 10:55 -&nbsp;Men's Bronze Medal Final<br /> 13:55 -&nbsp;Men's Gold Medal Final<br /> <em>Closing Ceremony</em><br /> 17:55 - Closing Ceremony<br />Thu, 09 Jan 2020 09:31:34 Zurn:uuid:af94a28d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Team GBOlympic champion Brownlee to stand for IOC Athletes' CommissionOlympic Champion Alistair Brownlee MBE has pledged to work with the same passion and determination that have been the cornerstones of his competitive career, following his nomination as a candidate for the International Olympic Committee&rsquo;s (IOC) Athletes&rsquo; Commission.<br /> <br /> As triathlon&rsquo;s only double-gold medal winner Alistair stated his vow to listen and understand the opinions of Olympic athletes from across the world competing in every sport as he stands for one of four places to represent athletes on one of the IOC&rsquo;s most important forums.<br /> <br /> A passionate advocate for maximising the Olympic experience on and off the field of play, in particular he hopes to use the platform as a member of the IOC&rsquo;s Athletes&rsquo; Commission to continue to fight for equality and fairness in the competitive arena.<br /> <br /> The 31-year-old, from Leeds, who won triathlon gold at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, is also focused on helping competitors maximise their own individual Olympic legacies.<br /> <br /> Alistair has committed to be a consistent listener and clear voice on behalf of all athletes globally on the most pressing and important issues for the community, ranging from anti-doping and clean sport to athlete education and readiness for &lsquo;life after sport&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> A popular figure in the sporting community, Alistair has been the embodiment of the Olympic values and has always conducted himself in exemplary fashion on and off the field of play.<br /> <br /> Speaking after his nomination was ratified by the IOC, Alistair said: &ldquo;It is an enormous honour to be nominated to be a candidate for the IOC&rsquo;s Athletes&rsquo; Commission. As a 17-year-old school boy I vividly recall being told by the headmaster that London had won the bid to hold the 2012 Olympic Games.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Since then the inspirational effect of the Games has given me two of the best days of my life and over a decade competing in the sport I love. I feel I am a true product of the Olympic Movement and would relish in the opportunity to repay my gratitude by helping and representing other athletes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have based my athletic career on hard work and integrity. I would bring these qualities with me to represent other athletes if I were given the opportunity to be a member of the Athletes&rsquo; Commission. Listening to, understanding and representing the views of athletes is, for me, the key to this role.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;On top of this, my guiding principles would be; continuing the work of the Olympic Movement to ensure equality of opportunity for all athletes, independent of gender, age, nationality, and any other discriminating factors. Also, maintaining the highest levels of fairness for all athletes competing in all sports. This includes continuing the work to create a level playing field, especially in the battle against cheating in the form of doping.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Helping every competitor maximise their personal Olympic legacies, I would like to help promote the work that the IOC already does in this space and, of course, share my own experience. I am fortunate that the Olympic Movement has given me fantastic and life changing experiences away from the competitive arena and I am passionate about helping other athletes maximise their own opportunities and potential. This comes from a belief that the Olympic Movement creates not only amazing athletic performances, but more importantly, great people.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Fully endorsed by the British Olympic Association&rsquo;s Athletes&rsquo; Commission, Chair Ben Hawes said: &ldquo;Alistair is a fearsome competitor, whose career has taken him to the very top of his sport. He has an infectious passion for the Olympics which has been seen not only in his performances at the Games, but also his desire to ensure athletes from around the globe are heard and recognised in the positive development of the Olympic Movement.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We must continue to support the growth of athlete engagement and influence on the future of sport and the Olympics. I have no doubt that Alistair would be an exceptional representative and an extremely effective communicator for and with athletes. He knows what is important not just for British athletes but for all athletes from all sports.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> All Olympians competing at Tokyo 2020 will be able to vote for their representatives at the Athlete365 Space positioned at the entrance to the dining hall in the Olympic Village, and also at other sites such as the football cities and the sailing venue. The poll will be open from 14 July (the day the Olympic Village opens) to 4 August 2020.<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 09:00:00 Zurn:uuid:a5a9a18d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 PyeongChang 2018 via the Youth Olympic Games - Q&A with Mica McNeillMica McNeill first burst onto the scene at the age of 18, winning bobsleigh silver alongside Jazmin Sawyers at the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Six years later at PyeongChang 2018, she made her full Olympic debut as Team GB&rsquo;s pilot &nbsp;as McNeill and namesake Mica Moore secured Great Britain&rsquo;s best ever finish of eighth in the women&rsquo;s event.<br /> <br /> Here, the 26-year-old talks about her career to date and reveals how her experiences at YOG prepared her for life as a world class athlete.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>How did you get into bobsleigh?<br /> <br /> </strong>I&rsquo;ve always been really sporty since I was young &ndash; I played county hockey, county netball, county athletics &ndash; I just loved sport.<br /> <br /> I was 16 and still at school at the time and I went along to a &lsquo;try something new day&rsquo; with Nicola Minichiello &ndash; the world champion at the time. She said at the end of the session that I had some potential in bobsleigh so she invited me along to a trial and it all stemmed from there.&nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Did you envisage getting into bobsleigh when you were younger?<br /> <br /> </strong>No, not at all. I didn&rsquo;t even know what bobsleigh was until I got invited to go to the taster day. That&rsquo;s when I actually YouTubed it to find out more about it &ndash; I hadn&rsquo;t even seen Cool Runnings!<br /> <br /> <strong>With you only starting bobsleigh at 16, this must have been a quick turnaround to compete at the Youth Olympic Games?<br /> <br /> </strong>It was a really quick turnaround. I went down to trials, where I first got sent out on the ice and it was the following winter when the qualification process for the Youth Olympics started.<br /> <br /> I was still learning how to drive and brand new tracks at the time so I was a complete novice, but most of the competitors at the Youth Olympics were at the same level. Everyone was in a similar position where they&rsquo;d only been doing bobsleigh for a year or so.<br /> <br /> <strong>Did you go into the Games with any personal ambitions?<br /> <br /> </strong>I&rsquo;ve always been really competitive and wanted to win, but at the same time, I was still learning and wanting to know more about the sport. I knew that the Youth Olympics would be a great building block for me going forward onto the senior squad, but I did really want to win a medal. When we did medal, that was the first big milestone of my career.<br /> <br /> <strong>What did winning silver at the Games do for your career?<br /> <br /> </strong>From winning silver, it gave me a feeling that I had a future within the sport. The silver medal allowed me to progress &ndash; the federation then saw potential and invested time/resource into me by taking me to new tracks, learning how to drive at these new tracks.<br /> <br /> I managed to make my way onto the senior squad the year after the Youth Olympics, despite being one of the youngest members of the team.<br /> <br /> <strong>Did you experience anything at the Youth Olympic Games, that you took on board when you went to PyeongChang 2018?<br /> <br /> </strong>It gives you an insight into the whole Olympic environment. You learn this base about how the Games work with the transport, venues and accreditation. From this, I knew exactly the type of things to expect when I went to PyeongChang.<br /> <br /> <strong>When did you first think about having aspirations to compete at a senior Games?<br /> <br /> </strong>When I got back from the Youth Olympics, it really hit me that I desperately wanted to go to a senior Games. Following YOG, the year after, it was pre-Sochi year and I was learning all these new tracks and competing on the circuit. Unfortunately in the very short period before the Games, I couldn&rsquo;t qualify for Sochi as I wasn&rsquo;t quite ready. However, it did give me the drive to push myself through the next six years and work hard to get to PyeongChang.<br /> <br /> <strong>What are your goals for the season and looking ahead to Beijing 2022?<br /> <br /> </strong>My goals over the next two seasons are to continue progressing and becoming ready to win a medal at Beijing 2022 &ndash; that is the ultimate goal</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:30:00 Zurn:uuid:f6b8a18d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Lausanne 2020: Meet Team GBA 28-strong team will represent Great Britain at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in the home of the Olympic movement in Switzerland.<br /> <br /> The Games, which run from 9th&nbsp;&ndash; 22nd&nbsp;January, will see Team GB compete in 11 of the 16 disciplines on the programme across 14 days of competition.<br /> <br /> The team consists of athletes aged between 14 and 17 years of age, with four athletes who competed at Sarajevo 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival &ndash; Theo Collins, Daisi Daniels, Shawna Pendry and Olivia Weedon &ndash; making it a youth double for Team GB in Lausanne.<br /> <br /> In a new format for Lausanne 2020, the two weeks will see the Games split into&nbsp;two waves of athletes attending across week one and week two to allow for more athletes to compete across the duration of the competition &ndash; 1,880 in total compared to around 1,000 at Lillehammer 2016.<br /> <br /> The Youth Olympic Games provides crucial multi-sport experience for aspiring winter Olympians and Team GB&rsquo;s class of 2020 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Mica McNeill and Katie Summerhayes who both went on to compete at an Olympic Winter Games having first competed at a YOG.<br /> <br /> Lausanne 2020 is expected to welcome some of the world&rsquo;s best young athletes from 70 nations for the third edition of the Games following Innsbruck 2012 and Lillehammer four years later.<br /> <br /> Ski mountaineering and women&rsquo;s Nordic combined will feature for the first time in an Olympic event. A mixed-NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament and a women&rsquo;s doubles event in luge will also be contested for the first time.<br /> <br /> Georgie Harland, Team GB&rsquo;s Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020, said:&nbsp;&ldquo;This is a very special moment for the 28&nbsp;athletes selected for the Games. It provides vital experience of a multi-sport environment and can be an important stepping stone towards their senior careers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have seen athletes from both summer and winter sports going on to compete at a senior Games and the athletes in Lausanne will, I am sure, grasp this opportunity to show everyone what they are capable of, but most importantly enjoy what will be a fantastic experience.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Shawna Pendry</strong>, biathlon, said:&nbsp;"I'm very proud to have been selected for the Youth Olympic Games. I can't wait to compete at Olympic level in my own sport, as well as being part of Team GB with such an amazing mix of winter sports athletes."<br /> <br /> <strong>Charlotte Longden</strong>, bobsleigh, said:&nbsp;&ldquo;I have always dreamed of going to the Olympic Games ever since I was young. Now being a part of Team GB is an amazing feeling and I am so excited to represent my country in the Youth Olympics and for my dream to come true.<br /> <br /> "I am so excited to compete for Team GB and do both my family and my country proud. Although I never thought I would be doing bobsleigh, ever since I first tried it, I fell in love with the sport and I can&rsquo;t wait to do my best in January.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Jamie Rankin</strong>, curling, said:&nbsp;"When I received the email that I had been selected, I was at the ice rink (Moray Leisure Centre) and I couldn't quite comprehend that I would be going to the Youth Olympics.<br /> <br /> "I have never curled outside of Scotland before, so to get this opportunity to represent Team GB, wearing the Team GB kit will give me so much pride and I am really looking forward to getting on the ice and competing in the matches."<br /> <br /> <strong>Kirsty Muir</strong>, freestyle skier, said:&nbsp;&ldquo;I am so happy to be selected to represent Team GB in January at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne. I&rsquo;m really looking forward to the competitions and to enjoy the whole event experience.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Abby Rowbotham</strong>, ice hockey, said:&nbsp;&ldquo;It is a massive honour to represent Great Britain at the Youth Olympics. I am looking forward to being involved in a very special event and to play a sport I love so much. To be a small part of such a massive GB team across so many events is very humbling and I just can&rsquo;t wait to get over there and for the action to begin.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Olivia Weedon</strong>, short track speed skating, said:&nbsp;&ldquo;I am very excited to be selected for the third Youth Olympic Winter Games. It is a once in a lifetime experience to represent my country and be part of Team GB. I am excited to compete against the high level of athletes in my sport and we hope to get some good results."<br /> <br /> In addition to the athletes, the Games will see the launch of Athlete365 Career+, which will provide new opportunities for former elite athletes who wish to pursue careers in the fields of sports administration and Games operations. Double Olympic sailing medallist, Saskia Clark, will be Team GB&rsquo;s Athlete365 representative at the Games.<br /> <br /> <strong>Team GB at Lausanne 2020: Selected Athletes<br /> <br /> <strong>Alpine Skiing:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Jack Cunningham<br /> Hometown: Oxford<br /> <br /> Name: Daisi Daniels<br /> Hometown: Rochdale<br /> <br /> Name: Sophie Foster<br /> Hometown: Leatherhead<br /> <br /> Name: Robert Holmes<br /> Hometown: Barrowford<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Biathlon:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Shawna Pendry<br /> Hometown: Font Romeu, France<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Bobsleigh:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Charlotte Longden<br /> Hometown: Winchester<br /> <br /> Name: William Scammell<br /> Hometown: Devizes<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Cross-country skiing:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Molly Jefferies<br /> Hometown: Les Gets, France<br /> <br /> Name: James Slimon<br /> Hometown: Laggan<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Curling:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Ross Craik<br /> Hometown: Edzell<br /> <br /> Name: Hannah Farries<br /> Hometown: Dumfries<br /> <br /> Name: Robyn Mitchell<br /> Hometown: Dunlop<br /> <br /> Name: Jamie Rankin<br /> Hometown: Elgin<br /> <strong><br /> <strong>Freestyle Skiing:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Scott Johns<br /> Hometown: Dorridge<br /> <br /> Name: Jasper Klein<br /> Hometown: Cirencester<br /> <br /> Name: Kirsty Muir<br /> Hometown: Aberdeen<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Ice Hockey:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Mirren Foy<br /> Hometown: Glenrothes<br /> <br /> Name: Carter Hamill<br /> Hometown: Belfast<br /> <br /> Name: Evan Nauth<br /> Hometown: Weybridge<br /> <br /> Name: Amy Robery<br /> Hometown: Chelmsford<br /> <br /> Name: Abby Rowbotham<br /> Hometown: Sheffield<br /> <br /> Name: Mackenzie Stewart<br /> Hometown: Belfast<br /> <br /> Name: Jessie Taylor<br /> Hometown: High Wycombe<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Nordic Combined:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Mani Cooper<br /> Hometown: Innsbruck, Austria<br /> <strong><br /> <strong>Short Track Speed Skating:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Matthew Gardner<br /> Hometown: Leeds<br /> <br /> Name: Olivia Weedon<br /> Hometown: Twickenham<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Ski Jumping:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Sam Bolton<br /> Hometown: Calgary, Canada<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Speed Skating:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Theo Collins<br /> Hometown: GuildfordWed, 08 Jan 2020 09:00:59 Zurn:uuid:7865a08d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 HockeyDanson returns to GB set-up after head injuryOlympic hockey champion Alex Danson is delighted to return to the Great Britain hockey set-up as she attempts to reach Tokyo after suffering a head injury that &lsquo;tested her to her limits&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Danson, who was part of the Team GB side that claimed Olympic gold in Rio, has had long-term concussion after hitting her head on a wall on holiday in Kenya in 2018.<br /> <br /> Great Britain Hockey confirmed that the fundamental priority over the coming weeks and months will be Danson&rsquo;s health and well-being, but the GB forward is not ruling out chasing another Olympic gold.<br /> <br /> <p>"Every moment we have whether as a hockey player or in life, is a gift,&rdquo; wrote Danson on Instagram.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was determined that I would take more from this experience than it would take from me. I am delighted that I am able to return to the place [where] I&rsquo;ve spent more time in life than I have at home.</p> <p>&ldquo;The last 18 months have tested me to perhaps my limits, with my health isolation and inability to do the things I used to do with such ease. I&rsquo;m still not 100% but with time running out before the Tokyo Olympics now is my last chance to see what I can do.<br /> <br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Monday will be a great day. <br /> <br /> Thank you to everyone for your support over the last 18 months.<br /> <br /> Please read below <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mildtraumaticbraininjury?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#mildtraumaticbraininjury</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/comeback?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#comeback</a> <a href="https://t.co/G8KZMqznh3">pic.twitter.com/G8KZMqznh3</a></p> &mdash; Alex Danson MBE (@AlexDanson15) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexDanson15/status/1213072061431779329?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Without my family and friends I know I would not have the opportunity to give this a good shot. Thank you for sticking by me, for giving me your time, your energy and your hope, especially when I have not been able to return all you have done.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an opportunity to move forward, to try, to be and to explore. But these moments are truly made by the people you share them with. I cannot wait to be back with you all.&rdquo;</p> <p>Great Britain&rsquo;s men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s hockey team will be back in action when they travel to Australia to start their FIH Pro League season on February 1, while Danson will return to training to Bisham Abbey on Monday.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2020</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:28:41 Zurn:uuid:4c829d8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SportUpgrade for Jones as Team GB stars recognised in the 2020 Queen’s New Year Honours list<p>Olympians Jade Jones and Jill Scott are among the names recognised for their services to Olympic sports in the 2020 Queen's New Year's Honours list.</p> <p>They are joined by an illustrious cast of athletes, administrators and supporters of British Olympic sport as the sector celebrates their dedication and achievements.</p> <p>Two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Jones, 26, finally won an elusive first world title in May 2019 and her MBE will be upgraded to an OBE.</p> <p>The Welsh athlete will now aim for a third Olympic title in Tokyo in 2020 to follow her success at London and Rio.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> </blockquote> <p>Also awarded an OBE is Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew, who led Team Europe to sensational success in Gleneagles in September.</p> <p>Scott, 32, leads the list of names made an MBE for her contribution to women&rsquo;s football in England.</p> <p>The Manchester City and England midfielder has 151 internationals caps and represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.</p> <p>Three-time Olympic medallist Kelly Sotherton has been appointed an MBE for her services to track and field athletics, three months on from when she was retrospectively awarded her second heptathlon bronze.</p> <p>The British heptathlete won an Olympic bronze medal in Athens in 2004, and in both the heptathlon and 4x400m relay in Beijing in 2008.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to former hepathlete Kelly Sotherton who is awarded an MBE for her services to Track and Field Athletics and to the Promotion of Women's Sport.<br /> <br /> Kelly won three Olympic medals and since retiring has worked to improve conditions for athletes in all sports.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://t.co/oAFmCQqj5P">pic.twitter.com/oAFmCQqj5P</a></p> &mdash; UK Sport (@uk_sport) <a href="https://twitter.com/uk_sport/status/1210875637554135046?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 28, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Rajiv Ouseph, who was part of Team GB at the London and Rio Olympic Games, was awarded an MBE for his services to badminton.</p> <p>In the latter he finished fifth &ndash; the highest position of any British player at an Olympic Games.</p> <p>And it is not just athletes who are dominating the Honours list, with Baroness Sue Campbell, the Football Association&rsquo;s director of women&rsquo;s football, being made a Dame.</p> <p>British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen received an MBE for her services to the sport, while Dr Rod Jaques, director of medical services at the English Institute of Sport, has been awarded an OBE for medical services to Olympic and Paralympic sport.<br /> <br /> Also awarded an OBE was Rosie Mayglothling for her services to rowing and gender equality in sport.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Mayglothling has been heavily involved in rowing and British Rowing for over thirty years, first representing Great Britain at four World Championships and the 1980 Olympic Games before moving across to volunteer and staff roles.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She most recently worked as Technical Coordinator for the GB Rowing Team and Director of Pathway Development from 2015-2018, but will likely consider her greatest lasting legacy to be founding the Henley Women's Regatta.&nbsp;</p> <p>Vice Chair of the BOA Annamarie Phelps said: "It is wonderful to see sport recognised extensively in the New Year Honours list, and not least those people that have worked tirelessly for and on behalf of Olympic sport.</p> <p>"Our particular&nbsp;congratulations&nbsp;go to the many athletes recognised for their endeavours within their sports, but also to the likes of Jane Allen at British Gymnastics, who has done so much to transform the sport in this country.</p> <p>"Dr Rod Jaques is rightly noted for his contribution to the Olympic Movement having served as the BOA's Chief Medical Officer for several Games, whilst Sue Campbell's role in the development of elite sport in the UK is also worthy recognition of an outstanding career and contribution.</p> <p>"Finally, our thanks and&nbsp;congratulations&nbsp;to those individuals - whether paid or on a voluntary basis - that support sport at every level and have today been honoured for that contribution."</p> Sportsbeat 2019Sat, 28 Dec 2019 14:46:18 Zurn:uuid:49789d8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SkeletonOlympic skeleton medallist Parsons hangs up his sledOlympic bronze medallist Dom Parsons admits the desire to strive for perfection was simply no longer there after announcing his retirement from skeleton. <p>Parsons &ndash; who won Team GB&rsquo;s first medal at PyeongChang 2018 when he slid to a brilliant bronze in the men's skeleton &ndash; hangs up his sled following an historic 12-year career.</p> <p>Having made his international debut in 2008 and finished tenth in his first Winter Olympic Games at Sochi 2014, he became the first British male skeleton athlete to win an Olympic&nbsp;medal in 70 years by climbing the PyeongChang podium.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Olympic medallist <a href="https://twitter.com/domparsons?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@domparsons</a> has announced his retirement from skeleton <br /> <br /> Thanks for the memories, Dom - we'll never forget this brilliant bronze from PyeongChang! <a href="https://t.co/7smOSKMyHz">pic.twitter.com/7smOSKMyHz</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1210893911767433216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 28, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The 32-year-old, who also won World Cup bronze in Calgary in 2013, took a year away from sliding following his Olympic success to complete his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath before returning to the team this winter.</p> <p>But while he initially intended to continue to the Beijing 2022 Games, Parsons has made the tough decision to call it a day.</p> <p>&ldquo;After 12 years in skeleton I've decided to stop competing in the sport I love,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This decision was made harder by the fact that I love skeleton so much. </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy with having overcome the obstacles to achieve the highs of my career and, with that, the desire to keep striving for perfection has faded.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to new challenges and opportunities ahead and will always remember my time as a skeleton athlete fondly.</p> <p>"I have made some incredible friends in the sport&nbsp;and I hope to stay in touch with all of you. Thank you to all those that have supported me in my career, in particular Kristan Bromley, Rob Ellchuk, Chris Type, Eric Bernotas and UK Sport.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Good luck to my team mates for the rest of the season and beyond to Beijing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 12:46:13 Zurn:uuid:87c29c8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SailingAdversity has strengthened Young ahead of Tokyo 2020 test<p>Those damned Olympic Gods, from Apollo to Zeus, Alison Young will be praying to them hard for some luck in 2020.</p> <p>Because it's fair to say Young's Olympic experiences have not been plain sailing.</p> <p>She finished just outside the medals at London 2012 but arrived in Rio as world champion, the first British woman sailor to achieve that in a solo Olympic dinghy class.</p> <p>However, an untimely broken ankle conspired against her hopes, her eighth place finish under the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer remaining a nagging source of regret.</p> <p>Tokyo could go either two ways - pray to Mount Olympus it is third time lucky.</p> <p>Climbing may be making its Olympic debut in Tokyo but you can forgive Young for not getting carried away with the hype, because it was out scrambling over rocks with friends that she broke her ankle - just eight weeks before Rio.</p> <p>As injuries go it wasn't quite as bad as when Spanish goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois missed the World Cup after dropping a bottle of aftershave on his foot -&nbsp; but it was close.</p> <p>&ldquo;No one competes at the Olympics without a bit of adversity but I think I had my fair share," said Young, 32, one of the first names confirmed on the team for Tokyo.</p> <p>"Four weeks out from the Games I couldn't walk, making the start line was an amazing achievement buy by the time it got to the Games I was mentally fried.</p> <p>&ldquo;At the Games I could sail the boat as well as anyone out there but when I got injured it became an eight-week project from there to going and competing at the Games.</p> <p>&ldquo;But it needed to be a nine-and-a-half-week project &ndash; I needed more mental energy to be able to perform to my best.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was disappointed and felt I underperformed. The team had done a fantastic job managing the injury and getting me back in shape.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each cycle throws up different challenges and you learn from those and use them to push you forward."</p> <p>Born and raised in landlocked Worcestershire, she was introduced to the sport when her father bought lessons at Trimpley Sailing Club for her ninth birthday.</p> <p>She admits sailing quickly became an obsession and lists her other hobbies as tight-rope walking and playing Connect4. Given her history of untimely injuries, team officials will be hoping she unwinds with the latter rather than the former.</p> <p>"The mental side is my biggest weakness, once I get a handle on that I&rsquo;ll be able to find some strengths," she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Incidents like the one before Rio do affect your lifestyle choices to an extent but you can&rsquo;t avoid the freak event.</p> <p>&ldquo;You can mitigate to reduce the risk but you have to be able to respond to injuries or illness or other challenges that you may face along the campaign.</p> <p>&ldquo;Emotional support in those incidents comes from friends and family as well and the team and you have to keep the perspective of what it is that we&rsquo;re doing.</p> <p>&ldquo;My parents brought me up to crack on with what you&rsquo;re doing even if stuff is not perfect.&rdquo;</p> <p>Resilience and redemption &ndash; hopefully the cocktail of success for Young in Tokyo.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 12:34:42 Zurn:uuid:fe629b8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 EquestrianBrilliant Brash claims Olympia Grand Prix title<p>Olympic gold medallist Scott Brash admitted he felt on top of the world, after snatching victory in the Turkish Airlines Grand Prix on the final night of the Olympia International Horse Show. </p> <p>The 34-year-old - who was part of the jumping team that claimed top spot at London 2012 - had never won the event in the English capital, but dazzled the home crowd with a stunning run on board 10-year-old Hello Vincent.</p> <p>Brash was the last to go in the seven-horse jump-off and went clear in a time of 34.23s to finish ahead of Australia&rsquo;s Edwina Tops-Alexander, who had gone clear with Identity Vitseroel in 35.05s.</p> <p>There was further cause for British celebration as Holly Smith - who also earned the show&rsquo;s overall leading rider accolade - completed the podium with Hearts Destiny thanks to a clear round 0.44s further back.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">The brilliant <a href="https://twitter.com/scott_brash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@scott_brash</a> sent the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OlympiaHorse2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OlympiaHorse2019</a> crowd wild with a nail-biting win in the <a href="https://twitter.com/TurkishAirlines?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TurkishAirlines</a> Olympia Grand Prix!<br /> <br /> The Brit just edged out Australia&rsquo;s <a href="https://twitter.com/EdwinaAlexander?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EdwinaAlexander</a> to claim first place, with <a href="https://twitter.com/HollyGillott_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HollyGillott_</a> joining them on the podium.<br /> <br /> WHAT. A. FINISH. <a href="https://t.co/F0j8gjY00H">pic.twitter.com/F0j8gjY00H</a></p> &mdash; Olympia Horse Show (@olympiahorse) <a href="https://twitter.com/olympiahorse/status/1208883886597513216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Following victory, Brash explained how the nature of the occasion meant such a victory harboured extra significance, while admitting the impressive performance of his relatively inexperienced horse could see him make an appearance at the Tokyo Games next summer.<br /> </p> <p>He said: &ldquo;To win the last Grand Prix of the season in front of a home crowd - there&rsquo;s no better feeling than that.</p> <p>&ldquo;The crowd were incredibly noisy and it&rsquo;s great that they really get behind us because it brings the best of out of us.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was fortunate to go last in the jump-off so I could see what the other guys had done, but I&rsquo;m delighted with the way Vincent performed overall. He jumped really well.</p> <p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s really stepped up and come on a lot in the last couple of months. There&rsquo;s a lot of water to pass under the bridge before the Olympics but he&rsquo;s got it in him, for sure.&rdquo;</p> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019Mon, 23 Dec 2019 09:11:27 Zurn:uuid:c50e9b8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Freestyle SkiingAwesome Atkin secures Big Air bronze<p>Izzy Atkin won her first World Cup Big Air medal with a superb bronze in Atlanta.</p> <p>The 21-year-old &ndash; who became Team GB's first skiing medallist in PyeongChang &ndash; finished with an overall score of 164.50 following a brilliant second jump.</p> <p>The medal is Atkin&rsquo;s first at World Cup level since March when she scored bronze at the World Championships.</p> <p>She said: &ldquo;It feels amazing. I have never skied in front of this big a crowd so to hear them is amazing. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"> Izzy Atkin takes World Cup Bronze in Atlanta! <br /> <br /> In a heavy final, Izzy put down a right cork 9 tail and a switch 9 mute to land herself on the final step of the podium!<br /> <br /> Congrats Izzy!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoBeyond?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoBeyond</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GBParkandPipe?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GBParkandPipe</a> <a href="https://t.co/8vIv460q3K">pic.twitter.com/8vIv460q3K</a></p> &mdash; GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) <a href="https://twitter.com/GBSnowsport/status/1208567913919254528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Big Air will become an Olympic sport for the first time at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.<br /> </p> <p>Switzerland&rsquo;s Mathilde Gremaud took gold by scoring 180.75, ahead of compatriot Giulia Tanno &ndash; who tops the overall World Cup standings.</p> <p>Earlier this month, Atkin&rsquo;s younger sister, 16-year-old Zoe, secured her first World Cup halfpipe title in Copper Mountain.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 14:35:20 Zurn:uuid:7e989a8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SailingFourth-place Melbourne finish wake-up call for Scott <em>Photo credit: Robert Deaves</em><br /> <br /> Giles Scott says missing out on a World Championship medal in Melbourne is the wake-up call he needed as he ramps up preparations to defend his Olympic title in Tokyo.<br /> <br /> The Rio 2016 gold medallist, who won the European title in May, had to settle for fourth at the Finn Gold Cup as racing came to a climax.<br /> <br /> The 32-year-old was out of contention for gold going into the final medal race and finished eighth in the double-points event &ndash; a performance he knows he will need to improve on to retain his title at next year&rsquo;s Games.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This week will serve as a bit of a wake-up call,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was tough racing and unfortunately for me it wasn&rsquo;t the way I wanted to end the regatta. I didn&rsquo;t really get the swing of it and ended up struggling in the medal race.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s frustrating to finish fourth, no-one wants that, but equally I didn&rsquo;t want to finish second or third.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It would definitely have been nice to have finished this year as European and world champion. But, ultimately, it&rsquo;s not about world titles, it&rsquo;s about preparation for the [Tokyo 2020 Olympic] Games.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> New Zealand&rsquo;s Josh Junior won the event, while Britons Ed Wright and Henry Wetherell finished 13<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and 24<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;respectively.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019&nbsp;Sat, 21 Dec 2019 13:05:43 Zurn:uuid:45c7998d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 TaekwondoFamous five in taekwondo for TokyoGreat Britain will field athletes in five taekwondo weight categories for the first time at Tokyo 2020 after Jade Jones and Mahama Cho shone at the Grand Slam Champions Series. <br /> <br /> Cho roared to the +80kg final in Wuxi, China &ndash; beating reigning Olympic champion Radik Isaev in the quarters &ndash; to secure a fifth quota place for Team GB.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> The 30-year-old settled for silver, beaten 3-1 by South Korea&rsquo;s Kyo-Don In in the final, but did enough to seal a further spot alongside men&rsquo;s -68kg and women&rsquo;s -57kg, -67kg and +67kg. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Not only am I delighted with securing five Olympic spots, but also the manner of performances along the way,&rdquo; said performance director Gary Hall, who will lead May&rsquo;s selection process. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Two of our athletes are ranked number one in the world, another two are ranked second and we have three reigning world champions so I&rsquo;m confident we will be taking our best-ever team to an Olympics.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;With qualifications now secured early, we can focus on best preparing the team in 2020.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to thank all the athletes who have fought so strong and skilfully over and over again throughout the campaign, the coaching team for their fortitude, resilience and calmness in battle and to a brilliant support for those who continually seek for greater progress.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Jones is world number one in -57kg and had already sealed a Tokyo berth through rankings, but impressed en route to the final in China. <br /> <br /> The double Olympic champion needed just two rounds to dispose of USA&rsquo;s Anastasija Zolotic in the quarter-final and was imperious in beating South Korea&rsquo;s Ah-Reum Lee 2-0, 7-0 in her semi. <br /> <br /> Jones dominated the early stages of her final bout with Lijun Zhou, taking the first round 7-0, but the home favourite battled back for a narrow victory.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019<br />Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:08:40 Zurn:uuid:5061998d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 EquestrianDressageDujardin delight at Olympia <p>Charlotte Dujardin claims the thrill of competing at Olympia never gets old after leading a British 1-2-3 for the second night in a row by winning the dressage freestyle World Cup.<br /> <br /> Triple Olympic gold medallist Dujardin and her horse Mount St John Freestyle, who won the freestyle Grand Prix 24 hours earlier, took centre stage on the podium once again in the dressage event, winning with a score of 87.520%.<br /> <br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">WOW What a night at <a href="https://twitter.com/olympiahorse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@olympiahorse</a>! It was a repeat podium sweep in the FEI Dressage World Cup Freestyle supported by <a href="https://twitter.com/horseandhound?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@horseandhound</a> with <a href="https://twitter.com/CSJDujardin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CSJDujardin</a> and Mount St John Freestyle posting 87.52% in only the 3rd time riding to their tlchallenging floor plan set to &lsquo;Frozen&rsquo;. <a href="https://t.co/WRyn4ZcCtC">pic.twitter.com/WRyn4ZcCtC</a></p> &mdash; British Dressage (@britishdressage) <a href="https://twitter.com/britishdressage/status/1207091079243276289?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> Carl Hester, who won team gold at London 2012 with Dujardin, was second while Charlotte Fry finished third on her Olympia debut.<br /> <br /> Hester and Fry finished behind Dujardin in the same positions in Monday&rsquo;s Grand Prix event.<br /> <br /> The victory was Dujardin&rsquo;s tenth win at the iconic show and she was delighted her Tokyo hopeful ride Mount St John Freestyle was able to rise to the occasion.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m absolutely over the moon with the performance. What a way to finish the year,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;She [Mount St John] is still so green and there&rsquo;s so much to come from her. There are still moments where I have to hold her hand and give her confidence.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dealing with that environment is quite tough. It was a full house and you could really feel the atmosphere as we went in around the edge, but I was happy with how she dealt with it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was always my childhood dream to ride here and every year it gets even more exciting. It&rsquo;s magical to ride in that arena and I feel so lucky to be able to do it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019Wed, 18 Dec 2019 12:23:08 Zurn:uuid:3053998d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Future winter stars named to represent Team GB at Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Game<p>A 28-strong team will represent Great Britain at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in the home of the Olympic movement in Switzerland.<br /> <br /> The Games, which run from 9<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;&ndash; 22<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;January, will see Team GB compete in 11 of the 16 disciplines on the programme across 14 days of competition.<br /> <br /> The team consists of athletes aged between 14 and 17 years of age, with four athletes who competed at Sarajevo 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival &ndash; Theo Collins, Daisi Daniels, Shawna Pendry and Olivia Weedon &ndash; making it a youth double for Team GB in Lausanne.<br /> <br /> In a new format for Lausanne 2020, the two weeks will see the Games split into&nbsp;two waves of athletes attending across week one and week two to allow for more athletes to compete across the duration of the competition &ndash; 1,880 in total compared to around 1,000 at Lillehammer 2016.<br /> <br /> The Youth Olympic Games provides crucial multi-sport experience for aspiring winter Olympians and Team GB&rsquo;s class of 2020 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Mica McNeill and Katie Summerhayes who both went on to compete at an Olympic Winter Games having first competed at a YOG.<br /> <br /> Lausanne 2020 is expected to welcome some of the world&rsquo;s best young athletes from 70 nations for the third edition of the Games following Innsbruck 2012 and Lillehammer four years later.<br /> <br /> Ski mountaineering and women&rsquo;s Nordic combined will feature for the first time in an Olympic event. A mixed-NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament and a women&rsquo;s doubles event in luge will also be contested for the first time.<br /> <br /> <strong>Georgie Harland, Team GB&rsquo;s Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020, said:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;This is a very special moment for the 28&nbsp;athletes selected for the Games. It provides vital experience of a multi-sport environment and can be an important stepping stone towards their senior careers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have seen athletes from both summer and winter sports going on to compete at a senior Games and the athletes in Lausanne will, I am sure, grasp this opportunity to show everyone what they are capable of, but most importantly enjoy what will be a fantastic experience.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Shawna Pendry, biathlon, said:&nbsp;</strong>"I'm very proud to have been selected for the Youth Olympic Games. I can't wait to compete at Olympic level in my own sport, as well as being part of Team GB with such an amazing mix of winter sports athletes."<br /> <br /> <strong>Charlotte Longden, bobsleigh, said:&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;I have always dreamed of going to the Olympic Games ever since I was young. Now being a part of Team GB is an amazing feeling and I am so excited to represent my country in the Youth Olympics and for my dream to come true.<br /> <br /> "I am so excited to compete for Team GB and do both my family and my country proud. Although I never thought I would be doing bobsleigh, ever since I first tried it, I fell in love with the sport and I can&rsquo;t wait to do my best in January.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Jamie Rankin, curling, said:</strong>&nbsp;"When I received the email that I had been selected, I was at the ice rink (Moray Leisure Centre) and I couldn't quite comprehend that I would be going to the Youth Olympics. <br /> <br /> "I have never curled outside of Scotland before, so to get this opportunity to represent Team GB, wearing the Team GB kit will give me so much pride and I am really looking forward to getting on the ice and competing in the matches."<br /> <br /> <strong>Kirsty Muir, freestyle skier, said:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;I am so happy to be selected to represent Team GB in January at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne. I&rsquo;m really looking forward to the competitions and to enjoy the whole event experience.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Abby Rowbotham, ice hockey, said:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;It is a massive honour to represent Great Britain at the Youth Olympics. I am looking forward to being involved in a very special event and to play a sport I love so much. To be a small part of such a massive GB team across so many events is very humbling and I just can&rsquo;t wait to get over there and for the action to begin.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Olivia Weedon, short track speed skating, said:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;I am very excited to be selected for the third Youth Olympic Winter Games. It is a once in a lifetime experience to represent my country and be part of Team GB. I am excited to compete against the high level of athletes in my sport and we hope to get some good results."<br /> <br /> In addition to the athletes, the Games will see the launch of Athlete365 Career+, which will provide new opportunities for former elite athletes who wish to pursue careers in the fields of sports administration and Games operations. Double Olympic sailing medallist, Saskia Clark, will be Team GB&rsquo;s Athlete365 representative at the Games.<br /> <br /> <strong>Team GB at Lausanne 2020: Selected Athletes<br /> <br /> <strong>Alpine Skiing:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Jack Cunningham<br /> Hometown: Oxford<br /> <br /> Name: Daisi Daniels<br /> Hometown: Rochdale<br /> <br /> Name: Sophie Foster<br /> Hometown: Leatherhead<br /> <br /> Name: Robert Holmes<br /> Hometown: Barrowford<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Biathlon:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Shawna Pendry<br /> Hometown: Font Romeu, France<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Bobsleigh:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Charlotte Longden<br /> Hometown: Winchester<br /> <br /> Name: William Scammell<br /> Hometown: Devizes<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Cross-country skiing:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Molly Jefferies<br /> Hometown: Les Gets, France<br /> <br /> Name: James Slimon<br /> Hometown: Laggan<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Curling:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Ross Craik<br /> Hometown: Edzell<br /> <br /> Name: Hannah Farries<br /> Hometown: Dumfries<br /> <br /> Name: Robyn Mitchell<br /> Hometown: Dunlop<br /> <br /> Name: Jamie Rankin<br /> Hometown: Elgin<br /> <strong> <br /> <strong>Freestyle Skiing:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Scott Johns<br /> Hometown: Dorridge<br /> <br /> Name: Jasper Klein<br /> Hometown: Cirencester<br /> <br /> Name: Kirsty Muir<br /> Hometown: Aberdeen<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Ice Hockey:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Mirren Foy<br /> Hometown: Glenrothes<br /> <br /> Name: Carter Hamill<br /> Hometown: Belfast<br /> <br /> Name: Evan Nauth<br /> Hometown: Weybridge<br /> <br /> Name: Amy Robery<br /> Hometown: Chelmsford<br /> <br /> Name: Abby Rowbotham<br /> Hometown: Sheffield<br /> <br /> Name: Mackenzie Stewart<br /> Hometown: Belfast<br /> <br /> Name: Jessie Taylor<br /> Hometown: High Wycombe<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Nordic Combined:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Mani Cooper<br /> Hometown: Innsbruck, Austria<br /> <strong> <br /> <strong>Short Track Speed Skating:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Matthew Gardner<br /> Hometown: Leeds<br /> <br /> Name: Olivia Weedon<br /> Hometown: Twickenham<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Ski Jumping:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Sam Bolton<br /> Hometown: Calgary, Canada<strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Speed Skating:</strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Name: Theo Collins<br /> Hometown: Guildford<strong><br /> </strong></p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:58:00 Zurn:uuid:c035988d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 AthleticsAsher-Smith finishes third in SPOTY 2019 vote<p>Dina Asher-Smith capped off an incredible year by adding another prize to her trophy cabinet after coming third at the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.</p> <p>The sprint sensation was recognised on the six-strong shortlist along with heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson after they both earned their maiden world titles in Doha in October.</p> <p>Asher-Smith received the third most votes as she finished on the podium once again, with F1 driver Lewis Hamilton coming second and cricketer Ben Stokes taking the top gong.</p> <p><strong>A YEAR TO REMEMBER</strong></p> <p>Asher-Smith had already announced herself on the world stage in 2018 by winning triple gold at the European Championships, having already claimed Commonwealth relay gold in Australia.</p> <p>But despite facing the daunting task of topping last year's feats, the 24-year-old showed no signs of feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders as she continued to thrive in 2019.</p> <p>She picked up early Diamond League victories over 200m before taking the Diamond League final victory in the 100m in Brussels &ndash; underlining her status as one of the world&rsquo;s best sprinters.</p> <p>Yet that was just a glimpse of what was to come in Doha.</p> <p>She started the World Championships by taking silver behind all-time great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m, becoming the first female British sprinter to win an individual medal at the worlds since Kathy Cook in 1983.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Third place at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 goes to&hellip;<br /> <br /> DINA ASHER-SMITH <br /> <br /> <a href="https://t.co/Gx41WWvyTa">https://t.co/Gx41WWvyTa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SPOTY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SPOTY</a> <a href="https://t.co/4dv8DCyODS">pic.twitter.com/4dv8DCyODS</a></p> &mdash; BBC Sport (@BBCSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1206318880819417088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She then went one better in the 200m as she smashed the British record on her way to gold before adding another silver medal to her collection in the 4x100m relay.<br /> <br /> And Asher-Smith paid special tribute to her parents at the SPOTY show in Aberdeen, where her coach John Blackie also received the Coach of the Year award.<br /> </p> <p>&ldquo;I started when I was eight years old, each year I just want to get faster and see what happens,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;So far that was led to some pretty cool things but we just want to keep going.</p> <p>"It still makes me a bit emotional. My parents have been fantastic, they've been so supportive and selfless since I've been really young. For my parents to be there, and my mum to run after me and say she was really proud really got to me.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>KJT RISES TO THE TOP</strong></p> <p>Asher-Smith was not the only British athlete recognised at this year&rsquo;s awards as Johnson-Thompson was also shortlisted for the main prize after her own remarkable 12 months.</p> <p>From despair to triumph, Johnson-Thompson put all her previous disappointments behind her to rise to the top of the heptathlon podium at the World Championships.</p> <p>While the Liverpudlian&rsquo;s talent had never been in doubt before winning gold in Doha, she had never put it all together previously on the global stage at a major championship.</p> <p>She had missed out on the podium at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships, while below-par performances in the shot put and javelin also cost her a medal at Rio 2016.</p> <p>But after almost giving up, the 26-year-old turned the corner by claiming World Indoor pentathlon gold and the Commonwealth title before taking European silver.</p> <p>And that provided the platform for her greatest triumph in Doha as she claimed her first global outdoor title by claiming gold ahead of her formidable rival, 2017 champion Nafissatou Thiam.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"> World heptathlon gold<br /> Secured four PBs to break Jess Ennis-Hill&rsquo;s British record<br /> Gold at European indoors<br /> <br /> Is Katarina Johnson-Thompson you choice for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019?<br /> <br /> <a href="https://t.co/Gx41WWvyTa">https://t.co/Gx41WWvyTa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SPOTY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SPOTY</a> <a href="https://t.co/2xTALRRLHN">pic.twitter.com/2xTALRRLHN</a></p> &mdash; BBC Sport (@BBCSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1206293234173038592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking during the SPOTY show, new British record holder Johnson-Thompson admitted her relentless determination was instilled in her from an early age.</p> <p>"I was always active,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;My mum instilled in me that I needed a hobby alongside sport so my dream was to have an Olympic medal one day and be a heptathlon world champion.</p> <p>"I've had a lot of strong female role models growing up. Denise Lewis, who is here tonight, had a big role in me growing up. In 2016, I nearly gave up, I didn't think my throws were strong enough.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn't think my body was strong enough and could cover from the injuries. Luckily Denise kept me going. In 2012, I was competing alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill too, but it was just about being there still. To break her record is an absolute dream.</p> <p>"Tokyo has always been my dream, the Olympics. In 2012 just to be there, like here tonight, was my gold medal at the time. 2016 was a shaky year but hopefully 2020 will be my year."</p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 21:56:12 Zurn:uuid:2d5a978d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Freestyle SkiingZoe Atkin delighted to make Izzy proud with first-ever World Cup win <p>Friday the 13<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;may be considered unlucky but Great Britain's Zoe Atkin went some way to disproving that myth by winning her first-ever World Cup medal in the Halfpipe final in Colorado.</p> <p>Atkin, younger sister of Olympic slopestyle bronze medallist Izzy, scored 87.75 in her first run to top the podium after finishing second in qualifying in the Freestyle Skiing event on Copper Mountain earlier this week.<br /> <br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Incredible season opener from Zoe Atkin winning Gold in the Copper Mountain Grand Prix FIS Freestyle Halfpipe World Cup <a href="https://t.co/vNCJ1ocL0f">pic.twitter.com/vNCJ1ocL0f</a></p> &mdash; GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) <a href="https://twitter.com/GBSnowsport/status/1205579028977074176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It is a sign of remarkable potential from the 16-year-old who finished 14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in the same event last year on her World Cup debut, this time beating the likes of USA&rsquo;s Brita Sigourney, who won bronze at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, in second.<br /> </p> <p>This year has been somewhat of a breakthrough season for the youngster, who finished 13th in the Halfpipe World Championships in Utah in February and this result could signal it's time for her to step out of her older sister's shadow and into the limelight herself.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Honestly I&rsquo;m so excited. I&rsquo;m like speechless,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Izzy said she was proud of me, and she&rsquo;s really excited too.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels so surreal. I always try and work on going as big as I can so I can set myself apart from the other competitors.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 22:12:12 Zurn:uuid:644d978d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 AthleticsAsher-Smith and Johnson-Thompson in SPOTY race<p>Two of Great Britain's top athletes will be in the running on Sunday for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award.</p> <p>Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson have enjoyed fantastic years in 2019, both earning their maiden world titles in Doha in October.</p> <p>And in Aberdeen they will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Geraint Thomas in winning the award, although the pair face stiff competition from cricketer Ben Stokes, rugby player Alun Wyn Jones, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton and footballer Raheem Sterling.</p> <p>So with a couple of days before the big decision, it is seems the perfect time to reflect on a brilliant season for the pair.</p> <p><strong>DINA&rsquo;S DREAM<br /> </strong></p> <p>While her potential has been clear to see for a while now, Dina Asher-Smith truly announced herself on the world stage in 2018 with triple gold at the European Championships, to go with a Commonwealth relay gold in the appropriately named Gold Coast.<br /> </p> <p>Topping that this year was going to require something quite spectacular, but that is exactly what Asher-Smith did, with a couple of early Diamond League victories over 200m before taking the Diamond League final victory in the 100m in Brussels.</p> <p>That underlined her status as one of the top sprinters in the world heading to the World Championships in Doha.</p> <p>There she picked up silver behind all-time great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m, becoming the first female British sprinter to win an individual medal at the worlds since Kathy Cook in 1983.</p> <p>She then went one better in the 200m as she smashed the British record on her way to gold, running 21.88 to beat the USA&rsquo;s Brittany Brown by more than three tenths.</p> <p>Asher-Smith was not done there, adding a relay silver in the 4x100m to complete a remarkable competition for her and put her in great shape ahead of Tokyo in 2020.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">British 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith has been nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019!<br /> <br /> Voting will open during the live show on BBC One on Sunday, 15 December.<br /> <br /> More: <a href="https://t.co/uBmq79XFXh">https://t.co/uBmq79XFXh</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SPOTY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SPOTY</a> <a href="https://t.co/5Dw4n3A7GG">pic.twitter.com/5Dw4n3A7GG</a></p> &mdash; BBC Sport (@BBCSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1198885010381721600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong>KJT STEPS UP</strong><br /> </p> <p>Asher-Smith was not the only gold medallist in Doha, but while her success was not a huge surprise, Katarina Johnson-Thompson&rsquo;s performance was slightly more unexpected.<br /> </p> <p>While Johnson-Thompson&rsquo;s talent has never been in doubt, putting it all together in the heptathlon is not easy.</p> <p>She won her first major outdoor title in 2018, taking Commonwealth gold, before winning silver behind Belgian Olympic champion Nafi Thiam at the Europeans later that year.</p> <p>Coming into 2019, therefore, Thiam looked to be the one to beat, although Johnson-Thompson&rsquo;s personal best in Gotzis in May, moving to 18<sup>th</sup> in the all-time record books, showed that she was in fine form.</p> <p>She maintained that with a pair of third places in the long jump in the Diamond League, before a near-perfect two days in Doha.</p> <p>The 26-year-old got four personal bests across her seven events, in the 100m hurdles, the shot put, the javelin and the 800m.</p> <p>That helped her to a score of 6981, breaking Jessica Ennis-Hill&rsquo;s British record and beating Thiam to the gold medal.</p> <p>Their rivalry should be one of the storylines of Tokyo next season after some close battles in the last two years.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019!<br /> <br /> Voting will open during the live show on BBC One on Sunday, 15 December.<br /> <br /> More: <a href="https://t.co/0KRDN6nbbO">https://t.co/0KRDN6nbbO</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SPOTY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SPOTY</a> <a href="https://t.co/e1UNXzAZGE">pic.twitter.com/e1UNXzAZGE</a></p> &mdash; BBC Sport (@BBCSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1199046374270144513?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>For now, Asher-Smith and Johnson-Thompson will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Sir Mo Farah, the last athlete to win Sports Personality of the Year, after his own world title in London in 2017.<br /> </p> Sportsbeat 2019Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:31:15 Zurn:uuid:bc91958d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Team GB proud to partner with Whole Earth<p><strong>The British Olympic Association today confirmed Whole Earth as an official supporter to Team GB in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.</strong></p> <p>With just shy of 230 days until Tokyo 2020, Whole Earth joins as a supporter at an exciting time and with plans already taking shape to get fans of both brands excited and engaged ahead of the world&rsquo;s largest sporting spectacle. No stranger to sports sponsorship, Whole Earth is already partner to the British Triathlon Federation.</p> <p>A natural source of protein and fibre with no added sugar, Whole Earth peanut butter is an excellent nutritional food choice for those wanting to pursue healthy and active lifestyles.&nbsp;<br /> </p> <p><strong>Speaking after the deal was announced, Tim Ellerton, Commercial Director at the British Olympic Association, said:</strong> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud and excited to be working with a brand like Whole Earth. Not only are their natural protein products extremely popular with athletes, their approach to sustainability and innovation is something which should be admired. We certainly look forward to the partnership and working together on the road to Tokyo 2020.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <p><strong>Bryan Martins, marketing &amp; category director at Wessanen UK, owners of Whole Earth, added: </strong>&ldquo;Team GB is all about celebrating everyday people achieving extraordinary things in a way that truly unites and inspires our nation.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s about bringing out the best in people, and our country.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s an ethos that really chimes with our own brand values at Whole Earth &ndash; to be good for people, and good for the earth. We&rsquo;re relishing the chance to put our own distinctive mark on this partnership.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to its great products Whole Earth&rsquo;s values are very much in line with Team GB&rsquo;s with its drive to encourage healthier and more active living, whilst also being mindful of the world around us.</p> <p> Further news and activations between Team GB and Whole Earth&nbsp;will be announced in due course.&nbsp;For media enquiries please contact <a href="mailto:Thomas.Rowland@TeamGB.com">Thomas.Rowland@TeamGB.com</a>.<br /> </p>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:00:00 Zurn:uuid:8037958d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SailingFletcher and Bithell recover from capsize to take 49er World Championship bronze<p>Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell survived a capsize in the drama-filled final race to earn a brilliant bronze in sailing's year-ending 49er World Championships in Auckland.</p> <p>The British pair already became European champions this year and added another medal to a superb 12 months, becoming the only duo to finish on the podium at every regatta they&rsquo;ve entered in 2019.</p> <p>They were forced to do things the hard way in the 49er class, however, with their medal chances in jeopardy after being one of four teams to capsize in the double-points medal race.</p> <p>A quick recovery allowed them to eventually finish eighth, with their final tally seeing the Brits finish just one point ahead of Spain&rsquo;s Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra.</p> <p>An excellent year it may have been but Bithell is already targeting more in 2020 &ndash; with the World Championships to come in February ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">All smiles from the new <a href="https://twitter.com/49erSailing?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@49erSailing</a> World Championship bronze medallists <a href="https://twitter.com/GBR49erTeam?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GBR49erTeam</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/StuBithell?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StuBithell</a>!<a href="https://twitter.com/uk_sport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@uk_sport</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TeamGB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TNLUK?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TNLUK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RuleTheWaves?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RuleTheWaves</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/SailingEnergy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SailingEnergy</a> <a href="https://t.co/kmTw4bNUFl">pic.twitter.com/kmTw4bNUFl</a></p> &mdash; British Sailing Team (@BritishSailing) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishSailing/status/1203565868984221696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;Today was pretty hectic,&rdquo; said Bithell. &ldquo;We had two windy fleet races and then back out for the medal race. The conditions once again proved difficult &ndash; short chop and heaps of breeze.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We did a good job on the fleet racing managing to get a 15-point lead over fourth place. Unfortunately, first and second was out the equation for the final medal race, but we raced conservatively to hold onto the bronze medal.</p> <p>&ldquo;There was a final twist down the last run where four boats capsized at the gybe point, we managed to recover quickest which was enough for the bronze.</p> <p>&ldquo;Overall we are super happy and still believe we left a lot of easy points on the water.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fletcher and Bithell went into the final day&rsquo;s racing in third place, a position they held on to following two fleet races prior to the medal event.</p> <p>The untimely capsize ensured the world title was out of their reach, however, with reigning Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand taking gold while silver went to Germany&rsquo;s Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel.</p> <p>But for a British pair that won gold at both the Princess Sofia Regatta and the European Championships this year, settling for anything less than top spot isn&rsquo;t in their psyche.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">&ldquo;Next up it&rsquo;s the 2020 worlds in two months, we will be looking to build on this and take the title.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Hear from <a href="https://twitter.com/49erSailing?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@49erSailing</a> world champs bronze medallists <a href="https://twitter.com/GBR49erTeam?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GBR49erTeam</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/StuBithell?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StuBithell</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RuleTheWaves?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RuleTheWaves</a><a href="https://t.co/mfs58aBrL0">https://t.co/mfs58aBrL0</a></p> &mdash; British Sailing Team (@BritishSailing) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishSailing/status/1203634136197545985?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;We are super proud to round our 2019 season off with a World Championship medal,&rdquo; said Fletcher, who also won silver with Bithell in the Tokyo 2020 test event.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being the only team to medal at every major regatta we have entered shows our consistency.</p> <p>&ldquo;Although we are not content and need to improve our game to consistently winning, the room is there and we left a lot of points on the table this week.</p> <p>&ldquo;Next up its the 2020 worlds in two months, we will be looking to build on this and take the title.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sun, 08 Dec 2019 12:46:44 Zurn:uuid:8b27958d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 BoxingJoshua learns the lessons to avenge defeatAnthony Joshua wrote his name alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as he reclaimed his world heavyweight title in convincing fashion. Sun, 08 Dec 2019 08:50:09 ZAnthony Joshua wrote his name alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as he reclaimed his world heavyweight title in convincing fashion.<br /> <br /> Those legends all lost but then regained their prized belts and six months after he was stunned by stand-in Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden, Joshua learned the lessons and gained revenge.<br /> <br /> He schooled his Mexican rival, going back to his amateur days - when he won Olympic gold at London 2012 - boxing clever, not taking risks and building up a commanding points victory.<br /> <br /> And when the bell rung in the 12th round, Ruiz didn&rsquo;t need to wait for the judges&rsquo; scorecards - he knew he was a beaten man.<br /> <br /> "I didn't want to get too carried away but it is emotional," he said.<br /> <br /> "I'm a man that has made mistakes and when I was on a losing path in life, I matured and bounced back.<br /> <br /> "I know that my fans like to see me knock people out and I can do that but sometimes with certain fighters you have to box smarter.<br /> <br /> "I&rsquo;ve the utmost respect for Andy Ruiz who beat me fair and square in that first exam. I failed the first time but I came back, studied him and passed.<br /> <br /> "This ranks second for me. The first would be my fight against Wladimir Klitschko - it means so much to me and I learned so much from that fight.<br /> <br /> "I respect Wladimir so much and he still gives me so much advice. This fight ranks number two though."<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">TWO TIME <a href="https://t.co/CutWIGDfD8">pic.twitter.com/CutWIGDfD8</a></p> &mdash; Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) <a href="https://twitter.com/anthonyfjoshua/status/1203442673677418501?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 7, 2019</a></blockquote> Rob McCracken, who has worked with Joshua since masterminding his success at London 2012, believes defeat in New York has made his fighter an even more dangerous prospect - sharpening his desire and improving his attitude.<br /> <br /> "I think he was where I wanted him to be for this fight," he said.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> "He has listened in camp, worked really hard, and I thought he boxed very well against a dangerous fighter."<br /> <br /> Both Joshua but, more surprisingly promoter Eddie Hearn, were quiet on the next target - though the call to unify the division, which means taking on either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, will surely grow louder and louder.<br /> <br /> Ruiz was quick to call for a rematch while the WBO - Joshua also took back the IBF and WBA belts - have said he must face Ukraine's Usyk within 180 days.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019urn:uuid:f7dd948d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 RugbyBrilliant bronze for England in Dubai<p>Will Muir's second-half try secured Dubai Sevens bronze for England in the opening World Series of the season, as they beat Samoa in a tense play-off. </p> <p>After losing to New Zealand in the semi-finals, England edged past the Pacific Island nation 19-17 to finish on the podium.</p> <p>Tom Bowen gave England an early lead before Alamanda Motuga and Paul Scanlon responded.</p> <p>Brought into the final day&rsquo;s squad following an injury to Ethan Waddleton, Richard de Carpentier crossed to ensure England held a narrow advantage at the break.</p> <p>The second period was a closely-fought affair, Tofatu Solia edging Samoa ahead before Muir had the final say.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"> England men score three tries to beat Samoa and finish third in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dubai7s?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dubai7s</a> <a href="https://t.co/sa2i1kPwRx">pic.twitter.com/sa2i1kPwRx</a></p> &mdash; England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) <a href="https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby/status/1203319241518264321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 7, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really delighted to get on the podium for the first tournament, particularly with the lack of training time a number of these players have had," head coach Simon Amor said.&nbsp;<br /> </p> <p>"There wasn&rsquo;t much left in the legs in that last game as the guys gave absolutely everything in the first ones.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With five out of the six games being one-score games, it shows just how tight the World Series will be this year and how important the effort was that the players continually showed.</p> <p>&ldquo;We did some good stuff on occasions but probably made quite a few mistakes and didn&rsquo;t quite click as a team but I think that&rsquo;ll come with time.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good start for the team on the World Series.&rdquo;</p> <p>Another last-gasp Muir try sent England through to the semi-finals at the expense of France early on Saturday, as they secured a 19-12 win.</p> <p>However, New Zealand had too much in the semi-finals, also winning 19-12. &nbsp;</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sat, 07 Dec 2019 16:12:07 Zurn:uuid:11eb938d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Team GBBritish Olympic Association appoints three new Board membersRepresentatives of Judo, Ski and Snowboard, and the London 2012 organising committee alumni make up the three new members joining the British Olympic Association (BOA) Board following their ratification at the organisation&rsquo;s November Board meeting.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Vicky Gosling OBE and Andrew Scoular, the CEOs of GB Snowsport and British Judo respectively, join the Board as the BOA replace two outgoing sports representatives. Meanwhile, Juliet Slot, who worked on the London 2012 bid and is currently Chief Commercial Officer at Ascot Racecourse, joins as an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED).<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> The BOA bade farewell to winter sports&rsquo; representative Hew Chalmers &ndash; who remains on the International Curling Federation board &ndash; as his two-term Governance limit was reached, whilst Triathlon&rsquo;s Ian Howard &ndash; who remains a director of the International Triathlon Union &ndash; also joined Hew in departing the Board.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Juliet takes up the INED role left vacant as a result of Andy Anson&rsquo;s appointment as the BOA&rsquo;s CEO, a post he started on 1 November 2019.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Commenting on the appointments Sir Hugh Robertson, Chair of the BOA, said: &ldquo;Juliet came through an impressive list of candidates and will add a wealth of commercial marketing experience to the Board, which remains one of the strongest in terms of experience and expertise that I have had the opportunity to Chair.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Our relationships with the Olympic sports&rsquo; National Governing Bodies are vitally important and with that we are welcoming of the opportunity to work more closely with Vicky and Andrew as they represent winter and summer sports respectively. Both have an excellent reputation amongst their peers and I know they will bring a positive vocal presence to the Board table.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Finally, I must pay testament to both Hew Chalmers and Ian Howard, who have been sage advisors to the BOA and have always fully supported the Board and the organisation&rsquo;s activities. It goes without saying they remain good friends to the BOA.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Juliet Slot joins with a wide-ranging portfolio of commercial experience in the business of sport encompassing periods at adidas International, Fulham FC, London 2012/LOCOG and Ascot Racecourse. She also brings considerable commercial and marketing communications expertise to the table through agency employments at Octagon, Haymarket Media and Pitch.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Speaking ahead of her first Board meeting in 2020, Juliet said: &ldquo;I have been passionate about the Olympics and our own Team GB ever since my childhood. Being part of the bid team that brought the Olympic and Paralympics to London was a career highlight. Witnessing first hand the impact and power of the Olympic brand and its values and the inspiration that our athletes can give to everyone in all parts of their lives I am keen to support the marketing and digital teams in their mission to deliver the &lsquo;Believe in Extraordinary&rsquo; brand positioning.&nbsp; It will be an honour to serve alongside such a diverse and expert board to support the executive in the run up to Tokyo and subsequent renewals.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Vicky joined GB Snowsport as Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. A former Group Captain in the Royal Air Force, Vicky&rsquo;s military career in the RAF featured highly successful operational, strategic and leadership roles which saw her awarded an MBE in 2004, followed by an OBE in 2014 for services to the military. She played a crucial executive role in the organisation of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, going on to become CEO of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, USA.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Commenting on her appointment, Vicky said: &ldquo;It is an enormous privilege to be appointed onto the BOA Board as the winter sports representative and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to further develop winter sports here in the UK and internationally. In the run up to Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, we have some great opportunities for our athletes across a myriad of different sports and disciplines to showcase their talents. I hope that we can draw on my experience from the sports sector and beyond to ensure the BOA continues to have a strong but independent voice.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Andrew has been Chief Executive of British Judo since 2013, having previously worked for the Rugby Football Union, Scottish Hockey and Glasgow City Council&rsquo;s sports team. He is a former Scotland hockey international having over 120 caps to his name and is an international coach.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Andrew commented: &ldquo;I feel extremely privileged and proud to have been elected to the BOA Board.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m really looking forward to the next few years which will be exciting times for sport with both the Tokyo and the Beijing Olympic Games&rdquo;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:14:00 Zurn:uuid:09fc938d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SkeletonDeas targets World Championships and Beijing 2022 swansong<p>Laura Deas admits she does not have to look far for motivation as she begins to plot her endgame, insisting her teammates are already snapping away at her heels.</p> <p>The 31-year-old made history in PyeongChang when she and teammate Lizzy Yarnold became the first British Winter Olympians to stand on a medal podium together in an individual event.</p> <p>Gold medallist Yarnold has since retired while Deas backed up her bronze in South Korea by matching that medal at the World Cup event in Calgary earlier this year.</p> <p>But despite no longer having her good friend around to keep her on her toes, Deas maintains she is not short of competition as she learns to embrace her role as &lsquo;the veteran&rsquo; in the team.</p> <p>&ldquo;I will always miss her [Lizzy Yarnold&rsquo;s] company, especially at times like this when we&rsquo;re building up to going away, but we&rsquo;ve got a very good strong World Cup team,&rdquo; said Deas.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sort of the veteran of the team now so I suppose there are times when they will look to me for advice maybe or as a bit of a role model but they are always pushing me.</p> <p>&ldquo;They are young, ambitious and coming through. They want to go to the Olympic Games and achieve what I achieved and better that so that&rsquo;s my motivation to keep pushing.</p> <p>&ldquo;They are coming up behind me and I think we work really well together. We have strong competition but we also support each other and work as a team.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">What a moment! <br /> <br /> Our skeleton girls @TheYarnold and <a href="https://twitter.com/skeletonlaura?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@skeletonlaura</a> made history as the first Team GB winter athletes to share a podium <br /> <br /> (️ via <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BBCSport</a>)<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeAreTheGreat?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WeAreTheGreat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Skeleton?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Skeleton</a> <a href="https://t.co/z8aWxhXvlA">pic.twitter.com/z8aWxhXvlA</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/964888647404199937?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> &ldquo;Part of me can&rsquo;t believe I&rsquo;ve been sliding for as long as I have now, I&rsquo;ve been around long enough to be considered a veteran, but it is quite nice taking on that role.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <p>Deas will face her first test against fellow Brits Kim Murray and Madelaine Smith this weekend when the new season gets underway with back-to-back World Cup races in Lake Placid.</p> <p>And after her last campaign was cut short prematurely by a whiplash injury, which forced her to pull out of the World Championships, Deas is determined to make up for lost time.</p> <p>&ldquo;My main goal for the year would be to medal at the World Championships in Altenberg at the end of the season, obviously as I missed last year which was frustrating,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would really like to medal there and I think it&rsquo;s a track I&rsquo;ve done well on historically so I think I&rsquo;m in with a good chance, it&rsquo;s a track that does suit me.</p> <p>&ldquo;But having said that, it&rsquo;s in Germany which is a very strong sliding nation and they will have a very strong home advantage and the three girls that will be there swept the podium last year.</p> <p>&ldquo;So I&rsquo;m definitely going to have my work cut out but it&rsquo;s something that I believe I can do. I will be looking to peak physically for that time of the year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Between now and then there are eight World Cup races, which obviously need their own focus as well, but there is always the overarching focus on the end of the year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Once the World Championships are in the rearview mirror, Deas&rsquo; attention will turn to executing her masterplan &ndash; ensuring she goes out on a high at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.<br /> </p> &ldquo;I think for me to go to Beijing and better my bronze medal from PyeongChang would be the dream way to end my career,&rdquo; she added. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s my long-term goal, what I&rsquo;m looking at doing.&rdquo;Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:45:40 Zurn:uuid:24c2908d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Team GBEnter the Team GB Christmas Raffle 2019!Get into the festive spirit this December by entering the Team GB Christmas Raffle and be in with a chance of winning one of 11 fantastic prizes.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.teamgb.com/christmas-raffle-2019">Enter the raffle by clicking here!</a><br /> <br /> What are the prizes up for grabs?<br /> <br /> 1.&nbsp;<strong>Aldi Christmas hamper</strong>: Stock up on all the festive favourites with a hamper courtesy of Aldi.<br /> <br /> 2. <strong>&pound;500 DFS voucher</strong>: Treat yourself to some comfort this festive season with &pound;500 to spend at DFS.<br /> <br /> 3. <strong>&pound;1,000 Dreams voucher</strong>: Win a &pound;1,000 voucher to spend at the UK's leading bed and mattress store.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 4.&nbsp;<strong>Intel&nbsp;powered 10<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Generation&nbsp;Intel&nbsp;&reg; Core&trade; i5 Laptop</strong>: In need of a new laptop? Get kitted out with this Intel Powered Laptop.<br /> <br /> 5. <strong>Panasonic&nbsp;HD605 Headphones</strong>: These HD605 headphones could wirelessly bring you pure sound this Christmas.<br /> <br /> 6. <strong>Panasonic&nbsp;HTX90 Headphones</strong>:&nbsp;The HTX90 Headphones are ideal for reliable, long-time use on the go.<br /> <br /> 7. <strong>Panasonic&nbsp;CD87 Combination Microwave Oven</strong>: The CD87 microwave is the perfect companion in your kitchen to help you create your tasty meals.<br /> <br /> 8. <strong>Panasonic&nbsp;TZ90 Lumix Camera</strong>:&nbsp;Take this pocket sized camera on your next trip and save your travel memories in exactly the form you want.<br /> <br /> 9. <strong>McVitie's hamper</strong>: Secure all the sweet treats you need this Christmas, with a hamper full of McVitie's finest biscuits.<br /> <br /> 10. <strong>&pound;250 Haven Holidays voucher</strong>:&nbsp;A chance to win a &pound;250 voucher to enjoy a break at one of Haven&rsquo;s impressive coastal parks&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 11. <strong>&pound;250 Mr &amp; Mrs Smiths Hotels voucher</strong>: Courtesy of Persimmon Homes, you can win a &pound;250 voucher to spend on a luxury hotel break<br /> <br /> The raffle closes on the 12th December so make sure you're in with a chance of winning before then.Sun, 01 Dec 2019 07:30:00 Zurn:uuid:4603928d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics TrampolineGallagher success secures Team GB spot at Tokyo 2020<p>Laura Gallagher admitted it felt surreal to reach the individual final at the Trampoline World Championships, a result which also bags Team GB a Tokyo 2020 spot.</p> <p>The 30-year-old from Somerset produced a superb routine in Japan, scoring 55.350 to finish third in the semi-final and ensure that she is still in the running for the medals.</p> <p>And with Gallagher revealing that it is likely to be her last World Championships, she was overwhelmed to have been able to bring out her best when it mattered most.</p> <p>&ldquo;It all feels a bit surreal; I feel very emotional,&rdquo; said Gallagher. &ldquo;This has been a long journey for me, lots of missed opportunities and hard times along the way - I feel very proud of myself. </p> <p>&ldquo;To make the final is so special to me, it&rsquo;s likely to be my last World Championships and to perform under pressure and make the final is a very significant moment for me. &ldquo;</p> <p>Elsewhere, Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page was unable to join Gallagher in the trampoline final despite making a good start, ultimately scoring 52.465 to finish 15th.</p> <p>Page is still well placed to qualify for Tokyo 2020 through the World Cup Series, currently sitting fourth, as she looks to make it two female gymnasts for Team GB next summer.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 13:20:59 Zurn:uuid:fe91918d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 AthleticsFarah to make return to the trackSir Mo Farah is set to turn his attentions back to running on the track as he hopes to defend his Olympic 10,000m title.<br /> <p>Farah, the four-time Olympic champion, had switched from the track to marathon running in 2017, winning the Chicago Marathon the following year.</p> <p>However he is now planning to return to the track in a bid to defend the 10,000m title he won in both London and Rio.</p> <p>Farah said on social media: &ldquo;Next year, I'm going to be back on the track and I'm going to give it a go in the 10,000m.</p> <p>&ldquo;Hopefully I haven't lost my speed but I will train hard for it and see what I can do. I'm really excited.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Back to Track!! I will focus on the 10,000m next year at the Olympic Games!! <a href="https://t.co/7LQbfSBAcE">https://t.co/7LQbfSBAcE</a></p> &mdash; Sir Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mo_Farah/status/1200350624497504259?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 29, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Farah would have to qualify for Tokyo next year and admitted he had learned a lot from his time running marathons.<br /> </p> <p>He added: &ldquo;It's been really exciting competing in the marathon over the last couple of years.</p> <p>&ldquo;To win the Chicago Marathon was nice and to finish third in the London Marathon was OK, and it's been a great learning curve for me.&rdquo;</p> Sportsbeat 2019<br />Fri, 29 Nov 2019 10:18:07 Zurn:uuid:6116908d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 AthleticsAsher-Smith and Johnson-Thompson make SPOTY shortlist Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson have both been nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019.<br /> <p>The announcement comes just under two months after their respective heroics at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, where Asher-Smith became the first-ever female British sprinter to win a world 200m&nbsp;title&nbsp;while Johnson-Thompson ended her wait for her first global outdoor title by powering to heptathlon gold.</p> <p>For Asher-Smith, who was also nominated for the award in 2018, the announcement comes at the end of another remarkable year on the track, the 23-year-old having also claimed 100m and 4x100m relay silver in Doha after being crowned 100m champion in the Diamond League in the summer.<br /> <br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">So it&rsquo;s out!! I&rsquo;ve been nominated for BBC&rsquo;s Sports Personality of the Year!!! <br /> <br /> This is so amazing, thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/stormzy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@stormzy</a>! Can&rsquo;t wait for the 15th <a href="https://t.co/w1fpk59leG">https://t.co/w1fpk59leG</a></p> &mdash; Dina Asher-Smith (@dinaashersmith) <a href="https://twitter.com/dinaashersmith/status/1198906137799737344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Johnson-Thompson joins her in the shortlist after also making headlines in Doha after running the 800m in a personal best time of&nbsp;2:07.26 seconds to seal heptathlon gold, breaking Jessica Ennis-Hill&rsquo;s British record in the process.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Honestly I can not believe what happened last night. WORLD CHAMPION <br /> PB &amp; New British record 6981 what the hell! <br /> Thank you everyone for all your support and messages over the years!!! <a href="https://t.co/E6GGJSutPZ">pic.twitter.com/E6GGJSutPZ</a></p> &mdash; KJT (@JohnsonThompson) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnsonThompson/status/1180077027673686023?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The winner will be announced on Sunday 15 December in Aberdeen.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 19:26:42 Zurn:uuid:12a58f8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SwimmingPeaty bounces back to thrill London crowds<p>Adam Peaty isn't used to coming fourth, so he revelled in a 100m photo finish victory at the inaugural International Swimming League match in London. </p> <p>The 24-year-old finished fourth in the 200m &ndash; an event firmly out of his comfort zone in short-course swimming &ndash; and narrowly missed out on 50m victory to Fabio Scozzoli on opening night. </p> <p>But Peaty, in the midst of a heavy block of training and far from his competitive peak, dug deep to earn the victory the home fans came to see over four lengths. </p> <p>&ldquo;It's very tough when you&rsquo;re expected to win every time you get in the pool,&rdquo; said Peaty, long-course Olympic champion and world record holder in the 100m. </p> <p>&ldquo;I was on a bit of a downer after last night &ndash; I wanted to bring that victory for the fans. But that's sport, it's more fun when you've got that competition.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"> <a href="https://twitter.com/adam_peaty?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@adam_peaty</a> bounces back from his shock defeat last night to deliver in London <br /> <br /> Watch the International Swimming League LIVE<br /> - Eurosport 2<br /> - Eurosport Player: <a href="https://t.co/0Fa7uXMVB9">https://t.co/0Fa7uXMVB9</a> <a href="https://t.co/hyI78Rsj1M">pic.twitter.com/hyI78Rsj1M</a></p> &mdash; Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK/status/1198660012048101377?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 24, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;The other guys brought the heat and I came away with fourth. I don't think I've finished fourth in about seven years!<br /> </p> <p>&ldquo;I knew I wasn't going to win the 50, but I knew if I got it together, I could do the 100 because that is my event. </p> <p>&ldquo;As Vin Diesel said &ndash; it doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile, winning's winning and that&rsquo;s what it&rsquo;s all about.&rdquo;</p> <p>Peaty&rsquo;s 56.18 secs clocking in the 100m was the best in the ISL this season by 0.1 secs and 0.24 secs off his own British record. He beat Belarus&rsquo; Ilya Shymanovich to the wall by 0.15 secs. </p> <p>Duncan Scott took 200m individual medley victory on Sunday night to get a capacity crowd on their feet at the London 2012 venue. </p> <p>On the opening night of racing, Freya Anderson broke Fran Halsall&rsquo;s ten-year 200m freestyle British record record, the World Championships relay bronze medallist clocking 1:53.33. </p> <p>London Roar finished second in the final meet standings behind Turkey-based franchise Energy Standard.</p> Sportsbeat 2019Sun, 24 Nov 2019 19:39:30 Zurn:uuid:c9888f8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 We're set for an exciting 2020 - Smith<p>Leon Smith says British tennis is in a really positive place after a run to the final four at the Davis Cup Finals. </p> <p>Despite Kyle Edmund&rsquo;s defining display to take the opening rubber, Britain were outlasted 2-1 by hosts Spain as a partisan 12,500 crowd took hold in Madrid. </p> <p>Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski were beaten 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (10-8) in a highly-charged doubles decider, with world number one Rafael Nadal on song alongside Feliciano Lopez. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This from <a href="https://twitter.com/jamie_murray?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jamie_murray</a> firmly belongs in the insane volley section <br /> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Eurosport_UK</a> <a href="https://t.co/oElJYk3YZM">pic.twitter.com/oElJYk3YZM</a></p> &mdash; LTA (@the_LTA) <a href="https://twitter.com/the_LTA/status/1198371182548070400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>But with Edmund unbeaten in singles all week, a new format capturing imaginations and 1,000 British fans making the trip to back their boys, captain Smith emerged encouraged. </p> <p>&ldquo;I look forward to a really positive 2020,&rdquo; Smith said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone&rsquo;s got their different journey to go on, but I think we should be excited by what we have in British tennis.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got so many different things going. I think it&rsquo;s great, it&rsquo;s positive.</p> <p>&ldquo;Hopefully everyone can just keep on that path and we come back here next year with an even stronger team than the strong team we have already got.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 2015 winners have reached the semi-finals in three of the last five years and can reflect on vast improvement a year on from losing 3-1 to Spain in Marbella in the first round. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5PgnbSgBy6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12" style="background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:16px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5PgnbSgBy6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; 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line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">The Team Behind The Team Unforgettable week in Madrid. We couldn&rsquo;t have done it without the support from staff and to all our great fans! Thank you @daviscupfinals</a></p> <p style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/nealskupski/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Neal Skupski</a> (@nealskupski) on <time style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2019-11-24T08:59:19+00:00">Nov 24, 2019 at 12:59am PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script> <p>Murray and Skupski, claiming victory in deciding rubbers against Netherlands and Kazakhstan earlier this week, fell to defeat and Dan Evans was defiant despite a straight-sets singles loss to Nadal.&nbsp; </p> <p>Earlier, Edmund needed just 81 minutes to beat Lopez 6-3 7-6 and get his country off to a perfect start.</p> <p>The 24-year-old silenced the home crowd with a clinical performance, laced with nine aces and 19 forehand winners, showing further signs of top form. </p> <p>&ldquo;There was just a lot of noise from the crowd, they all came to support Feli so I just had to be really, really focused and concentrate on myself and I got off to a great start,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5P3O6kpV8z/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12" style="background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:16px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5P3O6kpV8z/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;" target="_blank"> </a> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5P3O6kpV8z/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a></div> <div style="display:block; 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line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">What an honour it has been to play with this team. Can&rsquo;t thank everyone enough for all the support that you have all gave us both here in Madrid and back in GB. We&rsquo;ll be back! #daviscupfinals #lta #teamGB</a></p> <p style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/kyle.edmund/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Kyle Edmund</a> (@kyle.edmund) on <time style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2019-11-24T12:16:57+00:00">Nov 24, 2019 at 4:16am PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script> <p>&ldquo;As I said throughout this week my tennis hasn&rsquo;t been the problem but when you come in different situations it can sometimes do funny things, so I just concentrated on my game, kept believing in my game, kept going after my strokes.</p> <p>&ldquo;And to get off to that start and then just sort of control my way through and played a very good breaker at the end, it was a very good performance from myself.&rdquo;</p> Sportsbeat 2019Sun, 24 Nov 2019 13:35:14 Zurn:uuid:15438f8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SwimmingPeaty rallies after International Swimming League shock<p>Olympic champion Adam Peaty showed his fighting spirit on the opening day of the International Swimming League as he kept London Roar in the hunt for the finals in Las Vegas.<br /> <br /> An electric opening day of action at the London Aquatics Centre saw the new fast-paced, franchise-based league make its UK debut in front of a sold-out crowd.<br /> <br /> London is hosting the last leg of the revolutionary new event as four of the eight teams from Europe and the United States compete for a place in the finals next month.<br /> <br /> And as the reigning 50m and 100m breaststroke world record holder, Peaty was one of the headline names in the pool as he looked to help his London Roar team progress.<br /> <br /> But the 24-year-old Rio 2016 gold medallist was stunned in the men&rsquo;s 50m breaststroke event, finishing in fourth as Fabio Scozzoli gave Aqua Centurions their first event win of the day.<br /> <br /> However, he soon shrugged off that shock result to finish second in the men&rsquo;s 200m breaststroke as Anton Chupkov of Energy Standard edged him out to take top spot.<br /> <br /> Peaty also competed alongside his London Roar teammates in the men&rsquo;s 4x100m relay, once again finishing in second place as Energy Standard 2 proved too strong.<br /> <br /> Rio 2016 silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O&rsquo;Connor was also in action on the first of two days but was only able to finish in eighth for London Roar in the women&rsquo;s 50m breaststroke.<br /> <br /> She fared better in the 4x100m freestyle relay, though, combining with Bronte Campbell, Marie Wattel and Jeanette Ottesen to finish third behind Energy Standard 2.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere, Hannah Miley touched the wall in sixth in the women&rsquo;s 400m individual medley as &lsquo;Iron Lady&rsquo; and three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu finished in first.<br /> <br /> Fellow Scot Duncan Scott, also representing London Roar, was even more impressive on his International Swimming League debut as he took second in the men&rsquo;s event.<br /> <br /> Scott also returned to the pool for the men&rsquo;s 40m freestyle, finishing in seventh as fellow Brit and Energy Standard rival Ben Proud completed the podium in third.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, double Olympic silver medallist James Guy touched the wall in fifth in both the men&rsquo;s 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly for London Roar.<br /> <br /> The results following the first day means only 14 points separate leaders Energy Standard from London Roar, with Aqua Centurions in third ahead of Iron.</p>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 21:54:54 Zurn:uuid:8e368f8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 CurlingMuirhead skips Scotland to European silver<p>Eve Muirhead is taking the positives after she skippered Scotland to another silver at the European Curling Championships in Helsingborg.</p> <p>In a tight final against hosts Sweden, neither team were able to pull far ahead, and the Scots had a 4-3 lead heading into the tenth and final end.</p> <p>But a final wonder shot from skip Anna Hasselborg ensured Sweden came away with the top prize, clinching a 5-4 victory.</p> <p>It was a fifth European silver medal for Muirhead &ndash; who also has two golds and two bronzes in her career &ndash; and she knew the fine margins would be crucial in the outcome of the final.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was tough to take but what a fantastic shot to win the championships,&rdquo; the 29-year-old said. &ldquo;We put out a good fight and I think that game was a very good game.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s disappointing of course, but to get a silver medal when it was Vicky&rsquo;s [Wright] first championships is nice. It&rsquo;s difficult but what can you do.</p> <p>&ldquo;We knew it was going to come down to the last shot of the last end and it came down to a couple of inches &ndash; that&rsquo;s curling.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Euro Champs Final<br /> <br /> SCO 4-5 SWE<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s SILVER for our Women&rsquo;s team, <a href="https://twitter.com/Team_Muirhead?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Team_Muirhead</a><br /> <br /> Congratulations to Eve, Lauren, Jen, Vicky and Sophie for a superb final and excellent week in Helsingborg, Sweden.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ECC2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ECC2019</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/curling?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#curling</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/medalwinners?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#medalwinners</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/proud?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#proud</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/wcf?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WCF</a> <a href="https://t.co/SW5E44ihb1">pic.twitter.com/SW5E44ihb1</a></p> &mdash; Scottish Curling (@scottishcurling) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottishcurling/status/1198283792001196034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve got a lot of silvers at Europeans and unfortunately that&rsquo;s added another to the collection, but we&rsquo;ve got a lot we can take from this week.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a tough couple of years for me, but the team have been so behind me and those girls have been supporting me every single day.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve shown we can still win and still hit the podium.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <p>Photo credit: World Curling Federation</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 18:54:42 Zurn:uuid:0c2a8f8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Alpine SkiingIt's time for Ryding to shine <p>After a decade of having to settle for second best, it&rsquo;s now or never for Dave Ryding.</p> <p>Ryding is Britain&rsquo;s top alpine skier &ndash; notching a pair of World Cup silver medals over the years &ndash; but having spent his career thus far competing alongside the great Marcel Hirscher, he has had to do everything the hard way.</p> <p>Luckily for Ryding, the Austrian retired earlier this year, bringing an end to a&nbsp;remarkable career which saw him win two Olympic golds, 11 World Championship medals and a record eight successive overall World Cup titles.</p> <p>The Brit, who races in this season&rsquo;s first Alpine Ski World Cup slalom event at Levi in Finland on Sunday, knows his time is now &ndash; and he&rsquo;s more than ready for the challenge.</p> <p>"When Marcel was racing, you did feel you were aiming for second at best &ndash; so the fact he is no longer racing does make it easier for everyone,&rdquo; said Lancashire-born Ryding.</p> <p>"If a guy is beating you week in, week out, you start to feel it is an impossible task.</p> <p>"My aim is to be on the podium at every race this season and my ultimate goal is to win one. It's time to step up now and take more risks."</p> <p>Ryding, who has been on the World Cup scene for a decade, has come excruciatingly close to success at World Cup races, finishing second at Kitzbuhel in 2017 and in Oslo last season.</p> <p>But that doesn&rsquo;t mean he doesn&rsquo;t have what it takes. Last year saw Ryding take silver in the parallel slalom at Oslo, equalling his own record for the best British performance at an Alpine Skiing World Cup event and beating Hirscher along the way.</p> <p>He also achieved his best World Championship result last season with ninth place in the slalom in Are, Sweden &ndash; the same position he came at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 11 months prior.</p> <p>But this year, he wants even more, and he knows it&rsquo;s the season to do it.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a group of skiers who are very tightly packed together and for sure I can mix it with them,&rdquo; added the 32-year-old.</p> <p>&ldquo;So hopefully I can do it a bit more regularly this year and put myself in place for more podiums.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had two podiums in my career but never two in the same season so that&rsquo;s got to be the aim to get that consistency to get them in the same season.</p> <p>&ldquo;I like the hill at Levi, so let's see how this weekend goes."</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 16:05:01 Zurn:uuid:64e38e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 TennisAwesome Evans fires GB to Davis Cup semi-finalsDan Evans went from zero to hero as he carried Great Britain through to the Davis Cup semi-finals with an incredibly resilient three-set victory against Jan-Lennard Struff. <p>Evans &ndash; who lost his two singles matches in the group stages &ndash; was taken to a decider after winning the first set, before emerging a 7-6 3-6 7-6 victor to set-up a semi-final with either Spain or Argentina.<br /> </p> <p>Earlier in the day, Kyle Edmund put GB 1-0 up as he overpowered the veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to win 6-3 7-5.</p> <p>Evans said: "It's great. Listen, I lost matches lately. I felt I let the team down in the last two days. To get it like that was amazing. The team supported me through everything.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">&lsquo;I felt like I had let the team down the last two days!&rsquo;<br /> <br /> All is forgiven Dan! <br /> <br /> Watch the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DavisCupMadridFinals?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DavisCupMadridFinals</a> LIVE<br /> - Eurosport 1<br /> - Eurosport Player: <a href="https://t.co/0Fa7uXMVB9">https://t.co/0Fa7uXMVB9</a> <a href="https://t.co/NCCwJ2vW6y">pic.twitter.com/NCCwJ2vW6y</a></p> &mdash; Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK/status/1197992056679010305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>"I served great. I thought I played good the last two days, but couldn't get over the line. Before the match I didn't feel great. Everybody in team got me going."<br /> </p> <p>Evans &ndash; ranked 42 &ndash; was superb in the first set against the big-serving Struff, forcing three break points in the third game with an ultra-aggressive gameplan.</p> <p>It eventually went to a tie-break but Evans&rsquo; barrage of winners proved too much for Struff to handle and he moved a set up.</p> <p>However, Struff is ranked seven places higher than Evans and was always unlikely to roll over. And so it proved as he upped his power and took advantage of the increasing number of errors in Evans&rsquo; game.</p> <p>He took the second set 6-3, leaving a sense of d&eacute;j&agrave;-vu as Evans contemplated losing a third straight match after winning the first set.</p> <p>Struff confidently dictated much of the decider but Evans stayed in it, largely thanks to his serve, before he raised his game and blitzed his way through the final-set tie-break 7-2.</p> <p>Captain Leon Smith said: "I actually can't believe it. He has had a tough couple of days. Last night we had to change things of how we approached the match.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Take a bow Dan Evans! &zwj;♂️<br /> <br /> GB are through to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup<br /> <br /> Watch the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DavisCupMadridFinals?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DavisCupMadridFinals</a> LIVE<br /> - Eurosport 1<br /> - Eurosport Player: <a href="https://t.co/0Fa7uXMVB9">https://t.co/0Fa7uXMVB9</a> <a href="https://t.co/pWw9wVLuTj">pic.twitter.com/pWw9wVLuTj</a></p> &mdash; Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK/status/1197983043975307265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>"He felt down the past couple of days, but boy did he step up. He loves playing Davis Cup. That charge towards me at the end! We'll savour this one.<br /> </p> <p>"We feel great. Coming into this I knew we had a really good squad. Everybody has now posted wins. We just have to go with it. We come back tomorrow and go again."</p> <p>It was a more serene victory for Edmund, who served impressively throughout his victory. One break was all he needed to rumble through the first and, although Kohlschreiber did offer some resistance in the second set, he had too much firepower for the German.</p> <p>&ldquo;My level today was good. Sometimes when you play first match, you are running on adrenaline, pumped to get there,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;As days go by, the challenge is to keep that consistent. Today I really did that. I knew if I kept my energy high, my intensity, my game is in a good place.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Fri, 22 Nov 2019 22:18:12 Zurn:uuid:1de28e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 CurlingPaterson leads Scotland to European curling bronze<p>Ross Paterson set his sights on the future after skippering Scotland to bronze at the European Curling Championships in Helsingborg.</p> <p>Paterson&rsquo;s rink emerged victorious over Mikkel Krause&rsquo;s Danish outfit 7-2, claiming decisive scores of three in both the sixth and eighth ends.</p> <p>Until that stage the contest had been a tense one, with only three scores in it up until the fifth end as Denmark took a narrow lead when Krause placed one of his own stones onto the button to score one.</p> <p>Despite disappointment at missing out on the showpiece final, and a chance to retain Scotland&rsquo;s crown, Paterson exclaimed pride at his side&rsquo;s showing and had one eye on targeting bigger successes.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our objective was to come here and win, but over the course of the week we came up against some very good opposition and when you lose a semi-final all you can do is pick yourselves up and aim to get that medal,&rdquo; Paterson said.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was important for us. It was our first medal as a team and my first as skip and it was a nice way to finish the week.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a new team we have shown that we can compete against the best in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our goals are set high for the future and we prepared as best we could and in the vast majority of games we prepared very well, but at times we got punished for small mistakes.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were a bit unlucky at times, but we got lucky to qualify for the play-offs and we&rsquo;re happy with where we&rsquo;re at and what we&rsquo;ve achieved.</p> <p>&ldquo;Overall I&rsquo;m very proud of what the team has achieved this week. We&rsquo;re happy to get a medal at our first championships together, but we see this very much as a stepping stone onto bigger and better things.&rdquo;</p> <p>Scotland are guaranteed two medals after Team Muirhead booked their place in Saturday&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s final, where they will face Sweden after beating Switzerland 3-2.</p> <p>It was a tight affair that was locked at 1-1 until the eighth end when Scotland stole a score but the Swiss forced an extra-end with one point in the tenth.</p> <p>However, Eve Muirhead held her nerve at the death to book her rink&rsquo;s place in the final showdown.<br /> <br /> Photo credit: World Curling Federation</p> Sportsbeat 2019Fri, 22 Nov 2019 22:14:53 Zurn:uuid:c59f8e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 BobsleighSochi 2014Britain's bobsleigh boys receive Olympic bronze medalIt was an emotional evening for Britain's four-man bobsleigh team as they received their bronze medals from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at the Team GB Ball.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6JQ2kf9iwIY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> The GB crew of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon were awarded the medals on stage at Old Billingsgate. <br /> <br /> Jackson and his team-mates originally finished in fifth place, just over a tenth of a second behind a bronze medal.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">We have it. 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalists <a href="https://t.co/D0qAPkYWYm">pic.twitter.com/D0qAPkYWYm</a></p> &mdash; John Jackson OLY (@JohnJacksonGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnJacksonGB/status/1197650206155780097?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> However, the first and fourth placed Russian crews were both disqualified for doping violations following re-analysis of samples taken at the Games, meaning the GB crew were upgraded to third place. <br /> <br /> It was a momentous evening for Jackson, Tasker, Benson and Fearon after months upon months of waiting to get their hands on a prize they were denied in 2014. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;On stage there was a lot of emotion,&rdquo; Jackson said. &ldquo;As a team we&rsquo;re just glad to be getting this award.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m quite an emotional bloke when you strip everything away, I had to give a speech but ultimately we deserve it and we&rsquo;ve enjoyed it. It may not have been that Olympic moment but it&rsquo;s our moment.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Their time has finally come...<a href="https://twitter.com/JohnJacksonGB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohnJacksonGB</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StuBensonGB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StuBensonGB</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/Bruce_Bobsleigh?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Bruce_Bobsleigh</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/JoelFearon6?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoelFearon6</a> will receive their Olympic bronze medal from Sochi 2014 at tomorrow evening's Team GB Ball</p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1197243213486141440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 20, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> &ldquo;We knew that once we got it, we would all feel like Olympic medallists because it was great it saying it on paper but until we got that medal around our neck none of us truly felt like we were in that position.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All our kids are getting to see us with our medals which wouldn&rsquo;t have happened back then so, looking at it from a glass half full, I&rsquo;m prefer it for them to get to see it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Tasker added: &ldquo;On the day we were immensely happy and proud of what we&rsquo;d achieved.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We had some setbacks earlier on that year and we didn&rsquo;t go into the Olympics in the strongest position we wanted.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><br /> <br /> Let&rsquo;s hear it for our four-man bobsleigh team - Sochi 2014 bronze medallists<br /> <br /> Congrats <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnJacksonGB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohnJacksonGB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/StuBensonGB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StuBensonGB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Bruce_Bobsleigh?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Bruce_Bobsleigh</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JoelFearon6?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoelFearon6</a> <a href="https://t.co/bde4F1CrXq">pic.twitter.com/bde4F1CrXq</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1197641108135776256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> &ldquo;Finishing fifth, we were immensely happy with. It was only once we finished so close that we started thinking about what could have been.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This now has made amends for that. This was a team that got me into bobsleigh, it&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s formed my love of bobsleigh and this achievement is something I&rsquo;ll be forever proud of.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really special occasion, everyone&rsquo;s got their significant others here tonight who have been there through the last six years, through thick and thin,&rdquo; Benson said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a rollercoaster of a life never mind with the medal coming but the fact we were all able to celebrate tonight is great and we&rsquo;re having a wider function tomorrow with family and friends.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Feel good Friday quote of the day courtesy of <a href="https://twitter.com/Olympics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Olympics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JoelFearon6?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoelFearon6</a> - &ldquo;My boy made me a when I got home from Sochi &amp; told me not to worry. It&rsquo;s great that I can show him a real one now&rdquo; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/thewaitisover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#thewaitisover</a> <a href="https://t.co/NcjCkibhmL">pic.twitter.com/NcjCkibhmL</a></p> &mdash; GBBobsleighSkeleton (@The_BBSA) <a href="https://twitter.com/The_BBSA/status/1197814958454648832?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> &ldquo;Celebrating not just us but everyone who was part of it - they can see the end product and see where we rightfully should have been.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Fearon said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s massive for us to get this medal. To get it here in such a lovely and elaborate way is so incredibly special for us.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:19:44 Zurn:uuid:ab568e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 TennisMurray and Skupski deliver again as GB reach last eightJamie Murray believes a fast start proved crucial as he and Neal Skupski sealed Great Britain's place in a first Davis Cup quarter-final since 2017. <p>Murray and Skupski - making his Davis Cup debut this week - won the crucial doubles rubber to secure a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan.</p> <p>It was the second day in a row that the duo had clinched a win for GB &ndash; after doing so against the Netherlands &ndash; and they beat Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-4 to set up a last-eight clash against Germany on Friday.</p> <p>Kyle Edmund had earlier toppled Kukushkin 6-3 6-3 and though Dan Evans was a set away from settling things, Bublik turned things round in their singles tie to beat the Brit 5-7 6-4 6-1 and force a decider.</p> <p>&ldquo;We played a great match from start to finish,&rdquo; said Murray.</p> <p>&ldquo;We started really quick, aggressively, didn&rsquo;t give them time to settle, time to play. I like to come to the net, don&rsquo;t give these guys time to play.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think Neal did a great job both days, played an amazing level of tennis and we&rsquo;re really happy to get the win and move on to the quarter-finals.&rdquo;</p> <p>GB captain Leon Smith added: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s tough. The way the format is, it&rsquo;s tough. The way the courts are &ndash; at altitude &ndash; everything&rsquo;s moving quickly, which gives everyone a chance.</p> <p>&ldquo;We should be confident now. We&rsquo;ve got a good squad to choose from; everyone&rsquo;s been involved, which is really important as well, and we&rsquo;re looking forward to it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Edmund, filling in for Andy Murray, started the day off in confident style against the world number 67 Kukushkin.</p> <p>The 24-year-old notched 10 aces and 23 winners in a commanding performance as he wrapped things up in just 75 minutes.</p> <p>"The atmosphere has been amazing, I think we have got the most travelling fans so amazing to get so many people coming here from Britain," he said afterwards.</p> <p>"I couldn't wait to get out here and it was such a buzz to thrive off the crowd."</p> <p>Evans was next up on court for GB and looked set to wrap things up at the first time of asking, as he claimed the first set against Bublik 7-5.</p> <p>But the Kazakh fought back, breaking Evans in the second game before holding out for a 6-4 success and blitzing to victory in the third, 6-1.</p> <p>Up stepped Murray and Skupski, with GB&rsquo;s fate in their hands and a buoyant Bublik on the other side of the net.</p> <p>But the experienced British duo gave their tiring opponents the run-around in the first set, racing to a 6-1 win in quickfire time.</p> <p>They went a break up early in the second, but Bublik and Kukushkin dug in to break back at 4-4.</p> <p>That only served to stir the Brits, however, who broke again immediately, before Murray served out for victory.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:44:56 Zurn:uuid:730f8e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Murray wins as Great Britain progress in Davis Cup<p>Andy Murray battled through a final set tie-break to beat Netherlands' Tallon Griekspoor and set Great Britain on their way to winning their Davis Cup opener 2-1 against their Dutch opponents. </p> <p>Murray had to grind out a 6-7 6-4 7-6 win in nearly three hours against the young Dutchman, ranked 179 in the world, but defeat for Dan Evans against Robin Haase in the second game ensured the tie was decided by the doubles rubber after the British No.1 was beaten in three sets.</p> <p>It looked as though Great Britain were going to have to grind out a third set victory when Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski went 4-1 down in the second set of the deciding doubles, but the Brits came back to beat Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4 7-6.</p> <p>Murray&rsquo;s victory against Griekspoor in the opening match of the tie was the first time the Scot has won a Davis Cup singles match since he last played in the competition in 2016, but he is reluctant to believe he deserved to come out on top.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think I deserved to win that match,&rdquo; said Murray. &ldquo;I fought extremely hard at the end but he was dictating a lot of the points.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought he served amazingly, he was going for huge second serves to put me on the back foot and it&rsquo;s difficult when guys are playing like that.</p> <p>&ldquo;I just fought hard and made a great scramble at 4-3 in the tie-break to find my way.&rdquo;</p> <p>Great Britain will make the Davis Cup quarter-finals if they manage to beat Kazakhstan in Thursday&rsquo;s second round-robin tie.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019</p> <br />Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:59:29 Zurn:uuid:5a9a8d8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 ShootingSuper Seonaid storms to World Cup Finals goldSeonaid McIntosh underlined her Olympic credentials with gold in the ISSF World Cup Finals to complete a near-perfect 2019. <p>The 23-year-old took top spot in the 50m rifle final, finishing with a total of 462.1 points.</p> <p>That was only five clear of home favourite Ruijiao Pei of China, while Switzerland&rsquo;s Nina Christen took bronze.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Waking up to a gold medal from the <a href="https://twitter.com/ISSF_Shooting?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ISSF_Shooting</a> World Cup Finals in China!! What a year it&rsquo;s been for British Shooting&rsquo;s Olympic shooter of the year, Seonaid McIntosh! Bring on 2020!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IGoBeyond?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IGoBeyond</a> ( <a href="https://twitter.com/MacCoach10?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MacCoach10</a>) <a href="https://t.co/23y3jZ8Ff9">pic.twitter.com/23y3jZ8Ff9</a></p> &mdash; British Shooting (@GBShooting) <a href="https://twitter.com/GBShooting/status/1196695908202799104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 19, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>McIntosh, who secured Team GB a quota place for Tokyo 2020, was third after the first discipline, scoring 154.2 in the kneeling position.<br /> </p> <p>Christen had a slender lead but the world number one rebounded strongly in the prone and standing disciplines to take the title and cap off a fine season.</p> <p>The Scottish athlete also secured World Cup gold in Rio in August, along with a silver, and European gold in September.<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:12:05 Zurn:uuid:9d358c8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Cycling TrackOlympic champion Burke announces international cycling retirementDouble Olympic champion Steven Burke will look back on his career with pride after announcing his retirement from the GB Cycling team. <p>Burke was part of the Team GB men&rsquo;s team pursuit squads that won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, while he also took bronze in the individual pursuit as a 20-year-old at Beijing 2008.</p> <p>The Burnley native broke his pre-Olympics PB by a massive 11 seconds to win individual pursuit bronze in Beijing, before riding with Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Pete Kennaugh on home soil four years later to take team gold.</p> <p>It was then alongside Clancy, Owain Doull and his childhood hero Sir Bradley Wiggins that he defended that team pursuit title in Rio to complete a remarkable Olympic career.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">We wish <a href="https://twitter.com/StevenBurke88?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StevenBurke88</a> all the best for the future now he has retired from the Great Britain Cycling Team! <br /> <br /> The two-time Olympic gold medal winner helped <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TeamGB</a> to team pursuit success at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/London2012?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#London2012</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rio2016</a> <br /> <br /> Story <a href="https://t.co/l9e3oHyJNM">https://t.co/l9e3oHyJNM</a> <a href="https://t.co/Nd5otYmHJp">pic.twitter.com/Nd5otYmHJp</a></p> &mdash; British Cycling (@BritishCycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishCycling/status/1195363545648631808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Burke will still compete in Six Day cycling events and on the domestic circuit but after hanging up his GB jersey, the 31-year-old was thankful for everything he has achieved.</p> <p>&ldquo;Firstly, I would like to thank all of my team-mates throughout the Great Britain Cycling Team. I have enjoyed working with them all,&rdquo; said Burke.</p> <p>&ldquo;It has been an epic journey achieving Olympic gold with Geraint Thomas, Brad Wiggins, Pete Kennaugh, Owain Doull and Ed Clancy and I will look back on some great moments with them.</p> <p>&ldquo;Although I have retired from international duty and looking forward to new challenges, I still plan to race in the Six Day events, help out the local riders in Team SB Hub and Cycle Sport Pendle, and to ride my bike for years to come.</p> <p>&ldquo;Looking back on my career, I can only be proud of becoming an Olympic, world and European champion, achieving all I&rsquo;ve wanted to in red, white and blue with my mates. </p> <p>&ldquo;I am forever grateful to my family, girlfriend, close friends and everyone who has helped me over the years.&rdquo;</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:54:36 Zurn:uuid:3b378a8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Cycling TrackGreat Britain end with a flourish at Track World CupOlympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker won their second medals of the weekend as Great Britain finished in style at the Track World Cup in Glasgow. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Archibald and Barker prevailed in Friday&rsquo;s team pursuit and joined forces once again in the Madison, winning silver despite not hitting their peak in front of the home crowd.</p> <p>Mark Stewart also took silver in the multi-event omnium as the British Cycling team took top honours in the second leg of the World Cup.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a little bit mixed. We&rsquo;re not massively happy with how we rode &ndash; we could have been a lot better,&rdquo; admitted Barker.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were good and we were fast in the sprints, but we didn&rsquo;t actually compete in enough of them.</p> <p>&ldquo;However, it&rsquo;s quite nice that even when we&rsquo;re not performing as well as we can, we can still medal.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">"We're one of the fastest teams and we can compete" <a href="https://twitter.com/_katiearchibald?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_katiearchibald</a><br /> <br /> Another medal for the Women's Madison pair, but <a href="https://twitter.com/elinorbarker?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@elinorbarker</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/_katiearchibald?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_katiearchibald</a> set themselves high standards and wanted to go one better <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TissotUCITrackWC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TissotUCITrackWC</a> <a href="https://t.co/LUqG1krD1U">pic.twitter.com/LUqG1krD1U</a></p> &mdash; British Cycling (@BritishCycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishCycling/status/1193585692439433219?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It didn&rsquo;t take long for Archibald and Barker &ndash; part of the team pursuit quartet that prevailed at Rio 2016 &ndash; to hit the upper reaches of the leaderboard.</p> <p>Maximum points came regularly each time they competed in a sprint but the consistency of Australia ensured the British duo were always playing catch-up.</p> <p>And it proved to be a target just out of reach,&nbsp;Annette Edmondson and Georgia Baker comfortably holding on to their lead while Dutch world champions Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters had to settle for bronze.</p> <p>The Madison is set to make its Olympic return at Tokyo 2020, with each and every race gaining more significance as the British team works out its best combination, with Barker, Archibald and Laura Kenny all regularly taking on the responsibility so far.</p> <p>In the omnium, meanwhile, Scotland&rsquo;s Stewart had a ride to remember at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with a silver medal of his own.</p> <p>Steadily accumulating points across the four events, consistency was the key to Stewart&rsquo;s racing &ndash; finishing sixth in both the scratch and elimination races.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Agonisingly close for <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonKenny107?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JasonKenny107</a> <br /> <br /> He put a bike length between himself and the pack on the final lap but couldn&rsquo;t quite hold on for the medal places <br /> <br /> He takes 4th in the Men&rsquo;s Keirin <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TissotUCITrackWC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TissotUCITrackWC</a> <a href="https://t.co/Zb3GDvJ5GB">pic.twitter.com/Zb3GDvJ5GB</a></p> &mdash; British Cycling (@BritishCycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishCycling/status/1193572455387926528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>He took maximum points in the tempo race to all but guarantee a medal, one that was secured despite not adding to his tally in the points race.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Olympic champion Jason Kenny narrowly missed out on a medal in the keirin final after being beaten to the line by Sebastien Vigier, Maximilian Levy and Denis Dmitriev.</p> <p>Despite his disappointment, Great Britain still had plenty to celebrate with their medal tally of six only matched by France across the 14 events.</p> <p>The team pursuit quartet of Archibald, Barker, Neah Evans and Ellie Dickinson were the first to celebrate a golden moment with their ride on Friday.</p> <p>While there was also plenty for Katy Marchant to celebrate, the Olympic bronze medallist taking top step on the podium thanks to her performance in the keirin.</p> <p>Images: SWpix.com</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 19:24:11 Zurn:uuid:c6eb898d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Cycling TrackKeirin triumph for Marchant in Glasgow<p>Katy Marchant was delighted to secure gold in the Women's Keirin at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow by the slimmest of margins. </p> <p>The 26-year-old claimed the win on the second day of action as she timed her lunge to the line to perfection to beat Germany&rsquo;s Emma Hinze. </p> <p>Marchant, who won bronze in the individual sprint at the Rio Olympics, battled hard to get through the semi-finals but believed she seized her opportunity. </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so happy and I&rsquo;m really pleased with how I rode the race as well,&rdquo; she said. </p> <p>&ldquo;There were moments when I chose to be patient and then I picked my moment at the end, it was hard work, but it was worth fighting for. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">How close? THIS close ⬇️<br /> <br /> It's GOLD in the Women's Keirin for <a href="https://twitter.com/katymarch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@katymarch</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TissotUCITrackWC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TissotUCITrackWC</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ci9Gvyc9Sa">pic.twitter.com/Ci9Gvyc9Sa</a></p> &mdash; British Cycling (@BritishCycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishCycling/status/1193276998791106560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 9, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;With so many amazing girls now, it&rsquo;s winner through from the first round and top three from the semi-final. </p> <p>&ldquo;My semi-final wasn&rsquo;t my finest race but I managed to squeeze through and you race the semis to get into the final. I&rsquo;m really happy to come away with the win.&rdquo;</p> <p>Britain won another medal on the track as Ethan Hayter and Oliver Wood clinched silver in the men&rsquo;s madison.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The duo finished in second place on the podium after beating the Australians in the final sprint of the 200-lap race. </p> <p>In the women&rsquo;s omnium, Neah Evans finished in eighth place while Jason Kenny was knocked out of the men&rsquo;s sprint in the quarter-finals by eventual winner Harrie Lavreysen. </p> <p>Image credit: SWpix</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 22:23:47 Zurn:uuid:d698898d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Cycling TrackArchibald leads the charge in Team Pursuit glory<p>The recently-crowned European champion quartet of Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Neah Evans and Ellie Dickinson lit up the opening night of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow with a stunning gold in the Team Pursuit.</p> <p>A time of 4:12.244 represented an outstanding return on a slick track &ndash; the fastest in this Olympic cycle and the fourth-quickest of all time &ndash; they shaved more than three seconds off their winning time from Apeldoorn back in October.</p> <p>And Archibald in particular was pleased with the tangible progress as she celebrated gold on home boards.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very happy,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of the conversations leading into an event like this are on whether you want to focus on a result or a process and we&rsquo;re focusing on a process, so to come away with a result like this, we&rsquo;re very happy.</p> <p>&ldquo;We went in with a plan that scared us a bit. We wanted to front-end it, which is what you see the best nations in the world do, so to challenge ourselves and come off with a win, it feels good.&rdquo;</p> <p>Barker&nbsp;added: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really quick time, above our expectations &ndash; it&rsquo;s nice when that happens!"</p> <p>The men were unable to follow suit, though, as they were beaten by France in the bronze medal race.</p> <p>The sprint trio of Ryan Owens, Jack Carlin and Joe Truman &ndash; who was a late change in place of Jason Kenny &ndash; fared better, however, as they took a silver medal.</p> <p>Missing out on the gold as they were downed by world&nbsp;champions&nbsp;Netherlands, the budding youngsters will nevertheless be buoyed by a solid showing against the world&rsquo;s best.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the women&rsquo;s sprint duo of Milly&nbsp;Tanner and Lauren Bate were beaten by China in the opening round of racing.</p> <p>Competition continues in Glasgow tomorrow, with men&rsquo;s Madison and women&rsquo;s Omnium set to dominate proceedings.</p> <p>Image credit: SWpix</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:17:03 Zurn:uuid:1fa0888d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 BoxingSummer SportsTrailblazing Olympic champion Adams to quit boxingDouble Olympic champion Nicola Adams - who made history by becoming the first woman to win boxing gold at the Games at London 2012 - is hanging up her gloves.<br /> <br /> Adams, 37, is a sporting trailblazer winning every amateur title available to her.<br /> <br /> Since her first bout at the age of 12 she was an unstoppable force, who watched videos of heroes Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno to fine hone her skills.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xcxsh49BSA8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe> <br /> However, an eye injury has forced her to quit her professional career after just six fights, though she steps away from the ring still a champion - after recently retaining her WBO flyweight world title.<br /> <br /> Writing in her local paper, <a href="https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/people/nicola-adams-her-own-words-people-leeds-why-i-am-quitting-ring-828414">the Yorkshire Evening Post</a>, Adams recalled the struggles and highlights of her career, including that famous win over world number one Ren Cancan in London.<br /> <br /> And she paid special tribute to Alwyn Belcher, her long-time coach and personal mentor.<br /> <br /> "I&rsquo;m immensely honoured to have represented our country &ndash; to win double Olympic gold medals and then the WBO championship belt is a dream come true," she said.<br /> <br /> "But it&rsquo;s not without taking its toll on my body, and aside from the expected aches and pains - I&rsquo;ve been advised that any further impact to my eye would most likely lead to irreparable damage and permanent vision loss.<br /> <br /> "Having people in my life who are a fountain of support, kindness and love, has been the sole reason I&rsquo;ve been able to represent my country in the way I have.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HHgnTcpgwO8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe> <br /> "It has been an honour to compete on the global stage, and it has been a privilege to fight against such remarkable athletes. Whilst I am proud of my achievements, the unwavering belief from everyone in my corner, is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life.<br /> <br /> "Hanging up my gloves was always going to hard, but I have never felt luckier, And I&rsquo;m so immensely proud of how far the sport has come."<br /> <br /> Mark England, Team GB's Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, added "Nicola is the embodiment of modern Team GB in so many respects. <br /> <br /> "A double Olympic champion, she is an icon of her sport, having shaped the past decade for boxing and Olympic boxing&nbsp;in particular. It's hard to imagine a more loved athlete amongst the British public."<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019Wed, 06 Nov 2019 07:43:49 Zurn:uuid:d9ac878d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 HockeyHockey teams qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic GamesOlympic qualification is in the bag for Great Britain's hockey teams but captain Hollie Pearne-Webb knows her squad have plenty more to offer ahead of Tokyo 2020.<br /> <p>The women&rsquo;s outfit needed a play-off qualifier to secure their place in Japan but a two-legged win over Chile ensured they will take their place at the top table next summer.</p> <p>Perfection has eluded them thus far and while they have an Olympic gold medal from Rio 2016 to defend, Pearne-Webb knows what has gone before won&rsquo;t influence the future.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a hard eight months ahead for us all. We all want to be on that plane to Tokyo, so competition and training is going to be even more important and harder than ever,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s going to be competition for those 16 places.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">We're on our way to <a href="https://twitter.com/Tokyo2020?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://t.co/uGhnybm5aD">pic.twitter.com/uGhnybm5aD</a></p> &mdash; Great Britain Hockey (@GBHockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/GBHockey/status/1191043377275514881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a different squad completely so our aims are based on us not looking back. We don&rsquo;t have any pressure just because we are the reigning champions.</p> <p>&ldquo;But I think all of us will want a gold medal so I think that will be our aim. I think going into Rio people would have wrote us off and I think if probably if people were looking at it now they would think the same.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every single one of us in our squad know we have so much more to give and over the next eight months we will try and develop that and there will definitely be a chance of us getting gold at Tokyo.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pearne-Webb and her side boasted a 3-0 lead from the first leg and pressed home their advantage, with Tess Howard getting the first goal of the second game within just four minutes.</p> <p>Rio hero Laura Unsworth doubled the advantage before Chile pulled a goal back, but it didn&rsquo;t stop Mark Hager&rsquo;s side from booking their place in Japan.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Three years on &ndash; this golden moment never gets old <br /> <br /> Now <a href="https://twitter.com/GBHockey?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GBHockey</a> can dream of more memories at Tokyo 2020 <a href="https://t.co/71imawQfDM">pic.twitter.com/71imawQfDM</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1190990811518951425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>They&rsquo;ll be joined by Danny Kerry and the men&rsquo;s squad, who overcame Malaysia 9-3 on aggregate after winning the second game 5-2.</p> <p>Alan Forsyth&rsquo;s hat-trick and a double from Sam Ward took them over the line &ndash; 31 years on from the Olympic gold-medal winning performance of Seoul 1988.</p> <p>"There was a lot of pressure on me - all over social media I was being told I was on 99 goals, so it was hard," Forsyth told BBC Sport.</p> <p>"My mum was here on Saturday so I tried to get it done while she was here, but we got the win, that's what matters.</p> <p>"I don't want to look back and be disappointed but I use not being selected for Rio [as motivation] every day - I missed one Olympics and I don't want to miss another. I know we've qualified but I've got a lot of work to do to make sure I'm in the team for Tokyo."<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sun, 03 Nov 2019 19:23:22 Zurn:uuid:4542878d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 HockeyGB hockey men and women take huge step towards TokyoGreat Britain's men's and women's hockey teams both took a huge step towards Tokyo 2020 qualification by winning the first legs of their Olympic qualifiers at Lee Valley.<br /> <br /> The women&rsquo;s side comfortably beat Chile 3-0 while the men produced a stunning second-half comeback to defeat Malaysia 4-1.<br /> <br /> Great Britain&rsquo;s women, who came into the weekend knowing it was their last chance to qualify&nbsp;and try to&nbsp;defend the title they won at Rio 2016, are in a strong position to head to Tokyo thanks to goals from Izzy Petter, Hannah Martin and Anna Toman.<br /> <br /> The game was goalless at half-time, but Petter found a breakthrough five minutes after the break with a stunning solo effort to put the defending Olympic champions in front at Lee Valley.<br /> <br /> Martin and Toman then scored in what was a dominant second&nbsp;half from the hosts to ensure Great Britain go into Sunday&rsquo;s second leg with a great chance of qualifying, with the side with the highest aggregate score across the two legs taking a place at Tokyo.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">The first part of the job is complete <br /> <br /> Goals from <a href="https://twitter.com/izzypetter?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@izzypetter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hkmartin7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@hkmartin7</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/LilyOwsley?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LilyOwsley</a> give us a solid lead going into tomorrow's second leg <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GBRvCHI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GBRvCHI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThePride?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThePride</a> <a href="https://t.co/KeWgF5flH2">pic.twitter.com/KeWgF5flH2</a></p> &mdash; Great Britain Hockey (@GBHockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/GBHockey/status/1190655521516244993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> Their lead may be comfortable, but captain Hollie Pearne-Webb&nbsp;doesn&rsquo;t want the team to get ahead of themselves just yet knowing there is another big 60 minutes left to play.<br /> <br /> "We're pleased with the result but it's job half done&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;there will be absolutely no complacency, we know we're not qualified yet," said the Rio 2016 gold medallist.<br /> <br /> "We started tentatively, the nerves showed and there is plenty to improve on.<br /> <br /> "Hopefully the nerves will have gone by then, it's a fresh start.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We would have liked to score more, but we have another game to go tomorrow so the focus is on that.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We knew they were going to come out hard, but we knew we had to stick to our gameplan. That&rsquo;s what we did, and we managed to have quite a few chances.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Playing at home is always incredible and the fortress we have made here at Lee Valley is special.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The men&rsquo;s win over Malaysia was not quite as simple, the visitors taking the lead when Nabir Noor scored from a corner after six minutes.<br /> <br /> But Danny Kerry&rsquo;s men managed to turn their fortunes around, Sam Ward, Phil Roper, Alan Forsyth and James Gall all netting to give the hosts a huge advantage ahead of Sunday&rsquo;s second.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">A blistering second half performances sees us take the advantage in our <a href="https://twitter.com/FIH_Hockey?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FIH_Hockey</a> Olympic Qualifier <br /> <br /> Goals from <a href="https://twitter.com/Samuel_Ward13?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Samuel_Ward13</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/proper15?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@proper15</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/7Forsyth?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@7Forsyth</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/jamesgall26?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jamesgall26</a> put us in a strong position heading into tomorrow's second leg - watch on <a href="https://twitter.com/btsport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@btsport</a> at 3pm <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThePride?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThePride</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GBRvMAS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GBRvMAS</a> <a href="https://t.co/Za4bLLFwEh">pic.twitter.com/Za4bLLFwEh</a></p> &mdash; Great Britain Hockey (@GBHockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/GBHockey/status/1190691085468753920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 2, 2019</a></blockquote> But goalscorer Roper is in no doubt as to the magnitude of Sunday's task, knowing Great Britain will need to stay on top of their game to see off their opponents, who will be hungry for the comeback. <br /> <br /> "It's a strange one, we're not used to playing two games in a row and the aggregate score is new to us," he said.<br /> <br /> "They'll have everything to play for and nothing to lose so they're going to come out hard in the second leg.<br /> <br /> "We need to react and be positive but we're confident we can get it done."<br /> <br /> <em>Picture credit: Great Britain Hockey&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019Sat, 02 Nov 2019 19:41:15 Zurn:uuid:60c7868d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 HockeyTokyo 2020No time to think about Rio, says McCallin Shona McCallin is refusing to think about Rio ahead of Great Britain's last-chance Olympic qualifiers at Lee Valley this weekend. <p>The Olympic champions face world number 18 side Chile in the two-legged qualifier in London while the men play Malaysia, with&nbsp;their place at Tokyo 2020 also on the line.</p> <p>For both the women&rsquo;s and men&rsquo;s qualifying play-offs, the team with the highest aggregate score across the two ties will qualify for&nbsp;next year&rsquo;s Olympic Games,&nbsp;while the loser will miss out.</p> <p>The pressure is high for both sides to qualify but according to Rio gold medallist McCallin, the women&rsquo;s team will not be thinking about&nbsp;anything other than this weekend at Lee Valley.</p> <p>&ldquo;For me this weekend has nothing to do with Rio, it&rsquo;s just about beating Chile,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I try not to think about the result from Rio too much because it scares me a bit and you can get a bit overwhelmed thinking about it.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t really look too far in front either, currently it's all about beating Chile. When that hopefully happens, my focus will be all about getting myself into the 15 and then there's loads of other tournaments before the Olympics.</p> <p>&ldquo;Obviously I would love to go to another Olympics, it's why we all play. The Olympics is the most prestigious competition, but it&rsquo;s too far in the future to dream and think about right now. Currently it's all about Chile. It's all about this weekend, and then we will look to next year.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Last training session done ✔<br /> Bring on Olympic Qualifiers this weekend vs Chile <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoadToTokyo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoadToTokyo</a> <a href="https://t.co/iwjigDsM9r">pic.twitter.com/iwjigDsM9r</a></p> &mdash; Shona McCallin MBE (@SMcCallin) <a href="https://twitter.com/SMcCallin/status/1190243775387451393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Men&rsquo;s forward Sam Ward, who was part of the side who failed to make it out of the group stages in Rio, is trying to block out all memory of the disappointing 2016 campaign ahead of this weekend and, like McCallin, wants to start at Lee Valley on a clean slate.<br /> </p> <p>&ldquo;Obviously I went to Rio where it didn&rsquo;t go very well, which makes it difficult for me personally to think about an Olympic Games,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The first job is to qualify. We didn&rsquo;t perform to the best of our ability in Rio and that is something you just have to do in the big moment.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">After an exhilarating first weekend, <a href="https://twitter.com/Samuel_Ward13?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Samuel_Ward13</a> is looking forward to getting in on the act as we begin our <a href="https://twitter.com/FIH_Hockey?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FIH_Hockey</a> Olympic Qualifiers tomorrow <br /> <br /> If you can't join us at <a href="https://twitter.com/LeeValleyHTC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LeeValleyHTC</a>, you can be <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThePride?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThePride</a> by watching on <a href="https://twitter.com/btsport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@btsport</a> at 2pm (women) &amp; 4:30pm (men) <a href="https://t.co/9EAk0NgrCl">pic.twitter.com/9EAk0NgrCl</a></p> &mdash; Great Britain Hockey (@GBHockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/GBHockey/status/1190291405417041922?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>&ldquo;We have been working on making sure we understand how to deal with the pressure of big games and going out there and putting on the performance whatever the scenario.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> </blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;I think we&rsquo;ve got a fantastic team at the moment with lots of youth who will be gaining plenty of experience over the next year.<br /> </p> <p>&ldquo;Obviously it&rsquo;s a big benefit being at home this weekend and I think the home support will really help us.&rdquo;</p>Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:56:29 Zurn:uuid:82e2858d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Tokyo 2020BOA and Athletes' Commission publishes Tokyo 2020 Rule 40 GuidelinesThe British Olympic Association (BOA) supported by the British Olympic Association&rsquo;s Athletes&rsquo; Commission has published new and updated Rule 40 guidelines for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.<br /> <br /> <a href="/rule-40">Please click here for a link</a> to the Rule 40 section of the BOA website, which includes both advice for athletes and advice for agents and (non-Olympic) commercial brands.<br /> <br /> Introducing the new Rule 40 guidelines, Ben Hawes, Chair of the BOA&rsquo;s Athletes&rsquo; Commission said: &ldquo;As an Athletes&rsquo; Commission we have been working with the BOA to ensure that the communication of the organisation's updated position on Rule 40 is clear for athletes. This comes after a process of working with the BOA to review the organisation&rsquo;s current position on the commercial rights of athletes around the Games.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A new, more flexible application of Rule 40 ahead of Tokyo 2020, especially in relation to personal sponsors, giving athletes the opportunity to thank their personal sponsors at Games-time has been agreed. However, we are acutely aware that for all athletes to be able to compete at an Olympic Games there is a need for balance between the allowances for official Olympic sponsors and those sponsors that choose to support individual athletes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As ever, we will continue to represent athletes&rsquo; views and rights in this ongoing process with the BOA and the International Olympic Committee, whilst supporting the BOA&rsquo;s ability to raise the funds necessary to support all athletes of all ages, regardless of status, and at all events.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> During the four year period through until Tokyo 2020 the BOA will have taken over 700 athletes to eight Olympic Summer and Winter Games, European Games, World Beach Games, Youth Olympic Games and European Youth Olympic Festivals.Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:00:00 Zurn:uuid:0e40858d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Cycling TrackArchibald and Evans claim Six Day London crown as Brits steal the show<p>Katie Archibald admits winning in her own back-yard was particularly sweet as she and Neah Evans triumphed in the elite women's classification at Six Day London to head a British clean sweep of the podium.</p> <p>Team pursuit Olympic champion Archibald and European champion Evans led from start to finish in the three-day women&rsquo;s event, winning three of the five races, and finished a remarkable 59 points clear of their nearest rivals on 257.</p> <p>The British brilliance was added to as team pursuit gold medal-winning teammates Laura Kenny and Elinor Barker finished second on 198 while Emily Nelson and Manon Lloyd completed the top three places.</p> <p>The victory adds to the overall Six Day crown last season and Six Day London wins in 2016 and 2017 for Archibald.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very happy. I was glad for that score, we&rsquo;re not used to the big numbers,&rdquo; Archibald said.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the omnium a big score is a hundred so my eyes are looking, thinking &lsquo;wow&rsquo;, although I guess we had the gap.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">That's a wrap <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SixDayLondon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SixDayLondon</a>, you have been spectacular. <a href="https://t.co/tAfNs0X1Os">pic.twitter.com/tAfNs0X1Os</a></p> &mdash; Six Day (@sixdaycycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/sixdaycycling/status/1188562771232940032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 27, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;The first time I rode Six Day London was in 2016 and me and Neah were head-to-head for the win in the women&rsquo;s omnium, we ended up on two points!</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s interesting coming back as teammates and having that same sense of competition to it but combining the two and working together.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a big race and one you want to hit hard because it&rsquo;s in your back garden and at one of the Britain&rsquo;s finest tracks so I think all the Brits are pretty proud.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile, Rio ominium silver medallist Mark Cavendish agonisingly missed out on the elite men&rsquo;s classification title alongside teammate Owain Doull.</p> <p>The duo, who had been in constant battle with Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani and his partner Simone Consonni across the six days of competition, lost out to the Italians by just 12 points to finish second after a thrilling hour-long final chase.</p> <p>Jonathan Dibben and Chris Latham finished in tenth in the overall standings while, in the sprinters competition, British duo Alex Spratt and James Bunting finished fourth and fifth respectively.</p> Sportsbeat 2019Sun, 27 Oct 2019 21:15:55 Zurn:uuid:f8e2838d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Sochi 2014Four-man bobsleigh team set to receive Sochi 2014 bronze medalTeam GB's four-man bobsleigh team will receive their bronze medal from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at the Team GB Ball on Thursday 21 November in London.<br /> <br /> The GB 1 crew consisting of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon finished the competition in fifth place but following the disqualification of two crews, have been promoted into the bronze medal position.<br /> <br /> <img src="https://d2njx87fm2ttul.cloudfront.net/images/default-source/news-items/four-man-bob-1.jpg?sfvrsn=155aef92_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Four man bobsleigh to receive Sochi 2014 bronze medal" title="Four man bobsleigh to receive Sochi 2014 bronze medal" /><br /> <br /> Athletes from both Russia 1 (gold medallists) and Russia 2 (fourth) were found to have committed doping violations following thorough re-analysis of samples taken at the Games.<br /> <br /> In being awarded the bronze medal, it takes Team GB&rsquo;s tally for Sochi 2014 to five medals (one gold, one silver and three bronze), matching the tally won at PyeongChang 2018.<br /> <br /> The athletes will be presented with their bronze medals at the Team GB Ball at Old Billingsgate tomorrow evening.<br /> <br /> John Jackson, pilot of Team GB 1 crew, said: "With less than a month to go, it is starting to feel real. It has been an emotional rollercoaster since the McLaren report first came out.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="https://d2njx87fm2ttul.cloudfront.net/images/default-source/news-items/four-man-bob-2.jpg?sfvrsn=c959ef92_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Four man bobsleigh to receive Sochi 2014 bronze medal" title="Four man bobsleigh to receive Sochi 2014 bronze medal" /><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Anger, disappointment, happiness, frustration and pure relief, once we had been told it was official. We will never have that Olympic moment, but receiving our medal at the Team GB Ball will be a special moment."&nbsp;<br /> <br /> British Olympic Association Chairman Sir Hugh Robertson said: &ldquo;This is another example of Team GB athletes denied their moment on the rostrum at an Olympic Games by doping cheats.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Whilst we can never replace that moment at Sochi five years ago, I know that everyone at this year&rsquo;s Team GB ball will help John, Bruce, Stuart and Joel mark the occasion in the best possible way.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The process of reallocation begins with the sanctioning of athletes following the retesting of samples from the Olympic Games. Those disqualified athletes then have a right to appeal.<br /> <br /> If a disqualified athlete&rsquo;s appeal is unsuccessful, the IOC is only then able to officially reallocate the medals and will do so informing the British Olympic Association.<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:07:36 Zurn:uuid:fb79838d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics ArtisticDaughter Willow inspires dominant WhitlockWhen Max Whitlock realised he had won his third pommel horse gold at this month's World Championships in Stuttgart, there was one person he just couldn&rsquo;t wait to share the news with. <p><br /> He thought she was going to love his light-up gold medal but, when he showed it to her, she had no idea what she was even congratulating him for.<br /> </p> <p>That&rsquo;s because the person Whitlock had in mind was his seven-month old daughter Willow &ndash; the newest of his many adoring fans in the crowd. </p> <p>She may not be able to comprehend what her dad has achieved just yet, but for Whitlock, there&rsquo;s no better feeling than knowing he has already made his daughter proud. </p> <p>Leaving home to compete has never been so hard for the 26-year-old but, on the flip side, finding a source of motivation has never been easier.</p> <p>&ldquo;Willow is everything. She gives me another reason to perform,&rdquo; said Whitlock. </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always been quite a motivated person which is lucky, but you can never have enough. </p> <p>&ldquo;Motivation is the key to doing anything and Willow has fired me up massively. I want her to be proud of what I&rsquo;ve done and that&rsquo;s why we wanted to have children while I was still competing. </p> <p>&ldquo;She can travel the world and see what I do for real instead of just watching videos when I&rsquo;m older. I want to achieve the best I can do for her. It makes it harder going away, but the feeling of coming home is amazing.<br /> <br /> <img src="https://d2njx87fm2ttul.cloudfront.net/images/default-source/news-items/max-and-willow.jpg?sfvrsn=c838ef92_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Max Whitlock and daughter Willow" title="Max Whitlock and daughter Willow" /></p> <p>&ldquo;She hasn&rsquo;t seen my medal light up yet. I showed her it and she really wasn&rsquo;t interested, so I was a bit sad over that, but I&rsquo;m going to charge it up and show it to her again and hopefully she&rsquo;ll pay a bit of an interest. </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had to learn from both successes and failures throughout my career, but I&rsquo;ve always had such a support network around me and I wouldn&rsquo;t be where I am if it wasn&rsquo;t for those people. </p> <p>&ldquo;My wife Leah, my coach Scott and now my daughter Willow have all played huge, but different parts, in getting me to where I am today.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">What an amazing design!! Willow is going to love this light up medal <a href="https://t.co/8qNWnGKBw1">pic.twitter.com/8qNWnGKBw1</a></p> &mdash; Max Whitlock MBE (@maxwhitlock1) <a href="https://twitter.com/maxwhitlock1/status/1183126871019544576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 October 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> After recovering from a small mistake at the start of his routine, Whitlock went on to produce an excellent performance to upgrade his silver from last year and regain his world title, while also becoming the first British gymnast to win three world titles on the same apparatus. <br /> <br /> A five-time Olympic medallist and multiple world champion, Whitlock is no stranger to success on the big stage, but this time around, he credits his shortcomings for helping him to rediscover his winning form. <p><br /> "To be honest, I&rsquo;m still a bit speechless. It still feels very surreal,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>"This was such a rewarding medal for so many reasons. When all the factors add up: qualifying a spot for Tokyo, the birth of my daughter, retaining a world title &ndash; add the pressure into there as well and it&rsquo;s a hard feeling to describe. </p> <p>&ldquo;It felt different. One of the biggest factors was 2018. I won silver in the Europeans and the Worlds and in some people&rsquo;s eyes, that was a failure. </p> <p>&ldquo;I was trying to explain the bigger picture. I didn&rsquo;t want to say I wanted mistakes, but sometimes falling short is all part of the plan. I&rsquo;ve proved with this medal that my plan was right all along, and I&rsquo;m delighted to come out with world gold.<br /> <br /> <img src="https://d2njx87fm2ttul.cloudfront.net/images/default-source/athletes/maxwhitlockinset.jpg?sfvrsn=f4c7ef92_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="maxWhitlockInset" title="maxWhitlockInset" /> </p> <p>&ldquo;I remember someone asking me whether the feeling ever wears off and I said no straightaway. This one feels exactly like my first, but when I realise it&rsquo;s my third, that&rsquo;s just mad! </p> <p>&ldquo;One of the first things I said to Joe Fraser after he won his gold medal was: &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re waiting for it to sink in, you&rsquo;ll be waiting for a very long time.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This was my seventh World Championships, but I went into it feeling like it was my first and I think that&rsquo;s really important.&rdquo;</p> <p>Whitlock has said it time and time again &ndash; medals are not the be-all-and-end-all, but the double Olympic champion knows regaining your world title is not an achievement you can simply brush off. </p> <p>He accepted falling short last year was part of his journey, but after returning from Stuttgart, the 26-year-old readily admitted that retaining his title has always been exactly what he&rsquo;s wanted to do since he won his first world gold in 2015 in Glasgow. </p> <p>Now he&rsquo;s ticked that one off, Whitlock believes he is exactly where he wants to be on the road to next year&rsquo;s Olympic Games in Tokyo. </p> <p>&ldquo;I do try hard not to think about medals, I really do, but since I won my first world title in 2015 and the Olympic title in 2016, a huge motivation for me has been to retain them,&rdquo; said Whitlock. </p> <p>&ldquo;I always looked up to the likes of the three superstars &ndash; Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. The reason why is because they didn&rsquo;t just get one result, they got the result, went back to the gym, and then did it again. </p> <p>&ldquo;Getting a result is one achievement, but retaining it is so difficult. It&rsquo;s so hard to comprehend how difficult it is and that&rsquo;s what I feel proud of doing in the world stage.</p> <p>&ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t done it on the Olympic stage yet, so that&rsquo;s my ambition. I&rsquo;ll be making sure everything is ticked off and that I&rsquo;m in prime condition going into Tokyo. Retaining my Olympic title would be the absolute dream.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:48:49 Zurn:uuid:c9ef828d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Cycling TrackSilver service for Kenny and Archibald<p>Olympic champions Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald ended the European Track Cycling Championships on a high as both won their third medals of the week in Apeldoorn.</p> <p>The duo teamed up to win silver in the women&rsquo;s madison with 31 points, just two points behind Danish winners Amalie Dideriksen and Julie Leth.</p> <p>The Olympic team pursuit champions began the race brightly winning the first two sprints but after a missed changeover in the fourth sprint they lost a bit of momentum.</p> <p>However, they recovered well to win the eighth and tenth sprint before taking double points in the final sprint to give themselves a chance of clinching gold, but the Danes were on their wheels to snatch the title.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">9⃣ medals at the <a href="https://twitter.com/UEC_cycling?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UEC_cycling</a> Track Championships for the Great Britain Cycling Team <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EuroTrack19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EuroTrack19</a> <a href="https://t.co/Nxc5YM82Aw">pic.twitter.com/Nxc5YM82Aw</a></p> &mdash; British Cycling (@BritishCycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishCycling/status/1185940222929969152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 20, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Earlier in the week, Archibald and Kenny were joined by Neah Evans and Ellie Dickson as they claimed gold in the team pursuit; while the 25-year-old Scot secured bronze in the individual pursuit and four-time Olympic champion Kenny won silver in the omnium.</p> <p>After securing Great Britain&rsquo;s ninth medal of the championships, Archibald believes there were plenty of positives to take from the performances.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m exhausted &ndash; we put everything into that,&rdquo; Archibald said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve got stuff to work on personally and we&rsquo;ve got ways we can improve as a team, so while I wish we had scored those two more points for gold, I still feel optimistic about future races.&rdquo;</p> <p>Elsewhere Matt Walls and Ollie Wood brought the competition to a close, as they finished eighth in the men&rsquo;s madison.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vZyqR5eiiQQ" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></p> <p>Pic: SWPix.com</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:22:30 Zurn:uuid:17fc818d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Cycling TrackTeam pursuit quartet storm to European Championship goldThe golden quartet shone once again as Great Britain defended their European women's team pursuit title with a stunning ride in the Netherlands. <br /> <br /> Olympic champions Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald continued their exemplary form in the discipline with Neah Evans and Ellie Dickinson rounding off a four that shows no signs of letting up.<br /> <p>Their gold-medal battle with Germany looked like going to the wire but a powerful turn from Archibald made all the difference, with the Scot riding to her fifth European team pursuit title in seven years.</p> <p>The last of those had come on the home boards of Glasgow in 2018 &ndash; the event in which Kenny, Team GB&rsquo;s most successful female Olympian, had a made a triumphant return to familiar tracks.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">It's GOLD for the <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishCycling?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BritishCycling</a> team pursuit quartet! <a href="https://twitter.com/_katiearchibald?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_katiearchibald</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/EleanorMay_3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EleanorMay_3</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/neahevans?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@neahevans</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/LauraKenny31?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LauraKenny31</a> do the business and become European champions - all thanks to this stunning finale... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EuroTrack19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EuroTrack19</a> ( <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Eurosport_UK</a>)<a href="https://t.co/AqFr005V7D">pic.twitter.com/AqFr005V7D</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1184917581330862086?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The title continued what proved to be a successful night on the bike for the British Cycling team, winning three medals from the four finals contested on the second day in Apeldoorn.</p> <p>Among those on the podium was Emily Nelson, taking elimination silver just a day on from becoming European champion in the scratch race.</p> <p>The 22-year-old was narrowly edged out by home favourite and cycling supremo Kirsten Wild, with the two in touching distance of one another in the last throes of their head-to-head.</p> <p>But a second medal of the Championships was more than a silver lining for Nelson &ndash; with this her first Europeans in three years having suffered with injuries at the start of previous seasons.</p> <p>&ldquo;The race was fast right from the gun &ndash; everyone was fighting for positions and riding into gaps that weren&rsquo;t there, making it very technical, so you couldn&rsquo;t switch off for a second,&rdquo; said Nelson.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">What a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EuroTrack19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EuroTrack19</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/EmilyNelson21?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EmilyNelson21</a> is having <br /> <br /> She follows up yesterday's Scratch race win with a Silver in the Elimination race <br /> <br /> Amazing performance at these Championships from Emily <a href="https://t.co/xcYqWijpM8">https://t.co/xcYqWijpM8</a></p> &mdash; British Cycling (@BritishCycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishCycling/status/1184914752247603201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m super happy with my second medal of the championships &ndash; a bit gutted to have been so close to bringing home two jerseys but to lose to someone as decorated as Kirsten isn&rsquo;t too bad!&rdquo;</p> <p>Finally there was also success for the men&rsquo;s team pursuit quartet, taking bronze after easing to a comfortable victory over Switzerland.</p> <p>The team of Ollie Wood, Charlie Tanfield, Ed Clancy and Ethan Hayter had lost shape coming into the closing stages but pace and performance far from dipped, easing home a couple of seconds ahead of their opponents.</p> <p>Kenny and Archibald, meanwhile, will both boast the opportunity to add to their titles on Friday as they compete in the omnium and individual pursuit respectively.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vZyqR5eiiQQ" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> Pic: SWpix.com</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:53:40 Zurn:uuid:1fb0818d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Beach soccer side settle for silver after 3-2 defeat to SpainIt was heartbreak for the Team GB women's beach soccer team after they suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to Spain in the gold medal match at the World Beach Games.<br /> <br /> Despite an early goal from Molly Clark (Portsmouth), three goals from their Spanish opposition in the first period made it a tough ask for Team GB to come back.<br /> <br /> With a scoreless second period, all was to play for in the third and final one. A Rebecca Barron (Gosport) strike with nine minutes left on the clock provided the team with a much needed lifeline.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Then with just 60 seconds left on the clock, Team GB narrowly missed out on an equaliser after Gemma Hillier (Gosport) failed to convert from a rebound. Sadly it wasn&rsquo;t to be and the game finished 3-2 to Spain, with the side having to settle for the silver medal. <p><br /> An emotional captain Sarah Kempson (Littlehampton) said; &ldquo;We had two of the best teams in the world competing on the biggest stage tonight and I am super proud of both team&rsquo;s today for putting on a great show.<br /> </p> <p>&ldquo;I am so proud of the girls, the effort they put in and for putting on a great show. We are obviously disappointed not to win the gold medal but credit to Spain, they are a talented team and a great bunch of girls.</p> <p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xdYFh8zkBZo" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a whole squad effort and we have done ourselves proud today and we are going to continue to keep pushing for those top spots.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have been in the sport for seven years and it has grown hugely I that time. I really hope that we can now create a platform for younger girls to have the opportunity that I have had. <br /> <br /> "I have played all around the world and whilst I hope I continue to get those opportunities, I hope that girls watching have been inspired to come and give it a go, and one day take my spot and in ten year's time show me how it is done.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 21:19:22 Zurn:uuid:ceac818d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 World Beach GamesGuy Bridge claims Team GB’s first Beach Games medal with kite foil bronzeGuy Bridge's kite foil bronze made history today as Team GB's first ever World Beach Games medal. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bridge had to finish top of his semi-final heat to progress to the medal race and after finishing behind the Frenchman Theo de Ramecourt in the first race Bridge needed to win the second and final race to progress into the final.</p> <p>It was a close fought semi-final in Doha but, with Bridge in the lead, Ramecourt made an slight error and allowed the Exmouth athlete to pass.</p> <p>With small field in the final, racing was extremely tight and in the end Florian Gruber from Germany proved too strong for the field and won the gold medal in just two races, with Bridge securing the bronze medal.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ulzw8tdFkVM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></p> <p>Speaking after the race Bridge, whose event comes into the Olympic programme for Paris 2024, said: &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t realise I had won the first Team GB medal of the World Beach Games, so that is great. It has been a hard couple of days, but it is great to come away with a medal.</p> <p>&ldquo;I always knew today would be quite difficult because I had Theo in my semi-final and I knew it would be tough to beat him to get into the final.</p> <p>&ldquo;After that semi felt like there wasn&rsquo;t much pressure on me going into the final. I was underdog going in because to win the gold medal I would have to win all three races.</p> <p>&ldquo;Paris [2024] is still a long way off, but it would be pretty cool to go. Kite foiling is a great sport for spectators, especially when the racing is all really close like it was today. The foils, the speed, it is just a great sport to watch.&rdquo;</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:32:19 Zurn:uuid:eb89818d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Team GBBuilding Futures winners announcedCommunity projects supporting under-18s across the country have benefited from money awarded by the Building Futures programme and Team GB&rsquo;s partnership with Persimmon Homes.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> A total of 96 national finalists were put to a national vote with three awarded the top prize of &pound;100,000, one from each of the three categories; sport, health and education and the arts.<br /> <br /> Three second prizes of &pound;50,000 were handed and three more received the third prize of &pound;20,000. The remaining 87 finalists were handed &pound;5,000 each to support their work.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The &pound;100,000 prize winner in the sport category was Scrappers Gym based in Swindon, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association secured the award for education &amp; arts and the Young People&rsquo;s Counselling Service Annabelle Davis project in Peterborough was handed the health award.<br /> <br /> The second prize awards of &pound;50,000 went to Leeds Rowing Club for sport, UK Astronomy in Milton Keynes for education &amp; arts and Norwich-based Toy Like Me for health.<br /> <br /> Andover BMX Club scooped &pound;20,000 for sport in third place, while Wargrave House in Newton-le Willows won the education &amp; arts award and Butterwick Hospice Kidz Club in Stockton was handed the health award.<br /> <br /> Earlier this year, from February to May, Building Futures also gave away &pound;128,000 to 128 organisations supporting young people in sport, education &amp; arts and health throughout England, Scotland and Wales.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The competition culminated in a gala dinner at York Racecourse earlier this month where representatives of all the finalists were on hand to receive their awards.<br /> <br /> The first, second and third prize winners were decided by a public vote and more than 225,000 votes were cast.<br /> <br /> Dave Jenkinson, CEO at Persimmon Homes, said: &ldquo;The Building Futures scheme has been a great success and attracted more than 4,000 applications from such a wide variety of organisations.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Persimmon Charitable Foundation and Olympians Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner met to choose our 96 finalists and were humbled by the quality and breadth of organisations dedicated to supporting and developing under-18s.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been an absolute pleasure and an honour to host them all at York Racecourse celebrating their fantastic work and revealing the first, second and third prizewinners in each category.&rdquo;<br />Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:09:18 Zurn:uuid:aa55818d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 World Beach GamesMartin hat-trick fires Team GB to World Beach Games finalCaptain Sarah Kempson scored a last-minute screamer to send Team GB into tomorrow's women's beach soccer gold medal match against Spain at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> It was a scintillating first period for both teams and for the first time at the World Beach Games, Team GB found themselves two goals down after just three minutes of play.<br /> <br /> Kempson scored her first goal of the game with a blistering free kick to bring Team GB back into the game. But it didn&rsquo;t take Brazil long to cancel it out with a spectacular scissor kick goal. Wendy Martin responded with a characteristic header and then with just 40 seconds left on the clock Brazil took their lead back out to 4-2.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Both teams cancelled each other out in the second period and the score heading into the third period remained 4-2.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Minutes into the third period Brazil extended their lead, but Gemma Hillier brought it back to 5-3 with eight minutes left of play. A fantastic goal line throw from Hannah Haughton found the head of Martin for her second of the game, which she turned into a hat-trick minutes later as she kept her composure to score a penalty and level the scores.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> With just one-minute left of the clock the magic left foot of Captain Kempson struck a free kick to give Team GB the lead for the first time in the match. With tensions running high, and just two seconds left of the game, Brazil were awarded a free kick close to the GB goal. Keeper Haughton, kept her composure and made a stunning save to take her team through to the gold medal match.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ulzw8tdFkVM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> An emotional Haughton said; &ldquo;There were just two seconds left so I just tried to take a moment to focus and work her out. I guessed that as it was a high-pressured shot, and I am not the tallest of keepers, that they would go high. Luckily, I got it right and was able to tip it over the bar.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;After the save I just sunk to my knees and cried. I can&rsquo;t believe we are in the World Beach Games final. It felt so good to be able to help my team out in those last few seconds after all they&rsquo;ve helped me through.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;I am absolutely buzzing", added Kempson. We have learnt that no matter what happens, if you&rsquo;re one goal down or three goals down you are still in the game. You&rsquo;ve just got to keep your head and believe you can win.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Unfortunately, hat-trick scorer Martin received her second yellow of the game shortly after her third goal and will be unavailable for the final.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Earlier in the day with a very light and fickle wind, the semi-final of the women's kitefoil got underway at Katara Beach. Unfortunately, in the first race Steph Bridge hit a plastic bag which stopped her dead in the water. She had better luck in the second and final race but wasn't able to make up enough to change the final result which saw her finish sixth in her heat. With only the top ranked athlete from each heat progressing through to the afternoon&rsquo;s final that was the end of her competition.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:47:21 Zurn:uuid:d935818d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 World Beach GamesNear misses for Team GB at the World Beach GamesWakeboarder Luca Kidd and climber Nathan Phillips both finished agonisingly off the podium on a packed day of British action at the ANOC World Beach Games.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Bouldering specialist Phillips, who qualified for the men&rsquo;s final in fifth place missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins, taking an additional attempt to complete a zone over eventual bronze medallist Philipp Martin of Germany.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was really fun, but tonight&rsquo;s result was the closest you could get to being on the podium", said Phillips. "I missed out on the bronze by an attempt on a zone, so an attempt on an attempt.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The support from the Brits was brilliant tonight. It was great to have my fellow Team GB teammates down here to support me, I haven&rsquo;t experienced anything like that before.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ulzw8tdFkVM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe> <br /> <br /> Whilst a competitive wakeboard field saw 18-year-old Kidd, who has only been wakeboarding with the Pro Men this year, sat in the bronze medal with just one rider to go but unfortunately it was not to be for the reigning World Junior Champion.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was stoked to have made it into the finals,&rdquo; said Kidd. &ldquo;But once you have made a final you start to expect more of yourself. Unfortunately, I messed up a trick (toe wake 7) at the start of my second pass and that cost me.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I head out to Mexico for the World Championships in a few weeks, so it has been really good to see where I am at this week. I&rsquo;ll go back home, get some different tricks in my system and get ready to go again.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Teammate Robert Hazelwood finished in a credible seventh place in the men&rsquo;s water ski jump final. Hazelwood struggled with the conditions on the canal and his second-round jump of 55.7m was his best of the day.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I would have liked to have recorded the 55.7m on my first jump, so I could of built on that with my two other jumps,&rdquo; said Hazelwood.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But unfortunately, today wasn&rsquo;t my day and I will use this as experience and a take away some good learnings from my time in Doha. It has given me plenty to build on.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Over at Katara Beach three goals in the space on one minute in the first period ensured Team GB&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s beach soccer team progressed through to the semi-final tomorrow as Group B winners after they beat Russia 4-1 in their final group stage match.<br /> <br /> Goals from Captain Sarah Kempson, Nadine Bazan and Gemma Hillier gave the team a fantastic 3-0 advantage going into the second period.<br /> <br /> However, the Russian&rsquo;s struck early in the second period as they tried to get back into the game, but their efforts were quickly cancelled out when Wendy Martin found the back of the net.<br /> <br /> The third period finished 4-1 as Team GB kept their shape and controlled the game superbly, denying Russia the time and space on the ball and the period ended goalless.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We always knew it was going to be a tough match", said goal scorer Martin. "The team have played Russia quite a few times before and it has always been a close game. But we wanted to keep the momentum going and get another win today, which we did.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Team GB face Brazil in tomorrow&rsquo;s semi-final whilst Russia face Group A winners Spain.<br /> &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t know much about the Brazilian team", added Bazan. "But you cannot underestimate a Brazilian team. They are known for being technically brilliant on the sand.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, it was an early start from Team GB&rsquo;s aquathlon athletes and they tackled the 2.5km, 750m swim and 2.5km aquathlon course at Katara beach at sunrise.<br /> <br /> Hannah Kitchin made it through the first transition and into the swim in the leading group, followed closely by Chloe Pollard. However, it was Pollard, the former open water swimmer, that came into her own in the swim and transitioned out of the water in first place. <br /> <br /> Hot on her heels was eventual winner Francisca Tous of Spain, with Pollard placing in sixth. Sadly, teammate Kitchin struggled in today&rsquo;s conditions and did not finish.<br /> <br /> An ecstatic Pollard said: &ldquo;Today was probably my best ever race. I cut my hair for this race because I knew I didn&rsquo;t want to faff about trying to get my hair into my swimming hat. It was a tactic that paid off as my transition was quicker than others going into the swim leg.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Tactically in the swim I tried not to use my legs and instead I focused on using my arms as much as possible to try and catch up the front group. I was surprised when we got out of the water and I was in the lead, I thought I was had just made it to the front of the second group.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The last lap of the run was hot, and the girls who took me over are 16min 5km runners so to not be too far behind them, I was really pleased with that.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Conditions were tough again on the water for the Bridges as they experienced one of the hottest and lightest wind days they have had in kiteboard racing as both the men and women had six races on the final day of qualification.<br /> <br /> It was a consistent day for 20-year-old Guy Bridge who posted four top six finishes. Frustratingly Guy missed out on second place in the standings by just two points, which would have ensured him an automatic spot in the final, and instead he will compete in the semi-finals on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Brother Olly Bridge, Vice World Champion, struggled for form and speed in today&rsquo;s races and does not join brother Guy in the semi-finals. Steph Bridge also struggled and didn&rsquo;t get the results she wanted.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> However, Steph secured her spot in tomorrow&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s semi-final where she will have a chance to improve her scores.<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:42:43 Zurn:uuid:c2ee808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 World Beach GamesThree finals secured on day one at the World Beach GamesWakeboarder Luca Kidd and water ski jump athlete Robert Hazelwood secured spots in their respective finals on the first official day of competition at the 2019 World Beach Games in Doha yesterday.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Following a small mistake in his qualification run, Kidd found himself in the last chance qualifications. With only the top rider making it through from each last chance qualification heat, Kidd kept his nerves at bay and executed all of his tricks to qualify for today's final.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m pretty stoked to make it through to finals tomorrow,&rdquo; said Kidd. &ldquo;It was a tough heat as I was competing against my boy Patricio (Gonzalez) but I was pumped to keep my head and body composed, land my trick mix and make it through to finals."<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ulzw8tdFkVM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Unfortunately, due to weather conditions at the Leqtaifiya Lagoon the men&rsquo;s water ski jump competition was cancelled for Hazelwood and a decision was made that all nine athletes would compete in a straight final later today.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Whilst too much wind was an issue for the water skiers, the Bridge family had the opposite problem down at Katara beach. Lack of wind meant that competition was reduced to one race for both the men and women.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The men took to the water first in a light six knot fickle wind. Guy Bridge led the race until the final mark where he allowed&nbsp;Frenchman de Ramecourt into the bottom mark, stealing the victory from him. Brother Olly struggled to find clean air in the dropping late afternoon wind and finished 16th.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Conditions in the women&rsquo;s competition were equally as challenging and unfortunately tactics cost Steph Bridge (Exmouth) a higher place in the field and she finished in 7th.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Meanwhile at Katara beach, Team GB&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s beach soccer team made it two wins from two with a 5-2 victory over the USA.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Early in the first period Captain Sarah Kempson netted the only score of the period with a free kick that sailed past the American keeper and into the bottom corner.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> With confidence building Team GB applied some pressure on their American opponents and it resulted in Wendy Martin adding her first, and shortly after her second goal of the tournament with some headers from long-range throws courtesy of keeper Hannah Haughton.<br /> <br /> Gemma Hillier also added her name to the score sheet putting one away in the top corner, before the USA managed to pull a goal back and the period finished 4-1.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> In the third and final period both teams added another goal each to the score sheet and the match finished 5-2.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> The win guaranteed Team GB a spot in the semi-final, along with Russia who also beat Paraguay.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Everything went to plan today, we didn&rsquo;t get to play the pretty game we like to play but we knew that it was going to be like that. But it is job done, three points and we are guaranteed our spot in the semi-final with a game in hand,&rdquo; said Katie James.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Team GB face Russia tomorrow to determine who tops the standings in their group.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;We have proved we can battle with some of the fittest players on the sand so it is important we take that into tomorrow&rsquo;s match, but we are expecting a more tactical game from Russia,&rdquo; added James.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> The final action of the day for Team GB saw their youngest team member Emily Phillips in the women&rsquo;s bouldering competition. <br /> <br /> Phillips managed to get to the top of her first bloc but unfortunately, she struggled with the next three blocs, unable to get past the last move on all three walls. Phillips placed 13th and will not progress to tomorrow&rsquo;s final.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Speaking after her event Philips said: &ldquo;The blocs today didn&rsquo;t suit me very well but that is how climbing goes. I need to learn to be better at everything, I have some work to do.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;I have really enjoyed being part of a multi-sport event. It has been great to meet lots of other athletes from different sports and see how they prepare and train differently to us. I also saw the beach soccer the other day which was super fun to watch. It was really nice to be able to get behind the team. I would love to go to Tokyo or Paris, it is a goal of mine.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the men&rsquo;s competition, bouldering specialist Nathan Phillips progressed to tomorrow night&rsquo;s final after he finished joint fifth, whilst teammate Billy Ridal placed 9th missing out on joining him in the finals by a few spots.<br /> <br /> Speaking after the event Riddal said; &ldquo;I really enjoyed the competition this evening, the organisers put on a really good show. I&rsquo;m a bit frustrated as it was almost a really good performance for me. One of the climbs got in my head a bit and it went a little bit wrong for me but overall I am pleased with how I performed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve taken so much from being around other sports and being part of Team GB. Along with being able to show climbing off to a ton of people who haven&rsquo;t seen it before has been really cool.&rdquo;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 08:56:06 Zurn:uuid:95e8808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 SailingOld fashioned approach set McIntyre on course for Tokyo 2020Millennials do their dating online, hence the label generation mute, so when Eilidh McIntyre did that old fashioned thing and picked up the phone you could only imagine her nerves.<br /> <br /> Only her call had a different agenda - and a rejection could have ended her Olympic dream.<br /> <br /> Hannah Mills won sailing silver at London 2012, which she upgraded four years later with partner Saskia Clark in Rio, a regatta played out under the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer in sparkling waters teeming with sewage.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1R6F1thNe-g" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe> <br /> Clark then announced her retirement and Mills was suddenly all at sea, looking for a new challenge and contemplating whether she had the appetite for the unrelenting grind of another Olympic circle.<br /> <br /> "I made the first move but Hannah really made me chase her for a bit," said McIntyre.<br /> <br /> "I just phoned her up and asked if she'd sail with me in Tokyo and she was really non-committal, it was a bit like asking someone out and being told they'd like to be just be friends.<br /> <br /> "I'd stopped sailing with my old partner, we just were struggling to build a team together and, in my heart, I just felt we were not going to achieve what I wanted.<br /> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">This time last week the first members of <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TeamGB</a> were announced...and here is a little look behind the scenes that day<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/britishsailingteam?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#britishsailingteam</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamGB?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamGB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/haven?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@haven</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Tokyo2020jp?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tokyo2020jp</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Tokyo2020?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://t.co/vxjHgrYqGG">pic.twitter.com/vxjHgrYqGG</a></p> &mdash; British Sailing Team (@BritishSailing) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishSailing/status/1181492547555864576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> "I'd hoped Hannah was going to come back for Tokyo and it was always there at the back of my mind.<br /> <br /> "She did tell me I was her best chance of winning gold in Tokyo in the same phone call, so I thought 'that's not a no, then'.<br /> <br /> "We went out sailing together and had a bit of a laugh and it all worked out in the end."<br /> <br /> McIntyre and Mills - who recently claimed their first world title together - were among the first 12 British athletes selected for next year's Tokyo Games, joining forces in sailing's 470 class.<br /> <br /> And McIntyre, 25, doesn't need to look far to fuel her 'Olympic obsession' - it's everywhere, on the water and off it, at work and at home.<br /> <br /> In addition to having Mills for inspiration, her father, Michael, won gold at the 1988 Games in Seoul.<br /> <br /> "I've spent my whole life around an Olympic champion so perhaps that made it easier starting to work with Hannah. I'm fortunate to have an Olympic gold medallist at home and another one at work, not many people can say that," she added.<br /> <br /> "She's obviously one of the best sailors this country has ever produced but she's just Hannah too. Of course I feel the pressure and nervousness of working with her but I can't be in awe. I have to take ownership too, I can't leave all things to her, otherwise we won't achieve our goals.<br /> <br /> "She can't do it without me, I can't be a bystander. I can't take a back seat and think 'she's the Olympic champion', she wants me to challenge her because it's a partnership.<br /> <br /> "It's like a marriage without the love, but there's a bit of love too! We always watch a box set together, we've just made a playlist of our favourite songs. We got out for dinner and take turns to choose the restaurant."<br /> <br /> McIntyre claims she's never worn her dad's medal - perhaps because she's always wanted her own.<br /> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">A great day over at <a href="https://twitter.com/haven?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@haven</a> Rockley Park for the unveiling of our first athletes for <a href="https://twitter.com/Tokyo2020?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tokyo2020</a> <br /> <br /> The <a href="https://twitter.com/BritishSailing?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BritishSailing</a> squad are on the plane to Japan with Team GB - who's next to join them? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZbSys31dQP">pic.twitter.com/ZbSys31dQP</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1179070701896122368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> And she certainly won't trot out that trite cliche about this being just another regatta.<br /> <br /> "Since I was five I wanted to go to the Olympics and win gold, that feeling is deep inside me and it's driven everything I've ever done," she added.<br /> <br /> "It's an obsession, perhaps it's been too much of an obsession. For so long from the moment I wake up I've been thinking about it. I'm almost simmering all the time, ready for my moment.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> "I used to put so much pressure on myself to perform that I stopped learning. I just wanted things so much, I was just too competitive, I just wanted to win too much. <br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zcLZ1fAkf4s" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> "I was a total nightmare, just too competitive. Even now when I go and do something with friends I have to remind myself 'Eilidh, this is just meant to be fun, it's not about winning'.<br /> <br /> "It's brutal trying to make the Games and win a gold, both emotionally and physically. It's hard work on your body, mind and soul, putting your ego on the line every day is harder than you can ever imagine.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But is it worth it? Absolutely."<br /> <br /> Sportsbeat 2019<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 07:01:52 Zurn:uuid:a0c3808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics ArtisticFraser flies to the top of the worldNew men's parallel bars world champion Joe Fraser admitted it was a dream come true to claim top spot on the final day of competition in Germany.<br /> <br /> The 20-year-old had qualified for the final in third place but produced a stunning routine to score 15.000 and finish ahead of Turkey&rsquo;s Ahmet&nbsp;Onder and Japan&rsquo;s Kazuma Kaya&nbsp;in second and third respectively. <p><br /> It was already a historic day for the Birmingham gymnast who was competing in his first individual apparatus final, and Fraser continued to break records by scooping the top gong, becoming his country&rsquo;s first ever parallel bars world champion.</p> <p>After wowing the Stuttgart crowd with a brilliant execution of the most difficult routine of the eight competitors, Fraser went straight to the top of the ranks with four gymnasts to go.</p> <p>And after enduring a nervous wait for his victory to be confirmed, he was overjoyed to have added to GB&rsquo;s gold medal tally a day after Max Whitlock had triumphed on the pommel horse.<br /> <br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Joe Fraser is the WORLD CHAMPION on parallel bars <br /> <br /> WOW! <a href="https://twitter.com/Joefrasergb?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Joefrasergb</a><br /> top of the world!<br /> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Stuttgart2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Stuttgart2019</a> <a href="https://t.co/h72huvW3uk">pic.twitter.com/h72huvW3uk</a></p> &mdash; British Gymnastics (@BritGymnastics) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritGymnastics/status/1183365694341238784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s doesn&rsquo;t get any better than this,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I had hopes of getting a medal, but gold is crazy.</p> <p>&ldquo;The parallel bars is a really close event and it can go any way. I just wanted to go out there and produce the best routine I could.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;During the routine I was just taking it one step at a time, and after the dismount I knew it was going to be a close one.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was really nervous waiting for the other guys to do their thing, but I&rsquo;ve worked really hard in this event and it&rsquo;s paid off in the biggest way. It&rsquo;s unbelievable to be able to call myself a world champion!&rdquo;</p> <p>Earlier in the day, compatriot Dom Cunningham finished fifth in the men&rsquo;s vault final, recording two scores of 14.566 to end within striking distance of the podium.</p> <p>Cunningham was competing in his second apparatus final of the competition after he finished eighth in the floor final, and the 24-year-old believes he can continue to go from strength to strength.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;I did half a twist less than I wanted in my first vault, but overall I&rsquo;m happy. I&rsquo;m fifth in the world in amongst an incredible field so I&rsquo;ve got to be over the moon with that.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m super motivated now looking ahead and I know I&rsquo;ve got plenty more to give.&rdquo;</p> <p>GB finish a successful championships with two gold medals, one silver and one bronze, while both the men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s teams achieved quota places for next summer&rsquo;s Olympic Games.</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:46:40 Zurn:uuid:eab5808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 BoxingPrice turns silver into gold at World Championships <p>Lauren Price capped off a memorable 2019 Women's World Boxing Championships for GB boxers in Russia after being crowned world champion for the first time.</p> <p>The Welsh wonder was awarded gold on the final day of action after the result of her final against Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands was overturned on appeal in Ulan-Ude.</p> <p>It initially looked as though the 25-year-old from Newport would have to settle for silver after she was adjudged to have lost the hard-fought final in a split decision (3-2).</p> <p>But after an appeal was lodged, the 2018 Commonwealth champion was upgraded to the gold medal as GB Boxing finished the Championships with three medals overall.</p> <p>Price had already ensured she would better the bronze medal she achieved at the World Championships in New Delhi a year ago with a comprehensive semi-final victory.</p> <p>The 2018 European bronze medallist was a unanimous 5-0 winner over Khadija Mardi of Morocco in the 75kg middleweight category to confirm she would finish with a silver at the very least.</p> <p>And it appeared she would come away from Russia with silver after the three judges gave the fight to Fontijn (30-27, 30-27 and 29-28), with two scoring it 29-28 to Price.</p> <p>But that result was then sensationally overturned on appeal, giving Price the gold medal as Great Britain matched their best-ever medal tally at a World Championships.</p> <p>GB also won three medals at the 2012 edition in Qinhuangdao, where Savannah Marshall won gold, Nicola Adams claimed silver and Natasha Jonas took the bronze medal.</p> <p>The other Brits to finish on the podium were Kariss Artingstall and Demie-Jade Resztan, who took bronze medals in the featherweight and light-flyweight divisions, respectively.</p> <p>Resztan&rsquo;s competition concluded with a split decision semi-final defeat against home favourite Ekaterina Paltceva for her second major medal of the year after a European silver in August.</p> <p>Meanwhile, fellow Brit and European silver medallist Artingstall also finished with a bronze after an unsuccessful appeal against her semi-final defeat to Nesthy Petecio.</p> Sportsbeat 2019Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:42:02 Zurn:uuid:5a80808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics ArtisticWhitlock clinches third world title<p>Max Whitlock spearheaded an incredible day at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships as he regained his pommel horse world title while the Downie sisters both secured individual apparatus medals.</p> <p>The Olympic champion clinched his third world crown on the pommel, after wins in 2015 and 2017, a score of 15.500 edging him ahead of Chinese Taipei&rsquo;s Lee Chih-kai and Ireland&rsquo;s Rhys McClenaghan, who scored 15.433 and 15.400. </p> <p>After recovering from a small mistake at the start of his routine, the 26-year-old went on to produce an excellent performance to upgrade his silver from last year&rsquo;s edition of the championships. </p> <p>Despite having success on the world and Olympic stage, Whitlock was stunned at this victory and believes the standard on show in Stuttgart will drive him to further triumphs.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/l1hsHFapmfg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;This time for some reason I&rsquo;m speechless, I feel so emotional,&rdquo; Whitlock said. </p> <p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe it and what I&rsquo;m really pleased about is that I&rsquo;ve done a clean routine apart from the first bit. </p> <p>&ldquo;I made a small mistake at the beginning which cost me a few tenths so hopefully I can work on that in the future and up it even more. </p> <p>&ldquo;At that time a million things are running through your head but one of the things was I need to make the rest of this routine the best one I&rsquo;ve ever done in my life.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a really tough final and because I was second up, I had the opportunity to watch because I was finished. </p> <p>&ldquo;The margins are tiny and that&rsquo;s what really calls for more training, aiming for perfection and going and doing it again.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Max Whitlock<br /> Becky Downie<br /> Ellie Downie<br /> WHAT A DAY! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stuttgart2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#stuttgart2019</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/britishgymnastics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#britishgymnastics</a> <a href="https://t.co/uncFlLBTbn">pic.twitter.com/uncFlLBTbn</a></p> &mdash; British Gymnastics (@BritGymnastics) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritGymnastics/status/1183078955764592641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Becky Downie claimed her first medal on the world stage with a scintillating silver on the uneven bars, finishing just behind Belgium&rsquo;s Nina Derwael. </p> <p>The elder of the Downie sisters competed second on the apparatus and had a nervous wait to find out if her score of 15.000 was enough to medal. </p> <p>After undergoing ankle surgery last year, the two-time European champion was amazed she had finally achieved a dream in what could be her last World Championships. </p> <p>&ldquo;It means so much, it&rsquo;s taken so many years and I just can&rsquo;t believe I&rsquo;ve done it,&rdquo; the 27-year-old said. </p> <p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s a routine I&rsquo;ve been working on for so long and I did a medium routine in team finals, so at each competition here I&rsquo;ve upped my game and I&rsquo;m super happy. </p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t know if this was going to be my last worlds, so I&rsquo;ve put my heart and soul into it. I always do but it&rsquo;s not always quite gone my way but to finally have done it, it&rsquo;s amazing.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">WE FREAKIN&rsquo; DID IT <a href="https://t.co/1cw26xpcUz">pic.twitter.com/1cw26xpcUz</a></p> &mdash; Ellie Downie (@elliedownie) <a href="https://twitter.com/elliedownie/status/1183083095232262154?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Meanwhile younger sister Ellie secured bronze with a score of 14.816 from her two vaults and became the first British woman to ever medal on the apparatus. </p> <p>In the team final, earlier in the week, the 20-year-old could only contribute in certain events as she was worried about an injury, so she was thrilled to bounce back with a world medal. </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m over the moon! I don&rsquo;t even have words right now,&rdquo; said the younger Downie. </p> <p>&ldquo;I was up first and had to wait for everyone to go and I was just hoping they would go below me. </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been on a rollercoaster this week with so many ups and downs but to finish like this it&rsquo;s unreal.&rdquo; </p> <p>Elsewhere, the other British representative on the first day of apparatus finals was Dominick Cunningham who finished eighth in the floor final.</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QPvpm1S7yD0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></p>Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:04:31 Zurn:uuid:d95e808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 World Beach GamesGemma Hillier to represent Team GB at the World Beach Games Opening CeremonyBeach soccer's Gemma Hillier has been selected as Team GB's athlete representative for tonight's Opening Ceremony at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Gosport born Hillier played for Portsmouth for 18 years and was the first female player in the UK to be nominated in a men&rsquo;s hall of fame before falling in love with beach soccer. She is also the only player in the women&rsquo;s beach soccer squad who has played in every single women&rsquo;s beach soccer fixture.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Hillier said: &ldquo;From first kicking a ball in the back garden at the age of six, to representing GB in the women&rsquo;s beach soccer team at the first-ever World Beach Games, it has been an amazing 26 year journey. To now be selected to be the athlete representative for&nbsp; Team GB at the Opening Ceremony is the ultimate honour for me and my sport.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ulzw8tdFkVM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Chef de Mission Caitlin McClatchey said: &ldquo;Gemma embodies what it means to be part of Team GB. She has been a part of the Beach Soccer programme since the beginning and has dedicated her life to her sport. Gemma also scored Team GB&rsquo;s first goal of the World Beach Games, which set the team up for fantastic win against Paraguay. I know Gemma will do the team proud at tonight&rsquo;s Opening Ceremony&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Beach Soccer team Leader Perry Northeast said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m really pleased that Gemma was selected to be the Athlete Representative for Team GB at the Opening Ceremony of the World Beach Games. For the past seven years, Gemma has massively dedicated her life to the sport and this is an amazing way to reward such a committed athlete.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Opening Ceremony will begin at 5.30 BST (7.30pm local time) at the Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, officially marking the start of first ever ANOC&nbsp; World Beach Games.<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:37:49 Zurn:uuid:a23d808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 World Beach GamesKeeper Haughton's late winner gives beach soccer side opening day winA late winner from goalkeeper Hannah Haughton clinched an opening game win for Team GB's women's beach soccer team as the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar, got underway today.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Southampton based Haughton struck just two minutes from time in the third and final period to give Team GB a 5-4 victory over Paraguay and an opening group stage win.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> The opening period was scoreless, with both teams struggling to settle into their game. However, Team GB began the second period on front foot, taking an early lead courtesy of an interception and goal from Gemma Hillier.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Paraguay levelled but the British side took a 3-1 lead into to the first break following goals from captain Sarah Kempson and Molly Clark.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Clark netted a second to give her side a 4-1 lead before the Paraguayan opponent struck back with three quick strikes, drawing the scores level before Haughton&rsquo;s late heroics fired Team GB to a deserved victory.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="https://d2njx87fm2ttul.cloudfront.net/images/default-source/news-items/team-gb-5-4-paraguay.jpg?sfvrsn=6b81ec92_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Team GB 5-4 Paraguay " title="Team GB 5-4 Paraguay" /><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Team GB goal scorer Hillier said: &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s match was tough. We knew Paraguay were going to be strong, we knew they were going to work us hard and that it was going to be a physical as well as mental game. We showed that we didn&rsquo;t keep our mental game up for the entire match but in the end we came through to get the win with a great strike from the keeper.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t switch off in our next match, we went three goals up and took our foot off the gas. We need to keep on peppering the goal, keep on scoring and defend as a team.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;It is incredible to score for your country, for Great Britain. It is the best feeling in the world, let alone scoring the first goal of the Championships, I am overwhelmed.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ulzw8tdFkVM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Captain Kempson added: &ldquo;It was an interesting first game, but that is what beach soccer is all about. Being 4-1 up is where we wanted to be but we took our foot off the gas and that made us grind out today&rsquo;s result.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Our next match is against the USA and it is a night match, none of the team have experienced a night game before so we are really excited. We know (USA) are going to run us, and we just need to play our game.&rdquo;Fri, 11 Oct 2019 19:29:00 Zurn:uuid:bd33808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Canoe SlalomTokyo 2020Eat, sleep, canoe, repeat for Franklin<p>Every day she's paddlin' - and Mallory Franklin, it seems, wouldn't have it any other way.</p> <p>The former canoe slalom world champion confesses to being 'a bit shy' but she's certainly ready for the full glare of the Olympics.</p> <p>The 25-year-old admits to being obsessed by her sport, a love affair that started with a day by the River Thomas two decades ago watching her older brother Zak.</p> <p>Team-mate Adam Burgess uses yoga to unwind from the strain of competitive sport while Kimberley Woods previously enjoyed a rough and tumble game of American football, until an injury forced her to find a less dangerous way to decompress.&nbsp;</p> <p>But Franklin thinks 'there's nothing so nice, as messin' about on the river'.</p> <p>"I use canoeing to relax because it's my way of releasing from the pressures of life, it is my off switch from the real world," she said.</p> <p>"I canoe, eat, sleep and probably watch a bit too much TV - but I love what I do, even if that sounds a bit boring.</p> <p>"I love being on the water, the idea of doing something else is a bit scary, I always need to be paddling and I can't imagine ever stopping.</p> <p>"My fianc&eacute; is a canoeist and we've been together since we were 14, canoeing is my life, it's at home and work."<br /> <img src="https://d2njx87fm2ttul.cloudfront.net/images/default-source/news-items/malloryfranklinteamgbnewsstory.jpg?sfvrsn=c48cec92_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="malloryfranklinteamgbnewsstory" title="malloryfranklinteamgbnewsstory" /></p> <p>The four-time world champion watched the last Games from home despite ending the season ranked world number one in canoe slalom's C1 category.</p> <p>But Tokyo has seen organisers secure gender parity to the programme, with the women's C1 replacing the men's C2, an event in which Britain won gold and silver at London 2012 and silver four years ago in Rio.</p> <p>"As a sport it shows we are pushing at the forefront of gender parity - it's good to see two girls and two boys on the team and that's how it should be," she added.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Olympians of 1964 were also joined by the class of 2020 as the five selected canoeists for <a href="https://twitter.com/Tokyo2020?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tokyo2020</a> were announced. <br /> <br /> The past and the present, united by Tokyo and the Olympic Rings. <a href="https://t.co/f9F30ADhIW">pic.twitter.com/f9F30ADhIW</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1182576305147187201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Franklin then could be a trailblazer, though don't expect her to embrace the label.</p> <p>She loves the pressure of competition but is certainly more comfortable in the boat than out of it.</p> <p>"I'm confident on the water but probably a bit too shy off it," she admits. "I'm getting more used to the attention but it always seems surreal, sometimes the thought of standing there as Olympic champion terrifies me, being the focus of all the attention.</p> <p>"I didn't used to tell my school a huge amount and I used to consciously not update them, so they didn't embarrass me in assemblies.</p> <p>"I've never been the type of person to walk into a place and say 'look how amazing I am'. It was usually my mum who did all that!<br /> <br /> "I'm a pretty secluded sort of person, I'm not sure I want everyone to know who I am."<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zcLZ1fAkf4s" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> Franklin will be joined in Tokyo by team-mate Woods, who will compete in the K1 class.</p> <p>Both paddlers have been attempting to qualify in both canoe and kayak events, which the former world champion admits has been difficult.</p> <p>"We compete against each other and that's created some friction and it's tough to keep pushing a happy and healthy relationship when there's so much at stake and you are both chasing the same thing," she said.</p> <p>"Now we've both been selected we can compete together rather than against each other and it will be great to have her there for support."</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:28:53 Zurn:uuid:bd2a808d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Tokyo 1964Tokyo 1964 Olympians hold reunion on 55th anniversary of the GamesWhile the current crop of Team GB hopefuls prepare for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo, the last group of British athletes to compete at a Games in the city came together yesterday to mark 55 years on from the Opening Ceremony.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PSZZslRDDVY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> Hosted at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London, over 30 of the British team which competed 55 years ago reunited to celebrate the landmark and welcome five of the latest members of Team GB in the form of the canoeing team for Tokyo 2020.<br /> <br /> Swimmer&nbsp;Anita Lonsbrough, who won 200m breaststroke gold four years previous at Rome 1960, had the honour of leading the team into the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo.<br /> <br /> Lonsbrough fronted a delegation of 204 athletes, including 160 men and 44 women, who would go on to win 18 medals; four gold, 12 silver and two bronze.<br /> <br /> All four golds came in athletics with&nbsp;Ann Packer (800m), Mary Rand (women's long jump), Lynn Davies (men's long jump) and Ken Matthews (20km walk) all triumphing on the top step of the podium. Britain also won medals across fencing, rowing, weightlifting, swimming, sailing and equestrian.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Fencer Allan Jay, who joined for the reunion event yesterday, carried the flag at the Closing Ceremony as the Games drew to a end, 56 years before British athletes will compete once again for Olympic glory in Tokyo.<br /> <br /> Addressing the group, Sir Hugh Robertson, Chairman of the British Olympic Association said: "I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you &ndash; the team of 1964. You did the country proud then and have done us proud since.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> "As we hope 2020 will be, the 1964 Games was a breakthrough for British women&rsquo;s sport, with Anita Lonsborough the first ever female flag bearer at a Summer Olympics and then gold medal winning role models in Ann Packer and Mary Rand.<br /> <br /> "But what is striking in particular is the togetherness of your team, from organising your own preparation camp at Tinsbury Manor, to extra-ordinary support for each other during the competition, and even being here today.<br /> <br /> "Thank you for all you did then, and have done subsequently, to promote British Olympic sport and the country more generally."<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div> <strong>The full list of Tokyo 1964 athletes in attendance:&nbsp;</strong><br /> Leonard Allen, Wrestling<br /> William Barker, Equestrian<br /> Joy Blanchard, Swimming<br /> John Cadman, Hockey<br /> Rt Hon Menzies Campbell MP, Athletics<br /> Arnold Cooke, Rowing&nbsp;<br /> Michael Corby, Hockey<br /> Stewart Farquharson, Rowing<br /> David Harris, Sailing&nbsp;<br /> Michael Hogan, Athletics&nbsp;<br /> Michael Howard, Fencing<br /> Harry Jackson, Cycling&nbsp;<br /> Peter Jacobs, Fencing<br /> Allan Jay, Fencing<br /> Christopher Langhorne, Hockey<br /> Linda Ludgrove-Lillo, Swimming<br /> Madeleine McGovern, Athletics<br /> Brendon McKeown, Cycling<br /> Neil Nicholson, Swimming<br /> Frances Northcott, Diving<br /> Alan Page, Hockey<br /> Michael Parker, Athletics<br /> Mary Peters CH DBE, Athletics<br /> Peter Radford, Athletics<br /> Michael Ralph, Athletics<br /> Brian Sandy, Cycling<br /> Alan Simpson, Athletics<br /> Alix Stevenson, Athletics<br /> David Stevenson, Athletics<br /> Anthony Sweeney, Judo<br /> Gwenda Ward, Athletics<br /> Peter Warden, Athletics<br /> Mary Anne Watts, Fencing<br /> Terence West, Cycling<br /> John Whetton, Athletics<br /> Jill Whyman, Swimming<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:17:43 Zurn:uuid:03847f8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Tokyo 2020Team GB canoeing athletes selected for Tokyo 2020 Olympic GamesRio 2016 gold medallist Liam Heath heads the list of five canoeing athletes named today as officially selected to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zcLZ1fAkf4s" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe> <br /> <br /> Heath will compete at his third Olympic Games in Tokyo next year having won sprint bronze in the K2 200m alongside Jon Schofield in London and then silver in Rio before being crowned Olympic champion in the K1 200m three years ago.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> He held the grand slam of canoeing titles in 2017 (Olympic, World and European) and has been unbeaten in the K1 200m since then. The 35-year-old, who hails from Guildford, will be looking to retain his title and cement his place in British history as the most successful canoe sprint athlete of all time.<br /> <br /> Having qualified the maximum Olympic quota places at the World Championships last month, Heath is joined by four canoe slalom athletes, who will all make their Olympic debuts in Japan.<br /> <br /> Mallory Franklin will race in the women&rsquo;s canoe single (C1) class, the first time this event has been included in an Olympic Games, making it a doubly special debut for Franklin. Since taking up this new discipline for women in 2010 she has waited with keen anticipation for an opportunity to compete on the Olympic stage, since getting her first taste of a Games as a spectator at London 2012.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Since then she has made a meteoric rise through the sport, winning a record eight individual international medals in 2018 alone, to become Great Britain&rsquo;s most successful female paddler. World Champion in 2017, this year she won her first senior European crown, followed by World Cup gold on her home course at Lee Valley.<br /> <br /> Kimberley Woods will take the seat in the women&rsquo;s kayak single (K1) to finally realise her Olympic dream, having had her first insight as a member of the Team GB Ambition Programme at Rio 2016. Woods is a World Cup medallist in this event and in 2018, her final year at U23, was a World Championship bronze medallist. She recorded her highest finish at the senior World Championships two weeks ago coming sixth, to claim her 2020 Olympic spot.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> In the men&rsquo;s kayak single (K1), Bradley Forbes-Cryans put down the run of his life at the World Championships last month, to finish just off the podium in fourth place and secure his Tokyo berth, beating some of the world&rsquo;s biggest names in the process.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Forbes-Cryans is a World Cup silver medallist and won silver at the U23 World Championships last year. He started canoeing at CR Cats Canoe Club in Alva, Scotland, and becomes the fourth paddler from the club to represent Team GB, following in the footsteps of double Olympian Fiona Pennie, 2004 Olympic silver medallist Campbell Walsh and, C2 paddler Craig Brown from Atlanta 1996.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Completing the canoe slalom quartet is Adam Burgess in the men&rsquo;s canoe single (C1). Great Britain&rsquo;s first ever C1 U23 World Champion in 2015, Burgess has been growing in stature over the last few years becoming the 2018 European Championships silver medallist and a World Cup silver medallist this year. Introduced to the sport through the Scouts, Burgess also enjoyed his first exposure to Team GB as part of Team GB&rsquo;s Ambition Programme for London 2012.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xvNTTVh39Lk" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe><br /> <br /> The five canoeists add to the 12 sailors announced last Tuesday in the first team announcement on the road to Tokyo 2020.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The selected canoeists are:<br /> Liam Heath: Canoe Sprint - Men&rsquo;s Kayak Single (K1) 200m<br /> Mallory Franklin: Canoe Slalom - Women&rsquo;s Canoe Single (C1)<br /> Kimberley Woods: Canoe Slalom - Women&rsquo;s Kayak Single (K1)<br /> Adam Burgess: Canoe Slalom - Men&rsquo;s Canoe Single (C1)<br /> Bradley Forbes-Cryans: Canoe Slalom - Men&rsquo;s Kayak Single (K1)<br /> <br /> For canoe sprint there is a further opportunity to qualify additional Olympic quota places at second round qualification next May.<br /> <br /> Liam Heath, 35, from Guilford, Surrey, said: &ldquo;Being selected to represent Team GB at the Olympics for a third time is such an honour and I feel incredibly lucky to compete once again, against the best of the best and hopefully make everyone proud.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Each Games is so different and special in its own way, I&rsquo;m excited to get to Tokyo to experience what this one will be like - I have no doubt it will be amazing! I just want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this moment, Team GB, British Canoeing, National Lottery players, my coaches, support staff, team mates, volunteers and family. I&rsquo;ve not got here on my own and I hope everyone will share in this incredible moment with me.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Mallory Franklin, 25, from Windsor, Berkshire, now living in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, said: &ldquo;It is amazing to be going to my first Games, although it hasn't fully sunk in yet, but I am sure it will and I will get really excited. I am really looking forward to heading out to Japan soon and getting used to the culture and the course.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Mark England, Team GB&rsquo;s Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020, said: &ldquo;The canoeing selections for Team GB bring a mix of Olympic pedigree and exciting new talent. Liam Heath is current World and Olympic Champion and being unbeaten for two years in his canoe sprint event tells you all you need to know about his calibre. The four canoe slalom athletes have shown their capabilities to make it to these Games and with the new C1 discipline, which we will compete in, there is much to look forward to for the sport at Tokyo 2020.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Paul Ratcliffe, Team GB Canoeing Team Leader and British Canoeing Performance Director, said: &ldquo;We are delighted to be announcing the first canoeing members of Team GB today. We have gone through a very tough selection process over the last six months and we have now selected a strong team capable of delivering on the Olympic stage and contributing to the overall success of Team GB.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;The vast international experience of Liam Heath in canoe sprint is complemented by our exciting young team of four debutants in canoe slalom, who have all shown the drive and talent under extreme pressure to secure their places on the team. We look forward to their early selection enabling us to accelerate our individual athlete performance plans for the important year ahead and for slalom, to take maximum advantage of training out in Tokyo on the Olympic course, something which has paid dividends at the last two Games.&rdquo;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:00:00 Zurn:uuid:d8fc7e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics ArtisticWhitlock on form as men's team book Tokyo place<p>Team GB have another Olympic place after the men's gymnastics team qualified for Tokyo with an emphatic performance at the World Championships.</p> <p>Max Whitlock, Dom Cunningham, James Hall, Joe Fraser and Giarnni Regini-Moran were fifth overall after two sub-divisions and, with only three more teams to go, were assured of a top-12 finish.</p> <p>The men&rsquo;s team joins the women&rsquo;s team in qualifying a spot at Tokyo 2020, after they delivered on Saturday while also qualifying for the World Championship final.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">That was a brilliant performance by our men&rsquo;s team!<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s 1 subdivision left, but with only 3 teams competing in it, it&rsquo;s a guaranteed team final as we&rsquo;re currently placed 5th! <br /> <br /> Incredible job by the team <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Stuttgart2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Stuttgart2019</a> <a href="https://t.co/ARyKAUWeIi">pic.twitter.com/ARyKAUWeIi</a></p> &mdash; British Gymnastics (@BritGymnastics) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritGymnastics/status/1181257872119914496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 October 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;There was a lot of pressure, and I think I felt that by the reaction of the boys after,&rdquo; said Whitlock afterwards, </p> <p>&ldquo;I said before coming in that this isn&rsquo;t just a World Championships. This is the Olympic qualification process. </p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone knows that in the back of their mind, but no one really talks about it too much, because that&rsquo;s a lot of pressure to put on a team&rsquo;s shoulders. </p> <p>&ldquo;Going out there, performing, and achieving that goal; we&rsquo;ve got a four-man team going to Tokyo next year!&rdquo;</p> <p>The 26-year-old was unsurprisingly the leader of the pack and his pommel horse of 15.266 was the highest of anyone in the first two groups.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/l1hsHFapmfg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></p> <p>The double Olympic champion looks set for a place in the pommel horse final, while Fraser was sitting pretty in the all-round and parallel bars standings.</p> <p>The women&rsquo;s team final on Tuesday is the first medal opportunity for Great Britain, with the men&rsquo;s final on Wednesday.</p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:06:59 Zurn:uuid:4baa7e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 AthleticsGB miss out on bronze to close World Championships<p>Great Britain came within an appeal of delivering a medal-winning finale to the Athletics World Championships in Doha as the women&rsquo;s 4x400m relay team claimed bronze.</p> <p>The quartet of Zoey Clark, Jodie Williams, Emily Diamond and Laviai Nielsen ran a season&rsquo;s best time of 3:23.02 to finish fourth, with Jamaica at first disqualified before being re-instated by a review.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>But Diamond believes that the team can hold their heads high after a stirring race that saw them exceed even their own expectations.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We ran our socks off, every single one of us. We wanted that medal so, so badly,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>"That's the fastest we've run in many years, it surpasses the Olympics, and I think we can be proud of ourselves."</p> <p>In the 1500m, a strong showing from Jake Wightman and Josh Kerr saw them unlucky to leave empty-handed as they finished fifth and sixth respectively.</p> <p>Wightman ran a personal best 3:31.87 as he ran Marcin Lewandowski of Poland close in the sprint for bronze in a race that saw Neil Gourley come home in 11<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Abigail Irozuru was seventh in the long jump, a best jump of 6.64m leaving her 27cm off a medal, while Shara Proctor finished 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in the competition.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Cindy Ofili was unable to progress through her 100m hurdles heat, while the men&rsquo;s 4x400m relay team saw their baton go down at the first changeover, on a night when thoughts instead turned to a World Championships that yielded Great Britain and Northern Ireland six medals, two of them gold.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 19:40:38 Zurn:uuid:3c627e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics ArtisticWomen's gymnastics squad seal Olympic qualificationBecky Downie admits the pressure was on but was impressed by how the British women's team held their nerve to seal Olympic qualification at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. <p>Booking a place at Tokyo 2020 was the aim heading into this week in Stuttgart &ndash; with the top nine teams not already qualified earning that right.</p> <p>The British sextet finished seventh in qualifying to make the grade, which meant they qualified for the team final at the Worlds on Tuesday in addition to ensuring Team GB will compete in the women&rsquo;s team event in Japan next summer.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Our women's team are now guaranteed a top 12 finish, which secures us a team place at the Olympic Games.<br /> <br /> Great job team <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Stuttgart2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Stuttgart2019</a> <a href="https://t.co/XarDu07lyq">pic.twitter.com/XarDu07lyq</a></p> &mdash; British Gymnastics (@BritGymnastics) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritGymnastics/status/1180477633877958656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>In addition to the team final in Germany, Downie will also contest the uneven bars final after coming fifth in qualifying, her sister Ellie will go in the vault after coming fourth and Alice Kinsella&rsquo;s 15<sup>th</sup> place in the all-around earns her a spot in that final.</p> <p>But reaching the Olympics was the number one goal and the British team could congratulate themselves on a job well done.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1PcbCChlLZ4" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></p> <p>Becky Downie said: &ldquo;There was definitely a lot of pressure coming in to this Worlds, especially because of the Olympic qualification.</p> <p>&ldquo;With last year just missing team final, we knew we needed to go out there, do what we trained, and we&rsquo;d be fine. </p> <p>&ldquo;My bars in training has been really good and I feel very happy and comfortable with this routine &ndash; probably the most I ever have.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QPvpm1S7yD0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;With that in the back of my mind, I just needed to go out, do a normal routine, and I knew I&rsquo;d be fine.</p> <p>&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t easy to come out and do what we&rsquo;ve done, and it wasn&rsquo;t perfect, but everyone can be really proud that we gave it our all.&rdquo;</p>Sat, 05 Oct 2019 21:07:28 Zurn:uuid:c75e7e8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 AthleticsDouble silver for sprint relays in Doha<p>Dina Asher-Smith claimed her third medal at the World Championships, as she took silver in the women's 4x100m on the penultimate day in Doha.</p> <p>Asher-Smith, Asha Philip, Ashleigh Nelson and Daryll Neita produced a season&rsquo;s best time of 41.85s, just 0.08 seconds outside of the British record, to clinch 4x100m silver behind Jamaica, while the USA completed the podium. </p> <p>Imani-Lara Lansiquot was due to run in the final but had to pull out with an injury during the warm up and, despite a last-minute change, Asher-Smith believed it was a demonstration of the understanding between the team. </p> <p>&ldquo;I think we all handled the pressure between us which is testimony to how much experience we have got as a squad,&rdquo; Asher-Smith said. </p> <p>&ldquo;We almost ran a PB without practicing any of the changes in the warm-up area. It's been a good champs but obviously it's a team event.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"> It's SILVER! <br /> <br /> A great run from the women's 4x100m quartet of <a href="https://twitter.com/MissAshaPhilip?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MissAshaPhilip</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/dinaashersmith?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@dinaashersmith</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/ashleighnelson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ashleighnelson</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/daryllneita?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@daryllneita</a> sees them finish in second place <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldAthleticsChamps?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldAthleticsChamps</a> <a href="https://t.co/o7G3W7oOOO">pic.twitter.com/o7G3W7oOOO</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1180561518355726338?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Nelson, who was particularly proud of the achievement, added: &ldquo;Yesterday I was laughing and today I'm crying because it&rsquo;s my first time running real in a champs since 2014, it means a lot to me, my coach and my family.&rdquo;</p> <p>Defending champions in the men&rsquo;s 4x100m, Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake gave a good defence of their title but were beaten to the line by the USA. </p> <p>The quartet produced a British and European record time of 37.36 seconds to claim the silver medal while Japan rounded out the top three. </p> <p>Hughes injured himself during the final while running the second leg but carried on and was delighted to help the squad win a medal. </p> <p>&ldquo;Tonight I came out here and gave it my very best regardless. I think I strained my hamstring maybe,&rdquo; Hughes said. </p> <p>&ldquo;I pulled it just before I handed over the baton but I knew I had to give it to Richard regardless because I wanted the guys to get a medal. </p> <p>&ldquo;I did my best and the guys came away with a medal. I'm happy, we're going back home with something around our neck.&rdquo;<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"> SILVER for our 4 x 100m men<br /> <br /> Our quartet of <a href="https://twitter.com/Adam_Gemili?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Adam_Gemili</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/zharnel_hughes?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@zharnel_hughes</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/rkilty?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RKilty</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/NethaneelMB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NethaneelMB</a> secure the silver medal with a fantastic second in 37.36 in the final of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldAthleticsChamps?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldAthleticsChamps</a>.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/REPRESENT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#REPRESENT</a> <a href="https://t.co/3kkOATbd79">pic.twitter.com/3kkOATbd79</a></p> &mdash; British Athletics (@BritAthletics) <a href="https://twitter.com/BritAthletics/status/1180563547551612928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Anchor leg runner Mitchell-Blake trusts this silver medal will spur the squad to perform better in Tokyo. </p> <p>"Phenomenal effort by the guys,&rdquo; Mitchell-Blake added. &ldquo;I'm proud of the boys. It gives us fuel for the fire for next year. Let's enjoy the moment right now though."</p> <p>Laura Muir missed out on the podium in the 1500m, fading in the last 100m to fifth &ndash; although she did secure a season&rsquo;s best time of 3:55.76.</p> <p>However, after missing a few months on the season with a calf injury, the European Champion was amazed at her performance, which bodes well for 2020.&nbsp; </p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what to say, I was fifth in 3:55,&rdquo; Muir said. &ldquo;I just tried to cover the moves the as best I can. I think I lost a gear in the last 100 but to run 3:55 when I have missed so much training, I am just speechless but I am so proud of myself.</p> <p>&ldquo;I clocked it at 800m that it was fast, I expected people to die a bit but they must have kept the pace fast or faster.</p> <p>&ldquo;I could not have asked more of myself to do that. If I can run that sort of time off the minor training I&rsquo;ve done, if I&rsquo;m 100% fit, I can be confident going into next year.&rdquo;</p> Sportsbeat 2019&nbsp;Sat, 05 Oct 2019 20:38:54 Zurn:uuid:e9c07d8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 AthleticsJohnson-Thompson triumphs with heptathlon gold<p>Katarina Johnson-Thompson is hungry for more success after winning gold in the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.</p> <p>After two days of competition, Johnson-Thompson claimed her first global title and alongside Dina Asher-Smith&rsquo;s gold, it is the first time in 36 years that Great Britain have had two female gold medallists at the same championships. </p> <p>The 26-year-old completed a dominant final day where she recorded a new British record points total of 6,981 beating Jessica Ennis-Hill&rsquo;s previous mark of 6,955. </p> <p>Johnson-Thompson started off the day with 6.77m in the long jump, threw a personal best of 43.93m in the javelin and ran 2:07.26 for another lifetime best in the 800m.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">✨ She stormed to heptathlon victory with a new British record of 6981 points <br /> <br /> A stunning second day from <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnsonThompson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohnsonThompson</a> sealed her first world title with the biggest margin of victory in 32 years <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldAthleticsChamps?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldAthleticsChamps</a> <a href="https://t.co/bSujB1pkDG">pic.twitter.com/bSujB1pkDG</a></p> &mdash; Team GB (@TeamGB) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1179876059950518272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The Brit finished 304 points clear of Belgium&rsquo;s Nafissatou Thiam &ndash; the biggest winning margin in the heptathlon at the world championships in 32 years. </p> <p>At the 2015 edition, Johnson-Thompson fouled three times in the long jump while at London in 2017, it was the high jump where she became unstuck, but the Brit believes those moments have made this victory sweeter. </p> <p>&ldquo;These whole two days have been so fast and because it has been at night, it&rsquo;s actually felt like a dream,&rdquo; Johnson-Thompson said. </p> <p>&ldquo;Doing it under the lights and everything was unbelievable. I can&rsquo;t believe this is the result. I have had so many attempts at this result so to perform on this stage makes me so happy. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t have done without those previous championship experiences; I&rsquo;m sure it would have been sweet in 2015 but here we are. </p> <p>&ldquo;The low moments have helped me come back and make the move [to Montpellier] and try and look inward on myself.<br /> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">ICYMI... <br /> <br /> Britain has another new heptathlon world champion! <br /> <br /> Katarina Johnson-Thompson <br /> <br /> More: <a href="https://t.co/E47Telw9cv">https://t.co/E47Telw9cv</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bbcathletics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#bbcathletics</a> <a href="https://t.co/30KWMquQgc">pic.twitter.com/30KWMquQgc</a></p> &mdash; BBC Sport (@BBCSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1179881052749402113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&ldquo;This has been my dream. 7000 points is one of my main career goals. On the score calculator, I&rsquo;ve been working out all sorts of combinations throughout my entire life. </p> <p>&ldquo;But the last couple of years I have chilled with the predictions and I have just tried to compete, perform and beat myself. I&rsquo;ve found a formula that works but I just want more!&rdquo;</p> <p>Elsewhere Laura Muir sailed through to the 1500m final after finishing third in her semi-final, while Sarah McDonald just missed out on a place. </p> <p>Sophie McKinna, who threw a personal best of 18.61m to qualify, ended the shot put final in 11<sup>th</sup> place, while a trio of British men are through to their 1500m semi-finals as Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley all booked their places in the next round. </p> <p>Sportsbeat 2019</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 22:43:33 Zurn:uuid:29a57d8d-09bf-6c96-8c24-ff0000c7d089 Gymnastics ArtisticWhitlock focusing on bigger picture ahead of World ChampionshipsWith great success, comes even greater expectation - just ask Max Whitlock. A five-time Olympic medallist and multiple world champion, the 26-year-old pommel horse star has become accustomed to being the favourite every time he dons his spandex.<br /> <br /> But reaching the pinnacle of his sport has also proven to be a double edged sword at times, bringing with it the burden of heightened expectation and increased media scrutiny.<br /> <br /> World and Commonwealth silver medals last year were written off as failures while he missed out on the podium entirely on the pommel horse at the 2018 European Championships.<br /> <br /> On the eve of his latest bid for World Championship glory, however, Whitlock insists he always remained steadfast in his belief that it was all part of his bigger plan for global domination.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Being completely honest, for me 2018 was good but obviously it&rsquo;s wasn&rsquo;t as good as it could have been. In the media you will see that I failed last year as I got silvers not golds,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s quite tough as an athlete to deal with that as if you told me ten years ago that I would get a silver medal at the worlds then I would have taken it, I would have been happy.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I do see that as a massive compliment as people want you to retain your titles and that&rsquo;s what I want to do at every competition, I can&rsquo;t control any other factors apart from my routine.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think off the back of 2018 it was difficult as I always go into a competition wanting to win, but I was constantly trying to get the message across that I am looking at the bigger picture.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I know I made mistakes last year, I&rsquo;m not saying that I wanted to, but I made mistakes in 2014 - two years after London - and what I was trying to do is mirror what I did from London to Rio.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Whitlock was already a double bronze medallist at London 2012 and the reigning world champion before his heroic exploits at Rio 2016 vaulted him into the gymnastics stratosphere.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">First session done out here in Germany <a href="https://t.co/FnFVO4nYOA">pic.twitter.com/FnFVO4nYOA</a></p> &mdash; Max Whitlock MBE (@maxwhitlock1) <a href="https://twitter.com/maxwhitlock1/status/1178718078928146432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 30, 2019</a></blockquote> <script src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> Gold medals in the pommel horse and floor in Brazil, along with another bronze in the all-round, saw him become one of the faces of the Games - as well as putting a target on his back.<br /> <br /> But after missing out on the top step in 2018, Whitlock appears to be peaking at just the right time and he regained his European pommel horse title in style earlier this year in Szczecin.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I really felt at the beginning of the year at the Europeans that I had something to prove with what I was saying and that&rsquo;s why coming back with the gold on the pommel was a huge relief,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The expectation has come since Rio and it is really hard. I try and take the pressure off myself as much as I possibly can but there&rsquo;s no doubt the pressure has ramped up.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The pressure was there after 2012 but after getting gold at Rio it went up a huge amount and every championships that I&rsquo;ve done since then there has been increased pressure.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I do feel there is a responsibility to produce every time but as an athlete you&rsquo;ll never be able to do that, you&rsquo;ll never be able to produce every single competition every single time.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My mission is to do it as much as I can, that&rsquo;s why I prepare the way I do. I work as hard as I possibly can to be the best I can be on that day and there&rsquo;s nothing more I can do.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> And with his European crown back in his possession, Whitlock is now focused on reclaiming the world title he lost in Doha last year as he looks to lay down a marker ahead of Tokyo 2020.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t just about the Worlds, this is an even bigger one as it&rsquo;s also Olympic qualification, so it&rsquo;s an important one, this is where we can qualify a four-man team for Tokyo,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That is a huge priority and the first competition day, the qualification event, is where we need to do that so we need to be ready for that and that&rsquo;s what it&rsquo;s all geared towards.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I try not to think about medals too much, but it is difficult as I wouldn&rsquo;t be where I am now if I wasn&rsquo;t ambitious and of course any athlete wants to come away with the title.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I do try and put that to the back of my mind as much as I can. It&rsquo;s not easy as I set high standards for myself, and it&rsquo;s a huge motivation for me to retain the titles &ndash; there&rsquo;s no doubt about that.&rdquo;<br /> <div>&nbsp;<br /> Sportsbeat 2019</div>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 14:24:50 Z