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Countdown to Rio: Summer sports week in review

June 17, 2013 11:03 am

Vicky Holland underlined Great Britain's strength in depth in triathlon with a silver medal at the European Championships in Turkey.

Former world champion Helen Jenkins and Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee were absent but Holland maintained a podium presence, finishing just behind Dutch rival Rachel Klamer after a sprint finish.

“I’m over the moon. I don’t think I could have asked for more, especially not a medal," she said. "It’s a championship medal and it’s a medal for Great Britain, so it’s right up there.”

Former world champion Zara Phillips finished second on High Kingdom at the four-star Luhmuhlen Horse Trials while show jumper William Funnell claimed his first Global Champions Tour podium place with a second at the Grand Prix in Cannes.

Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield continued their impressive sailing partnership, winning silver at the 470 European Championships.

Patience partnered Stuart Bithell to silver at London 2012 and Glanfield, who initially retired in the aftermath of the 2008 Games, has two Olympic silvers from Beijing and Athens.

“We’ve had a great week – I’m really pleased with how we’ve been sailing, and I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made in such a short time together,” said Patience.

“We’ve laid down the foundations of exactly who we are and what we are as a team and from there you can see the little gaps and improvements that can be made."

Sophie Weguelin, the defending European women’s champion, and her new partner Eilidh McIntyre, secured bronze in Formia.

Olympic silver medallist Nick Dempsey showed why he is still British number one edging out windsurfing teammate Elliot Carney in the RS:X 9.5 at the Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth.

Bryony Shaw, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, won the RS:X 8.5 event at last year's Olympic venue while Charlotte Dobson and Nicola Groves won the 49erFX fleet and Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign claimed second in the 49er.

Louisa Sawers struck silver at the sprint canoeing European Championships in Portugal, continuing a recent run of impressive results in the non-Olympic K1 5000m event.

But there was disappointment for Olympic champion Ed McKeever who finished fifth in the K1 200m and bronze medallists Jon Schofield and Liam Heath, who just missed out on a medal in the K2 200m.

Long jumper Shara Proctor's consistent season continued with a victory at the IAAF Diamond League in Oslo.

The British record holder winning leap of 6.89m was just six centimetres off her personal best.

Tiffany Porter won the 100m hurdles, clocking 12.76seconds to beat an all-European field while Perri Shakes-Drayton posted a season's best 54.03 to finish second in the 400m hurdles and James Ellington was third behind Usain Bolt in the 200m.

Damien Jennings made a winning start at the women's EuroBasket, with successive wins over Serbia and Latvia which secured a second round place before their match with favourites and hosts France.

Jason Lee named eight members of the Team GB bronze medal winning squad for the women's hockey World League Semi-Final in London.

And men's head coach Bobby Crutchley saw his team prepare for their own World League Semi-Final campaign with a 5-2 defeat and 3-2 win over world number one side Germany in Manheim.

Elsewhere, Great Britain's handball men lost their final European Championship qualifying match 37-26 to Italy, with Steven Larsson their top scorer while Liam Phillips, Kyle Evans and Charlotte Green all exited at the semi final stage at the UCI BMX Supercross.

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