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Countdown to Rio: Summer sports week in review

October 28, 2013 07:20 am

British fencer Richard Kruse claimed one of the biggest wins of his career as he struck men's foil gold at the World Combat Games in Saint Petersburg.

Countdown to Rio: Summer sports week in review

The three-time Olympian - and six-time European Championship medallist - was not considered among the podium contenders in Russia.

But Italian favourites Andrea Cassara and Andrea Baldini were eliminated early and Kruse claimed the scalp of top-seeded Russian Artur Akhmatkhuzin in the semi-finals.

He then went on to dominate his final against American Race Imboden, winning easily 15-4.

Chris Adcock and Gabby White continue to climb the mixed doubles world badminton rankings after another solid week of performances at the Yonex French Open in Paris.

They claimed the scalp of world champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in the quarter-finals and then pushed Olympic champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei to three games for the second time in a week in the final.

They are now eighth in the Superseries rankings and will look to maintain that place at forthcoming events in China and Hong Kong, in order to reach the end of season finals in Kuala Lumpur.

Adcock also reached the quarter-finals of the men's doubles with Andy Ellis before going down in a close battle with Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Rising star Kirsty Gilmour also reached the last eight of the women's singles and took world number ten Bae Yeon Ju the distance before going down 19-21, 21-14, 21-15.

London 2012 Olympian Charlotte Kerwood hailed her trap gold medal win at the shotgun World Cup in Abu Dhabi as the best performance of her career.

Despite a slow start to her final against Germany's Jana Beckmann, Kerwood edged the victory 11-10 to become the first British woman to win a World Cup medal since Anita North 14 years ago.

"This is probably the best moment of my career," she said.

"Winning this title feels amazing and gives me new motivations. I want to be ready for the 2014 World Championship, and I am looking forward to my next aim: Rio 2016.

"It's going to be my third Olympics and I want to come back home with a medal this time."

Rob McCracken is looking ahead with confidence after Great Britain's two medal haul at the boxing World Championships.

Middleweight Anthony Fowler and flyweight Andrew Selby both claimed bronze medals in Almaty and McCracken likes the trajectory of his squad just one year into the Olympic cycle.

“We arrived with a relatively inexperienced squad, so to come away with two medals from a tough World Championships is a very good outcome and a better result than we achieved at the same point four years ago,” he said.

“Overall, it has been a good learning experience for a lot of the younger boxers and they will be stronger for the experience and go away with a clearer sense of what it takes to become an elite international boxer.

“It will have provided them with an indication of the quality benchmark in international boxing and a better understanding what they need to do to improve when they get back into the gym.”

Elsewhere, Savannah Marshall added boxing gold at the World Combat Games to her world title.

Marshall defeated Chinese national champion Li Qian to win their middleweight final while British team-mate Jake Ball took silver in the men's light heavyweight category.

Great Britain won two golds, four silver and a bronze at taekwondo's Serbian Open.

Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad won the -87kg title and Jordan Gayle took gold in the -68kg category, beating team-mate Martin Stamper in their final.

Bianca Walkden, defeated by Olympic champion Milica Mandić in her final, Andrew Deer and Ben Haines took the other silvers and Abigail Styles claimed bronze.

London 2012 Olympian Jack Oliver showed improvement as three Brits travelled to Wroclaw for weightlifting’s World Championships.

The 22-year-old won the British title in the 85kg class with a total lift of 312kg and was to place 21st in the came category in Poland.

He not only improved slightly on that mark with a 140kg snatch and 173kg clean and jerk for a 313kg total but also on his previous world performance, a 26th two years ago.

Natasha Perdue ranked 18th in the women’s 69kg event, lifting a combined 204kg while English champion Emily Godley, competing in the women’s 63kg, ranked 19th.

Sophie Allen and Michael Jamieson continued their consistent form in swimming's World Cup series with more podium performances in Doha.

Allen took silver in the 200m butterfly and 200m medley - taking her medal tally to five in the series.

Olympic silver medallist Jamieson had a mixed meeting, taking gold in the 200m breaststroke only to be disqualified in the 100m.

Allen and Jamieson were both named in the 12-strong British squad for next month's short course European Championships, where they'll be joined by world medallist Fran Halsall.

William Fox-Pitt nearly made eventing history with a sweep of the podium places at the four star event in Pau.

Fox-Pitt, who won eventing team silver at the London 2012 Olympics, occupied the top three places coming into the show jumping.

But he settled for first and third on Seacookie TSF and Cool Mountain respectively.

Elsewhere, 18-year old Bekky Livesey finished fifth at judo's junior World Championships in Slovenia.

“This was a fantastic performance by Bekky, who was totally unfazed at her first Junior World Championships," said British Judo performance director Nigel Donohue.

“Bekky was given a tough draw and this is what championship competition is all about – stepping up to the mark and performing when it counts.

“Her fifth place finish follows Nekoda Davis’s bronze medal at the recent Junior European Championships, which bodes well."

© Sportsbeat 2013