Olympic 24: Gymnasts secure Rio qualification in Glasgow

Olympic 24: Gymnasts secure Rio qualification in Glasgow

25 October 2015 / 09:14

Great Britain's women gymnasts secure spot at Rio 2016 with third-place qualification finish at World Championships in Glasgow while Richard Hounslow and David Florence take huge step towards joining them on the shores of Brazil. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Great Britain qualify third for all-around final at Glasgow World Championships and seal Olympic qualification
  • David Florence and Richard Hounslow produce strong showing at canoe slalom Olympic selection trials
  • Bryony Shaw takes silver at RS: X Windsurfing World Championships in Oman
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock lose out in French Open semi-finals

British women Rio bound after stellar Glasgow display


Great Britain's women gymnasts confirmed their spot for Rio 2016 after finishing third in qualification at the World Championships in Glasgow.

The team of Becky and Ellie Downie, Ruby Harrold, Claudia Fragapane, Amy Tinkler and Kelly Simm put in a solid display on Friday night but had to wait until Saturday to see if they had done enough for a top-eight berth.

As it was their total of 227.162 was more than enough with only Russia and the USA bettering their score.

“We are incredibly proud to have secured Great Britain place at Rio 2016,” said Becky Downie.

“Coming in to this championships all our focus was on producing the best team results we could and to have placed third – our best ever Olympic qualifying performance – is very special.

“Competing in Glasgow with the amazing support of the home crowd definitely gave us that extra energy and every member of the team contributed to our success.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication and that’s definitely all paid off, we’re all so happy to know we’ve got the Olympic places and we can head to Tuesday’s team final full of confidence.”

Florence and Hounslow on brink of sealing Rio spot


David Florence and Richard Hounslow took a massive step towards next summer's Olympic Games in Rio after a strong showing on the opening day of three at the canoe slalom Olympic selection trials at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Florence held a head start in both the C1 and C2 classes after a successful World Championships at the same venue last month.

And while the Olympic silver medallist did not get off to the best of starts when he rolled his boat in the first C1 heat and missed two gates, he stormed back in heat two with a time of 97.51 seconds – 0.89 seconds faster than Ryan Westley.

He then teamed up with Hounslow – the two having won Olympic silver together at London 2012 – to post the fastest time of the day in the C2 races.

The winners of the Olympic selection trials will be confirmed by the British Canoeing International Panel and nominated to the British Olympic Association for ratification and selection to Team GB, which will be announced on Wednesday 4 November.

"There are some mixed emotions for me because I shared the podium with Ryan who was third at the World Championships," said Florence.

"I know if that had been me I would have been absolutely gutted and think that I deserved to be at the Olympics, and I do think Ryan deserves to be at the Olympics as well. 

"So much of our sport is about going to the Olympics and chasing Olympic medals, but you've got to get there."

Shaw takes silver at World Championships


Bryony Shaw believes she is developing the ability to rise to the occasion when it matters most after clinching silver at the RS: X Windsurfing World Championships in Mussanah, Oman.

The 32-year-old went into the medal race knowing that gold was already out of her grasp with China's Chen Peina having wrapped things up following a strong display during the week.

But the 32-year-old made sure to clinch the runners up spot after holding off the challenge from her Dutch and Polish rivals on the final day.

"This was a target event and one I wanted to peak for," Shaw admitted. "Mid way through the week I could see that it was going to be a really tough fight and come down to the medal race. 

"It's great that I'm able to perform on medal race day, it seems to be a strength of mine, and certainly sailing on the fin now it seems my speed has really improved. 

"All of those things coming together and the board speed stuff really helps when you're trying to perform at your peak regatta. It's all those hard yards put into practice."

Adcocks lose out in France


Chris and Gabby Adcock's bid for a first French Open title was ended at the semi-final stage on Saturday night.

The world number seven pair lost out 21-14, 21-11 in 32 minutes to Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na of Korea as the Adcocks couldn’t replicate the brilliant form which took them to last year's final in Paris.

The Adcocks will now turn their attentions to the Bitburger Open in Germany where they are in the draw as top seeds.

Meanwhile, Sam Parsons won his first senior international title and hailed his "never give up" attitude at the Hatzor International in Israel.

Top seed Parsons, the 20-year-old national men's singles champion, beat Lukas Zevi of the Czech Republic 20-22, 21-8, 21-8 in 50 minutes on Saturday, while Lydia Powell, playing her first senior final, just lost out in the women's event.

"This win is very satisfying for me as it is my first international title," Parsons said. "My aim for the start of every tournament is to go and win and being top seed just added a different kind of pressure on myself.

"On my way to winning this title I had a few tough matches but battled through these and never gave up.

"In the semi-final I was 20-18 down in the third set and saved six match points against me.

"In the final I went 11-3 down in the first set but once again I fought hard and did everything I could to make my opponent work harder than he wanted."

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