Olympic24: Adcocks turn to 2016 while Kerry plays down hockey disappointment
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Olympic24: Adcocks turn to 2016 while Kerry plays down hockey disappointment

15 December 2015 / 07:53

Chris and Gabby Adcock are looking to build on their BWF Superseries Finals win in 2016 while Danny Kerry believes Britain will benefit from their Hockey World League disappointment. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • British pair set their sights on a blockbuster 2016 after claiming the year-ending Superseries Finals in Dubai
  • Danny Kerry calls on British hockey players to learn from their struggles at the Hockey World League Finals
  • Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Scott Brash lead the field at the London International Horse Show
  • Charlotte Gilmartin tells of her relief as her hard work in short track pays off at the World Cup

Adcocks aim for more success in 2016

Chris and Gabby Adcock Dubai Superseries

Chris and Gabby Adcock have already set their sights on a successful 2016 after seeing off the world’s best to claim the BWF Superseries Finals in Dubai.

The British pair beat Korean duo Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na in the final of the mixed doubles and Gabby Adcock intends to use that success to spur the couple on next year.

And with Rio and the Olympics now approaching fast, it is the pair’s consistency which she picked out as the most pleasing aspect of their success.

“We have had a very consistent year, which we are very proud of, but finally getting a win in the biggest event of the year is truly amazing,” she said.

“And we hope to use this win to springboard to more titles.”

Chris Adcock added: “I think everything worked for us, from the coaching to the preparation and then on court.

“The combination of everything earned us our greatest win as a pair.”

Britain to benefit from Hockey World League struggles

Danny Kerry

Britain women’s coach Danny Kerry believes his team will have learned a lot from their struggles at the Hockey World League Finals after they finished seventh in Argentina.

After a difficult path through the group stages, Britain went down to New Zealand in the quarter-finals, and it was a similarly tough tournament for the men, who finished sixth the week before.

But Kerry, who was previously overseeing both teams before narrowing his focus back to the women, expects both teams to gain a huge amount of experience from the losses.

“Unless people go through these experiences we won't actually be fully prepared for Rio," Kerry told BBC Sport.

"We can't lose sight of the big picture which is Rio, so it's probably a blessing in disguise having gone undefeated throughout the summer.

"Both squads are actually in really good shape so there's a lot of cause for optimism despite the results at the end of the year."

Dujardin and Brash lead the way in London

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A pair of Olympic champions will be the main attraction at the London International Horse Show which kicks off at Olympia on Tuesday.

Charlotte Dujardin and Scott Brash are both world number ones, with Dujardin returning to the event where she set world records a year ago on the way to victory in the freestyle dressage and grand prix events.

She will compete in Wednesday’s freestyle event on Uthopia, instead of her usual horse Valegro.

Meanwhile Brash will compete in the World Cup showjumping on Sunday having completed the sport’s grand slam in September, the first rider to do so.

Finally on Monday fellow London 2012 champion Ben Maher will aim to defend his Grand Prix title.

Gilmartin rewarded for hard work

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Charlotte Gilmartin believes her hard work is finally starting to pay off after she won a maiden World Cup medal this weekend.

The 25-year-old short track star won bronze in the 1500m in Shanghai in her first World Cup A final.

And after a promising season, Gilmartin admits the World Cup results are the perfect reward for the work she has put in.

"I have been working hard on technique with my coach all season and reaching new personal bests throughout the year," she said. "So confidence has been building.

"I am delighted to finally show this progression in racing on the World Cup circuit."

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