Olympic24: Adcocks relishing Dubai challenge; Hill gunning for silverware in Rio

Olympic24: Adcocks relishing Dubai challenge; Hill gunning for silverware in Rio

11 November 2015 / 08:00

Gabby Adcock looking to secure World Superseries Finals berth, while Max Cater tries to add to his Taekwondo bronze in Croatia. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Gabby and Chris Adcock get underway on Asia tour this week
  • Amber Hill optimistic on her medal chances in Rio
  • Max Cater gears up for French Open after sensational showing in Croatia

Adcocks focused on Dubai qualification

Gabby Adcock believes she and husband Chris will have to be wary of avoiding any slip-ups as they look to book their spot at the year-end Dubai World Superseries Finals.

The final two Asian events get underway this week with the Adocks currently in the position to qualify for Dubai – an event that sees the world's best competing.

The British pair will face Korean duo Shin Baek Cheol and Yoo Jung Chai at the China Open later this week and Gabby insists there is no room for complacency.

“Dubai is obviously a great event to be a part of and we are in a very strong position for making the finals,” she said.

“We will approach these two events the same as we have done all season, taking one game at a time.

“Mixed doubles is very strong at the minute so we won't leave any room for complacency. And as usual are excited by the challenges that are ahead of us.”

Hill relishing Olympic debut in Rio


Rio 2016 may be her first ever appearance at an Olympic Games, but shooting starlet Amber Hill admits she will be targeting silverware next summer.

The 18-year-old can already count British, European and World titles among her accomplishments – as well as a Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2013.

And, after being named as one of six athletes selected to represent Team GB in Brazil next summer alongside Ed Ling, Elena Allen, Jen McIntosh, Steve Scott and Tim Kneale, she will soon be able to add ‘Olympian’ to her rapidly expanding résumé.

“It has been my dream to get to Rio and I don’t think there is a greater honour than being named as an Olympian to represent your country. It means the world to me,” Hill said.

“I would love to think I could win a medal at some point in my career. When I go into any competition I will always be going for gold.

“But as long as I know I have put everything in to produce the best performance possible then I will be happy. As long as I am happy with how I performed then I can’t ask for a lot more.

“To come away with a medal would be the most amazing feeling. Knowing I have won a medal for my country would be so important to me.”

Cater targets more silverware in France

Max Cater

Rising taekwondo star Max Cater insists his bronze medal at the Croatian Open has only added fuel to his fire, as he is looks to add even more medals to add to his growing collection.

The 18-year-old came back from the recent trip to the Balkans with the notable scalps of European champion Stepan Dimitrov and top-seed Heiner Oviedo as he progressed to the 58kg semi-finals.

Defeat to Mohammad Kazemifoushazdeh meant Cater had to settle for bronze, after he claimed golds in Bosnia and Switzerland at 54kg.

Next up is a trip to the French Open and the youngster is determined to once again show his potential as he fights for a podium place.

“The aim now is to go to the French Open and try to win another medal,” said Cater.

“Longer term, I hope I can get selection to next year's European Championships and medal there too.

“This was only my second Open at -58kg so I am pleased. Even though Dimitrov is European champion, I knew I could beat him if I stuck to my game plan.

“The aim was to be ahead at the end of each round and though he put me under pressure in the last round I kept my game intact.”

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