Olympic24: Canoe team named for Olympics in Rio

Olympic24: Canoe team named for Olympics in Rio

05 November 2015 / 07:41

Four Brits secure their spots for the canoe slalom at Rio 2016 while Andy Murray brushes aside Borna Coric in straight sets at Paris Masters. Here's our review of the last 24 hours. 

  • Richard Hounslow, David Florence, Joe Clarke and Fiona Pennie selected for canoe slalom at Rio
  • Murray makes light work of Coric at Paris Masters winning 6-1 6-2
  • Whitlock brimming with confidence after historic week in Glasgow
  • Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee pre-selected for Rio along with Non Stanford and Vicky Holland
  • Jazz Carlin determined to qualify for Olympics after 2012 heartbreak
  • Twelve boxers named for upcoming GB Championships

 Hounslow hungry for gold after making Olympic team


Richard Hounslow is determined to go one better than the silver he won at London 2012 after the canoe slalom athlete was selected to compete for Team GB at Rio 2016.

London 2012 saw Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie take C2 gold with Hounslow and partner David Florence taking silver – a year later however they claimed World Championship gold.

This time around Florence and Hounslow will be Britain’s only duo competing in the men’s C2 event at the Olympics with Florence also going in the men’s C1.

“I feel super proud to be selected to represent Team GB in Rio,” said Hounslow.

“It was incredibly special to win silver in my home town at my first Olympics and I'm now 100% focused on going one better in Brazil."

Joe Clarke will go in the men’s K1 while Fiona Pennie will go in the women’s event after missing out on a spot in London.

Murray sees off Coric in Paris to set up Goffin clash


Olympic champion Andy Murray wasted no time in progressing to the third round of the Paris Masters as he saw off Borna Coric 6-1 6-2 to set up a clash with Belgium's David Goffin.

Murray was on court for 58 minutes in France and set about dismantling the talented teenager – the Brit not yielding a single break point in the whole match.

The victory means Murray will take on Goffin in what will be a perfect preamble to this month's Davis Cup final where the pair could meet, albeit on clay.

"Any time you spend time on court with opponents you can learn about their game," he said.

"It's good to play against him but I will obviously, before the tie, watch matches of him playing on clay to learn and understand his game better on that surface."

Elsewhere British number two Aljaz Bedene lost out to American giant John Isner 6-3 7-6 (7-3) but will still move to a career high of 46th in the world next week after coming through two qualifying rounds in Paris.

Whitlock confident ahead of Rio

New pommel horse world champion Max Whitlock says Britain's gymnasts will be heading to Rio full of confidence after a stellar ten days in Glasgow.

The Brits won five medals at last week's World Championships with Whitlock first on the pommel and helping the mens team to all-around silver.

There was also bronze for the girls team while Louis Smith won silver on the pommel and Whitlock finished second on the floor.

“I’ve got these results behind me now, and I’ve hit my targets massively,” he said. “I can go into my next competitions and next year with a lot of confidence - and so can the whole of Team GB.”

“Completely across the board for the girls and the boys it has been an historic week, and I think coming into a major competition we all had the potential but it’s about doing it on the day.

“So for us all to do it across both teams, and in a home country with this support, is an unbelievable achievement.

Four British triathletes pre-selected for Rio 2016


Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee says he is looking forward to a huge year ahead after he was named as one of four triathletes to be pre-selected for Rio 2016.

With official selection coming next June, British Triathlon have pre-selected Alistair and brother Jonathan based on their ability to win medals at the Olympics – with both finishing on the podium in London.

Non Stanford and Vicky Holland have also been pre-selected after meeting the automatic qualification criteria by winning medals at the Rio Test Event and World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago.

All selection will hinge on form, fitness and eligibility and Alistair is determined to keep up his fine history of results up and reach the shores of Brazil.

“There is nothing bigger in triathlon than the Olympic Games, and I’m hugely excited about the year ahead,” he said.

“This news allows me to structure my winter training with Rio at the forefront of my mind. Knowing that Jonny has been pre-selected with me is another big boost.” 

Carlin: Season is all about building toward Rio


Everything is geared towards Rio qualification for Jazz Carlin after the two-time European champion claimed double silver at the World Cup in Doha.

The 25-year-old finished second in both the 400m and 800m freestyle races but was edged out on both occasions by New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle.

In 2012 Carlin missed out on a spot at the Olympics after her form dropped following illness and now she says everything is building towards April’s trials where she will seek to secure her spot at Rio 2016.

"All I want to do is be at the Olympics," she said. "That's one thing I've never been able to experience. That's what I'm training for.

"Obviously the Olympics is at the back of everyone's mind, but for me first is the Olympic trials to try and get your place on the team. I don't want to take anything for granted.” 

Twelve fighters named ahead of GB Championships

British Amateur Boxing Association director Rob McCracken says the country’s rising stars will have their chance to showcase their talents after 12 fighters were named for upcoming national championships.

The GB Boxing Championships will take place in Sheffield on November 26 with nine men and three women competing against the winners of this year’s GB Elite Three Nations competition.

There are some familiar names among those selected with 2015 World Championship silver medallists Lisa Whiteside and Sandy Ryan chosen  as well as 2012 world champion Savannah Marshall.

For the men, Luke McCormack goes at lightweight but no super heavyweights have been selected after long seasons for both Joe Joyce and Frazer Clarke.

“This tournament is a great opportunity to look at some of the up-and-coming talent in Great Britain,” said McCracken. “And a chance for some boxers to stake their claim for a place on the World Class Performance Programme and showcase their talent.”

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