Olympic24: Edmund out of Australian Open, success for Cho

Olympic24: Edmund out of Australian Open, success for Cho

18 January 2016 / 07:59

Cramp hampers Kyle Edmund as he suffers defeat in his Australian Open first round match against Damir Dzumhur, while in Turkey Mahama Cho clinches Team GB a fourth taekwondo Rio quota spot. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Kyle Edmund the first Brit to fall in this year’s Australian Open after losing out in five sets to world number 81 Damir Dzumhur. Heather Watson plays later on Monday morning.
  • Mahama Cho seals Rio quota spot in style by winning European Qualification event in Istanbul.
  • Laura Trott helps round off successful Track Cycling World Cup with omnium gold in Hong Kong.
  • Dave Ryding 16th at men's World Cup ski slalom in Wengen and Emily Sarsfield places 22nd in ladies ski cross.
  • Basketball’s Newcastle Eagles win BBL Cup for fourth time while Sheffield Hatters beat Barking Abbey in women’s Trophy final.

Australian Open disappointment for Edmund 

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Kyle Edmund struggled to hide his frustration as injury curtailed his chances of progressing at the Australian Open.

The Brit twice led by a set against world number 81 Damir Dzumhur but problems with cramp in his left leg hampered his chances.

Dzumhur eventually fought back to win 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in three hours and 12 minutes and British number three Edmund was left to reflect on what might have been.

"I'm disappointed obviously because it's not my tennis that's let me down, it's my body," Edmund said.

"You can't play full out because you lose confidence in your movement and when you do move you start to cramp up again,"

"It was the same situation I felt in Davis Cup where I couldn't do anything.

"To beat these guys you have to be 100%. You can't play with your body cramping. It's frustrating."

Cho bags Team GB a final Rio quota place


There was no wiping the smile off Mahama Cho’s face as he secured Team GB a fourth taekwondo quota spot at this summer’s Olympic Games.

But after winning the European qualification tournament in Turkey, the men’s heavyweight fighter insisted the hard work was only just beginning.

Cho took to the mat in Istanbul on Sunday knowing that an added quota place was on offer for Team GB if he was to reach the final of the +80kg weight division.

And the 26-year-old made sure to achieve that target in style, beating Italy’s reigning Olympic gold medallist Carlo Molfetta in the semi-final before then rounding off a triumphant day with a 4-2 win against reigning European champion Arman Marshall-Silla of Belarus to take gold.

“It just goes to show that if you put your mind and heart towards something anything is possible,” he told GB Taekwondo. Read more here.

Trott clinches World Cup omnium success


Olympic champion Laura Trott led the charge for Great Britain on the final day of the 2015/16 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong on Sunday, claiming omnium gold after an impressive battle with long-term rival Sarah Hammer.

The 23-year-old’s triumph sealed overall victory for Great Britain in both the event and the 2015/16 World Cup series, alongside a bronze for Jason Kenny in the men’s sprint.

“I think this track, because it's quite grippy, I think it took the steam out of everybody and it ended up just being a race where you could just follow and sit in a lot more,” Trott told British Cycling. Read more here.

Ryding on strong form in Wengen

Dave Ryding continued his strong start to the year as he placed 16th in the latest World Cup ski slalom in Wengen.

Following a 13th place finish in Santa Caterina, Italy earlier this month, the two-time Olympian was back inside the top 20 in Switzerland.

His combined time of 1:39.46 was 1.61 seconds behind Norwegian winner Henrik Kristoffersen.

Elsewhere Emily Sarsfield placed 22nd in the ladies freestyle ski cross in Watles, Italy in a competition eventually won by Canada’s Marielle Thompson.

Domestic wins for Newcastle Eagles and Sheffield Hatters 

Newcastle Eagles took their number of BBL Cup final successes to four while Sheffield Hatters continued their domination of the women’s game in the WBBL Trophy.

For the men, Rahmon Fletcher scored 18 points and Joe Chapman 17 for the champions as they overcame Leicester Riders 94-82 in Birmingham.

Sheffield Hatters, led by Great Britain guard Helen Naylor’s 21 points, outscored Barking Abbey 79-45 in the Trophy final.

"Experience pays," said Hatters coach Vanessa Ellis. "We can bring people off the bench who are GB internationals [Steph Gandy and Olympian Julie Page] and that gives confidence to the team."

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