Olympic24: Golds for Cooke and British boxing trio

Olympic24: Golds for Cooke and British boxing trio

18 April 2016 / 06:16
Jamie Cooke takes a third modern pentathlon World Cup gold of his career as a trio of British boxers round out the week of European Qualifiers in style in Turkey. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.
  • Jamie Cooke produces a fantastic all-round display to find World Cup glory in Hungary
  • Nicola Adams, Joe Joyce and Lawrence Okolie all add gold to their Rio 2016 place obtained at the European Qualifiers in Turkey
  • James Guy and Siobhan-Marie O'Connor shine on the final day of British Swimming Championship action in Glasgow.
  • Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell and Mat Tarrant begin their season with victory at the rowing World Cup in Italy
  • Tom Daley adds individual bronze to his synchro silver at the diving World Series event in Canada
  • Jamie Murray loses the men's doubles final in Monte Carlo
  • GB open up their Ice Hockey World Championship campaign with a 4-1 won over Croatia
  • England Women come out on top in the Langford leg of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series
  • Scotland win the Bowl, beating England on the way, at the men's World Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore

Cooke strikes gold in Hungary


Jamie Cooke sealed the third modern pentathlon World Cup victory of his career on Sunday as he won gold in Kecskemet, Hungary.

The Rio hopeful produced a stunning all-round display and did not slip out of the top three for the entirety of the final day.

And Pentathlon GB performance director Jan Bartu was ecstatic with Cooke’s performance.

“From the start of the day everything was positive and it was a well-deserved victory,” he said.

“Jamie swam excellently and had a very good second half of the fencing which set him up for the rest of the day.

“Then to only knock down one pole on the horse was extremely confidence boosting for Jamie.

“It is great to have won a World Cup win in Hungary but now we need to move on. We need to take encouragement from this performance but not to think the job is not done yet.”

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Adams leads trio of British winners in Turkey

Nicola Adams

London 2012 gold medallist Nicola Adams’ bid to retain her Olympic title received another boost on Sunday as she won the European Olympic qualifier in Turkey.

The 33-year-old sealed her spot on the plane to Rio on Thursday, but put the icing on the cake by beating Bulgaria's Stanimira Petrova by split decision to take gold overall.

She wasn’t the only Rio-qualified Brit to take gold on Sunday as super heavyweight Jjoe Joyce and heavyweight Lawrence Okolie also walked away triumphant.

May’s World Championships in Kazakhstan are up next for Adams, which will be a huge target for the flyweight as it is the only major title she is yet to win.

"Winning this gold shows I am still a strong force in Europe and it has set me up nicely for the World Championships,” she said. “I want to go there and win a gold medal.”

Catch up on the full day’s boxing action with our wrap here

Guy and O’Connor end British Swimming Champs on a high


World champion James Guy is relishing the possibility of facing his idol Michael Phelps as he moved one step closer to his Olympic dream with a third gold at the 2016 British Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

Guy touched the wall in 1:45.19 minutes in the 200m freestyle final to dip under the Olympic qualifying standard for the second time this week, after making the cut in the 400m freestyle on Tuesday.

In doing so he became the only member of the British team to hit the required time on more than one occasion during the Championships, and he admits a battle with 18-time Olympic gold medallist Phelps is on the agenda should he be selected for the Rio-bound squad.

“I never thought I would go 1:45.1 so to do that at this time of the year, I’m really happy with that,” he said.

“It would be nice (to spoil the Phelps fairytale). Phelps is one of my heroes, so is Ryan Lochte, I remember watching the race of the century in 2004 in Athens with Pieter van den Hoogenband, Ian Thorpe and Phelps, I think I was nine.

“So to be racing against him would be an absolute honour.”

With the Olympic team set to be announced on Thursday, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor boosted her potential programme with a win in the 100m breaststroke final, her third gold medal of the Championships.

Read all about the final day of action at the British Swimming Champs here

Reilly-O’Donnell and Tarrant come out on top at World Cup

British rowing pairing Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell and Mat Tarrant produced the ideal start to their World Cup season as they claimed gold in the men’s pairs final in Italy.

The duo, who missed out on selection for GB’s European Championships squad, responded in perfect fashion to beat a tough field on Lake Varese.

They pipped European champions and World finalists Roel Braas and Mitchel Steenman from the Netherlands to take the win in 6:40.06 minutes, with South Africa third and Italy in fourth.

And Tarrant admitted that having eased their nose in front at halfway and then staved off multiple Dutch attacks, the race had gone exactly to plan.

“We only had two weeks to prepare after our trials,” said Tarrant. “For each race of the weekend we tried just to do our best race.

“We went into the final to establish ourselves in the pack and then take the lead after the thousand.”

Reilly-O’Donnell added: “I think it was really important for us to come here and put our best foot forward.

“I really think we’ve developed on from the trials and we’ve shown a better version of ourselves.

“It feels similar to the good stuff we were doing last summer when we were in the coxed pair, like the strength that we had then.”

World Series bronze for Daley in Canada


Tom Daley picked up his second medal of the Diving World Series event in Windsor, Canada as he took bronze in the men’s 10m platform on Sunday.

Having won silver alongside Dan Goodfellow in the men’s 10m synchro on Friday, Daley was at it again 48 hours later to finish third behind Chinese duo Chen Aisen and Qui Bo.

The Brit was briefly in the silver medal position following his fourth dive of the day and although he slipped back with the final two dives, his overall score of 536.50 points was just enough to hold off USA’s David Boudia for third.

Chen led from the second dive onwards as his score of 590.15 took gold with Qiu’s 571.25 good enough for silver.

Murray loses Monte Carlo Masters final


Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares let an early lead slip as they went down 4-6, 6-0, 10-6 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the Monte Carlo Masters men’s doubles final.

Murray was taking part in his first Masters 1000 final and got off to the perfect start by taking the first set before the French pair roared back to comfortably win the second and clinch the first-to-ten champion tiebreak.

The British-Brazilian duo always faced an uphill task with Herbert and Mahut on a 12-match winning streak and having won the last two Masters finals.

They ultimately came up just short despite equipping themselves well and Murray is still top of the ATP doubles rankings despite the defeat.

GB open with Ice Hockey World Champs triumph

Mark Richardson

Great Britain men’s ice hockey coach Pete Russell claims his side could hardly have made a better start to their World Championship campaign after opening with a win over hosts Croatia.

Forward Robert Dowd, who plies his club trade for Sheffield Steelers, was the star as he racked up a goal and two assists in the 4-1 victory in the Division 1B clash in Zagreb.

Dowd opened the scoring with his 15th international goal before Mislav Blagus levelled proceedings on a five-on-three powerplay but Jonathan Weaver’s neat finish made it 2-1.

Craig Peacock fired home low for 3-1 and Colin Shields’ 35th international strike 11 minutes from time wrapped up the win leaving coach Russell content.

"I was very happy with that performance,” said Russell. "We looked good with the puck and really took the game to Croatia, especially in the second and third period.

"We looked hungry and we looked sharp. It was a great start to the tournament.

"We have prepared well for this tournament and I think that showed as the game went on. There are one or two things we can improve on but that is a great start."

GB’s World Championship campaign continues on Monday at 15:30 BST when they take on Estonia.

England Women victorious in Langford

Heather Fisher

England produced a series of mesmerising displays to win the latest leg of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series event in Langford, Canada.

Having finished second in their pool, England went on to defeat USA, Australia and New Zealand en route to claiming their first Cup victory of the season, moving them up to third in the overall standings.

USA were brushed aside 29-7 before a magnificent performance saw overall World Series leaders Australia defeated 15-5 in a hard-fought contest.

And New Zealand were routed 31-14 in the final as Heather Fisher (2), Alice Richardson (2) and Joanna Watmore all crossed the whitewash.

Scotland down England en route to Rugby Sevens Bowl glory in Singapore


Scotland Sevens lifted their second piece of silverware of this season’s World Rugby Sevens Series as they triumphed in the Bowl competition in Singapore.

Having finished third in their pool behind South Africa and eventual champions Kenya, Scotland dropped into the Bowl competition where they overcame Canada 26-19 in the quarter-finals.

A try double from Mark Robertson and one from the impressive James Johnstone then helped them down the auld enemy England 19-14 in the semi-final before Robertson and Hugh Blake’s first half tries enabled them to hold on for a 14-10 win over USA in the final.

England had beaten Wales in the Bowl quarter-finals to send them down into the Shield where they overcame Canada 24-22 but Russia proved a step too far in the final, winning 24-7.

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