Olympic24: Scott frustration but Armitstead looks to Rio

Olympic24: Scott frustration but Armitstead looks to Rio

02 April 2016 / 09:00

There were some promising results in the Princess Sofia Trophy though not for Giles Scott while Lizzie Armitstead has started to look ahead to Rio. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:  

  • Giles Scott suffered a mechanical issue in Palma but a trio of young Brits remain in contention for gold
  • Lizzie Armitstead explains how things have changed for her over the course of an Olympic cycle
  • Britain’s women’s handball enjoyed a successful trip to Switzerland for a training camp
  • Kirsty Gilmour turned her attention to the Malaysia Open next week
  • Philip Harris competes in World Figure Skating Champs in Boston

Scott disappointment but young guns shine

Giles Scott

Giles Scott was left hoping he’s used up his bad luck for the year after a mechanical issue ended his hopes of gold at the Princess Sofia Trophy.

The three-time World Champion saw his rudder pin on the first lap of the second race in Palma after he had won the first, and put paid to his overall ambitions.

But with Rio on the horizon, Scott admits better that it happens now that in Brazil.

He said: “It is a bit annoying but these things happen and it’s better it happens now than in a few months’ time. 

“The bit that broke was a three month old fitting and is something that I check regularly. It didn't have any wear and it just decided today it was going to break, so I'll need to work on the boat tonight to be able to sail tomorrow.

“The event is lost and I suppose that's the way it is but it's always a frustrating way to lose a regatta that way. 

“We'll go away and look at it to make sure it doesn't happen again. It's certainly something you'd kick yourself even more if it happened again.” 

Elsewhere windsurfer Tom Squires now has an 11-point lead in the RS:X men’s table while Amy Seabright and Anna Seabrook are joint first in the 470.

Armitstead looks towards Rio

Lizzie Armitstead

Lizzie Armitstead has enjoyed a fine season so far but admits her focus is already on turning London 2012 silver into Rio gold.

As a 23-year-old Armitstead won Britain’s first medal in London in the women’s road race, and went on to become world champion in the discipline in Richmond last year.

And while the Rio course will be completely different to the one she encountered in the States last year, Armitstead has made it clear that she is intent on claiming gold this time.

She told Cycling Weekly: “The Rio experience will be totally different to London. I went into London as a young, inexperienced rider just hoping for a top ten, but I’m going to Rio for gold. It’s a completely different ball game.

“Winning in Richmond required me to do short repeated efforts, so small steep climbs that would last 30 seconds and then recovery do it again. Rio is about sustained power so rather than a three minute climb, the longest climb in Rio will be about 30 minutes so it’s very different physiologically.

“The good news for Rio is Emma Pooley is returning to cycling and on that course she will be very good. I think other nations will be scared of us. As a duo could be scaring a few people.”

Nielsen pleased with progress of British handballers

British Handball director responsible for the GB Women's programme Stephen Nielsen was left grinning from ear to ear after his side enjoyed two victories over LC Bruhl.

The Great Britain women's squad travelled to St Gallen to take on the Swiss side, the home club of GB Olympian Kathryn Fudge.

It was part of a training camp but the Brits ensured they had plenty to celebrate as they beat a Bruhl second team 35-31 in a competitive contest, while they were also victorious in a training match against the same team.

Nielsen said: "The players showed great commitment in getting to the self-funded camp. 

"The players from the Olympics formed the core of the team in the matches. However, the home-based players impressed during the camp."

Kirsty Gilmour focused on Malaysia


After a first-round defeat at the Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries Scot Kirsty Gilmour has already turned her attention to the Malaysia Open next week.

Gilmour went down 21-13, 21-10 to former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, and was understandably frustrated with the result.

But Gilmour is hoping to learn from the loss going forward. She said: “The match was very frustrating. I felt like I got up to speed at some points but just wasn't solid enough in general terms.

“She's a very experienced player and her accuracy at key moments was incredible. But I'm taking this as another lesson learned and adding it to my own experience going forward.

“After Malaysia, I'll be looking to get some good solid training done in the couple of weeks before the Europeans. I'm constantly looking for new ways to step up and improve.”

Harris drops a spot in Boston

Philip Harris finished 22nd in the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston, USA.

Harris sat 21st after the short program but slipped a place in his return to the ice 48 hours later to finish with a score of 190.42.

But Spaniard Javier Fernandez leapfrogged Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan with a new personal best score in the free skate to claim the overall title.

Fernandez, a four-time European champion, scored 216.41 – bettering his previous best free skate by 15 points – to finish with a total of 314.93 to successfully defend the title he won in Shanghai last year.

That meant Olympic champion Hanyu had to settle for a second successive silver with a score of 295.17, while Boyang Jin claimed bronze, a first World Championship medal for a Chinese man.

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