Olympic24: Child and Pooley set sights on strong 2016

Eilidh Child to miss indoor season in order to concentrate on Rio and Isobel Pooley insist she will channel Worlds disappointment into a positive next year. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours including athletics news and much more.

Hurdler Eilidh Child admits she has already laid down a plan of attack in order to return to peak form next year.

The 28-year-old came into 2015 as the reigning European 400m hurdles champion while she also pocketed a Commonwealth Games silver for Scotland during the summer of 2014.

However she was not able to transfer that onto the World stage this summer, finishing sixth in the final of the World Championships in Beijing - although she did win 4x400m relay bronze.

Child, who made the semi-finals at London 2012, put it down to difficulties with her stride pattern and admits she will skip the indoor season in order to make sure she has corrected the problem.

"Last year everything went as perfectly as it could have in terms of stride pattern but this year I got a little bit faster than last year, and that affected my stride pattern," she told BBC Sport.

"I was disappointed after the World Championships as I should have been up there with the girls who were winning medals.

"But I can take that motivation into winter training and use it to my advantage next year.

"We've discussed the skeleton of the season. I'm not going to do an indoor season, so I can concentrate on the outdoor season.”

It might not have been the World Championships she dreamed of but Isobel Pooley is confident that she has learned a valuable lesson ahead of Rio.

On the whole 2015 has been a mix and match season for Pooley who saw her national record fall to Katarina Johnson-Thompson at February's Indoor British Championships.

She did however produce some brilliant performances in the outdoor season including a new personal best and national record of 1.97m at the British Championships in Birmingham.

But a best jump of 1.89m in Beijing was not enough to earn her a spot in the final in China although she believes she will be able to make the cut in Brazil.

"The fact that Rio is on everybody's radar has helped me get over Beijing much quicker because I had already branded this year as like a practice year and a year for learning and gaining experience," said told Athletics Weekly.

"Obviously you say that with a secret hope that it's all going to be fun experiences and positive learning but often bad days teach you more than good days.

"I had to endure a bad day on a big stage and that's difficult but I learnt a hell of a lot from it.

"All I can do is put myself in a position to be there and contesting for the final in Rio, because I really believe I can do it now."

Great Britain Cycling Team technical director Shane Sutton believes the presence of Sir Bradley Wiggins can provide a useful boost to the team for this month’s European Track Cycling Championships.

The four-time Olympic champion is one of 20 riders named in the team for the Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland from October 14-18.

Having won his most recent Olympic title on the road in the time trial at London 2012, Wiggins is now switching his attention to the track as he bids to make the team for Rio 2016.

“Having Bradley Wiggins there for the whole squad is a plus,” said Sutton.

“If you want to go into big battles, you need big leaders and Brad is a big leader. He’s won the Tour, he’s won everything in cycling so it’s good for the squad he is going.”

Harvey Horn knows his dream of following in the footsteps of hero Anthony Joshua depends much on his performances this week.

The British light flyweight is the first of Great Britain's eight strong squad in action at this week's World Boxing Championships, when he takes on India's Devendro Laishram, a silver medallist at last year's Commonwealth Games.

In addition to medals, Olympic selection may also at stake in Doha - with a victory securing a Rio quota place, without the requirement to compete in a series of qualifying events next year.

In some weights both finalists will earn qualification, while others open up Rio spots for the top three fighters.

“I feel like I am still learning and I can only get better," said Horn, 20, who won silver at the European Championships earlier this year.

"I didn't get the result that I wanted at the European Games but I lost to the eventual winner and I learned a lot.

"I'm only going to get better with experience and this is a big chance for me but I'm happy with my progress and training has been going really well.” Read more here.

If perseverance in the face of adversity is what makes a true champion then Bianca Walkden is among the best around.

While Walkden is the current world and European champion the course she has had to navigate to reach the top has been littered with bad luck.

After two serious knee injuries in the space of four years, the Liverpudlian produced a series of stunning performances to become only the second Briton to win World Championship gold earlier this summer.

Now Walkden heads into the final countdown of the Olympic cycle as the world’s best and says she wants to keep racking up the medals – starting with gold on home soil at the Manchester Grand Prix next week.

“I’ve done really well this season, coming back from the injury to my ACL and then becoming world champion in May and medalling in both Grand Prix events this year,” she said.

“One was a semi-final and the other was a final, so hopefully I can make it gold at Manchester.”

Liam Pitchford insists he is proud of his performance at the recent European Championships after pushing world number five Dimitrij Ovtcharov to his limit in their last 16 matchup.

It was the first time that 19th seed Pitchford had met the European number one and impressed with some brilliant play.

In the end it was a bridge too far for Pitchford who went down 4-2 but showed his potential after knocking out Tomas Polansky in the previous round.

"It was probably the best game I've played for a while. I came out with nothing to lose," Pitchford told Table Tennis England.

"I spoke to Cookie [Alan Cooke, Performance Coach] before and we spoke about how I needed to play. I started off well and that first set was probably the best I’ve ever played.

"I honestly believe if I'd have played anyone else it would have been a different story and I'd have won.

"I'm disappointed to lose but I'm quite proud of how I performed."

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