Olympic24: Furniss relishing nationals; Lionhearts beaten

The British Lionhearts endured a difficult night in London as Joe Joyce lost his unbeaten record and the team fell 4-1 and Hannah England says she won't be looking beyond her domestic rivals ahead of the summer season. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

Joe Joyce was on the wrong end of a split decision as the super-heavyweight lost his unbeaten World Series of Boxing record and the British Lionhearts fell to a 4-1 defeat to the Russian Boxing Team.

The evening started well for the Lionhearts as Jose de la Nieve Linares beat Vasilii Vetkin but that was as good as it got as Adlan Abdurashidov levelled things for the Russians.

Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald took to the ring for his Lionhearts debut but also failed to do enough to sway the judges and a split decision saw Radzhab Butaev come out on top.

A unanimous decision win for Pavel Silyagin then saw Joshua Buatsi beaten before Joyce was edged out by Maxim Babanin.

Hannah England says she will take nothing for granted as she looks ahead to the summer season and booking her spot at this year's World Championships in Beijing.

The 28-year-old was a 1500m silver medallist in Daegu back in 2011 but will face plenty of opposition for a spot on Britain’s squad with the likes of Laura Muir and Laura Weightman pushing hard for inclusion.

And she says it would be a mistake to look beyond the domestic competition and has put thoughts of China on the backburner for now.

"I'll be getting ready to open up my season in early June to tune up before the British Championships where I will try to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing,” she told British Athletics.

"The first goal is always to make the team. As always, the British team have a great bunch of 1500m girls and it’s a massive challenge in itself to qualify for the team, so I try not to look too far past that.”

British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss believes the country's finest will have to bring their best to London next week with World Championship qualification on the line.

The nation's swimmers will descend on the capital's Aquatics Centre on Tuesday to stake their claim after a solid year for the sport.

And with the Olympics little more than a year away, Furniss believes the competition for places is going to be fierce.

"There promises to be some exciting racing for the thousands of fans in the venue as the schedule is packed with some close races thanks to the very good depth we have across the programme," he told British Swimming.

"It will be an interesting five days in London as our very best athletes try to make the World Championship team.”

Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge made his long-awaited return from hip injury by sealing a spot in the modern pentathlon World Cup 3 final in Rome.

Woodbridge was one of four British men to make it through to the final, with Joe Evans, Tom Toolis and Joe Choong also safely through.

Evans was the day’s strongest performer and finished second in Group A with Toolis one point behind in third.

There was also a top-three finish for Choong in Group B while Woodbridge missed out on the automatic qualification spots but his score of 1198 was more than enough to seal a berth in the final.

Chris and Gabby Adcock secured their spot in the Singapore Open Superseries quarter final with victory over Hong Kong’s Alan Yun Lung and Tse Ying Suet.

The British duo came through 21-13 21-18 in just over half an hour and will now take on China’s Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong for a spot in the semi-finals.

Elsewhere Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis couldn’t overcome Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding – the pair losing 21-13 21-14.

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