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Sports to look out for before the end of 2015: Part I

 

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Sports to look out for before the end of 2015: Part I

19 October 2015 / 16:25

In a little under ten months, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro as the city plays host to the 31st Olympic Games.

Surrounded by the bright colours and Samba sounds of South America, the world’s very best athletes will be on show.

And while next summer may still seem like a long way off with the winter nights closing in, there’s still lots of sporting action left to take place in 2015 to whet the appetite.

From Olympic qualifiers to World Championships, title deciders to new seasons – there’s plenty of Brits to watch out for in the remaining two and half months of the year.

Check out part one of our preview below:

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships – Glasgow, Scotland – 25 October to November 1

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With a record number of entrants at 500 gymnasts, it promises to be an action-packed ten days of competition at The Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

Fans will be treated to four days of qualification events followed by six days of finals where gymnasts will compete in team, all-around and individual apparatus events.

Great Britain have selected strong teams for both the men’s and women’s competitions with a top eight finish guaranteeing a team quota for Rio.

And with vocal home support guaranteed, Britain will be looking to build upon the all-around silver won by Max Whitlock at last year’s Championships in Nanning.

Brits to look out for

Great Britain’s men team includes four of the bronze-medal winning team from London 2012 in Max Whitlock, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas and Dan Purvis.

As well as all-around silver in 2014, Whitlock also won pommel silver in 2013 while Smith is a three-time World pommel medallist, Thomas a world vault bronze medallist and Purvis a winner of bronze on the floor.

For the women, 2008 Olympian Rebecca Downie is joined by her younger sister and 2015 European all-around bronze medallist Ellie while another to keep an eye on will be four-time Commonwealth Games champion Claudia Fragapane.

Track Cycling World Cup – Cali, Columbia, October 30-November 1; Cambridge, New Zealand, December 5-6

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The Track Cycling World Cups are a huge step on the ladder towards World Championships and Olympic qualification; they determine each country's international ranking and provide a showcase for the best international track racing on the planet.

The programme of racing in each round mirrors the events you will see in the Olympic Games with World Cup competition beginning in October and running through to January.

Colombia will play host to the first of three rounds at the end of October, followed by New Zealand in December and then Hong Kong in January.

Brits to look out for

Great Britain’s cyclists will come into the World Cup off the back of a highly successful European Track Championships which saw them top the medal table.
The team has not yet been announced but previous squads have been a mixture of big names plus several Olympic academy programme riders in order to give them top-flight international competition experience.
The men’s team pursuit will head into the World Cup series as champions though after Germain Burton, Matt Gibson, Chris Latham and Mark Stewart triumphed last time out.

ATP World Tour Finals – The O2, London – November 15-22

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Held annually each November on indoor hard courts, the ATP World Tour Finals are the season-ending championships for the male professional players featuring the top eight singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings.

Eight players are divided into two groups of four and play three round-robin matches each against the other players in their group before the two players with the best records in each group progress into the semi-finals.

World number one Novak Djokovic goes into this year’s competition at the O2 as the reigning singles champion while American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan will aim to retain their doubles crown

Brits to look out for

While brothers Andy and Jamie Murray will already have one eye on the Davis Cup final later in the month, the two should be those flying the flag for Great Britain.
Andy will contest the singles, with his previous best performances being the semi-final stage he reached in 2008, 2010 and 2012 while Jamie will play in the doubles alongside partner John Peers.


Trampoline World Championships – Odense, Denmark – November 26-29

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The 31st edition of the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships will see the best athletes in trampoline, synchronized trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline come together.

It also doubles up as a valuable competition on the road to Rio with the top eight athletes in the men and women’s trampoline event qualifying places for Rio, with a maximum of two from each country.

The first day is traditionally qualification rounds, with finals spread of the last three days.

Brits to look out for

The team has yet to be announced although the British women will be looking for a return to the top spot in the team event having won gold in 2013.
Kat Driscoll took double gold having also tasted success with synchro partner Amanda Parker and the double Olympian will be hopeful of adding to her four World medals in Denmark after a season which also saw her win individual European Games silver.

Tune in tomorrow to read part two of things to look out for in 2015