Olympic24: Adcocks progress, Scott secures Rio quota spot

Olympic24: Adcocks progress, Scott secures Rio quota spot

12 August 2015 / 06:36

Chris and Gabby Adcock progress at badminton World Championships in Indonesia while 
Steve Scott secures Team GB’s fifth shooting quota spot at Rio 2016. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Chris and Gabby Adcock safely through at badminton World Championships along with Toby Penty who enjoys ‘best ever’ win in men's singles
  • Steve Scott wins silver at Gabala World Cup, earning Team GB another shooting quota place for Rio 2016
  • England squads announced for EuroHockey Championships later this month
  • Shelley Rudman selected as one of 15 athletes to offer advice to young, emerging stars at next year’s Winter Youth Olympic Games

Adcocks ease through as Penty celebrates ‘best win’


There were wins for Chris and Gabby Adcock and Toby Penty at the badminton World Championships in Indonesia on Tuesday.

The Adcocks, ranked seven in the world, needed just 38 minutes to wrap up a comfortably victory over Korean duo Shin Baek Choel and Chang Ye Na.

While there was also reason to celebrate for Penty, who turns 23 today, as he upset the rankings to beat Frenchman Brice Leverdez – a played ranked more than 50 places higher – 23-21, 18-21, 21-13.

"Given the stage and how well he's (Leverdez) been doing the last 12 months, this is probably my best win," said the world number 83.

There was no such luck for Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw who lost out to Go Ah Ra and Yoo Hae Won in the women's doubles while Andrew Ellis and Peter Mills lost out to Polish duo Adam Cwalina and Przwmyslaw Wacha in the men's doubles first round.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge will play their second round encounter today, against Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin, the experienced Chinese Taipei pair.

And Heather Olver and Lauren Smith, England's national women's doubles champions, take on China's third seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang.

Silver and Rio 2016 quota place for Scott


There was much to celebrate for Steve Scott as he secured a fifth Rio quota place for Team GB after taking silver at the Gabala World Cup.

The 30-year-old saw off some strong competition in Azerbaijan, shooting 143 in the qualification rounds as well as a perfect 30/30 in the semi-finals.

He then went into the gold medal match against the USA’s Walton Eller, eventually finishing on 26/30 as his finalist scooped the title with a perfect round.

He now joins Amber Hill, Ed Ling, Elena Allen and Jennifer McIntosh in the list of British Shooting athletes who have secured Team GB Rio 2016 Olympic quota places. Read more here.

England teams named for EuroHockey Championships 


Fresh from securing Olympic qualification earlier this summer, England’s men and women hockey teams now turn their attention towards bidding for success on home soil at this month’s EuroHockey Championships in London.

Tuesday saw the announcement of both 18-strong teams ahead of the tournament which runs from August 21-30 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

“We’re really excited about playing in front of a home crowd,” said England men’s head coach Bobby Crutchley.

“We’d love to win the tournament, of course. We have some players left from 2009 when England won the competition and their experience and the belief that it is possible will be a big help.” Read more here.

Rudman to mentor young athletes at Lillehammer 2016

Shelley Rudman

Olympic skeleton silver medallist Shelley Rudman will play a key role in mentoring Team GB’s young stars at next year’s Winter Youth Olympic Games after being named as an Athlete Role Model by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Three-time Olympian Rudman, who took silver at Turin 2006, is one of 15 athletes - including World and Olympic Champions - to have been selected and will offer advice to the next generation of winter sport stars the Lillehammer 2016. Read more here.

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