Olympic24: Asher-Smith ready for Russia; Adcocks through

Olympic24: Asher-Smith ready for Russia; Adcocks through

03 June 2015 / 04:04

Dina Asher-Smith and Richard Kilty both named in European Team Championships squad while Chris and Gabby Adcock make it to second round in Indonesia. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Dina Asher Smith and Richard Kilty heading to Russia for Euro Team Champs
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock see off Dutch pair 21-16 21-12
  • Charlie Fellows and Georgina Hockenhull join artistic gymnastics lineup for Baku
  • Great Britain's women downed by Poland in final EuroBasket preparation game

Asher-Smith and Kilty among big names heading to European Team Championships

New British 100m record holder Dina Asher-Smith has been named in a 47-strong team to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at this month’s European Team Championships in Russia.

The 19-year-old sprinter set a record time of 11.02 seconds en route to finished second at the FBK Games in the Netherlands last month.

World and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty is also a name to watch for Great Britain while Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz makes a welcome return to the team.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “The European Team Championships provides a good opportunity for us to develop and explore the pool of talent we have in this country. 

“At this time of the season good decisions have to be made and we have selected a team with the aim of being competitive whilst giving some crucial debut opportunities to new names.”

Adcocks through to second round of Indonesian Open

Chris and Gabby Adcock got their Indonesian Open off to a winning start as they saw off Dutch duo Jorrit de Ruiter and Samantha Barning in Jakarta.

The world number seven pair ran out 21-16 21-12 winners in 31 minutes to put them through the second round.

Regardless of what happens the duo can look forward to a return to Indonesia after they were named in England’s squad for August’s World Championships.

Raj Ouseph and Toby Penty have also been named and will lead the line in the men’s singles while Fontaine Chapman is the sole representative in the women’s singles.

There will be two pairings heading to Jakarta in the women’s doubles with Heather Olver and Lauren Smith being joined by Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw.

And in the men’s doubles Andy Ellis and Peter Mills are joined by Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.

Fellows delighted to get opportunity of a lifetime

Charlie Fellows says he can’t wait to get going after she and Georgina Hockenhull stepped up to replace the injured Rebecca Tunney and Tyesha Mattis for Baku 2015.

The artistic gymnast represented Great Britain at the European Championships in 2013 but admits that the inaugural European Games will be a different kettle of fish.

“I only found out on Sunday night that I’d been selected, I can’t believe it,” said Fellows, who represented Great Britain at the 2013 European Championships.

“I’m so excited to represent Team GB in the biggest competition of my life, having the Olympic Rings on our kit is very special.”

Five athletes have been ruled out in total for the trip to Azerbaijan with triathletes Helen Jenkins and Jess Learmonth missing out and boxer Lisa Whiteside out with a head injury.


Gandy talks comeback from near-death experience

Steph Gandy will lead Great Britain at next week's EuroBasket one year after she nearly died on the operating table.

Gandy has enjoyed the best season of her career, leading the Sheffield Hatters to a clean sweep of domestic honours, after which she was crowned the league's most valuable player.

It was an achievement made more remarkable after an operation from the treatment of fibroids nearly went disastrously wrong last summer.

"There were major complications and the operation took almost six hours due to the size and location of the fibroids, as the results were different than what the body scan had shown months earlier,” she said.

"I suffered from almost bleeding out during the surgery which took some time to control and that resulted in me nearly losing my life and a lengthy stay in the hospital afterwards, when I even had trouble eating.

"I thought there was no way I was returning to basketball," she added. "I couldn't eat or I couldn't even get up and down the stairs properly.”

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