Olympic24: Better fortunes for sailors, divers set for Kazan

24 April 2015 / 07:01

Great Britain claim yellow jerseys in two disciplines on day two of ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, while British divers prepare for Kazan World Series leg.Here’s our review of the last 24 hours

  • Giles Scott and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark best of British after both picking up race victories on second day of racing in France
  • British Diving national performance director Alexei Evangulov pleased with shape of diving team
  • Great Britain women's basketball team step up preparations for EuroBasket 2015
  • Nicola Adams out of Elite National Championships after house burglary

Scott surges up leaderboard on day two in Hyeres

Finn star Giles Scott and the 470 women’s pairing of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark top the leaderboard after a strong day for British sailors at the World Cup in Hyeres.

Mills and Clark won their opening race by a 45-second margin while their second race turned out to be their discard, leaving the duo heading the standings, albeit tied on points with USA and New Zealand.

World champion Scott took fifth and first from his races to move him into pole position as he chases his first ever title at the French regatta.

“I wouldn’t put it massively high on my priority list as long as I can put in a good show here and as long as I’m still moving forwards towards the end goal which is Rio then I’m happy,” he said. “But for sure a win here would be nice!” 

British Diving chief pleased with progress

British Diving national performance director Alexei Evangulov believes signs are promising that the team can achieve major international success this summer.

Britain’s divers have already enjoyed a strong start to the World Series, most notably with Jack Laugher leading the way with 3m springboard gold in Dubai.

Attention now switches to this weekend’s leg in Kazan, Russia, before a return to London the week after, and Evangulov is impressed with what he is seeing leading up to the World Championships

"The team is in very good shape now - much better than we were last year," he said.

"We have trained well, avoided illnesses and not had any serious injuries. Jack has stepped up a gear, making his breakthrough.

"This week is a rehearsal for the Kazan World Championships, and then London is very important for us as well as it is a home event.”

GB candidate list for EuroBasket 2015 revealed

Peter Buckle admits the hard work starts now after confirming the Great Britain candidate list for EuroBasket 2015.

The Great Britain basketball head coach has selected 19 players for his preparation camp next month which begins the countdown to June’s tournament in Hungary and Romania.

Olympian Chantelle Handy returns while there are also places for established players from the WBBL including Stef Collins and Steph Gandy.

"I'm looking forward to getting started on court with our squad for 2015 and building upon what we achieved in 2014," said Buckle.

"We need to work hard to prepare for EuroBasket 2015, making the most of our time together and using the practice games to test ourselves.

Thieves force Adams to withdraw from Elite National Championships

Olympic champion Nicola Adams has pulled out of this weekend’s England Boxing Elite National Championships after her house was burgled.

Adams had been due for her first bout on English soil since London 2012 but has now cancelled her plans for Liverpool.

"I'm deeply regretful to have to pull out. It's not an easy time for me and my family,” she said.

"We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support - the boxing team, the police and all my supporters."

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