Olympic24: Brownlee makes injury return, medals for GB slalom canoeists
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Olympic24: Brownlee makes injury return, medals for GB slalom canoeists

20 September 2015 / 08:56

Jonathan Brownlee finishes 12th in World Triathlon Series Grand Final on his return from stress fracture in his leg, while Great Britain clinch team medals at canoe slalom World Championships. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jonathan Brownlee upbeat after Chicago outing despite missing podium
  • Great Britain’s K1 women and C2 men pick up team silver and bronze respectively at home World Championships, while two individual Olympic quota places are secured
  • Advantage Great Britain in the Davis Cup after Andy and Jamie Murray win thrilling doubles tie versus Australia
  • Gabby and Chris Adcock exit Korea Open at semi-final stage

Mixed emotions for Brownlee in Chicago

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Jonathan Browlee had to settle for a 12th place finish on his return from injury at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Chicago.

The Olympic bronze medallist had been sidelined since June with a stress fracture to his left leg.

And while starting strongly and finding himself among the leaders at the end of his 1.5km swim, the 25-year-old faded and eventually finished in 1:46.19.

Victory went to Spain’s Mario Mola with Javier Gomez winning a third successive title after finishing second behind his teammate.

Brownlee’s position also meant he missed out on a chance to earn early Olympic selection after failing to make the podium, although he insisted just competing in Chicago was a significant moment following his injury.

"I am not normally happy with 12th," he tweeted afterwards.

"But it was an achievement to be here. 10km is a long way off 4 weeks of running."

Individual misses but team medals at canoe slalom Worlds

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There may not have been any British individual podium finishes at the Canoe Slalom World Championships on Saturday but Great Britain’s paddlers made sure not to leave empty handed from the penultimate day of competition.

Lizzie Neave, Kimberley Woods and Fionna Pennie took women’s K1 team silver, much to the delight of the home fans lining the Lee Valley White Water course.

While Etienne Stott, Mark Proctor, David Florence, Richard Hounslow and Adam Burgess and Gregg Pitt also picked up bronze in the men’s C2 race, with victory going to France.

“The C2 teams is really intense – it's pretty crazy there's a lot going on with a lot of boats and paddles, and brains, having to work together,” said C2 Olympic champion Stott.

"We worked well together, but all credit to the French they had a great run it was a fantastic effort from them."

In the Olympic class finals, Woods came close to winning a medal in the individual women’s K1, only for a 50 second penalty to be applied after she had finished, leaving her in tenth, one place above Pennie while Neave was the best-placed Brit in seventh.

While in the men’s C2 final , Florence and Hounslow finished fifth after picking up gate penalties while Stott and Proctor placed sixth at their first World Championships together.

GB one win away from Davis Cup final place

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Great Britain edged closer to its first Davis Cup final in almost 40 years as Andy and Jamie Murray sealed a thrilling doubles victory over Australian duo Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth.

In a dramatic encounter in Glasgow the Murray brothers came through in five sets 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 which means Britain are now one win away from an historic final.

"It was an incredible match,” said Andy. “To come back from the disappointment of losing the fourth set.

"We kept creating chances, we stuck together like brothers should and managed to come up with enough good returns.”

Sunday will now see the conclusion of the semi-final with Andy Murray expected to take on Bernard Tomic knowing a win will send them to the final. Read more here.

Adcocks look at positives after Korea Open exit

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Chris and Gabby Adcock are ready to kick on as they look to secure Rio qualification after their run in the Victor Korea Open came to a close in the semi-finals.

The pair made steady progress the final four but came unstuck against Indonesian duo Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir who won 21-9 21-15.

The pairs met earlier in the year in the Sudirman Cup in China with the Adcocks coming out on top but this time there was no such luck as they Indonesians booked a final clash with Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.

"We struggled with the conditions, but overall a decent tour and we're looking forward to pushing on," said Gabby.

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