Olympic24: Brownlee ready to rise to hilly challenge

Olympic24: Brownlee ready to rise to hilly challenge

27 March 2015 / 06:46

Jonathan Brownlee looks for an improvement in New Zealand, Olympic champion Nicola Adams faces tough home challenge and Simon Amor is excited about this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jonathan Brownlee leads British challenge at World Series in Auckland
  • Nicola Adams and world medallist Lisa Whiteside to clash at English Championships
  • Simon Amor confident about English Hong Kong Sevens challenge after last year's final
  • Max Baggio completes national title hat-trick after giant slalom gold
  • Emma Lonsdale and Murray Buchan shines at the BRITS
  • Career best for British pairs skaters at World Championships

Brownlee likes the terrain in New Zealand

Jonathan Brownlee believes this weekend's hilly course at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland will play perfectly to his strengths.

The former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist been working an altitude in altitude in Queenstown since finishing fifth in Abu Dhabi.

"It's been a good training block. I was disappointed with how the first round went but I've put it behind me now," he said.

“It's colder water and a hilly bike course, as well as being double the distance of course, so I'm hoping for a good outcome from this one."

Meanwhile, Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson has withdrawn from the women's race after an Achilles tendon issue flared in training.

And Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee is hopeful of starting his World Series campaign in Cape Town next month. He was a late withdrawal from the first round in Abu Dhabi with an ankle ligament injury.

Adams and Whiteside to clash at national champs

Olympic champion Nicola Adams faces a tough test at next month's English Championships - with a fight that could be crucial to hopes of defending her title in Rio.

Lisa Whiteside has also entered the flyweight division following her silver medal at 51kg at last year's World Championship, when Adams was absent through injury.

The pair have never fought as seniors but Adams, who won Commonwealth Games gold last year, is looking forward to her first championship appearance in eight years.

"It will be great to be part of such an historic event and to have the opportunity to box in England again," she said.

Hong Kong Sevens challenge is unique in rugby, says Amor

England sevens coach Simon Amor is looking ahead with confidence to this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens.

Amor was a four-time winner of the famous event as a player while his team reached last year's final against New Zealand.

“This is the 40th year and it’s grown into a massive tournament. It’s a privilege for anyone to be involved in it, let alone play in it," he told England Rugby.

“It’s all about how you can manage your emotions and your energy levels right the way through the tournament.

Baggio completes hat-trick at national championships

After wins in the downhill and super-G, Max Baggio completed a hat-trick edged out Nick Moynihan to win the giant slalom at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships in Tignes.

“I tried to be smart with the tactics of skiing it rather than just going as fast as I possibly can,” said Baggio.

World Cup skier Alex Tilley won the women's giant slalom ahead of Alex Macauley and Cara Brown.

“I hit a plateau in February and March so to finish off with at least one win is good," she admitted 

“I went to the World Championships and raced OK, not quite how I wanted. Then I came back and I had really bad jetlag and I never really got back from that. But finally I’ve started to feel a bit more comfortable again.”

Buchan and Lonsdale show how it's done at the BRITS

Sochi Olympians Murray Buchan and Emma Lonsdale won the ski halfpipe event at the British Championships in Tignes.

Ella Fry Taylor and Henry Shackleton emerged victorious in the snowboard slopestyle while Lewis Courtier Jones, pictured above, and rising star Maisy Hill took top spots the snowboard halfpipe.

Career best for Fancy and Boyadi

Pairs skaters Amani Fancy and Christopher Boyadi produced a personal best score to finish 16th at their first-ever figure skating World Championships.

They scored a personal best 83.53 with their free dance, set to the music of Harry Potter. And their total score of 130.22 in Shanghai was also a career high.

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