Olympic24: Brownlee runner up in Japan & Walkden eyes gold

16 May 2015 / 10:01

Alistair Brownlee had to settle for silver as the World Triathlon Series rolled into Japan, but Bianca Walkden is eyeing up gold after being guaranteed a World Taekwondo Championships medal. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Alistair Brownlee second in Japan while Non Stanford is seventh
  • Bianca Walkden guaranteed herself a +73kg medal at the World Taekwondo Championships
  • Shara Proctor stars as the Diamond League kicks off in Doha
  • England Women Sevens to face New Zealand in London quarter-final
  • Great Britain and Argentina men’s hockey teams settle for another draw
  • Mark Cavendish maintains points lead at Tour of California

Brownlee runner up in Yokohama

Alistair Brownlee narrowly lost out on gold to Javier Gomez after an enthralling battle as the World Triathlon Series rolled into Yokohama, Japan.

Olympic champion Brownlee exited the 1500m swim and got onto the bike in a small lead group. But the lead didn’t last long and Brownlee admitted to feeling under par.

“I had a little mess up with my helmet, that meant there was a couple of seconds gap that I had to close, not normally a problem but I just never recovered,” he said.

“I had to sit at the back for the first two or three laps. I had nothing, it’s the worst I’ve ever felt in a race in my life.”

Elsewhere, in the men’s race, Mark Buckingham was fourth and Adam Bowden seventh.

And in the women’s race, Non Stanford returned from injury to also finish seventh.

Walkden sets sights on gold

Bianca Walkden insists she is not about to take her foot off the pedal despite guaranteeing Great Britain a first medal of the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships.

Reigning European gold medallist Walkden is guaranteed +73 kg bronze after a dramatic quarter-final victory over rising Polish star, Aleksandra Kowalczuk.

But ahead of a fight against Turkey’s Nafia Kus for a spot in the final, the 19-year-old admits there is still plenty to play for.

“It’s fantastic to have made it through but I’m only really halfway there. I still want that gold," said Walkden.  "Two more fights to go and I am not settling for bronze.

Despite Walkden's joy, there was disappointment for teammates Georgia Barnes and Max Cater on their World Championship debuts.

After an encouraging 14-1 first round win over Macau's Jing Rong Lu, Barnes went out 12-5 in round two against Finland's Suvi Mikkonen.

And 17-year-old Cater was well placed to earn a third round tie after sharing the first 12 points with Brazilian Venilton Teixeira, but he was caught by a succession of head shots and gained only three of the next 16 points to bow out.

Proctor equals national record

Shara Proctor equalled her own national long jump record as she finished second with a leap of 6.95m as the Diamond League series kicked off in Doha.

Lorraine Ugen endured a roller coaster of a competition to eventually finish fourth with a new personal best of 6.92m, an improvement of 25cm with the mark taking her to third on the UK all-time women’s long jump standings.

Mo Farah was second in the men’s 3000m behind Hagos Gebrhiwet in the closing stages, while Isobel Pooley was third in the high jump with a best clearance of 1.91m.

Tiffany Porter was third in the 100m hurdles field with a time of 12.65 seconds, and Jack Green continued his impressive return to athletics with a strong finish to his 400m hurdles race to secure fourth spot.

Bianca Williams recorded a season best of 23.05 in the 200m for third position, and Max Eaves failed to make a height in the pole vault competition.

And James Dasaolu was eighth in the 100m running 10.14 in a race won in a world leading time of 9.74 by Justin Gatlin.

New Zealand test for England Women Sevens

England Women Sevens face a tough quarter-final against World Sevens Series leaders New Zealand when the tournament resumes at the Twickenham Stoop.

England had already beaten South Africa and Russia to secure qualification through to the quarter-final, but Canada put them to the sword to secure top spot in the pool on day one.

The Canadians put on a sublime sevens display to record a 31-0 victory and take the gloss off England's day, which had started so well.

Crutchley troops draw with Argentina again

Great Britain and Argentina could not be separated for the second day in a row as the two teams played out a 0-0 draw.

In a game that marked a 50th international cap for Reading’s Dan Shingles and the 150th for Holcombe’s Nick Catlin the two defences came out on top as neither side could find a way through. 

Great Britain head coach Bobby Crutchley said: “There were good passages and we created some chances but our play on the ball wasn’t as good as yesterday.

“We turned possession over too often, which allowed them into the game and made it a bit scrappy. It was difficult to create consistent pressure as a result.”

Cavendish leads points competition

Britain's Mark Cavendish continues to lead the Tour of California points competition and is six clear of stage six winner Peter Sagan with two stages left.

Cavendish finished 45 seconds behind Sagan in stage six’s 10.6km time trial that was moved from Big Bear Lake to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita because of snow.

Tao Geoghegan Hart is the leading Briton in the general classification, trailing Sagan by one minute and five seconds.

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