Olympic24: Child and Yousif progress, England women win again

Olympic24: Child and Yousif progress, England women win again

25 August 2015 / 06:42
Eilidh Child and Rabah Yousif qualify for finals of 400m hurdles and 400m respectively at the World Championships while England women reach semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.
  • Eilidh Child and Rabah Yousif secure their spot in World Championship finals but there is no place for Martyn Rooney, Asha Philip or Meghan Beesley
  • England women beat Italy 2-0 at EuroHockey Championships to book semi-final spot with game to spare, while Scotland put up battle against Germany
  • On the day she received her World Championships gold medal, Jessica Ennis-Hill describes the anxiety over making her return
  • Chris Froome sits eighth overall in Veulta a Espana, 40 seconds behind leader Esteban Chaves

Yousif and Child through but Rooney out

Rabah Yousif

Rabah Yousif insists he is only just getting started after booking his spot in the 400m final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

Yousif took the scalp of London 2012 bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon on his way to a new personal best of 44.54 seconds.

That was good enough to not only see the 28-year-old to third in his semi-final but also into the 400m showpiece as one of the fastest qualifiers.

“I expected myself to go quicker but I will take this,” he said. “Honestly if you asked my teammates, I felt like I could go out and pull 44.3. I am in the final so that is okay.

Captain Martyn Rooney was unable to join him although there was better news for Eilidh Child who progressed in the women’s 400m hurdles as one of the fastest loser qualifiers. Read more here.

England women through but Scotland lose to Germany


Patience was key for England women as they eventually ground down the Italian defence to book their place in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships in London.

 For much of the game it looked like a combination of an inspired display by Italian goalkeeper Martina Chirico and some dogged Azzurri defending would ensure it would be honours even.

But Helen Richardson-Walsh’s 2th England goal right at the end of the third quarter plus a late goal from Nicola White handed England a 2-0 win and maintained their 100 per cent start to the tournament.

Earlier in the day Germany beat a spirited Scotland side 2-1, to leave head coach Gordon Shepherd and the Scottish players winless from two matches.

It was still a spirited display by the Scots who fought back from conceding goals to Eileen Hoffman and Marie Mayers before half-time to put the pressure on their opponents in the closing stages – Nikki Kidd scoring with five minutes left. Read more here.

Ennis-Hill still in shock over 2015 world title


Fresh from receiving her world heptathlon gold medal, Jessica Ennis-Hill admitted she was still coming to grips with the size of her achievement.

The 29-year-old secured gold just 13 months after giving birth to son Reggie and at her first major championships since winning Olympic gold at London 2012.

"This time last year, I couldn't imagine stepping back on the track, let alone being at the World Championships and winning," she said.

"I underestimated how hard it would be.

"There's always that worry and anxiety and you think: 'Am I going to be able to get back to my best?'

"We never talked about medals and I still can't believe it has happened."

"I'm really proud of what I've been able to do. I'm so glad it has all been worthwhile and I can take my shiny medal back to my son."

Froome 40 seconds adrift at Vuelta a Espana

Chris Froome sits eighth overall in the Vuelta a Espana after finishing 19th on stage three.

The 2015 Tour de France winner is chasing Vuelta-Tour double that has been done just twice before.

He now finds himself 40 seconds behind Colombian rider Esteban Chaves after three stages, with Peter Sagan having taken the latest victory.

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