Olympic24: Confidence high for British taekwondo

Olympic24: Confidence high for British taekwondo

03 March 2015 / 07:43

Bronze but no gold from taekwondo's trip to land of the Pharaohs while home hopes are ambitious for badminton's All England Championships. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • GB Taekwondo's Gary Hall reviews the Luxor Open
  • Greg Rutherford builds long jump pit in his back garden
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock best home hope at All England Championships
  • One year out, schedule released for track cycling World Championships in London
  • Andrew Musgrave looks ahead after nordic skiing World Championship
  • Lloyd Wallace secures best British ski aerials result since 1995
  • Big challenge for Chris Froome at Tirreno-Adriatico
  • Sir Ben Ainslie wants home support for America's Cup World Series

Hall likes the promise of emerging taekwondo talent

British Taekwondo is looking good despite leaving the land of the pharaohs without any gold.

Performance director Gary Hall was delighted with the four bronze medal haul of his squad at the Luxor Open, with Olympic medallist Lutalo Muhammad joined on the podium by Damon Samsun, Bianca Walkden and Charlie Maddock.

Teenagers Nicole Huntingdon and Rachelle Booth also impressed in closely fought defeats with world number one, Spain's Eva Calvo Gomez.

Gomez might consider Olympic champion Jade Jones, absent from Egypt, as her principle rival in Rio but Hall likes his emerging crop too.

"They were both so close to taking out the world number one," he said.

"There is only Jade who has beaten Calvo Gomez but Nicky and Rachelle really pushed her hard and made her work for those wins.

"It was great to get podium finishes in such high level competition. Obviously, we were looking for golds but five bronzes isn't a bad total from such quality fields.

"So, it was a good strong performance by the team and continues what has been a successful first two months of the year."

Jones, who has won her last three competitions, will compete in Switzerland this weekend together with youngster Max Cater.

Home training for Olympic champion Rutherford

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford is leaving nothing to chance in his preparation for his title defence in Rio next year.

The British record holder is building a long jump pit in his back garden complete with a 50 metre run-up.

Ambitious targets for Brits at All England Championships

Britain's badminton players have been set ambitious targets for this week's Yonex All England Championships in Birmingham.

Four British entrants have made the main draw, with world number six ranked mixed doubles pair, Chris and Gabby Adcock, the brightest home hope.

But they face tough Indonesian opponents, brother and sister pair Markis Kido and Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth, in the first round on Wednesday.

“Our players will find it tough in qualifying, however, we are ambitious about the tournament," said British head coach Jakob Hoi.

“I have to be realistic this year as we are also still working out with our new doubles pairs. We all want to perform but the strongest card we have at the moment is Gabby and Chris."

Other top home hope Rajiv Ouseph faces Korea's Son Wan Ho, the number three seed, in the men's singles first round.

Great Britain's last success at the All England Championship was ten years ago when Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms won the mixed doubles title, one year after their Olympic silver in Athens.

Qualification for the main draw starts today, with lots of British interest.

Musgrave concludes World Championship campaign

Andrew Musgrave skied through the pain barrier to post a 34th post in the marathon 50km classic event at the nordic skiing World Championships in Falun.

Musgrave leaves Falun after two weeks with a 12th place in the skiathlon and 16th in the 15km freestyle his best results.

"If you’d told me three or fours years ago that I would be 12th and 16th at the World Champs, then I’d probably have been over the moon," wrote Musgrave on his blog.

"I’m slightly disappointed now, but that just motivates me to work harder and go faster in training."

Wallace posts best British aerials result in two decades

Lloyd Wallace secured the best World Cup finish by a British aerials skier with an 11th place in Raubichi.

Wallace finished the season ranked 24th and now heads to the junior World Championships in confident mood.

“It felt really good, I’m so psyched, especially after having had a terrible training day with awkward conditions," he said, after posting the best result since Raz Cobbing’s seventh at Oberjoch in 1995.

"I really wasn’t expecting to make finals this season, but I guess I knew it was possible if I was both good and lucky at the same time."

Elsewhere, former World Cup champion James Woods finished seventh in the men's ski slopestyle World Cup finals.

British Cycling reveal World Championship highlights

British Cycling have revealed a packed schedule of racing for next year's track cycling World Championships in London.

In exactly 12 months, the event will be underway at the Olympic velodrome, and highlights include:

Wednesday: The men’s and women’s team sprints plus the women’s individual pursuit, in which Joanna Rowsell was a rainbow jersey winner last year.

Thursday: Four world titles are up for grabs, including the men’s team pursuit, which could figure Sir Bradley Wiggins on his return to the track.

Friday: Great Britain’s women’s team pursuiters looking to hit back at the world-record breaking Australians after their recent silver in Paris.

Saturday: The men's sprint - maybe three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny will renew his rivalry with France’s Gregory Bauge.

Sunday: The women’s omnium, the event made famous by Olympic champion Laura Trott, will be decided, while the Madison, won in dramatic fashion by Wiggins and Mark Cavendish the last time the worlds were in Britain, will round off an amazing week’s racing.

For ticket information visit British Cycling's website.

Froome set for Tirreno-Adriatico showdown

Great Britain's Chris Froome will face three of his main rivals for the 2015 Tour de France title - Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali - at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race later this month.

Nibali's involvement is still not confirmed after the UCI, cycling's world governing body, asked its licence commission to withdraw the racing licence of his Astana team.

But, if he competes, it will be the first time all four have raced in the same WorldTour event.

Ainslie ready for America's Cup on home waters

The America's Cup returns to British waters for the first time in 164 years this summer - with four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie looking for home success.

The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in world sport, with the inaugural event taking place off the Isle of Wight in 1851.

This year Portsmouth will stage a leg of the America's Cup World Series, part of a series of qualifying races held around the world before the 35th edition of the famous trophy in Bermuda in 2017.

Book your place for the America's Cup World Series, Portsmouth by visiting the event wesbite.

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