Olympic24: Couch and Barrow sixth at Worlds, Burnell books Rio spot

Olympic24: Couch and Barrow sixth at Worlds, Burnell books Rio spot

28 July 2015 / 06:33
Divers Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch record top six finish at Worlds while Jack Burnell is first Great Britain athlete to book named place for Rio 2016. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.
  • Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch miss out on 10m synchro podium by 16.86 points in Russia
  • Jack Burnell books Great Britain’s first named quota place for Rio after fifth in 10km marathon race
  • Hannah Pugsley collects prone rifle shooting European silver for Britain
  • Glasgow announced as venue for British Olympic swimming trials next April
  • Damon Sansum draws praise from taekwondo performance director Gary Hall

Barrow battles injury to seal sixth in Worlds alongside Cuch


Sarah Barrow defied injury to help her and Tonia Couch finish sixth in the 10m synchro final at the World Championships in Kazan.

Barrow had been diagnosed with stress fractures in both her shins in the run up to the competition but battled hard in Russia alongside partner Couch.

The duo posted 308.40 in the final, missing out on the podium by just 16.86 points as China took gold on 359.52 ahead of Canada and North Korea.

“I am a little bit gutted because I know I can dive a little bit better,” said Barrow. “Even the last dive should have been more upright.

“But top six means that we qualify for the World Series and proves we deserve to be competing at that level.

“We’ve had a bit of a hard few weeks because I’ve had stress fractures in both my shins. They’ve been so sore and it’s been hard to train but I’ve tried as hard as I can.”

Burnell fifth in men's 10km at Worlds


Jack Burnell wasted no time in setting his sights on a podium finish at next year’s Olympic Games after becoming the first Great Britain athlete to claim a named quota place for Rio 2016.

Burnell knew a top-ten finish in today’s 10km marathon swim at the World Championships in Kazan would secure the spot for Team GB – something he duly did after finishing fifth in a frantic finish.

“The qualification for the Olympics was the main job coming into the event but in my heart, I knew I could win it,” said Burnell.

“I know for a fact there’s a medal in me for Rio and I thought there was one in me here.” Read more here.

Pugsley has to settle for silver at Europeans

Great Britain’s medalists at the 2015 European Championships in Maribor grew in number again as Hannah Pugsley won 300m prone rifle silver.

The 23-year-old narrowly missed out on gold to Germany’s Lisa Mueller after losing out on an inner-10 tie break after the scores were initially level on 594.

"When I finished, I knew I'd shot the best I could. It's my highest score in an international at this standard," said Pugsley.

Her success in Slovenia comes after a double tap men's team gold and a bronze medal for the women's skeet team.

Murdoch excited by Glasgow trials


Ross Murdoch admits he is relishing the chance to secure his Rio 2016 spot in the most familiar of environments.

The 21-year-old will join Britain’s finest at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre next April as they go head-to-head looking to seal Olympic qualification.

For Murdoch it will be a home swim in the venue that also saw him claim 200m breaststroke gold and 100m breaststroke bronze at Glasgow 2014.

“For me it’s going to bring back lots of great memories as I came up through the ranks at the pool and then experienced the amazing atmosphere it provided at the Commonwealth Games,” said Murdoch.

“I know it’s a great pool and I expect the swimmers will be supported by a passionate crowd who love their swimming.”

Consistency key for Sansum after Chuncheon bronze

Damon Sansum’s consistency has been key to his success, according to taekwondo performance director Gary Hall after he picked up bronze at the Chuncheon Open in South Korea.

Sansum’s bronze came after the World Championship silver medallist was edged out 9-8 on day two of the -80kg competition – gold eventually going to Azerbaijan’s Milad Beigi Harchegani.

"Damon has become a consistent medal winner," he said.

“He is learning, he is progressing, he is working hard and to attain his maximum quota of 60 ranking points mid-year is fantastic.”

"There are not many athletes in the world who have achieved that in any weight class. That demonstrates the quality of performances he is putting in."

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