Olympic24: Curlers come up short of final, Laugher wins gold

21 March 2015 / 09:55

Eve Muirhead's rink have to settle for bronze-medal match after losing World Curling Championships semi-final to Russia while Jack Laugher wins gold at latest Diving World Series leg in Dubai. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • A 7-2 loss against Russia sees Scotland fall short of final at Women's World Curling Championships in Sapporo, Japan
  • Jack Laugher scores a personal best 564.35 in the 3m springboard final to win his maiden Diving World Series gold in Dubai
  • England name squad for latest Sevens World Series leg in Hong Kong
  • Jamie Cooke tops qualifying in men's modern pentathlon World Cup in Cairo

Muirhead determined to end Worlds on high

Eve Muirhead promised Scotland will bounce back strongly after just missing out on a spot in the final of the Women’s World Curling Championships in Japan.

After beating China 9-4 in the fourth place tie-breaker, Scotland knew victory over Russia would guarantee them a medal.

However they were unable to gain any momentum, and conceded after the ninth end with the scores at 7-2.

"We're gutted with that," said Muirhead. "We thought we had a chance to go to the semi and then make it to the final, and that's not possible now.. We had a few half-shots and they played well.

"We didn't get any kind of momentum going.  We didn't get into the right spots to create any chances. You get games like that.

"There's still a medal to play for so we're going to give it everything for that.  It's going to be tough but that's part of sport."

Laugher makes history with Dubai gold

Jack Laugher admits he is feeling stronger than ever after producing a personal best display to win Diving World Series gold in Dubai.

The 20-year-old scored 564.35 in the 3m springboard final to take Great Britain’s first ever World Series gold in that event.

The result also ended China’s dominance in the World Series this season with 2008 Olympic champion He Chong and Cao Yuan second and third.

Laugher said: “He Chong is one of my idols, he’s Olympic champion and managed to hold his reign for ten years now, so diving after him and seeing him do his good dives really motivated me and spurred me on to do some pretty cool things and get a massive personal best.

“Last year was a very good year for me, but I have matured and I feel a lot stronger – and it’s noticeable in the pool.”

England Sevens welcome back familiar faces

England Sevens head coach Simon Amor is able to call on a strengthened side for the latest Sevens World Series leg in Hong Kong.

Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Dan Norton and Marcus Watson all come back in for the contest from March 27-29 as England, fifth in the standings, look to move closer to the top four places required for Olympic qualification.

“It is great to welcome back a number of experienced players, Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Dan Norton and Marcus Watson,” he said.

"They were part of the squad who reached the final in Hong Kong last year and, even though they have had limited game time recently, their understanding of the tournament will be valuable for the young and new players such as Tom Bowen and Charlie Hayter."

Cooke on form in Cairo

Great Britain’s Jamie Cooke continued his strong performances this season by topping his qualification group for Sunday’s men’s final at the second modern pentathlon World Cup in Cairo.

Cooke, winner of the opening event of 2015 in America last month, finished with 1151 points, one ahead of world champion Aleksander Lesun on Russia.

Also joining him in the final will be teammate Joe Evans although Sam Curry and James Myatt failed to progress.

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