Olympic24: Laugher and Mears celebrate crucial bronze as Ennis-Hill is Beijing bound
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Olympic24: Laugher and Mears celebrate crucial bronze as Ennis-Hill is Beijing bound

29 July 2015 / 06:50

At the World Aquatics Championships Jack Laugher and Chris Mears claim historic 3m synchro diving bronze, while Jessica Ennis-Hill is handed a plane ticket to Beijing for the World Athletics Championships. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Keri-Anne finishes 15th and Danielle Huskisson 35th in gruelling 10km marathon swim
  • Success for Jack Laugher and Chris Mears who book Rio quota spot with top three finish in synchro final
  • British Athletics name 62 athletes for next month’s World Championships in Beijing, including Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Jazz Carlin feeling confident ahead of bidding for gold at swimming World Championships
  • Cycling, swimming and gymnastics medals for Team GB at EYOF 2015

Laugher and Mears claim Worlds synchro bronze

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Jack Laugher and Chris Mears opened Great Britain's medal account for the 2015 Aquatics Championships in Kazan after gaining a historic bronze in the 3m synchro.

The Commonwealth champions scored 445.2 to finish third behind China and Russia - booking Team GB a Rio 2016 place in the process.

"This is a biggie for us," said Laugher. "It's probably the crowning achievement of my career so far and to have my best mate stood next to me as well is what makes it even sweeter.

"It's a personal best score, which is amazing, and to get that Rio spot as well is a huge weight off our shoulders now so we can sit back and enjoy." Read more here. 

Payne misses out on automatic Olympic qualification

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Olympic silver medallist Keri-anne Payne admitted there were mixed emotions after she finished the 10km marathon swim in 15th at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

Payne only returned to the sport 12 months ago but she was part of the leading pack throughout the opening three 2.5km laps of the race in Russia.

However the stiff competition caught up with her as she slipped out of contention on the final loop and finished down the pack – France’s Aurelie Muller taking the win.

"To finish 15th in the world in such a great field after only a year back in the water is an achievement in itself," said Payne, who like teammate Danielle Huskisson, will have a second qualifying chance in Portugal next June.

"Obviously I would have loved to have qualified for the Olympics a year out because it would have meant training would have been a little easier to focus on.

"But there's still another chance to go and qualify. It's not the way we wanted to do it but that's just how it goes."

Ennis-Hill among squad named for Beijing

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Jessica Ennis-Hill will make her first major international appearance since winning heptathlon gold at London 2012 after being named in the Great Britain squad for next month’s World Championships in Beijing.

The 29-year-old is one of a 62-strong team – which also includes reigning double world champion Mo Farah – who will head to China for the Championships between August 22-30.

“Beijing is a hugely important event to us, yet this is the first of three huge global competitions for us, with the Olympics in Rio next year and the home World championships in 2017,” said British Athletics performance director Neil Black.

“I’m very confident we have selected a team who can be successful in Beijing, as well as use it as a platform onto further Olympic and World successes.” Read more here.

Carlin ready to bid for success on multiple fronts

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Jazz Carlin admits she couldn't be in a better place as she bids for both gold and the British 800m record at next week's World Championships in Russia.

Last year she 800m gold and 400m freestyle silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before following that up with double gold at the European Championships in Berlin.

She would need to improve her personal best by over a second to beat Rebecca Adlington's 800m British record of eight minutes, 14.10 seconds, but the Welsh swimmer, who will also compete in the 400m in Russia, believes it's within her grasp.

"It's a tough British record, obviously set by Becky when she won the Olympics in 2008," said Carlin.

"But it's a good target. I'm going to go out there and do the best I can.

"It will be a good indicator leading into the Rio Olympics next year. You're racing the best in the world and you want to come out on top.”

Gold for Team GB gymnasts at Tbilisi 2015

A dominant display from Hamish Carter, Joe Fraser and Giarnni Regini-Moran sealed Team GB’s first trip to the top of podium at Tbilisi 2015 after success in the boys’ artistic gymnastics team final as Brits took home three medals on day two in Georgia.

Earlier in the day Lauren Dolan held on for bronze in the cycling time trial while Ellinor Southward claimed bronze in the 100m backstroke after a timing error initially pushed her down to fourth.

“I’m really happy. It’s a great achievement for the team and delighted to have done it for GB,” said Fraser. Read more here.

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