While you were snoozing Lorraine Ugen and Tiffany Porter were busy winning World Indoor Championships bronze medals, while yesterday also saw Victoria Pendleton make her Cheltenham debut. To see how she got on and the rest of the news in the last 24 hours keep reading.
- Lorraine Ugen and Tiffany Porter collect bronze medals at the World Indoor Championships
- GB boxers named for European Olympic Qualifying event in April
- Rebecca Adlington impressed by Jazz Carlin’s attitude
- Victoria Pendleton finishes fifth at Cheltenham
Quick-fire bronze medals in USA
Lorraine Ugen and Tiffany Porter picked up bronze medals within minutes of each other to get the British Athletics team’s medal hunt up and running at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, USA.
Long jumper Ugen kicked things off as she leapt 6.93m for bronze, while teammates Shara Proctor and Jazmin Sawyers struggled and finished eighth and 13th respectively.
And just moments after Ugen’s bronze, Tiffany Porter was claiming one for herself as she came home in 7.90 seconds in the 60m hurdles.
Earlier in the men’s 60m semi-finals, both Brits were unsuccessful in their efforts to progress to the final as James Dasaolu delivered a false start and Andy Robertson was fifth in his race with a time of 6.61.
In the 1500m Charlie Grice failed to make the final as he was fifth in his heat with a time of 3:49.03 minutes, but Chris O’Hare was second in his race in 3:41.09 to advance.
And in the pentathlon, a long jump of 6.03m and a time of 2:20.40 in the 800m sees Morgan Lake sit seventh overall on 4499 points.
Boxers named for Olympic qualifiers
Great Britain performance director Rob McCracken is confident his athletes can demonstrate the best of British boxing after naming the squad for the upcoming European Olympic Qualifying event in April.
The 13-strong squad features reigning Olympic flyweight champion Nicola Adams, as well as Commonwealth Games medallists Joy Joyce, Antony Fowler and Savannah Marshall.
Also on the plane to Turkey for the European Continental Qualifier from 7-18 April is current European Champion Joe Cordina, in addition to silver medallists Muhammad Ali, Qais Ashfaq and Pat McCormack.
The remainder of the team is made up of Chantelle Cameron, Galal Yafai, Cyrus Pattinson, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie.
"The boxers' preparations have been very good with a number of training camps and competitions over the last six months and we have selected those that the senior coaches and I feel are in the best form and are deserving of this opportunity to qualify for Rio," McCracken said.
"For some of the boxers that have missed out on selection for the first qualifier there is a big incentive to maintain their form and performance and try to get themselves picked for the other qualification events later this year.
"The Olympic qualification process for boxing is tough. There is no doubt that this will be a difficult tournament, as the competition is stiff and there are not too many qualification places available.
"However this is a talented group of boxers and I am confident that if they can maintain the standards of performance they have shown recently then they will give themselves every chance of securing a place at Rio."
Adlington impressed by Carlin’s spirit
Four-time Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington believes Jazz Carlin’s ability to bounce back from adversity will stand her in good stead for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Despite being 25-years-old of age, Welsh swimmer Carlin has yet to appear on swimming’s greatest stage after glandular fever followed by a bout of tonsillitis ruled her out of the selection race for London 2012.
Since then though she hit top form in 2014, winning the Commonwealth, European and British titles over the 800m freestyle as well European and British gold and Commonwealth silver in the 400m freestyle.
Last year was another stellar 12 months as, two years after missing out on the podium in the 400m freestyle, she finally picked up an individual World Championship medal with bronze in the 800m freestyle.
And Adlington believes Carlin’s recent world results have proved she is finally showing off her true potential in the pool.
“I think the past two years Jazz has become the athlete we’ve all known she can be,” she said.
“I think London, and the Worlds after London as well, was a really tough time for her, she’s been plagued by illness and everything.
“It’s just been really difficult, but the true thing about Jazz, and this is why she is a true world-class athlete, is that she’s bounced back.
“Most athletes that have missed out on a home Games, that have had a disappointing Worlds, that have dealt with illness would just go “OK, I’m done.”
“They’d lose so much confidence, you’d write them off, you’d never see them again, whereas Jazz isn’t that, Jazz comes back fighting every single time.”
Fifth for Pendleton
Double Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton was fifth on Pacha Du Polder as Nina Carberry and On The Fringe won the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham.
Pendleton had her mount at the rear of the field for much of the race but as her rivals tired she moved up.
But Carberry was far too strong with 13-8 favourite On The Fringe recording back-to-back wins in the race.
"It's probably the greatest achievement of my life," said Pendleton.
"I'm overwhelmed - thank you to everyone who has made this possible. I feel honoured."