Olympic24: GB Baku team named & tough day for sailors

23 April 2015 / 08:22

A total of 153 athletes selected to represent Team GB at the inaugural European Games, while British sailors get underwary in Hyeres World Cup. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Team GB to compete in 19 disciplines from 13 sports in Azerbaijani capital city from June 12-28
  • Tough racing conditions on opening day of Hyeres World Cup although Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark place third overall in 470 Women's event.
  • Late crash scuppers Chris Froome's chances in Belgium's Fleche Wallonne classic
  • Enjoyment more important than time for Paula Radcliffe at Sunday's London Marathon
  • Great Britain women's hockey squad announced for Japan encounter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • On the eve of her competitve triathlon return this weekend, Helen Jenkins reveals Rio motivation
  • Paul Drinkhall in confident mood ahead of table tennis World Championships

Baku 2015 line up revealed

Olympic champions Nicola Adams, Jade Jones and Ed McKeever to lead Great Britain at inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The trio will join 150 other athletes competing in 13 different sports at the event from June 12-28. 

Of Team GB's 19 disciplines, ten will have added significance in playing a part on the road to Rio and qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games.

"It's a great opportunity," said Team GB's Chef de Mission Mark England.

"Many will test themselves against Europe's best, gain crucial multi-sport Games experience or build on their road to Rio 2016."

Mills and Clark enjoy solid first day in Hyeres

Olympic silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark led the way for Great Britain in testing conditions on the opening day of ISAF Sailing World Cup racing in Hyeres.

Faced with difficult light wind, the duo put in a series of consistent performances to place third overall on day one of the French regatta.

“Overall we were quite consistent – not quite as high up as we’d have liked to have been but it was a solid first day,” described Mills, who picked up a seventh and a sixth from her two races with Clark.

Other notable results include Giles Scott recovering from a 25th-place finish in his opening Finn race to sit sixth overall while Nick Dempsey is 11th in the RS:X men’s windsurfing event.

Froome suffers heavy fall at Fleche Wallonne classic

A heavy crash 11km from the finish line dented Chris Froome’s hopes in the Fleche Wallonne classic in Belgium.

Froome, who was using the race as part of his preparations for this summer’s Tour de France, suffered cuts and bruises but got back on his bike to finish the race in 123rd place.

Victory went to Spain’s Alejandro Valverde for the second year running while Lizzie Armitstead was 21st in the women’s race.

Relaxed Radcliffe ready to enjoy final London Marathon outing

Paula Radcliffe will be making sure to soak up the atmosphere when she takes to the streets of the English capital for this Sunday’s London Marathon.

The 41-year-old, who has three race victories to her name and ran a world record time 12 years ago, has battled through injury-hit preparations to make the start line for what will be her farewell competitive race.

"I don't have split times in my head,” she said. “I just want to finish with a smile on my face, but I want to feel like I've run the London Marathon hard and I've given it as good a shot as possible.”

Great Britain women gear up for Japan clash

Great Britain women's head coach Danny Kerry is expecting a tough challenge when his side return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for Sunday's clash with Japan.

The squad of 20 - which will be reduced to 18 on Sunday morning - features seven players from the London Olympics.

"Japan will set us a number of different tactical challenges with an Asian style of play which will feel different to our playing group," he said.

"This type of experience is great for the development of the team."

Returning Jenkins driven on by Rio dream

Two-time triathlon world champion Helen Jenkins admits she is as determined as ever to taste Olympic success as she gears up for her competitive return this weekend.

The 31-year-old, who was 21st in Beijing and fifth in London, has been out of action since July 2014 but has been named in the GB team for the latest World Series leg in Cape Town on Saturday.

She said: "I have an overwhelming desire though to go to another Olympics and I believe that if I can train consistently and keep my body injury-free then I can be one of the medallists in Rio. That belief keeps me going."

Cape Town will also see the return to action of Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee who joins the ranks alongside brother Jonathan who has been in fine form so far this season.

Drinkhall aiming high at World Champs

Paul Drinkhall is confident he can make major inroads at this year’s table tennis World Championships after a success 12 months.

Drinkhall, who ended 2014 at a career high ranking of 33rd in the world, will contest his first individual worlds for four years when the Championships get underway in Suzhou on Sunday.

"If I can put a string of matches together, there's no reason I can't be in the later stages. I think my game is good at the moment, I've had a great year,” he said.

“I feel in great shape, so hopefully I can make the games go my way in China."

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