Olympic24: GB Hockey women come from behind to beat Japan

27 April 2015 / 06:57

From Great Britain hockey success to the amazing Paula Radcliffe, with wins for Alistair Brownlee, Giles Scott and Mark Cavendish on a day of success. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Alex Danson's two goals secure Great Britain a 2-1 win over Japan
  • Tonia Couch third in 10m platform at Diving World Series; Tom Daley finishes fifth
  • Mark Cavendish claims first stage in Tour of Turkey
  • Emotional Paula Radcliffe thanks supporters after farewell run
  • Alistair Brownlee claims World Series Triathlon - but claims he's not yet fit
  • Giles Scott gold leads four British medals at Sailing World Cup
  • Boxing twins make history at English Championships
  • William Fox-Pitt finishes fourth at Kentucky Horse Trials
  • Scott Overall thinking ahead with Rio Olympics in mind
  • Olympians among nearly 40,000 London Marathon finishers
  • European Games flame is lit and torch relay starts

Praise for Danson as striker is at the double

Alex Danson scored twice as Great Britain's women's hockey team came from behind to beat Japan at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Yukari Yamamoto gave the visitors a 25th minute lead against the run of play but Danson's second half double changed the tide.

Helen Richardson-Walsh, who was awarded her 250th international cap before the match, set up the striker for her first, the Olympic bronze medallist sweeping home in style.

And the winner arrived in the 58th minute - captain Kate Richardson-Walsh providing he pass that Danson dived to deflect past Sakiyo Asano.

"Alex is so reliable and clinical and it’s great to have her in the side - she’s fantastic on and off the pitch," said Great Britain's Joie Leigh. 

“Japan are coming off a competitive block of games so they are sharp.

"We wanted to start a bit quicker than we did so it took us while to get into it, but by the second half we were dominating possession and creating chances."

Couch claims second bronze at Diving World Series

Great Britain's Tonia Couch claimed a double medal haul at the FINA Diving World Series in Kazan.

After partnering Sarah Barrow to 10m synchro bronze, she also claimed third place in the women's 10m platform final.

Her third dive was her highest scoring and pulled her back from fourth to third where she remained for the rest of the competition, with an overall points score of 360.30.

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, who made the podium in the last round in Dubai, settled for fifth in the men's 10m platform final.

The next round of the series takes places at the London 2012 Olympic pool this week.

Cavendish secures win number seven 

Mark Cavendish sprinted to his seventh win of the season in the opening stage of the Tour of Turkey.

A perfect lead-out from his Etixx-QuickStep team gave Cavendish the sling shot he needed to hold off Caleb Ewan and Nicola Ruffoni in a bunch sprint finish.

Elsewhere, Dame Sarah Storey won claimed the Cheshire Classic, part of British Cycling's Road Series, ahead of double Olympic and British champion Laura Trott and Alice Barnes.

Thank you Paula as London cheers her every stride

London's streets echoed to shouts of her name as Paula Radcliffe was cheered every stride of her farewell London Marathon appearance.

This was a victory lap unlike any other. It's 12 years since she claimed her fabled world record on this course and a decade since the last of her three victories.

And despite injury problems in the race build-up, she still clocked two hours, 36 minutes and 55 seconds - making the 41-year old the fourth fastest British woman in the race.

"I didn't care about the time, the whole way around I just wanted to thank as many people as possible," said Radcliffe. 

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Brownlee wins on return to action and promises best is to come

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee made a winning return to complete a British double at the World Triathlon Series in Cape Town.

It was his first race of the year after injury forced him to miss first three rounds of the series, the last two of which have been won by brother Jonathan.

“I knew I wasn’t that fit, I didn’t have good legs to be honest I was hurting though that first lap. The whole thing was tough and I’m delighted with that win," he said.

“I probably wouldn’t have won that if Jonny was there, so at least I’ve got one back. I should only get fitter from here. Give me another three weeks, hopefully I’ll be another notch up and be competitive in Yokohama.”

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Scott dominates rivals at ISAF Sailing World Cup

Great Britain's Giles Scott claimed gold in style at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres.

The reigning world champion enjoyed a commanding 19 point lead over his rivals in the Finn fleet coming into the final race and only needed to complete the course without being disqualified to win the regatta overall.

But Scott didn't hold back, claiming the final race while team-mate Ed Wright took bronze.

Elsewhere, Britain claimed two other medals with Nick Thompson taking silver in the Laser and Luke Patience and Elliot Willis claiming bronze in the men's 470 class.

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Brothers take national boxing titles

Patrick and Luke McCormack became only the second twins to claim English national boxing titles on the same day winning in the lightweight and light welterweight categories in Liverpool.

Men's and women's finals were held at the same tournament for the first time in the event's 128 year history, with European flyweight champion Lisa Whiteside among the winners.

Olympic champion Nicola Adams was due to fight on English soil for the first time since London 2012 before withdrew following a burglary at her Leeds home.

Fox-Pitt just misses podium at Kentucky

William Fox-Pitt, the defending champion, finished fourth with Bay My Hero at eventing's prestigious Kentucky Horse Trials.

British team-mate Nicola Wilson also secured a top ten finish on Annie Clover, ranking eighth.

Overall hopes London time will be good for Olympic selection

Scott Overall was the first British men's finisher in the London Marathon - finishing 13th.

He clocked two hours, 13 minutes and 13 seconds and will now make the decision on his next race with the Rio Olympics in mind.

"I'm a little disappointed, 30 seconds quicker and I would have been a lot happier but it's a step in the right direction," he said.

"This is a stepping stone towards the Olympics for me. I need to sit down with my coach and decide on the plan now because Rio is the ultimate aim."

Sonia Samuels was the first British woman to finish the race.

Stars of Team GB are among London Marathon heroes

Olympic champion rowers James Cracknell and Zac Purchase, three-time cycling medallist Chris Newton and double Olympian weightlifter Michaela Breeze were among the nearly 40,000 runners who competed in the London Marathon. 

History made as first European Games flame is lit

History was made as the flame for the first-ever European Games was kindled from the rays of the sun to begin its journey around Azerbaijan today.

The temple of Ateshgah in Baku - sacred to Zoroastrian fire worshippers for centuries - was the site for the ceremony, which was attended by over 150 dignitaries.

The torch relay will travel around the country for the next 48 days before arriving at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Games, where Team GB will be represented by 153 athletes in 13 sports.

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