Olympic24: Hat-trick of medals in Kazan as men's four is confirmed

Olympic24: Hat-trick of medals in Kazan as men's four is confirmed

07 August 2015 / 11:40

Adam Peaty claims gold as GB swimmers win three medals at the World Championships in Kazan, while the men’s four has been finalised for the upcoming World Rowing Championships. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • ?Adam Peaty, Ross Murdoch and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor all claim medals at the World Swimming Championships
  • ?Great Britain finalise the men’s four for the World Rowing Championships
  • ?Marty Rooney will run the individual 400m in Beijing
  • ?Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene suffer defeats

Peaty leads GB on successful night in Kazan 

Adam Peaty claimed gold and Ross Murdoch and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor both picked up bronze medals on a successful night for Great Britain’s swimmers at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Reigning 100m breaststroke world record holder Peaty was made to work hard by South African Cameron Van Der Burgh – who lead by 0.41 seconds at the turn – but the Brit powered home to take the title in his maiden World Championships by just 0.07.

In the same race Murdoch touched home for bronze, while O’Connor also finished third in the 200m individual medley.

“I’m a little dissatisfied with the time but in the World Championship final, all that matters is the win and I’m very glad I came out on top,” said Peaty.

“It’s my first World Championships so I’m not quite used to it all yet. If you slip for one moment, in one race, you’re off. I’m still getting used to that but hopefully by next year in Rio, I’ll be up and running.”

GB name men’s four for World Championships

Great Britain have named Alan Sinclair, Stewart Innes, Tom Ransley and Scott Durant as their men's four for the World Championships.

Britain will be the defending champions at the regatta which begins on 30 August at Lake Aiguebelette in France.

Ransley is an Olympic bronze medallist in the eight and Innes was in the GB eight that won World Cup gold in Varese this year.

Sinclair and Durant won world silver in the coxed pair last year in Amsterdam.

Reigning world champion Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell has been selected for the men's coxed pair with Mat Tarrant.

Reilly-O'Donnell was unable to take part in testing due to illness, but will link up with his fellow 2014 world eights gold winner Mat Tarrant and cox Henry Fieldman.

Britain have also named a lightweight men's quad of Steve Parsonage, Jamie Copus, Sam Mottram and Zak Lee-Green.

Lee-Green and Mottram had a senior World Cup run-out earlier this season in the lightweight double.

Parsonage, Copus and Mottram were all part of the the GB lightweight quad crew that claimed a silver medal at last week's World U-23 Championships.

Copus took silver in the lightweight men's four at the U-23 Championships last year and Lee-Green was a B finalist in his inaugural senior World Championships in Amsterdam last autumn.

GB have now announced a total of 23 boats for the Championships. Sir David Tanner and his chief coach for women and lightweights, Paul Thompson, still have the potential of a GB entry in the women's four under consideration.

Rooney wins World Championship selection appeal 

Great Britain's Martyn Rooney has won his appeal after he was not selected for the individual 400m at this month’s World Championships in Beijing.

Rooney was in the 400m relay squad but appealed to UK Athletics over his failure to make the individual event.

Steeplechaser Lennie Waite and 10,000m runner Andy Vernon last week lost their appeals over being omitted.

Watson and Bedene lose opening matches

British number one Heather Watson lost in the Washington Open first round to wildcard Louisa Chirico.

It was the 23-year-old's first match since coming within two points of defeating eventual champion Serena Williams at Wimbledon a month ago.

But 19-year-old American Chirico, ranked 128, won 6-3 6-0.

British men's number two Aljaz Bedene, 26, lost 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-1 to another wildcard, Dennis Novak, at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

World number 57 Bedene reached the Hamburg Open quarter-finals last week but failed to recapture that form.

The Slovenian-born Briton suffered defeat in what was a first victory at ATP level for the Austrian world number 256 Novak.

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