Olympic24: Heath and Schofield take World Cup bronze

Olympic24: Heath and Schofield take World Cup bronze

01 June 2015 / 08:24

Olympic bronze medallists Liam Heath and Jon Schofield take sprint canoe World Cup gold while Tonia Couch claims the Diving World Series overall title. Plus a host of Olympic medallists are making headlines. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Liam Heath and Jon Schofield take gold and Olympic champion Ed McKeever claims bronze in perfect preparation for Baku 2015
  • Adam Gemili dips below ten seconds for first time
  • Tonia Couch and Tom Daley on the podium again at Diving World Series
  • Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee back in London and winning again
  • Jess Ennis-Hill makes Rio standard in first heptathlon since Olympic gold
  • British paddlers among medals at sprint canoe World Cup in Copenhagen

Heath and Schofield looking good for Baku

London 2012 bronze medallists Liam Heath and Jon Schofield claimed gold whilst Olympic champion Ed McKeever took a bronze at the sprint canoeing World Cup in Copenhagen.

Britain’s total medal count for the season’s final World Cup was one gold, two silvers and three bronzes, good preparation for next month's European Games in Baku.

“It’s fantastic to win the gold medal and it’s a great indication of where we are standing and how our training has been going,” said Heath.

“It highlights areas we need to work on over the next few weeks and months leading into the European Games and World Championships."

McKeever missed the 2014 World Cup season whilst recovering from a virus but bounced back to win silver at the European Championships in Brandenburg and bronze in the Moscow World Championships.

“I’m very happy going forwards and looking forward to racing in Baku in two weeks," he said.

"It’s been a slower start to the year as we build through to the World Championships but I’m confident going forwards. 

“I had a solid winter’s training under my belt which puts me in good stead for the next two years. I can definitely improve on my races and get a lot faster.

Gemili delight at sub ten second time

Adam Gemili ran a wind-assisted 9.97 seconds to dip below ten seconds for the first time at the Bedford International Games.

The only British men to have legally gone sub-10sec are Linford Christie, Dwain Chambers, Jason Gardner, James Dasaolu and Chijindu Ujah and it's surely only a matter of time before Gemili joins their ranks.

Gemili enjoyed a breakthrough senior season in 2014, claiming 100m silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and 200m gold at the European Championships last year. 

Couch claims overall World Diving Series title

Tonia Couch claimed the overall Diving World Series title after her fourth bronze of the season in Mexico.

Couch has been a picture of consistency during the six city series and now heads to the World Championships as a serious medal contender.

She was second coming into the final round of dives in Merida but dropped a place as Yajie Si led from the second round to take the victory and Chinese team-mate Quian Ren pipped Couch to silver.

Tom Daley also claimed bronze behind World Series overall winner Jian Yang and Ivan Garcia.

Daley finishes the season ranked second overall with a gold, a silver and two bronzes his return from six events.

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Brownlee back in London - and winning again

On the site of his finest hour Alistair Brownlee once again showed why he is the man to beat as he produced a sensational performance to take World Triathlon Series victory in London’s Hyde Park.

It has been a slow start to the season for the Olympic champion who was absent for the season’s early races before coming back with a boom in Cape Town.

But a difficult race in Yokohama showed that the elder Brownlee brother hadn’t quite recaptured his top form.

However, he stayed in contention for the first two stages in London before bursting away from the field to take victory at a canter in 50:39.12.

“I didn’t expect that at all, I wasn’t too bothered about the result but it felt so good after struggling through two races this year just to feel good was amazing,” said Alistair. 

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Ennis-Hill achieves Rio 2016 qualifying standard

A promising start was how Jessica Ennis-Hill described her Gotzis Hypo-Meeting outing as she marked her heptathlon return by hitting the qualification mark for Rio 2016.

Ennis-Hill, competing in her first heptathlon since winning gold at London 2012 after a break due to injuries and the birth of her son, finished fourth with a total of 6,520 points.

“It was scary to come back into this environment again but I’ve had such a good time,” she said. “It’s just been perfect weather, a perfect crowd and a great competition.

“I was generally really pleased with my score. I didn’t quite expect to score that high. I’m disappointed with a few events, just because it’s so far away from my best.

“There’s a lot of work to be done when I get home but it’s a really promising start to the season.”

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Florence and Hounslow claim European gold

David Florence and Richard Hounslow brought the curtain down on the Canoe Slalom European Championships with bronze in Germany.

The Olympic silver medallists were leading the field after the semi-final and showed that they were the fastest in the final as well. However, a touch cost them two seconds and moved the gold medal out of their grasp.

But Hounslow refused to dwell on the disappointment and insists he is happy with how the duo managed to perform.

“For the first race of the season we are really happy, particularly given it is such a difficult course,” he said.

There was more to cheer in the C2 as Mark Proctor and Olympic champion Etienne Stott made it through to the final and finished fifth on their international debut as a pair.

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