Olympic24: Hong Kong Sevens setback but Brownlee wins

29 March 2015 / 09:59

Quarter-final loss for England at Hong Kong Sevens but a victory for Jonathan Brownlee at World Series Triathlon in Auckland. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Defeats to Fiji and Australia dents Olympic rugby sevens qualification hopes
  • Jonathan Brownlee excels to win in wet and windy Auckland
  • Victory for British Lionhearts but defeat for Antony Fowler
  • Dan Purvis and Amy Tinkler take national all-around gymnastic titles
  • Heather Watson edged out by Angelique Kerber at Miami Open
  • Two defeats for Ewan MacDonald's Scottish rink at curling Worlds
  • Gemma Steel is top Brit at cross country World Championships

England beaten in Hong Kong Sevens quarters

England's hopes of repeating last year's final appearance at the iconic Hong Kong Sevens were ended at the quarter-final stage.

After coming through their group unbeaten, Simon Amor's side were edged out 14-12 by Fiji in the quarter-finals and then lost 12-7 to Australia in the plate semi-finals.

The top four teams at the end of the World Series will qualify for the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens competition in Rio.

England - who are seeking to earn Team GB's place - are currently fifth and a victory over fourth-placed Australia would have been invaluable, with three legs of the series to come in Japan, Scotland and England.

If they fail to make the top four there will be another chance to make Rio at the European qualifying tournament this summer.

Brownlee dominates rivals to win in New Zealand

Jonathan Brownlee dominated his rivals to claim a convincing victory in the ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland.

Brownlee finished fifth in the series opener in Adu Dhabi but the hilly course in Auckland - and heavy rain during the final stages of the race - certainly made the Yorkshireman feel at home.

"In Abu Dhabi I made many mistakes, and I’ve been beating myself up about it for the last few weeks," he said, after coming home 15 seconds ahead of nearest rival Javier Gomez.

"I’ve been training hard because I didn’t want to do that again, and I wanted to be able to show how good I was."

Disappointment for Fowler as Lionhearts win in Algeria

The British Lionhearts returned to winning ways in the World Series of boxing after picking up a 3-2 victory over Algeria Desert Hawks in Blida.

Light flyweight Harvey Horn, light welterweight Sam Maxwell and lightweight Sean McGoldrick all chalked up wins.

But a split decision defeat for Antony Fowler dented his chance of finishing the season in one of the top two places in the middleweight rankings, which would secure an early qualification for the Rio Olympics.

Purvis and Tinkler take all-around British gymnastic titles

Daniel Purvis admitted it was a relief to prove that age is nothing but a number after getting his hands back on the senior all-around men’s title at the British Championships at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

“I’m really, really happy to be the champion again,” he said. “When you get older and see these incredible young gymnasts coming through you begin to doubt yourself."

The women’s all-around title was claimed by first year senior and current English champion Amy Tinkler with a score of 56.650.

Watson loses to Kerber at Miami Open

Heather Watson was denied a famous comeback victory in her rain-delayed clash with Angelique Kerber at the Miami Open.

Watson lost the first set before weather forced the match into a second day but took the second set against the 13th seed.

However, Kerber completed a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Double defeat for Scotland at curling worlds

Ewan MacDonald admitted his frustration after his Scottish rink lost both their opening matches at the curling World Championship in Halifax, Canada.

Three-time Olympian MacDonald defeated former team-mate and Olympic silver medallist David Murdoch's rink to earn the Scottish selection.

But an extra loss to Italy and a one-sided defeat by Japan leaves them bottom of the standings, with Finland their rivals on Sunday.

"We’ve got to start putting stones in the right places and give ourselves chances," said MacDonald. "Right now we’re in a lot of trouble.”

Steel all smiles after top 20 finish in world cross country 

Gemma Steel admitted she had plenty to smile about after coming home as the highest placed Brit in 18th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang.

The 29-year-old was looking to build on the success she enjoyed last year when she took the European title in Bulgaria.

And while facing a challenging and winding course, as well as the world's best cross country runners, Steel put in an encouraging performance, finishing in 28 minutes and 14 seconds, one place above team-mate Rhona Auckland in 19th.

"I'm over the moon especially considering how hard it was out there. I did it the hard way, but I did it the way I always do it – hard from the start," she said.

"I gave myself a chance to be there with the lead group but they were just a little bit quick for me."

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