Olympic24: Laugher wins bronze, Brownlee set for Rio test

Olympic24: Laugher wins bronze, Brownlee set for Rio test

01 August 2015 / 08:50

Jack Laugher targets Rio after taking second World Championship medal, Rebecca Gallantree makes 3m final and Alistair Brownlee ready for Copacabana test. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jack Laugher proud after taking second World Championship medal in Kazan
  • Fellow diver Rebecca Gallantree progresses to the 3m springboard final
  • Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee ready for Rio test event
  • Team GB take five medals on penultimate day of Tbilisi 2015
  • Beijing wins right to host Winter Olympics in 2022

Laugher looks ahead to Rio after second medal in Kazan


Jack Laugher insists he is able to look back on this season with pride after he became the first British diver to win multiple medals at a World Championships as he picked up 3m springboard bronze in Kazan.

Laugher had already climbed the podium in Russia by winning 3m synchro bronze alongside Chris Mears on Tuesday.

But the 20-year-old wasn’t done there, scoring 528.90 to finish behind He Chao of China (555.05) and Russian Olympic champion Ilia Zakharov (547.60).

“I'm really happy to get a world bronze and the second medal of this trip," Laugher told British Swimming.

"I've learned a lot from this and moving on to Rio, hopefully I can put those experiences and lessons into plan. Hopefully it's going to snowball and make me a better diver and a better competitor.”

Gallantree's impressive Worlds continues with 3m final

Rebecca Gallantree admitted diving with a smile on her face was key as she booked her spot in the World Championships 3m springboard final and, with it, secured Great Britain yet another quota place at Rio 2016.

It's been a busy meet for Gallantree in Kazan with the 30-year-old scooping her first ever World Championships medal when she took team gold alongside Tom Daley on Wednesday.
But despite an early start on Friday, she was on form again, making smooth progress through both the prelims and the semi-final to reach her first individual 3m final at her four World Championships.

"To be honest, I wasn't thinking about qualifying for the final," Gallantree told British Swimming.

"I was just trying to enjoy it and not put too much pressure on myself and I think that really works for me.”

Brownlee and co set for first look at Rio 2016 triathlon course


Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee is relishing the chance to get to grips with the Rio 2016 course at this weekend’s test event on Copacabana Beach.

Brownlee is one of ten British athletes in action in Brazil this weekend, although his brother Jonathan misses out due to a stress fracture.

As well as getting the chance to check out the course for next year’s Olympics, aspiring 2016 Olympians get the chance to edge closer to selection with a podium finish in Rio and at next month’s ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago meeting the preselection criteria.

“It’s just about a year to go until the Olympic Games and it really focuses the mind that we’re going to be racing in Rio this weekend,” said Brownlee.

Britain’s women will be the first to experience the course on Sunday morning, starting with a potential rough 1500m sea swim before a hilly 40km bike course a flat 10km run.

Beijing to stage 2022 Winter Olympics, Lausanne awarded Youth Olympic Games in 2020

Beijing will become the first ever city to host the summer and winter Olympics.

The Chinese capital will host the Winter Games in 2022 after defeating only rival Almaty by 40 votes to 40 at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur.

The bid promised to use many of the facilities used for the 2008 Olympics, with the opening and closing ceremonies again staged in the iconic Bird's Nest stadium.

The Games will be divided between the capital and the city of Zhangjiakou - which is 118 miles north-west of Beijing and will host the snow events.

“We are honoured and humbled by the IOC decision to award Beijing the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said a Beijing 2022 statement.

Meanwhile, IOC officials have selected Lausanne to stage the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020. The Swiss home of the IOC headquarters defeated Brasov in Romania by 71 votes to ten.

Regini-Moran takes gold as Team GB take five medals on penulatimate day of Tbilisi 2015

Giarnni Regini-Moran's boys' floor gold was one of five medals for Team GB on the penultimate day of competition at Tbilisi 2015.

Regini-Moran was joined on the podium by Hamish Carter who took silver while Joe Fraser made it four medals for the week with pommel silver and bronze on the rings.

And in the pool there was 4x100m medley relay silver for Ellinor Southward, Katie Robinson, Caitlin Hubbard and Rebecca Sutton.

For Regini-Moran it was a case of bouncing back after errors in the all-around left him short of a podium spot but he knows every ounce of experience counts.

“Everyone has their bad days but I need to accept that sometimes failure does happen and move forward and learn from it,” said the three-time 2014 Youth Olympic Champion.

“Mistakes happen and I think it will help me in the long run. It shows everyone that I’m not a robot.

“I’m really proud to have won gold on the floor and especially after having a bad day at the all-around.”

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