Olympic24: Men's sevens secure Rio berth, Walkden takes gold

17 May 2015 / 09:14

Celebrations aplenty as England men's progression through to World Sevens Series quarter-finals in London means Team GB qualifies  for Rio, while Bianca Walkden takes World Taekwondo Championships title in Russia. Here's our review of the last 24 hours

  • England men secure qualification on behalf of Team GB after they make quarter-finals at Twickenham, with Scotland topping their pool, while Wales make Bowl quarter-finals
  • England women still in touch of Rio spot with one leg remaining after winning Plate final in London 
  • Bianca Walkden adds World title to her 2014 European gold with comeback win in Chelyabinsk 
  • Great Britain women's basketball team sign off from Lyon Tournament with 62-53 win over Serbia
  • Alex Dowsett moves into overall lead at Bayern Rundfahrt after winning stage four
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins misses out on 10-mile record 

Amor delighted as England book Great Britain’s spot at Rio

England sevens head coach Simon Amor was filled with pride as he watched his side clinch Olympic qualification for Team GB at the World Series at Twickenham.

Amor’s men are guaranteed a fourth place finish in the overall standings after running out victors over Brazil and Kenya.

Defeat to Scotland dampened spirits slightly but there was nothing but pride for Amor who still has a quarter final with New Zealand to look forward to on Sunday.

“I am so proud of the boys,” he said. “They have worked so hard this year and there have been some real challenges but they have kept their mental focus and managed all the expectations.”

Women’s sevens keep Rio dream alive with Twickenham plate victory

While England’s men celebrated qualification for Rio there was also success for the women’s team who finished their competition on a high with a 19-0 victory over France in the plate final.

The victory was emphatic after the side had earlier lost in the quarter final of the main competition to New Zealand.

The win keeps hope alive that they can follow in the footsteps of the men and book Olympic qualification at the final tournament in Amsterdam later this month.

“Of course, we would have loved to have contested the final and played at Twickenham,” said head coach Simon Middleton. “But the bottom line was that we had to get some points back from France.”

Walkden on top of the world with dramatic triumph in Russia

Bianca Walkden was left stunned as she became Great Britain’s first taekwondo champion since 2011 with victory in Russia.

The 23-year-old heavyweight defeated Gwladys Epangue 4-2 in Saturday’s final to take the gold.

It was a dramatic bout that saw Walkden clinch victory in the dying seconds and she was over the moon with the result.

"I’m the new heavyweight champion of the world and honestly, I’m so happy," said Walkden. "It’s unbelievable.

"I really want to thank everyone, my coach and the team who have supported me and got me back fighting and winning. To come back and to be world champion is mind blowing."

Handy leads women’s basketballers to nine-point win over Serbia

Great Britain women signed off with a win as they ran out 62-53 winners over Serbia at the Lyon Tournament.

The win makes it two from three from their expedition to France and credit went to Chantelle Handy on the night who finished with 13 points and was one rebound away from a double-double.

"This victory is a good sign and a positive step forward for us, since it gave an indicator of the level we need to play at,” said Stef Collins.

"We know we can be competitive in any game, but we want even more than that.”

Dowsett goes top in Germany with time-trial triumph

Alex Dowsett moved into top spot in the Bayern-Rundhahrt after seeing off the challenge of Tiago Machado to take time trial victory by one second.

Dowsett’s return to the road looks to be a happy one after he clocked 31.33 on the 26.1km course to take the win ahead of Machado.

He now has a two-second advantage in the general classification with one stage remaining on Sunday.

Wiggins falls short of ten-mile record

Sir Bradley Wiggins fell short in his attempt to break Alex Dowsett’s ten-mile British Record in East Yorkshire.

Wiggins will look to take the one-hour world record on June 7 and was using the ten-mile attempt as part of his preparations.

However, his time of 17 minutes 58 seconds was 38 seconds shy of Alex Dowsett’s current record. 

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