Olympic24: Muhammad earns Rio berth while British swimmers pick up more medals
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Olympic24: Muhammad earns Rio berth while British swimmers pick up more medals

06 December 2015 / 10:01

Lutalo Muhammad booked Britain a place in Rio with victory at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in Mexico while swimmers Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Adam Peaty picked up silvers at the European Short Course Championships. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Lutalo Muhammad’s victory in the -80kg category at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix guaranteed Britain a spot in Rio in 2016
  • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Adam Peaty each picked up silver medals on the penultimate day of the European Short Course Championships in Netanya
  • Speed skater Elise Christie won a World Cup silver medal in the 500m in Nagoya
  • Great Britain women’s hockey team went down 2-1 to Argentina in the opening match of the World League Final
  • Hannah McLeod talked in detail about her love of hockey and her plans for Rio 2016
  • Chris Latham won silver on the final day of the Cycling Track World Cup in New Zealand while Mark Stewart and Germain Burton managed a bronze in the madison
  • England’s men finished second in the Dubai Sevens World Series going down in the final to Fiji

Muhammad secures Rio place


Lutalo Muhammad ensured Britain will have a place in the -80kg category at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in Mexico City.

The 24-year-old, who won bronze at London 2012, was pushed all the way by German Tahir Gaulec in his opening bout as he was taken to a golden point round before qualifying on impact.

In the semi-finals it was almost as tricky, as he eventually saw off Russian Albert Gaun in the golden point round.

That earned him a place in the final where he took on Moldovan Aaron Cook. A strong start allowed him to take a 3-1 lead which he stretched to 5-1 in the second round.

Cook tried to fight back, but Muhammad was too far ahead and eventually won the bout 7-3 to secure overall victory in the event and join Jade Jones in booking Britain a place in Rio 2016 in his category.

Britain continue to scoop up medals Euro Short Course Champs


On the penultimate day of swimming at the European Short Course Championships Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Adam Peaty both picked up silver medals in Netanya.

O’Connor broke the British record on her way to silver in the 200m individual medley, coming home in 2:05.13, with only double world champion Katinka Hosszu ahead of her.

She later went on to reach the final of the 100m butterfly, while triple world champion Peaty was touched out by Marco Koch in the 100m breaststroke.

Peaty had already picked up one silver in the 50m breaststroke, and added to his tally in the longer distance.

Finally Liam Tancock secured his place in the final of the 100m individual medley after finishing second in his semi-final.

Christie secures silver in Nagoya

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Short track speed skater Elise Christie took her tally of World Cup medals for the season to three after an impressive silver in Nagoya, Japan.

Christie picked up 500m gold and 1000m silver at the last World Cup competition in Toronto last month and she was back on the podium again after a second-placed finish in the 500m.

The Brit lost out to Fan Kexin of China but edged out triple Olympic silver medallist Marianne St-Gelais to secure the silver medal. 

Great Britain women beaten in World League Final opener

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Hosts Argentina defeated Great Britain women’s hockey 2-1 in the opening match of the World League Final.

Britain had taken the lead thanks to a goal from Lily Owsley but Argentina were able to turn things around with goals from Maria Granatto and Agustina Habif.

Helen Richardson-Walsh earned her 100th cap in the game, while Britain now turn their attention to their second match against China on Sunday night.

MacLeod talks exclusively about hockey dreams and Rio

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Hockey may not have been her first love but as Hannah Macleod takes another major step on the Road to Rio at this week’s World League Final in Rosario, she insists success with national squads is what drives her on.

A football lover when she was younger, MacLeod’s first sporting heroes played for Manchester United.

But after being denied the chance to play football at school, she took up hockey, and has flourished.

More medals for Britain on final day of Cycling Track World Cup

Chris Latham won silver for Britain in the omnium at the Cycling Track World Cup in New Zealand while Mark Stewart and Germain Burton secured bronze in the madison.

The 21-year-old Latham had led heading into the final day of the omnium but was overhauled by Olympic champion Lasse Norman Hansen from Denmark.

Hansen reclaimed the lead in the kilometre time trial and despite a brave effort, Latham eventually finished 20 points back in second.

Meanwhile Stewart and Burton managed to finish third in the madison despite a big crash for the latter.

He battled on and helped partner Stewart, who won the scratch on Saturday, to another medal at the World Cup.

England kick off Sevens World Series with final appearance

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England’s men sevens made a strong start to the Sevens World Series as they finished second in the Dubai leg.

Simon Amor’s side had won all three of their matches in the pool stages and then saw off Argentina in the quarter-finals.

They followed that up with a dramatic 24-19 win over the USA after extra-time in the semi-finals to set up a showdown match-up with defending World Series champions Fiji.

Ben Ryan’s team proved too strong in the end, winning 28-17, to continue their impressive form from last season.

Elsewhere Scotland reached the final of the Bowl event, beating Wales in the semi-finals before going down to France.

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