Olympic24: Sailors set for Hyeres World Cup, Adams returns

22 April 2015 / 07:50

British sailing crews gear up for start of ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres while boxer Nicola Adams also set for busy few days with a return to the ring on home soil. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • In-form Giles Scott aiming to win his first ever Hyeres regatta title as part of 52-strong British team at revamped sailing World Cup
  • Olympic champion Nicola Adams to contest first bout on English soil since London 2012 gold when she goes in this week's England Boxing Elite National Championships
  • World Championships the main aim this season for Sarah Barrow as Diving World Series returns this weekend
  • Georgia Barnes excited for challenge ahead after being called up as injury replacement for GB team at World Taekwondo Championships

Scott and co set to do battle at revamped World Cup

He may be unbeaten in the last 18 months but Giles Scott will be bidding for his maiden ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres titles when action gets underway in France on Wednesday.

The European and World champion has yet to taste success in the French regatta but will aim to change all that in the revamped world series.

The World Cup format moves from open entry to a smaller, more elite series of 40 boats in each of the ten Olympic classes, with primary qualification through the ISAF world ranking lists.

"With only the top 40 ranked crews invited, the world ranking system, for the first time ever, becomes important for the world's top sailors if they want the opportunity to race against the best,” said RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park.

"From a British perspective, all our top teams are competing and, along with the second European leg of the World Cup in Weymouth and Portland, this will be an important milestone for competing nations en route to the Olympic Test Event in Rio in August 2015."  

Adams can’t wait to return to ring on home soil

Nicola Adams admits she can't wait to step into the ring on home turf once again as she prepares for the final stages of the England Boxing Elite National Championships in Liverpool this weekend.

Adams hasn't boxed competitively in England since she took gold at London 2012 and it has been a year since she fought in Britain after her Commonwealth triumph in 2014.

"It will be great to be part of such an historic event and to have the opportunity to box in England again, as this will be my first time since the Olympic Games," said Adams.

Barrow aiming to peak for World Championships

Sarah Barrow believes she can battle back to her best and peak in time for this summer’s World Championships in Kazan.

It’s been a frustrating start to the season for Barrow with a seventh and ninth place finish in the 10m platform at the opening Diving World Series’ in Beijing and Dubai respectively.

A shin injury didn’t help matters and the podium also eluded Barrow and Couch in the 10m synchro as they ended up fifth and sixth.

"At the end of the day the long term aim is the World Championships in Kazan,” said Barrow, who will be action in the latest Diving World Series leg in Russia this weekend.

”That is the one we need to be right for. The World Series is just like a warm up for that really. Although it would be nice to get a medal, the World Champs is where we want to peak for."

Barnes ready for big step up of Taekwondo World Championships

Georgia Barnes' successful few days continued after she was drafted into GB Taekwondo’s squad for next month’s World Championships in Russia.

The 2013 European Junior champion won -53kg bronze at the Moldova Open last weekend.

And with 2015 Luxor Open bronze medallist Nicole Huntington forced to withdraw due to injury from the 14-strong squad for the Worlds in Chelyabinsk from May 12-18, Barnes has been given the call.

"It will be the most important tournament of my career and a big step-up" said Barnes, who is set to again move up from her more accustomed weight of -49kg.

"The girls are obviously stronger but it's a good challenge. And I feel strong as well. So, I am really excited and can't wait to get to Russia."

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