Olympic24: Scott on course and Joyce wins in Mexico

25 April 2015 / 11:53

Giles Scott is well positioned to extend his unbeaten run and Joe Joyce takes victory in Mexico as Lionhearts fall. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Super heavyweight Joe Joyce wins but the British Lionhearts go down 4-1
  • Giles Scott sits 14 points ahead of teammate Ed Wright after third day in Hyeres
  • Adam Peaty is confident he can deal with being the man to beat at World Championships
  • Sarah Barrow delighted with performance after Kazan bronze with Tonia Couch
  • Table tennis star Kelly Sibley can't wait to get to work at European Games in Baku
  • Badminton England name strong squad for Sudirman Cup

Joyce takes win but Lionhearts struggle in Mexico

Joe Joyce got the British Lionhearts off to a flying start against Mexico Guerreros but they couldn't keep the good form going as the team eventually fell to a 4-1 defeat.

Super heavyweight Joyce went up against Edgar Alberto Ramirez Vargas in Mexico City and showed his class by coming away with a unanimous decision victory.

The Mexicans tied things though in the second bout of the night as Orlando Huitzil scored a unanimous win against Kelvin de la Nieve.

It got worse for the Brits after a brilliant bout between Ekow Essuman and Marvin Cabrera ended in a decision-victory for the home fighter.

A first round KO after 1:40 then saw John Newell beaten by Rogelio Romero before Lindolfo Garza rounded the night off with a win over Oualid Belaoura in the lightweight division.

Scott tightens grip after third day in France

Giles Scott extended his lead at the top of the Finn standings after the third day of action at the ISAF sailing World Cup in Hyeres.

Scott is now 14-points ahead of British Sailing Team stablemate Ed Wright after he finished eighth and fourth from his two races on Friday.

Bryony Shaw meanwhile got herself into the top ten of the RS:X women's windsurfing for the first time this week – despite battling a virus.

“It has been really tough,” the Olympic bronze medallist admitted. “I’ve had moments of ‘Bryony on form’ but the endurance has been a bit of a downfall for me having a bit of a virus right now.” 

“But I’m out there racing, getting the experience and getting the body firing again.  I’m not going to make myself any worse so it’s worth doing and it’s such a high quality event.”

Elsewhere Luke Patience and Elliot Willis are fourth in the 470 men while Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark occupy the same position in the women's event.

Peaty confident of performing when pressure is on in Kazan

Adam Peaty believes he is can handle the pressure of being the man to beat after being named as part of Great Britain’s 30-strong team for the World Championships in Kazan this summer.

Peaty will be joined by the likes of Ben Proud, Hannah Miley, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Siobhan Marie O’Connor and Jazz Carlin as Bill Furniss looks to keep the momentum of last year’s performances alive.

And Peaty is sure he can be the man to deliver despite being the one everyone will be looking to beat.

"I've got a big price on my head but I think I have got the skills and the training to deal with it," said Peaty.

"Last year I was the hunter and was going out there trying to make a name for myself and hunting those big dogs.

"It doesn't really change, a final will be a final and it will be a bit of fun I think and I don't know how Cameron reacted to the world record but it will be a good final.

Barrow delighted to see hard work pay off in Russia

Really happy to win bronze at the Kazan World Series ? great pool to dive in with @toniacouch &… https://t.co/JsQVEJ5gQ4

— Sarah Barrow (@SarahBarrow) April 24, 2015

Sarah Barrow believes confidence was key as she claimed 10m platform synchro bronze with Tonia Couch in the opening session of the World Diving Series in Kazan.

They made their mark in Russia as they scored 312.54 to take bronze – 27.18 ahead of home divers Yulia Timoshinina and Daria Govar.

And with the World Championships in the same pool later this year, Barrow is delighted to see the hard work pay off.

"After the disappointment of China and Dubai, Tonia and I really put the work in back home and at the training camp in Krugloe, plus with the patience, help and support of our coach Andy we came into the competition feeling a lot more confident," she told British Swimming.

Elsewhere on day one Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree finished sixth in the 3m synchro springboard. The pair scored 266.07 but were 14.73 off the podium places.

Sibley excited to find out what Baku has in store

Pleased to announce I have been selected to represent @TeamGB at the European Games this June in Baku @TableTennisENG #TeamGB #EuropeanGames

— Kelly Sibley (@sible2109) April 23, 2015

Kelly Sibley says she can’t wait to find out what Baku 2015 holds after being named as part of the Great Britain squad for the European Games. 

The national table tennis champion will be joined by Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall as part of the team that will travel to Azerbaijan to contest the inaugural games in June.

And she admits it’s a huge honour to make it to another major championships.

“Any multi-sport event is special. To have a European Olympics is bringing something more to European countries and that’s really exciting,” she said.

“I’ve played in multi-sport events before, so I kind of know what to expect, but it’s the first European Games, so I also don’t know what to expect!

“I’m really proud to have been selected.”

Hoi knows England have work cut out ahead of Sudirman Cup

Great Britain head coach Jakob Hoi knows England will have their work cut out for them after naming 11 players for next month’s Sudirman Cup.

Rajiv Ouseph will lead the charge in the singles with Toby Penty and Fontaine Chapman also in line to compete.

While Chris and Gabby Adcock are joined by Andrew Ellis, Peter Mills, Matthew Nottingham, Harley Towler, Heather Olver and Lauren Smith in the doubles.

England will go against Denmark and Indonesia in the groups which kick off in Dongguan, China, on May 10.

“It’s a top draw, but a tough one too,” said Hoi.

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