Olympic24: Scott shines in Spain and Sevens star in Tokyo

05 April 2015 / 09:51

Giles Scott claimed the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma and England Sevens topped their pool as the World Series arrived in Tokyo. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours

  • Giles Scott claimed gold at the Princess Sofia Trophy, one of five British medals
  • England Sevens topped their pool as the World Series arrived in Tokyo
  • Shane Sutton earmarks Geraint Thomas for further success

Scott extends unbeaten Finn run

Giles Scott admitted teammate Pete McCoy deserved a share of the plaudits after claiming Finn gold at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma.

With Scott’s Finn becoming damaged during the regatta, the world and European champion turned to the injured McCoy for help.

McCoy duly lent his compatriot his Finn and Scott never looked back, claiming gold to go 18 months unbeaten in the Finn class.

There was plenty more to celebrate as there were silver medals for Alison Young in the Laser Radial, John Gimson and Hannah Diamond in the Nacra 17 and Luke Patience and Elliot Willis in the 470 Men’s event, with Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark sealing bronze in the 470 Women’s class.

Amor looking for England Sevens to push on in Tokyo

England Sevens head coach Simon Amor admits he is looking for more consistency from his players despite seeing them book their place in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo World Series leg.

England started day one well, with a comprehensive 33-0 win over Hong Kong before a closely-fought 10-7 win over Wales.

This meant they faced Fiji and after running out 33-19 victors to top their pool, Amor is eyeing up even more from his troops.

"It is pleasing to get through to the quarter finals again. We were perhaps too inconsistent today, like a number of teams in terms of performances and results right across the tournament," he said.

"It goes to show if you don't keep the ball and turn it over against the big teams you will get punished.

"But we are looking forward to day two and the great thing is we'll have some fresh legs having been able to rotate the squad today."

Sutton: Thomas is clear favourite for Tour of Flanders

Geraint Thomas' performances of late mark him out as the clear favourite to win Sunday's Tour of Flanders, according to British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton.

The Team Sky rider is setting himself up for a 2015 to remember, having made history as the first Briton to win the E3 Harelbeke last month as well as finishing third in the Gent-Wevelgem last weekend.

The former was the biggest road win of the 28-year-old's career to date and makes him one to watch ahead of the latest cobbled classics race in Belgium this weekend.

Thomas' third-place finish last time out also came despite suffering a crash due to high winds, and it is his determination and power that Sutton believes is giving him the edge of late.

"He's the out-and-out favourite," said Sutton. "It's justified given the results of the last few weeks.

"This guy is like what David Beckham was in football. He is massive. At this moment, he is the man.”

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