Olympic24: Success at taekwondo Worlds, Cavendish confident

Olympic24: Success at taekwondo Worlds, Cavendish confident

19 May 2015 / 07:08

Great Britain hit their medal target of three at 2015 World Taekwondo Championships in Russia, while Mark Cavendish looks ahead to Tour de France with confidence. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Damon Sansum wins -80kg silver and Rachelle Booth bronze in -62kg bronze on succesful final day in Chelyabinsk
  • Mark Cavendish believes things are heading in right direction after succesful Tour of California 
  • Young swimmers head to Far East for Japan Open test
  • Stuart Horsepool leaves position as performance director of GB Short Track World Class Programme
  • Brownlees set for homecoming as Leeds chosen for World Triathlon Series

Sansum and Booth medals add to Walkden's gold

Great Britain finished the World Taekwondo Championships with three medals - one of each colour - after double success on the  final day.

Damon Sansum fell just short of becoming the first British male world champion when he lost to Iranian Mehdi Khodabakhshi in the -80kg category while Rachelle Booth marked her Worlds debut with a battling bronze at -62kg.

It took Great Britain’s tally for the Championships to three following Bianca Walkden’s earlier gold at +73kg – Walkden also named female athlete of the tournament.

“It wasn’t the end I’d hoped for but it’s a silver and it gives me something to build on back in training,” said Sansum.

"I had all my fights on one day and that’s tough at this level. But I’m in good condition and can’t blame tiredness.” Read more here.

Cavendish feeling confident as Tour de France edges closer

Mark Cavendish is in confident mood ahead of this year’s Tour de France after taking four stage wins at the Tour of California.

The Olympian was in fine form in on the American West coast as he took the final stage win on Sunday and collected the points classification jersey to boot.

“I’m happy to finish off a strong Amgen Tour of California with my fourth win, and the fifth for the team out of eight stages,” said Cavendish.

“In the end we got two jerseys, yet another stage win, and a second place overall. I’m super proud of what we’ve done here and think things are going in the right direction ahead of the Tour de France.”  Read more here.

Young British swimming squad for Japan Open

Experience will be the name of the game for Great Britain’s young squad of swimmers who will compete at the Japan Open in Tokyo this weekend.

With the aim of enhancing medal prospects at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, British Swimming have named a seven-strong team for the three-day event from May 22-24.

Cameron Brodie and Max Litchfield are the two male representatives while Katie Matts, Chloe Tutton, Sarah Vasey, Jess Fullalove and Ellena Jones make up the team.

“This is the second year in succession we have taken a squad of athletes to this meet,” said British Swimming head of performance pathway Tim Jones.

“It’s an excellent development opportunity for both coaches and athletes, and will provide them with valuable experience.”

Change of direction for NISA as Horsepool leaves post

Stuart Horsepool has left his position performance director of GB Short Track World Class Programme by mutual consent, the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) has confirmed.

A former GB short track athlete himself, Horsepool took on the role of performance director for GB Short Track in 2006, helping the likes of Elise Christie and Jack Whelbourne progress through the ranks.

NISA chief executive Nick Sellwood said: “I’d like to thank Stuart for his time and commitment to GB Short Track Speed Skating and in particular during the last Olympic cycle.

He has worked tirelessly on developing our World Class Programme for our skaters, one that realised two finalists (in Jack Whelbourne & Elise Christie) in the Sochi Olympic Games last year.

"However, we now feel the time is right for us to look ahead to the next Olympic Games and following a review of our World Class Programmes we felt that it is time for change.” 

Brownlees set for Leeds battle in 2016

Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee will get the chance to compete in front of a home crowd next summer after Leeds was announced as one of the host cities for the World Triathlon Series.

The duo are currently in the midst  of this year's competition but are already excited about the chance  to compete in Yorkshire. 

Olympic champion Alistair said: "It's fantastic news that Leeds' bid has been succesful. I am sure the crowds will come out in force to see a major triathlon event in Leeds for the first time, and I'm sure it will be a brilliant event."

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