Olympic24: Two 2012 stars are back and Muirhead wins again

Olympic24: Two 2012 stars are back and Muirhead wins again

19 April 2015 / 09:17

Two stars of London 2012 made winning comebacks, GB's ice hockey team win again, another Olympic champion is back in the winners enclosure and Eve Muirhead ends her season in style. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Eve Muirhead and rink take European Masters curling
  • Charlotte Dujardin defends her World Cup Final dressage title
  • Katherine Grainger returns in style at GB Rowing Trials
  • Win over Holland leaves Great Britain on verge of ice hockey World Championships promotion
  • Louis Smith and Kristian Thomas take European gymnastics golds
  • Jazz Carlin wins title number three at British Swimming Championships
  • Unbeaten Canada ahead for England at World Rugby women's sevens series 
  • Time trial win for Liam Phillips at BMX World Cup

Muirhead ends season in style

Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Sarah Reid ended their season in style with a victory at curling's European Masters in Switzerland.

One week after securing their second grand slam win of the season, they held their nerve to beat former European and world champion Binia Feltscher in front of her home crowd.

Dujardin wins again in Las Vegas to defend World Cup title

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro produced a near flawless performance in the grand prix freestyle event to take the FEI World Cup dressage title for the second year in a row.

They scored 94.196%, just short of their own world record of 94.3%, and nearly 10% ahead of the opposition in Las Vegas.

"I never knew how Valegro was going to cope with the clapping, but he loved the American crowd — every time they clapped, it was like he was saying ‘Woohoo, I did something good," said the Olympic champion.

“I don’t look at the expectations as pressure — if I did I’d get nervous and worry about things. I just go in to do my best and that’s all I can do.”

Grainger back in style at GB Rowing Trials

Olympic champion Katherine Grainger has taken a three year break from rowing but she continued where she left off at GB Rowing's senior trials.

In her first race since 2012, she beat favourite Victoria Thornley to post the quickest qualifying time in the single sculls heats.

Fellow Olympic champion Kat Copeland won her lightweight single scull heat and Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, also winners in 2012, won the women's pair.

Just one more point needed for ice hockey promotion

Great Britain ice history coach Peter Russell urged his side to keep their cool ahead of their final match at the World Championships.

Russell's side made in four wins from four with a 3-2 victory over hosts Holland in Eindhoven, with goals from Paul Swindlehurst, Chris Blight and Craig Peacock.

"We just need one more now. We are on the verge of something very special," Russell told icehockeyuk.co.uk

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Smith takes European pommel title in first final since Olympics

Louis Smith marked his return to the Great Britain team with a gold medal at the European Gymnastic Championships.

The 25-year-old, who won Olympic silver on his last appearance for GB, scored 15.800 to dominate his rivals while Kristian Thomas won floor gold and Becky Downie took silver on the uneven bars, her sister Ellie missing bronze by just 0.1 points.

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Carlin makes it three golds at nationals - and now the World Champs

Jazmin Carlin has set her sights on world domination after she took the final gold medal of the British Swimming Championships in dramatic fashion.

Carlin came into the final day of action at the London Aquatics Centre without the pressure of expectation on her shoulders – the 200m freestyle not an event she favours. 

But she couldn't resist a final flurry as she narrowly pipped favourite Siobhan-Marie O'Connor to the wall in 1:56.88 to complete a trio of victories after 400m and 800m freestyle victory earlier in the week. 

Elsewhere, James Guy won the 200m freestyle, Hannah Miley claimed the 400m medley, Lizzie Simmonds took the 200m backstroke and Thomas Laxton won the 100m butterfly.

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Canada next for England in last eight clash

Simon Middleton's England women's sevens team face unbeaten hosts Canada in the quarter-finals of the World Rugby women's sevens series.

They defeated Spain 31-14, were held to a 19-19 draw with Fiji and then lost 24-12 to New Zealand.

England are currently ranked sixth in the series standings with top four team securing Olympic qualification, without the need for previous tournaments this summer.

Phillips takes World Cup title

World champion Liam Phillips delighted a home crowd in Manchester to win the time trial at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

“Overall - a great result, decent lap time as well,” Phillips told British Cycling.

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