Olympic24: Two more golds in Kazan with Rio a year away

Olympic24: Two more golds in Kazan with Rio a year away

06 August 2015 / 07:22

There were two more gold medals for Great Britain’s swimmers at the World Championships in Kazan, while sailing chief Stephen Park looks ahead to Rio on the One Year To Go mark. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Adam Peaty climbs the top step of the podium twice in Kazan, Russia
  • Park confident in sailing success as Rio reaches the one year countdown
  • Quarter-final targeted at Badminton World Championships
  • Murray suffers surprise defeat
  • Team GB join forces with Ocean Outdoor

Two more golds for Peaty and co


Adam Peaty won 50m breaststroke World Championship gold before returning to the pool to help Great Britain claim the mixed 4x100m medley relay title in a new world record in Kazan, Russia.

Peaty once again got the better of South African Cameron Van Der Burgh – who he beat to 100m breaststroke gold earlier in the meet – as he touched the wall 0.15 seconds clear of the South African for his second title of the Championships.

And the 20-year-old then joined forces with Chris Walker-Hebborn, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Francesca Halsall to set a new world record of 3:41.71 minutes to claim mixed 4x100m medley relay gold.

“That was Chris’ fifth 100m Backstroke in three days so to step up on his last one and swim faster than in his individual is just a credit to how much it means to be swimming together for the team,” Halsall said.

“I think we all stepped up and did a great swim. To swim a world record and be world champion is incredible – it’s a nice way to start my week.”

Park confident of sailing success

Stephen Park 

British Sailing Team Manager Stephen Park believes his charges are well-placed to meet the challenges of Rio 2016 and continue British sailing's Games success as the Olympic countdown clock

British sailors have been training at the Brazilian venue for over a week ahead of the 2015 Aquece Rio International Regatta – the second official Test Event for sailing – which commences on Guanabara Bay in ten days' time.

Some 15 sailors – a full-sized Olympic team with one boat in each of the ten events – will contest this Test Event, which provides the opportunity to learn about Rio’s unique and challenging sailing conditions and the chance to set down a marker at the Games venue in Rio 2016's final official dress rehearsal for the sport.

"As we look at the British Sailing Team with a year to go, we've got to be confident we're in a good place," said Park, who is heading into his fourth Games as the British Sailing Team manager.

"We need to have a situation where we have all, or nearly all, of our ten events as possibilities of realistic medal positions if we want to be successful in winning a number of medals next year, and right now I think we're looking good for that. 

"We've certainly got as strong a team as we've had in recent Games and feel confident that we're going to be able to go into the Olympics and come away with another significant contribution to the Team GB medal haul.”

Murray suffers surprise defeat


British world number three Andy Murray suffered a surprise second-round defeat to unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in the Washington Open.

Murray, 28, had chosen to play an extra tournament in the run-up to this year's US Open, which starts in New York on 31 August.

But after a bye to the second round, the top seed lost 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-4) to the 30-year-old world number 53.

"I was exhausted at the end because my body was really tired," said the Scot.

Hoi targets World Champs quarter-final

Great Britain head coach Jakob Hoi is targeting a quarter-final berth at next week's Badminton World Championships in Indonesia.

With one year to go until the Rio Olympic Games, the GB squad heading out to Jakarta for the World Championships will by fully aware that vital qualification points are on offer.

England's Chris and Gabby Adcock, the world number seven pairing, have been afforded a first round bye before playing either South Africans Andries Malan and Jennifer Fry or Koreans Shin Baek Choel and Chang Ye Na in the second round. 

"We can never have higher expectations than what our seeding is but we can have goals and aims that are higher," said Hoi.

"Yes, we have a really tough draw but it's also a realistic one. If we want to be in with a shot of reaching the quarter-final then we have to perform to a level and be competitive from the first match.

"We felt we were competitive in that match last year and it is a quarter-final we want. But it is about getting there first."

Meanwhile, Rajiv Ouseph finds himself on course to meet China's top seed and world number one, Chen Long, in the third round. 

However, the number-16 seed will have to overcome Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in his opening round clash and, if successful, will face either Zi Liang Derek Wong or Yuhan Tan in the second round.

Also featuring at the World Championships, which start on Monday, will be Toby Penty in the men's and Fontaine Chapman in the women's singles. 

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge and Andy Ellis and Peter Mills both contest the men's doubles. And in the women’s doubles event, Lauren Smith and Heather Olver will compete alongside Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw.

Team GB join forces with Ocean Outdoor

Team GB have confirmed that Ocean Outdoor will be its official outdoor media partner in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

As part of the deal, Ocean will support Team GB’s ‘Bring On The Great’ campaign, bring real-time updates and news, orchestrate digital activations and help engage fans via social media.

Bill Sweeney, CEO of British Olympic Association, said: “Ocean is the perfect fit for our Team GB 2016 campaign. The partnership will provide a huge boost for the Team GB brand and our partners as we together look to reignite the nation’s support for Team GB in the build up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

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