Olympic24: Windsurfers lead charge, GB women win in Spain

11 June 2015 / 04:45

Windsurfers post best of the British results on opening day of latest sailing World Cup in Weymouth and Portland while Great Britain get World Hockey League Semi Final up and running with victory. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Nick Dempsey and Izzy Hamilton top standings in men's and women's windsurfing classes at World Cup in Weymouth and Portland.
  • Alex Danson and debutant Joie Leigh on target as Great Britain beat hosts Spain 2-0
  • Peter Kennaugh and Chris Froome 16th and 21st respectively after stage four of Criterium du Dauphine.
  • Boxer Nicola Adams unveiled as Team GB's flagbear for opening ceremony of inaugural European Games
  • Table tennis player Liam Pitchford looks to end season on a high in Baku

Solid opening day for Dempsey and Hamilton

Windsurfers Nick Dempsey and Izzy Hamilton led the British charge on the opening day of World Cup racing Weymouth and Portland, taking early leads in the men’s and women’s RS:X events.

Hamilton took two second places and a sixth to edge the lead by just one point over teammate and two-time Olympian Bryony Shaw while Nick Dempsey is also in pole position in the men’s event.

World champion Giles Scott finished his second race of the day in 12th in the Finn class although there was better news for Olympic silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark who are second overall in the 470 women’s fleet.

Danson and Leigh on the mark for Great Britain

Goals from Alex Danson and Joie Leigh secured Great Britain women a 2-0 victory in their opening World Hockey League Semi Final match with Spain.

Great Britain were made to work hard for their win in Valencia with the breakthrough, via Danson’s penalty stroke and Leigh’s first international goal within a minute of each other, not coming until the final quarter.

Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “We stayed patient and we stayed with it. Spain are playing fantastically well.

“We played them a few times in the build up, they are a good side with lots of energy and as fit as they have ever been. So I’m really pleased with the result.” Read more here.

Froome and Kennaugh solid in Sisteron

Peter Kennaugh sits 16th and Chris Froome 21st after a well marshalled fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.

After a relatively uneventful race, the attacks started to mount in the closing stages, with Nacer Bouhanni eventually sprinting to victory in Sisteron with Froome and Kennaugh two of five Team Sky riders in a group of 90 credited with the same time.

Rohan Dennis was also there, ensuring he stays level with BMC Racing team-mate Tejay van Garderen at the top of the overall standings, 23 seconds ahead of Kennaugh.

Adams to fly flag at European Games

Olympic and Commonwealth champion Nicola Adams will be Team GB's flagbearer at the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku.

The Games kick off on Friday in Azerbaijan with Adams, who hopes to complete a treble of major international titles, picked to represent the 160-strong Team GB squad at the ceremony.

“To be representing Team GB at the first ever European Games is a great honour and being selected as the Flagbearer will be a truly unforgettable experience,” she said.

“I intend to use this honour to drive me on to perform as well as I can and encourage my teammates to be their best.” Read more here.

Pitchford positive ahead of Baku bow

Liam Pitchford insists he holds no fear as he aims to end the season with a bang at the inaugural European Games in Baku.

The triple Commonwealth Games medallist arrives in Azerbaijan full of confidence having become the first English table tennis player this century to reach the last 32 of the World Championships in April.

"I'm going in positive, really. It's the last tournament of the season and I'd like to go out playing well," said the world number 49.

"There's a ticket on offer for Rio in the back of everyone's mind but I'm not thinking too much about that. I'm going out in the best shape possible and aim to progress through the rounds.”

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