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Team GB – Olympic Swimmers

After the Great Britain trials 38 swimmers have been named as part of the squat that will be heading to the Olympics in London.

Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and world champion Liam Tancock are among the 19 men and 19 women selected.

Head coach Dennis Pursley identified the breakthrough of younger swimmers as the most positive aspect of the competition.

“What excites me most about this meet – for the first time since I’ve been here, some of the kids have stepped up,” said the American.

“Young kids finally stepping up and in some cases knocking off the veterans and swimming stroke for stroke in some races which I think bodes well for the future.”

Swimmers selected to Team GB:

Women:

Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion, 400m & 800m freestyle)

Sophie Allen (Stockport ITC, 200m individual medley)

Georgia Davies (Swansea ITC, 100m backstroke)

Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield, 800m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle)

Ellen Gandy (Nunawading, 100m & 200m butterfly)

Fran Halsall (Loughborough ITC, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle)

Kate Haywood (Nunawading, 100m breaststroke)

Joanne Jackson (Loughborough ITC, 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle)

Jemma Lowe (Swansea ITC, 200m butterfly)

Jessica Lloyd (City of Manchester, 4×100 freestyle)

Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough University, 4x200m freestyle)

Hannah Miley (Garioch, 200m & 400m individual medley)

Keri-Anne Payne (Stockport ITC, 10km open water)

Elizabeth Simmonds (Loughborough ITC, 200m backstroke)

Amy Smith (Loughborough University, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle)

Gemma Spofforth (Florida Gators, 100m backstroke)

Stacey Tadd (University of Bath, 200m breaststroke)

Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield, 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle)

Aimee Willmott (Middlesbrough, 400m individual medley)

Men:

Robert Bale, (Stirling ITC, 4x200m freestyle)

Craig Benson (Warrender, 100m breaststroke)

Adam Brown (Hatfield, 4x100m freestyle)

Simon Burnett (Tuscon, 4x100m freestyle)

Ross Davenport (Loughborough ITC, 4x200m freestyle)

David Davies (City of Cardiff, 1500m freestyle)

James Disney-May (Auburn, 4x100m freestyle)

Daniel Fogg (Loughborough ITC, 1500m freestyle)

Craig Gibbons (Maxwell, 4x100m freestyle)

James Goddard (Stockport ITC, 200m individual medley)

Michael Jamieson (Bath ITC, 200m breaststroke)

Ieuan Lloyd (City of Cardiff, 4x200m freestyle)

Roberto Pavoni (Loughborough ITC, 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly),

Robbie Renwick (City of Glasgow, 200m & 400m freestyle)

Michael Rock (Stockport ITC, 100m butterfly),

Joe Roebuck (Loughborough University, 200m & 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly),

Daniel Sliwinski (Stockport ITC, 100m breaststroke),

Liam Tancock (Loughborough ITC, 100m backstroke),

Andrew Willis (Bath ITC, 200m breaststroke).

Cuba, Sudan and now Great Britain!

At the weekend 39-year-old Yamile Aldama by being the second oldest winner of a World Athletics Championship medal when she claimed victory in the Triple Jump at the World Indoors.

Having been born in Cuba Yamile started her international career representing them. Winning Silver at the World Indoor Championships in 1999 she then represented her country of birth at the 2000 Olympics where she finished fourth.

In 2001 Yamile married a Scottish man and re-located to the UK where she applied for citizenship. However , shortly after, her husband was sentenced to 15 years for his part in drug trafficking heroin valued at £40million. Yamile, unconnected with the offence, chose to remain in the UK but her application for citizenship started to hit rocks. This caused her to be unable to represent Team GB at the major sporting events.

Because of these problems Yamile looked at other options and with offers from a number of countries she chose to represent Sudan. After acquiring the Sudanese citizenship on January 23, 2004, she went to represent Sudan at the 2004 Summer Olympics where she finished in fifth place. In 2004 she also broke the Sudanese triple jump record achieving 15.28 metres.

On February 5, 2010, nearly ten years after her initial application, she finally gained British citizenship. And on the 13th of March 2012 she finally got the news that the IOC had finalised her application to change the nation of representation. Meaning that after over 10 years of trying Yamile will compete for Team GB at this years Olympics in London.

An International Olympic Committee statement said: “In both cases the Executive Board agreed to the request to reduce the three-year waiting period outlined in the Olympic Charter as the requirements for such reduction or cancellation had been met.”

Diving World Cup – London

The aquatics center that will host the Olympic Swimming and Diving events will be receiving a good workout over the next few days as competitors from over 44 countries will turn up and compete at the World Cup event.

The event will also allow team GB the opportunity to qualify an athlete in to the 4 remaining events that no one has yet qualified for. These include the men’s and women’s 3m springboard and women’s 10m platform. 8 Olympic events already have athletes from GB qualified in them. This weeks events will allow athletes to look towards the olympics and begin to familiarise themselves with the arena. However even though some positions have been secured for Great Britain at the London Olympics, divers will have to wait until their national trials in June before learning which athletes will be selected for Team GB.

Team GB s led by 17 year-old Tom Daley. Daley has been a star on the rise over the last few years and will look to add to his trophy cabinet as he partners experienced Pete Waterfield in the 10m synchronised event. Other names looking to draw support from the partisan crowd will include 3m springboard rising star Jack Laugher, who claimed to National titles last month and 3m synchro pair Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears. For the women events look no further than the 10m platform divers Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow came closest to the podium than any other GB divers at last year’s World Championships, finishing just outside the medals in the synchronised event.

 

To follow the latest throughout the London World Cup check: http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/diving

Cycling World Cup – London

The Cycling World Cup is being held this weekend at the Olympic velodrome. The event, doubling up as the test event ahead of the Olympics, sees many of the top track cyclists go head to head in the build up to the greatest show on earth. cycling has long been a sport that the Great British team can expect to see many medals with many of the team hoping to strike Gold.

In this first event in the London velodrome the track is already proving to be one of the fastest ever. Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new world best of 32.754 seconds as they beat Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares of Australia in the team sprint. Courtesy of BBC :Women’s Sprint Team claim WR

Following the fantastic performance by the sprint Queens, Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell then beat Canada in a record 3:18.148 in the team pursuit final.

There was however some disappointment for the British team as the mens sprint team of Ross Edgar, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy missed out on a final place in the qualifying session, Germany went on to beat France for gold in the evening, as Gret Britain defeated Australia to claim the Bronze Medal. Sir Chris commented on the event by saying “The wall of noise when you’re on the track is unbelievable.

“We all had lumps in our throat when Vicky and Jess were on the podium and it’s hard not to get caught up in that emotion.

“I believe the crowd have been a decisive factor in our performances today. Goodness knows what it will be like in a few months’ time.”

The competition continue over the weekend as many more of Great Britain’s hopefuls continue on their path towards the Olympics.

 

2020 Olympics: Government scuppers Rome’s bid to host

Rome’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics has been scrapped after the prime minister said it would be “irresponsible” given the country’s economic plight.

Mario Monti said the government could not guarantee to finance the cost of the staging the event, estimated at $12.5bn (£8bn; 9.5bn euros).

The decision comes a day before the deadline for cities to submit bids.

Doha, Istanbul, Tokyo, Madrid and Baku are bidding for the event.