Ashley Tait insists Great Britain are hellbent on claiming a World Championship Division One B gold medal as the forward prepares to make his 100th cap against Lithuania.
Great Britain got off to a disappointing start in Lithuania as they suffered an opening 4-0 defeat to Croatia.
However Tait and co bounced back with a 4-1 victory against Romania to lift spirits ahead of a third match against hosts Lithuania.
Six U.S. elite triathletes, led by the world’s fifth-ranked Sarah Groff, are on the start list for the ITU World Triathlon Cape Town, held April 26-27 as the second stop of the eight-race ITU World Triathlon Series.
Stratford Velopark gears up for first post- Olympics BMX race Bike Biz Supported by Ison brands Identiti and Halo, as well as British Cycling and XLR8, the race is being organised and run by the Braintree Bullets BMX Club, in conjunction with Lee Valley. The Velopark recently hosted the Bespoked handmade bicycle show. and more »
Two-time Olympic swimmer Patrick Murphy (AUS) has been appointed an Athlete Role Model (ARM) for the upcoming Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, joining the impressive line-up of 38 fellow sporting legends who will offer support, mentoring and advice to the 3,800 young participating athletes. Representing all 28 sports on the Olympic programme, the ARMs will also take part in workshops and educational activities with the young athletes, covering topics such as anti-doping, nutrition, environmental protection, injury prevention, and irregular and illegal betting, to name a few.
European Judo Championships kick off with the draw
12 reigning European Champions plus four reigning World Champions headline the European Championships in Montpellier, France, this week. Competition should be exciting in all weight categories with champions, newcomers and veterans vying for the medals.
Defending Olympic, World and European Champion Teddy Riner (FRA) leads a deep and highly talented field at these championships. The French heavyweight is keen to collect his fourth European title, this time on home soil where he can count on the support of an enthusiastic and expectant crowd. In the women’s all seven reigning European Champions have returned: Eva Csernoviczki (HUN, -48kg), Natalia Kuziutina (RUS, -52kg), Automne Pavia (FRA, -57kg), Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA, -63kg), Kim Polling (NED, -70kg), Lucie Louette (FRA, -78kg) and Lucija Polavder (SLO, +78kg). In the men’s events, five out of seven defending champions are competing in Montpellier: Amiran Papinashvili (GEO, -60kg), Rok Draksic (SLO, -73kg), Avtandil Tchirikishvili (GEO, -81kg), Lukas Krpalek (CZE, -100kg) and Riner (+100kg).
Making things even more difficult on the Montpellier tatami will be the presence of four more Europeans who are reigning World Champions. These are Majlinda Kelmendi (IJF, -52kg), Yarden Gerbi (ISR, -63kg) as well as Loic Pietri (FRA, -81kg) and Elkhan Mammadov (AZE, -100kg).
In total, 321 athletes from 43 countries will battle it out to determine who are Europe’s best judokas. “The European Championships are our flagship event and they are also an important step towards the next Olympic Games”, said EJU-President Sergey Soloveychik at the opening draw on Wednesday. “I expect a very high level of competition”, commented Jean-Luc Rougé, President of the hosting French Judo Federation.
Montepellier hosts the European Judo Championships for the first time.
For EJU Media Team
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is set to receive several awards and honours in his home area of Stirlingshire.