The second British Athletics Futures Sprint Relay camp at Loughborough on the 18th & 19th of May produced some promising results from the British junior team at Loughborough International on Sunday, 20 May.
The men’s junior 4x100m squad clocked the fastest U20 relay time since 2012 on their first outing of the season in 39.53. The team of Dom Ashwell, Charlie Dobson (Stephen Garnham), Jona Efoloko (John Smith) and Chad Miller (Ryan Freckleton) set the second fastest time of 2018 by the Power of 10 rankings in the process.
Eden Davis (Catherine Walker), Rio Mitcham (Leon Baptiste), Michael Olsen (Bill Walker) and Daniel Afolabi (James Roughneen) put in a strong showing to win the second of the relay races in 40.90.
The women’s junior team of Kristal Awuah (Matthew Thomas), Alisha Rees (Leon Baptiste), Georgina Adam (Denise Timmis) and Amber Anning (Ryan Freckleton) worked well together throughout the weekend and the relay camp itself.
Vera Chinedu (Matthew Thomas), Mair Edwards (John Davis), Hannah Kelly (Les Hall) and Ebony Carr (Mike Leonard) comprised the individual team, who clocked 45.91, finishing fourth in the process.
Immanuela Aliu (John Blackie), Amy Hunt (Joseph McDonnell), Samir Williams (Paul Weston) and Brandon Mingeli (Benjamin Davies) were the other athletes involved with the Futures relay camp.
The camp built on what athletes had learnt at the first relay camp in March, with more of an emphasis placed on baton skills and changeovers.
There was also the opportunity for the Futures Coaches to fine-tune athlete pairings for changeovers to ensure the strongest possible performances from the junior teams.
The next Futures Sprint Relay Camp will take place on Thursday, 21 June and Friday, 22 June on the eve of the Mannheim Gala, held on Saturday, June 23.
Mannheim is seen as one of the top junior meetings for relay squads and will give the British team another competitive opportunity on the international stage.
Kyle Edmund reminded the tennis world why he is British number one as he beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in straight sets to reach the second round of the French Open.
A professional, if not restrained performance from the 22-year-old saw him win 6-2 6-4 6-3 at Roland Garros against his 19-year-old opponent.
He had already beaten him earlier this month at the Estoril Open, but today’s win was far more measured – and important.
“Throughout the match, my concentration was generally very good.
“It’s something that doesn’t come overnight and he’s the sort of opponent who is really up for the battle if he gets a sniff.”
Full story & Images – https://www.teamgb.com/news/edmund-breezes-into-second-round-of-french-open
Archery’s funding uncertainty since Rio seems to have served as a catalyst for this cohort’s success.
The World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil was brought to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday with Richard Chiassaro (coach: Jenni Banks) setting a European record in the T54 400m and Hannah Cockroft (Banks) just narrowly missing her own world record in the T34 400m.
The fast and furious nature of the 400m led to a fantastic day of action, but it was Chiassaro’s superb quarter mile performance that stood out in particular from a British perspective in Switzerland. After talking about his chances of setting a time within the low 45s on Friday, he duly delivered, clocking 45.26 to win overall.
After taking 0.72 seconds off his previous best, the Harlow athlete said: “It’s a massive personal best for me, so I am very happy with that.
“We’ve been working on getting off the line quicker with the hard gloves. My top speed is very good as well and I’m holding it for longer as well. The hard work has paid off.
“I’ll go away and rest for a few days and look to go even quicker on Thursday (at the Daniela Jutzeler meeting in Nottwil).”
Also completing an impressive series of races over the three days, Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins) took over a second off his previous best, revising it from 47.96 to 46.39. The astonishing improvement adds to his personal bests over 100m and 200m over the weekend.
Hannah Cockroft was close to lowering her own world record over 400m, but just missed out by 0.16 seconds with a time of 57.89 to take the win. It was another near miss for Cockroft who is has two more events out in Switzerland to continue to attack her lifetime bests, but it showed yet more consistency.
She said: “It felt really fast today. I had good top speed and I didn’t tire at the end so all positives really.
“I’m really enjoying the 400m and I’m just consistently trying to get under a minute. My 800m in consistently under two minutes so there is no reason why I shouldn’t be doing it under the 400m.”
Ben Rowlings (Ian Mirfin) took some notable scalps on his way to second place overall in the men’s T34 400m races. His time of 53.81 saw him beat the reigning European champion, Finland’s Henry Manni, which will give him huge confidence with the WPA European Championships taking place in Berlin this August.
There was another personal best for Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer) in the T54 800m. The Weir Archer Academy athlete posted 1:02.42, over a second quicker than her previous best which came in 2016.
Elsewhere, Yasmin Somers (Richard Chiassaro) won the women’s T33 400m in 1:33.54 while Mo Jomni (Archer) was sixth in the men’s T53 400m with a season’s best of 51.33.
Earlier in the day, JohnBoy Smith (Archer) was the highest placed British finisher in the men’s T53/54 5000m races. His time of 10:58.22 put him in 17th place overall.
Results can be found on the Rollstuhlsport Schweiz app or here: http://www.rollstuhlsportevents.ch/en/
In arguably one of Gemma Howell’s finest days of judo on the mat, she claimed an excellent Bronze medal at the Hohhot Grand Prix in China to back up the Bronze medal won at the European Championships earlier this month.
The draw was not kind to Howell and her route to the Final Block was anything but straight forward but an excellent win over the World No.1 and current World Champion Chizuru Arai (JPN) was the spring board to her claiming the bronze medal.
World No.5 Anna Bernholm stood in the way of Howell claiming the Bronze. Bernholm recently won Gold at the Antalya Grand Prix so has showed signs of recent form on the mat. It was a cagey affair throughout and with the scores level after regulation time, Golden Score beckoned. Bernholm possessed a distinct height advantage over Howell and continually tried to use this to her advantage with her left-handed grip. Howell, however, dug deep and repelled the best that Bernholm could throw at her and with just over two minutes gone in Golden Score, Howell was able to register a maka-komi to hand her a deserved medal.
Howell started the day in quick-fire fashion as she came up against Austria’s World No.16 Michaela Polleres in the -70kg category. It was a battle of the European Championships Bronze medallists and it was Howell who came out on top again as her impressive newaza skills ended the contest in the opening minute. Similar to her victory at the European Championships, Howell worked Polleres onto the mat and worked hard to secure the strangle and after finding a way to secure her opponent, Polleres had no choice but to submit.
The contests would get no easier for Howell as Germany’s World No.33 Laura Vargas Koch awaited her in the second round. As anticipated it was close fought contest between the two as neither judoka could quite find a score to take the lead. With two shidos a piece and entering the final minute of the contest, Howell worked Vargas Koch to the mat and sensed an opportunity. She worked hard in newaza to secure a second victory of the day via strangle.
It would prove to get no easier for Howell as Japan’s World No.1 Chizuru Arai stood in her way in Quarter Final, and in Howell’s most impressive contest of the day, she secured an ippon finish over Arai. To add context to the result, it is the first time that World Champion Arai had not finished in a the top two in a competition that she had entered since 2015! Both fighters took some time to size each other up and Howell started to ramp up the pressure on the Japanese judoka. Arai picked up shidos frequently and with Howell continuing to attack, she picked up a third shido and handed Howell the victory.
She couldn’t keep up the momentum into the semi finals however, as Holland’s Sanne Van Dijke was able to topple Howell’s bid for Gold ended with a waza-ari defeat. She brushed aside Mongolia’s Naranjargal Tsend-Ayush in under a minute to set up the bronze medal contest against Bernholm.
Daniel Powell continued to build up his experience at Senior level competition as he took on Brazil’s World No.18 Marcel Contini in his opening round contest in the -73kg competition. Contini has a range of Grand Slam and Grand Prix medals to his name and Powell secured an impressive victory over the Brazilian courtesy of a waza-ari. He had to be careful during the closing stages of the contest after picking up shidos throughout but showed admirable contest management to see off Contini.
Russia’s World No.16 Musa Mogushkov stood in Powell’s way in the second round but Powell could not see off the Russian as he fell to an ippon defeat. Mogushkov scored with a waza-ari with a minute gone on the clock and caught Powell just a minute later with a well-timed throw.
Stuart McWatt opened his account in the -81kg competition with an impressive ippon defeat of home judoka Haiyuan Gao in the first round. McWatt dominated throughout against his inexperienced opponent and eventually secured the ippon finish with just over half of the contest remaining. World No.5 Alan Khubetsov (RUS) awaited McWatt in the second round. An early waza-ari score for the Russian proved to be the difference between the two as Khubetsov forced McWatt to the mat and drove hard with his legs to rotate McWatt and pick up the score. McWatt could not respond in the time and exited at the second round.
With Lucy Renshall’s late withdrawal through injury, Lubjana Piovesana was GB’s sole representative in the -63kg category. Piovesana has shown recent good form on the mat following a Gold medal at the Orenburg European Cup in Russia, but after receiving a bye in the first round, she came up against China’s Jing Tang. It was a tight contest throughout with several near misses for Piovesana and when she did connect with a throw, Tang was able to find the rotation to avoid the score. Just under a minute into Golden Score, Piovesana was countered and rolled over to secure a waza-ari for Tang and eliminate Piovesana.
Owen Livesey suffered a first round defeat in the -81kg category at the hands of China’s Lasai Zha, with a single waza-ari proving to be the difference between the two fighters after regulation time.
Tune in tomorrow as Jamal Petgrave (-90kg), Max Stewart (-90kg) and Jemima Yeats-Brown (-78kg) all take to the mat as they look to add to Gemma Howell’s Bronze medal win. Keep an eye on our social media channels for full live event reporting from the Final Block from 9:00am tomorrow morning.
Ten-time world champion Hannah Cockroft (coach: Jenni Banks) headlines the field at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil from today 25 May to Sunday 27 May.
Cockroft enjoyed a successful series out at the Swiss meets last year, clocking world records over a number of distances to prepare perfectly for last summer’s World Para Athletics championships. She will be targeting more fine preparations this time around for the 2018 summer season, starting with the 200m and 800m on day one.
World medallist Richard Chiassaro (Banks) continues to show great form after an unfortunate puncture during the Commonwealth Games final earlier this year, and will be looking for some quick times across the three days in Switzerland. He will be joined by the ever-improving Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins) and British Athletics Futures Academy athlete Dillon Labrooy (Jenny Archer) in a series of T54 200m and 800m heats on the first day of track action.
World T53 100m silver medallist Mickey Bushell (Archer) lines up at the start of a busy week, as he also competes in the Daniela Jutzeler event and Swiss Nationals after the GP.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the marathon, JohnBoy Smith (Archer), continues to sharpen up on the track, with his name on the entry lists here.
Full start lists and results will be available here.
Image and article courtesy of https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/news-and-features/nottwil-the-next-stop-for-world-para-athletics-gp/
‘A Taste of the World-Cup!’
Food, Football and Travel. What a combination!
Brendan Murphy-The Chef Explorer has spent the last 30 years cooking, traveling, teaching and writing about food and culture from around the world. He has also been teaching Commercial Cookery at Technical Colleges in WA and the UK as well as his own ‘Taste of the World’ Cooking Classes for Adults and Kids at School.
He has been writing a regular Cookery Column for the ‘Swan Magazine’ for the last 10 years and published his first book ‘A Taste of the World’ in 2010. That book was a successful ‘ recipe ‘ of true Chef and Travel short stories, set in 12 countries where he has worked or travelled, including info on their culture and cuisine and an authentic recipe.
This book is the same format but with the extra ingredient of the ‘World Game’ =football! It profiles all 32 countries including travel and food highlights and a tasty recipe to prepare and enjoy during the tournament. Plus, of course the extra ingredient of each countries World Cup history thrown in the pot to deliver a truly Tasty World Cup & Cuisine Experience!
Embrace the delights of international cuisine, plan your games and enjoy the food.
Find out more about the Chef Explorer – http://chefexplorer.com.au/
What a sense of freedom you get from swimming in the sea. I love embracing open-water swims in the sea, lakes and rivers where I can battle all manner of challenges from currents to swells. Of course, you’ll have to modify your strokes to help slice through the water while using less energy.
You’ll also need to prepare yourself mentally to deal with the specific hurdles open water swimming bring. In fact, I’d always recommend you have a swim buddy with you in the early days as reinsurance when you are swimming out of your depth or comfort zone.
There are some things you need to look out when in the sea. For a start, hypothermia can be a risk. And the rule is simple, if you start feeling cold, get out of the water as soon as you can.
In chilly waters, as we have in my home country Sweden, it can be a good idea to wear a wet-suit of some kind and a swimming hat (you lose a lot of body heat through your head, so some open water swimmers use two caps to create a thermal zone). Wet-suits can chaff, so my tip is to apply some Vaseline to those areas where chaffing is liable to occur.
Another useful hint is not to forget to apply a waterproof sunscreen on your neck and shoulders, and even the backs of your legs. And stay well hydrated, drink fresh water regularly (Bluewater’s water purifiers deliver water as pure as nature intended), especially if the weather is warm.
Then there are the unexpected physical challenges, such as being stung by a jellyfish (always wear goggles to protect your eyes against a sting as well as salty water) or currents and wind. Finally, remember our oceans are more polluted than ever nowadays, and there is a greater risk of stomach illnesses or ear infections when swimming in coastal waters due to sewage and farm run-offs.
At a busy beach, it’s always a good idea to check sea conditions such as tide times with a lifeguard. Also, keep an eye on the flags and buoys that have been placed for the safety of swimmers, getting hit by a fast-moving speedboat can be deadly.
Finally, though, have fun. Go on, dive into that tantalizing lake or azure blue sea. I enjoy it, and I’m sure you will too, especially if you take the simple precautions outlined above.