London 2012: Olympic sport this week

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Olympia welcomes many London 2012 hopefuls this week

MAJOR EVENTS THIS WEEK

EQUESTRIAN: London International Horse Show, Olympia (13-19 December); Many Olympic show jumping hopefuls are competing, including Britain's European bronze medal-winning team of Nick Skelton, John Whitaker, Ben Maher and Guy Williams. Look out too for a dressage masterclass from Britain's Laura Bechtolsheimer - part of the GB quartet that won a first-ever team gold at the Europeans earlier this year. Coverage on BBC Two and the BBC Red Button. Follow BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter for updates.

SAILING: ISAF World Championships, Perth, Western Australia (3-18 December); The final week of competition. Held every four years, the World Championships feature all 10 Olympic classes. More than 1,400 sailors from 80 countries are taking part, including 36 British crews, some of which are bidding for Olympic selection. Follow the ISAF on Twitter for updates.

JUDO: Qingdao Grand Prix, China (16-18 December); Great Britain's five-strong team move from Japan to China for the latest event in the IJF calendar. Follow Euan Burton on Twitter.

BADMINTON: BWF Superseries Final, China (14-18 December); The world's top eight men, women and doubles players compete for prize money of 500,000 US dollars. Men's Olympic and world champion Lin Dan is bidding for his first Superseries Final win in front of his home crowd, although world number one and defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will not give up his title lightly.

HOCKEY: USA v Great Britain, San Diego (11-18 December); Great Britain's women take on the USA in a five-test series over the next week. Full details are here.

HANDBALL: Women's World Championship, Brazil (2-18 December); Russia are the defending champions and will be aiming to win their fourth consecutive world title. Great Britain are not one of the 24 teams involved.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Furious Ainslie loses sailing world title; Australia's Kookaburras retain Champions Trophy; Britain top Euro Cross Country medals table; and weightlifting and wrestling host the latest London 2012 test events.

SAILING

Triple Olympic champion Ben Ainslie finished out of the medals at the World Championships in Australia after a remarkable bust-up led to him being disqualified from two Finn races.

Ben Ainslie
Ainslie was on course for gold before his disqualification

Ainslie - aiming for a sixth world title - hauled himself on board a media boat to remonstrate with the crew after believing their boat had impeded him.

He attended a protest hearing and was disqualified from races nine and 10 for "gross misconduct".

Britain still clinched gold in the event through Giles Scott, while compatriot Ed Wright took bronze.

Elsewhere, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell took silver in the 470 behind Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page of Australia.

HOCKEY

Great Britain finished sixth in the eight-team Champions Trophy in New Zealand after recovering from an 8-1 thrashing by Spain.

Australia celebrate winning the Champions Trophy

That loss in the pool stages - described by coach Jason Lee as his "worst ever" defeat - ended GB's hopes of a medal.

A 4-3 win over South Korea a few days later restored some confidence but GB's campaign ended with a 1-0 defeat against Germany.

Australia beat Spain 1-0 in the final to win a record fourth Champions Trophy, while the Netherlands beat hosts New Zealand 5-3 to take the bronze medal.

ATHLETICS

Great Britain finished top of the medals table at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovenia.

Britain's senior, under-23 and junior women won team golds, while the junior men took gold and the seniors and under-23s silver.

Gemma Steel led the senior women by finishing third in Velenje, while Andy Vernon was the first GB man home in seventh.

The women's under-23 race was a particular highlight for Britain as Emma Pallant took gold, five seconds ahead of team-mate Naomi Taschimowitz, while Steph Twell - back in action after a serious ankle injury - finished fourth.

SWIMMING

Jemma Lowe led the way for Great Britain at the European Short Course Championships in Poland with silver medals in the 100m and 200m butterfly.

The 21-year-old was particularly impressive in the 100m butterfly, breaking her own Welsh record in winning silver behind Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen.

There were also two medals for Hannah Miley, who took silver in the 400m individual medley after bronze in the 200m event.

Great Britain won nine medals in all, one fewer than Germany who topped the table with seven golds.

WEIGHTLIFTING

British weightlifters Peter Kirkbride and Natasha Perdue both achieved the Olympic qualifying B standard at the Olympic test event at the ExCeL Centre.

Natasha Perdue
Perdue made the best of the home conditions at London's test event

Kirkbride finished with a combined total of 320kg in the 94kg event, while Perdue registered a total of 197kg in the women's 69kg category.

But 2012 prospect Zoe Smith was forced to pull out as a precaution due to a recurrence of her niggling back injury.

Three Olympic spots are available for GB men and two for women. Lifters have until the end of May to record two successful totals during competition at either the A or B standard of Olympic qualification.

WRESTLING

Great Britain's Olga Butkevych was the pick of Team GB's wrestling squad at the London 2012 test event, reaching the final of the 55kg category before losing out to Sofia Magdalena Mattsson of Sweden.

Olga Butkevych
Olga Butkevych (blue) won silver for GB at the 2012 test event

Butkevych's silver was one of three medals won by Britain, with Krasimir Krastanov (55kg) and Bec-khan Aldamov (66kg) both taking bronze.

European bronze medallist Butkevych, originally from the Ukraine, qualifies for a British passport next year.

British Wrestling fear that unless home secretary Theresa May fast-tracks her application, they may not receive her paperwork by June 2012, which is the deadline for Team GB squad submissions.

TAEKWONDO

Welsh teenager Jade Jones added a bronze to her growing collection of medals at the French Open.

Jade Jones
Jones collected another medal at the French Open in Paris

The 18-year-old World Championship silver medallist and British Open winner was beaten by French 57kg rival and eventual winner Marlene Harnois.

There was also a silver medal for Jones' Great Britain team-mate Martin Stamper at 68kg.

But there was disappointment for Aaron Cook, who lost 13-10 to Nikolaos Tzellos of Greece in the quarter-finals of the under-80kgs division.

CYCLING

Sarah Storey has been dropped from Great Britain's women's team pursuit squad, despite winning gold at the recent World Cup meeting in Colombia.

Sarah Storey
Sarah Storey will now concentrate on defending her Paralympic titles

The 34-year-old, a Paralympics gold medal-winning swimmer and cyclist, was hoping to become Britain's first Paralympic and Olympic athlete.

"I collected my bags in Manchester and before heading home was told my performance in Cali was not as good as they were looking for," she said.

The squad now stands at four - Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King - following Storey's omission.

OTHER NEWS

Euan Burton suffered a disappointing early exit from judo's Tokyo Grand Slam, which was dominated by the host nation. The 32-year-old Scot lost to Italian world number 21 Francesco Bruyere as he failed to progress out of the pool stage.

Ellis & Olver
Ellis and Olver are one of several strong GB mixed doubles pairings

Marcus Ellis and Heather Olver of England won the mixed doubles title at badminton's Yonex Irish International in Lisburn, succeeding Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier as champions. England's Rajiv Ouseph won the men's singles title.

Britain's men's water polo team were given a lesson in finishing as they continued their build-up to the 2012 Olympics with a 14-6 defeat by world champions Italy in Manchester.

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