London 2012: Olympic sport this week

Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis has high hopes in her home town this weekend

MAJOR EVENTS THIS WEEK

ATHLETICS - Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships, EIS Sheffield (11-12 Feb); as well as national titles, selection for next month's IAAF World Indoor Championships is at stake in Sheffield. Local favourite Jessica Ennis, who will be defending her pentathlon title at those World Indoor Championships, is taking part in the shot put, high jump, long jump and 60m hurdles this weekend. Listen to BBC Radio Five Live for regular updates. Follow Jessica Ennis on Twitter.

ARCHERY - World Indoor Championships, Las Vegas (6-9 Feb); Naomi Folkard, who finished fourth at a prestigious indoor tournament in France last month, heads an eight-strong British team. Follow Archery GB on Twitter for regular updates.

BOXING - Bocskai Memorial Tournament, Debrecen, Hungary (7-12 Feb); Team GB boxers Tom Stalker (60kg), Fred Evans (69kg) and Anthony Joshua (91+kg)compete in this elite international tournament. Follow Anthony Joshua on Twitter.

CYCLING - Tour of Qatar (5-10 Feb); Mark Cavendish makes his first appearance of 2012 in this six-stage event in Doha. The world champion, a winner of two stages at the event in 2009, is making his debut for Team Sky. Follow Mark Cavendish on Twitter.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Argentina pip Great Britain to gold in hockey's Champions Trophy, US league cancellation hits GB footballers, former world judo champion Craig Fallon retires, and the Olympic flame gets a start date.

HOCKEY

Kate Walsh
GB captain Kate Walsh: "We're devastated not to have won but it will fuel us on our way to London."

Great Britain's women gave their Olympic hopes a boost with a memorable Champions Trophy campaign, reaching the final for the first time before losing 1-0 to hosts Argentina.

Danny Kerry's side, who overcame Germany 2-0 in the semi-final, were beaten by Sylvina D'Elia's 28th minute goal from a penalty corner.

But there were plenty of positives to take from a tournament which features the world's top eight sides. Great Britain's Crista Cullen was the tournament's joint-top scorer with five goals.

Olympic champions the Netherlands took bronze after beating Germany 5-4.

FOOTBALL

Hope Solo
The USA's win over Canada was overshadowed 24 hours later

England striker Kelly Smith says she is "devastated" after learning the 2012 Women's Professional Soccer League in the United States has been cancelled.

The decision was taken as a result of an ongoing legal dispute with a former club owner and it leaves five British players without a club in an Olympic year.

Just a day earlier, women's football looked to be thriving; a capacity crowd of more than 25,000 had seen the USA beat Canada 4-0 in the final of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

Both teams have secured their place at London 2012 as a result of reaching the final.

ATHLETICS

World indoor champion Dwain Chambers had to settle for second place in the 60 metres at the Russian Winter meeting in Moscow.

The British sprinter clocked 6.68 seconds in the heats and 6.64secs in the final, but was beaten by just 0.01s by American Josh Norman.

At the Boston Indoor Grand Prix, Mo Farah recovered from an opening lap fall to set a personal best while finishing fourth in the featured mile won by his training partner Ciaran O'Lionaird of Ireland.

Farah, the 5000m world champion, fell while in a crowded pack but bounced back to run a personal best time of three minutes, 57.92 seconds in the unfamiliar distance.

JUDO

Craig Fallon
Craig Fallon

British judoka Craig Fallon has retired from the sport just five months before London 2012.

The former world champion had only returned to judo a year ago following a disappointing performance at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

The under-66kg fighter told BBC Sport: "I wasn't where I wanted to be, it was quite an easy decision.

"I wanted to be competitive [in London] and didn't feel like I would've been."

BADMINTON

Rajiv Ouseph won an unprecedented fifth successive men's singles title at the English National Championships with yet another defeat of Carl Baxter.

Rajiv Ouseph
Repeat success: Rajiv Ouseph

The Londoner - ranked 24 in the world - saw off his friend and rival for a fourth consecutive year to retain his crown with a 21-18 21-14 victory at the Bolton Arena.

Top seed Elizabeth Cann of Jersey claimed her fifth women's singles title with a hard-fought 21-19 21-17 win over eighth seed Kate Robertshaw.

But there was disappointment for Nathan Roberston who failed in his quest to claim a record-equalling 16th doubles title.

The 2004 Olympic silver medalist and partner Jenny Wallwork, were beaten 21-18 17-21 21-14 in the mixed doubles final by Chris Adcock and Gabby White.

Read more about the battle for GB's one Olympics mixed doubles place here.

OTHER NEWS

The Olympic Flame will be lit by the sun's rays on the morning of May 10 in Greece at the start of its journey to the London 2012 Games, Lord Coe has announced.

An hour-long lighting ceremony amid the historic ruins of the home of the ancient Games at the Temple of Hera in Olympia will signal the start of an eight-day relay around Greece before the flame hits British shores, starting in Cornwall.

The flame is due to arrive at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on May 17 where a London 2012 representative will be ready for the official handover.

Once in Britain, the flame will be taken on a nationwide 70-day relay, from May 19 to July 27, ending with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony.

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