London 2012: Olympic sport this week

Chris Hoy

MAJOR EVENTS THIS WEEK

CYCLING - UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (4-8 April); as the final qualifying event for London 2012, there is more than usual on the line at this year's world championships. Australia topped last year's medals table in the Netherlands but confidence is high in the Great Britain camp after their strong World Cup performance at London's new Velodrome in February. Live coverage every day on the BBC Red Button, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online; highlights on BBC Two, Sunday 8 April 1430-1700 BST. Follow BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter.

SAILING - ISAF World Cup, Palma, Spain (31 March - 7 April); Britain's triple-Olympic champion Ben Ainslie returns in this third regatta of the 2011-2012 World Cup, having recovered from back surgery. It is Ainslie's first appearance since his disqualification at the world championships for 'gross misconduct'. Another British Olympic champion, Paul Goodison, is set for a fascinating duel with Australia's Tom Slingsby in the laser class. Follow Ben Ainslie and Paul Goodison on Twitter.

GYMNASTICS - World Cup Series, Zibo, China (7-8 April); Louis Smith has got the all-clear to compete in China despite suffering a slight fracture in the ring finger of his right hand during training last week. The high-class field includes pommel horse world champion Krisztian Berki of Hungary, one of Smith's rivals for Olympic gold this summer. Follow Louis Smith on Twitter.

ROWING - GB World Cup squad announced (4 April); after last month's trails, Britain's crews for the first World Cup meeting of 2012 are revealed on Wednesday. It will provide a strong indication of what the Olympic squad, announced on 6 June, will be. Follow GB Rowing Team on Twitter.

HANDBALL - London Handball Cup, Crystal Palace (5-7 April); the men's teams of Great Britain, Tunisia, Argentina and South Korea are taking part in what GB coach Dragan Djukic is calling "the best handball tournament ever on British soil". All four teams have qualified for London 2012 and GB begin against the American champions Argentina on Thursday evening at 1900 BST. Follow British Handball on Twitter for updates.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Shooting world record for GB's Peter Wilson; windsurfer Nick Dempsey wins world silver; Alison Williamson on target for sixth Olympics; and Eric the Eel set for Olympic return

SHOOTING

Britain's Peter Wilson set a world record score to win the double trap at the opening Shotgun World Cup event of the year in Arizona.

Having made it to the final with the highest qualification score (148 out of 150), Wilson then hit all 50 targets for an overall score of 198 out of 200, eclipsing the previous world record of 196 set by China's Olympian Hu Binyuan in 2009.

Wilson - who is coached by a member of Dubai's ruling family - has returned to the top of the world rankings after his victory.

SAILING

Nick Dempsey
World silver medallist Nick Dempsey

Britain's Nick Dempsey won a silver medal at the RS:X Windsurfing World Championships off Cadiz, Spain.

Dempsey was in contention to win gold but strong winds saw the final two days' sailing cancelled, denying him the chance to improve on second place.

Gold was won by France's Julien Bontemps.

Britain's Bryony Shaw, a bronze medallist at Beijing 2008, finished fourth in the women's event following the decision to cancel Wednesday's medal races.

ARCHERY

Alison Williamson
Alison Williamson

Alison Williamson was top scorer in the first of three Great Britain selection shoots to stay on course for her sixth Olympics.

The Athens bronze medallist topped the seven-strong women's competition as GB's hopefuls were whittled down from 17 to 12.

Larry Godfrey finished top of the men's standings.

The top three men and the top three women at the three-day final shoot from 19-21 April will compete at Lord's at this summer's Olympics.

BADMINTON

Rajiv Ouseph
Finnish Open champion Rajiv Ouseph

Rajiv Ouseph secured his third title of the season when he overcame Henri Hurskainen to be crowned Finnish Open men's singles champion.

The England number one was forced to work hard before defeating his Swedish opponent 21-18 16-21 21-18 in Vantaa.

British number ones Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier made it a title double by taking the mixed doubles.

They came back from the loss of the first game to beat Denmark pair Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Sara Thygesen.

CYCLING

British road race champion Lizzie Armitstead could only finish 34th in the Tour of Flanders, won by world time-trial champion Judith Arndt of Germany.

"I'm disappointed. I think my inexperience showed," Armitstead said, referring to an unsuccessful early attack.

BOXING

Josh Taylor
Olympic hopeful Josh Taylor

GB Boxing performance director Rob McCracken has named his squad for the final Olympic qualifier, which takes place in Turkey from 14 to 22 April.

McCracken has sprung a surprise at lightweight, opting to omit GB podium squad pair Martin Ward and Iain Weaver, instead choosing Sam Maxwell.

Charlie Edwards (49kg), Anthony Ogogo (75kg), Callum Smith (81kg) and Warren Baister (91kg) also make the squad, and Scotland's Josh Taylor and Wales' Joe Cordina are selected at 60kg.

Five GB boxers have already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games following the World Championships in 2011: Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Tom Stalker, Fred Evans and Anthony Joshua.

SWIMMING

Eric the Eel
Eric the Eel found fame at the Sydney Olympics

One of the Olympics' most famous underdogs, Eric 'the Eel' Moussambani, is set to make an appearance at London 2012 after being named coach of the Equatorial Guinea swim team.

Moussambani became a cult hero at the Sydney Games in 2000 when he slowly made his way through a 100 metres freestyle heat, appearing to almost sink as he neared the finish.

It later emerged that he had only been swimming for eight months and had never swum in a 50m pool.

It is not known how many swimmers Equatorial Guinea will be sending to London.

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