Great Britain thrash China in World League semi-final event

Nick Catlin
Nick Catlin (r) celebrates one of his two goals against China with Great Britain captain Barry Middleton

Team GB improved their hopes of Olympic qualification with a 8-1 victory over China in Pool B of the World League semi-final in Antwerp.

GB have one win from three in the pool, and rise to second, with the top four sides reaching the next stage.

The tournament's top three teams will be guaranteed a place at Rio 2016.

Sam Ward, Nick Catlin and Mark Gleghorne all scored twice against China with Alastair Brogdon and Ashley Jackson scoring once each.

Britain are one point behind Malaysia, who they play in their next game.

GB drew both their earlier games, 2-2 against Belgium and Ireland.