Olympic sport this week

The week's highlights include BMX gold for Shanaze Reade, success for Great Britain's sprint canoeists at the World Championships and an historic team gold for GB at the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam.


Great Britain's Shanaze Reade underlined her Olympic gold medal potential with an impressive win in the BMX test event at the Olympic Park course.

Reade wins BMX test event at Olympic Park

After a lengthy delay because of heavy rain, Reade finished first and second in the quarter-final and semi-final stages respectively, before producing a superb performance to win the medal race.

New Zealand's Sarah Walker was second, with Australia's Lauren Reynolds taking the bronze. Reigning world champion Mariana Pajon of Colombia did not finish after a heavy fall.

There was more medal success for New Zealand in the men's race, with Marc Willers winning ahead of Joris Daudet of France and Nicholas Long of the United States.


Ed McKeever lost his world title but still won one of three silver medals for Britain at sprint canoeing's World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.

Ed McKeever
McKeever could not defend his K1 200m title but still took silver

McKeever was beaten by Poland's Piotr Siemionowski in the 200m kayak single but has qualified for the Olympics.

So too have Jon Schofield and Liam Heath, who won silver in the K2 200m behind Arnaud Hybois and Sebastien Jouve of France. GB's Lani Belcher took silver in the non-Olympic 5,000m race.

Triple Olympic medallist Tim Brabants finished 15th in the K2 1,000m with Ben Farrell and must wait for next year's European Championships to try to book his Olympic place.


Great Britain's dressage riders put on a brilliant display to be crowned European team champions for the first time.

GB's victorious dressage team
Great Britain celebrate their historic gold

The quartet of Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin and Emile Faurie produced a record-breaking performance that stunned world dressage heavyweights Germany and the Netherlands at Rotterdam's Kraslinge Bos arena.

The Germans and Dutch had won every previous European team title between them.

The championships were especially memorable for 44-year-old Hester, who also won two individual silver medals on Uthopia.


France won the six-team test event at the new Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park. Inspired by Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, the 2000 Olympic silver medallists won all five of their round-robin matches.

Deng inspires GB test event win

"It was a great tournament," said Parker. "You can see the excitement on everyone's face here in London."

Great Britain finished fifth overall after suffering a dramatic 91-90 defeat by Australia in their final match, with GB's Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng contributing 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

A day earlier, Deng had helped Britain record their only win of the tournament, against China. He missed his team's first three games as he was at his basketball camp for children in Loughborough.


Two fierce Crista Cullen strikes gave England's women a 2-0 victory over hosts Germany to secure their passage to the Euro Hockey semi-finals.

Crista Cullen against Germany
Crista Cullen (left) in action for England against Germany

Cullen, who turned 26 on Saturday, also scored in England's opening 4-0 win over Belgium.

England's men began their European title defence with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Ireland. Captain Barry Middleton scored twice.


Great Britain lived up to their billing as favourites by taking gold at the Team Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne.

The Brownlee brothers both shone, with Jonathan - crowned solo world sprint champion on Saturday - aggressively putting GB ahead on the second leg. Alistair clinched the victory on the last leg, 14 seconds clear.

Jodie Stimpson and Helen Jenkins, who leads the women's individual world rankings, both played their part in humid conditions.

The International Triathlon Union hope the relay format will be included in the 2016 Olympics.


An independent investigation has upheld the decision to award West Ham the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.

The review concluded there is no reason to re-open the bidding process.

The inquiry came after allegations that a director of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) was paid by West Ham during the contest with Tottenham.

Athletics: World Championships, Daegu, South Korea (27 August - 4 September)

Equestrian: European Eventing Championships, Luhmuhlen, Germany (23-29 August)

Hockey: European Championships, Monchengladbach, Germany (20-28 August)

Judo: World Championships, Paris (23-28 August)

Volleyball: World Grand Prix Finals, Macau, China (24-28 August)

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