Olympic sport this week


Athletics: Diamond League, Zurich (Thursday 8 September) Live on BBC 2 1900-2100

Triathlon: World Championship Grand Final, Beijing (10 - 11 Sept) Live on BBC Red Button: Saturday 0530-0750 (elite men), Sunday 0630-0850 (elite women)

Archery: World Cup (Stage 4), China (5 - 10 Sept)

Canoeing: World Championships, Slovakia (7 - 11 Sept)

Basketball: Eurobasket, Lithuania (31 August - 18 Sept)

Modern Pentathlon: World Championships, Moscow (8 - 14 Sept)

Volleyball: Men's European Championships, Austria & Czech Republic (10 - 18 Sept)


Last week's highlights included golds at the IAAF World Championships for Britain's Dai Greene and Mo Farah, a table-topping seven golds for GB's rowers at the World Championships in Slovenia and a record sixth Burghley Horse Trials win for William Fox-Pitt.


Mo Farah and Dai Greene led Britain's medal haul at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea with memorable victories.

Welshman Greene delivered GB's first gold of the championships, winning the 400m hurdles in a time of 48.26 seconds. Greene now has the world, European and Commonwealth titles in the 400m hurdles to his name.

Farah then capped an outstanding season with gold in the 5,000m on the last day of competition, having won silver in the 10,000m a week earlier.

Great Britain finished sixth in the medals table with two golds, four silvers and one bronze, surpassing the target of seven medals and one gold set by UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee.

"Mission achieved and it puts us in a great position for next year where we want to win eight," Van Commenee said.

And after his shock disqualification in the 100m final, Jamaica's Usain Bolt responded with a sensational 200m victory in 19.40 seconds. He then anchored Jamaica to a new world record of 37.04 seconds as they won the men's 4x100m relay.


Great Britain enjoyed an outstanding World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, topping the table with seven gold, three silver and four bronze medals. GB's tally of 14 medals is their best ever haul.

Three of those golds came in Olympic-class races. Olympic champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter defended their men's lightweight double title, beating New Zealand in a thrilling final.

GB Men's Four
GB's men's four celebrate their gold

The men's four of Tom James, Richard Egington, Alex Gregory and Matthew Langridge produced a faultless performance to finish ahead of Greece and Australia.

And Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins retained their double sculls crown with another dominant display. Grainger, a three-time Olympic silver medallist, and Watkins have not been beaten since they became a pair in January 2010.


Great Britain's William Fox-Pitt claimed a record sixth victory at the Burghley Horse Trials on board Parklane Hawk.

William Fox-Pitt on Parklane Hawk
William Fox-Pitt on his way to a record sixth win at the Burghley Horse Trails

The 42-year-old overcame difficult conditions on a wet course to win on 40.7 points from New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson and Britain's Mary King, who was third on her 2011 Rolex Kentucky four-star winner Kings Temptress.

Fox-Pitt's victory takes him past fellow Briton Ginny Leng and New Zealand's Mark Todd, who have both won five times.

Zara Phillips, who officially retired her 2006 world championship-winning horse Toytown last month, was 10th on High Kingdom.


Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng scored 31 points as Great Britain secured their first win in a major tournament, beating Portugal 85-73 at the EuroBasket European Championships.

Luol Deng
Chicago Bulls and GB star Luol Deng

They followed that up with an even more impressive 88-81 win over Poland on Monday, with Deng (29 points) again leading the way.

Those back-to-back victories were not enough to qualify, though, because of earlier defeats to Turkey, Spain and hosts Lithuania.

Deng was still encouraged by his team's showing. "I think we showed that we have a great future ahead of us," he said.


Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic and Canada's Catharine Pendrel won the cross-country races at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Champery, Switzerland.

Catharine Pendrel
World mountain bike champion Catharine Pendrel of Canada

Kulhavy clinched gold ahead of former world champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland and Olympic champion Julien Absalon of France.

Pendrel, victorious at the recent London 2012 test event, won the five-lap women's race ahead of Poland's Maja Wloszczowska, the Olympic silver medalist.

There was a surprise success for Great Britain in the non-Olympic downhill event, with Danny Hart winning the gold.

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