Olympic sport this week


Athletics: Diamond League, Brussels (Friday 16 September) Live on BBC Two and BBC HD 1900-2100

Athletics: Great City Games (17 Sept) Live on BBC One 1300-1430

Athletics: Great North Run (18 Sept) Live on BBC One 0930-1335

Cycling: Tour of Britain (11-18 Sept)

Equestrian: European Show Jumping Championships, Madrid (13-18 Sept) Coverage: Friday 16 Sept 1525-1845 on the BBC Red Button & Sunday 18 Sept 1510-1625 on BBC Two

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

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


Alistair Brownlee and Helen Jenkins were crowned world triathlon champions in China, two British cyclists appeared on the podium at a grand tour event for the first time and there was a team medal for GB at the Canoe Slalom World Championships.


Great Britain enjoyed a memorable double triumph over the weekend, winning both world titles at the season-ending grand final in Beijing.

Alistair Brownlee was crowned men's world champion for the second time with brother Jonathan joining him on the podium in second place.

The Yorkshire-based pair went into the grand final separated by only 120 points, and it was Alistair, the elder brother by two years at 22, who crossed the line first.

Jonathan was pipped to second place on the day by Sven Riederer of Switzerland but he still finished in the silver position overall, ahead of defending champion Javier Gomez of Spain.

A day later Helen Jenkins of Wales won the women's world title for the second time by finishing runner-up behind Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand. Jenkins - who won over the Olympic course in Hyde Park last month - knew that a top-three finish would guarantee her the overall title.

Highlights can be viewed on BBC One this Saturday 17th, 1500-1630


Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins became the first Britons to stand side by side on the podium at a grand tour event, finishing second and third in the Vuelta a Espana.

Kenyan-born Froome was second overall as Spain's Juan Jose Cobo was crowned champion after the final stage to Madrid.

Team Sky rider Froome's previous best in a major race was 36th in the 2009. His result in Spain was the best by a British rider since Robert Millar was runner-up at the 1987 Giro d'Italia.

For team-mate Wiggins, finishing third marked a remarkable turnaround from the misery of the shoulder injury that ended his involvement in this year's Tour de France.


New world 100m champion Yohan Blake produced a personal best of 9.82 seconds to beat Asafa Powell in Zurich at the latest Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

Powell, who claimed he was carrying an injury going into the race, had no answer to Blake's sparkling run - his first since taking the world title.

Britain's Jenny Meadows finished third in the 800m to win the Diamond Race. Meadows, who failed to make the World Championships final in Daegu last month, finished behind world champion Mariya Savinova of Russia but clinched the £25,000 prize for the aggregate of results over the season.

Among the night's other highlights, 19-year-old Grenadian Kirani James produced a personal best time of 44.36 in the men's 400m to add to his world title. Britain's Martyn Rooney was sixth.


Great Britain claimed bronze in the men's C2 team event at the Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava.

David Florence and Richard Hounslow
Florence and Hounslow impressed in Bratislava

The three pairs of Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, David Florence and Richard Hounslow, and Matthew Lister and Rhys Davies secured the podium finish behind winners France and silver medallists Slovakia.

The medal completed a good weekend for the British team, who qualified boats in all four classes for the London Olympics.

Among the other highlights, David Florence and Richard Hounslow finished an impressive fourth in the men's C2 and Fiona Pennie was fifth in the women's K1, her best result since her world silver in 2007.

Highlights can be viewed on BBC Two this Sunday 18th, 1400-1510


After coming close several times, Piggy French finally landed a major three-day event, winning in a thrilling finale at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

Piggy French
The wait is over for Georgina 'Piggy' French

Although her overnight cross-country leader, Lemington Lett Dance, was forced to withdraw through injury, 30-year-old French held her nerve to win on DHI Topper W.

The 11-year-old bay gelding by Optimaal, winner of the Olympic test event at Greenwich in July, only knocked one fence in the final jumping phase to secure French victory over rising American star Tiana Coudray, on Ringwood Magister, with Germany's Bettina Hoy third on Lanfranco.


Double Olympic champion Andrei Moiseev of Russia and Ukrainian Victoria Tereshuk have been crowned world champions in Moscow. Moiseev, already the European champion this year, led all the way through his competition, with fellow Russian Aleksander Lesun grabbing silver and Adam Marosi of Hungary taking the bronze.

Mhairi Spence
Mhairi Spence in action during the combined run and shoot

In the women's event, Tereshuk was down in 10th ahead of the final discipline, the combined run/shoot, but she powered through the field to take gold ahead of Hungary's Sarolta Kovacs and Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania. The medallists all achieved the Olympic qualifying standard.

Mhairi Spence was the best placed of the British women's quartet, in eighth. Katy Burke was 10th, Freyja Prentice 16th and Heather Fell a disappointing 27th. In the men's event, Sam Weale was a career-high 12th, but team-mate Jamie Cooke was a lowly 35th.


Peter Wilson's first competition as world number one ended in disappointment as he finished outside of the top 10 at the Shotgun World Championships in Belgrade. Wilson ended 11th in the double trap, with fellow Briton Richard Faulds in 16th.

China's Li Jun won the gold medal, and an Olympic quota place, after beating Germany's Andreas Loew in a shoot-off.  Olympic champion Glenn Eller of the USA took the bronze.

In the women's skeet, Germany's Olympic bronze medallist Christine Wenzel won her third successive world title (she did not participate in the 2010 edition).

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