London 2012: Olympic sport this week

Trampoline action
The World Trampoline Championships come to Birmingham


GYMNASTICS - TRAMPOLINE: FIG World Trampoline Championshipsexternal-link, Birmingham (17-20 November); Great Britain's Kat Driscoll is the world number one and favourite to win the women's competition. Around 650 competitors from 40 countries are expected, with Olympic places at stake. Live coverage on the BBC's Red Button plus regular updates from Ollie Williams on Twitterexternal-link.

CYCLING - TRACK: Revolutionexternal-link, Manchester (19 November); Mark Cavendish makes his first competitive appearance on the track in over two years. The world road race champion and Tour de France green jersey winner last took part in a Velodrome event at the Track Cycling World Championships in Poland in March 2009. Also among those confirmed to race are Olympic champions Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy. Highlights on ITV 4 on Monday 21 November at 1900 GMT.

BADMINTON: Hong Kong Openexternal-link (15-20 November); the latest leg of the Superseries. World silver medallists Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier are sixth seeds in the mixed doubles competition; a good run here will take the British pair closer to the world's top 10.

EQUESTRIAN: Australian International 3 Day Eventexternal-link, Adelaide (18-20 November); the second leg of the 2012 HSBC FEI Classics series, which is currently led by Britain's William Fox-Pitt.

MODERN PENTATHLON: World Junior Championshipsexternal-link, Buenos Aires, Argentina (17-21 November)


Boxer Andrew Selby becomes the latest member of Great Britain's Olympic squad; Zoe Smith makes an encouraging return at the World Weightlifting Championships; and newly-crowned athlete of the year Usain Bolt sets his sights on four golds at London 2012.


Flyweight Andrew Selby secured his place at the 2012 Olympics after Khalid Yafai failed to make the weight for the second bout of their "box-off" by 300g.

Welshman Selby, 22, had won the first bout of a three-fight contest by 26 points to 12 at the British Amateur Boxing Championships at London's York Hall.

Birmingham's Yafai was then unable to make the weight for Saturday's London meeting, handing Selby a 2-0 victory.

Both Selby and Yafai achieved the qualifying standard at the recent World Championships in Azerbaijan, prompting the need for a 'box-off' to determine who claimed the solitary place in the division to compete for Team GB at London 2012.


British teenager Zoe Smith set two personal bests at the World Weightlifting Championships in Paris to move closer to a place in Team GB's Olympic squad.

The 17-year-old lifted 92kg in the snatch and 112kg in the clean and jerk to record a total of 204kg - finishing 15th overall behind Russia's Svetlana Tsarukayeva, who lifted a combined total of 255kg.

Smith then announced she plans to change her weight category in the build-up to next summer's Games.

"I'm probably going to drop to 58kg to be more competitive, because I've had a body-fat scan and it says that I could get down - I'm just lazy," she said.

Also making the Olympic qualifying 'B' standard in Paris were Natasha Perdue and Jack Oliver. Lifters have until the end of May to record two successful totals during competition at either the A or B standard of Olympic qualification.


Usain Bolt plans to compete in four events at the 2012 Olympics in a bid to equal Carl Lewis's gold medal record.

Usain Bolt and Sally Pearson
Usain Bolt and Sally Pearson won the IAAF athletes of the year awards

The 25-year-old Jamaican says he will run the 4x400m relay for the first time, as well as defending his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.

Bolt was speaking after he and Australian sprint hurdler Sally Pearson were named IAAF athletes of the year.

"I definitely would want to try because if I do as well as in Berlin (in 2009), the 4x400m would top it off and even make it much better," he said.


World indoor triple jump champion Teddy Tamgho of France confirmed he will soon return to training after three months sidelined with a fractured ankle joint.

Teddy Tamgho
On the comeback trail - Teddy Tamgho

The 22-year-old, one of Phillips Idowu's main rivals for Olympic gold, could not compete at the World Championships in Daegu after hurting himself at the under-23 European championships in July.

Tamgho added that he would be limiting his season to three competitions before the Olympics - the European championships in Helsinki, the French championships and the second round of the French Interclubs competition.


Great Britain's Olympic football teams will play their group matches at Old Trafford, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium in 2012.

The men's team, led by Stuart Pearce, will play their three group fixtures in Manchester, London and Cardiff.

Hope Powell's women will play their first two group matches in Cardiff and the third in London.

Tickets for the men's Olympic football tournament go on sale on 29 November, while the draw takes place on 24 April.

The events were previously on-sale as part of the original Olympic ballot - but people will now be able to apply for specific matches.


The World Athletics Championships will be held in the United Kingdom for the first time after London was selected ahead of Doha to host the 2017 event.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack said London won the vote 16-10.

The English capital, which failed with bids to host the 2001 and 2015 Worlds, will use the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

Lord Coe, London 2012 chairman, said hosting the 2017 World Athletics Championships will be a milestone towards delivering the London 2012 legacy promise.

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