London 2012: Olympic sport this week
MAJOR EVENTS THIS WEEK
CYCLING - UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (16-19 Feb); the stunning new Olympic velodrome hosts its first event and has attracted a stellar cast. Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny (above) lead the men's challenge for GB, competing for the one sprint place in the Olympic team. Victoria Pendleton and Australia's Anna Meares will be battling for the women's sprint title. Live coverage on BBC Two, Radio Five Live Sports Extra and online. Follow BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter.
CYCLING - Tour of the Algarve (15-19 Feb); triple Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins - who will be concentrating on road cycling at London 2012 - gets his season under way in Portugal. He is part of the Sky team which also features Chris Froome, who finished second in last year's Tour of Spain. Follow Bradley Wiggins on Twitter.
ATHLETICS - UK Indoor Grand Prix (18 Feb); this year's event in Birmingham has again attracted a world-class field, including British world champion Mo Farah who will compete over two miles, heptathlon star Jessica Ennis who goes in the 60m hurdles and long jump, and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica, who makes a rare outing over 60m. Live coverage on BBC One, Radio Five Live and online.
JUDO - IJF Dusseldorf Grand Prix (18-19 Feb); Great Britain are sending a seven-strong team to Germany for what is the highest profile tournament before April's European Championships. Sophie Cox, the reigning European bronze medallist, will compete in the -52kg category. The full GB team can be viewed here.
SHOOTING - European Championships, Finland (14-20 Feb); the airgun championships offer a final chance for European nations - including Great Britain - to earn a quota place at London 2012.
LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS
Jess Ennis and Rebecca Adlington impress in Sheffield; injury blow for taekwondo medal hope Sarah Stevenson; boxing golds for Britain in Hungary; and Mark Cavendish experiences highs and lows in Qatar
Jessica Ennis claimed two UK titles at the indoor UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield, equalling her personal best (7.95sec) to win the 60m hurdles and matching her 2011 best (1.91m) to win the high jump.
The former world heptathlon champion also competed in the shot put, posting a decent 14.09m to finish sixth behind Eden Francis.
Holly Bleasdale took the pole vault title with a clearance of 4.70m while Dwain Chambers recorded his fifth UK indoor victory in the 60m.
Hannah England, a 1500m world championship silver medallist in Daegu last year, won the 3000m title.
World champion Sarah Stevenson's participation in the Olympics is in doubt after she underwent surgery to repair cruciate ligament damage sustained at a recent training camp in Mexico.
The 28-year-old has to prove her fitness by the end of May, when the Great Britain selectors will nominate their four-strong squad for the London Games.
Stevenson will miss the forthcoming Dutch and German Opens and almost certainly the European Championships in Manchester from May 3-6.
She is, though, optimistic of recovering in time for London 2012. "I'm not worried, I'm more determined. I've been through too much to let a knee injury get me down," she tweeted.
Great Britain's Anthony Joshua and Tom Stalker both won gold at the elite Bocskai Memorial tounament in Hungary.
Super-heavyweight Joshua, runner-up at last year's World Championships, beat former European champion Sergei Kuzmin along the way.
Liverpudlian Stalker was just as impressive, recording three convincing wins to clinch the light-welterweight title.
Mark Cavendish had a mixed start to 2012, crashing near the end of the sixth and final stage of the Tour of Qatar.
The world road race champion, winner of two stages in the race, went down after a clash of wheels with Tyler Farrar approaching the sprint finish in Doha.
Cavendish, who suffered cuts and bruises but completed the stage without his helmet, finished sixth overall in what was his first competitive outing for Team Sky.
Belgian Tom Boonen won the Tour for the fourth time.
Rebecca Adlington enjoyed a blistering start to 2012, posting the fastest 800m freestyle time of the year at the British University Championships in Sheffield.
The double Olympic champion, a guest at the championships, won in 8min 22.35sec - some five seconds faster than any other swimmer this year.
There were notable swims from Fran Halsall and Ellen Gandy too, with the 100m butterfly rivals recording the two fastest times of the year at opposite ends of the world.
Gandy, swimming at the New South Wales Championships in Australia, won her race in 57.86sec - only for Halsall to reply with an even-faster 57.67sec in Sheffield.
Great Britain's men drew their three match series against South Africa after a topsy-turvy final game ended 3-3.
Britain let a 2-0 lead slip and looked set to lose the match and the series when they went 3-2 down, but Mark Gleghorne's 59th minute equaliser saw the trip to Stellenbosch end on a high note.
South Africa - ranked 12th in the world - had won the opening match of the series 5-3, despite an early goal from Reading's Nick Catlin.
GB bounced back impressively to win the second match 3-1 through goals from Richard Smith, Harry Martin and Jonty Clarke.
Great Britain Olympic medal hope Naomi Folkard took silver at the World Indoor Cup Final in Las Vegas.
The 28-year-old from Kidderminster was beaten in the final by Ksenia Petrova of Russia, who edged her out of bronze medal position at last week's World Indoor Championships at the same venue.
Folkard said: "It's great to get a medal at last, after fourth-place finishes last week and at the Nimes International event in France last month."
The men's recurve competition was won by the American world number one Brady Ellison.
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