London 2012: Olympic sport this week

Action from the Fina Diving World Cup at London's new Aquatics Centre


DIVING - Fina Diving World Cup, Aquatics Centre, London (20-26 Feb); the 18th Fina World Cup is part of the London Prepares series and the first competitive event to be staged at the new Olympic Aquatics Centre. It also gives nations a chance to secure extra Olympic places. British interest centres around Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield, who compete in the synchronised 10m platform on Thursday. Listen to BBC Radio Five Live or follow the BBC's Nick Hope on Twitter for regular updates.

BOXING - Strandja Cup, Sofia, Bulgaria (21-26 Feb); Great Britain is sending a strong team to this prestigious tournament, including Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall in the women's flyweight and middleweight competitions. Follow GB Boxing on Twitter for updates.

SAILING - RS:X European Windsurfing Championships, Madeira, Portugal (24-29 Feb); Great Britain have sent a young squad to gain valuable experience against some of Europe's finest, which includes 2010 world champion Blanca Manchon of Spain.

ATHLETICS - Tokyo Marathon, Japan (26 Feb); Double Olympic 10,000m champion and former marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie heads a strong line-up in Tokyo, hoping to secure an Olympic place. The 38-year-old Ethiopian has made London 2012 his "last big goal".


Sir Chris Hoy inspires dominant GB at the Olympic Velodrome; Jessica Ennis runs personal best in Birmingham; Bradley Wiggins beats world champion on season debut; and modern pentathlete Samantha Murray strikes gold in Hungary


Sir Chris Hoy led Great Britain's medal charge at the new Olympic Velodrome with World Cup golds in the men's keirin and individual sprint.

The hosts won five golds overall - four in Olympic events - with Joanna Rowsell (in the women's team pursuit and the non-Olympic individual pursuit) also a double winner.

Sir Chris Hoy

Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish produced some of the biggest cheers from the capacity 6,000 crowd when beating Australian world champions Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch in the team sprint, setting a new world record in the process.

Australia had some revenge on the final day with a resounding victory over Britain in the men's team pursuit final, and will doubtless look for more at April's World Championships in Melbourne.

Click here for a full list of results.


Jessica Ennis ran the fastest 60m hurdles in the world this year as British athletes impressed at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Jessica Ennis

The heptathlete ran a personal best 7.87 seconds to beat hurdles specialist Danielle Carruthers into second.

Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale, long jumpers Shara Procter and JJ Jegede, 400m runners Shana Cox and Nigel Levine and high jumper Robbie Grabarz all won.

Procter was particularly impressive, breaking the British indoor long jump record not once but twice with leaps of 6.71m and 6.80m.

Among the international stars on show, Asafa Powell had to settle for third (6.50 secs) in the men's 60m behind fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter (6.49) and Lerone Clarke (6.47).


Bradley Wiggins enjoyed a strong start to his season by beating world champion Tony Martin to win the final stage of the Tour of Algarve.

Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins' victory came in the 25.8 kilometre time trial from Laoa to Portimao.

Team Sky team-mate Richie Porte clinched the overall title, with triple-Olympic champion Wiggins finishing third.

There was a blow for GB's Olympic road race hopes though, with Steve Cummings suffering a fractured pelvis in a crash.

Cummings was a key member of the team which helped Mark Cavendish win the world title in Copenhagen last September.


Samantha Murray
Samantha Murray struck gold in Budapest

British modern pentathlete Samantha Murray continued her impressive start to 2012 by winning the Hungarian Indoor Championships in Budapest.

The 22-year-old from Lancashire finished a convincing 24 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger, Lithuania's world number two Laura Asadauskaite.

There was further good news for Great Britain with Beijing 2008 Olympian Katy Livingston taking bronze.

"It's good to see some of the changes I've made over the winter are working," Murray said. "Hopefully I can take this forward to the next World Cup."


Basketball: Great Britain's Pops Mensah-Bonsu capped a fine season in Turkey by helping Besiktas win the Turkish Cup with a 78-74 victory over Banvit.

Judo: Karina Bryant and team-mate Sarah Adlington shared 5th place in the women's +78kg at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix in a largely disappointing event for GB's judokas.

Badminton: Denmark (men) and Germany (women) were crowned champions at the European Team Championship finals in Amsterdam. Rajiv Ouseph was forced to retire in England's semi-final defeat against the Danes.

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