London 2012: Olympic sport this week

Dwain Chambers

MAJOR EVENTS THIS WEEK

ATHLETICS - Olympic Trials and UK Championships, Birmingham (22-24 June); the GB Olympic trials feature more than 750 of Britain's best athletes hoping to secure a place at London 2012. A top-two place guarantees selection, provided the Olympic 'A' standard has been achieved. Of particular interest is the men's 100m, which Dwain Chambers is calling "the biggest race of my life". Live coverage on BBC Two and BBC Radio Five Live.

TRIATHLON - ITU World Series, Kitzbuehel, Austria (23-24 June); the latest leg of triathlon's world series sees fit-again Alistair Brownlee defend the title he won last year. Live coverage on the BBC Red Button & BBC Sport website.

ARCHERY - World Cup Stage 3, Ogden, USA (18-24 June); the third and final stage of this year's World Cup ahead of September's World Cup Final in Tokyo. For those not yet qualified for London 2012 though, the main aim is to book an Olympic place. All six GB Olympians are taking part. Follow Archery GB on Twitter.

CANOE SLALOM - World Cup, La Seu d'Urgell, Spain (22-24 June); the third and final World Cup meeting of the season. Follow David Florence on Twitter.

SAILING - ISAF Sailing World Cup, Kiel, Germany (18-24 June); the internationally renowned Kieler Woche is the seventh and final World Cup regatta of the season.

GYMNASTICS - TRAMPOLINE - World Cup Series, Arosa, Switzerland (22-23 June); the last World Cup meeting before London 2012. Follow GB's Kat Driscoll on Twitter.

TORCH RELAY, Great Britain (18 May-27 July); the flame continues its 70-day relay around the UK. You can watch live coverage and check the complete route here.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Mixed weekend for GB rowers in Munich; Fogg secures open water place; Cavendish celebrates victory in Holland; injury forces Danvers retirement.

ROWING

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins

Great Britain's rowers enjoyed mixed fortunes in the last competition before the Olympics, winning three golds but seeing two leading hopes beaten.

There were British victories in the women's pair, the women's double scull and the men's lightweight four at the World Cup in Munich.

But the men's four could not overhaul Australia and had to settle for silver.

And Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase - Olympic and world champions in the lightweight double - finished sixth for the second World Cup final in succession.

CYCLING

Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish

Britain's Mark Cavendish won the Ster ZLM Toer in Holland to claim his first general classification win.

The Team Sky rider held the yellow jersey, with an eight-second advantage over Lars Boom, heading into the final stage, a pan-flat 163.5km course.

Cavendish maintained his lead over the Rabobank rider as he finished in the front group after a sprint finish.

"I've been second a couple of times but this is my first GC win and I'm really happy with it," said Cavendish.

SWIMMING

Daniel Fogg
Daniel Fogg will compete in both the pool and the open water

Swimmer Daniel Fogg will be Great Britain's sole representative in the men's open water 10km marathon swimming competition at this summer's Olympics.

His selection means that David Davies will not have the chance to improve on the Olympic open water silver medal he won in Beijing.

The 27-year-old needed a top-10 finish or to beat Fogg at a recent Fina qualifier in Portugal but he finished 38th and Fogg 35th.

However, both Davies and Fogg have already been selected for Team GB in the 1,500m freestyle.

CANOE SLALOM

Lizzie Neave took bronze in the women's K1 at the latest World Cup meeting in Pau.

It was a first medal of the season for Neave, who finished behind Spain's Maialen Chourrant and France's Carole Bouzidi.

After last week's historic double gold, David Florence came back down to earth when he failed to make the final of the C1 or C2.

Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott finished fifth in the C2 final.

ATHLETICS

Natasha Danvers
Natasha Danvers

Olympic bronze medallist Tasha Danvers has retired from athletics after conceding defeat in her battle to be fit for the London 2012 Games.

The 34-year-old, who won a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, has suffered a series of injuries.

The London-born athlete, who has been most recently sidelined by an Achilles problem, had "genuinely believed I could step onto that podium again".

"Sadly my body has had enough," she said.

EQUESTRIAN

Germany's reigning world and European champion Michael Jung was an impressive winner of the Luhmuhlen four-star event in Germany.

Jung underlined his Olympic medal potential with William Fox-Pitt absent after winning at Bramham last week.

BASKETBALL

Great Britain women suffered a second-half collapse as they lost 73-54 to hosts Turkey in the final game of a pre-Olympic invitational tournament in Ankara.

But there were encouraging victories earlier in the week against Argentina and world number nine South Korea, whom they beat 113-86.

The team now head to Prague for back-to-back friendlies against the Czech Republic on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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