London 2012: Olympic sport this week

MAJOR EVENTS THIS WEEK

SAILING - RS:X World Championships,  Cadiz, Spain (20-29 March); windsurfing's World Championships are also the final Olympic qualifying event, with competitors from 51 countries hoping to secure a London 2012 place. Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw lead Britain's challenge; Beijing bronze medallist Shaw, who has been unable to train for a month due to a chest infection, lies in fourth place with two days remaining. Former world champion Dempsey is second. Follow Bryony Shaw  and Nick Dempsey  on Twitter.

SHOOTING - Shotgun World Cup,  Arizona, USA (23 March - 1 April); the opening World Cup event of the year features Great Britain's leading Olympic medal prospect, Peter Wilson. He competes in the double trap clay shooting on Wednesday, 28 March.

TABLE TENNIS - World Team Championships,  Dortmund, Germany (25 March - 1 April); England's men (Paul Drinkhall, Andrew Baggaley, Liam Pitchford, Daniel Reed) are top seeds in their group and opened with a 3-0 win over Cuba on Sunday. England's women (Kelly Sibley, Joanna Parker, Hannah Hicks and Jessica Dawson) are seeded second in their group behind Italy, who they face on Tuesday. You can watch live action here. 

CYCLING - BMX Supercross World Cup,  Chula Vista, USA (30-31 March); the opening round of four in this year's World Cup series features Great Britain's Liam Phillips, who says he has re-discovered his hunger for the sport after turning his attentions to track cycling last year. Shanaze Reade will not be there - her next event is the second round in Norway on 13-14 April.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Double success for Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield in Beijing; Lizzie Armitstead victorious in Belgium; GB fencer Richard Kruse grabs last-gasp Olympics place; and Stella McCartney's GB Olympics kit is launched.

DIVING

Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield confirmed their return to form by winning medals in both the synchronised 10m platform and individual event at the World Series in Beijing.

Daley and Waterfield won silver in Beijing

First, they proved their world-class credentials as a pairing by clinching silver with a score of 437.40 - their best tally since winning the World Series meeting in Sheffield nearly a year ago.

Daley then took another silver in the individual 10m platform - as he did in the first World Series event a week earlier - delivering a consistently strong set of dives to finish well clear of Waterfield in third.

Individual gold in Beijing once again went to Qiu Bo, with Chinese compatriots Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan winning the synchro for the second week running.

CYCLING

Lizzie Armitstead

More success for Lizzie Armitstead

British cyclist Lizzie Armitstead won the inaugural women's Gent-Wevelgem road race with a strong solo ride.

It was Armitstead's second victory of the year after winning the Omloop van het Hageland - Tielt-Winge in Belgium on 4 March.

Mark Cavendish had a disappointing race in the men's edition of the Gent-Wevelgem, finishing down in 58th position.

Belgium's Tom Boonen, who rides for the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team, won the race for the second year running.

FENCING

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Richard Kruse after earning an extra berth at the Games for GB

Richard Kruse became the first British fencer for 12 years to achieve Olympic qualification through their world ranking when he won a satellite event in Copenhagen.

Kruse had to win the event to avoid an additional Olympic qualifying tournament and he duly achieved his goal - moving above Ukraine's Rostislav Hertsyk, whom he beat en route, in the rankings.

Had Kruse lost the final against Italy's Francesco Trani, then Hertsyk would have gone to the Games in his place.

Britain can now expect to send nine fencers to the Olympics, with the team already guaranteed eight host-nation places.

BOXING

Anthony Ogogo

Golden comeback: Anthony Ogogo

Nicola Adams and Anthony Ogogo won gold medals for Britain at the Grand Prix tournament in the Czech Republic.

Middleweight Ogogo was appearing in his first tournament since undergoing shoulder surgery and beat Arbi Chakaev of Austria 18:6 in the final.

Adams came through a much tighter final, beating Elena Saveleva of Russia 9:8 to win gold in the 51kg division.

Australia won all nine finals at the Oceania Olympic qualifiers on Sunday and will field boxers in all 10 men's weight divisions at the Olympics for the first time.

16-year-old heavyweight Jai Opetaia is among those who booked his place at London 2012.

BADMINTON

Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson

Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson

Great Britain's Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork won the mixed doubles competition at the Polish International.

Olympic silver-medallist Robertson and Wallwork gave themselves a ranking boost in the race to qualify for London 2012 by beating team-mates Ben Stawski and Lauren Smith 21-15 21-11.

Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver also collected a vital haul of rankings points as they battle for a women's doubles spot at London 2012.

The pair beat American third seeds Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana 21-12 23-21 in the final.

HANDBALL

Great Britain's hopes of qualification for Euro 2012 were ended after they suffered a 29-20 defeat against Poland.

It was the second defeat in the space of three days after Britain lost the reverse fixture 33-20 at Loughborough University.

HOCKEY

A week after Ireland's men saw their Olympic hopes dashed, Ireland's women also missed out after losing 4-1 to Belgium in the final of the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Belgium's Sofie Gierts scored a six-minute hat-trick in the first half, never giving Ireland a chance in Sunday's final.

SWIMMING

Olympic 100 metres freestyle champion Alain Bernard will not defend his title this summer after failing to secure a qualifying spot at the French national championships.

OTHER NEWS

Phillips Idowu in 2012 kit

Team GB's athletes will step out in a dark indigo blue kit, inspired by the union flag, with red shoes, when they compete at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Stella McCartney-designed kit was unveiled last week at the Tower of London.

The "untraditionally British" design features a contemporary take on the union flag, McCartney said.

Across all sports, the kit will comprise up to 175,000 items of clothing for up to 500 Olympic and 350 Paralympic athletes and includes 38 types of footwear.

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