London 2012: Olympic sport this week

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Khalid Yafai (left) faces a "box-off" against Andrew Selby for a place in GB's 2012 team


BOXING: GB Championships, Bethnal Green (11-12 November); Olympic hopefuls Andrew Selby and Khalid Yafai will compete for the flyweight berth in GB's 2012 team in a best-of-three "box-off". Two bouts will take place this week, with the third (if needed) set for the Olympic test event at the ExCel Centre at the end of the month. Coverage on BBC One, Saturday 12 November, 14:30-16:00

SWIMMING: Fina World Cupexternal-link (short course), Beijing (8-9 November) followed by Tokyo (12-13 November); Ian Thorpe continues his comeback at both World Cup meetings.

TABLE TENNIS: Men's World Cupexternal-link, Paris (11-13 November); China's Wang Hao defends his crown, looking for a record-equalling fourth World Cup title. There is no British representation.

WEIGHTLIFTING: World Weightlifting Championshipsexternal-link, Disneyland Paris (5-13 November); British Olympic hopeful Zoe Smith, 17, will be competing in only her second major international competition, having won bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Follow the BBC's Nick Hope on Twitterexternal-link for updates.

2017 WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: On Friday (11 November) the host city will be announced in Monte Carlo. London and Doha are the two candidates.

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Also on Friday, at approximately 2100 GMT, the host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be announced in St Kitts. There are two candidates - Australia's Gold Coast and the Sri Lankan city of Hambantota.


A fit-again Sir Chris Hoy wins gold and silver at the opening round of the track cycling World Cup; Ian Thorpe says he is not surprised by his unremarkable return to competitive swimming; and the Olympic torch route in the UK is revealed.


Ian Thorpe struggled on his return to competitive swimming at a World Cup meet in Singapore, finishing seventh in the 100m individual medley final and

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Thorpe finished seventh on his return to competitive swimming

But the five-time Olympic champion, who was not competing in his favoured freestyle events, said that no-one should be surprised by his performance.

"I came here expecting to get absolutely hammered in races and I knew it was going to happen," he said.

"Anyone who didn't think that was going to happen didn't have this in perspective."


Sir Chris Hoy won gold in the men's sprint competition at the Track Cycling World Cup opener in Kazakhstan.

The four-time Olympic champion, who pulled out of last month's European Championships through illness, also found the podium in the keirin - although he had to settle for second behind Christos Volikakis of Greece.

Britain's Dani King also won the silver in the six-discipline women's omnium.

It meant a total of three medals in a relatively low-key weekend for the British teams at the first of the four-event series.


Jo Pavey further pressed her claim for selection at next year's London Olympics with a top ten finish in the New York Marathon on Sunday.

Jo Pavey
Jo Pavey impresses in New York

Running in just her second marathon, the 38-year-old Briton finished ninth in 2hr 28min 42 sec.

Pavey's time was 18secs slower than on her marathon debut in London in April, but proved she had fully recovered from the foot injury that prevented her from competing at the World Championships.

Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado won the women's race in 2hr 23min 15sec, while men's champion Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya set a course record time of 2hr 5min 6 sec.

Britain's Chris Thompson - the European 10,000m silver medallist - won the inaugural Dash to the Finish Line 5K race in Central Park.


Great Britain's men suffered a major blow to their 2013 World Championship hopes with a second defeat by Israel in the space of five days.

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Steven Larsson in action for Great Britain against Israel

Britain lost 29-20 in Rishion Le Zoin on Sunday, all but ending any chance of reaching the play-offs.

The defeat followed Wednesday's 29-26 loss to the Israelis at Crystal Palace.

Only the group winners will progress to the second phase of qualification, and GB play back-to-back games with group favourites Austria in January.


London Games organisers Locog have set out the 1,018 places the torch will pass through when it is carried around the UK from 19 May to 27 July 2012.

During the 10-week relay, which starts in Land's End, the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers and will travel about 8,000 miles.

Locog say the torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population. It will go through every English county and every local authority area in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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