Sophie Allen shares swimming silver in Moscow

You have to wonder what all the fuss was about; two months ago, the nation was in uproar that we underachieved in the pool throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games. Now, one such Olympian has returned and shown that Great Britain’s swimmers do have a future.

Image from Diez.hn

You may (or may not) remember Allen in July. Much of the attention during the Women’s 200m Individual Medley event was directed at Hannah Miley, often touted as a real medal hope in the pool. Although she made it to the final, Miley finished seventh, a fate shared by a large contingent of the British swimming team. Whilst this was happening, Sophie Allen swam under the radar, largely ignored by the media. Unfortunately, it proved to be warranted as Allen finished fifth in her heat and 21st overall, missing out on a place in the semi-finals by only 0.46 seconds. Before the experience had even begun, Allen was left to dwell on an unsuccessful Olympics.

Now, this blog hasn’t exactly always been well updated, so I’m not completely up to date on how Sophie’s been getting on. What I do know, amongst the hubbub of British Swimming losing a chunk of its funding, is that we haven’t seen much competition in the last few weeks. Although the FINA/Arena World Cup has been touring, well, the world, very few of our swimmers have been lighting up the global stage. Fortunately, Allen returned in Moscow two days ago, claiming a 5th place in the 100m Butterfly heat before going on to finish 5th in the 200m Individual Medley final.

Yesterday, Sophie had a similarly mixed day. Let’s get one thing out of the way right away – this isn’t an Olympic swimming pool. Just imagine (!) my surprise to see the eight entrants diving into the pool and, almost before they’ve emerged from underwater, they’ve reached the other side and are preparing to negotiate the second stroke of the 100m medley. In a pool more akin to your local leisure centre, the support for each swimmer was probably just as muted. We’ve been spoilt by the exploits at the Olympic Aquatic Centre and so were the athletes. No yelps whilst the names were being read out, no whoops as they dived into the pool and certainly no cheers for the winner. Empty seats everywhere, I wouldn’t be surprised if the crowd were reading newspapers, inconvenienced by the (monotone) announcer.

Anyway, Allen had a poor 100m backstroke heat, only coming in 14th overall. Her attentions turned to the 200m Individual Medley heat and her fortunes turned, qualifying second. This form carried through to the final that afternoon and she was neck and neck with her rivals almost the whole way. Unfortunately, she was unable to hold it together until the end, but finished on exactly the same time as the competitor beside her – a thrilling end to the race, had it have been in the Olympics.

Allen moves on to Berlin next in the next stage of the World Cup and I anticipate appropriately few people will be there to see it. Fortunately, you can relive this and many other races at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/fina/site/index.html, as well as following Sophie’s progress on her Twitter page.

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Highs and Lows

The Table Tennis European Championships continued yesterday, with Liam Pitchford carrying on his great form with three further wins, one with Olympian Paul Drinkhall. Daniel Reed also had another brilliant day, although his doubles partner Darius Knight was indifferent with two losses to his one win. The Jersey contingent continued to underperform, with Chris Morshead and Joshua Band failing to win a set.

In yet another round of darts’ Championship League, Dave Chisnall was finally able to win a group and progress to the winners’ finals.

Competing in his first season of the competition, Chisnall had reached the final four for three consecutive weeks but only forced his way into the final once. It was fourth time lucky for the St. Helens thrower as she saw off Mark Walsh 6-3 in the final, rounding off a day with only one defeat.

Over in the USofA, Greg Owen finished the first day of the McGladrey Classic in third place, some away ahead of his compatriots. Pool’s Imran Majid was the only Brit to win two matches, seeing him through the first winner’s stage.

Unfortunately, a large swath of tennis hopefuls were knocked out by the quarter-finals as Colin Fleming, Ross Hutchins and “lucky loser” Anne Keothavong were all beaten in straight sets. Chris Langridge and Peter Mills were GB’s only remaining badminton players in the Denmark Open but were soundly defeated. Finally, Yorkshire’s T20 hopes seem to be all but over already as their match against the Mumbai Indians was rained off, giving them little chance to reach second in their group.

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Results

Cricket: Twenty20 Champions League

Group B
Yorkshire Carnegie (4th) v Mumbai Indians (IND) drawn due to rain

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Table Tennis: European Championships

Men’s Singles
Christopher Morshead 0-3 Omri Ben Ari (ISR) 4-11 6-11 5-11
Gavin Rumgay 2-3 Daniel Zwicki (HUN) 8-11 11-4 9-11 11-6 10-12
Darius Knight 2-3 Par Gerell (SWE) 9-11 11-7 11-7 9-11 7-11
Joshua Band 0-3 Xiaoquan Feng (AUT) 1-11 2-11 5-11
Daniel Reed 3-0 Linor Citaku (KOS) 11-5 11-1 11-8
Craig Howieson 0-3 Andrei Filimon (ROU) 8-11 7-11 4-11
Liam Pitchford 3-0 Vallot Vainula (EST) 11-3 11-3 11-5
Andrew Baggaley 3-2 Konrad Kulpa (POL) 7-11 5-11 11-6 11-7 11-9
Darius Knight 3-1 Magnus K Magnusson (ISL) 8-11 11-5 11-5 11-5
Joshua Band 0-3 Jan Zibrat (SLO) 5-11 4-11 7-11
Daniel Reed 3-2 Patrick Franziska (GER) 11-8 4-11 11-9 8-11 11-7
Gavin Rumgay 3-0 Ylli Prestreshi (KOS) 11-4 11-1 11-4
Craig Howieson 1-3 Marco Rech Daldosso (ITA) 11-9 4-11 10-12 3-11
Liam Pitchford 3-2 Quentin Robinot (FRA) 11-6 8-11 11-7 3-11 11-4
Andrew Baggaley 0-3 Ahmet Li (TUR) 7-11 5-11 6-11
Christopher Morshead 0-3 Petko Gabrovski (BUL) 3-11 6-11 4-11

Women’s Singles
Lynda Flaws 0-3 Tatjana Tsistjakova (EST) 4-11 4-11 8-11
Tin Tin Ho 1-3 Ivanka Angelova (BUL) 9-11 11-13 11-8 10-12
Joanna Parker 3-0 Nicole Trosman (ISR) 11-7 11-4 11-7
Corinna Whitaker 0-3 Egle Stuckyte (LTU) 6-11 6-11 8-11
Angahard Phillips 0-3 Ievgeniia Vasylieva (UKR) 5-11 4-11 5-11
Kelly Sibley 1-3 Magdalena Szczerkowska (POL) 5-11 5-11 14-12 10-12
Megan Phillips 0-3 Maria Christoforaki (GRE) 1-11 9-11 9-11
Charlotte Carey 0-3 Sofia Polcanova (AUT) 4-11 10-12 1-11
Tin Tin Ho 0-3 Camelia Postoaca (ROU) 6-11 6-11 7-11
Kelly Sibley w/o-w/d Natali Ruvman (ISR)

Men’s Doubles
Darius Knight/Daniel Reed 0-3 Jonathan Groth/Kasper Sternberg (DEN) 4-11 8-11 7-11
Andrew Baggaley/André Silva (POR) Alexey Liventsov/Mikhail Paykov (RUS) 6-11 8-11 8-11
Paul Drinkhall/Liam Pitchford 3-2 Emmanuel Lebesson/Adrien Mattenet (FRA) 9-11 11-6 11-7 9-11 14-12

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Swimming: FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup

Women’s 100m Backstroke Heat
Sophie Allen – 1:02.06, 14th place overall

Women’s 100m Individual Medley
Heat: Sophie Allen – 1:01.02, Q 2nd place overall
Final: Sophie Allen – 59.98, joint 2nd place overall

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Gymnastics: TeamGym European Championships

Senior Mix Qualification
Floor – 14.133
Tumbling – 16.150
Trampette – 15.700
Total – 45.983
6th place overall

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Tennis: If Stockholm Open

Quarter-Finals
Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins lost to Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares 5-7 3-6

Tennis: BNP Paribas Luxembourg

2nd Round
Anne Keothavong lost to Roberta Vinci (ITA) 4-6 1-6

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Squash: Santiago Open

Quarter-Finals
Adrian Grant 3-0 Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-8 11-5 11-5
Adrian Waller 1-3 Borja Golan (ESP) 8-11 9-11 11-8 9-11

Squash: Macau Open

Round One
Tom Richards 3-1 Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-9 8-11 11-8 13-11

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Darts: Championship League Group Six

Group Stage
Terry Jenkins 4-6 Dave Chisnall
John Part (CAN) 4-6 Colin Osborne
Robert Thornton 5-6 Jamie Caven
Mark Walsh 6-5 Paul Nicholson (AUS)
Colin Osborne 4-6 Terry Jenkins
Dave Chisnall 6-3 John Part (CAN)
Paul Nicholson (AUS) 3-6 Robert Thornton
Jamie Caven 6-1 Mark Walsh
Colin Osborne 5-6 Mark Walsh
Terry Jenkins 3-6 Jamie Caven
Dave Chisnall 4-6 Robert Thornton
Mark Walsh 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Colin Osborne 3-6 Jamie Caven
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Paul Nicholson (AUS)
John Part (CAN) 6-4 Robert Thornton
John Part (CAN) 4-6 Mark Walsh
Robert Thornton 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Jamie Caven 5-6 Dave Chisnall
Paul Nicholson (AUS) 4-6 Colin Osborne
Robert Thornton 3-6 Colin Osborne
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Mark Walsh
Jamie Caven 6-4 John Part (CAN)
Terry Jenkins 3-6 Paul Nicholson (AUS)
Paul Nicholson (AUS) 4-6 Jamie Caven
Mark Walsh 3-6 Robert Thornton
John Part (CAN) 6-3 Terry Jenkins
Colin Osborne 2-6 Dave Chisnall
Jamie Caven tops the group, Dave Chisnall is second.

Semi-Finals
Jamie Caven 1-6 Mark Walsh
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Robert Thornton

Final
Mark Walsh 3-6 Dave Chisnall

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Golf: ISPS HANDA Perth International – Day 1

Paul Casey – 4th place, 67, -5
Andrew Johnston – 4th place, 67, -5
Rhys Davies – 6th place, 68, -4
Richard Bland – 13th place, 70, -2
Alastair Forsyth – 13th place, 70, -2
Craig Lee – 13th place, 70, -2
Jamie Moul – 13th place, 70, -2
Robert Coles – 29th place, 71, -1
David Howell – 29th place, 71, -1
Scott Jamieson – 47th place, 72, PAR
Sam Little – 47th place, 72, PAR
Andy Sullivan – 47th place, 72, PAR
Steve Webster – 47th place, 72, PAR
Gary Boyd – 62nd place, 73, +1
Oliver Wilson – 62nd place, 73, +1
Matthew Baldwin – 79th place, 74, +2
Tommy Fleetwood – 97th place, 75, +3

Golf: The McGladrey Classic – Day 1

Greg Owen – 3rd place, 64, -6
Gary Christian – 26th place, 67, -3
Russell Knox – 100th place, 71, +1

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Show Jumping: JBK Odense

Presented by Böckmann
Robert Whitaker (Anyway II) – 0 penalties, 30.36 seconds, 5th place
Guy Goosen (Zwalbe) – 4 penalties, 35.07 seconds, 22nd place
John Whitaker (Cornetto King) – 4 penalties, 45.16 seconds, 33rd place

Presented by Neergaard
John Whitaker (Argento) – 0 penalties, 74.20 seconds, 15th place
Michael Whitaker (Elie van de Kolman) – 1 penalty, 78.85 seconds, 20th place
Ben Talbot (Alcapone de Vanta) – 4 penalties, 63.97 seconds, 25th place
Robert Whitaker (USA Today) – 4 penalties, 90.51 seconds, 37th place

Show Jumping: Baltic Horse Show

Holsteiners Masters
Christopher Frazer (Lauck’s Locke) – 5 penalties, 63.04 seconds, 27th place

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Pool: Euro Tour – Dynamic North Cyprus Open

Round 1
Phil Burford 9-6 Christian Prager (GER)
Imran Majid 9-8 Mats B. Schjetne (NOR)

Round W1
Mark Gray 9-2 Jan Edvard Nilsen (NOR)
Richard Jones 9-7 Harald Stolka (GER)
Phil Burford 8-9 Chris Melling
Imran Majid 9-3 Pascal Budo (BEL)
Daryl Peach 9-4 Onur Yildrim (TUR)

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Snooker: European Tour Event 3

Round 1
Liam Monk 4-0 Sam de Cooman (BEL)
Greg Davis 4-2 Jean-Baptiste Erceau (FRA)
Gary Steele 0-4 Hans Blanckaert (BEL)
John Parkin 4-1 Tsie Waa Ip (BEL)
Ricky Norris 4-1 Rene Hemelsoet (BEL)
Robert Stevenson w/d-w/o Luc Heirewegh (BEL)
Chris Norbury 4-1 Patrick Geysels (BEL)
Elliot Slessor 4-0 Bart Van Der Haegen (BEL)
Justin Astley 4-0 Jurgen Vancanneyt (BEL)
Reanne Evans 4-2 Tino De Witte (BEL)
Nick Jennings 4-0 Pieter Vanassche (BEL)
Ryan Causton 4-1 Marc Malot (BEL)
Marc Davis w/o-w/d Kishan Hirani
Sydney Wilson 4-0 Tom Vanwelsseanars (BEL)
Alex Taubman 0-4 Ton Berhout (NED)
Lee Page 4-3 Roy Stolk (NED)
Ian Glover 4-0 Terry Challenger
Jordan Brown 4-2 Alain Van Der Steen (BEL)
Dean Goddard 4-3 Pascal Raes (BEL)
Gareth Allen w/o-w/d Dieter Raymakers (BEL)
Ben Harrison 4-2 Tom de Wit (BEL)
Adam Wicheard 4-0 Stein de Sterck (BEL)
Mark Vincent 4-0 Jasha Kiers (NED)
Sam Harvey 4-0 Joris Maas (NED)
Oliver Brown 4-1 Jeroen Van Driel (NED)
Craig Barber 4-1 Johan Somers (BEL)
Jack Bradford 0-4 Tomasz Skalski (BEL)
Matthew Day 4-2 Raf Vervoort (BEL)
Kyren Wilson 4-1 Peter Bullen (BEL)
Oliver Lines 4-0 Lukas Kleckers (GER)
Stuart Carrington 4-0 Jan Goossens (BEL)
James Cahill 4-1 Kevin Van Hove (BEL)
Mitchell Mann 4-0 Tobias De Bock (BEL)
Stuart Wood 4-2 Kevin Vandevoort (BEL)
Jeff Cundy 4-1 Rudy Poelmans (BEL)
Christopher Keogan 4-0 Luc Blancke (BEL)

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Badminton: Yonex Denmark Open

Round 2
Chris Langridge/Peter Mills 0-2 Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN) 10-21 17-21

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