British sports stars shine at athletics and cycling Worlds

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Josh Kerr led Great Britain to a glorious ten medal haul at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, as British Athletics equalled their best-ever outing at the event.

Two-time Olympic heptathlete, Johnson-Thompson soared to an incredible gold in Budapest, adding to her 2019 title in brilliant fashion after a personal best in the javelin and a 6740-point performance.

But KJT was not the only British gold medallist on the shores of the Danube, with Kerr topping the podium in the men’s 1500m.

A victory for the ages, the Scot over-powered favourite Jakob Ingebrigtsen on the home stretch to seal the title of world champion, following in the footsteps of Jake Wightman, who won gold in the event a year ago in Eugene.

Individual medals also came for Keely Hodgkinson and Matthew Hudson-Smith who booked silver in the 800m and 400m respectively, whilst super sprinter Zharnel Hughes dashed to bronze in the men’s 100m.

With several relay medals also in the mix, including all three 4x400m teams on the podium, it was a champs to remember in Hungary.

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However, before the athletics came the cycling and all eyes turned to Glasgow in early August for the UCI World Cycling Championships.

With six medals on the track and one in the park, British Cycling clinched four rainbow jerseys in Scotland.

Emma Finucane made history as she stormed to sprint gold, riding the fastest-ever 200m by a woman at sea level in the qualifiers, and smashing the British record with a new time of 10.234s in the process.

Elinor Barker and Neah Evans soared to a stunning gold medal in the women’s Madison.

After the final was halted with just two laps left due to an onslaught of injuries, the dynamic duo held on to their lead in an intense final lap, taking a total of 28 points.

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Elsewhere, Josie Knight, Anna Morris, Katie Archibald and Barker roared to World Championship gold in the women’s team pursuit and will be out to reclaim their Rio 2016 title in Paris next year.

Off the track, gold also came in the BMX as Kieran Reilly laid down a monster run of 95.80 to clinch his maiden world title whilst Tom Pidcock retained his mountain bike crown with a dominant victory.

Alex Yee and Beth Potter stormed to gold at the Triathlon Olympic Test Event in Paris.

Surrounded by the stunning views of the French capital, the British pair laid down a marker one year out from the Games before claiming mixed relay silver alongside Barclay Izzard and Kate Waugh.

Taking in the sights of the Seine, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees, it was hard to deny that the event is set to be a big crowd pleaser next summer.

The GB Kite Girls led the way at the Allianz World Sailing Championships as Ellie Aldridge roared to silver and Lily Young claimed bronze in The Hague.

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A staggering total of eight Olympic quota places were secured on the water as medals also came for Emma Wilson (women’s iQFoil bronze), Micky Beckett (ILCA 6 silver) and Anna Burnet and John Gimson (mixed multihull silver).

At the EuroHockey Championships in Germany, England (the team reliant Team GB’s qualification for Paris 2024) fought to an incredible silver medal in their first European final since 2009.

A tense semi-final battle against Germany went all the way to a shootout and keeper James Mazarelo was the hero. Clinching a definite medal and setting up a brilliant final.

Joe Choong was back in business at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships on home soil in Bath.

The Olympic champion retained his world title in style, holding a 10-second lead going into the laser run due to his dominant performances in the other disciplines.

And it was a shower of medals for Britain, as Kerenza Bryson soared to a brilliant bronze and clinched Team GB a second quota spot for the Paris 2024 Games in the process.

And Ros Canter took the European eventing crown on Lordships Graffalo while Kitty King won silver before the pair teamed up with Yasmin Ingham and Laura Collett to win team gold.

As we launch into September, there is no slowing down as athletes battle for even more quota places and World and European Championships reign supreme.

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Source: Team GB / Sportsbeat


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