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Weekly Women’s Sports News – March 7

March 7, 2016

In a sensational weekend of cycle sport, British cyclists lead by Laura Trott won two gold and two bronze medals at the Track World Championships, Lizzie Armitsead made it two wins out of two on the road and Rachel Atherton became the first mountain biker to be nominated for a Laureus Sport Award. Elsewhere Jodie Stimpson won the first Triathlon World Cup of the season and Heather Watson won the Monterrey Tennis Open.

Photo credit: British Cycling

Cycling: British women win four medals at World Championships in London
Laura Trott lead the medal hunt at the World Track Cycling championships in London by claiming two golds, in the scratch and Omnium events. Trott then joined team mates Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne to claim a well-earned bronze and best time in team pursuit.Becky James, who has had several seasons out due to injury made a sensational come-back in the keirin to take bronze. Elsewhere it was double disappointment for Jess Varnish and Katy Marchant who, despite posting an impressive 32.903 ride, finished fifth, missing out on the medals and more crucially, Rio qualification.

Emily Nelson made an impressive senior world championships debut in the points race, briefly leading the competition after winning the fifth of ten sprints in the 25-kilometre event. She finished a very creditable 5th. Full stories via British Cycling
Triathlon: Stimpson claims victory in World Triathlon Series opener

Jodie Stimpson claimed victory in the opening race of the World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi and then immediately set her sights on the Olympics. With just one place on the team remaining the battle between Stimpson and Helen Jenkins will continue in Australia next month. Full story via TeamGB

Tennis Monterrey Open: Heather Watson beats Kirsten Flipkens in final
Britain’s Heather Watson claimed her third WTA title by beating Kirsten Flipkens to win the Monterrey Open. The 23-year-old lost the first set but came back to defeat her 30-year-old Belgian opponent 3-6 6-2 6-3. Full story via the BBC

Road cycling: Lizzie Armitstead wins Strade Bianche
Lizzie Armitstead made it two victories from two races in 2016 by winning the Italian one-day classic Strade Bianche on Saturday. Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) formed part of a three-rider escape and then attacked again on the uphill finish into Siena to beat Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabobank-Liv) into second place by three seconds and Sweden’s Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5) into third by 13 seconds. Full story via SkySports
Laureus Sports Awards: Rachel Atherton first mountain biker to be nominated
Reigning World Champion and World Cup Overall Champion Rachel Atherton has been nominated for a Global Sports Award by Laureus, along with 5 other British Sports stars including Lewis Hamilton, Jessica Ennis –Hill, swimmer Adam Peaty , the GB Davis Cup team and boxer Tyson Fury. Rachel will be the first ever nominee from the world of mountain-biking.

Football SheBelieves Cup: England lose two out of two
England’s second straight defeat at the new international tournament, which features four of the best five ranked teams in the world, ended their hopes of an unlikely triumph.

A narrow 1-0 defeat in their opener against hosts United States, the current world champions, left them with a difficult task to win the round-robin group competition. In their second match against Germany, England conceded two late goals to lose 1-2. Full story via the BBC

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine


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