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Women’s sports news round-up – Dec 12

December 12, 2016
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It was a fantastic weekend for Great Britains Taekwondo team with gold for both Jade Jones and Bianca Walkden. Also on top of the podium was Elise Christie who took double gold at the speedskating World Cup in Shanghai and there was silver for the GB cross country team at the European Cross Country Championshps.
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Taekwondo: Jade Jones and Bianca Walkden clinch World Grand Prix gold
Double Olympic champion Jade Jones ensured a golden finish to 2016 with victory at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Azerbaijan. It was the 23-year-old’s first event since landing Olympic gold in August, and she was joined on the podium in Baku by Rio bronze medallist Bianca Walkden (above), who captured her first ever Grand Prix crown in the +73kg category. Full story via TeamGB

Speedskating: Elise Christie wins double World Cup gold in Shanghai
Elise Christie won her second gold medal of the World Cup event in Shanghai with another 500m victory. The 26-year-old Scot finished in 42.734 seconds, ahead of second-placed Arianna Fontana of Italy (42.835secs). On Saturday, she won gold in the first of two 500m events in 43.590 seconds. Full story via the BBC

Athletics: GB’s senior women secure silver in the European Cross Country Championships. Steph Twell, ran 25:40 to finish in 6th, Gemma Steel, the senior winner in 2014, placed 12th, while Katrina Wootton was 16th and Pippa Woolven 17th, meaning GB won team silver behind Turkey. Full story via Athletics Weekly

Basketball: Women’s Basketball league to be shown on BBC Sport website
It may be a sport dominated by the United States, but basketball in Britain is no slouch in terms of excitement and fan interest. On Friday, the BBC showed the first of 32 British Basketball League (BBL) and Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) games live on the BBC Sport website and app, as well as on selected connected TVs. So what actually is the deal with British basketball and why should you be interested? Read more on the BBC

Cycling: Laura Kenny named 2016 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year
The four-time Olympic champion – Great Britain’s most successful female Olympian in history – fought off competition from fellow Great Britain Cycling Team member Dame Sarah Storey, who finished second, as well as the likes of Jade Jones and Johanna Konta.The awards, now in their 29th year, recognise the contribution made to sport by elite performers, coaches, administrators and community volunteers. Full story via British Cycling

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