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Five Leeds athletes picked for Great Britain's Olympic triathlon team

Five of the six athletes picked for the Great Britain triathlon team for the Rio Olympics later this year are based in Leeds.

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Alastair and Jonny Brownlee - the gold and bronze medallists from London 2012 - are joined in the men's squad by 22 year old fellow West Yorkshireman Gordon Benson.

And included in the women's team are housemates Vicky Holland and Non Stanford, who also train in the city.


Sam Walker named as final Team GB table tennis athlete for Rio

The British Olympic Association has today named Sam Walker, Worksop, as the third table tennis athlete to be selected to Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old will compete in the team event alongside Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford – after both were officially selected for the individual competition earlier this month.

Walker will be the youngest of the three table tennis athletes selected for Rio 2016 but has experience of competition at the top level.

It’s a dream come true. It’s been one of my dreams since I started playing to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games and to get it so early in my career is incredible. I’m looking forward to it.

The Worlds gave us confidence and belief – we did believe we could get those sort of results but doing it was a different story. It showed us and everyone else that Great Britain are a team to be feared and are ready to challenge for medals in big competitions.

– Sam Walker

Scunthorpe swimmer back home after qualifiying for 2016 Olympics

It is still over a year to go until the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Rio but this week an athlete from our region became the first to qualify for Team GB.

Open water swimmer Jack Burnell, who was born in Scunthorpe, qualified after finishing fifth at the World Championships in Russia.

He is now back home and our sports reporter Chris Dawkes caught up with him at his training base at Loughborough University.


Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington burgled

Swimming star Rebecca Adlington said she is "so relieved" after her Olympic medals were found following a break-in at her home.

The double Olympic champion had tweeted that she was "shaking" and "in absolute pieces" after believing the irreplaceable items had been stolen.

But she later shared her relief that they had been found and thanked fans for their concern. Her boyfriend's car is still missing.

Ennis-Hill to "assess" fitness ahead of Worlds.

Jessica Ennis-Hill says she will have to assess her fitness today after her competitive return to the Olympic Stadium last night. The Olympic champion from Sheffield came 4th in the 100 metre hurdles at the Anniversary Games, followed by a poor performance in the long jump.

The 26 year old is only just returning from an Achilles injury and will now have to consider whether she will be fit for the World Championships in Moscow next month.

Ennis-Hill unsure over Worlds

Jessica Ennis-Hill (right) in action during the women's 110 metres hurdles at the Olympic Stadium, London. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Jessica Ennis-Hill admitted her World Championship hopes were in the balance after enduring a frustrating return to the Olympic Stadium.

The London 2012 heptathlon champion was back at the scene of last summer's gold medal triumph, but this time there was rather less for her to cheer about.

The 26-year-old, who is on her way back from an Achilles tendon injury which has played havoc with her season, followed a steady if unspectacular 100 metres hurdles run with a poor long jump at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games.

She said yesterday this was the acid test of her fitness, and although she came through both events unscathed, she could now be fighting a losing battle to be fit for the World Championships. The Moscow showpiece is just two weeks away.

"It's frustrating, because I always want to be at my best and I'm obviously not at my best at the moment. I'm so glad I competed and got to experience this crowd again, but I'm definitely not where I'd like to be." - Jessica Ennis-Hill

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