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Bristol weightlifter selected for Rio Olympics

A Bristol athlete has been selected as just one of two weightlifters who will represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics.

Sonny Webster will compete in his Games in the men's 94kg division after being crowned British Champion earlier this month.

He has previously competed at the Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth, and is a former European junior bronze medallist.

The 22-year-old also broke the British U23 record at the British Championships.

Sonny Webster is just one of two athletes selected for Team GB weight lifting Credit: Sonny Webster

Team GB have won seven Olympic weightlifting medals – one gold, three silver and three bronze – with the last medal won at Los Angeles 1984.

he Olympics is undoubtedly the biggest stage for the sport and to be given the opportunity to represent my country in Rio this summer is something I’m incredibly proud of.

I’ve been training well and my recent performance at the British Championships has given me a fantastic platform to build on; the next few weeks of preparation are absolutely crucial and I’ll be doing all that I can to get the best possible result for the team in Rio.

– Sonny Webster
Credit: British Weight Lifting


Ice skater Robin Cousins to coach next Olympic squad

Robin Cousins at the Winter Olympics in Sochi Credit: PA

Olympic ice skating champion Robin Cousins has been selected to train the next generation of potential medallists.

The Bristol-born athlete has been appointed as a leading manager for the National Ice Skating Association's World Class Figure Skating Programme. He'll be coaching the British squad for the next Winter Olympic Games.


Tribute to Olympian from fellow Dorset Medallist

Olympic shooting champion Peter Wilson has paid tribute to his friend and fellow Sherborne resident Andrew Simpson.

The 2012 gold medal winner expressed his shock at the tragedy which claimed the life of his British team mate.

36 year old Simpson died after his yacht capsized during training for the America's Cup race in San Fransisco Bay, California.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, Wilson recounts meeting Simpson at a local supermarket shortly before he departed for the States:

Appeal as one of the stolen medals is recovered

One of the two bronze medals stolen from Olympians Hannah Macleod and Alex Partridge has been found. They were taken along with their TeamGB jackets when they were at a London nightclub early on Wednesday.

Scotland Yard said Hannah's medal had been posted anonymously to the England Hockey head office.

Bath rower Alex Partridge's gong is still missing though. Tonight he tweeted a request for it to be returned.

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