Synchro Swimming - Countdown to Rio: Summer sports week in review

New English rugby sevens coach Simon Amor saw his side beaten in the semi-finals of the opening IRB Sevens World Series on Australia's Gold Coast but still hailed their fighting spirit.


Amor's team book their last four slot with a win over former coach Ben Ryan's Fiji but were defeated 14-5 by eventual winners New Zealand.

However, they rebounded to secure third with an impressive 47-0 victory over South Africa.

"Playing on the second day there was a real step up and it's important to see we're making steps forward," said Amor.

"We took a step back on day one so to improve and finish third was a good reward for all the effort the boys put in."

Wales were beaten 28-21 in the last eight by the Springboks and then narrowly lost 12-7 to Kenya in the plate semi-finals.

Scotland finished bottom of their group, despite a draw with Australia, who went on to reach the final.

No British player managed to reach the latter stages of the table tennis European Championships in Austria .

British number one Liam Pitchford was the closet in the last 64 of the singles, pushing number 58 seed Alexander Shibaev the distance in a closely fought encounter.

Sam Walker and Andrew Baggaley both went out at the same stage against higher ranked opponents while women's British number one, Joanna Drinkhall, lost to Sweden's Li Fen.

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson collected two second places at swimming's World Cup in Moscow in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

And there was also double silver for Sophie Allen, who claimed podium spots in the 200m butterfly and 200m medley.

Adam Gemili has switched coaches to join up with UK Athletics sprint coach Steve Fudge, who also looks after world finalist James Dasaolu.

"You've obviously got Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake training together, and they're the quickest guys in the world, so to have me and James training together can’t be a bad thing," he said.

"He's the only Briton this year to go sub-10 and I'm the only Briton to go sub-20, so it can only be positive for us to train together."

Elsewhere, while Britain's synchronised swimmers take part in a choreography camp in Italy, with the aim of designing two new routines for next season, two-time Olympian Jenna Randall has revealed her next career move.

Randall, a three-time Commonwealth Games medallist, will join a production of Cirque Du Solei in Las Vegas next year.

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