Malaysian triumph has Brogton buoyed for Pakistan test . . .
Alastair Brogdon is confident there is more to come from Great Britain as they prepare to meet Pakistan at the FINTRO Hockey World League semi-final in Antwerp.
Brogdon and his team-mates secured second place in Pool B with a 3-1 victory over Malaysia in their final group game yesterday to book a lasteight showdown with the side which finished third in Pool B.
“We’ll go into the quarter-finals feeling confident as we are unbeaten with two draws and two wins,” he told www.fih.ch. “And I think our performances are getting better.”
GB had to come from behind to claim their win after Muhammad Shamsul caught them on the counter-attack, but David Condon levelled before the break and after Malaysia skipper Rahim Razie had been yellow-carded, Ashley Jackson and Sam Ward took full advantage.
Brogdon said: “We did the right things in the first half, trying to play our game, but we couldn’t get the goal and they scored one on the counterattack. I think we knew if we kept on plugging away, then the chances would come and we executed it in the end.”
David Florence gained his second World Cup medal of the season with a silver in Krakow to follow his bronze from the previous weekend in Prague. But the double world champion admitted he was fortunate to make the starting line-up in the final after just scraping the last qualifying place in his semi-final.
He touched a gate and picked up a two-second penalty and finished 10th in 88.28 seconds, taking the last qualifying spot for the final
He then posted 86.19 seconds in the final after suffering another two-second penalty for touching gate 17 and then faced an agonising wait to see how his rivals coped on the course.
But only Slovakia’s Matej Benus managed faster when he finished on 83.33 seconds, also with a two-second penalty, as no-one in the final could manage a clean run.
“It was a relief to get the 10th place [in semifinal] and I couldn’t believe how tight it was,” Florence said. “Without my touch, I would have been first but my touch put me in 10th so it was really tight racing to put me into that final.”
Edinburgh judoka Sarah Adlington suffered an early exit at the European Championships in Baku.
The Commonwealth heavyweight champion has only recently returned after injury and fell at the first hurdle to Ukraine’s Svitlana Iaromka, the Baku Grand Slam gold medal winner, in the Over-78kg event. Edinburgh-based Gemma Gibbons also went out to a Ukrainian athlete, Victoriia Turks, in her second match in the Under-78kg event.
Scot Richard Kruse helped Great Britain to team gold in the foil event at the European Games in Baku
Kruse and Alex Tofalides, Marcus Mepstead and Benjamin Peggs defeated Italy in the final 45-41 after seeing off the challenges of Germany (45-26) in the quarter-final and France (45-41) in the semi-finals.
It was Britain’s final involvement in the Games and they finished with a total of 47 medals; 18 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze.
Mhairi Spence, the 2012 champion, has earned a late call-up to the Great Britain team for the World Championships which begin in Berlin today.
Spence replaces Inverurie’s Freyja Prentice who has been forced to drop out due to injury.
Reigning world champion and Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray leads the British challenge but Spence has shown she can compete with the best.
The squad has just returned from altitude training in Font Romeu in the French alps and is looking for decent performances ahead of hosting the European Championships in Bath in August.