Malaysian tri­umph has Brog­ton buoyed for Pak­istan test . . .

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HOCKEY

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.”

CA­NOE­ING

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.”

JUDO

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.

FENC­ING

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.

MODERNPENTATHLON

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.

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