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Joanne Watmore's Olympic medal dreams dashed in Rio

Two heavy losses leave Team GB reeling in women's sevens rugby

Joanne Watmore (left) of Great Britain and her teammates look dejected after loosing the women's sevens semi final(Image: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Two heavy losses meant Jo Watmore's dreams of leaving Rio with an Olympic medal were dashed.

Chester -born Watmore was a member of the Great Britain women's rugby sevens team which stormed through to the semi-finals of the competition.

But they were blown away by New Zealand in their last-four clash on Monday evening (August 8), losing 25-7, and were steamrollered by a physical Canada side in the bronze medal play-off a few hours later, going down 33-10.

Joanne Watmore eyeing Olympic medal in Rio

Two GB players were yellow carded against the Black Ferns, meaning it was five players versus seven for a time, and another sin-binning against the Canadians meant it was always an uphill struggle for the Brits.

Personal trainer Watmore, 29, was born in Chester and went to Wade Deacon High School in Widnes. She played rugby league and union for Widnes and now lives in Twickenham, and plays for the nearby Richmond Rugby Club.

Australia went on to win gold in the women's sevens, beating New Zealand 24-17 in the final. It was the first time the sport had appeared at the Olympics.

Katherine Grainger (front) and Vicky Thornley at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas(Image: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for our local rowers at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas today (August 9).

Former King's School pupil Chris Bartley, of Farndon, was a member of the men's coxless lightweight crew which failed to make it through to the final.

Rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave told the BBC: "They are going to be absolutely gutted with their performance there and that they are not going to be able to race for a medal."

But there was better news for former Abbey Gate College student Vicky Thornley, from Holt, and veteran Katherine Grainger in the semi-finals of the women's double sculls. The pair finished second to book their place in Thursday's final.

Mickle Trafford sailor Chris Grube's big day is tomorrow (August 10) when he joins Luke Patience in the men's 470 dinghy event.

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