London 2012 Olympics: Natalia Shepphard qualifies for Games

Fencing's on the up! Sheppard becomes second British fencer to qualify for Games

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19:37 GMT, 23 April 2012

Natalia Sheppard became the second British fencer to qualify for the Games on Monday.

The 27-year-old won the foil
discipline, with a 10-6 win over Cristina Ghita of Romania, at a
European qualifying event in Slovakia.

She said: 'I can't wait for London to
show the rest of the world how far we (British fencing) have come.'
There are eight more host nation spots yet to be decided.

London calling! Sheppard beat Ghits to reach the Games this summer

London calling! Sheppard beat Ghits to reach the Games this summer

London calling! Sheppard beat Ghits to reach the Games this summer

London calling! Sheppard beat Ghits to reach the Games this summer

Sophie so good

Sophie Hitchon beat her own British hammer throw record (70.47 metres) by seven centimetres to qualify for selection for the Games.

Two competition throws further than 69m
is the minimum British selection standard and Hitchon, 20, beat this
distance in four out of her six throws in a meet in California.

In a spin: Hitchon beat her own record

In a spin: Hitchon beat her own record

Usain Bolt, meanwhile, confirmed he will run his first 100m race of the 2012 season on May 5 at a IAAF meet in Jamaica.

Webb gamble pays off

Dave Webb's gamble not to run in Sunday's Virgin London Marathon paid off yesterday as his Games spot was confirmed by the BOA.

The chartered accountant, 30, wins his slot because of his 15th-place finish at the World Championships.

IAAF rules state that a top-20 place is the equivalent of the A qualifying standard.

'It's been a long six or seven
months waiting. It was a bit of a gamble not doing the London Marathon
in order to be at my best for the Olympics,' he said.

Webb's fortunes contrast with Jo Pavey who watched Claire Hallissey beat her time by 40sec and steal her Olympic spot.

Magic number

Sixty one competitors have been selected for the GB team so far.