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Countdown to Rio: Summer sports week in review

March 17, 2014 12:21 pm

Mo Farah insisted there was no cause for concern after he collapsed at the conclusion of the New York Half Marathon and claims everything is on course for his eagerly-awaited debut over double the distance in London.

The double Olympic and world champion suffered a heavy fall early in the race but got back on his feet to cross the line behind winner Geoffrey Mutai.

And he blamed the frigid conditions in New York and the fall for the dramatic finale to his race, with Farah taken away in a wheelchair to be given medical treatment.

"I'm all right," he said. "It's fine. It's not a big deal.

"I was just pretty much seeing stars. Everything was kind of blurred to me. I just wanted to keep going. I didn't want to stop and drop.

"I tried my hardest and gave 110 percent. That's all you can do. Sometimes things happen out of your control and you've just got to move on.

"It doesn't make you a bad athlete. The guys are pretty decent athletes. It's not like Joe Blow or someone else who's beaten you."

In very different conditions, Alistair Brownlee crossed the finish line arm-in-arm with brother Jonny as they set a new course record in winning the Abu Dhabi triathlon.

The Brownlees covered the 1.5km swim, 100km bike ride and 10km run in three hours, 12 minutes, 21 seconds while British team-mate Georgie Rutherford was fifth in the women's race.

"I've done the same events for four or five years now and so it's really cool to go somewhere so completely different," said Jonny Brownlee, the Olympic bronze medallist and runner-up in last year's World Championships.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that world triathlon champion Non Stanford will be out of action for six to nine weeks with a foot injury.

"If anything it'll mean I'll have to train specifically for the Commonwealth Games instead of focussing on the World Series," she said.

British divers won three bronze medals at the FINA Diving World Series in Beijing.

Experienced hands Tonia Couch and Tom Daley took podium places in the women’s and men’s 10m platform finals while Dan Goodfellow and Matty Lee, on their World Series debuts, claimed third in the 10m synchro.

Chris and Gabby Adcock warmed up for this month's European Championships, beating China's Biao Chai and Jinhua Tang to win the mixed doubles at badminton's Swiss Open, Britain's first win at the event in eight years.

Olympic cycling road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead won the opening World Cup race of the season, the The Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe, outsprinting Holland's Anna van der Breggen.

"We knew we had a strong team and we were really confident," said Armitstead.

However, Geraint Thomas was forced to abandon the Paris-Nice, while just eight seconds off the lead, after a heavy fall during stage seven of the race. 

World silver medallist Max Whitlock won the English all-around gymnastics title ahead of British team-mate Kristian Thomas in Wigan.

And triple Olympic medallist Louis Smith returned to action with a second place, behind Whitlock, on his signature pommel horse.

"It was a little bit stressful and quite nerve wracking," said Smith.

"I think I've proved something to myself and I think I feel I can offer a lot more."

Ruby Harrold was the leading all-around woman at the event while, at the World Cup in Germany, Frank Baines won his first senior medal with a silver behind Japan's Koji Uematsu on the parallel bars.

Elsewhere, Olympic champion Jade Jones won -57kg gold at taekwondo's Dutch Open while Bianca Walkden took +73kg bronze, claiming the scalp of world champion Olga Ivanova.

But there was disappointment for Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad, who lost to the Isle of Man's Aaron Cook in his final - their first encounter since March 2012.


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