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Countdown to Rio: Summer sports week in review

July 7, 2014 11:31 am

Great Britain's men's four stormed to an impressive victory at the Henley Royal Regatta as home crews dominated on the River Thames.

Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Mohamed Sbihi and Alex Gregory have looked impressive this season, winning the European title and World Cup golds, and added the Stewards’ Challenge Cup to their list of honours.

“It’s great to get a win here and it’s really important to us to race on home waters in front of our own crowd.  To win on the 175th anniversary Henley, I couldn’t be happier’, said Gregory.

The GB women’s quadruple sculls, featuring Beth Rodford, Vicky Meyer-Laker, Olivia Carnegie Brown and Kristina Stiller, were comfortable winners of the Princess Grace Challenge Cup.  

And Sam Townsend, Graeme Thomas, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert were confident in their delivery of a win in the Queen Mother Challenge Cup for men’s quads, against the Australian national crew.

Meanwhile, the British men's and women's international eights won the Grand Challenge Cup and Remenham Challenge Cup against French and Dutch crews respectively.

British sprinters Chijindu Ujah and James Dasaolu are locked in a battle for the third 100m slot in Great Britain's team at next month's European Championships.

Ujah, who clocked 9.96 seconds last month to move to third on the all-time list, ran 10.20 secs in his Diamond League debut in Paris while Dasaolu, back from injury, finished his comeback race in 10.03 secs in Lausanne.

Dwain Chambers and former world junior champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey are guaranteed their places for Zurich after finishing first and second at last month's British trials.

Laura Muir and Laura Weightman both ran personal bests in the 1500m in Paris while Shara Practor finished fourth in the women's long jump.

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford produced five plus eight metre leaps to finish second in Lausanne, where European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp dipped below two minutes for the first time in her career.

Two-time Olympian Euan Burton is looking to finish his career with a judo medal at this month's Commonwealth Games.

The three-time world and European medallist will compete for Scotland in Glasgow in the 81kg event.

"I have been number one in Great Britain for over a decade - and almost no-one in judo gets to say that. I have won numerous medals," he said.

"London was my last Olympic Games and I was well aware of that. It was hugely disappointing but I have moved on from that and it is all part of the rich tapestry of a life in sport."

Andy Murray admitted it was back to the drawing board after his Wimbledon defence came to an end at the quarter-final stage.

Josh Sapwell reached the last eight of the boy's singles while Gabriella Taylor, Maia Lumsden and Katie Boulter reached the third round of girl's singles at the All England Club.

Elsewhere, Ashe Morgan, George Harding and Kieran Slater won recurve team bronze at the World University Archery Championships in Legnica, Poland.

And there were bronze medals for Bianca Walkden and Mahama Cho in the women's and men's heavyweight divisions at taekwondo's Grand Prix Series event in China.

But there was disappointment for Olympic champion Jade Jones, who lost to eventual silver medallist, Korea's So-hee Kim, in the quarter-finals of the women's -57kg.

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