Olympic24: Busy one for Ellington, BMX Worlds team named

27 May 2015 / 07:52

Sprinter James Ellington one of ten British athletes in action at last night's Golden Spike meet in Ostrava while Liam Phillips heads a four-strong Great Britain men's team for July's BMX World Championships. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • James Ellington fourth behind Usain Bolt in 200m and sixth in 100m in Czech Republic
  • Liam Phillips to lead British male hopes at World Championships in Belgium alongside Tre Whyte, Kyle Evans and Quillan Isidore
  • Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray exit French Open men's doubles at first round stage
  • Great Britain trim squad down as EuroBasket countdown continues

Ellington at the double in Ostrava

James Ellington put in a solid night's work as he doubled up in both the 100m and 200m at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava.

The 29-year-old finished sixth in the 100m in 10.45 seconds in a race won by Asafa Powell in 10.04 with fellow Brit Richard Kilty third in 10.31.

And he returned to the track to record an impressive fourth-place finish in the 200m, clocking 20.81 as Usain Bolt (20.13) eased to victory in his first race in Europe this season.

Elsewhere Eilidh Child ran a season’s best 56.56 in the 400m hurdles and Conrad Williams posted a personal best 33.54 in the 300m.

Tiffany Poster was third in the 100m hurdles, with Bianca Williams and Margaret Adeoye third and fifth respectively in the 200m.

While Kyle Langford was the highest British finisher in the 600m in third, two places clear of Guy Learmonth, and Steph Twell placed eighth in the 1500m.

Phillips aims to recapture rainbow jersey in Belgium

Former world champion Liam Phillips leads a four-strong Great Britain men's team at July's BMX World Championships in Belgium.

Phillips will be seeking to regain the rainbow jersey he won in 2013, having recently won the World Cup event in Manchester.

He will be joined by Tre Whyte, if last year's world bronze medallist recovers from injury, current national champion Kyle Evans and former under-16 world champion Quillan Isidore.

"Liam Phillips has continued to impress me with his consistent performances at world level, not least the fact he has managed the home-crowd pressure and won the Manchester World Cup convincingly for three years running," said performance director Shane Sutton.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do in Zolder this year."

French Open adventure over for Fleming and Marray

Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray were unable to book their spot in the second round of the French Open men’s doubles after falling to defeat against Max Mirnyi and Feliciano Lopez.

The pair were hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brits Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson on Monday in progressing past the first round in Paris.

But despite winning the first set, it was not to be as they succumbed 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. 

GB women set for EuroBasket warm up games

Great Britain women will step up their preparations for next month’s EuroBasket in Northern Spain later this week, although Steph Gandy and Temi Fegbenle will not take to the court.

The squad will take on Spain, Canada and Poland on Thursday, Friday and Saturday respectively this week in Bilbao, with the candidate list now trimmed down from 16 to 14 players.

Georgia Jones and Chantelle Pressley are the two let go, while Gandy will continue her rehab from a recent injury with the team, and Fagbenle will return to America to attend her graduation at Harvard University.

"The squad has been preparing well and we are satisfied with the progress so far,” said National Teams director Warwick Cann.

"However there is still much hard work to do and the games against Spain, Canada and Poland will be very challenging.”

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