Olympic24: Doyle on form in Monaco, Froome extends Tour de France lead

Olympic24: Doyle on form in Monaco, Froome extends Tour de France lead

16 July 2016 / 08:35

Rio-bound Eilidh Doyle clocks a new 400m hurdles personal best on the way to victory in the Monaco Diamond League where Mo Farah also finishes fifth in the 1500m while Chris Froome extends his advantage in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. Catch up on all the latest news here.

  • Eilidh Doyle claims her second Diamond League victory of 2016 in a new personal best of 54.09 seconds
  • Chris Froome’s Tour de France lead now sits at one minute and 47 seconds after finishing second in the stage 13 time trial
  • Kyle Edmund gets Great Britain off to a winning start in Davis Cup quarter-final with Serbia
  • Edmund one of a trio of Brits added to Team GB tennis squad for Rio 2016 Olympic Games alongside Dom Inglot and Colin Fleming
  • Injury to her horse forces Izzy Taylor to withdraw from Rio with reserve rider Pippa Funnell coming in
  • GB Sevens set for final competitive outing in Poland ahead of Rio
  • London 2012 Olympian Drew Sullivan announces his retirement from international basketball

Brits star at Monaco Diamond League

Eilidh Doyle continued her preparations for Rio with a new 400m hurdles personal best at the Monaco Diamond League meeting.

Doyle stopped the clock at 54.09 seconds for her second Diamond League victory of the year.

“I'm absolutely delighted,” she said. “It wasn't even a great race; the last hurdle was very poor so I think there's a lot more to come. If I get it right, I can definitely go sub 54 seconds.”

Elsewhere double Olympic champion Mo Farah was fifth in the 1500m while Charlie Grice set a new personal best on the way to ninth.

Lynsey Sharp ran her second fastest 800m time ever for sixth place while Steph Twell and Rosie Clarke also set personal bests in the 3000m.

Robbie Grabarz recorded a season’s best of 2.31m for joint fourth in the high jump and Holly Bradshaw also did the same with 4.65m in the pole vault, again for fourth overall.

Froome strengthens grip on yellow jersey


Great Britain’s Chris Froome extended his lead in the Tour de France after finishing second in the stage 13 time trial.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin clocked the quickest time for the 37.5km stage from Bourg-Saint-Andeol to La Caverne du Pont-D’Arc in 50 minutes and 15 seconds.

Froome was second in 51 minutes and 18 seconds and in doing so, extended his yellow jersey advantage to one minute and 47 seconds ahead of nearest challenger Bauke Mollema. 

Edmund gets GB off to winning start in Davis Cup in Belgrade


Kyle Edmund believes remaining relaxed during the rain delays was key to his first Davis Cup win as he gave Great Britain a 1-0 lead on day one of their quarter-final with Serbia.

Edmund produced a superbly dominant display as he beat former world number eight Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 6-4 6-0 at the Tasmajdan Stadium, in Belgrade.

"To get us off to a good start was great. Each set I really found my game and I was very pleased with my win," Edmund said.

"We played three games before it rained. I wanted to get the intensity high from the first game back and I managed it when he broke back in the second set.” 

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Inglot, Fleming and Edmund heading to Rio

Dom Inglot and Coling Fleming selected for Rio 2016

Three more tennis players have been announced by the British Olympic Association to represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Dom Inglot, Colin Fleming and Kyle Edmund will join the squad with Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson already selected.

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Funnell replaces Taylor in Rio team

Pippa Funnell to replace Izzy Tayor at Rio 2016

Allercombe Ellie, owned by Susan Holroyd and Frances Carter and ridden by Izzy Taylor, has unfortunately incurred a slight injury in training that will prevent the combination from competing as part of the eventing team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.         

The combination will be replaced by the first reserve, Pippa Funnell MBE (47, from Surrey) with the late Carol Toliver’s Billy The Biz, who will represent Team GB alongside William Fox-Pitt (Chilli Morning), Kitty King (Ceylor L A N) and Gemma Tattersall (Quicklook V).        

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GB Sevens set for final Poland test

GB Sevens players will have their last opportunity to fine tune their preparations for Rio 2016 at this weekend's Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series leg in Gdynia, Poland.

Last weekend the GB Royals clinched the Cup competition at the Exeter 7s with the GB Lions lifting the plate.

The draw for Poland means that the GB Royals face Lithuania, Italy and Germany this time around on Saturday while the GB Lions take on Georgia, Poland and France.

The final 12-strong team for Rio will be announced next week.

Sullivan calls time on international basketball career

Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan admits that competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games is the standout memory of his career after announcing his retirement from international basketball.

The 36-year-old played in 100 of a possible 113 games for Great Britain in the last ten years with 45 of those appearances in either EuroBasket or during the 2012 Olympic Games.

"This was a massively tough decision and something that I went back and forth on, for quite a while," he said.

"I'm going to miss representing my country and wearing the Great Britain vest. I'll miss going out and playing with the guys that I've been with for over a decade.

"Obviously London 2012 is the easy highlight to pick out, but going out and playing with guys who I grew up with, there's nothing like doing that alongside your friends.”

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