Jessica Ennis-Hill is looking to record a 100m hurdles season’s best at the Muller Anniversary Games tonight, while Chris Froome edged ever closer to a third Tour de France victory on stage 18. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:
- Jessica Ennis-Hill is hoping the home crowd can spur her on to season’s best
- Chris Froome takes stage 18 of the Tour de France to increase his overall lead
- Disappointment for Dom Inglot but doubles success for Johanna Konta in America
- Team GB’s young gymnasts reminisce about the journey from Youth Olympic Festival to Rio 2016
- Liam Phillips tells us about his kitting out experience and how he’s preparing for Rio
Ennis-Hill looking for season’s best at Muller Anniversary Games
Jessica Ennis-Hill is hopeful the home crowd can help the heptathlon star run her fastest 100m hurdles time of the year when she competes at the Muller Anniversary Games in London tonight.
Ennis-Hill will be returning to the scene of her London 2012 heptathlon success as she joins some of the world’s best athletes, including the likes of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, in competing at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as they step up their preparation for Rio 2016.
The 30-year-old will be looking to surpass her best 100m hurdles time of 2016, 13.10 seconds, tonight and will also be taking part in the long jump at the Muller Anniversary Games on Saturday.
Ennis-Hill said: “I have been very selective about my competitions, but due to the very strong field in the 100m hurdles in London, my coach (Toni Minichiello) and I felt it was good to have a fast race before heading to the training camp for Rio.
“I love running the hurdles and know there is a quicker time in me this year.
“The competition at the Müller Anniversary Games will be tough, so I am banking on a good crowd to lift me to run a good time.”
Fabulous Froome flies to second stage win
Chris Froome put the Tour de France almost out of sight of his rivals after winning the stage 18 uphill time trial by 21 seconds.
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, a time trial specialist, finished in second with Froome’s nearest overall challenger, Trek Segafredo’s Bauke Mollema, finishing 1min25s down in 17th place.
Froome’s compatriot, Adam Yates, finished one place ahead of Mollema to take two seconds back from his Dutch rival and hold on to third place in the overall standings.
Dumoulin had set the outstanding time of the day until Froome – who went off last – blasted past his time on the 17km climb to Megeve.
Froome now leads the general classification by 3min52s from Mollema, with just two mountain stages to go before Sunday’s sprint stage into Paris and along the Champs Elysees.
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Mixed fortunes for Team GB’s tennis stars
Johanna Konta progressed to the semi-finals of the women's doubles at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, America.
The Brit, playing with American Maria Sanchez, beat Chinese pair Yifan Xu and Saisai Zheng 6-4 6-4 in their quarter-final.
Konta will face a rematch against Zheng in the quarter-finals of the singles event later tonight.
Elsewhere, Dom Inglot lost in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open Gstaad, losing in a champions tie-break to Indian pair Purav Raja and Divij Sharan.
Inglot, playing with Denis Istomin, lost 6-7 7-6 7-10 and will now turn his attentions to the Olympic tournament in Rio, next month.
And Naomi Broady lost 6-1 5-7 6-4 to Japan’s Risa Ozaki in the second round of the CITI Open, in Washington, while Birmingham’s Dan Evans went down 6-1 7-5 to American Jack Sock, in the men’s event.
Junior gymnasts reunited in Rio
From the lowest rung of Olympic competition to the highest, four of Team GB’s gymnasts heading to Brazil next month begun their road to Rio in the Netherlands three years ago.
Few will have heard of the European Youth Olympic Festival, but for aspiring athletes it is the first step on the path to Olympic success.
Created in 1991 and originally known as the European Youth Olympic Days, it offers budding sports stars, between the ages of 14 and 18, the chance to compete against the best the continent has to offer, in an environment designed to hint at what a fully-fledged Olympic Games might entail.
In 2013 the Festival was held in Utrecht, with Team GB’s gymnasts among the most successful athletes at the event.
Team GB finished second in the overall medal table and second in the gymnastics medal table, winning five gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
Three years on, four of Team GB’s six medal winners are now off to the big show, the top tier of Olympic competition, Rio 2016.
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Kitted out Phillips ready for Rio
We catch up with Team GB BMX rider Liam Phillips with his latest Aldi Homegrown Hero blog
I did my kitting out last week in Birmingham and it is always a cool day. It’s always busy but it’s nice because it signals the start of the final phase.
It’s the countdown to when the Olympics starts to become a bit more real than at any point over the last few years.
I made a conscious decision to really enjoy kitting out this time. For Beijing, we had a trial race in Switzerland and I flew back home into Birmingham and went straight from the airport to the NEC to get all my kit, so that was a bit of a blur.
In London, with the home Olympics, I was keen to get down there, get my kit and basically tick that box so I could get back home to training.
But this year, I thought it could be the last time I do a kitting out. It was something I had looked forward to for a long time.
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