Great Britain’s rowers warmed up for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio with a golden showing at the European Rowing Championships while Andy Murray is unable to find a way past rival Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open final. Catch up on the news from the last 24 hours here.
- Helen Glover and Heather Stanning retain their European title as GB scooped seven medals, including four gold, in Germany
- Andy Murray’s defence of his Madrid Open title is over after he lost 6-2 3-6 6-3 to world number one Novak Djokovic
- Britain’s Gemma Tattersall finishes third at the Badminton Horse Trials to hit the Rio qualifying standard along with four other riders
- Judoka Gemma Gibbons finishes fifth at Baku Grand Slam
- Tough day for Liam Phillips at BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal
- Birmingham Lions seal their first ever AJ Bell National Badminton League final
- Sheffield Sharks and Northumbria win respective BBL and WBBL Play-Off finals
Glover and Stanning add another gold to their collection
London 2012 gold medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning successfully defended their European titles as Great Britain’s rowers enjoyed a strong final day at the European Championships.
The team finished top of the medal table, winning four golds, two silvers and a bronze in Brandenburg – with Glover and Stanning – undefeated together since 2011- on the top step of the podium in the women’s pair.
There were also golds for the men’s four, women’s eight and lightweight men’s pair. Read more here.
Murray beaten in Madrid Open final
Britain’s Andy Murray battled hard but it was ultimately in vain at the Madrid Open final, as he went down 6-2 3-6 6-3 to world number one Novak Djokovic.
The 28-year-old Scot got off to the worst possible start as he was broken in the very first game and went on to lose the opener 6-2.
But Murray fought back with Djokovic double-faulting at 2-1 to open the door back into the match and give up an all-important break of serve.
The Serb’s power and accuracy showed in the decider however, after Murray had already broken back once with Djokovic again double-faulting at the crucial moment. Read more here.
Tattersall impresses at Badminton
Gemma Tattersall recorded a third-place finish as Michael Jung sealed the Rolex Grand Slam by becoming the first German to win a Badminton Horse Trials.
Jung put in a flawless showjumping performance in Sunday’s final event with fellow German Andreas Ostholt second and Tattersall third on Artic Soul.
That result saw Tattersall achieve the Olympic qualification mark, as did Kristina Cook (seventh on Star Witness), Izzy Taylor (eighth on Allecombe Ellie), Ben Way (12th on Galley Light) and Zara Tindall (23rd on High Kingdom).
Team GB places will not be announced until July.
Gibbons misses out on Baku bronze
Gemma Gibbons was Britain’s highest-placed finisher on the final day of the 2016 Baku Grand Slam as she placed fifth in the -78kg category.
Gibbons started well reaching the quarter-finals before losing out to Marhinde Verkerk of the Netherlands to a single shido.
In the repechage Gibbons bounced back with victory over Poland’s Daria Pogorzelec but then lost out for bronze against current world champion Mami Umeki of Japan.
She said: “Obviously fifth place is always disappointing and it’s not what I came here for but in terms of performance I feel like I’m closer to the level I should be at following my injury.”
Fellow -78kg judoka Natalie Powell was seventh, with Ben Fletcher also seventh in the -100kg category.
Phillips misses out on Papendal World Cup final
It was a tough day for Liam Phillips as he was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal.
The 2014 and 2015 World Cup Champion made a strong start in his heat but appeared to unclip on the second straight, ruling him out of the chance to progress as one of the top our.
Earlier Kyle Evans and Quillan Isidore both exited at the motos stage at the third round of the five-event series.
Birmingham Lions take National Badminton League title
Toby Penty’s Birmingham Lions lifted the AJ Bell National Badminton League title for the very first time after beating Loughborough Sport on Sunday.
The Lions, who had beat the University of Nottingham in the day’s earlier semi-final event, battled to a 3-1 win against the final opponents at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.
It also meant a second runners up spot for Loughborough Sport after they saw off last year’s champions Team Derby in the final.
“This was such a different experience and these sorts of moments define a sport and we need more of them – we need more feel-good factors in badminton,” said Penty.
“This is one of my biggest achievements in the sport. To go from where I was at the start of the AJ Bell NBL to where we are now is unbelievable!”
Sheffield Sharks and Northumbria triumph in London
Sheffield Sharks won the BBL Play-offs final for the first time in 12 seasons at the O2 Arena in London.
The Sharks beat Leicester Riders 84-77 as their opponents, who have won the Trophy and the league this season, failed to score for five minutes in the last quarter.
Most valuable player Mike Tuck led Sheffield's scorers with 20 points and Jerrold Brooks added 18.
Northumbria won the WBBL play-offs title with a 75-68 win over Nottingham.
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