Olympic24: Gemili targets medal at Rio 2016 as Konta's impressive form continues

Olympic24: Gemili targets medal at Rio 2016 as Konta's impressive form continues

29 July 2016 / 06:53

Adam Gemili has set his sights on a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while Johanna Konta’s impressive form continued as she reached the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Adam Gemili insists he heads to Rio 2016 pressure-free despite targeting a medal
  • Johanna Konta didn’t hang around as she beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-3 6-2 at the Rogers Cup
  • It has already been a special year for Dan Bibby and it is set to get even better at Rio 2016
  • Charley Hull got off to a solid start on her home course at the Women’s British Open
  • Keri-Anne Payne discusses how she has been cooking up a storm in the kitchen

Gemili sets sights on a medal at Rio 2016

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British sprinter Adam Gemili insists he is heading to Rio 2016 pressure-free despite setting his sights on a medal.

The 22-year-old will compete in the 200m and 4x100m relay in his second Olympic Games after admitting he was “naive” at London 2012.

Gemili has experienced a tough 12 months due to injury but showed he is closing in on his best with a third-place finish in the 200m at the London Anniversary Games.

“I want to do my best but I’m going out there to medal, definitely - if you go just to make up the numbers that’s all you can do,” Gemili told KentNews.co.uk.

“In London I was a bit of an unknown, I was quite naive and didn’t really know what I was doing, I just turned up and made the team but didn’t realise the scale of it.

“But now I’m four years older, I’ve grown, matured and I know there are expectations but I don’t feel any extra pressure; I love it.”

Konta reaches last eight of the Rogers Cup with comfortable win


Johanna Konta's impressive form continued as she needed just one hour and seven minutes to dispatch of Varvara Lepchenko and reach the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.

The British number one is on the crest of a wave at the moment after securing her first WTA Tour title on Sunday at the Bank of West Classic in Stanford.

And the 25-year-old showed no signs of stopping as she broke American Lepchenko in the second game on her way to taking the first set 6-3.

The initial break in the second came in the first game and there was to be another in the fifth as she took the contest 6-3 6-2.

The win sets up a quarter-final with Kristina Kucova after the Slovakian beat hometown favourite Eugenie Bouchard 3-6 6-4 6-3.

Rugby sevens star Bibby set to continue incredible 2016 in Brazil

Dan Bibby

Recently engaged and with a baby on the way in September, Dan Bibby’s summer would be capped off by a gold medal for Team GB when rugby sevens makes its Olympic Games bow at Rio 2016.

The Lancastrian is part of the 12-strong Team GB squad who on Thursday headed out to Brazil and believes it is only now that the enormity of the occasion will hit home.

Speaking before his departure, the 25-year-old said: “When I got told I just couldn’t believe it, it has still not really sunk in.

“I rang my fiancée as soon as I found out, she had already backed me getting selected because when I got home there were congratulations banners outside.

“I asked her what would’ve happened if I didn’t make it? All my family are really proud and can’t wait to watch me.

“Having all the kit makes it a little bit more real, but I think until I am on the plane then I don’t think it will be believable.”

Read more here.

Solid start for Hull at the Women’s British Open

Charley Hull

Rio 2016-bound Charley Hull admitted she felt the nerves when she teed off at her home golf course for the Women's British Open.

Hull is tied 11th on three under par at Woburn while the other female golfer selected by Team GB for Rio 2016, Catriona Matthew, is tied for 23rd on two under.

South Korea's Mirim Lee leads the event after day one following her course-record 10-under-par 62 and is three shots ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand.

Hull told BBC Sport: “It was good to finish with birdie, birdie. I said to my caddie on the way in ‘let’s make a couple of birdies’ and I did.

"I was happy with my round. I was a bit nervous on the first tee obviously because it's my home golf course and it's a pretty easy opening tee shot so I'd have looked pretty silly if I'd screwed it up! I’m happy.”

Baking queen Payne on whipping up a storm in the kitchen

Her bread and butter is open water swimming but when she’s not clocking up the miles in training or competition, don’t be surprised if you find Keri-Anne Payne cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

On the verge of her third Olympic Games in Rio, and with a silver medal from Beijing 2008, not to mention two World Championship titles to her name, Payne has already undoubtedly achieved plenty over the course of her 28 years.

But there is another target the Brit is keen to tick off – that of her own cookbook.

As a child, Payne would eat jam and peanut butter sandwiches before swimming training but her dietary habits have stepped up a level since those days while going on to establish herself as one of the world’s leading open water swimmers.

And you can read all about it here.

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