Olympic24: Gold for GB shooters, Froome champion elect

Olympic24: Gold for GB shooters, Froome champion elect

26 July 2015 / 09:02

Great Britain’s men’s double trap shoters earn gold in the team event at the European Championships while Chris Froome holds of late battle keep hold of yellow jersey heading into Paris.

  • Matt Coward-Holley, Steve Scott and Tim Kneale join forces to take double trap victory at European Championships
  • Chris Froome set to become first Briton to win Tour de France twice after battling display on penultimate stage
  • National records for Dina Asher-Smith and Shara Proctor at Anniversary Games
  • World number one Scott Brash moves to top of Global Champions Tour standings
  • Liam Phillips misses out on medal at BMX World Championships
  • Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg fail to earn GB a Rio Olympic quota place after finishing tenth in 3m synchro
  • Sir Ben Ainslie and team off to winning start in America’s Cup
  • Great Britain’s basketball players go down to New Zealand in London

Golden day for GB shooters

 The trio of Matt Coward-Holley, Steve Scott and Tim Kneale showed the rest of Europe how it was done after winning double trap team gold at the European Shooting Championships in Maribor, Slovenia.

Kneale came fifth overall while Scott and Coward-Holley had to settle for runner-up places in qualification.

"It feels amazing. This is the first team gold I've ever won with British Shooting and it's absolutely fantastic," said Kneale.

"It's great to have the guys to celebrate with. It was a proud moment to see the British flag in the number one spot on the podium and having the national anthem playing is just great.”

Froome on the verge of history


Chris Froome is on the verge of entering the record books after retaining his lead in the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France.

The 2013 winner effectively sealed his second title after a testing day in the mountains that saw nearest rival Nairo Quintana cut his lead.

But Froome held on to a narrow advantage and will carry a one minute and 12 seconds advantage into Sunday’s final stage, a processional run into Paris that will be at the mercy of the sprinters.

It's unreal. I'm sure I haven't quite taken it all on board yet. It's an unbelievable feeling to be sitting here still wearing this jersey," said Froome. Read more here.

Asher-Smith and Proctor add to successful Anniversary Games for Brits


From kit girl to golden girl, Dina Asher Smith made British spiriting history at the Anniversary Games in London.

Three years after she carried athletes' trainers and tracksuits at London 2012, she became the first British woman to dip below 11 seconds for the 100m at the same Olympic Stadium.

"I’m absolutely thrilled to be in the ten seconds now," said Asher-Smith, who finished fourth in the final.

"I felt like I was in good shape, but being in good shape and actually doing it out there are two completely different things.” Read more here.

Elsewhere there was also a new British long jump record for Shara Proctor who leapt to 6.98m en route to victory, while Jessica Ennis-Hill added a further two season’s best performances in the long jump and 200m.

Brash top of Global Champions Tour standings


Olympic gold medallist Scott Brash moved top of the Global Champions Tour standings despite a sixth-place finish in the series’ London leg.

The world number one was one of 12 riders to go clear in both the first and second rounds to book his place in a jump-off.

However four faults at the last fence allowed Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson to take the day’s feature class ahead of Great Britain’s John Whitaker.

"I'm pretty disappointed with myself for having the last fence down," said Brash.

"It's nice to be at the top of the leaderboard but I can't help feeling disappointed."

Phillips misses out in Zolder


Liam Phillips wait for a second BMX World Championships title continues after he finished out of the medals in Zolder, Belgium.

An uncharacteristically slow start in the final cost the 2013 world champion who finished fifth as wind and rain battered the circuit and forced the racing programme to be reduced.

"I’m really disappointed in the fact that I didn’t have a good start in a world championship final," Phillips said."I’ve proven over the last few years that I can deliver under those high pressure situations.

"Regardless of the result, the most frustrating thing is that I wasn’t able to deliver in those circumstances and that’s a bitter pill to swallow to be honest.

Gallantree and Blagg miss out in Kazan

Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg finished tenth in the 3m synchro final at the Diving World Championships and in the process missed out on the chance to claim Britain a Rio Olympic place.

The Commonwealth champions needed a top-three finish to secure Team GB a berth in Brazil but could not maintain their form from the preliminaries.

They will now rely on the final qualification event – the Rio World Cup – in early 2016.

"We dropped dives as a team early on and it was frustrating because the other countries then moved so far ahead," said Blagg.

Winning start for Ainslie in America's Cup

Britain's most decorated Olympic sailor of all-time made a nearly perfect start to his America's Cup campaign in Portsmouth.

Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team won one race and finished second in another in the opening race of the World Series.

It means they hold a one point advantage over Emirates Team New Zealand while defending champions Oracle Team USA are three points back.

“You couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Ainslie, who won four Olympic sailing titles between 2000 and 2012. “Fantastic conditions, so many people coming out to support the teams. I’m so happy for Portsmouth and for our team."

Tall Blacks too good on Sullivan's big night

 Drew Sullivan couldn't inspire Great Britain to victory as they slipped to a 84-63 basketball friendly defeat to New Zealand in London.

Sullivan, who captained Team GB at London 2012, was honoured prior to the tip-off for becoming the first GB men's player to win 100 caps.

But the Tall Blacks proved simply too strong for a British team who included a number of new caps.

"It was good to get the new guys involved because it was a good opportunity for them to play at this level,” said Myles Hesson, who top scored for GB with 14 points.

Presentations were also made to GB senior women duo Stef Collins and Chantelle Handy for having reached the milestone of 100 caps.

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