Olympic24: Muir smashes 1500m British record as Froome draws closer to Tour de France victory

Olympic24: Muir smashes 1500m British record as Froome draws closer to Tour de France victory

23 July 2016 / 08:42
Laura Muir was the star of the show on the first day of the Muller Anniversary Games as Chris Froome draws ever-closer to a third Tour de France win. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:
  • Laura Muir breaks Dame Kelly Holmes' 1500m British record with win at Muller Anniversary Games
  • Chris Froome extends Tour de France lead with two days of racing left
  • Gabby Adcock hopes to inspire the next generation of badminton stars in Rio
  • Alyson Dixon reveals she won't be denying herself treats ahead of Olympic Games

Muir headlines bumper night of British athletics in the capital


The world of athletics should watch out according to new British record holder Laura Muir after she sprinted to 1500m victory on the first day of the Muller Anniversary Games in London.

Muir, who will make her Olympic debut next month, dominated the race from the off to set a new national record of 3:57.49, breaking that previously held by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes.

Rio-bound teammate Laura Weightman set a new season best to finish in fourth, and for Scot Weir, winning on home soil made victory that extra bit sweeter.

“I'm in really good shape and the pace was good,” she said. “The third lap I just had to keep working hard to make sure I brought it home.

“The crowd were amazing, I just can't believe it's over and done with already!

“Breaking the British record blows my mind a bit. I haven't run a fast 1500m this year so I wanted to go out there and show the world what I can do, I think the performance shows what I'm capable of.

“My last race wasn't a great one but you can't get much better than tonight.”

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Froome extends lead at Tour de France despite crash

Chris Froome

Chris Froome crashed, completed the final climb on teammate Geraint Thomas’ bike and finished tenth on the stage – but still increased his lead in the Tour de France.

The Team Sky man skidded on the final descent from Megeve as the wet roads and painted lines made for treacherous conditions.

Froome’s closest overnight rival, Bauke Mollema, also succumbed to the conditions though and dropped out of contention in the race, falling from second overall to tenth.

Froome finished 36s down on the AG2R La Mondiale rider with compatriot Adam Yates a further 20s behind in 13th place.

"Ironically, I was trying to stay safe but I hit one of the white lines and lost my front wheel," said two-time Tour winner Froome.

"I'm lucky nothing is seriously injured. I lost some skin and banged my knee a little bit but today I'm grateful to have that four-minute advantage to fall on."

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Adcock hopes to inspire a generation as she makes Olympic bow

Gabby Adcock

Gabby Adcock is hoping she can help inspire the next generation of badminton stars when she makes her Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

Adcock and her husband Chris are the leading mixed doubles pair in Great Britain and head to Brazil ranked seventh in the world. 

And Adcock is hoping the eight-strong Team GB badminton squad can have a similar impact on the young players from these shores at Rio 2016.

She said: “The Olympics definitely inspired me to pick up a racket and want to be part of such an amazing event.

“Hopefully Team GB can inspire more kids in the UK to pick up a racket. I’d love to see as many kids as we can play badminton and enjoy it as much as I did.”

Dixon not avoiding treats ahead of Rio

Alyson Dixon

There are no such thing as ‘cheat days’ according to Team GB marathon runner Alyson Dixon, or at least there shouldn’t be.

Dixon has been running 120 miles a week, at altitude, in her pre-Rio training camp in the Pyrenees, and as a result, she needs to fuel her body appropriately to make sure it does not break down ahead of the biggest race of her life.

However, while Dixon does stick to a healthy diet, she is not a believer in denying yourself something only to then gorge yourself one day a week.

“I hate the term ‘cheat day’ or what’s your ‘treat’, making it like you’re just doing the exercise to get a treat,” said the 37-year-old.

“If you deny yourselves things you start to crave them. So if you want some chocolate then go and have some, just don’t eat a 200g bar every day.

“As long as you’re sensible and it’s all in moderation then you’re absolutely fine.”

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