Olympic24: Murray marches on as Swann hunts for gold in Rio

Olympic24: Murray marches on as Swann hunts for gold in Rio

02 June 2016 / 06:56

Andy Murray stumbles before racing into Roland Garros semi-final as rower Polly Swann aims to make up for lost time and Olivia Federici and Katie Clark are confirmed as Team GB’s synchronised swimmers for Rio. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours in Olympic sport:

  • Andy Murray makes second consecutive French Open semi-final
  • Polly Swann looking to make up for lost time in Rio rowing
  • Olivia Federici and Katie Clark named as Team GB synchro duo for Rio
  • Rajiv Ouseph progresses to last 16 at Indonesian Badminton Open

Murray progresses after early scare


Andy Murray will continue his quest to seal a maiden French Open after overcoming rain delays to defeat quarter-final opponent Richard Gasquet 5-7 7-6 6-0 6-2.

After their match was postponed on Tuesday due to the adverse weather, the Scot appeared to get off to a fast start on Wednesday afternoon, silencing the French crowd by going 5-2 up – but crucially he let the advantage slip as home favourite Gasquet came strong.

Another tight second set followed before Murray rallied to level after a tie-break and from then on, it was pretty much one way traffic as the Brit wrapped up the win in three hours and 23 minutes.

“That was some great tennis,” he said. “I think there were some fun points to watch, a lot of drop shots and a lot of variety.

“Both of us had our chances in the first two sets and it was very important for me to win the second because it was a very physical match up to that point. It would have been tough to come back had I lost the second set.”

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Swann ready for Rio after missing last year’s worlds


After missing last year's World Championships through injury, Edinburgh rower Polly Swann is keen to make up for lost time in Rio at the Olympic Games.

Swann won gold as part of the Great Britain women's eight at the European Championship in Germany last month and looks likely to be on the plane to Rio as part of Team GB in a little over two months' time.

It was a back injury that ruled the 27-year-old out of action last year but after a winter of hard work she is back in the boat and raring to go, evident by helping GB claim silver at the World Cup in Lucerne this weekend just gone.

"To be selected for Rio would be absolutely massive, it's been a dream of mine since I can barely remember," said the Leander Club rower.

"This season has been a rollercoaster in terms of getting myself re-established on the team.

"Within myself I have had goals to medal at Rio and ultimately I want to win at Rio.

"I have been trying to affirm myself and get myself into the best boat that I possibly can to achieve those goals.

"I feel like I've been trying to make up for lost time a little bit, in such a big team you have to be a real team member and valued within that team."

Clark and Federici to form Team GB duet in Rio


Olivia Federici and Katie Clark will both represent Team GB in synchronised swimming at this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The pair have been selected to compete in the duet event after securing a quota place for Team GB at the Olympic qualification event in Brazil in March.

Both competed in the team event at London 2012 – where they finished sixth – while Federici also went in the duet event four years ago and at Beijing 2008 alongside Jenna Randall.

The two swimmers had chosen to retire from the discipline after the World Championships in 2013 but returned to the sport late last year and will now be Team GB’s only representatives in synchronised swimming at Rio 2016.

Today’s announcement brings the total number selected athletes to Team GB to 65 from seven sports.

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Ouseph marches on in Indonesian Open


European bronze medallist Rajiv Ouseph progressed to the last 16 of the Indonesian Badminton Open with a hard-fought three-set win.

The world number 15 beat Singapore’s Derek Wong 21-14, 21-23, 21-18, in their first match for six years.

The near hour-long encounter means the eight-time English champion will now play world number 17 Wei Nan, of Hong Kong, after he upset home favourite Tommy Sugiarto in their first round match.

Ouseph comes into the tournament in good form after making the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open, in April, but he was made to work by Wong.

After Ouseph took the opening set Wong, the world number 64, won the second from 10-4 down.

History nearly repeated itself in the decider but, despite letting a 16-6 lead go, Ouseph held on to take it 21-18 and move into the second round.

Earlier in the day Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge lost in straight sets to the Indonesian pair of Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamulio, losing 22-20, 21-15, in 43 minutes.

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