Olympic24: Murray sets up another all-British clash as Rio squads named

Olympic24: Murray sets up another all-British clash as Rio squads named

17 June 2016 / 07:16

Andy Murray took part in his first all-British contest in a decade to set up another one at Queen’s Club, while Team GB also named their judo and marathon swimming squads for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Andy Murray beats Aljaz Bedene to set up another all-British clash with Kyle Edmund
  • Seven judokas go in search of historic gold in Rio
  • Keri-anne Payne selected for third Olympic Games alongside Jack Burnell
  • Thrilling fightback secures bronze medal match
  • Dina Asher-Smith and Desiree Henry share podium in Stockholm
  • Lizzie Armitstead takes Best British Rider jersey

Murray’s decade-long wait to face fellow Brit ends in victory

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Andy Murray overcame Aljaz Bedene in his first all-British contest in ten years to set up a quarter-final with another Brit at Queen’s Club.

Murray beat Bedene 6-3 6-4 at the AEGON Championships in London and will now face Davis Cup team-mate Kyle Edmund in the last eight this afternoon, after he progressed thanks to France's Paul-Henri Mathieu withdrawing because of a wrist injury.

World number two Murray is looking to win a record fifth AEGON Championships this week and yesterday’s clash was his first against a fellow Brit since he lost to Tim Henman in 2006.

When asked if facing another British player had added pressure, the 29-year-old top seed told BBC Sport: "Not for me. It was better that all of the British players were doing well and I play Kyle in the next round.

"It's been a long time, I'm happy there are more Brits around in the big events now. I actually had a feeling I was going to play one here. It was good."

Murray’s brother Jamie and his men’s doubles partner Bruno Soares are also in action today as they face Chris Guccione and Andre Sa at Queen’s Club.

Elsewhere, British number one Johanna Konta beat Japan's Misaki Doi 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 to reach the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, where she will face Belgian Yanina Wickmayer today.

Konta will also take on fellow Brits Heather Watson and Naomi Broady alongside Elina Svitolina in the women’s doubles, with Watson playing Barbora Strycova in the singles.

Seven judokas go in search of historic gold in Rio

Seven judoka selected for Rio 2016

Team GB have announced the seven judokas who will chase a historic first ever British Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016.

A total of 18 Olympic judo medals have been won by Brits since 1964, with Gemma Gibbons and Karina Bryant winning silver and bronze respectively four years ago at London 2012, but there has yet to be a gold medal.

Ashley McKenzie makes his second Olympic appearance in the men's -60kg division, with Colin Oates (-66kg) and Sally Conway (-70kg) also returning from four years ago.

Benjamin Fletcher completes the men's line-up and will go in the -100kg division, having turned out for Team GB at the inaugural European Games in Baku last year.  

Two-time Masters medallist Natalie Powell will make her Olympic Games debut in the -78kg division, while Alice Schlesinger (-63kg), who won Baku Grand Slam gold last month, and multiple Grand Prix medallist Nekoda Smythe-Davis (-57kg) round off the team.

Read Powell’s comments on her selection here.

Payne selected for third Olympic Games alongside Burnell

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Keri-anne Payne admitted all the hard work had been worth it after she was named as one of two marathon swimmers heading to Rio 2016 with Team GB.

Payne can look forward to making her third Olympic Games appearance after winning silver in the open water marathon swim at Beijing 2008 – where she also competed in the pool – and finishing fourth at London 2012.

She will be joined by Jack Burnell who will be making his Olympic debut having secured a named quota spot for Team GB with a fifth-place finish at the 2015 World Championships.

Double World Champion Payne said: "To be on the Olympic team is an enormous honour and to do it for a third time feels like a huge bonus for me and my team.

"My vision was to stand on the starting line in Rio as the most well-rounded open water swimmer. We've taken a fun and unorthodox approach, I've loved it and looks like it has paid off."

And you can hear from Burnell on his selection here

Thrilling fightback secures bronze medal match

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Great Britain men’s hockey team will compete for the Champions Trophy bronze medal match after they came from behind to secure a dramatic 3-3 draw with Belgium.

Bobby Crutchley’s side had been behind after just 35 seconds in London through Thomas Briels’ goal and although Bobby Middleton equalised in the second period, a double from Loick Luypaert meant Britain went into the final four minutes 3-1 down.

Goalkeeper George Pinner was sacrificed in favour of another outfield player and it paid off as David Ames scored his first international goal for Britain and then Middleton equalised with just over a minute on the clock.

Britain went into the contest knowing victory would have seen them compete in the gold medal match, however, defeat would have resulted in the fifth-sixth play-off.

Instead, their late comeback secured a bronze medal clash with Germany at 6pm later today.

Asher-Smith and Henry share podium in Stockholm

Dina Asher-Smith won the women's 200m at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting as fellow Brit Desiree Henry joined her on the podium after running a personal best.

Asher-Smith took the victory after her run of 22.72 seconds saw her finish 0.09 seconds ahead of Jamaican Simone Facey.

And 20-year-old Henry was not far behind in third with a PB of 22.88secs, with Britain’s Margaret Adeoye sixth in her first race of 2016.

Fellow Brit Richard Kilty was fifth in the men’s 100m as Turkey's Jamaica-born sprinter Jak Ali Harvey crossed the line first, with Andrew Robertson disqualified after a false start.

Armitstead takes Best British Rider jersey

The reigning world, Commonwealth and national road race champion Lizzie Armitstead secured the Best British Rider jersey at the Women’s Tour on Thursday.

Armitstead was the highest-placed Briton in 18th on the 140km ride from Atherstone to Stratford-Upon-Avon and is currently eighth in the overall standings.

The lead is held by Marianne Vos after she came third on the day and her Dutch compatriot Amy Pieters won stage two, with Germany's Lisa Brennauer second.

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