Olympic24: Rooney named skipper; Murray through in Canada

Olympic24: Rooney named skipper; Murray through in Canada

13 August 2015 / 06:20

Martyn Rooney selected as captain for Great Britain’s World Championship team while Andy Murray reaches Rogers Cup third round. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Martyn Rooney will be Great Britain’s captain for the World Championships in Beijing
  • Andy Murray beats Tommy Robredo 6-4 7-5 to reach Rogers Cup third round
  • Glasgow set to play host to Davis Cup semi final
  • Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge upset odds at badminton World Championships
  • Becky James set to make return to action in Revolution Series
  • GB select handball set for Copper Box clash with Ireland 

 Rooney given nod as team captain for Beijing


Martyn Rooney will lead the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the forthcoming World Championships in Beijing after being named as captain for the 63-strong team.

The European 400m champion, who has previous experience of running in Beijing after previously competed at the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships in 2006 and also again at the 2008 Olympics, is competing in both the 400m individual and as part of the 4x400m relay.

"It has always been an honour to represent my country and something I've been lucky enough to do for the last ten years," said Rooney.

"In many ways everything really started to kick off for me in Beijing at the World Juniors in 2006 when I won the bronze medal, so to now to have the privilege of returning to China and captaining the British Athletics team at the World Champs is a job and a responsibility that fills with me with great pride."

Smooth sailing for Murray in Canada


Andy Murray believes he is in strong form after beating Spaniard Tommy Robredo to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup in Canada.

Murray was tied at 4-4 when the match was rained off on Tuesday but came back strong to take the first set before going a break down in the second.

But the Olympic champion recovered well and took the second to set up a clash with Gilles Muller in the next round.

 "I feel much better on the court. I am hitting my back hand better and it forced Tommy to slice the ball. Then I could dictate the points. It wasn't something I could do early on in the year,” said Murray.

Glasgow to host Davis Cup semi-final

Great Britain will return north of the border to contest their Davis Cup semi-final after Glasgow's Emirates Arena was confirmed as the venue for next month's tie.

Britain, led by world number three Andy Murray, beat the United States at the same venue in March.

 A quarter-final victory over France at Queen's Club in London then followed last month as the team booked their spot in the semi-final for the first time in 34 years – Australia their opponents from September 18-20.

"It's exciting for the team to be going back to Glasgow," said Murray.

"It's always special to play in front of a home crowd and we are fortunate to have played our last three ties at home.

"We had a unique atmosphere in Glasgow, the crowd was unbelievable. It's going to be a huge week for our team and we'll be doing everything we can to get GB through to the final." 

Ellis and Langridge march on in Indonesia


Unseeded Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge upset the rankings as they beat number eight pairing Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin to close in on the men's doubles quarter-finals at the badminton World Championships in Indonesia.

The British duo had lost to their experienced Chinese Taipei opponents at last year's China Open but gained revenge with a 21-19, 21-11 victory inside 40 minutes.

 They will now face Danish pair Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding, the tenth seeds, as they bid for a place in the last eight at the Worlds for the first time.

 "This is for sure the biggest match of my career but I feel confident and relaxed about it and look forward to getting back on court tomorrow," said Ellis.

"We put in a lot of preparation analysing our opponents before we came here and felt ready for anything they threw at us.

In the women's doubles, Heather Olver and Lauren Smith lost out to China's third seeded pair Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang 21-9, 21-12.

While Toby Penty battled bravely in his second round men's singles match against China's number eight seed Wang Zhengming before losing out 21-16, 19-21, 21-13 in 53 minutes. 

James set for comeback after long layoff


Former world champion Becky James will make a long-awaited comeback from injury during the opening round of the Revolution Series in Derby this weekend.

The 23-year-old has been plagued with injury problems of late and missed the 2014-15 season with a knee problem that forced her out of the Commonwealth Games.

James was world champion in the sprint and keirin in 2013 and also has a sprint silver and time trial bronze to her name from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Also in action will be Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish as well as Elinor Barker and Owain Doull. 

GB select handball team to return to Copper Box


British Handball fans will get a chance to relive memories of London 2012 when a GB Select team play Ireland as part of the London GB International tournament at the Copper Box on August 29.

The competition forms part of efforts for start up a new GB men's programme that will allow the next generation of players to continue their development, as well as offering the active Olympians from 212 a chance to stay involved.

Great Britain recently returned to competitive action for the first time in two years, winning five out of six matches at the IHF Emerging Nations Cup in Kosovo.

The process of building the women's GB programme has already begun and British Handball chair Paul Bray said: "There are some very talented players in this country. As well as those who played in the Olympics, we have some great younger players coming through and the establishment of a new men's and women's programme will give them the chance to shine.

“We'll need to run a selection process at the outset of this programme, but in the meantime we are looking forward to the exhibition match against Ireland and hope to continue our winning streak."

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