Road to Rio: 32 days to go
Road to Rio

Road to Rio: 32 days to go

04 July 2016 / 12:55

Just 32 days remain until this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, but there is still plenty keeping our Team GB athletes busy.

Whether that is attempting to qualify or fine-tuning preparations for those already selected, no-one is resting on their laurels.

Each Monday we will look back at what our athletes have been getting up to during the last week and who to keep an eye on over the coming seven days.

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The week that was

Cycling

Heading into this summer, there were two major goals Mark Cavendish had yet to achieve in his storied cycling career – wearing the iconic yellow jersey at the Tour de France and winning an Olympic medal.

Part one has now been accomplished.

The man known as the Manx Missile launched a vicious sprint to pip Marcel Kittel and World Champion Peter Sagan at the end of the first stage of the three-week race on Saturday and fulfil a lifelong dream.

Read more here

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Triathlon

The Brownlee brothers are looking imperious after claiming a second successive one-two at the World Triathlon Series event in Stockholm this weekend – London 2012 champion Alistair finishing ten seconds ahead of younger brother Jonny.

Worryingly for his rivals, Alistair is adamant there are still improvements to be made before the Olympic Games, while in the women’s race in Sweden Rio-bound Helen Jenkins took third.

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Rugby Sevens

A busy week for Team GB rugby sevens culminated in an all-British final at the Sevens and the City event at Allianz Park on Saturday night as GB Lions beat GB Royals 27-14 after the squad had been split to ensure playing time for all.

Three days earlier, Team GB learned their foes in Pool C for Rio 2016 with the men’s side set to face New Zealand, Kenya and Japan while the women will square off against Canada, hosts Brazil and Japan.

Read more about the Sevens and the City triumph here

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Boxing

Ten men and two women will make up Team GB’s largest Olympic boxing squad for 32 years after their selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was confirmed on Thursday.

Olympic Champion Nicola Adams and World Championship bronze medallist Savannah Marshall are the female representatives at flyweight and middleweight respectively while the ten men named – Joe Joyce, Lawrence Okolie, Joshua Buatsi, Antony Fowler, Josh Kelly, Pat McCormack, Joe Cordina, Qais Ashfaq, Muhammad Ali and Galal Yafai – will all make their Olympic debuts in Rio.

Read more about the squad here

Archery

On Wednesday, Naomi Folkard and Patrick Huston were named as the two archers who will represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

It will be a fourth Olympic Games appearance for Folkard, who made her debut at Athens 2004, but 20-year-old Huston will be heading to the Games for the first time.

Read more about Folkard and Huston here


Weightlifting

There will be two weightlifters representing Team GB in Rio after Rebekah Tiler and Sonny Webster were named to their first Olympic Games on Wednesday.

Both were crowned British Champion last month and Tiler will compete in the women’s 69kg category, while Webster will feature in the men’s 94kg division.

Learn more about the duo here

Hockey

Tuesday saw Team GB officially pass the 200 mark of athletes heading to Rio after 32 hockey players booked their tickets to Brazil.

Eight of the women’s 16-strong team who won bronze at London 2012 return while ten players in the men’s squad are set for their Olympic debuts.

Read more here

Badminton

The make-up of Team GB’s badminton squad is now also known after eight players were announced for Rio 2016 with the team headlined by husband-and-wife mixed doubles duo Chris and Gabby Adcock.

Rajiv Ouseph and Kirsty Gilmour are the men’s and women’s singles representatives respectively with Lauren Smith and Heather Olver going in the women’s doubles and Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis set for the men’s doubles.

Read more here

The week ahead

Cycling

The Tour de France continues apace with Rio-bound duo Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish looking to stay on course for overall victory and rack up the stage wins respectively.

Cavendish is just one victory away from joining Bernard Hinault in second on the all-time Tour de France stage wins list with 28 while next Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s mountainous routes should help shape the general classification and Froome’s chances of overall glory for a third time.

Tennis

Could it be Grand Slam number three for Andy Murray?

The London 2012 gold medallist is aiming to add his US Open 2012 and Wimbledon 2013 triumphs at the All England Club this week and with world No.1 Novak Djokovic suffering a surprise early exit, the Brit is in with a fantastic chance.

Murray’s older brother Jamie is still going strong in the men’s doubles while Rio-bound Johanna Konta and Heather Watson are both still in the women’s doubles

Athletics

Great Britain will take its biggest-ever team to the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, which begin on Wednesday, as a number of athletes continue their build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

A squad of 98 are heading to the Netherlands with the likes of 10,000m champion Jo Pavey, Greg Rutherford (long jump), Martyn Rooney (400m) and Tiffany Porter (100m hurdles) all looking to defend the title they won in Zurich two years ago.

Read more here

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Modern Pentathlon

A strong British team will head to the European Modern Pentathlon Championships in Sofia this week – including all four athletes heading to the Olympic Games as part of Team GB.

For Samantha Murray, Kate French, Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke the European Champs will serve as one of the last chances to show they are in good form ahead of Rio.

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