Road to Rio: 67 days to go
Road to Rio

Road to Rio: 67 days to go

30 May 2016 / 10:45

Just 67 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.

The week that was


It was an historic week for Nicola Adams this week as she became the first woman in the history of boxing to win all five major titles on offer with her World Championship title win in Kazakhstan, adding to her Olympic, Commonwealth, European and European Games gold medals.

The 33-year-old defeated Peamwilai Laopeam of Thailand in the flyweight final of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on Friday, making it fourth time lucky after settling for silver at three previous Championships.

Elsewhere, Team GB’s boxing contingent for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games now stands at ten after Savannah Marshall secured her spot on the plane with a quarter-final victory in Astana.

She went on to win a bronze medal  at the Championships, meaning that, together with Adams’ gold, women from GB Boxing have won 16 medals at eight major tournaments since the women’s team was formed six years ago.

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Britain’s male gymnasts continued their build up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an impressive silver in the European Championships team final in Bern.

Despite being without pommel horse World Champion Max Whitlock – absent due to a viral illness – the quintet of Nile Wilson, Dan Purvis, Kristian Thomas, Courtney Tulloch and Louis Smith all stepped up to the mark with a string of clean routines.

In Sunday’s individual apparatus finals, Nile Wilson won a landmark European title, becoming the first ever Brit to win gold at the Championships on the high bar, with teammate Kristian Thomas completing a British one-two on the podium with his silver medal.

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson surpassed the heptathlon Olympic qualification standard emphatically at the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis at the weekend, making a supreme start on Saturday with new personal bests in the 100m hurdles, high jump and 200m.

In a major competition for the first time this year following knee surgery, Johnson-Thompson returned on Sunday to register 6.17m in the long jump, 36.66m in the javelin and stopped the clock at 2 minutes 7.64 seconds in the 800m.

It was enough to score Johnson-Thompson – 15th in London 2012 – a total of 6,304 points, leaving her comfortably clear of the 6,200 required for Olympic qualification.


Patrick Huston secured a medal double at archery’s European Championships in Nottingham on Sunday, days after securing Team GB an archery quota spot at Rio 2016.

Huston secured recurve bronze and then joined forces with Larry Godfrey and Kieran Slater to take silver in the team event, narrowly losing out to Russia in a gold medal shoot-off.


The triumphant men’s fours spearheaded Team GB’s challenge as they clinched four medals on Sunday in the World Cup in Lucerne.

The quartet of Alex Gregory, Moe Sbihi, George Nash and Callum McBrierty (replacing the unwell Constantine Louloudis) looked to be battling the Dutch crew for silver, but when Australian rower Joshua Dunkley-Smith caught a crab to effectively bring their boat to a stop, GB stole in to cross the line in first place.

Elsewhere, there was silver for the women’s eight and the men’s quadruple scull.

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The week ahead


Andy Murray continues his quest for his first French Open title this week after an impressive straights set victory over John Isner on Sunday to progress into the quarter-finals.

Following a difficult start to the week in Paris, the Scot battled past the giant Isner in a 7-6 6-4 6-3 win.

He will now face Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the last eight as he looks to continue his recent success on the clay.

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Last week saw the men’s team clinch silver at the European Gymnastics Championships in Bern, but this week it’s the turn of the women to show what they are made of.

Last year’s Championships saw Becky Downie pick up two silver medals with her sister Ellie winning bronze in the all-around, and Claudia Fragapane also won silver on the floor.

Following on from their team bronze at the 2015 World Championships, the girls will be looking to medal in the team final, as well as picking up more individual medals along the way as they look to lay their marker ahead of competition in Rio.


Sunday sees the Diamond League return to the UK for the first time this season with a whole host of Team GB athletes set to compete in Birmingham.

Among them will be Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth long jump champion Greg Rutherford, as well as Mo Farah, Dina Asher-Smith, Adam Gemili, Tiffany Porter, Lynsey Sharp and Robbie Grabarz.


The Canoe Slalom World Cup kicks off on Friday and medals could be on the cards for GB’s athletes.

Last year saw David Florence clinch gold and Ryan Westley secure bronze in the C-1 event, and both were part of the C-2 team that won bronze, with medals also being won in both the men’s and women’s K-1 team events.FlorenceHounslow3200

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