Olympic24: Wallace just shy of 200m IM medal and Cavenidsh excited about track return

Dan Wallace came agonisingly close to handing Great Britain another medal at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, while Mark Cavendish turns his attentions to the track with Rio in mind. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

Dan Wallace was staying positive despite falling agonisingly short of a 200m individual medley medal at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Despite achieving his best international results – including Commonwealth gold at Glasgow 2014 – in the 400m individual medley, the 22-year-old was in the medal hunt throughout the final of the shorter event in Russia.

After turning in third with 50m to go, Wallace was ultimately overhauled by Wang Shun in the battle for bronze, touching just 0.78 behind the Chinese swimmer.

“My initial reaction when I saw a four next to my name was heartbreak but looking back on the race, I think I did a great job,” Wallace, who finished seventh in the 400m IM on his World Championship debut two years ago, told British Swimming.

“I was seeded tenth coming into this meet so to finish fourth is obviously a great achievement.

“It’s always hard when you finish that close to the medals but fortunately I have the relay tomorrow and the 400m IM on Sunday.

“There’s loads of good things I can take away from that swim which will help me later in the week. The longer event suits me better overall and hopefully I can bring the same form that I’ve had tonight.”

Meanwhile, the British women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet also impressed as they finished fifth, missing out on the podium places by just 1.5 seconds.

Commonwealth silver medallist Lauren Quigley was the only other British finalist of the night, matching her result from the 100m backstroke to finish seventh over half the distance.

And Andrew Willis booked a spot in the 200m breaststroke final for the third consecutive World Championships.

Mark Cavendish admits he can’t wait to get back on the track as he eyes up a tilt at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 30-year-old has won 26 Tour de France stages and the 2011 world title on the road, but so far Olympic gold has proved elusive.

That could change in Rio next summer if Cavendish commits to the six-discipline omnium which he will ride at the Revolution Series event, which takes place at Derby Arena from August 14-16.

Cavendish said: "I'm looking forward to getting back on track and trying the omnium.

"The omnium is a tough event with all the different disciplines so Derby will be a good test and we'll see how things progress from there."

It's a case of keep calm and carry on for Olympic champion Jade Jones who says she is taking one World Grand Prix at a time in the build up to Rio 2016.

Jones became Britain's first taekwondo gold medallist at London 2012 and has since established herself as the woman to beat in the -57kg division.

And the 22-year-old will begin the defence of her overall World Grand Prix crown in Moscow next week but says she already has one eye on next summer's Games.

"Everything is getting exciting with a year to go," said Jones. "The training has been ramped up even more, especially with the Grand Prix's coming up.

"Getting so close to the Olympics, these are important tournaments.  So, yes I am really excited and just want to keep on improving.

"Last time I still didn't really know if I was going to qualify so all my focus was on that. London was also a different challenge because I was the underdog.

"This time I am quite high in the rankings, I've just got to make sure I stay there.”

Kieron Achara wants Britain's emerging basketballers to force him out of the team as the country looks to make the step to the next level of international competition.

Achara was part of the team that helped Great Britain to their first and only victory at the Olympic Games when they saw off China 90-58 at London 2012.

And Achara wants the team to continue moving in the right direction and has called on every member of the squad to play their part in driving up standards.

"I want guys to be making sure that I look terrible compared to them as that means the next batch have come through and I know that will mean our game has raised a level," he said.

"Ideally there should be no sure spots on the GB team.

"Every guy has to be working hard every day, even during the season, as if they are not stepping up during the season, they are not going to be in the GB team.

"That kind of pressure is needed to get guys to the next level."

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