Olympic24: Proctor looks competitive, Murray has self-belief

05 June 2015 / 04:57

Shara Proctor one of six Brits to impress as the Diamond League rolls into Rome, while Andy Murray insisrs he has the self belief to see off Novak Djokovic in their French Open semi-final clash today. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Shara Proctor continues to impress as Diamond League arrives in Rome
  • Andy Murray has self-belief ahead of semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic
  • Helen Jenkins has Rio on the brain after injury rules her out of European Games
  • European champion James Davis knows he is a marked man heading into 2015 edition
  • Bobby Crutchley names his Great Britain hockey squad
  • Victoria Pendleton announces amateur hockey bow

Proctor continues to impress

Shara Proctor continued her impressive start to the season with a second place finish in the long jump as she was one of six British athletes in action as the Diamond League rolled into Rome.

The British record holder’s third-round jump of 6.85m saw her finish just four centimetres off Russia’s Darya Klishina, who took maximum Diamond Race points.

It was a dramatic race in the 100m hurdles with Sharika Nelvis taking the victory with in 12.52 seconds, with GB & NI’s European champion Tiffany Porter third in 12.69. However, it was a worrying fall for Olympic champion Sally Pearson, who was taken off the track with a wrist injury, while world champion Brianna Rollins also failed to finish in an error strewn race.

Laura Muir showed she can mix it with the best as the 22-year-old took an impressive fourth place in the 1500m.

Chijindu Ujah stepped up to the 200m at the Stadio Olimpico and showed that there is plenty more to come from him clocking a new personal best of 20.47.

Eilidh Child ran a season’s best of 54.84 for a third place finish in the 400m hurdles, while Bianca Williams was sixth in the 200m clocking 23.32 in a race won by USA’s Jeneba Tarmoh in 22.77.

Murray full of self belief

Andy Murray believes confidence could be the difference as he seeks to make the French Open final for the first time against world number one Novak Djokovic, the pair clashing this afternoon.

"I've put myself in a position to win against the best players in the world on this surface," said Murray, who won in Munich and Madrid recently and claimed the scalp of Rafael Nadal for the first time on clay.

"My build up has been good and going into the match having not lost on clay, plus having some big wins behind me, is great for confidence.

"I just need to keep doing what I've been doing. It's not going to be plain sailing and I need to be mentally strong against a player like Novak and accept it's never going to be physically comfortable.

"It's going to be difficult but I'm going to be prepared."

Jenkins has Rio on her mind

Triathlete Helen Jenkins says she withdrew from the European Games in order to aid her hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Welsh athlete, 31, will miss the event in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 12-28 June because of an ankle injury.

"It's best for me to get the training in and really focus on our selection races," she told BBC Radio Wales Sport. "It's really hard seeing everyone racing.

"But having injuries over the last few years, I'm kind of fed up of just turning up to races and not being prepared and not having got all the training done."

Davis ready to defend crown

Reigning European fencing champion James Davis admits he will well and truly have a target on his back at the forthcoming championships in Montreux, Switzerland.

Davis made history last year as Britain's first-ever European foil gold medallist and is currently fourth in the world rankings heading into this year’s European Championships which start on Friday.

"Winning the Euros was a major thing that I wanted to achieve and it's great to do it at a young age, but it doesn't stop there,” he said.

"I want to be on that stage with the best in the world all of the time, at the World Championships, the Olympics and be the number one.”

Crutchley names his squad

Great Britain have included former Ireland player David Ames in an 18-man squad for the World League semi-final.

Head coach Bobby Crutchley has retained 14 players who competed at last year's Champions Trophy for the main Olympic qualifying tournament in Antwerp.

Harry Martin, James Bailey, Dan Shingles and Ames are called up for the event which starts on 20 June.

"I'm pleased with the way the squad has come together," said Crutchley.

"There were some difficult decisions as the group is a little stronger than it has been in the past."

And finally...Pendleton ready to make jockey bow

Double Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton will return to sporting action in July as she makes her debut as an amateur jockey at Newbury.

Pendleton won sprint gold at Beijing 2008 before then winning the keirin title at London 2012 but she has since undergone a four-month intensive training block with a team of experts ahead of her debut in the George Frewer Charity Race on July 2.

"I just can't wait to line up at Newbury in four weeks' time" she said.

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