Olympic24: British eight win at Henley, Le Tour latest
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Olympic24: British eight win at Henley, Le Tour latest

06 July 2015 / 04:02

In what's shaping up to be a classic showdown at next year's Olympics, Great Britain beat world champions Germany in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley, plus Tour de France, British Championship athletics, hockey and what's next for Andy Murray. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • British Men's eight claim impressive win at Henley Royal Regatta
  • Chris Froome well placed at Tour de France; Mark Cavendish outsprinted
  • Dina Asher Smith claims national 100m title in Birmingham
  • Great Britain men bronze secure World Hockey League bronze
  • Jodie Stimpson makes comeback at triathlon European Championship
  • Andy Murray not complacent ahead of Ivo Karlovic threat at Wimbledon

British eight deliver command performance at royal Regatta

Great Britain's world champion men's eight were roared to victory by a partisan home crowd in the showpiece race at the Henley Royal Regatta.

In what is becoming a classic rivalry ahead of next year's Rio Games, they duelled Olympic champions Germany down the famous course to seal a commanding victory in the Grand Challenge Cup.

Germany won the European title in May, Great Britain won in Varese at the recent World Cup and Germany had hoped to shake British confidence at home but it was not to be. Round four will be in Lucerne at the next World Cup, with the final act at the World Championships in Aiguebelette.

“The race was good, we had a good clean start which is something that we've been trying to practice and improve on," said Alex Gregory, a part of the crew that claimed Olympic gold at London 2012. 

"We got into a really good rhythm very early on in the race and we could see side by side with the Germans just how useful that rhythm was, so we were able to move on them much earlier than we thought we could."

Froome gains time on Tour de France rivals

Chris Froome picked up vital seconds on his rivals but Mark Cavendish missed out in the sprint finish that concluded the seconds stage of the Tour de France.

Cavendish was pipped by Andrew Greipel, Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara, who took the yellow jersey.

Froome came in seventh, four seconds in front of Alberto Contador and nearly 90 seconds ahead of other GC rivals Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana, last year's first and second.

And the 2013 winner thanked his Team Sky team-mates for keeping him safe as bad weather caused havoc in the peleton and fractured the race.

"I'm really thankful to my team-mates for keeping me in front, especially when that split happened," he said.

"It was chaos out there for a few minutes, with the storm, with the winds. One second Nibali was next to me so I couldn't believe it when he was distanced."

Asher Smith races to another record - and the national title

Dina Asher Smith is the girl who just can't stop smiling, winning and breaking records.

It's been a memorable few weeks for the teenager, who beat the British 100m record in May and claimed the British title in a 11.08 second championship record.

Chijindu Ujah claimed the men's 100m title for the first time, securing the selection standard as he clocked 10.10 secs to finish ahead of James Dasaolu.

And Olympic champion Greg Rutherford believes he will be the man to beat in Beijing after a best effort of 8.11 metres secured him another British title, although he also admitted his performance was a little 'flat'.

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Great Britain claim bronze medal in World Hockey League

Great Britain rounded out their World Hockey League campaign in style against India on Sunday and captain Barry Middleton admits he couldn’t have asked for a better end to the tournament.

GB showed their superior quality to cruise to a 5-1 victory over India in Antwerp, Belgium and pick up the bronze medal.

“It's been a good week and nice to get 350 caps,” said Middleton. “This was all about qualifying for the Olympics, and once we’d done that, we wanted to go and show what a good team we are.

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Stimpson on the comeback trail

Jodie Stimpson will make her comeback from injury at next weekend's triathlon European Championships.

The Commonwealth Games champion has been sidelined from recent World Triathlon Series races with an Achilles injury and will line up alongside Lucy Hall, Jess Learmonth, India Lee and Emma Pallant in the women's race.

Matt Sharp, Grant Sheldon, David and Tom Bishop - part of Team GB at the recent European Games - are selected in the men’s race.

Stimpson said: “I’m excited to be getting back out there and to be part of a big British team. It should be a tough race, which is what I need to help prepare me for the rest of the season.”

Murray wary of Karlovic test at Wimbledon

Andy Murray has never lost to Ivo Karlovic but the Brit is still predicting an awkward test when the pair meet in the last 16 at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon.

“Obviously Ivo has served extremely well this tournament,” said Murray. “In Halle as well I think he served the record for three sets during his match with Berdych.

“It will be an extremely tough match. I’ll need to be very sharp on my returns and try to find a way to get as many of his serves back in play as possible and see what happens."

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