Olympic24: Fifth at fencing worlds and Davis Cup success

Olympic24: Fifth at fencing worlds and Davis Cup success

20 July 2015 / 04:30

Andy Murray put Great Britain into the last four of the Davis Cup for the firs time in 34 years, while GB's foil team claimed fifth at their World Championships in Moscow. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • After European Games gold, fifth for GB fencers at Worlds in Moscow

  •  Pride in Andy Murray from Davis Cup captain Leon Smith

  • Bronze for Vicky Holland, Non Stanford, Mark Buckingham and Gordon Benson in World Triathlon mixed relay

  • Chris Froome maintains yellow jersey at Tour de France

  • Morgan Lake helps Britain to record medal haul at European Junior Championships

After Baku gold, it's fifth at fencing worlds

Great Britain finished fifth in the men's team foil event at fencing's World Championships in Moscow.
After stunning Italy to win gold at the recent European Games in Baku, hopes were high for the team of Richard Kruse, Marcus Mepstead, Laurence Halsted and James-Andrew Davis.
They beat Germany to secure a quarter-final clash with hosts Russia, who went on to lose to Italy in the final.
However, wins against Korea and the USA followed to secure them fifth place.

Australia next for Britain's Davis Cup stars 

Great Britain will face Australia in their first Davis Cup semi-final since 1981 after Andy Murray battled back to defeat France’s Gilles Simon, sealing victory for his team with a rubber to spare.
“It feels unbelievable to get through that,” said Murray. “It wasn’t looking great in the second set. I managed to find a way, I used up every last ounce of energy."
Murray won all three matches at Queen's Club to earn the praise of captain Leon Smith
“A huge round of applause to Andy Murray, what an effort,” he said.
“What Andy put his body and mind through in that match, that second set was brutal. It was an amazing effort, incredible.
“The team did an amazing job, each and every one of them worked their socks off all week, from the players to the staff."
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Bronze for Great Britain in mixed team triathlon relay 

Despite the absence of London 2012 Olympic medal winners Jonny and Alistair Brownlee, Great Britain secured bronze at the triathlon mixed relay World Championships in Hamburg.
Great Britain's team comprised of Vicky Holland, Non Stanford, Mark Buckingham and Gordon Benson
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Froome still in yellow at Tour de France

Chris Froome maintained his overall lead at the Tour de France on a quiet day for the general classification contenders.
The 2013 champion is still over three minutes ahead of defending champion Nairo Quintana with one week to go.
Andre Greipel won the stage 15 sprint finish but Britain's Mark Cavendish was not involved after he was dropped on the first climb of the day.

Lake among record 11 British medalists at European Juniors

Rising star heptathlete Morgan Lake claimed the European junior high jump title in Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Lake was among a record 11 British gold medallists at the championship, while six claimed silver medals to ensure Great Britain topped the medal table.
She had two failures at 1.86m, but regrouped to take the gold medal with a clearance of 1.91m.
“It feels really special and because of last year I felt a little pressure coming into the competition but I competed well and happy with the win," said Lake, who won double gold at last year's World Junior Championships.
"It was really scary going over that third attempt (at 1.86m) - I think I should have had some better efforts in my first two. No-one likes third attempts, but it’s nice to overcome them.”
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