Olympic 24: Motivation only going to improve for Murray as Townsend chases Olympic gold

Olympic 24: Motivation only going to improve for Murray as Townsend chases Olympic gold

30 March 2016 / 06:56

Jamie Murray insists his motivation levels are only going to improve now he is world number one, while rower Sam Townsend is hoping he can join him as being recognised as the best on the planet later this year. Here’s a round-up of the news from the last 24 hours:

  • Jamie Murray states he is going to work even harder now he is world number one
  • Sam Townsend believes the competition in Great Britain can help him claim Olympic gold
  •  Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes return to the World Figure Skating Championships as young Brits make their debuts
  •  Rajiv Ouseph, Kirsty Gilmour and the Adcocks are all set to take part in the YONEX SUNRISE India Badminton Open later today.
  •  Eight head out to modern Pentathlon World Cup in Rome

Murray won’t rest on his laurels now he has become world number oneJamie Murray

Jamie Murray insists his motivation levels are only going to increase after becoming world number one.

Murray has enjoyed a superb couple of years and on April 4 he will become the first Briton to top the doubles rankings when he replaces Marcelo Melo.

"It's an awesome feeling," Murray told BBC Sport.

"I think definitely my motivation is even higher than before, now that I've got here. You want to stay here."

Murray and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares may have lost their opening match at the Miami Open at the weekend, but the duo won the Australian Open in January and the Scot has now reached three Grand Slam finals and also won the Davis Cup.

And with Melo losing in the second round of the Miami Open alongside Ivan Dodig on Sunday, that will be enough for Murray to take the top spot when the rankings are updated on Monday.

"I didn't even know Marcelo was playing his match and then my phone just started going crazy, with lots of people messaging me," added Murray.

Townsend says fierce competition in Great Britain can help him claim Olympic gold
Charles Cousins

Sam Townsend believes the intense battle for a place on Great Britain's sculling squad can help him achieve his dream of medalling at Rio.

The 30-year-old (pictured second left) has already tasted success after he was part of the first British quadruple scull to reach a World Championships final in 28 years back in 2010 and then went on to claim bronze in 2013 and silver in 2014.

Now he is looking to move a step closer to securing gold in Brazil this summer when the team for the European Championships in announced on April 6.

“That is an attitude we have always taken – we want that competition, we want to help people get better,” Townsend told British Rowing.

“That ethos has helped the whole group push on. We have people desperate to make seats and that competition will ultimately end with high-quality boats that can hopefully medal at the Olympics.

“We know we have quality in our squad and it’s going to be down to how well we train, how well we gel. Do we really believe we can go out there and get that gold in Rio? I certainly do and I am pretty confident the rest of the boys do as well.”

Harris and Spours make World Championship debuts as Buckland and Coomes returnNick Buckland

Phillip Harris will take part in his first World Figure Skating Championships tonight and he will be joined in Boston by a trio of other Brits.

Double Olympians Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes are first up at the prestigious competition when they take part in the short dance section of the Ice Dance tournament this morning.

Then after Harris takes part in the men’s event tonight, Kristen Spours will be the youngest person competing in the ladies competition on Thursday when the 15-year-old also makes her Worlds bow.

The World Championships, which first took place in 1896, will be held at the TD Garden Arena in Boston, USA, and sees a return for Buckland and Coomes after they were forced to miss out in 2015 due to illness.

British quartet looking to boost Race to Rio ranking in DelhiOuseph

Four of British badminton’s finest will look to move closer to Rio qualification when they start their YONEX SUNRISE India Open campaign later today.

England’s number one men’s singles player Rajiv Ouseph faces the daunting task of second seed Kento Momota, of Japan, in Delhi.

And it doesn’t get much easier for Scotland’s leading badminton star Kirsty Gilmour as she takes on Thailand’s fourth seed Ratchanok Intanon.

But Britain’s fourth seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock will be favourites going into their contest with young Chinese pairing Wang Yilyu and Chen Qingchen.

The YONEX SUNRISE India Open is the first of three BWF Superseries events in Asia in the next three weeks and will go a long way in deciding the Race to Rio seedings when qualification ends at the start of May.

Eight head out to modern Pentathlon World Cup in Romemodern-pentathlon

Great Britain's modern pentathlon squad have flown out to Rome for World Cup 3 as they continue their preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio.

The women’s qualification starts today ahead of Friday’s final and the four female Brits in attendance are Kate French, Joanna Muir, Samantha Murray and Freyja Prentice.

The men’s quartet is Sam Curry, Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke and Joe Evans, with the final on Saturday and qualification on Thursday.

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