Olympic24: Lionhearts stumble as badminton stars show class

12 February 2015 / 17:54

The British Lionhearts struggled to impose themselves in Moscow and fell to a 5-0 defeat to the Russian Boxing Team while Olympic hurdler Lawrence Clarke says he is fighting fit and ready for the road to Rio. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Lionhearts suffer clean sweep defeat
  • Clarke targets British Indoor Championship gold to kick-start Rio journey
  • Andy Murray sees off Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-3 7-5  to set up quarter-final with Giles Simon in Rotterdam
  • England's badminton stars made light work of Ireland and Belgium in the European Mixed Team Championships
  • Jo Ryding and Gillian Poth take on Snowsport England management roles

Lionhearts struggle to find their feet in Moscow

The British Lionhearts suffered a clean-sweep defeat in Moscow as the Russian Boxing Team picked up a 5-0 win in the World Series of Boxing.

The evening started poorly for the Brits with Ashley Williams losing a unanimous decision to southpaw Vasilii Egorov before Enrico LaCruz suffered the same fate in his bantamweight bout with Vladimir Nikitin.

Next up was Sam Maxwell who struggled to find his rhythm as Vitaly Dunaytsev sealed a unanimous decision victory and Lionhearts coach Paul Walmsley took one minute and 37 seconds to decide to pull Daniel Woledge out of his bout with talented middleweight Petr Khamukov.

And in the heavyweight division Evgeny Tishchenko added insult to injury after sealing a unanimous decision victory over Aboulaye Diane.

Next up for the team is a chance to get back on track against Cuba Domadores on February 20.  

Clarke delighted to leave injury woe behind

Olympic hurdler Lawrence Clarke believes he is finally back to his best and says he has Rio 2016 firmly in his sights.

It has been a frustrating couple of years for Clarke, who finished fourth at London 2012, after he suffered a broken wrist and pulled hamstring in 2013.

That was followed by European Championship heartbreak last year when the 24-year-old was forced to withdraw from the 110m final after tweaking his hamstring.

But two lifetime best times over 60m in recent weeks have shown that Clarke is back to full fitness and he wants gold at this weekend’s British Indoor Championships to kick-start his run to Rio.

"If you win you get selected for the European Indoor Championships and that's my target," he said.

"Getting injured before the Euros final was crushing."

"It's great finally to be fit and have the opportunity to run. It's 18 months to the Olympics and to be able to start running quickly, building momentum for the World Championships this summer and Brazil next year is really important."

Simon up next as Murray marches on

Andy Murray recovered from an injury scare to see off Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in straight sets and book his spot in the quarter-final of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The Olympic champion took the first set 6-3 in routine fashion but landed awkwardly on his ankle in the second and had to fight back from 5-3 down to eventually win 7-5.

Next up for Murray is a matchup with France’s Giles Simon who made light work of Jeremy Chardy in his second-round match, winning 6-4 6-3.

England set up Netherlands clash with dominant display

While it was a tough night for Britain's boxers the opposite was true for England's badminton stars who kicked off their European Mixed Team Championships with resounding victories over Ireland and hosts Belgium.

The day had started well for Ireland with a 3-2 victory over Belgium but they were no match for England who romped to a 5-0 win.

And the Belgians proved to be no more of a challenge as another 5-0 victory followed soon after with two wins on the day for Chris and Gabby Adock who started with a 21-18 21-17 victory over Sam Magee and Rachael Darragh.

There were also two wins for Heather Olver and Lauren Smith, while in the singles Rajiv Ouseph and Fontaine Chapman made no mistake and keep a 100% record heading into the next round.

The strong start means England now face a quarter-final clash with The Netherlands as they continue on the road to their first gold medal since 1984.

Duo takes on Snowsport management roles

Snowsport England have announced changes to its management of the alpine squad in a move aiming at providing athletes with a clear pathway to success.

Jo Ryding will take up the role of Alpine Squad Manager while Gillian Poth will be the Alpine Squad Coordinator.

“With experience on both sides of the fence as an athlete and a coach, I feel I can make positive changes not only in the development of the Squad but also the performance pathway for our young athletes,” said Ryding.

On this day...Sochi 2014

Great Britain's James Woods had no complaints after claiming fifth - behind his 'four best mates' - in the first-ever Olympic men's ski slopestyle final.

Woods, the previous year's world number one, injured his hip in training and admitted to feeling sore after making the final as the third qualifier.

"I'm very proud to be here in such an immense final," said Woods.

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