Olympic24: 80 named in athletics squad as Rose targets gold in Rio

Olympic24: 80 named in athletics squad as Rose targets gold in Rio

14 July 2016 / 06:42

Team GB have named an 80-strong athletics squad for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while Justin Rose has set his sights on gold after being selected. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford headline Team GB’s athletics squad
  • Justin Rose and Danny Willett among four British golfers selected for Rio 2016
  • Chris Froome leads fellow Brit Adam Yates by 28 seconds after stage 11 of the Tour de France
  • Andy Murray’s support would be ‘a massive boost’ to Davis Cup team according to Leon Smith

Team GB name 80-strong athletics squad for Rio 2016

Mo Farah

Reigning champions Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford headline an 80-strong athletics team set to compete for Team GB at next month's Olympic Games in Rio.

The trio will all be seeking to retain their titles from four years ago having triumphed on ‘Super Saturday' at London 2012, with Farah also defending his 5000m title.

London 2012 medallists Christine Ohuruogu and Robbie Grabarz will again compete in the 400m and high jump respectively, while 42-year-old Jo Pavey will compete in the 10,000m at her fifth consecutive Olympic Games.

Adam Gemili will make his second Games appearance in the 200m, while Dina Asher-Smith (200m) and Asha Philip (100m)will make their Olympic bow. 

Brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins will become first-time Olympians in the marathon, and Lorraine Ugen will join Shara Proctor and Jazmin Sawyers in the women's long jump.

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Rose targets Olympic glory after being selected for Rio 2016


Justin Rose stressed he wants to be remembered as an Olympic champion when he finally calls time on his career after being named in Team GB’s golf squad for Rio 2016.

World number 11 Rose has been named in Team GB’s squad as golf returns to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904, alongside Masters champion Danny Willett, Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull.

Rose and Willett will compete in the men's 72-hole stroke play event on August 11-14, while Matthew and Hull will contest the medals in the women's event on August 17-20.

“I’ve been fairly unwavering in my commitment to Olympic golf,” said Rose, who won his first major title at the 2013 US Open.

“I think if I was to fast-forward ten years, I'd like my career to read, 'Justin Rose, multiple major champion and Olympic gold medallist'.”

Froome extends lead at Tour de France

Chris Froome

Chris Froome extended his lead in the Tour de France to 28 seconds after stage 11, as Mark Cavendish suffered mechanical problems late on.

Slovakian Peter Sagan took the 162.5km stage from Carcassone to Montpellier after the Slovakian, Tinkoff team-mate Maciej Bodnar and Team Sky’s Rio-bound duo Geraint Thomas and Froome launched a surprise attack.

Froome collected a six-second bonus for his second-place finish and now leads Adam Yates, another selected by Team GB for this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games, by 28 seconds and Colombian Nairo Quintana by 35.

Froome, who is going for his third Le Tour title after wins in 2013 and 2015, said: "I can't believe what happened out there. It was really difficult day but I relied on my teammates all day and they were always at the front and that allowed me to go with Sagan at the end.”

A mechanical problem meant Mark Cavendish finished back in 140th, while Thursday's planned finish on top of Mont Ventoux has been cancelled because of high winds, instead the 12th stage will now conclude several kilometres further down the mountain at Chalet Reynard.

Murray support would be ‘a massive boost’ to Davis Cup team

Davis Cup

Andy Murray may not be taking part in Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final with Serbia this week but his mere presence would be a real lift to the other players if he does decide to attend, according to captain Leon Smith.

Murray has not missed a Davis Cup tie for more than three years but will not be competing at the Tasmajdan Stadium in Belgrade as he prepares for his Olympic title defence.

But the 29-year-old is expected to attend and offer his support, with Kyle Edmund and James Ward the singles players for holders Great Britain when the tie gets underway on Friday.

“We would love him to come out and support. We are a really, really close unit," Smith told BBC Sport.

"I fully understand if he doesn't end up coming, but if he does it just gives everyone a boost to see your number one player, role model and current Wimbledon champion sitting there.”

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