Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead successfully retains her Road World Cup title while Mo Farah adds to his impressive collection of titles with 5000m gold in Beijing. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.
- Armitstead sprints to victory at the GP de Plouay-Bretagne to win Road World Cup title
- Mo Farah completes historic triple double of major titles
- Women’s 4x100m relay team set new British record but there is heartbreak for men’s squad
- England men miss out on medal at EuroHockey Championships
- Chris Froome outside top ten after eight stages of Vuelta a Espana
- Mahama Cho wins silver at Polish Open
- Ben Fletcher takes a step closer to Rio with performances at judo World Championships
Belgium win sees Armitstead retain Road World Cup
Lizzie Armitstead retained the Road World Cup after the final round at the GP de Plouay-Bretagne.
The 26-year-old came out on top in a sprint finish with Emma Johnsson and world champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
Armitstead, who took silver in the Olympic road race in 2012, won the title in 2014 with a race to spare and managed to hold off some fierce competition to take the win once again.
The Boels-Dolmans rider clawed back the distance made by a breakaway with the race coming to its close and passed the three riders on the final climb.
"We did it, a win today and the overall World Cup. Victory is ours," Armitstead tweeted afterwards.
Farah hopes to inspire others
Mo Farah hopes his historic triple double winning achievements can help inspire another generation of long distance runners.
Farah became the first man in history to win 5,000m and 10,000m major titles on three separate occasions when he sprinted to victory in the 5000m final in Beijing on Saturday.
"I was kind of getting nervous for the first time in a little while but thanks to all the medical team. It was amazing to do it,” he said.
"Hopefully the younger kids watching me will be encouraged. I want to be able to do something for them.” Read more here.
British record for women’s 4x100m relay team
Mo Farah was the toast of Britain on the penultimate day of action at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing but it was also a record-breaking night for the women’s 4x100m squad.
With the British team in buoyant mood following Farah’s second gold of the meeting in the 5000m it was the turn of the 4x100m relay teams to take centre stage.
First up was the women’s team of Asha Philip, Jodie Williams, Desiree Henry and Dina Asher-Smith – the former switching in for Bianca Williams who ran in the heat.
They were unable to trouble the medals finishing fifth with Jamaica taking gold, although it was still a successful relay as they lowered the previous British record of 42.21 to 42.10 seconds.
“It’s bittersweet – national record but fourth place, we were definitely coming for a medal,” said Williams, who ran the third leg. Read more here.
Fox: Missing medal will drive us on for Rio
Dan Fox admitted the disappointment of missing out on a bronze medal at the EuroHockey Championships will only serve as motivation going into Rio 2016.
Shane O’Donoghue’s double and penalty corner goals from Alan Sothern and Eugene Magee did the damage for Ireland as they recorded a 4-2 victory to secure their first-ever European medal.
England got on the scoresheet through Harry Martin and Adam Dixon but it was not enough to turn the match in the hosts favour.
“We’re really gutted how it’s gone. It’s a difficult part of tournament hockey, playing in bronze medal matches when you were so close to playing for gold,” he said.
“We have 11 months till Rio and this will drive us on. We’re not far off as we showed against Germany but we need to improve and hopefully this will motivate us to do that.” Read more here.
Froome sits outside top ten after major crash at Vuelta
Chris Froome sits 11th in the Vuelta a Espana after the Tour de France champion managed to avoid a huge crash during stage eight.
Froome is currently one minutes 22 seconds behind general classification leader Esteban Chaves.
The Brit finished 26th on stage eight in Murcia while Tejay van Garderen suffered a suspected fractured collar bone in the accident which saw three riders drop out 50km from the finish line.
Ireland’s Dan Martin also dropped out which means Froome’s Team Sky teammate Nicolas Roche now sits third and is 36-seconds behind the lead.
Cho among the medals again
Taekwondo fighter Mahama Cho’s recent run of form continued as he collected silver at the Polish Open.
The British heavyweight ended a six-month spell without a podium finish when he took bronze at the Moscow Grand Prix earlier this month.
And he was just short of gold this time around as he lost out to Croatia’s Vedran Golec in the final.
British teammate Charlie Maddock secured bronze in the women’s flyweight division in Warsaw.
Fletcher gains valuable points for Rio
Ben Fletcher shone on the final day of the judo World Championships, picking up valuable qualification points for Rio 2016.
The -100kg category judoka won two contests before coming up against Germany’s Frey Karl-Richard on the way to the quarter-finals and eventually lost out.
It meant he left without a medal but he did earn enough points to move into the ‘green zone’ which indicates athletes who are in a direct qualification for Rio.
“It is good to win two fights and get some important qualification points which will take me closer towards direct qualification”, said Fletcher.
“Regarding my last contest there is not much to say, I lost square and fair. He is a top player and he had a good day, however I believe he is someone I can beat in the future. It was just a bridge too far.”
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