Olympic24: Brownlee targets Oz win; King on comeback trail

09 April 2015 / 07:48

Jonathan Brownlee will be looking to add World Series victory in Australia to his Auckland triumph and Dani King will hit the roads as she kickstarts her Rio  quest.  Here's our review of the last 24 hours. 

  • Brownlee sets sights on gold on Australian coast
  • Freyja Prentice and Kate French make Rome World  Cup final
  • Dani King will race on the road as she seeks to build her endurance after injury
  • Helen Glover might make boat switch after Olympics

Brownlee wants to keep momentum going

Jonathan Brownlee admits he is looking to build on success in Auckland by claiming another positive result on Australia’s Gold Coast.

After a fifth place finish in the season-opening Triathlon World Series event in Dubai, Brownlee took victory over Javier Gomez in New Zealand.

A good result in Australia will see Brownlee well placed for a charge at the ITU title later this year but, with six rounds still to go, he knows there is still plenty to play for.

Brownlee said: “Auckland was a great race, I really enjoyed it and it was definitely a confidence booster for the rest of the season.

“It’s a very different course on the Gold Coast, with a flat and fast bike. Every race is different, and if I can get another result here I’ll be very happy.”

Prentice and French on track in Rome

British pentathlon duo Freyja Prentice and Kate French both made steady progress into the women’s individual final at World Cup 3 in Rome.

It was a fine day’s work for Prentice – who won bronze last time out in Cairo – as she topped group B in the qualifying stages with a score of 1080 points.

That placed her ninth overall while French racked up 1076 points to put her eighth in Group B and 16th in the overall standings.

It was a good start from Prentice as she won 19 of her fencing bouts for 236 points while French took 17 wins.

And times of 2:27.10 and 2:22.59 respectively in the 200m swim set them up for a strong finish in the combined run/shoot event.

King ready for season on the road

It's been a long lay-off for Dani King but she is hoping a full season of road racing can set her up for a track spot at Rio 2016.

The 24-year-old cyclist suffered a training crash in November which resulted in five snapped ribs and delayed the start to her season.

But, with her final training camp now finished, King is gearing up for a busy season of road racing with Wiggle Honda.

"It's amazing how quick the body heals though. I can't believe how well I am going right now,” she said.

"I had to recalibrate my season and basically start everything two months later than intended.

"I clearly needed to build up my endurance and talking to riders like Brad Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Pete Kennaugh they all said that a really long spell on the road had often helped their performance on the track with the GB Men.

"So I talked it all through with Shane Sutton and Paul Manning and decided to commit to a full season racing on the road with Wiggle Honda with that exact purpose in mind. They will have access to all my training and racing data throughout the year."

Olympics could be final foray for Glover and Stanning

While retaining her Olympic title remains the ultimate goal for Helen Glover she admits a change of boat could be on the horizon after Rio 2016.

Glover  and coxless pairs partner Heather Stanning won an historic gold in London 2012 but took time apart as the latter rejoined the army.

That left Glover to claim World Championship glory with Polly Swann and she says a change of boat isn’t out of the question after next summer.

"I would like the opportunity to maybe branch out and try a different boat," Glover told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"But that would need some careful consideration as to whether I was going to continue after Rio, as I don't see myself moving boats before Rio."

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