Mark Cavendish sits third at the half way stage of the omnium after making his track return at the Revolution series in Derby while Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro add another gold to their collection. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.
- Mark Cavendish trails Ed Clancy by 16 points ahead of Sunday’s omnium conclusion in Derby
- Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro defend individual European Grand Prix special title in Germany
- Andy Murray sets up Rogers Cup show down with Novak Djokovic
- One gold, four silvers and bronze make for history making boxing European Championships
- Nick Thompson fifth after opening day of Rio Test Event
- Jasmine Royle led the charge for the British slalom canoeists at Pau World Cup on Saturday with fourth-place finish
- Jazz Carlin ready and raring to keep improving for Rio
Cavendish in the hunt behind Clancy at Revolution Series
Mark Cavendish was solid on his return to the track, and trails Ed Clancy by 16 points going into the second half of the omnium event at the Revolution series in Derby.
Cavendish has already stated he believes the omnium represents his best chance of a gold medal at London 2012.
And with the Revolution Series carrying Olympic qualification points, he has made a good start in the first round in Derby, with action concluding today.
Fellow Brit and Olympic champion Laura Trott is two points ahead of Belgium’s Jolien D’Hoore.
Elsewhere on Saturday there were victories for Matt Gibson, Lewis Olivia and Katy Marchant in the individual pursuit, sprint and women’s sprint respectively.
Dujardin and Valegro defend individual European Grand Prix special title
Charlotte Dujardin admitted an error-strewn outing in the team dressage event was what propelled to defend her individual European Grand Prix special title in Germany.
The 30-year-old and her horse Valegro scored a superb 87.577 per cent – just short of their world-record score of 88.022.
The pair had helped Great Britain to team silver on Friday behind the Netherlands, but after being less than impressed with her outing Dujardin insisted it was a relief to get back to her best.
"On Thursday, I think I was maybe a little too laid back and just rode for a clear round," said Dujardin, whose gold medal triumph came in front of a 30,000-strong crowd at Aachen's main stadium.
"But because of my mistakes on Thursday, I thought 'right, I'm sick of this,' and I wanted to go in and better my performance as I know Valegro can do much better than that.” Read more here.
Murray up to two in the world after making Montreal final
Andy Murray will face world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup after successfully seeing of Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
Murray won 6-3, 6-0 in Montreal to ease into the final in 63 minutes and guarantee a return to second in the world rankings in the process.
"It's good to get back close to the top," said Murray, who will face Djokovic on Sunday.
“It's nice to get back especially after everything I went through last year with the hip surgery and dropping out of the top 10. A lot of questions were being asked about how my game was physically.
"I'll keep working hard and try to get that one spot higher."
McCracken proud of his history-making boxers
GB Boxing performance director Rob McCracken insisted his side’s European Championships had been a huge success after coming away with their best medal haul in the history of the event.
Lightweight Joe Cordina was the star as he beat Otar Eranosyan of Georgia to become European champion, on a day of mixed fortunes for the GB boxing team.
Four of Cordina’s teammates were also in finals but they had to settle for silver medals, with an additional bronze securing a best-ever performance by a team of boxers from the three home nations (England, Scotland and Wales) in the 90-year history of the European Championships.
“To bring seven boxers to a tournament as difficult as the European Championship and leave with six medals, with five boxers making the final, is a fantastic achievement,” said McCracken. Read more here.
Rio Test event gets underway for sailors
British sailors got a taste of what awaits at next year’s Olympics after the opening day of racing at the Aquece Rio International Regatta.
Newly-crowned world champion Nick Thompson opened his scorecard in the 38-strong Laser class with a 15th before hitting back to win the second race and lies fifth overall.
“I’m pleased to have got the event underway. We’ve been out here for quite a while training now,” he said.
“It was a pretty nice day, there was a bit of a wait for breeze but not too long. We got two pretty decent races in with a couple of big shifts but otherwise it was good.”
Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw endured a mixed opening day in the RS:X windsurfing events.
Double Olympic medallist Dempsey posted a 6,16,11 to sit 11th overall after the first day, while Shaw was adjudged to have false-started in her third race of the day after 7,14 from her first two races.
Alison Young is also 21st after an up and down day for the Laser Radial sailors.
Royle impresses despite just missing medal in Pau
Jasmine Royle made the most of her chance in the Great Britain World Cup squad by finishing fourth in the C1 final in Pau.
One of the younger members of the British Canoeing's senior team in France, Royle had been brought in this week to replace Mallory Franklin who is rebuilding her strength after injury in the build up to next month's World Championships.
The 22-year-old was third with just one competitor remaining but Nuria Vilarrubla's victorious run pushed her down to fourth.
It was still enough for Royle to finish ninth in the overall C1 standings for the season with double points on offer at the World Cup finale boosting her total.
"To be ninth in the overall standings is pretty amazing, definitely a best for me and I wasn't expecting to be that high because I didn't make the senior team this year so I was only meant to do two World Cups," said Royle.
"This year, I've had a lot of time to focus on myself and made big improvements which are definitely paying off."
Carlin not about to slow down yet in the pool
Jazz Carlin insists she will not rest on her laurels as she bids to turn World Championship bronze into Olympic gold next year.
Welsh swimmer Carlin missed out on the London 2012 games through illness but has bounced back in style over the last 12 months.
Last year she claimed Commonwealth 800m freestyle gold and 400m silver, before winning both events at the subsequent European Championships and 800m bronze at last week’s World Championships.
"I was really glad to come away from the Worlds with a medal," said Carlin, who also came fourth in the 400m freestyle and fifth as part of GB's 4x200m freestyle relay quartet in Kazan.
"But the first thing I thought about when I finished was 'what can I change, what can I add, what can I improve on going into the Olympic season?'
"Because I want to be at my best there, knowing I've done everything. Going into Olympic season, I don't want to take anything for granted.”
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