Olympic24: Clancy out of Euros as Gardener handed top role

Olympic24: Clancy out of Euros as Gardener handed top role

29 September 2015 / 07:10

Ed Clancy is ruled out of the European Track Championships with a slipped disc while Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener is preparing to become president of UK Athletics. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Ed Clancy suffers a slipped disc in training
  • Jason Gardener set to take over Lynn Davies as UK Athletics president
  • Lizzie Armitstead turns her attentions towards Rio after world title
  • Johanna Konta is set to become the new British number one
  • Chris Froome named in Team Sky’s squad for 2016
  • Five sports named on Tokyo 2020 recommendation

Freak accident rules Clancy out of European Track Championships

Ed Clancy 

Double Olympic champion Ed Clancy will miss next month's European Track Championships with a slipped disc.

The competition will take place in Grenchen, Switzerland from October 14-18, but the 30-year-old will be unable to make the trip after sustaining the injury during training.

The five-time European champion was in the final stages of an endurance training block when he sustained the injury and endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel admits there was little that could be done to prevent it.

"When you're tired it affects your muscle," he said. "It was just one of those freak things, he just turned to pick up his bag and his disc slipped.

"This means that his hopes for the European Championships, which were supposed to be his highlight for world championship qualification, are now over.

"We've discussed it and his participation has been ruled out."

Gardener to become next president of UK Athletics

Jason Gardener 

Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener admits he is honoured after he was named as the next president of UK Athletics.

Gardener, who won 4x100m relay gold at Athens 2004, will take over from Lynn Davies in December and will relinquish his current role as a director on the UK Athletics board.

Gardener has plenty of experience at the highest level of the sport having won relay silver and bronze at the World Championships in 1999 and 2005 as well as being crowned 60m indoor world champion in 2004.

And he says he is relishing the challenge as the UK's athletes build towards Rio 2016 and the World Championships in London in 2017.

"I am extremely honoured to be offered this role, but more importantly to follow in the footsteps of Lynn, who has served the sport in exemplary fashion over the years," said Gardener.

"This is an exciting time for our sport as we build towards the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and our own London World Athletics Championships in 2017 and it is essential that the UK Members Council continues to represent the sport's interests and ensure the accountability of UK Athletics.

"I am incredibly fortunate to have been able to wear the British vest on so many occasions and now to be able to serve athletics in this way – I really am delighted."

Armitstead targets Olympic title in Rio

Lizzie Armitstead 

The dust may have barely settled on her World Championships road race win but Lizzie Armitstead was already turning her attention to winning Olympic gold in Rio next year.

The 26-year-old joined an elite group of British female riders, after Beryl Burton, Mandy Jones and Nicole Cooke, in getting her hands on the rainbow jersey following her win in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday.

And with an Olympic silver medal already in her collection from London, Armitstead admitted she was already focusing on going a step further at Rio 2016.

"That would surpass this if I could achieve that," Armitstead said. "That will be my focus now for the next 12 months. All in for Rio.

"It's definitely an elite club. There's a big tradition in British women's cycling. There's been a lot of champions before me and I'm sure there will be ahead of me.

"I can't get my head around it yet, really. I'm just so focused on the process all the time.”

Konta set for top spot


Johanna Konta is to become the new British number one following Heather Watson's defeat in the first round of the Wuhan Open in China.

Current British number one Watson, 23, saved four match points but was unable to avoid a 6-3 2-6 6-3 loss to former world number one Jelena Jankovic.

Konta's win over German Andrea Petkovic in her first-round match means the 24-year-old will go above Watson when the new rankings are announced next week.

Froome to lead Team Sky in 2016


Two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will again lead Team Sky next year after Sir Dave Brailsford revealed his squad for 2016, with the highest-profile addition coming in the shape of 2104 world road race champion Michal Kwiatkowski.

The Polish rider will join from Etixx- Quick-Step at the turn of the year as Michal Golas, Benat Intxausti, Mikel Landa, Gianni Moscon, Alex Peters and Danny van Poppel have also been confirmed as new Team Sky personnel.

With new recruits on board and six current riders being released, general manager Brailsford wants a strong year from his squad.

"It's a strong team - led by Chris Froome - that will ensure that we can be even more competitive in all the major races - from Grand Tours to Classics,” Brailsford said.

"We have recruited some of the best young talent from around the world in Michal Kwiatkowski and Mikel Landa for example.

"At the same time we have been able to keep the nucleus of this year's successful team together by re-signing riders of the calibre of Vasil Kiryienka - the new time trial world champion."

Five sports named on Tokyo 2020 recommendation list

Five sports have received a huge boost to their Olympic hopes after being recommended for inclusion at Tokyo 2020.

A shortlist of eight sports was originally drawn up but skateboarding, surfing, karate, sport climbing and baseball/softball are the ones recommended with wushu, bowling and squash missing out.

For baseball it is a potential return to the Olympic fold after being present from 1992 until 2008 while for karate it is the crescendo of a long battle for inclusion. The final decision will be made next August.

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