Olympic24: Clarke named Euro captain; Peaty sets world best

02 March 2015 / 08:23

Lawrence Clarke to led Great Britain at the European Indoor Championships, while there is national table tennis success for Liam Pitchford and Kelly Sibley. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Lawrence Clarke captains Great Britain's Prague bound European Indoors team
  • Adam Peaty sets world leading time in 100m breaststroke
  • Dame Sarah Storey backs Sir Bradley Wiggins in his one hour record bid this summer
  • More national titles for Liam Pitchford and Kelly Sibley
  • Bronze for Lutalo Muhammad at taekwondo's Luxor Open
  • Eighth place in team event at skeleton and bobsleigh World Championships
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock reach German Open semis
  • Sixth win of the year for Mark Cavendish in Belgium
  • Two cauldrons at Rio Olympics?

Clarke to lead Great Britain at Euro Indoors

Sprint hurdler Lawrence Clarke will captain the British team at this week's European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague.

Clarke won the recent British title and head to the Czech Republic ranked third in Europe over 60m.

“It’s an absolute privilege (to be captain),” said Clarke.

“I’ve worked so hard for so many years to be a part of the team and to be honoured in this way is a great privilege. I feel very lucky that Neil Black has asked me to lead the team and hopefully it will be a very successful championship.

“I’ve got a tough test. There is Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Dimitri Bascou, who is European leader at the moment and the world junior champion Wilhem Belocian. There are a lot of people who are running well. 

“I feel really confident in my ability. If I can get out of the starting blocks than I should be mid-7.5 and that’s where I think the medals will be won.”

Peaty shows form in Berlin

Adam Peaty showed he is ready to take his Commmonwealth Games form into 2015 with a storming time at the International Swim Meeting in Berliin.

Double Glasgw gold medallist Peaty clocked 59.04 seconds in the 100m breaststroke - the fastest time in the world this year. He also won the 50m breaststroke in a super quick 27.34 secs.

Storey backs Sir Brad in world hour record bid

Dame Sarah Storey has backed Sir Bradley Wiggins to break cycling's fabled hour record - after narrowly missing out in her own attempt at the London 2012 velodrome.

The 11-time Paralympic gold medallist covered 28.27 miles to miss out on setting the mark by just 563 metres.

Wiggins will stage his own attempt this June as he returns to the track ahead of next year's Rio Olympics.

The current men's record is 32.62 miles and is held by Australia's Rohan Dennis.

"It will hurt but Brad won’t focus on that," said Storey.

"He has to focus on the process and make sure he trains above the schedule set out. But Brad’s used to digging deep."

Pitchford and Sibley take national titles

Liam Pitchford claimed a double at the national table tennis championships.

Pitchford came from behind - and saved a match point - to beat Paul Drinkhall 8-11, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9, 15-13, 11-6, 11-8.

And then he partnered his opponent to win the men's doubles.

“It feels amazing. It was a great final, Paul will be disappointed," said Pitchford, after claiming his third straight national title.

“I just told myself to stick in there. I was playing well enough to win in the first three sets, I didn’t do a lot wrong but he was on his game. But I gradually got better and better and my tactics got better.

“I think it was just a great match, there were some fantastic rallies.”

Kelly Sibley beat Tin-Tin Ho to claim her fifth women's singles crown. And Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos took the women's doubles.

"As the number one seed, I’m the one everyone wants to beat, so I had to focus on my own game and keep my head clear," said Sibley.

Another podium show from Muhammad

Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad continued his podium run at taekwondo's Luxor Open.

Mohammad claimed a bronze - his fourth consecutive top three finish - now heads to the forthcoming Dutch Open in a bid to continue his 2015 form.

Top ten start at bobsleigh World Championships

Great Britain finished eighth in the team event at the bobsleigh and skeleton World Championships in Winterberg

Sliders Dom Parsons and Laura Daes combined with Victoria Olaoye, Lucy Onyefori, Lamin Deen and Simeon Williamson.

Germany took gold and sliver with Russia completed the podium.

All England next after semi disappointment for Adcocks

Chris and Gabby Adcock reached the semi-finals of badminton's German Open.

Danish top seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen proved too strong for the British pair with a 21-17 21-16 victory in 42 minutes.

The husband and wife double act will now reset their sights on this week's All England Championships in Birmingham

Cavendish claims sixth win of 2015 in Belgium

Mark Cavendish continued his impressive start to the 2015 season with a victory in the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne one-day race in Belgium.

Cavendish beat Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Italian Team Sky rider Elia Viviani in the charge for the line.

And he immediately set his sights on the prestigious Milan San-Remo race, which he famously won in 2009, that is now just three weeks away.

"I've been going good all year and the team looked after me. They were incredible," said Cavendish.

"I grew up watching and dreaming about Milan-San Remo so I'd like to give it another go."

Two cauldron plan for 2016 Games

The Rio Olympics could have two cauldrons for the Olympic flame.

“There has to be a flame at the Maracana because it will be lit there,” Leonardo Caetano, Rio 2016 director of ceremonies for Rio 2016, told Brazilian newspaper O Globo.

“And the Olympic Stadium historically has a flame. So the way to go is with two flames. But nothing has been decided yet.”

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