Olympic24: Crutchley sees side draw while Murray's fatigued

Olympic24: Crutchley sees side draw while Murray's fatigued

31 July 2016 / 23:38

Great Britain men’s hockey were held to a draw by Argentina, while Andy Murray changes his plans ahead of the French Open. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Ashley Jackson’s penalty earns Great Britain men’s hockey a 1-1 against Argentina
  • Andy Murray pulls out of the Italian Open due to fatigue
  • Ruebyn Richards suffers second-round exit at World Taekwondo Championships
  • Great Britain women’s basketball suffer defeat at the hands of France
  • Alistair Brownlee and Non Stanford lead Brits in Japan
  • James Dasaolu ready to spring into action in Doha
  • England Women Sevens hoping for home comforts in London leg of World Series
  • Gabby Adcock happy to rack up the air miles

Crutchley looking for troops to be ruthless

Great Britain men's head coach Bobby Crutchley had warned his side must learn to take their chances or get punished after Ashley Jackson's late penalty corner rescued a point against Argentina.

In the first match of a two-test series at Bisham Abbey, Great Britain dominated the game, creating the better of the chances, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

"We dominated for long periods, which was pleasing but it's frustrating we didn't win the game as we had significantly more chances," said Cutchley.

"We have to take our chances when we get them but we didn't do that. They're a good side to play against as preparation.”

Murray pulls out of Italian Open

Andy Murray said fatigue was the reason for pulling out of the Italian Open.

The 27-year-old third seed, who had considered skipping the tournament to rest for the French Open, beat Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-3 in the previous round.

"I've played so much over the past 14 days. I've played ten matches with some extremely late finishes and my body needs to rest," Murray told BBC Sport.

"I actually felt I played a good match yesterday, but my body is tired. I have to listen to that and respect that."

Richards rues lack of sharpness

Ruebyn Richards admits a lack of competition sharpness may have caught up with him after he failed to progress at the World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk.

The Nottingham fighter had found his preparations hindered by injury this year but he still went into the competition in Russia with hopes of progressing.

Things got off to an encouraging start with a 13-2 win in his opening match against Egyptian Ziad Elfeky.

However, heartbreak would follow as he suffered a second round golden point defeat against Poland's Karol Robak in overtime.

"It is gutting to lose at any stage but especially so early on," said Richards, who will now concentrate on next month's European Games in Baku.

"I genuinely felt with my ability I could have gone all the way.  But it didn't go right for me.

"I probably need more ring time. I haven't fought much this year due to injury and I could do with fighting more to get that sharpness back.

"Even the first fight when I won by a big margin, I didn't think I had that full sharpness.

“So, it is something to look at before Baku where hopefully I can get something I think my ability deserves."

Buckle not panicking despite defeat

Great Britain Senior Women head coach Peter Buckle isn't reading too much into the outcome of his team's first preparation game of the summer after watching his side fall 81-54 to France in Roanne.

The 2012 Olympic and EuroBasket Women 2013 silver medallists proved to be a tough opening opponent as GB's involvement in the Lyon Tournament got underway against one of the best teams in the world.

"That's why we are here – to play against the very best and of course it was tough,” Buckle said.

"Having said that, I thought there were plenty of upsides and good learning from that game.

"We also set it against the context of being behind in our preparation because of the illness that was in the camp since we started.

"Now we just have to keep building and we have another two games over the weekend to do exactly that.”

Brownlee and co gear up for Japan

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee admits he will be bidding to make up for lost time when the fifth round of the World Triathlon Series gets underway in Yokohama, Japan, this weekend.

Brownlee, Adam Bowden, Mark Buckingham, Tom Bishop and Gordon Benson complete the male British line up in Japan – with the former looking to continue his fine form having topped the pile in Cape Town three weeks ago.

“I’d like to feel like I’m progressing, and that I’m sharper now than I was three weeks ago in Cape Town,” he said.

“I missed the first three races, so every race is important now if I want to be in contention at the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Non Stanford and Heather Sellars compete in the women’s race, the former having not raced in the World Series since the Grand Final in London in September 2013.

Dasaolu ready for Doha

European 100m champion James Dasaolu can't wait to kickstart his season at the Diamond League opener in Doha on Friday night, insisting he is ready to compete against the world's best.

The sprinter has contested just one 60m race in 2015, albeit posting the second fastest time by a European at 6.52 seconds in January.

But with Friday's Diamond League in Doha pitting him against some of the world's best sprinters, Dasaolu is licking his lips at the chance to get cracking once again.

"The year has been injury free. Normally I'd open up in June but everything's been going well so I want to get the ball rolling," said Dasaolu, Britain's second-fastest man in history.

"I've been able to tick all the boxes and do everything I need to get my season started.”

Burford buoyant ahead of London leg

She may be returning from injury for this weekend’s Women’s Sevens World Series on home soil but Rachael Burford knows each and every member in the team will have to be on top form in order to keep their Olympic qualification hopes alive.

Rugby World Cup winners Burford and Kay Wilson have both been brought in by head coach Simon Middleton for the latest leg at Twickenham Stoop as he looks to add experience to his side.

Middleton’s charges currently sit joint fifth in the standings, level on points with the USA and four behind France – who occupy the fourth and final qualifying place for Rio 2016.

“We know that we need to be on our game and our focus will have to last right through the two days,” she said.

“Being in front of your family and friends and knowing they’ll be there makes it the tournament that everyone wants to be fit for.

“The opportunity to go to the Olympics would be incredible for anyone. This group of players have been playing rugby for years and it would just mean everything to us.

“After turning professional, we’ve now got this chance. It’s a special time for us all.”

Adcock ready for jet-setting lifestyle

Gabby Adcock believes there'll be more benefits than air miles to her hectic jet-set lifestyle come next year's Olympics in Rio.

Along with husband and mixed doubles partner Chris Adcock, she is spending the year globetrotting in a bid to pick up the ranking points needed to secure their Team GB place next summer.

"This year the schedule’s just mad, " Adcock told TeamGB.com. 

"There’s so many pairs going round chasing points which means you can’t afford to miss any tournaments. Luckily Chris and I have got ourselves in a good position, so we don’t need to go around scrambling for points and we can pick and choose our tournaments.

"We’re off to China and a few other tournaments for about four-and-a-half weeks and then we’re going to Sardinia on holiday, so I’ll be ready for a rest by the time that comes around.

"We travel together a lot but going on holiday is the only time you get excited about travelling to an airport!"

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