Olympic24: Derby win NBL and historic day for Wiggins

Olympic24: Derby win NBL and historic day for Wiggins

08 June 2015 / 05:55

From badminton to cycling, athletics to swimming it was a busy Sunday of action across a range of Olympic sports. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Team Derby claim National Badminton League
  • Bradley Wiggins improves world hour record by more than a mile
  • Pete Kennaugh takes yellow jersey in Criterium du Dauphine
  • Rachel Atherton wins the battle of Brits at Mountain Biking World Cup
  • Jazz Carlin and Adam Peaty impress at Mare Nostrum
  • Olympic champion Rutherford in form at Diamond League

Ouseph takes Derby to National Badminton League victory

Rajiv Ouseph shrugged off the effects of jetlag to help skipper Team Derby to victory in the inaugural National Badminton League Finals.

Ouseph was one of several England players who touched down early on Saturday morning following their recent competition at the Indonesian Open.

But England’s number one rose to the occasion at the K2 Crawley, defeating Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen 3-1 in the men’s singles to set his side on the way to victory over Loughborough Sport.

Chris Coles and Andy Ellis had earlier tasted success in the men’s doubles, but Loughborough Sport took the spoils in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles, leaving Germany’s Karin Schnaase to confirm the 3-2 result for Team Derby in the women’s singles.

“I fed off the energy of the crowd and off the team to get through that. And energy drinks,” said Ouseph.

“I was a little bit tired, I had ups and downs, I’m just happy to win. It was a great team effort by everyone. Being the first winner of the NBL is big for the team and the area."

Wiggins earn other place in cycling history

Sir Bradley Wiggins won his battle with the clock to smash cycling's fabled world hour record in London.

He covered 54.526 kilometres in an unmatched effort of endurance, over 1.6km further than former record holder Alex Dowsett managed in Manchester earlier this year.

"I'm just glad it's done, it's the closest I'll ever come to knowing what it's like to have a baby," said Wiggins, who received his world record certificate from childhood hero Miguel Indurain.

"It was tortuous. I was constantly looking at the clock and I'm just really relieved that it's done because it's been such a long build-up. When you are out there you never think it's going to come to an end.

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Kennaugh in yellow after breakaway victory

Pete Kennaugh will wear the yellow jersey into today's second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.

The British rider took the initiative with a storming solo victory in the first stage, making a decisive break from his rivals with three kilometres to go. Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome came home 16th.

"It was an awesome feeling," Kennaugh told TeamSky.com.

"I spend a lot of time working for other guys so it was just nice to have that opportunity. It wasn't really planned or anything - it was just how the race panned out. 

"It just worked out perfectly. I always knew that once we got that gap and the bunch wasn't coming back super fast that we had a chance. Then I just planned to attack within the last three kilometres, fully committed to that and pulled it off luckily."

Atherton takes Mountain Biking World Cup in Scotland

Rachel Atherton got the better of British team-mate Manon Carpenter to win the Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup at Fort William.

World champion Carpenter was fastest in qualifying but fell on the tricky course and came home fourth, as Tahnee Seagrave and Emmeline Ragot completed the podium.

Atherton leads the series with five more rounds to go - the next being held in Austria next weekend - while defending champion Carpenter is ranked third.

Carlin and Peaty at the double in Mare Nostrum

In-form Jazz Carlin claimed double gold as the three-event Mare Nostrum series started in Canet.

Carlin, fresh from her three victories at the recent British Championships, won the 1500m freestyle and then defeated 2013 world silver medallist Melani Costa to claim the 400m freestyle.

World record holder Adam Peaty also claimed double gold, winning the 100m backstroke on Saturday and 50m event 24 hours later.

His 26.89 second second time in shorter distance was a new Mare Nostrum record and earned him the prize for performance of the meeting.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Georgia Davies, Hannah Miley and Daniel Jervis.

Rutherford records best ever leap on British soil; Gemili goes sub ten seconds

When Greg Rutherford jumps on home soil something special usually happens and the Olympic champion delivered once again as he picked up Diamond League victory in Birmingham.

The 28-year-old jumped 8.31m on his way to gold in London back in 2012 but he showed that he is still at the top of his game in the Midlands as he leapt 8.35m to record his longest effort on British soil.

It proved to be a mixed day for British athletes and none more so than Adam Gemili who ran 10-flat in his 100m heat before clocking 9.97 in the final.

However, the performance came at a cost as he tumbled over the finish line and suffered what appeared to be a torn hamstring.

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