Olympic24: Ennis-Hill set for Gotzis, rapid Farah wins in US

Olympic24: Ennis-Hill set for Gotzis, rapid Farah wins in US

30 May 2015 / 09:55

Jessica Ennis-Hill set for first heptathlon since winning gold at London 2012, while Mo Farah records fastest 10,000m time of 2015 in Eugene. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Ennis-Hill to assess World Championship chances with Gotzis Hypo-Meeting performance
  • Mo Farah clocks 26 minutes 50.97 seconds at Diamond League meeting in America
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock beaten by Indonesian duo while Rajiv Ouseph also exits Down Under
  • Katherine Grainger is determined to make her fifth Olympic medal another gold
  • Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are in confident mood ahead of their clash in London this weekend
  • Confident start at canoe slalom European Championships
  • Canoe sprinters continue fine form in Denmark
  • GB women's basketball team suffer defeat in final EuroBasket warm up game

Ennis-Hill excited about heptathlon return in Austria

Jessica Ennis-Hill intends to answer a few questions as she steps up her comeback at this weekend’s Hypo-Meeting in Austria.

Ennis-Hill will be competing in her first heptathlon since winning gold at London 2012, and will do so with one eye on her chances for this summer’s World Championships in Beijing.

"This weekend is going to give me a good indication of how I am physically and what kind of score I'm capable of doing," said the 29-year-old.

"It's exciting and nerve-wrecking. It's hard to know what to expect."

Fast but not fast enough for Farah

Mo Farah couldn’t hide his disappointment despite setting the quickest 10,000m time of the year at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon.

Farah clocked a time of 26 minutes 50.97 seconds, finishing 0.89 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Paul Tanui.

The time was four seconds outside his personal best and Farah admitted he could have been closer to that mark.

"I was trying to push the pacemakers along. It was hard, leading out myself,” he said.

"Paul and I worked well together, but it wasn't enough. I will give it another shot to go for a faster time."

Adcocks and Ouseph fall in Australian Open

Chris and Gabby Adcock’s hunt for glory at the Australian Open has come to an abrupt end after the duo were soundly beaten 21-9 21-12 by Indonesian pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.

The duo produced a solid performance against the same pair earlier in the month at the Sudirman Cup but couldn’t repeat the trick Down Under.

The pair were left with little chance to progress to the final four and were dispatched in 28 minutes.

There was however some semblance of consolation for the duo as they picked up valuable ranking points on the road to Rio.

The same fate meanwhile awaited Raj Ouseph who was also beaten 21-9 21-12, Houwei Tian his conqueror.

Grainger wants nothing but gold in Rio next summer

She might have four Olympic medals to her name but Katherine Grainger is adamant that only a gold will make for a happy fifth in Rio next summer.

The 39-year-old took double sculls gold at London 2012 alongside Anna Watkins, but that triumph came after more than a decade of playing second fiddle.

Silver in the quadruple sculls in Sydney was followed by another runners-up spot in the coxless pair in Athens four years later.

In Beijing she once again had to glance up from the second step of the podium until the moment she had been waiting for arrived on home water at Eton Dorney.

"I didn't come back to finish second. I've had years of that," she told BBC Sport.

"Silver isn't good enough for me. When you have won the Olympics you have different expectations that you have to live up to every day." Read more here.

Brownlee brothers look to take fine form into London duel

Alistair Brownlee believes the fittest and fastest will come out on top as the Triathlon Series returns to London on Sunday.

The Olympic champion will take on brother Jonathan for the first time this season in familiar surroundings and believes he can add to his victory in Cape Town and second in Yokohama.

“After winning in Cape Town and then feeling confident for Yokohama I was pretty disappointed with that but in the grand scheme of things it’s alright,” said Alistair.

“At the end of the day the fittest and fastest will probably win.” Read more here.

Successful day of heats for canoe slalom team

Great Britain’s senior canoe slalom team got their European campaign off to a confident start, qualifying 13 out of the 15 boats through to the weekend’s semi-finals.

Double Olympic silver medallist David Florence set the tone in the men’s canoe single, finishing third, before taking second in the canoe double with partner Richard Hounslow.

Also in the C2, Mark Proctor and Olympic champion Etienne Stott, making their international debut together, joined them in progressing through to Sunday’s semi-final.

Canoe sprinters also on the money in Denmark

Fresh from picking up the medals in Duisburg last weekend, Great Britain’s sprint canoeists showed they were once again on the mark at the season’s third and final World Cup in Copenhagen.

The British team put in some inspired performances to earn places in six A finals and three B finals, with Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah in particular standing out with the fastest time in the K2 500 semi-final.

Defeat for GB basketball team against Canada

Great Britain’s basketball team suffered a blip in their preparations for the forthcoming EuroBasket with defeat to Canada in their penultimate warm-up game.

In truth, Great Britain failed to recover from a pedestrian start as Canada leapt out into a 20-6 lead towards the end of the first period.

Chantelle Handy and Rachael Vanderwal led the fightback but Canada eventually ran out 73-45 winners.

"It continues to be difficult for us with some of the knocks and injuries that we are carrying,” stated head coach Peter Buckle.

"It was just one of those nights when nothing dropped for us and our [shooting] percentages were down.

"But the important thing is that we got open looks and lots of the looks that we were looking for.”

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