Olympic24: Expectant Wiggins ready for his date with history

07 June 2015 / 07:16

It's a big day for Sir Bradley Wiggins as he prepares to tackle one of his sport's most cherished records at the London Olympic velodrome. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins eyeing place in history
  • Dominique Allen inspired by dad ahead of EuroBasket
  • Andy Murray excited about form ahead of Wimbledon
  • Greg Rutherford looking forward to Diamond League appearance

Wiggins says it's now or never for world hour record bid

Sir Bradley Wiggins has a keen sense of sporting history - and today he could join yet another elusive group.

With four Olympic golds, six world titles and a Tour de France on his resume, Wiggins doesn't really need accolades.

But should he break Alex Dowsett's world hour record - the ultimate test between cyclist and clock - he would move a couple more steps up the pantheon of cycling legends.

"It would cap off everything else as the record holder. I'm sort of running out of time, so it's now or never really," he said.

“It is an incredibly historic record. I don’t know how many Tour winners there are who also held the hour record. Coppi, Merckx, Anquetil – it kind of puts you into a bracket. It’s quite a special little club.

"Had I not attempted this, people would have said, 'He never went for the hour record, but he was Olympic champion and world champion'. I think it could cap everything off that I've done before that."

EuroBasket bound Allen hails her special dad

It's two weeks to Father's Day but British basketball player Dominique Allen has revealed she is always inspired by her dad.

London 2012 Olympian Allen is a key part of the British team for next week's EuroBasket in Szombathely and was encouraged to take up the sport by dad Clive, a long-time servant of the British Basketball League.

"I'm anticipating that he will simply tell me to never leave the floor thinking I could have done more, to enjoy the experience and that he is also very proud of me,” she said.

"My whole childhood was pretty much centred around basketball, since my dad played for 20 years in the BBL and also internationally.

"So it meant that weekends in our family always included watching at least one basketball game.

"However, even though my dad played professionally and is now a coach, he never pressured me into playing and he has never been that kind of dad who has told me what to do.

"He allowed me to find my own path with basketball and whenever I needed help or advice, he was there for me and obviously he still is.”

Murray ready for All England Club challenge

Andy Murray believes he's in the form of his life heading into Wimbledon.

The British number one took Novak Djokovic the distance in their French Open semi-final, his eighth consecutive defeat to the Serbian he previously beat to win both his Grand Slam titles.

But he's looking ahead with confidence as he seeks to regain his men's singles title at the All England Club, where he also won Olympic gold at London 2012.

"My game is back close to where it needs to be to be winning slams again," said Murray.

"With the grass-court season coming up, hopefully I can get myself an opportunity there and play much better going into the grass this year than I was last year.

"Physically I'm in a much better place. We'll see what happens the next few months but it's been a good start to the year."

Rutherford wants to be a crowd pleaser at Diamond League

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford is looking forward to being one of the star attractions at today's IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

Rutherford faces the USA’s Mike Hartfield, long-time rival Chris Tomlinson and Dan Bramble, who tops the UK rankings in 2015, in a competitive long jump event.

“I love competing at British meetings and I’m really excited to be competing at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix - I love having the home crowd behind me," said Rutherford. 

"The IAAF Diamond League is always fantastic here – the British public understand athletics and they get behind everybody.

“I’m lucky these days because I get announced as a three major winner and everyone goes mad for it which is a brilliant feeling. Hopefully my adductor holds up and I can jump far so I can give the crowd something to cheer about, which is ultimately what it is all about.”

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