Olympic24: Farah in Doha, Scots win and Murray hits 500

01 April 2015 / 08:01

Mo Farah will get his Diamond League campaign underway with his first-ever race in Doha and Scotland's men break their duck at the World Championships in Halifax, Canada. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Farah heads to Qatar in May
  • Scotland see off Russia  8-6 before beating America
  • Andy Murray makes history with victory in three sets over South African Kevin Anderson
  • Alex Dowsett is back from injury and ready  to go for the hour-record
  • England Sevens will look for revenge after being drawn with Fiji  at the Tokyo Sevens

Farah set to kick off Diamond League in Doha

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah is looking forward to an early season test after announcing he will kick his Diamond League campaign off in Doha.

The 32-year-old will compete in the 3000m in Qatar on May 15 – the first time he will have raced in Doha..

"I've heard so many great things about the track, the crowd and the competition in Doha," he said.

"There are always very strong fields in the distances so this will be a great early season test on the track for me."

Scotland's men finally get on the board in Canada

After a difficult start to the World Curling Championships Scotland's men finally found their feet with victories over the Russia and the USA.

The Scots were winless heading into Tuesday's action but Ewan MacDonald's rink rallied and sealed an 8-6 victory over the Russians before seeing off America 6-4.

“We knew that if we made it, it was going to be tough for him, so when we did make it , I knew it was going to be close,” said MacDonald.

“It’s really amazing the difference of getting a win makes.  It just shows you how winning this morning give you momentum.  If you get out quicker and get  some momentum it’s a totally different feeling.”

Murray makes history with 500th career win

Andy Murray dispatched Kevin Anderson to become the first Brit to reach 500 career victories and earn a spot in the Miami Open last eight.

He didn't have it all his own way against the South African but came through 6-4 3-6 6-3 to reach the landmark just short of ten years since his professional debut.

"I've been through quite a lot of pain on that court in the last few years," he said.

"I hope I can use this as motivation to win some more and I hope today's match wasn't the last one.

"There's different ways of judging the success of someone's career, but winning 800-900 matches is something that's happened very rarely and a difficult thing to do - so it gives you something to aim at."

Dowsett sets Manchester date with hour-record bid back on table

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Alex Dowsett will reignite his bid to break the hour record in May after a broken collar bone put an end to his hopes earlier this year.

The Commonwealth Games time trial champion was set to go for the record in London back in February but a crash in training delayed the attempt.

However, the 26-year-old has confirmed that he is back to full fitness and ready for another go in Manchester on May 2.

"I'm thrilled to be back on track to attempt the Perfect Hour," Dowsett said.

"Breaking my collarbone whilst in such good form was a real disappointment, but I healed 100% and didn't lose much form through it all."

Amor wants England to show progress at Tokyo Sevens

England Sevens boss Simon Amor believes his side will be in a stronger position to succeed in Japan after being drawn alongside top seeds Fiji in the Tokyo Sevens this weekend.

Last time out saw Amor's men fall to a narrow 14-12 defeat to the Fijians in the quarter finals of last week's Hong Kong tournament – a competition the South Pacific side went on to win.

It was their third tournament victory of the season but England will have the chance for revenge sooner rather than later after being drawn with Fiji, Wales and Hong Kong in Pool A.

Amor said: "Narrowly losing out to Fiji was obviously very disappointing but overall the performance against a team of their quality and form at the moment was encouraging.

“Having played over the weekend we are in a good place to build on that performance and hopefully do well here in Tokyo."

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