Olympic24: Farah storms to European half marathon record

Olympic24: Farah storms to European half marathon record

23 March 2015 / 08:00

Mo Farah smashes long-standing European half marathon record in Lisbon and becomes the first Brit to go under one hour. Here's our review of the last 24 hours

  • Mo Farah becomes first Briton to run below one hour for half marathon
  • Eve Muirhead disappointed after World Curling bronze medal match defeat
  • Jan Bartu reviews modern pentathlon World Cup
  • Dave Ryding ends World Cup slalom season ranked in world's top 30
  • History for aerials skier Lloyd Wallace
  • Gold for rising star show jumper Jessica Mendoza
  • Double medals for British short track at Europa Cup

Farah makes more history in Portugal

Mo Farah continued his record breaking season at the Lisbon Half Marathon.

The double Olympic champion recently set a new world indoor two mile record and clocked 59 minutes and 32 seconds to win the race in Portugal.

The time erased Spain's Fabian Roncero from the European record books after 14 years and Farah also becomes the first Briton to ever dip below the one hour mark.

Muirhead looks ahead after world medal miss

Eve Muirhead admits her season didn't go as planned after missing out on a bronze at the World Curling Championships.

But she claims new faces in the Olympic bronze medal winning rink will take time to settle.

“We’ve got to remember it’s a new team and this comes on the back of having a good Olympic Games – it was always going to be tough," she said.

Ryding ends season in world's top 30

Dave Ryding has secured a place in the world's top 30 slalom skiers after the conclusion of the World Cup season in Meribel.

Three-time Olympian Zoe Gillings-Brier won the Snowboard Cross Europa Cup in Lenk and aerials skier Lloyd Wallace concluded his season with another podium, at the Europa Cup.

He ends the campaign ranked second - the first time a British athlete has finished in the top three of the Europa Cup rankings.

Elsewhere, rising star Isabel Atkin claimed third in the European Freeski Open in Laax while former World Cup winner James Woods ranked fifth in the men's event.

The Delancey British Championships start this week in Tignes.

Bartu positive after mixed World Cup in Cairo

British performance director Jan Bartu believes his team are on track after a difficult weekend at the modern pentathlon World Cup in Cairo.

Freyja Prentice took bronze in the women's event despite horse problems while Joe Evans and Jamie Cooke, a World Cup winner a month ago, were 15th and 32nd as they battled a stomach virus in the men's competition.

“Freyja's medal was fantastic and we should not be disappointed with the men today given the circumstances," said Bartu. “Freyja has been a long time in waiting for a performance like this."

Bartu also praised Francesca Summers, who finished 14th in her World Cup debut.

“Francesca also deserves big credit for the way in which she performed, being in the situation of competing at a World Cup for the first time in her life," he added.

"It was fantastic to see and so good for the women’s group as another athlete is now there and lining up."

Best of the rest ...

Teenage show jumper Jessica Mendoza and her 14-year old mare Spirit T won the Arezzo Gold Tour Grand Prix in Italy and Murray Cochrane and Farrell Treacy took gold and bronze at short track speed skating's Europa Cup.

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