Olympic24: Farah wins on return, Murray in doubles final new

Olympic24: Farah wins on return, Murray in doubles final new

10 July 2015 / 07:24

Mo Farah marked his returned to action with victory in the Lausanne Diamond League while Jamie Murray books his place in the Wimbledon men's doubles final. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Mo Farah takes first 5000m win of the season in first race for six weeks in Switzerland
  • Jamie Murray and partner Australian John Peers beat Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner in semi-final
  • Andy Murray wants to use the atmosphere at SW 19 to propel him past Roger Federer and into the Wimbledon final
  • Chris Froome moves into overall lead after yelloe jersey owner Tony Martin forced out on race after injury on stage six
  • British cycling boss Shane Sutton believes Chris Froome has the potential to take Tour de France title
  • Nick Thompson over the moon at maiden Worlds success

Farah and Hughes victorious in Switzerland

Mo Farah blew the cobwebs away in style, by winning his first 5000m of the season at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.

The double Olympic champion, competing in his first race in six weeks, saw off the challenge of Yomif Kejelcha in a sprint finish to win in 13:11.77 minutes.

Elsewhere Zharnel Hughes, fresh from winning his maiden British title last weekend, ran a new lifetime best of 20.15 seconds to win the 200m while Shara Proctor was second in the long jump.

Murray books doubles final spot


Jamie Murray made sure to show his brother how to do it later today but progressing into the men's doubles final at Wimbledon.

He and Australian John Peers beat Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 in Thursday's match - a day before brother Andy goes in the men's singles semi-finals.

The 13th seeds will now face Dutchman Jean-Julien Roger and Romanian Horia Tecau in Saturday's final.

"We got off to a slow start, especially me. We were helped out by Erlich struggling (with injury) but we had to put it out of our minds," said Murray.

“We are getting our rewards and we are excited to be here.”

Murray: Centre Court roar can be catalyst for success


Andy Murray is hoping the roar of Centre Court can help him overcome Swiss maestro Roger Federer as the pair prepare to do battle for a spot in Sunday’s Wimbledon final.

The pair have met 23 times in their career, with the Swiss coming out on top 12 times.

However, they have only met twice on grass with Federer claiming victory in the Wimbledon final in 2012 before Murray came out on top for Olympic gold.

And Murray is expecting an electric atmosphere to greet the pair when they step out on Centre Court and wants to capitalise on home-turf advantage.

“It will be a special feeling to walk out onto Centre Court with Roger again on Friday in a Wimbledon semi-final,” said Murray.

“I've had great support every year I've played here and Roger is popular everywhere he plays, so it should be an amazing atmosphere and I know it will help me.”

Froome takes yellow jersey after stage six drama


Chris Froome went top of the overall standings in the Tour de France again this year - but only after previous leader Tony Martin was forced to withdraw through injury.

For much of the 191.5km stage from Abbeville to Le Havre, it had looked like the race would be fairly uneventful after the crashes and withdrawals of previous days,

But this all changed in the final kilometre as a crash involving Martin and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali disrupted matters.

Victory went to Martin's team-mate Zdenek Stybar but with the German suffering a broken collarbone and pulling out of the race, Froome - previously 12 seconds adrift - takes over the yellow jersey.

artin's team-mate Zdenek Stybar

Sutton: Froome grit could help clinch second Tour


Chris Froome has been tipped to shine at this year’s Tour de France by British Cycling boss Shane Sutton.

Froome became the second Briton to win the Tour in 2013 and is hot on the hunt for his second crown after he sampled life at the top of the general classification after stage two.

The lead has slipped away since then but he is still in the mix and Sutton believes another British victory could be a huge boost for British cycling.

"I am not saying the others haven't but Froomey has got the innate ability to find that gut and grit when it matters,” he said.

“It goes on and on. We are trying to touch 500,000 people per year over the next four or five years and continue to grow on the good work already being done, and put new people on bikes.

"I think cycling is going to another level and another good result in this Tour can only enhance that once again."

Thompson optimistic after Worlds success

Nick Thompson believes he has laid down a marker ahead of Rio 2016 after taking his maiden world title in Canda.

Following two silvers and two bronzes, Thompson finally managed to climb top spot on the podium this week after triumphing at the Laser World Championships.

“I’ve medalled in four other Worlds and come so close but never quite won one, and to finally do it – and do it the year before the Olympics when it really matters… I’m over the moon about it,” he said. Read more here.

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