Olympic24: Fowler qualifies for Rio but Murray goes down in Monte Carlo semi-final

Olympic24: Fowler qualifies for Rio but Murray goes down in Monte Carlo semi-final

17 April 2016 / 09:01

Antony Fowler became the ninth British boxer to book his ticket to Rio, but Andy Murray went out in Monte Carlo after a three-set thriller with clay court great Rafael Nadal. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Antony Fowler joins eight other British boxers on the plane to Rio after his triumph in Turkey
  • Andy Murray admitted Rafael Nadal had earned the victory after he went down to eight-time winner Nadal in Monte Carlo
  • Jazz Carlin ecstatic after hitting 400m freestyle Olympic qualifying standard in Glasgow
  • Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win silver again on Diving World Series in Windsor, Canada
  • John Pink and Stuart Bithell claimed their first podium finish of the year with bronze at the 49er European Championships in Barcelona

Emotional Fowler becomes ninth GB boxer to book his spot in Rio

Antony Fowler
Antony Fowler admitted he had seized his best chance of Olympic qualification, after he defeated German opponent Xhek Paskali in his box off in Turkey.

The 25-year-old middleweight won a unanimous points decision to join fellow Britons Galal Yafai, Nicola Adams, Qais Ashfaq, Muhammad Ali, Joe Cordina, Josh Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie and Joe Joyce in booking his spot in Rio.

Yafai, Ali and Buatsi added gold medals to their Rio qualification, while Ashfaq had to settle for silver in his bantamweight final against Azerbaijan's former world champion Javid Chalabiyev.

But an emotional Fowler could not contain his delight that he had delivered under pressure.

“It is amazing. I cannot describe the feeling,” he said. “Qualifying for the Olympics is amazing; I can’t believe it.

“My heart has been pumping all day because I knew that this was the best chance I would get.

“The lad was a good opponent but I knew that I could beat him and I gave it everything that I could in that ring.

“He was a strong competitor and he came at me with everything that he had and massive respect to him because he pushed me to my limits.”

Murray out in Monte Carlo semis

Andy Murray
Andy Murray had no complaints about being knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday as he lost a three-set thriller to Rafael Nadal.

Murray won the first set with some blistering tennis but eight-time winner Nadal responded and eventually prevailed 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 44 minutes.

The victory was the Spaniard’s seventh in eight meetings with Murray on clay and the eight-time winner will now face Gael Monfils in the final.

“The match overall was a pretty good match,” said Murray. “There were a few things I would have liked to have done differently out there.

“The third didn't get off to the best start. Then obviously had a few opportunities in that last game to try to make it a bit more interesting, but couldn't quite get the break.

“He's one of the best, if not the best ever, on this surface. At times today, he played very well.

“When he does, you can't always decide the outcome. He played some good stuff today and deserved to win.”

There was better news for Murray’s older brother Jamie however as he and doubles partner Bruno Soares defeated Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-4 in their semi-final.

The British-Brazilian duo will face Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the final while the older Murray has ensured he will remain as the number one doubles player in the world.

Four in a row for ecstatic Carlin at British Champs

Jazz Carlin was on cloud nine after picking up her fourth consecutive 400m freestyle gold at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow and crucially making the Olympic qualifying standard in her final race of the meet.

Carlin touched the wall in 4:04.33 minutes, three-tenths of a second inside the qualifying time, the first time she had managed it this week despite titles in the 200m and 800m freestyle.

And with the Rio squad set to be officially announced on Thursday, the Commonwealth Games silver medallist was relieved to have fulfilled the criteria to make the squad, four years after glandular fever had wrecked her hopes of going to London 2012.

"I couldn't be any happier right now," she said. "I didn't get the chance to swim at the home Olympic Games so I'm so happy to have got that qualifying time.

"It's sport, you never know what is going to happen, but as the saying goes, failure pushes you to success and I've really used that to bring me to where I am now.

"It's a massive relief and it really feels like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders."

World bronze medallist Siobhan-Marie O'Connor was another to make the qualifying standard in the 200m individual medley, as did Ben Proud in the 50m freestyle. Read more here.

Silver for Daley and Goodfellow in Canada

Tom Daley Daniel Goodfellow
London 2012 bronze medallist Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow secured their second Diving World Series silver from the first three legs of the year with another promising performance in Windsor, Canada.

Daley and Goodfellow have won a medal in each one of their competitive outings in the 10m Synchro.

They finished with an overall score of 441.84, notching up impressive tallies of 87.72 and 93.24 on their reverse three-and-a-half somersaults and front four-and-a-half somersaults tucked.

Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson also secured their third medal of the 2016 series with a bronze in the 10m Synchro, finishing with 310.68 points.

Pink and Bithell claim European 49er Bronze

World number three-ranked pair John Pink and Stuart Bithell claimed their first podium finish of the year with bronze at the 49er European Championships in Barcelona.

The duo, who took silver at the 2015 edition of the event, concluded the six-day Open regatta in fifth place overall and as the third European crew.

Overall event victory went to the dominant New Zealand duo of Pete Burling and Blair Tuke, with the European Championship title won by the host nation’s Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra.

“It’s always nice to step on a podium, but there’s still plenty of work to do and some sharpening up on things,” said Bithell, who’s aiming for selection his second Olympic Games after winning silver in the 470 class at London 2012.

“Today was a little bit of a let-down, to be honest. We had a UFD [starting penalty].  We’ve been working on attacking the starts and so every now and then you’re going to get bitten. 

“But we’ve sailed a really good week overall. We’re really happy with how we’re going, the boat speed’s good and everything’s working well.  At the beginning of the week we put some really nice results together.

“So I guess the feeling right now is disappointed and happy – happy with how things are going and with the podium finish, but just a little bit disappointed with how today worked out.”

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