Olympic24: Froome keeps lead; Asher-Smith relishes Anniversary Games

Olympic24: Froome keeps lead; Asher-Smith relishes Anniversary Games

23 July 2015 / 06:47

Chris Froome fends off Nairo Quintana as Geraint Thomas moves to fourth in the Tour de France and Dina Asher-Smith can’t wait to take to the London Olympic Stadium track at this weekend’s Anniversary Games. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours. 

  • Chris Froome stays in yellow and Tejay van Garderen retirement moves Geraint Thomas to fourth overall
  • Dina Asher-Smith relishing opportunity to do home fans proud at the Olympic Stadium
  • Nick Miller breaks 31-year-old British Hammer record in Sweden
  • Great Britain basketball head coach Joe Prunty excited by emerging talent
  • Judoka Acelya Toprak has eyes on prize ahead of Tbilisi 2015

Froome tightens grip on Tour de France title as Thomas takes fourth


Chris Froome ensured he remained the leader of the Tour de France after he held Nairo Quintana at bay on stage 17.

Germany’s Simon Geschke took the stage victory but it is Froome who is out in front in the general classification with a three minute ten second lead on Quintana.

Froome’s teammate Geraint Thomas meanwhile sits fourth after American Tejay van Garderen was forced to retire though illness.

Colombian Quintana made several attempts to break away from Froome but the Brit stayed in contact and is optimistic about his chances.

"Quintana is still pushing me and testing me," he said. “He's running out of opportunities.”

"There's only three more stages left to race. They're really tough stages.” 

Asher-Smith aims to channel Olympic spirit at Anniversary Games


From being a box carrier on Super Saturday to being Britain’s fastest woman – Dina Asher-Smith has had a rollercoaster ride over the last few years.

This weekend the 19-year-old comes full circle as she lines up at the Olympic Stadium for the Anniversary Games.

Asher-Smith will contest the 100m and the 4x100m at the Games and is looking to build on what has already been an incredible year.

First came silver in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships in Prague and then a new British 100m record when she clocked 11.02 seconds at the World Challenge Meeting in the Netherlands.

And she says she is looking forward to feeling the atmosphere of a packed Olympic Stadium and hopes to put on a show for the home crowd.

 “I was fortunate enough to be a box carrier (at the Olympics in 2012) and I did it on Super Saturday,” she said.

“It’s going to be absolutely amazing to be back in the Olympic stadium and I really hope I do everybody proud.” 

Miller sets new British Hammer record in Sweden


Commonwealth silver medallist Nick Miller produced a throw of 77.55m to break Ron Bowden’s 31-year-old British hammer record.

The 22-year-old’s effort at a meet in Karlstad, Sweden, was 1cm more than Bowden’s effort set in May 1984.

It was Miller’s first attempt and bettered his previous best throw of 76.97m and, in the process, secured victory at the event.

Prunty excited for Great Britain basketball future

Great Britain basketball head coach Joe Prunty says he is optimistic for the future as he prepares his troops to take on New Zealand Tall Blacks at the Copper Box this weekend.

It is Prunty’s third summer in charge of Great Britain and he has been putting his group through their paces ahead of the weekend’s encounter.

And he believes that there are plenty reasons to be excited after watching the squad in action during the summer senior men’s national team programme.

"We have got a lot of new faces here," he said. "I love the energy and the enthusiasm.

"If you look at the squad, there are so many talented young players here, people and players that you should get excited about.” 

Toprak sets sights on medal in Tbilisi 

Acelya Toprak

Judoka Acelya Toprak believes she is in with a chance of a medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival – something she is keen to prove following her recent disappointment.

Toprak arrived at the Cadet European Judo Championships at the beginning of the month in confident mood having already won a gold and silver medal on the Cup circuit.

But the 17-year-old was unable to trouble the -63kg podium in Sofia as she suffered a second-round loss to eventual silver medallist Hanna Kukharuk of Ukraine.

In the team event, however, Toprak returned to the mat and beat the individual bronze medallist Jovana Obradovic of Serbia, showing that she has what it takes to make an impact at the highest level.

“This year I was aiming for both the European Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival so to be selected for both was amazing,” she said.

“I know that I am not a million miles away from beating the best girls so I will be going there to win a medal, although anything in the top five would be great.”

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