Olympic24: Froome retains lead but Murray loses at Wimbledon
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Olympic24: Froome retains lead but Murray loses at Wimbledon

12 July 2015 / 09:06

Chris Froome finishes eighth on stage eight of the Tour de France and retains overall lead but there is no joy for Jamie Murray who loses in straight sets at Wimbledon men's doubles final. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Chris Froome retains the yellow jersey after finishing eighth on Saturday
  • Jamie Murray and John Peers lose out to Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in men's doubles final at Wimbledon
  • England cap first day of Exeter Sevens with emphatic 48-0 victory over Spain
  • Four top-ten finishes for Britain's triathletes at ETU European Championships in Geneva
  • Helen Glover and Heather Stanning comfortably seal World Cup final spot
  • David Omoregie races to 110m under-23 European title in Tallinn

Froome in pole position as Nibali loses ten seconds

Chris Froome made sure that he retained the yellow jersey after stage eight of the Tour de France.

The 30-year-old finished eighth on the day with Alexis Vuillermoz overcoming the steep finish to become the first French stage winner of the year.

Froome's finish was in no small part down to the efforts of Geraint Thomas and meant he gained ten seconds on defending champion Vincenzo Nibali.

"That was a tough climb, but my team-mates did a great job in bringing me to the front, I was in the best position," said Froome.

"I was quite surprised to hear that I gained some time on Vincenzo Nibali."

Murray can't make most of final opportunity at Wimbledon

 

Jamie Murray admits it was a missed opportunity as he and partner John Peers fell to a straight-sets defeat in the Wimbledon men’s doubles final.

With Andy watching on from the stands the elder Murray brother took to Centre Court as Britain’s last shot at glory at SW 19.

But in the end fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau proved too hot to handle and ran out comfortable winners 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4.

“It was a good tournament for us, we got to the final of Wimbledon, which is not so easy to do,” said Murray.  

“We had a few chances at the start the match that maybe we could have done a bit better with. 

“I guess it's a missed opportunity. We came to win. We may never have a chance to play a Grand Slam final again.  I don't know what's going to happen in the future.” 

Norton delighted with strong England Sevens finish on day one in Exeter

 

England's Dan Norton believes his side finished in the best possible fashion as they closed out the first day of the Exeter Sevens with a 48-0 win over Spain.

Norton and co had already recorded victories against Italy and Lithuania earlier in the day and finished in style to take top spot in Pool B.

Next up for England is a rematch with Lithuania in the cup quarter finals at Sandy Park on Sunday.

“It was very good performance from us and we’ve progressed well throughout the tournament,” Norton explained.

“We started slowly in our first game and then picked up the pace in the second game, so it’s nice to finish on a high there. That’s all we could ask for heading into tomorrow.”

British triathletes produce solid performances in Geneva

 

Triathlon performance director Brendan Purcell believes Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson can kick on after she made her rreturn from injury in the ETU Triathlon European Championships.

Stimpson came back from an Achilles injury to finish ninth in Geneva while Lucy Hall took fifth and Jessica Learmonth crossed in 11th.

Stimpson found herself well placed on the bike but suffered a flat tyre which cost her valuable time and places in the rankings.

“It’s great to see Jodie back,” said Purcell. “She looked strong until the mechanical and although the result isn’t want she wanted, she got to practice a hard run off a hard bike, which helps set her up nicely.”

In the me's race Thomas Bishop was the highest placed Brit in fifth while Matthew Sharp came in ninth and David Bishop finished 30th.

Glover and Stanning cruise into World Cup final and extend unbeaten run

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning extended their remarkable unbeaten streak to 26 as they cruised through the semi-finals of the season-ending World Cup in

The Olympic champions clocked 7:41.70 to take the victory in dominant fashion ahead of South Africa and Poland.

That sets the duo up for Sunday's final, with New Zealand looking the most likely to pose a challenge to their impressive record.

"It's obviously a bit warmer than yesterday and there was a bit of a headwind," said Stanning.

"So it was just about getting the job done and putting ourselves in the best position for tomorrow.”

Omoregie pick of bunch as Brits claim four medals on day three of Euro Under-23 Champs

David Omoregie produced a brilliant display as he clocked 13.63 to take 110m hurdle gold at the European Under-23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

The youngster was one of four medals on day three of competition with Chris Kandu taking bronze in the high jump, Neil Gourley winning bronze in the 1500m and Leon Reid sprinting to 200m silver.

“It feels amazing. This is so big – it's the first time I've won,” said Omoregie. “I hope I can look back on this in a few years and say that was the point when I became a great competitor.

“I thought it was a good race. I got out really well and I think the first five hurdles were great.

“I think I hit the penultimate hurdle, which kind of knocked me off a bit, but other than that it was a really good race – I can't complain.”

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