Great Britain’s sailors continue to fight it out at the Rio sailing test event, while Chris Froome’s supporting cast is named by Team Sky for the Vuelta Espana. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.
- GB 470 crews continue good start in Rio
- Team Sky name nine-strong squad for Vuelta Espana
- Jade Jones fuming at being forced to settle for silver
- GB add women’s four to World Championships team
470 crews continue to push at Rio sailing test event
The British 470 crews of Hannah Mills-Saskia Clark and Luke Patience-Elliot Willis continued their steady start to the Aquece Rio International Regatta, while World Champion Nick Thompson also made the best of his one race in the Laser fleet to sit second overall.
After finishing 11th in their opening race of the day inside Guanabara Bay, the 2012 silver medallists Mills and Clark found top gear in their second race, crossing over a minute ahead of their nearest French rivals.
They’re poised third overall after four races, while in the men’s event Patience and Willis finished with a second and sixth to add to their scoresheet from their two races.
They’re now in fifth place overall, just three points from the series leaders, and the double World Champion Willis expects it to be a tight battle for the remainder of the week.
“Inherently the fact that it’s a small regatta fleet-wise, we’re looking at a very small points difference come the end of the week,” explained Willis of the 22-boat 470 Men’s fleet.
“I think it will all come down to the medal race. As a personal goal, we’re looking to medal here. It would be awesome to come away with a gold and repeat last week’s performance at the South American Championships.”
The Nacra 17 mixed multihull fleet was also sailing inside the bay and John Gimson and Hannah Diamond posted 4,4,10 to elevate them into seventh overall going into their scheduled rest day.
Thompson posted a second place in his Laser race to sit second overall, but in the Finn fleet it was a race Giles Scott would rather forget.
The World Champion was uncharacteristically penalised for illegal propulsion after mistakenly thinking the ‘free pumping’ flag had been displayed.
Scott is currently placed eighth overall after three races, with three races scheduled on Tuesday in a bid to catch up with the schedule.
Alison Young is poised seventh in the Laser Radial event, with 14th from her one race of the day, while Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth picked up a seventh in their only race in the 49erFX class, raced under Sugarloaf in the late afternoon light. They’re tenth overall, with John Pink and Stuart Bithell also tenth in the men’s 49er event.
Froome raring to go after Team Sky name Vuelta squad
Chris Froome insists he is ready to get back on his bike after Team Sky named their nine-man team for the Vuelta Espana.
Geraint Thomas will once again be Froome’s chief lieutenant after the Welshman was a key part of the 30-year-old’s victory at this year’s Tour de France.
Sergio Henao, Mikel Nieve, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Ian Boswell, Salvatore Puccio and Nicolas Roche will complete the rider line-up.
"I have great memories from this race so I’m pleased to be back. I’ve had a good rest after the Tour and now I’m ready for my next challenge," said Froome, who is seeking to join an elite band of riders to win multiple Grand Tours in a season.
"It will certainly be a very competitive race given the strong field – which will be great for the fans to watch.
"The competition will be tough and this is bike racing so anything can happen, but we have an excellent team and we’re ready to get the race started."
Jones fumes at having to settle for silver
London 2012 champion Jade Jones admitted she was kicking herself in frustration after being pipped to the gold medal in the opening event of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix series in Moscow.
The 22-year-old Welsh star lost on golden point to formidable teenage rival Kimia Zenoorin in the -57kg final.
And second place was no silver lining for the frustrated reigning champion after she was deadlocked at 3-3 with Zenoorin after the opening three rounds.
"I am fuming with myself," said Jones. "My game plan was perfect until I went back a little too much and got caught on the head.
"I made another mistake in golden point which happens. But I know I could have won, should have won.
"A silver medal isn't what I wanted but it shows I am going in the right direction."
GB add women’s four to Worlds team
Great Britain have added a women's four to their line-up for the World Championships, which start later this month.
Rebecca Chin, Karen Bennett, Lucinda Gooderham and Holly Norton will compete together at the event in Aiguebelette, France.
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