Olympic24: In-form Jones back on podium and reaction to Davis Cup victory

Olympic24: In-form Jones back on podium and reaction to Davis Cup victory

21 September 2015 / 06:54

Another win for Jade Jones and all the reaction from Great Britain's famous Davis Cup semi-final victory. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Jade Jones wins World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series in Turkey
  • Andy Murray overcomes tiredness to secure Davis Cup victory
  • British number one might miss World Tour Finals to focus on Davis Cup preparations
  • Second career world canoe slalom title for David Florence
  • Lizzie Armitstead and Alex Dowsett win World Championships medals in America
  • ISAF World Cup win for young British sailor in China

Jones looking good ahead of Manchester appearance

Olympic and European Games champion Jade Jones will be back fighting on home soil with a spring in her step after a World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series victory in Turkey.

Jones won silver in the series opener in Moscow and defeated Chinese Taipei's Huang Yun-wen to go one better this weekend.

She will now reset her sights on the next event in Manchester next month.

"It always feels good to do well at the Grand Prix but it's nice to finally win one in the series," she said.

"I'm always aiming to be the best of the world and if I can put in a good performance in these events, it all helps for Rio.

"I'm driven to get better and better and I want another Olympic gold."

Tired Murray digs deep for team and country

Andy Murray dug deep into his physical and mental reserves once again to help Great Britain into their first Davis Cup final in 37 years.

The British number one took to the court in Glasgow knowing that victory over Australia’s Bernard Tomic in the first singles match of the day would give Great Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in their semi-final.

But although Tomic posed a threat at points, Murray overcame any tiredness to triumph 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 much to the delight of the supportive home crowd.

"Winning for your country and your team-mates means such a lot,” he said.

“The crowd were unbelievable from the first ball to the last. I didn't feel great the whole weekend to be honest. I've been struggling with my back, but I just tried to disguise it.

“It’s been a very tough weekend for me physically. Mentally it’s draining as well."

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British number one may miss World Tour Finals to focus on Davis Cup

Andy Murray may miss the World Tour Finals in London to focus on Great Britain's Davis Cup final appearance.

Belgium are expected to host the final on clay at the Flanders Expo Arena in Ghent and the World Tour Finals - on a hard court - finish at London's O2 Arena the week before.

"The O2 would obviously be a question mark for me if we were playing on the clay," Murray told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I would go and train and prepare on the clay to get ready for the final.

"If you reach the final and play on the Sunday you also need to take time off - you can't just play five matches against the best players in the world and then not take any days off."

Florence claims second career world canoe slalom title

David Florence admitted his delight after he was crowned C1 world champion for a second time in his career.

Florence took to home water at the Lee Valley White Water Centre – the venue where he won Olympic silver – after disappointment in the C2 where he missed out on a medal with partner Richard Hounslow.

But he didn’t let the disappointment get him down and a clean run saw him qualify for the final in fourth and he stormed to gold and also secured a Rio quota place.

“That was more like it,” said Florence. “I was really pleased just to get to the final again as it is always a fight to get there, but once you get there that’s your chance to deliver.

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Armitstead and Dowsett among the medals at Worlds

Lizzie Armitstead and Alex Dowsett kicked off their Road Cycling World Championships with podium finishes in the trade team time trials in Virginia.

Armistead’s Dutch-based Boels-Dolmans team finished six seconds adrift of German outfit Velocio-Scram to take home silver.

While Dowsett’s Movistar squad came home third in the men’s race as BMC Racing won a second straight title.

Attention now switches to the races in the national team colours with the women’s individual time-trial taking place on Tuesday with the men’s the following day.

British sailor wins ISAF World Cup title

Lorenzo Chiavarini won the Laser class at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Qingdao.

The 21-year old finished sixth in the final race of the regatta to secure a comfortable points margin over nearest rival Tonci Stipanovic.

"I was a bit nervous," he said. "But once I got out on the water everything started calming down. The track was shorter so the gains were less today."

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