Olympic24: Jones still unbeaten and Team Deen impresses

Olympic24: Jones still unbeaten and Team Deen impresses

09 March 2015 / 06:39

Olympic champion Jade Jones continues her winning streak while it's a weekend to remember for Lamin Deen's sledders, Andy Murray and his Davis Cup team-mates and world 60m champion Richard Kilty. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Olympic champion Jade Jones and Max Cater claim gold at taekwondo's Swiss Open
  • Lamin Deen goes from 19th at Olympics to fifth at Worlds - in just one year
  • Andy Murray believes best is to come from his Davis Cup 'band of brothers'
  • Richard Kilty adds European indoor 60m title to his world crown
  • Narrow victory for show jumper Ben Maher at FEI World Cup Grand Prix
  • Solid start in Paris-Nice for Geraint Thomas 
  • Gemma Gibbons looking ahead with confidence after a month to remember
  • Tributes paid to Olympic shooting gold medallist Bob Braithwaite

Jones claims fifth straight win at Swiss Open

Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones is still unbeaten in 2015 after she won her fifth tournament in a row at the Swiss Open.

Jones won it the hard way, with a golden point victory over Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic, the European bronze medallist, in the -57kg final.

"I was 8-0 down in the final and couldn't see out of one eye," she said. 

"It felt like I was in a Rocky movie. Panic."

Elsewhere, teenager Max Cater also claimed gold in the men's -54kg division with an impressive win over world number three Cesar Rodriquez while Rachelle Booth tool silver at -62kg, losing to Switzerland's world number one and European champion Nina Klaey.

"I didn't care about the rankings. I knew I could beat him," said Cater. "I watched him fight and didn't see anything to worry me. I just went out and struck to my strengths."

Deen goes from 19th at Olympics to fifth at Worlds

Lamin Deen steered Great Britain's four man bobsleigh team to impressive fifth place at the World Championship in Winterberg.

Twelve months ago John Jackson helped Great Britain to fifth place at the Sochi Olympics while second choice driver Deen ranked 19th.

But Deen, alongside Ben Simons, Bruce Tasker and Andrew Matthews, has stepped up in style.

German sledders took gold, silver and fourth while Latvia completed the podium.

Murray: More to come from GB Davis Cup team

Andy Murray believes this is just the start for Great Britain's Davis Cup team after their victory over the United States in Glasgow.

Leon Smith's team will now face a home tie against France for a place in the semi-finals, a power team that includes world top 20 stars Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils.

"There's a fantastic synergy in this team and that really builds the emotion and togetherness," said Murray. 

"Playing on this team gives you that extra incentive to perform and fight for every single point.

"I was proud of them as team-mates and also as friends, All of them did incredibly well. I'm loving being part of this team."

Kilty claims he's 'fearless' after European 60m title

Richard Kilty believes he proved the doubters wrong after the sprinter added European Indoor gold to his world title on the final day of action in Prague.

“I came out here and I'm a fearless competitor and I knew going into this that I could take the victory and I had no doubt whatsoever,” he said, after taking gold in 6.51 seconds.

“A few people have called me a one hit wonder and counted me out again and I don't think they should do that again. 

“It was an absolute honour to come out here and take the gold and I'm absolutely buzzing.”

Dina Asher-Smith claimed 60m silver medal and equalled Jeanette Kwakye's national record, clocking 7.08 secs.

“I'm so happy. I'm just so, so happy. It’s a bit surreal right now. I'm really happy that I've managed to get a PB in the final, that never happens to me,” she said.

“I wasn't expecting to (equal the national record). To equal it I'm over the moon. In the race I was thinking run for your life.”

And in the men's 1500m there was a bronze for Chris O'Hare who posted a season's best time of 3:38.96 in a dramatic final that saw home favourite Jakub Holusa pip Turkey's Tanui Ilham Ozbilen at the line.

Maher's in the money after Grand Prix final win

Ben Maher won a nail-biting jump off by a fraction of a second to win the €372,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Florida.

Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum thought she'd secured victory but then watched as her impressive time of 46.03 seconds was beaten by Maher and his ten-year old chestnut mare Diva II, who together clocked 46.03 secs.

"The jump off was probably my best ever round on Diva, She’s come a long way this circuit," said Maher.

“It was a pretty quick turnaround for me. I was second from the end so Diva did not have much time to recover from the first round."

Thomas up and running at Paris-Nice

Geraint Thomas made a solid start to his Paris-Nice campaign as he claimed a top-ten finish in the opening prologue.

Thomas completed the 6.7km stage around Maurepas in seven minutes 54 seconds, 14 seconds behind winner Michal Kwiatkowski. Former race winner Sir Bradley Wiggins ranked 12th.

In-form Gibbons is looking good

Olympic judo silver medallist Gemma Gibbons is looking ahead with confidence after a month to remember.

Gibbons has claimed three European Open podium places in recent weeks with bronze medals in Obewart and Sofia and 78kg gold in Prague.

Alice Schlesinger is also in form in the women's -63kg category, she's won gold, silver and silver in recent weeks.

Tributes to Bob Braithwaite MBE

Tributes have been paid to Olympic gold medallist Bob Braithwaite, who passed away last month at the age of 90.

A veterinary surgeon by profession, he first represented Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and four years later at the Mexico Games won gold in the Olympic Trap, equalling the Games record.

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