Olympic24: Kelly and McCormack seal their Rio spots while Dowsett dominates British time trial  ​
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Olympic24: Kelly and McCormack seal their Rio spots while Dowsett dominates British time trial ​

24 June 2016 / 08:26

Pat McCormack and Josh Kelly became the final two Team GB boxers to qualify for Rio and complete the Olympic boxing squad as Alex Dowsett storms to time trial victory at the British Road Cyling Championships. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Pat McCormack and Josh Kelly both won their quarter-finals at an Olympic qualifying event in Azerbaijan 
  • Alex Dowsett cruised to his fifth time trial victory at the British Road Cycling Championships while Hayley Simmonds took the women’s title
  • Alex Danson stays positive after GB hockey loss to USA in the Champions Trophy
  • Greg Rutherford and Perri Shakes-Drayton forced to pull out of British Athletics Championships
  • Jo Konta forced to wait for the rain in Eastbourne

McCormack and Kelly book their Rio spots

Pat McCormack

Pat McCormack and Josh Kelly became the final two Team GB boxers to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games after winning their quarter-final bouts at the Olympic Qualifying event in Baku.

Light-welterweight, McCormack, secured his spot with a unanimous victory over Frenchman Hassan Amsile and welterweight Kelly joined him with victory over Aaron Prince of Trinidad and Tobago.

The wins guaranteed a top five finish in Baku and therefore Olympic qualification and McCormack was delighted.

“It’s an unreal feeling to qualify for the Olympics,” he said.

“I was frustrated not to do it in Turkey at the first qualifier but always had faith in my ability and this time I made sure.”

Kelly added: “I have had a few injury problems over the last year and there were times when the Olympics looked a long way off, so to know that I have now qualified and will be on that plane to Rio with the rest of the team is just brilliant.”

Great Britain will take its biggest ever team of 12 boxers to the Olympic Games in Rio.

The team will be made-up of 10 men and two women and is the first time in the recent history of the Games that Great Britain has qualified a man in every available weight class.

 

Dowsett and Simmonds secure British time trial titles

Alex Dowsett

Alex Dowsett clinched a record fifth British time-trial title as he powered to a comfortable victory at the National Road Race Championships in Stockton-on-Tees.

Having won the event on four previous occasions, Dowsett was understandably a red-hot favourite and blitzed the opposition to triumph in 55:38.532 minutes.

James Gullen finished second, over a minute behind the 27-year-old, with Ryan Perry taking third.

 "Win number five, it's as special as the first," said Dowsett. "I get to wear this jersey for another year. It's special – it's always special.”

Hayley Simmonds claimed a second national title was even more special than the first after defending her time trial crown in the women’s race.

Having triumphed for the first time 12 months ago, Simmonds set off last this year and produced a dominating performance to push Claire Rose into second with Dame Sarah Storey coming third and Emma Pooley fourth.

 

Danson and GB hockey vow to bounce back from third Champions Trophy defeat

Alex Danson

Alex Danson has vowed Great Britain women's hockey team will bounce back stronger after slipping to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of USA in the Champions Trophy on Thursday.

The result means GB now require a three-goal win over Australia on Saturday in order to reach Sunday's bronze medal match at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre.

The team have drawn one and lost three of their four matches this week to sit bottom of the six-team table but can still put themselves in a position to win bronze with a heavy victory over the Hockeyroos.

And while Danson concedes the side are frustrated with the result, she claims there is still a genuine belief that a turnaround is imminent.

"We're obviously very disappointed with the result and I guess when you play the top six teams in the world it is small margins," she said.

"The one thing about this group is that we're so close and we haven't lost any faith or belief in what we do.

"This is a journey towards the next tournament so we will come out fighting in our next game.”

 

Whiplash rules Rutherford out of British Champs

GregRutherford

Greg Rutherford said he will not risk injury and his chances of defending his Olympic long jump title to compete at this weekend's British Championships.

The world, European and Commonwealth gold medallist last competed on June 5 at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting, where he suffered whiplash.

Rather than risk further injury Rutherford has taken the decision to pull out of this weekend's event, which double as the British Olympic trials.

Despite pulling out of the competition, the reigning Olympic champion is certain to be given the chance of defending his title, should he prove his fitness.

"I'm disappointed not to be competing, but defending the Olympic title is my main focus for 2016," said Rutherford.

Elsewhere, Perri Shakes-Drayton bad luck with injuries continued as she too was forced to pull out of the British Champs.

 

Konta’s Eastbourne campaign hit by the rain

Johanna Konta

Persistent rain has brought play to a close at the WTA event in Eastbourne, where Johanna Konta is set to play Ekaterina Makarova in the last eight.

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska led 6-4 3-2 in her last-eight tie with Dominika Cibulkova when the event organisers suspended play for the day.

Konta – who beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the previous round – faces an anxious wait with the other quarter-final between Elena Vesnina and Karolina Pliskova also yet to get started.

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