Olympic24: Kilty set for Nassau & Peaty an example to follow

21 April 2015 / 07:50

Richard Kilty is one of 22 Brits slected for the World Relay Championships in Nassau while Bill Furniss confident of knock on effect following Adam Peaty's second world record in the pool. Here's our review of the last 24 hours

  • World and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty named in squad for next month's Championships in the Bahamas 
  • British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss thinks Peaty world record shows Britain can compete with best
  • Simon Middleton aims for final flourish as race for Olympic sevens qualification hots up
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins and Ed Clancy head up field for inaugural Tour de Yorkshire

Kilty set for World Relay Championships

European and world indoor champion Richard Kilty will lead the line for Great Britain’s men after a 22-strong team was named for the IAAF World Relay Championships in Nassau from May 2-3.

Kilty will go in the 4x100m relay and is joined by Danny Talbot, Sean Safo-Antwi, Andy Robertson, James Ellington and Roy Ejiakuekwu.

The women’s 4x100 team is made up of Margaret Adeoye, Ashleigh Nelson, Anyika Onuora, Asha Philip, Bianca Williams and Jodie Williams.

Adeoye is also set for the 4x400m team with a strong line up that includes Seren Bundy-Davies and Kelly Massey.

And Conrad Williams makes the cut for the men’s 4x400 team along with fellow European Indoor Championships teammate Rabah Yousif.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “I’m sure the team will rise to the occasion of these unique relay championships in the wonderful Caribbean setting of the Bahamas.”

Peaty can lead Britain’s swimmers to the top

Adam Peaty has the ability to inspire a resurgence in British swimming ahead of the 2016 Olympics, according to head coach Bill Furniss.

The 20-year-old collected his second world record last week as he became the first man in history to go below the 58-second threshold when he clocked 57.92 in the 100m breaststroke at the British Swimming Championships.

“You need a leader in any sport and I don’t want to pin that on Adam but he is an example to everyone in Britain that we can do this," said Furniss. Read more here.

“I’m trying to raise the bar to get people at this level so it’s a great performance from Adam but I’m hoping that it is the first of many for us over the next few years.

Middleton aims to kick on in London as Rio race hots up

Buoyed by their best finish of the World Series season in Canada this weekend, England women’s sevens head coach Simon Middleton has his eyes firmly on automatic Olympic qualification.

England women kept their hopes of making Rio alive by defeating France 19-7 to finish third in Langford.

It leaves them joint-fifth in the standings, one place short of the required top-four spot, ahead of the penultimate round in London next month.

“We are pleased that we have made some real progress in Canada in securing our best finish of the season, but we have still got a lot to work on,” he said.

“With two legs remaining we will be working incredibly hard to ensure we do everything we can to continue to move up the series standing in our bid to secure a top four finish and Olympic qualification.”

Wiggins and Clancy named among strong Tour de Yorkshire field

Olympic gold medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Ed Clancy will both feature in the first ever Tour de Yorkshire from May 1-3.

Wiggins, 2012 Tour de France wiiner, will lead his own Team Wiggins developmental squad in the men's event after he leaves Team Sky at the end of this month.

Team Sky meanwhile is lead by Rotherham's Ben Swift and Scot Andy Fenn while Huddersfield's Clancy, team pursuit gold medallist in 2008 and 2012, rides for JLT-Condor. 

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