Olympic24: Konta through in Montreal as Vernon targets Rio top eight

Olympic24: Konta through in Montreal as Vernon targets Rio top eight

28 July 2016 / 06:36
Johanna Konta's hot streak continued overnight as she eased through to the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, while 10,000m star Andy Vernon said he will be satisfied with a top-eight finish in Rio. Read our review of the last 24 hours:
  • Johanna Konta beats Vania King in Rogers Cup second round
  • Andy Vernon targets top eight finish in 10,000m
  • Charley Hull has Open title in her sight
  • Sacrifices are worth it for Rio-bound Chris Langridge 

Konta marches on in MontrealJohanna Konta 1

Johanna Konta booked her place in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal with a convincing win over American Vania King.

The British number one overcame a first-set slip where she squandered a 4-2 lead before eventually seeing it out 7-5.

She raced through the second set, breaking King three times, as she wrapped up a 7-5 6-1 victory.

The 25-year-old, who won her first WTA Tour title last week, will now face American Varvara Lepchenko – who beat Britain’s Naomi Broady in the second round.

Vernon sets out Rio targetAndy Vernon

Andy Vernon says he is dreaming of an Olympic medal but admits he will be happy with a top-eight finish in the 10,000m.

Vernon, who will line up against fellow Team GB athlete and defending champion Mo Farah, is set to compete in his first Olympic Games after missing out on qualification for London four years ago.

And although he believes a medal is possible, the 30-year-old has a lower target in mind.

"I'm definitely ready for the Olympics now,” he said.

"It will be such an overwhelming experience, it will bring brilliant memories and hopefully I perform well and can go out and just enjoy competing.

“If I'm really realistic then I think a top-eight finish would be a successful Rio for me.

"Obviously everyone wants to win a medal and I will do as well as I can, but realistically I could get inside the top eight; that, for me, would be good.”

Hull confident ahead of Open challenge

Charley Hull 1

Rio-bound golfer Charley Hull is targeting a home victory this week as the Women’s British Open returns to Woburn for the first time in 17 years.

The 20-year-old is a member at the famous club, which hosted the tournament nine times between 1984 and 1999.

And in the absence of defending champion Inbee Park due to injury, Hull is confident of shrugging off the pressure and giving British fans something to shout about.

"It's going to be special. Every tournament I'm in, I'm trying to win it, so that's my main goal," she said.

"There's going to be a lot of pressure on me and a lot of focus, so I'm not going to be thinking about it too much."

Langridge determined to succeed after rocky roadChris Langridge 27 07 16 O24

He may be about to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time, but badminton doubles specialist Chris Langridge insists he is not there for the experience – he is there to win.

Langridge and doubles partner Marcus Ellis, who have won the English National title for the last two years, head to Rio full of confidence.

And the 31-year-old admits his bumpy road to Rio has only strengthened his desire to impress.

“I’ve had times where I’ve thought is this the right lifestyle for me? There are so many things you have to give up,” he told Badminton England.

“The amount of times I’ve missed great friends’ weddings and stag do’s – the general things people love to do but because we’re an elite athlete you can’t afford to take a day or even a session off.

“For me that first goal from the age of 16 was to go to the Olympics and represent Team GB and put on a good show for myself and for my country. I want to compete with the best in the world.”

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