Olympic24: Medals in London and Tour de Yorkshire kicks off

02 May 2015 / 09:58

The London leg of the Diving World Series got underway while the great and the good of the cycling world descended on Britain to kick off the Tour de Yorkshire. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jack Laugher and Chris Mears secure silver at the London Aquatics Centre
  • This followed a bronze medal for Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow in the 10m synchro
  • Chris Froome and Simon Yates stay third and fourth respectively at the Tour de Romandie
  • Erick Rowsell is the highest-placed Brit after day one of the Tour de Yorkshire
  • Seven Brits to contend the final at Modern Pentathlon World Cup 4 in Hungary
  • GB sprinters gear up for World Relay Championships in the Bahamas

Silver and bronze on day one in London for British divers

Jack Laugher and Christopher Mears secured a silver medal on the opening day of the Diving World Series in London, while Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow walked away with a bronze for their efforts.

The British male pair scored 433.80 from their six dives in the men's 3m synchro at the Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, the event was won by China's Yuan Cao and Kai Qin with a score of 447.75.

Couch and Barrow were awarded 311.88 for their five dives in the women’s 10m synchro, with Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu of China with a score of 332.88 ahead of Malaysians Mun Yee Leong and Pandelela Rinong in second.

Meanwhile, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the women's 3m synchro as they finished fourth.

And James Denny and Matthew Lee finished in a respectable fifth place in the men's 10m synchro with a score of 385.32.

As you were for Froome and Yates

Britain's Chris Froome and Simon Yates stayed third and fourth overall at the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland after home rider Stefan Küng claimed victory on a rain-soaked fourth stage.

BMC Racing’s Küng enhanced his status as one of the sport’s rising stars by escaping from the peloton with 24km to go and hanging on to win by 38 seconds.

Froome, of Team Sky, followed in the peloton 52 seconds behind Küng in 14th place, which means he remains 20 seconds adrift of race leader Michael Albasini, who finished eighth.

Ivan Santaromita is on the same time as Froome in second place, as is Yates in fourth following a ninth-place finish on the day.

Rowsell top-placed Brit on day one of Tour de Yorkshire

Erick Rowsell led the charge for the Brits on stage one of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire as he finished eighth.

The 24-year-old Madison-Genesis rider crossed the line in 4.23:48 hours to finish eighth, 1:10 minutes behind Team Sky’s Lars-Petter Nordhaug who became the first person to claim the Blue jersey.

All eyes were on Ben Swift, who, on a rare opportunity to lead Team Sky, was forced to abandon the race with 50km remaining after going down in slippery conditions.

Meanwhile, Sir Bradley Wiggins finished just under 15 minutes off the pace, having elected to ride conservatively with his attempt on the hour record scheduled for June.

“It was an unusual race,” Rowsell said. “There was a lot of carnage out there but that kind of race suits me quite well.

“I enjoy racing like that so it’s nice for me to be able to get stuck in. The turning point today was obviously on that twisting descent where a few riders went off.

“That was quite a big crash and a number of the big hitters came down. That caused some carnage and the racing was a bit all over the place from then on.”

British modern penathletes set for Hungary finals

The British trio of Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis qualified for Sunday’s final of World Cup 4 in Kecskmet, Hungary.  

Jamie Cooke, winner of the first world cup of 2015, qualified comfortably in Group A as he finished fifth.

Tom Toolis, also in Group A, produced a fine combined run-shoot to climb the rankings and finish tenth overall and secure his place in the final with 1141 points.

In Group B Sam Curry finished in tenth place overall with 1157 points to see him through to the final, but there was disappointment though for Nick Woodbridge as he finished 19th in Group C and failed to progress further.

All four British women qualified safely for the final, meaning Samantha Murray, Mhairi Spence, Kate French and Francesca Summers, will be eyeing up the medals.

GB relay runners set sights on Rio

Great Britain's relay runners will aim to secure Olympic Games qualification at this weekend's World Relay Championships in the Bahamas.

Teams who qualify for, and complete, finals at the event in Nassau will be guaranteed a place in Rio next summer.

The GB contingent in Nassau will challenge in both men's and women's 4x100m and 4x400m.

"It's really important to put a marker down and nail Olympic qualification," said 4x400m runner Eilidh Child, 28.

"We've got a lot of depth now in the 400m so that can only improve the relay as well.”

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