Olympic24: Murray leads British challenge at Roland Garros

24 May 2015 / 09:51

Andy Murray leads a five strong British challenge at the French Open and Jack Laugher is back on top the podium. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • British players face tough draws at Roland Garros
  • England secure Team GB women's rugby sevens quota place at Rio 2016
  • Gold for Jack Laugher and Tom Daley and Alicia Blagg take bronze
  • Another medal for Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch
  • Ed Clancy wins again in Aberystwyth

Murray excited about chances on least favoured surface

Andy Murray is excited about his French Open hopes despite a difficult draw at Roland Garros.

Murray won his first title on clay in Munich this month and then claimed his first Masters title on the surface in Madrid - beating Rafael Nadal in the process.

He is seeded third in Paris and faces Argentina's Facundo Arguello in the opening round.

"I never really felt particularly comfortable on the surface," he admitted.

"Sometimes by the time I got to the French Open I started to feel good. However, obviously winning tournaments and beating good players helps with the confidence."

There are five British players in the main draw. Qualifiers Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta take on Stephane Robert and Denisa Allertova respectively.

British women's number one Heather Watson faces Mathilde Johansson while newly-qualified British men's number two Aljaz Bedene faces Austria's Dominic Thiem.

England secure Team GB's women's rugby sevens quota place for Rio

England Women’s Sevens team sealed Great Britain’s ticket to the Olympics next summer, thanks to a 15-14 victory over the USA at the World Series in Amsterdam.

Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: "Congratulations to England's women on their tremendous victory over the USA team at the Amsterdam Sevens.

“It is fantastic that Team GB fans can now look forward to seeing both a men's and women's rugby sevens team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next summer."

Read more here 

World Series gold number three for Laugher

Jack Laugher scooped his third World Diving Series title of the season claiming another 3m springboard gold in Canada.

Laugher won in Dubai and Kazan but disappointed during the recent London leg of the six city series, which builds up to this summer's World Championship in Russia

Elsewhere, there was a surprise bronze for Great Britain's Tom Daley and Alicia Blagg in the new 3m mixed synchro event.

Read more here

Couch and Barrow back on the podium

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow continued their fine form at the Diving World Series with a superb silver medal on the opening day of the fifth leg in Windsor, Canada.

The pair put in one of their most consistent performances of the season in the 10m synchro to score a total of 325.92 and ease into second place ahead of the host nation’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion.

Read more here

Clancy wins again in Wales

Double Olympic champion Ed Clancy won his seventh individual Tour Series title with a victory in Aberystwyth - the third time he's won at the Welsh venue.

© Sportsbeat 2015