Olympic24: Murray magic as Cavendish returns to the track

Olympic24: Murray magic as Cavendish returns to the track

17 August 2015 / 06:40

Andy Murray finally got one over world number one Novok Djokovic while Mark Cavendish returned to the track as he begins on the Road to Rio. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Andy Murray wins the Rogers Cup with victory over Novak Djokovic
  • Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins combine for madison victory
  • Charlotte Dujardin wins her second gold medal at the European Championships
  • Sailing test event heats up in Rio
  • GB win five medals at the Canoe Slalom World Cup in France
  • Jade Jones is runner-up in opening Taekwondo World Grand Prix Series event
  • Adam Gemili pulls out of the upcoming World Championships
  • Liam Phillips tops the podium in Sweden

Murray finally beats Djokovic

Andy Murray

Andy Murray insists it is all systems go for the US Open after ending an eight match losing run against world number one Novak Djokovic to claim victory in the Rogers Cup final.

The Rogers Cup is the British number one's fourth title of the year, his 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory coming in three hours.

A first win over the Serb since the 2013 Wimbledon final will be a huge boost for Murray before the US Open starts in New York on 31 August.

"Things can better very quickly and they can get worse very quickly in sport," Murray told Sky Sports.

"It's important for me to analyse this week and work on areas to improve on before the US Open starts.

"I need to make sure I recover well from this and get ready and hopefully play a good tournament in Cincinnati. This match will be good physically and mentally for the build up for sure."

Cavendish and Wiggins unite

Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins joined forces to win the madison in the first round of the Revolution Series at the Derby Arena.

The British pair defeated Belgians Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw by 11 points with the event marking 30-year-old Cavendish's return to track cycling.

Cavendish had earlier finished in second place, behind team-mate Ed Clancy, in the omnium.

The track event was Cavendish's first since the 2008 Olympics; he hopes to qualify for Rio 2016 as part of Great Britain's team.

Clancy beat Cavendish by 18 points, while fellow Briton Chris Latham finished third on the second day of the series.

Laura Trott also impressed this weekend by beating Jolien D'Hoore into second place by three points.

Trott, 23 and the world champion, finished second to the Belgian during Sunday's final points race but earned victory overall.

Dujardin doubles up on gold at Euros

Charlotte Dujardin 

Charlotte Dujardin’s golden run on board Valegro continues after she retained her freestyle title in dramatic style at the European Dressage Championships in Germany.

Fresh from defending her Grand Prix Special title on Saturday, as well as helping Great Britain to team silver earlier in the weekend, Dujardin went into Sunday’s competition full of confidence.

However, home rider Kristina Broring-Sprehe put down a stern marker to beat when she scored 88.804 per cent as the penultimate competitor.

That left the spotlight on double Olympic champion Dujardin and Valegro – but the duo rose to the challenge, overcoming a couple of early errors to come out with a score of 89.054 per cent.

"I'm really proud and relieved," said Dujardin, who admitted that work would now start on a new freestyle routine as she prepares for next year’s Rio Olympics.

"I wish I had done a mistake-free test but you can't be perfect all the time and I am proud of what we have achieved.

"With the errors, I knew I had to keep on and not let it affect my performance and just focus and concentrate to the bitter end. "The pressure builds and builds on me every year but I try to use that as a drive to keep going."

All systems go at sailing test event

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark

All ten Olympic classes were in action on day two of the Rio 2016 sailing test event, with Olympic silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark getting used to the course straight away.

Mills and Clark enjoyed an opening day race win in the 470 Women’s fleet, while Alison Young hit back from a tough first day on the Laser Radial course on Saturday with two third places to add to her scorecard

The 470 duo is in third place overall after their opening day, while Young improved to fifth overall after four races in the women’s single handed fleet.

World Champion Finn sailor Giles Scott proclaimed his first day as ‘frustrating’ in spite of a steady 6,7 on his scorecard to see him in fifth place overall.

Nick Thompson was among the many Laser sailors with see saw scores from the two races on Sunday, with the World Champion posting a 4,19 to sit in third place overall, while Luke Patience and Elliot Willis kicked off their 470 Men’s event with a fourth and a ninth to see them in seventh place after their opening day.

In the 49erFX event, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth, racing in their first event for three months following an injury to Ainsworth, warmed into the day with 16,12,5 to see them in 11th overall. 

John Gimson and Hannah Diamond also saw an upward trend their opening three races in the Nacra 17 mixed multihull.  They’re 11th overall with 13,10,9 to open their regatta.

Racing on the Naval course after the 49erFX crews had finished their planned three races, the 49er crews could complete just two of their scheduled three races in the fading light.  John Pink and Stuart Bithell posted 4,17 and sit eighth overall.

And in the RS:X windsurfing events, Nick Dempsey is poised in tenth and Bryony Shaw is in 12th after six races with a rest day in the schedule for Monday.

GB bounce back at Canoe Slalom World Cup

After a disappointing weekend in the quest for individual medals, Great Britain’s slalom paddlers bounced back in the team competition to win medals in five out of five classes.

The French had dominated proceedings on their home course for most of the weekend, winning five individual and two team medals, but the three British boats in the C2 team (David Florence/Richard Hounslow, Adam Burgess/Greg Pitt and Matt Lister/Rhys Davies) gave a calm and composed performance to take the win ahead of Russia, Brazil and France.

There were also silvers for the C1 women and the K1 men and bronze for K1 women and C1 men.

This was some small consolation for a weekend that saw 14 out of 15 boats progress from heats to semis and then they were largely unable to convert to finals or podium places, as has become the expectation of this ambitious and talented squad of world class paddlers.

Jones runner-up in Moscow

Olympic champion Jade Jones began the defence of her overall World Taekwondo Grand Prix title with sudden death defeat in the -57kg final in Moscow.

The Welsh fighter lost to Iran's Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin on golden point after the pair were tied at 3-3.

The 22-year-old, ranked second in the world, continues on course to qualify in her weight category for next year's Rio Olympics after the season-opener.

Three further Grand Prix events will be held over the next five months.

Injury rules Gemili out of World Championships

European 200m champion Adam Gemili admitted he had to begrudgingly accept the advice of others as he was withdrawn from the World Championships squad on medical grounds.

The 21-year-old suffered a hamstring injury crossing the finish line at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham in June.

And while not selected for an individual event at the Worlds which get underway in Beijing next Saturday, he had been included in the Great Britain team for the 4x100m relay.

He had been training with the rest of the squad at the holding camp in Fukuoka but the decision was taken to withdraw him, with British Athletics performance director Neil Black consulting the latest medical feedback. 

"I'm disappointed that I can't be part of the team, but I do understand the decision," said Gemili.

"As the performance director Neil has to make those sort of calls and I respect that he has done so, even though he knew I wanted to carry on.

"It will be very hard to watch from the sidelines in Beijing, but I will do anything I can to support the rest of the guys in their final preparations for the championships."

Phillips tops podium in Sweden

Great Britain’s Liam Phillips was in superlative form as he stormed to victory at round three of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Angelholm, Sweden.

The 26-year-old won all of his heats on his way to the final before another superb start from gate one saw him take the holeshot and see the race out from the front.

Australia's Bodi Turner and Sam Willoughby completed the podium.

Phillips, the defending series champion, now leads the elite men’s standings on 505 points.

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