Olympic24: Murray makes history as Dowsett sets new record

03 May 2015 / 10:24

Andy Murray is all set for his first clay-court final after winning two matches in quick succession, while Alex Dowsett wrote his name into the record books. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Andy Murray sets up Munich Open final clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber
  • Alex Dowsett sets a new Hour Record in Manchester
  • Jack Burnell wins gold at the Mexico leg of the Marathon World Cup
  • James Heatly and Grace Reid win mixed synchro bronze in London
  • Mark Cavendish sprints to victory again at the Tour of Turkey
  • Mark McNally awarded the Grey jersey at the Tour de Yorkshire
  • Britain’s 4x400m relay squads shine in the Bahamas
  • Mixed fortunes for GB women in Penathlon World Cup 4 in Hungary

Murray makes first clay-court final

Andy Murray won two matches within a matter of hours to reach his first clay-court final at the Munich Open.

After rain on Friday, the top seed saw off Lukas Rosol 4-6 6-3 6-2 and returned less than three hours later to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-4.

The British number one will now play German fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final.

Dowsett sets new Hour Record

Alex Dowsett admitted he was put through the pain barrier as he became the first Briton since Chris Boardman to hold the Hour Record.

Dowsett produced a perfectly measured ride to break the world hour record with a distance of 52.937km in Manchester.

“I was expecting horrific and it was just terrible,” Dowsett said. “I’m not going to lie, the first 30 minutes was easy. Easy compared to what I expected.

“I knew it was going to be easy early on, but I wasn’t expecting that. I had to stay disciplined because the last ten minutes was a bit grippy.”

Gold for Burnell in Mexico

Open water swimmer Jack Burnell lead home a world class field to claim the gold medal at the Mexico leg of the Marathon World Cup in Cozumel.

Burnell finished strongly to fend off a large chasing pack and completed the 10km, off-shore course with a four-second cushion for the victory.

Team mates Dan Fogg, Caleb Hughes and Tom Allen were close behind in seventh, 19th and 23rd respectively from a field of around 70 swimmers.

Former world champion Keri-anne Payne finished as the highest placed Brit in the women’s race coming home in 19th place.

Heatly and Reid secure mixed synchro bronze

Jack Laugher might have faltered in front of a home crowd but James Heatly and Grace Reid shone in London, claiming a mixed 3m synchro Diving World Series bronze medal.

The pair scored 299.76 to claim the final step of the podium, winners Hao Yang and Han Wang of China scoring 336.90.

Reid said: "We're over the moon. We went out there just hoping to dive our best and wanted to dive well under pressure in a home environment so I think we definitely did that and the medal is just unbelievable."

Laugher finished fourth in the 3m springboard and failed to qualify for the final while James Denny was sixth in the same event.

And Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree finished fifth and sixth respectively in the second semi-final of the women's 3m springboard.

Cavendish claims Turkey hat-trick

Mark Cavendish claimed his third win of this year’s Tour of Turkey and ninth of the season by sprinting to victory on stage seven on Saturday.

The Manx Missile, who won stages one and two earlier in the week, once again proved himself to be the fastest man at the race by beating Andrea Piechele into second place and Kristian Sbaragli into third in Izmir.

Cavendish said: "In terms of the sprint, this was probably my easiest win with a reduced field. We didn't have a lot of the pure sprinters there and we knew that.”

McNally claims Tour de Yorkshire grey jersey

An exhausted Mark McNally admitted he left everything out on the road as the Brit powered to claim the Grey jersey on day two of the Tour de Yorkshire.

The 25-year-old Madison-Genesis rider was part of a group of seven who broke away early in the second stage, before tearing away again alongside Bert De Backer to open up a minute gap to the peloton with just 15km remaining.

But with a world-class leading group chasing the pair down, McNally – who also claimed the King of the Mountains title at last year’s Tour of Britain – was eventually caught and swallowed up to finish 106th overall.

“It was a tough, tough day out, but I’m happy enough obviously,” he said. “We did well, we had a big gap and then it got to about 50km to go and everyone completely committed. You could see people were a bit legless about 30km out, so I spoke to De Bakker and said, ‘shall we just go?’

“So we just went for it as hard as we could, and then it was about holding on for grim death. I left everything on the roads so I couldn’t have done any more.

“Getting the Grey jersey is great and it’s just unreal out here in Yorkshire, you go through the little towns and there’s all the people out.”

Meanwhile, Louise Mahe pipped Eileen Roe and Katie Curtis as the women’s race was decided by another tight finish, Scotland’s Katie Archibald claiming the sprint title.

4x400 squads show how it is done

It was a successful first night at the World Relay Championships for Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4x400m squads.

Both the men’s and women’s quartets secured their passages into Sunday’s night finals. Qualification for Rio will be guaranteed providing the races are completed.

However, there was disappointment for the men’s 4x100m as they finished fourth in heat two with 38.79 seconds, which was only enough for a place in the B final.

Mixed fortunes in Hungary

It was a day of ups and downs for Pentathlon GB in the women’s final of World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary.

There were good individual performances across the disciplines, with Kate French producing a strong run/shoot to finish as the highest-placed Brit in 13th, three places ahead of teenager Francesca Summers.

Mhairi Spence was fourth going into the combined event but, in her first World Cup for 12 months, struggled for pace and eventually finished 24th overall.

And reigning World Champion Samantha Murray had to settle for 29th place after being eliminated in the ride.

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