Olympic24: Murrays progress, Froome takes yellow jersey
Wimbledon 2015

Olympic24: Murrays progress, Froome takes yellow jersey

07 July 2015 / 04:52

Jamie Murray reaches last eight of men's doubles on same day brother Andy makes quarter-finals of men's singles, while over in the Tour De France, Chris Froome secures early advantage. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jamie Murray and partner John Peers see off reigning champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in five sets
  • Pospisil will now face Andy Murray in tomorrow's men's singles quarters after the British number one beat Ivo Karlovic
  • Chris Froome avoids major crash to take yellow jersey after stage three of Tour de France
  • Greg Rutherford talks Worlds preparation, which includes home long jump pit
  • England women rugby sevens team forced to settle for second at Rugby Super Series
  • Areas to improve for GB modern pentathletes after disappointing Worlds

Murray brothers maintain Wimbledon challenges

Jamie Murray vowed to shake off fatigue and create an even bigger slice of history after knocking out the doubles champions - and giving his brother Andy a helping hand.

The 29-year-old and Amercian John Peers triumphed 6-3,7-6 6-7 3-6 8-6 against American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil in a match which took almost three and a half hours.

The latter will next face Murray’s brother Andy, the British number one earlier overcoming big serving Ivo Karlovic to reach his eighth Wimbledon singles quarter-final in a row.

Murray and Peers meanwhile will take on Austria’s Alexander Peya and Bruce Soares today.

He said: “We are going in the right direction, we are really proud of our efforts getting to this stage.

“If they weren’t defending champions they may not have played but they did and gave us a real tough examination out there.”

Fellow Brit Jonathan Marray couldn’t make it through to the quarter-finals after he and Frederick Nielsen lost to Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.

Froome avoids trouble to take leaders jersey

Chris Froome ensured he laid down an early marker down in this year’s Tour de France after he claimed the yellow jersey on a drama-filled stage three.

Despite two crashes along the 159.5km stage, Froome rode clear of his main rivals on the punishing finishing ascent of Mur de Huy to finish second in Belgium behind Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez and claimed the leader’s jersey by a second from Tony Martin.

“I definitely didn’t wake up thinking I was going to be in yellow by this evening. That was a real surprise,” said Froome.

“A huge thank you to my teammates, they just turned themselves inside out to keep me at the front of the race. Read more here.

Rutherford pulling out all the stops for Beijing

Greg Rutherford believes a newly installed long jump pit can hold the key to his chances of completing his impressive major medal collection next month.

The newly-installed track sits beside his house and while it didn’t stop the 28-year-old jumping like a ‘doughnut’ on his way to British Championship gold on Sunday he believes it can help him take on thhe best at the World Championships in Beijing.

“I’ll use it for my run-ups and any short sprinting, because it’s 52 metres long. I can put decent 50-metre sprints down,” he said.

“I’m going into the World Championships willing myself to win and believing I have the ability to win." Read more here.

Second place for England Women in Canada

England women's rugby sevens team narrowly beat Canada to finish second in the four-team Rugby Super Series in Edmonton.

Winger Kay Wilson crossed twice and hooker Amy Cokayne once as England recorded a 15-14 win and finished behind New Zealand.

"This was a tour of development," said head coach Simon Middleton.

"The USA, New Zealand and Canada are probably the three most physical sides in the world and we have come away having learned a lot about ourselves."

England secured Team GB an Olympic quota place in Rio earlier this year with their performances in the World Series.

Bartu: Work to be done for GB modern pentathletes

Great Britain's modern pentathletes have 'work to do' after the squad produced disappointing performances across the board at the World Championships in Berlin.

Thomas Toolis and Kate French came up short in the mixed relay on Sunday while defending champion Samantha Murray finished fifth in the women's final and Jamie Cooke 22nd in the men’s competition.

It means no British pentathlete has secured their spot for Rio yet.

“They just couldn't follow through and they are better than they showed," said performance director Jan Bartu.

"We have some work to do up to the European Championships in Bath."

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