Olympic24: Murray set to miss Davis Cup clash as Pooley ruled out of Rio

Olympic24: Murray set to miss Davis Cup clash as Pooley ruled out of Rio

12 July 2016 / 06:50

Andy Murray looks set to miss out on Davis Cup quarter-finals as Rio 2016 approach, while Isobel Pooley rules herself out of her maiden Olympic Games through injury. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Andy Murray likely to skip Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia
  • Isobel Pooley forced to withdraw from Olympic Games selection
  • Britain’s shooters secure three European titles
  • Road to Rio: 24 days to go!


Murray set to miss Davis Cup tie


Andy Murray is likely to skip this week’s Davis Cup tie with Serbia as he focuses on the defence of his Olympic title in Rio.

But Murray, who claimed his second Wimbledon crown with a straight sets win over Milos Raonic on Sunday, may still travel to the quarter-final match in Belgrade to support Leon Smith’s team as they start their title defence.

Murray will take a few days off before switching his surface focus to hard courts, where he admits this season’s form has not been ideal, after third round defeats to Federico Delbonis and Gregor Dimitrov in Indian Wells and Miami.

"I spoke to Leon last night at the Wimbledon ball. I'd say it's looking unlikely but, even if I don't play, I'm still probably going to go anyway just to be there with the team,” Murray said yesterday.

"We are a team and whether I'm playing or not I'll always try to support.”

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Pooley out of Rio 2016 Olympic Games


British high jump star Isobel Pooley has announced she has withdrawn from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games selection process after failing to recover from an ankle injury.

Pooley suffered ankle pain during her first outdoor competition of the season, and three weeks before the British Athletics Championships last month, scans revealed a stress response in her tibia.

“During pivotal discussions with my coach and team doctor I concluded that the risks involved with pushing my body to compete again this year were unacceptable,” Pooley told BBC Sport.

“More to the point, I felt strongly that I needed to respect my body's limitations and recognise the heroic efforts made by the whole team to give me the chance of competing in Rio.

“I'm absolutely gutted that I won't be becoming an Olympian this time around.”


European medals galore for Britain's shooters


British Shooting enjoyed a stellar day at the European Championships in Lonato as they secured four medals, including three golds.

Rachel Parish started the medal rush by becoming double trap champion before Matt Coward-Holley won bronze, defeating Rio-bound teammate Tim Kneale in the bronze medal match.

Coward-Holley and Kneale then joined forces, along with Steve Scott, in the men’s team to be crowned European champions, just a year after becoming World champions at the same venue.

Coward-Holley and Parish rounded off a successful day by winning mixed team gold, meaning GB are women's, men's team and mixed team European Champions.


Road to Rio: 24 days to go


Just 24 days remain until this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, but there is still plenty keeping our Team GB athletes busy.

Whether that is attempting to qualify or fine-tuning preparations for those already selected, no-one is resting on their laurels.

Each Monday we will look back at what our athletes have been getting up to during the last week and who to keep an eye on over the coming seven days.

This week’s Road to Rio looks back at a phenomenal week that saw Andy Murray crowned Wimbledon champion for the second time, while Britain’s cyclists won five of the first nine stages of the Tour de France.

The coming week sees the Tour continue, while Great Britain take on Serbia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

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