Olympic24: Ohuruogu steps up summer plans, Thomas in yellow

28 April 2015 / 23:22

Christine Ohuruogu confirms she will compete at the Anniversary Games in the run up the World Championships, while Geraint Thomas takes the yellow jersey in the Tour de Romandie. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Christine Ohuruogu will join a number of British Olympic champions in returning to the London 2012 athletics venue for July's Anniversary Games
  • Geraint Thomas first over the line as Team Sky take win in opening time trial of Tour de Romandie
  • Mark Cavendish relinquishes lead of Tour of Turkey
  • Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford win opening singles matches but lose in doubles at World Championships in China
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson set for tough battles at next month's Great CityGames in Manchester

Ohuruogu targets strong Anniversary Games

Christine Ohuruogu intends to use the Anniversary Games to fine-tune her World Championships preparations after being announced in the line-up to compete at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from July 24-26.

The 2008 Olympic champion will take on the world’s best 400m runners at the former Olympic stadium, with 2012 champions Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford also confirmed for the three-day event.

“I’ll be looking to try and get everything right a month out to Beijing. It will be a really good indication of where I am,” said Ohuruogu, who will head to China looking to defend the world title she won for a second time in 2013.

“If things aren’t quite right I’ll have time to fix them, so it’s an important race.  

“You’ve got tens of thousands of people watching, so it will be a really big nice send off into the world championships.”

Thomas and Froome well placed at Tour de Romandie

Geraint Thomas took hold of the yellow jersey after Team Sky secured victory in the opening team time trial at this year's Tour de Romandie.

The team edged out rivals Orica-GreenEdge by under a second as they clocked 21 minutes and 19 seconds, with Thomas leading the six-rider group home.

It means the Welshman pulls on the first leaders bib of the race while defending champion Chris Froome also crossed the line with his fellow Team Sky riders.

"It's nice to be on the other side for a change," said Thomas. "We usually come second by a narrow margin so it was great to get the win today.

"We wanted to go as fast as possible and do the best ride to try and win the stage, for us all, not just to get the yellow. It's great for morale and to come away with the win is really nice."

Cavendish loses Tour of Turkey lead

Mark Cavendish took a back seat on day three of the Tour of Turkey as Davide Rebellin won the key mountain stage and took the leaders bib.

Cavendish has sprinted to victory in the opening two stages, including on a flat tyre in the latter, to assume the overall lead of the race.

But with Tuesday’s mountainous stage not suited to the Manx rider’s strengths, Cavendish was dropped early on, opting instead to save his legs for the sprint stages later in the race. 

Pitchford and Drinkhall win opening World singles matches

Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall both booked their spots in the last 64 of the World Championships singles after overcoming their first tests in Suzhou, China.

Drinkhall, on court first, eased to a 4-0 victory over Elia Schmid of Switzerland to set up a clash with world number 18 Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong.

While Pitchford overcame a slow start to prevail 4-2 against world number 90 Kalinikos Kreanga of Greece and book an encounter with Tiago Apolonia of Portugal, a player ranked 20 in the world.

The pair are however out of the doubles, after losing to Korea’s Youngsik Jung and Minseok Kim 4-2.

Tough hurdles test for Ennis-Hill and Johnson-Thompson

Jessica Ennis-Hill will come up against the best of British when she makes her return to action at next month’s Great CityGames in Manchester.

Olympic heptathlete gold medallist Ennis-Hill, who will be competing for the first time since giving birth to son Reggie last July, will line up against European 100m hurdles champion Tiffany Porter.

Fellow heptathlete and European indoor pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson will compete against Scotland’s Eilidh Child in the 200m hurdles.

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