Olympic24: Olympic champions set for British Championship showdown

Olympic24: Olympic champions set for British Championship showdown

15 October 2015 / 07:23

We look ahead to this weekend's British Rowing Championships and catch up with the latest from the European Track Cycling Championships. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Katherine Copeland and Katherine Grainger clash in Nottingham
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins inspires British team pursuit squad in Switzerland
  • Jon Isner next for Andy Murray in Shanghai
  • Katy Marchant inspired by former training partner Jessica Ennis-Hill

British stars take on club rowers at National Championships

Olympic champions Katherine Copeland and Katherine Grainger will go head to head in this weekend's British Rowing Championships in Nottingham.

More than 50 members of the British team will compete against 800 club rowers with the women's quadruple sculls looking an event to watch.

Copeland is in a Tees RC crew with Tina Stiller, Beth Bryan and Jo Wratten whilst Grainger, competing for Marlow RC, forms part of a composite crew with fellow Olympian Beth Rodford from Gloucester RC, world U23 quad silver medallist Molly Harding and Ellen Roberts, from Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School.

The British men’s eight that won world gold in Aiguebelette will be split up, with seven of them racing in a very strong men’s four competition for Leander.

Will Satch, Alex Gregory and Matt Gotrel will team up with Tom Ransley, who won bronze with the men’s four at the World Championships, in one of the Henley-based club's boats.

And they will be in competition with club peers Pete Reed and Constantine Louloudis, 
who team up with men’s four bronze medallist Stewart Innes and men’s pair silver medallist Matt Langridge.

Team pursuiters make flying start at track Europeans

Great Britain made a positive start to the European Track Championships with both the men’s and women’s team pursuit squads dominating in qualifying in Switzerland.

In the men’s event, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Andy Tennant, Steven Burke and Owain Doull set a time of 3:57.277 minutes to qualify for Thursday’s first round and a ride against Russia.

And Doull, part of the team that won the European title a year ago in Guadeloupe, was content with their opening gambit.

"We didn't really know what to expect coming in because we've been doing a lot of training into it," Doull told British Cycling.

"That was the aim to do something around that time and have a nice smooth consistent ride. Yeah pretty successful."

Earlier the quartet of Joanna Rowsell Shand, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne also qualified fastest, stopping the clock at 4:21.089, over nine seconds faster than nearest challengers Russia.

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Isner next for Murray in Shanghai

Andy Murray faces Jon Isner in the the second round of the Shanghai Masters after a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 victory over Steve Johnson.

The big-serving American has a poor record against the British number one, having lost their four previous encounters.

Texts from Ennis-Hill inspires athlete turned cyclist Marchant

Former heptathlete Katy Marchant insists Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is still an inspiration as she bids for glory at this week's European Track Cycling Championships.

Marchant was an aspiring heptathlete and trained in Sheffield alongside Olympic and world champion Ennis-Hill before she took up cycling in April 2013.

And since she turned to two wheels she hasn't looked back, winning four gold medals at this year's British National Track Championships in Manchester.

She now turns her attentions to Switzerland and the Europeans but the 22-year-old admits her early sporting life is still with her to this day.

"I went to the Europeans last year but it's different this time as I put a lot more pressure on myself," Marchant told BBC Sport.

"Every now and again myself and Jess will text each other. Her mentality and focus is something I learned from her - as well as finding a balance between work and play."
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