Olympic24: Pavey focused on Rio, Murray into French semis

04 June 2015 / 04:52

European champion Jo Pavey admits  Rio 2016 is her main goal, while Andy Murray sets up French Open semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic. Here's our review of the last 24 hours

  • Jo Pavey, 41, focused on making fifth Olympic appearance in Rio
  • Andy Murray beats David Ferrer 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 in French Open quarter-finals
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins feeling confident ahead of Sunday's hour record bid 
  • Excitement building for diver Millie Haffety ahead of European Games

Pavey determined to fight off young challengers

European champion Jo Pavey is determined to make the cut for Rio but knows she faces stiff competition from Britain's emerging stars.

The 41-year-old became the oldest female European champion in history in Zurich last year when she took 10,000m gold while she also won 5,000m bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

"I'm getting older and older but I'm still enjoying it and I've still got goals I want to achieve," said Pavey, who will return to Glasgow for the Great Scottish Run in October.

"My main goal, going forward, is to try and qualify for Rio and I’m quite focused on that.

"I'm not complacent about it. There’s so much talent coming through in Britain and, as I say, I’m getting older and older. But I still just want to give that a go - and that’s my main thing on my mind at the moment.”

Murray one win away from French Open final

Andy Murray extended his unbeaten run on clay with a four-sets with over David Ferrer in the French Open quarter-finals.

The British number one, who had never previously beaten the Spaniard on clay, triumphed 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to set up a semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic.

"I was frustrated at the end of the third because I had the match point and it’s very difficult to play a full set more when you’ve just lost a match point,” he said.

“David fought extremely hard at the end of the third and made it very difficult.” Read more here.

Wiggins eyes up further history 

Sir Bradley Wiggins is determined to add another achievement to his long list of accolades with a successful hour record attempt on Sunday.

The 35-year-old is aiming to beat the 52.937km mark set by fellow Brit Alex Dowsett when he takes to the track London’s Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday.

"On top of my previous achievements, to do this record would kind of be the icing on the cake in some respects," he told BBC Radio 4.

"It's something that can stand the test of time. It can be compared in years to come really. When people talk about you in years to come, of what you achieved, they'll be saying he won the Tour (de France), he was the hour record holder. It's got a nice ring to it."

Haffety ready to strut her stuff in Baku

The excitement is building for Millie Haffety, with the fully kitted out Team GB diver targeting a medal at the European Games in Baku.

The 15-year-old will compete in the synchro competition alongside partner Millie Fowler with their competition getting underway on June 20.

“It makes it all the more real that I am so close to going out to Baku now and to have all the kit makes it all the more special too,” she said.

“I don’t want to get my hopes up but a medal out there would be amazing and that is what I am going to aim for.”

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