Olympic24: Porter wins at Great North CityGames, Taylor going well in Euros

Olympic24: Porter wins at Great North CityGames, Taylor going well in Euros

13 September 2015 / 08:43
Tiffany Porter reigned supreme at the Great North CityGames while Izzy Taylor is currently in a medal spot at the European Eventing Championships. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Tiffany Porter overcomes an early morning flight to power to victory in the 100m hurdles at the Great North CityGames
  • Izzy Taylor is third overall heading into the the final day of the European Eventing Championships in Scotland
  • Jamie Murray loses in the men's doubles final at the US Open
  • Owain Doull is the leading Brit after the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain

Porter triumphs at Great North CityGames

Tiffany Porter

Hurdler Tiffany Porter shrugged off an early morning flight to end her season on a winning note with victory at the Great North CityGames.

Porter only landed in Newcastle at 10.05am Saturday morning following a flight from Brussels where she had been competing in the Diamond League on Friday night.

But there was little sign of tiredness as she posted a quicker time than in Belgium to win the 100m hurdles in 12.77 seconds and nudge out Jasmin Stowers and Cindy Roleder in the process.

It was the fifth successive victory at the event for 27-year-old Porter who admitted she couldn't have asked for a better end to her year.

"This is my fifth consecutive Great CityGames victory. I love the street races, I really thrive off the crowd and it is such a good atmosphere," said the Commonwealth Games silver medallist.

"I actually ran quicker here than I did last night which makes no sense; I didn't even sleep last night!

"I’m really surprised to run that time but I always seem to have good luck here. The support is awesome, we really appreciate these crowds coming out and cheering for us. To come out here and get the win is really special."

There were plenty of other English adthletes in action too, including local runner and Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay silver medallist Richard Kilty taking second place in the 150m behind Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade.

"It is absolutely phenomenal to come out and race in front of a home crowd," he said. "This is my favourite competition of the year and it’s great that so many people came out to support us in this weather."

Desiree Henry was third in the 100m behind world 200m champion Dafne Schippers while Jodie Williams was fourth in the 150m.

Chijindu Ujah was second in the 100m behind Mike Rodgers with Lawrence Clarke second in the 110m hurdles.

Meanwhile Holly Bradshaw continued her comeback from injury jumping 4.55m for second behind world champion Yarisley Silva, and Bobby Clay was the leading Brit in the women’s two mile race in fourth ahead of European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey.

Taylor in bronze position at European Champs

Izzy Taylor

Britain's Izzy Taylor lies third overall going into Sunday's showjumping after a weather-affected cross-country round at the European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle, Perthshire.

Olympic champion and overall leader Michael Jung, Taylor and her British teammate Gemma Tattersall were the only riders out of 64 to go clear inside the time.

It leaves Germany moving nearer to retaining their team title with Great Britain 46 penalties behind in silver position.

Five British athletes occupy the top ten spots but one of those not in the competition anymore is double Olympic silver medallist and former number one William Fox-Pitt who retired Bay My Hero after two run-outs in torrential rain.

"It has just not been my event, really,” he said. "From my point of view I feel very bad to have let the team down. I am not making excuses."

Jung meanwhile can afford to have two fences down on Sunday and still complete a hat-trick of European individual titles, which has not been achieved since Britain’s Ginny Leng landed a treble during the mid 1980s.

Taylor and KBIS Briarlands Matilda are currently two places ahead of British team rider Kitty King and the Oxfordshire rider admitted she could not ask for more from her horse.

"She was superb," she said. “She's a very good cross country horse, I ran her in Poland this year and the heavens opened so I knew she would be OK in the rain, but she felt on form and she was amazing!

"I was slightly down on my minute markers but I just let her stay within herself, but in the end I was like come on we are not having a few stupid time faults and she dug deep and she was super. She's just brilliant! If I ride her she just goes and she's awesome on cross country.”

Murray misses out on US Open title

Jamie Murray


Jamie Murray insists he is hungrier than ever to get his hands on a men’s doubles Grand Slam title after he and Australian John Peers lost their US Open final to French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

The French 12th seeds beat eighth seeds Murray and Peers 6-4 6-4 at New York's Flushing Meadows.

Murray and Peers had been hoping to go one better than Wimbledon, where they also finished runners-up.

But after falling just short again Scot Murray admits he is keen to turn his fortunes around sooner rather than later.

"I'm starting to know what Andy felt like for a long time," Murray said of his younger brother, who lost his first four major singles finals.

"We'll keep trying to get over the line and get a Grand Slam title.

"Once you get there, you want to win, don't you? I mean, it's not like we are the best players ever that will be making finals every time we step on the court. You never know when you might not get back to one.”

Doull remains fourth at Tour of Britain

Owain Doull

Owain Doull finished sixth in the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain to remain as the leading home rider in fourth overall.

Germany’s Andre Greipel won a thrilling sprint finish in Ipswich, just edging out Team Sky’s Elia Viviani on the line.

Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson Hagen retained his overall lead by coming in fifth with Doull, riding for Team Wiggins, now 44 seconds behind the MTN-Qhuebeka man.

Sunday sees the final stage of the race which is expected to end with a sprint finish in London.

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