Olympic24: Record night for divers, Rio relay spots secured

04 May 2015 / 10:30

Three medals on final night in London makes it a best ever Diving World Series for GB, while sprinters' performances at IAAF World Relays book three spots for next year's Olympics. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Gold, silver and bronze for Tom Daley, Tonia Couch, and synchro pair Matthew Lee and Georgia Ward take medal tally to six in London
  • Great Britain clinch double relay bronze in Bahamas as women's 4x100m, 4x400m and men's 4x400m teams qualify for Rio
  • Andy Murray's bid for a first-ever clay court title delayed until Monday after rain interupts Munich Open final
  • Inaugural Tour de Yorkshire comes to an end with Erick Rowsell highest Brit
  • Second-place in final stage of Tour of Turkey enough to see Mark Cavendish clinch sprinter's jersey
  • Froome finishes third overall in Tour de Romandie after final time trial
  • England number one Fontaine Chapman triumphs in Hellas International final
  • Judokas Nekoda Davis and Sally Conway impress at Zagreb Grand Prix
  • Tom Toolis highest British male at World Cup 4 in Hungary

Trio of medals as Britain sign off from London on high

Tom Daley led the way with a stunning victory in the 10m platform as Great Britain finished the Diving World Series in London with a best ever haul of six medals.

Daley's 10m platform gold was followed by a bronze for Tonia Couch before Matthew Lee and Georgia Ward teamed up for silver in the 10m synchro.

It added to earlier medals won by Couch and Sarah Barrow (10m synchro bronze), Chris Mears and Jack Laugher (3m synchro silver) and Grace Reid and James Heatly (3m mixed synchro).

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Two bronze and three Rio spots secured at IAAF World Relays

Great Britain will have at least three relay teams at next year’s Olympics in Rio after the women’s 4x100m, 4x400m and men’s 4x400m completed the finals at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.

The women’s teams sprinted to third in both of their races, while the men finished sixth in their final.

"Qualification really takes such a weight off our shoulders and now we can really focus on building this team for Rio next year," said 4x400m runner Eilidh Child.

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Murray made to play waiting game

It proved to be a frustrating day for Andy Murray with rain delaying his quest for success against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final of the Munich Open.

The Brit has yet to win a title on clay in his career but poor weather in Munich saw his final repeatedly put back on Sunday.

They finally made it onto court at 17:23 local time before the rain returned with home favourite Kohlschreiber 3-2 up on serve.

Rowsell top Brit at Tour de Yorkshire

Erick Rowsell completed a weekend to remember as he took the honour of being the highest-placed Brit at the first-ever Tour de Yorkshire.

The 24-year-old Madison Genesis rider started and finished the day in eighth spot in the overall classification.

Belgian Ben Hermans charged away to victory on the final stage while Team Sky’s Lars-Petter Nordhaug took the overall classification win.

“Being the leading Brit was not something we aimed for, but it’s a nice thing to be able to say,” he said.

“Obviously it’s a big race here, and for a domestic team like us it will be one of the biggest events we ride all year, there’s so much coverage of it around.”

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Cavendish finishes in green at Tour of Turkey

Mark Cavendish claimed the sprinter’s jersey at the Tour of Turkey despite coming home second in the final stage in Itanbul.

The 29-year-old won three of the race’s eight stages in total and accumulated 60 points to take the green jersey for a second year.

Spain’s Lluis Bonet Mas claimed victory on the final stage while Croatian Kristijan Durasek won the overall race.

“I'm super happy with getting the green jersey at the end,” said Etixx-Quick-Step rider Cavendish.

"I would have liked to win the stage today, but we tried our hardest. Luis went really strong at the end and I'm pleased we could finish on the podium."

No Tour de Romandie hat-trick for Froome

Chris Froome had to settle for third overall in this year’s Tour de Romandie as Ilnur Zakarin took the general classification win.

Team Sky rider Froome was bidding for a third title in a row but ended up finishing 35 seconds behind Zakarin after Sunday’s final stage, a 17km time trial won by three-time world champion Tony Martin.

Chapman take Greece title

Fontaine Chapman was left celebrating taking the Hellas International women’s singles title, although Toby Penty could not replicate the same success in the men’s competition.

England number one Chapman led 21-9, 14-6 in the final before Bulgaria’s top seed Linda Zetchiri was forced to retire.

Penty meanwhile was beaten 21-19, 19-21, 21-19 by Germany’s Fabian Roth.

"It's never nice to win when a player has to retire but I did the hard work to get myself in the final," said Chapman.

"After winning the first set I felt confident I could go on to win."

British judokas build momentum

It was a top five finish for Great Britain’s judokas at the 2015 Zagreb Grand Prix as they finished the weekend with two medals and a number of promising performances.

Nekoda Davis kicked things off on Friday when she beat Marti Malloy in the final of the -57kg class for her first Grand Prix title.

And Sally Conway picked up the baton on day two when she clinched silver in the Under-70 category, while Natalie Powell placed seventh in the Under-78kg category with Nathon Burns fifth in the -66kg category.

Toolis leads British male charge in Hungary

Tom Toolis achieved his best ever World Cup result with a 13th-place finish at World Cup 4 in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Toolis was the highest-placed Brit with 1450 points overall, 14 places ahead of Jamie Cook with Sam Curry coming home in 35th place.

“It was definitely an interesting weekend,” said GB performance director Jan Bartu.  “It was a tough competition for the athletes, as all of the nations are now gearing up for the big competitions ahead.”

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