Olympic24: Rowers determined to deliver and Muir sets new Scottish mile record

Olympic24: Rowers determined to deliver and Muir sets new Scottish mile record

10 June 2016 / 06:37

GB Rowing’s Sir David Tanner has announced 43 of their 47 strong squad that will head to Rio and Laura Muir sets a new Scottish mile record at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours:

  • GB Rowing announced the majority of their squad set for Rio de Janeiro
  • Laura Muir now holds the Scottish mile and 1500m records
  • Amber Hill wins bronze at ISSF Shotgun World Cup in San Marino
  • Alistair Brownlee hoping for home advantage in World Series Triathlon
  • Samantha Murray takes philosophical approach ahead of Rio 2016
  • Chris Froome up to second in the Criterium du Dauphine
  • Tara Moore reaches Nottingham Open quarter-final

Rowing team are all set for Rio


GB Rowing Sir David Tanner believes his powerful armada of rowing talent is ready to deliver on their foreign mission in Rio de Janeiro.

Team GB named 43 of their 47 strong rowing squad for the Olympic Games after qualifying 12 boats in the 14 classes at last year's World Championships, one less than at London 2012 but more than any other rowing nation.

The team is headlined by defending Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who are unbeaten in the women’s pair in four years. 

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Laura Muir breaks Scottish mile record in Oslo

Laura Muir

Laura Muir broke the Scottish mile after a four minutes and 19.12 second run at the Diamond League in Oslo last night.

Muir, who came second in the race behind Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, also holds the national 1500m record.

The 23-year-old's time is second on the all-time British list behind Zola Budd's 4:17.57

Long jumper Shara Proctor produced a season's best performance to finish third in Oslo while Anyika Onuora and Tiffany Porter both came fourth in the women's 400m  and 100m respectively.

Amber Hill wins World Cup bronze

Amber Hill has secured a bronze medal in the skeet competition of the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in San Marino

Hill held her nerve in a shoot off in the bronze medal match against Ning Wei.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win a medal because it shows that all my hard work for the year is paying off," Hill said.

“It’s all in the build-up to Rio and I feel like I’m slowly creeping up and hopefully it’s one step closer to a result in Rio.”

Olympic champion Brownlee eyes success in Leeds

Alistair Brownlee is hoping home advantage will pay dividends at this weekend’s World Series Triathlon race in Leeds.

The defending Olympic champion has not recorded a win on the world circuit this season and victory would be a major boost in his final preparations for Rio de Janeiro.

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Samantha Murray takes philosophical approach for Rio

Samantha Murray

Regardless of whether you are a competitor or simply a keen fan, chances are everyone will have that standout memory that comes to mind when you think of the Olympic Games.

For modern pentathlete Samantha Murray, it’s the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and Athens four years later which will forever be etched in her mind.

“My earliest Olympic memory was Cathy Freeman running the 400m at Sydney in that suit she wore,” explained Murray.

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Froome up to second in Criterium du Dauphine 

Chris Froome

Chris Froome closed the gap to Criterium du Dauphine leader Alberto Contador by nine seconds after stage four.

The British cyclist is now ahead of former Team Sky team-mate Richie Porte in second place with three days left of the race.

Froome won the race last year as he prepares to defend his Tour de France title in July and goes for gold in the Olympic road race in Rio in August.

Qualifier Moore through to Nottingham Open quarter final

Tara Moore

Johanna Konta exited the Nottingham Open in the second round but British qualifier Tara Moore has reached the quarter finals.

Moore beat world number 67 Christina McHale 6-2 6-2 while British number one Konta lost 6-4 7-5 to China’s Zheng Saisai.

Moore faces Zheng in the quarter finals as Konta prepares for further Wimbledon warm-up events in Birmingham and Eastbourne.

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