Olympic24: Rutherford set for Prague and victory for Murray

25 February 2015 / 07:50

Greg Rutherford named as one of 39-strong team heading to Prague for next month’s European Indoor Championships, while Andy Murray celebrates Davis Cup selection with victory in Dubai. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Greg Rutherford chosen on 39-strong European Indoor Championships team
  • Andy Murray celebrates Davis Cup call-up with Dubai victory
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins set for Belgium classic


Olympic, European and Commonwealth gold medallist and UK long jump record holder Greg Rutherford is the star attraction on a 39-strong team heading to Prague for the European Indoor Championships between March 6-8.

Joining Rutherford on the plane is new British women's long jump record holder Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the pentathlon.

There are also selections for 2014 World Indoor champion Richard Kilty, who will line up alongside the Sainsbury's Indoor British champion Chijindu Ujah in the men’s 60m while 2014 World Junior 100m gold medallist Dina Asher-Smith competes in the women's equivalent.

In-form athletes Jenny Meadows and Seren Bundy-Davies, who both top of the 2015 European rankings, will also feature in the Czech capital while eight athletes have received senior selection for the first time.

Murray victorious in Dubai following Davis Cup nod

Andy Murray got his 2015 Dubai Championships campaign up and running with a straight sets win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

The Scot, who on Monday moved up to number three in the world, took an hour and 45 minutes to see off Muller 6-4, 7-5 and set up a second-round clash with Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

“I made him work very hard on his service games," he said. "That was something I wanted to try to do from early on.

"The end of both sets I didn't serve so well but apart from that, I didn't give him any opportunities really."

There was not such good news for British number two James Ward who could not build on his two qualifying wins as he lost 6-4, 6-4 to world number 13 Feliciano.

Ward will now head to Glasgow to prepare for Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie against the United States from March 6-8.

Murray has also been named in the squad, along with younger brother Jamie and Dom Inglot, with British number three Kyle Edmund named as a reserve.

The tie will be Britain’s first World Ground contest at home since 1999 with Jamie Murray returning to the team for the first time in four years after a strong start to 2015.


Sir Bradley Wiggins will kick off his cobbled classics campaign on Saturday after being named in Team Sky's squad for the one-day Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium.

Wiggins was last in action at the Tour of Qatar where he finished in 78th place with teammate Ian Stannard leading the way in fourth.

But he will be back in the saddle this weekend as he steps up his preparations for Paris-Roubaix on April 12 – a race he has targeted as his main aim this year in what will be his last outing for Team Sky.

Also selected for the 200.2km cobbled classic is Stannard, winner of the race last year, plus Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Chris Sutton and Elia Viviani.

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