Olympic24: Steady start for Ennis-Hill, Murray into last 16

31 May 2015 / 09:13

Jessica Ennis-Hill lies third after first day of the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting, 103 points off top spot, while Andy Murray books his place in last 16 of French Open. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jessica Ennis-Hill on course for Rio 2016 qualification mark at half way stage of Gotzis heptathlon competition
  • Andy Murray beats Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in third round of French Open
  • Five medals for Great Britain at canoe slalom European Championships
  • Rachel Cawthorn and Louisa Sawers win silver and bronze respectively at latest canoe sprint World Cup in Copenhagen
  • Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley one of 15 British boats to make it through to finals at European Championships
  • Second defeat in as many days for Great Britain women's basketball team as EuroBasket ticks closer

Ennis-Hill solid on heptahlon return

Jessica Ennis-Hill put in a solid display on her return to heptathlon action to sit third overall after the opening day of the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting in Austria.

The 29-year-old Olympic champion has 4031 points after four events, 103 behind leader Brianne Theisen-Eaton.

In what is her first heptathlon since London 2012 following injury and the birth of her son, Ennis-Hill ran 13.24 seconds in the 100m hurdles before clearing 1.86m in the high jump.

She then threw 13.95m in the shot put and clocked 23.86 in the 200m to leave her well placed in pursuit of the 6,200 points needed for Rio qualification.

Teammate Morgan Lake meanwhile lies 15th overall on 3634 points.

Murray maintains impressive run over Australians 

Andy Murray needed just shy of two hours to see off Australian Nick Kyrgios in straight sets and book his spot in the last 16 of the French Open.

After a topsy turvy opening set, Murray grew in strength as his opponent appeared to increasingly struggle with an elbow injury.

A fierce return winner sealed a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory as Murray extended his winning clay run to 13 in 2015.

“I’m trying every year to improve my game on clay, trying to get more consistent and so far this year has been my best tennis on clay," he said.

“But it’s going to have to get better if I want to go further in this tournament.” Read more here.

Woods takes European title in Germany

The first day of finals racing at the canoe slalom European Championships proved to be a successful one with no fewer than five medals for Great Britain.

Kimberley Woods led the way, with gold in the women’s canoe single while there was silver for Mallory Franklin and a further silver and two bronze in the team events.

The C1 women took bronze in the team event, the same colour achieved by the men in their equivalent final, while the men’s K1 trio took silver.

Double Olympic silver medallist David Florence will turn his attention to Sunday’s C2 semi-finals after failing to make the individual final.

Cawthorn on target after second successive World Cup medal

London 2012 Olympian Rachel Cawthorn admits Rio 2016 is firmly on her mind after picking up her a second consecutive podium finish at the latest ICF Sprint World Cup in Copenhagen.

Last weekend, 26-year-old Cawthorn won bronze in the K4 200 and finished fourth in the K1 500.

And despite battling with illness, she was again involved in the business end of competition, finishing less than a second behind New Zealand's Olympic champion Lisa Carrington in the women's K1500m A final.

"I am happy with where I am and I know what I need to do now for the Worlds at the end of the year,” she said.

"The Worlds is Olympic qualification so we have to get the spots there this year if we want to race at the Games next year."

Grainger and Thornley into European Championships final

British Olympic champion Katherine Grainger and her teammate Vicky Thornley are one of an impressive 15 British boats in final action at the European Championships after a solid day on the water on Saturday.

Grainger, at her first international competition since 2012, and Thornley were second in their double sculls semi-final in Poznan.

Olympic and world champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning comfortably won their women’s pair semi-final.

While Britain’s world champion men’s eight, including Olympic coxless four gold medallists Alex Gregory and Pete Reed, won their repechage to progress into the final.

Defeat for GB in final EuroBasket warm up game

Great Britain women's basketball team were unable to hang on for a confidence-boosting win in their final EuroBasket preparation game, as Poland took a 73-64 victory in Logrono.

The squad had been boosted ahead of the match by the surprise return of Steph Gandy from injury and it appeared to help with Great Britain leading 64-63 with four minutes left on the clock.

But Poland hit back to score the last ten points and take victory.

"We built some momentum and got the lead which is good, but we just didn't finish the game well enough," said head coach Peter Buckle.

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