Olympic24: Swift tops British riders and Marchant shines at track nationals

Olympic24: Swift tops British riders and Marchant shines at track nationals

28 September 2015 / 04:51

After Lizzie Armitstead's world title, Ben Swift finishes as the top British rider in the men's road race. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Ben Swift just three seconds behind winner Pete Sagan in world road race
  • Katy Marchant takes multiple gold at track nationals
  • Strong runs by British athletes at Berlin Marathon
  • New sports seek place at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Swift shines as best Brit in world road race

Ben Swift admitted he just didn't have enough in the tank after a tough day in the saddle at the road race World Championships in Richmond, USA.

Swift finished just three seconds behind the Slovakia's Pete Sagan after six and a half hours of racing concluded in a bunch sprint finish, while Australia’s Michael Matthews and Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas took silver and bronze.

However, a 22nd place was still a strong performance for Swift, who has missed most of this season after breaking his collarbone during the Tour of Yorkshire.

"I just gave it everything on that climb to follow the guys there and then I just didn't have anything left for that finish,” Swift told British Cycling.

Marchant the four gold star at track nationals

Katy Marchant claimed her fourth title at the National Track Championships in Manchester, adding the 500m time trial to her other victories in the sprint, keirin and team sprint with Jess Varnish.

"I wasn't expecting it at all but I'm really happy with how this weekend has gone," Marchant said. "I've reached personal achievements that I wanted.

"Hopefully this weekend has proved that I am good for my spot on the team and obviously London and eventually Rio is the main aim and but I cannot let myself get complacent."

Elsewhere, double Olympic champion Trott showed her tactical nous to win the points race, to add to gold medals in the scratch race and individual pursuit.

And Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton outclassed their rivals to win the men's team sprint.

Qualifying standard set by British athletes in Berlin

Three British athletes bettered the Olympic qualifying standard at the Berlin Marathon.

Scott Overall securred his second time under 2:14 and both Sonia Samuels and Alyson Dixon ran big personal bests, well inside the 2:31 mark.

New Olympic sports for Tokyo 2020

Eight sports will find out today if they are to earn a place on the schedule at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Under new plans, Games hosts are being given a chance to bring in one or more sports popular in their country.

The shortlisted sports are: baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu.

The recommendation will be made this morning but the final decision won't be taken until next August.

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