Olympic24: Williams reveals she considered quitting as Froome increases lead

Olympic24: Williams reveals she considered quitting as Froome increases lead

21 July 2016 / 06:58

Jodie Williams has revealed she was close to quitting athletics before getting her career back on track, while Chris Froome strengthened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey at stage 17. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Jodie Williams considered quitting before rediscovering her form and booking spot at Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Chris Froome moved closer to a third Tour de France title as he extended his lead on stage 17
  • Denise Lewis believes it is important not to heap too much pressure on Seren Bundy-Davies
  • Johanna Konta and Dominic Inglot are into the last eight of their respective competitions
  • We take a look at Charley Hull’s career in numbers

Williams was close to quitting before getting career back on track

Jodie WIlliams2

Jodie Williams has revealed she considered quitting athletics before rediscovering her form and making the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old went on a 151-race unbeaten streak between 2005 and 2010, which included claiming the 100m and 200m titles at the World Youth Championships in 2009.

However, her progression into the seniors was hampered by several injuries and she missed London 2012 with a hamstring tear.

A move to the USA helped Williams get her career back on track and this summer she will compete in the 200m at Rio 2016.

Williams, who will be competing at the Muller Anniversary Games this weekend, told the Telegraph: “There have definitely been times when I’ve thought: ‘I don’t know if I can do this anymore’

“Had I not made this Olympic team it would have been extremely hard for me to continue. Luckily it all went to plan so we’re fine now.”

Froome tightens grip on the yellow jersey

Chris Froome

Chris Froome’s bid for a third Tour de France title improved even further as he extended his lead on the climb to Finhaut-Emosson.

The Brit finished 11th on stage 17, seven minutes and 59 seconds behind winner Ilnur Zakarin, but crucially crossed the line 40 seconds ahead of his closest rival, Bauke Mollema.

Team Sky’s Froome, searching for his second Tour de France title in a row, now leads the Trek Segafredo rider by two minutes and 27 seconds in the overall standings, with just four stages remaining – including the procession into Paris on Sunday.

"It was very difficult because of the heat," said Froome. "But my team were incredible, they did an amazing job and I was able to stay with the best."

Adam Yates, another selected by Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, remains in the white jersey for best young rider, as well as third in the overall standings, two minutes and 53 seconds down on Froome, but closed the gap on Mollema to just 26 seconds.

Today sees the peloton tackle a 17km uphill time trial from Sallanches to Megeve.

Lewis stresses need not to place too much pressure on Bundy-Davies


Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis says pressure should not be heaped on Welsh 400m star Seren Bundy-Davies ahead of her Games debut in Rio next month.

The Manchester-based runner secured a personal best of 51.26 earlier this season and goes into Rio 2016 having just won a second senior relay outdoor medal at the European Championships in Amsterdam.

Compatriot Colin Jackson has already tipped Bundy-Davies as a medal contender in Brazil but Lewis insists it is too early to put that pressure on the 21-year-old.

"I think it is important to realise it is her first Olympics, it is a really big deal and there is a lot to get used to, being in that cauldron of activity," the Sydney 2000 heptathlon champion told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"There is a lot of pressure on these athletes. I think the future is looking good for her, she is strong, she is quick and now it is a case of the learning process. Can she adapt quickly and not panic in those pressure situations?

"Can she win a medal? It is a little early. She is still very young and learning how to cope in this environment. There is something very, very special about the Olympics. But she will be all the better from the experience."

Konta and Inglot through to the last eight

Johanna Konta selected for Rio 2016

Johanna Konta and Dominic Inglot have made it through to the quarter-finals of their respective competitions.

British number one Konta made the last eight of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford with a straight-sets win over Julia Boserup.

The third seed, who received a bye in the first round, hit 11 aces on her way to beating the American wildcard 6-3 6-1 to set up a clash with China's Saisai Zheng.

While at the Swiss Open Gstaad, Inglot and his men’s doubles partner Denis Istomin beat home duo Henri Laaksonen and Antoine Bellier 7-5 6-3 and will now take on India’s Purav Raja and Divij Sharan.

Charley Hull: a career in numbers

Kettering-based Charley Hull is one of Britain’s leading female golfers.

The 20-year-old first picked up a club aged two and will bid to become golf’s first-ever gold medallist in Rio.

We have highlighted a host of key numbers in her career and you can read all about it here.

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