Olympic24: World Cup gold for Phillips and Holland wins Edmonton triathlon

Olympic24: World Cup gold for Phillips and Holland wins Edmonton triathlon

07 September 2015 / 06:37

British cycling success, Vicky Holland delivers again and GB rowers top the medal table at World Championships in perfect preparation for Rio. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • BMX star Liam Phillips takes third World Cup of the season 
  • Vicky Holland dominates field to win World Triathlon Series in Edmonton
  • Dominic Inglot makes men's doubles quarter-finals at US Open
  • Taekwondo's Charlie Maddock wins Israel Open
  •  Mark Cavendish takes second in Tour of Britain first stage
  • New Scottish 800m record for Lynsey Sharp in Berlin
  • Rachel Atherton claims world downhill mountain bike title
  • Sir David Tanner delights in GB Rowing squad performance at Worlds
  • Tina Cook looking towards Rio after Burghley performance

Unstoppable Phillips delivers again at BMX World Cup

Former world champion Liam Phillips claimed his third BMX World Cup title of the season in Argentina.

Phillips was disappointed at the World Championships earlier this year but has been all but unstoppable on the World Cup circuit.

He was now won in Manchester, Sweden and Argentina.

"It's unbelievable, Sweden was amazing but back-back wins is unreal. Three out of four world cups this year, it’s what I work so hard for," he said.

Holland impresses again with win in World Triathlon Series

Vicky Holland continued her red-hot form with a victory in the World Triathlon Series event in Edmonton.

Holland finished third in the recent Olympic test event in Rio but produced a dominant performance in rainy Canada, clocking 58.55 minutes over the sprint distance. 

British team-mate and former world champion Non Stanford, second in Rio recently, ranked sixth.

Holland is now fifth on world series standings and needs another podium finish in the final race in Chicago to secure the Olympic qualification standard.

“It was really tough conditions out there and I think it was survival of the strongest," she said. "I kept working hard on the bike just to keep myself warm. I had a few problems in second transition but once I got going I felt okay.

“Chicago is the aim and I need to get on the podium to tick the boxes for the British selection policy for Rio.”

Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee were missing from the men's race, which was won by South Africa's Richard Murray. Tom Bishop, who competed for Team GB at the recent European Games, was the top British finisher in 11th.

Inglot makes his way into last eight at Flushing Meadows

British doubles player Dominic Inglot secured his place in the US Open men's doubles quarter-finals alongside partner Robert Lindstedt.

The unseeded combination, in only their fourth tour-level event as a team, brushed aside experience duo Tommy Haas and Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3.

They face either sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea or ninth seeds Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the last eight.

Rio points chasing, Maddock wins at Israel Open

Charlie Maddock took gold in taekwondo's Israel Open to pick up vital ranking points in her bid for Olympic selection.

Cavendish takes second in Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish admitted frustration after settling for second place on the opening stage of the Tour of Britain.

Cavendish beat arch-rival Andrew Greipel in the sprint finish in Wrexham but Italian Team Sky sprinter Elia Viviani crept up to snatch line honours.

"The line was just not coming quick enough," said Cavendish.

"I looked over, could sense Greipel there and I think I sensed too much of Greipel. If I'd kept the left hand shut maybe I would have got it, but I was too concerned with the right and Elia came through on the line."

Sharp produces career best in Berlin

Lynsey Sharp clocked a new personal best and Scottish record as she won the 800m at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin.

Sharp - who made the semi-finals at the recent World Championships in Beijing - outsprinted home favourite Fabienne Kohlmann to clock 1:57.71 - the fastest time by a British woman since Kelly Holmes in 2004.

Atherton reclaims world title in Vallnord

Rachel Atherton claimed her third downhill mountain bike world title in Andorra.

Atherton beat team-mate defending champion Manon Carpenter while Josh Bryceland claimed bronze in the men's event.

“I can’t believe it really, I’m pretty happy,” Atherton told British Cycling.

“I knew it was going to be hard today and the track is just crazy - so dry now compared to earlier in the week. It’s fast, you have to hang on."

Tanner delighted with World Rowing return

GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner declared himself a happy man as the men’s eight brought the curtain down on a successful World Championships in style.

Matt Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Shibi, Alex Gregory, George Nash, Will Satch and Phelan Hill wrote a new chapter in British men’s eights history when they brought up the hat-trick of successive World golds for GB in the event.

In a strong finish they held off season-long rivals Germany by just two tenths to take the victory on Lake Aiguebelette in France in 5:36.18 minutes.

That victory saw Great Britain top the medal table with five golds, nine silvers and a bronze – and improvement on last year when the team left Amsterdam with four golds, four silvers and two bronzes.

And with the 2016 Rio Olympics looming ever closer, Tanner believes his squad are heading in the right direction.

“I am really pleased with our Championships performance,” he said. “The men’s eight winning gold was a great way to finish.

“With our meals, our 12 Olympic slots and four Paralympic slots we can now look forward to stepping on next year to a top performance in Rio at both Games.”

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Cook looking to Rio after top Burghley finish

Tina Cook says she has one eye on Rio after finishing eighth as the highest ranking Brit at this year's Burghley Horse Trials. 

Cook was recently named as third reserve for the upcoming European Championships at Blair Castle and was in fine form in Lincolnshire as she finished on a final score of 52.6 aboard Star Witness.

The pair opened with 47.4 in the dressage before moving into tenth after Saturday's cross-country.

A clear ride in Sunday's finale was not enough to trouble the top of the leaderboard with Germany's Michael Jung taking victory on La Biosthetique Sam FBW but it was good enough to finish as the top Brit.

And Cook insists it was a brilliant run for Star Witness as she looks to build towards next year and putting herself in contention for Rio 2016.

“He jumped fantastically and to go into that arena with that amount of atmosphere is incredible because he's only ten and has never experienced anything like it and he jumped a great round,” she said.

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