Olympic24: Yarnold wants treble while Rowsell targets gold

20 February 2015 / 08:00

Lizzy Yarnold wants to add a World Championship title to her collection while Joanna Rowsell looks to seal Great Britain's first gold in Paris. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Yarnold sets sights on World Championship title
  • Rowsell wants gold in Paris
  • Froome up to third in Ruta del Sol
  • Jones has nothing to prove in build up to Rio
  • Trio progress to pentathlon final

Yarnold looking for historic treble

Lizzy Yarnold says she wants to complete an historic treble of titles as she seeks to add World Championship glory to her Olympic and European triumphs.

Yarnold is preparing to head to Winterberg as part of a six-strong British skeleton team that includes Laura Deas and Rose McGrandle while Dominic Parsons, Ed Smith and David Swift lead the charge for the men.

The 26-year-old also took second overall in the World Cup behind Austria’s Janine Flock but insists the World Championships on February 23 has always been the top priority.

“At the beginning of the season I set my target of winning the World Championships and I’m really pleased that my form this season has been at a level that now makes that goal realistic,” she said.

“I feel in great shape, my sliding has been consistent and I’m feeling really to motivated to get out there and do my best.

“It would be an honour to be the first British slider to hold the World, Olympic and European title all together, but I know that every athlete will be bringing their A-Game to Winterberg too, so I need to make sure I’m at my best.”

British bobsleigh have also named their squad for Winterberg with Olympian Lamin Deen and Youth Olympic medallist Mica McNeill leading a 14-strong squad.

After team pursuit silver, Rowsell seeks to defend world title in Paris

Joanna Rowsell will seek to defend her world individual time trial title in Paris today - and win Great Britain's first gold at the track cycling World Championship.

Rowsell took silver with Katie Archibald, Laura Trott and Elinor Barker in the women's team pursuit - ending hopes of a fifth consecutive world title in the discipline.

But she'll be back on the track today while Archibald also competes in the heats of the individual event.

Jess Varnish and Victoria Williamson, who combined to finish eighth in the women's team sprint, will compete in the individual sprints heats.

And Jon Dibben goes in the opening events in the men's omnium while Kian Emadi lines up in the men's 1km time trial.

Great Britain won two silvers in Paris yesterday - with the women's team pursuit squad joined on the podium by their male counterparts - Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Andrew Tennant.

Double Olympic champion Trott admitted disappointment at the display, which also saw Australia take Great Britain's world record and end their four year unbeaten run.

"They rode unbelievably and they've really stepped up over the last year. They've been throwing out different teams and strategies but they are now an incredible team, so hats off to them," she said.

"In training we've been putting good times together and we knew the world record was going to go, it's just a question of which team was going to break it - and unfortunately for us it was Australia."

Froome third after Ruta del Sol second stage

Chris Froome remains eight seconds off leader Alberto Contador after finishing stage two of the Ruta del Sol in 12th.

It looked like Contador might attack for the lead in the final kilometre in Lucera after moving to the front of the peloton but he was content with a place in the lead group as Juan Jose Lobato took the stage victory. 

Contador now leads by one second over Benat Intxausti while Froome moves up to third with the race continuing on Friday with the first of two summit finishes.

Jones: I have nothing to prove 

Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones says she is exactly where she needs to be as she looks ahead to defending her crown next year.

Last year saw Jones finally overcome long term nemesis Eva Calvo Gomez when she defeated the world number one in the World Grand Prix in Mexico back in December.

It was a crucial victory for Jones who believes she no longer has anything to prove and says she is fully focused on a busy campaign.

“I knew I was good enough to beat Eva but I seemed to have mental problems every time we met,” admitted Jones. “Even in the future I know it will be super hard against her.

“She is a great fighter but hopefully that win in Mexico will stop people saying:’will she ever beat her? because I have done it and beaten her in a really big competition.

“It’s a massive year for me and all taekwondo players with the Grand Prix series starting again, the World Championships and the first ever European Games.

“Fortunately for me I feel I am in a good place. I just want to keep improving and to get stronger and stronger.”

Choon, Cooke and Evans all progress

British numner one Joe Evans was one of three Brits to make it to the men's final at the season-opening pentathlon World Cup in Sarasota, USA. 

Evans will be joined in the final by Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong - Tom Toolis the only Brit to miss out. 

Cooke was the top-scorer of the trio after he collected 1095 from the three qualifying events (fencing, swimming and combined run-shoot.)

Evans and Choong meanwhile scored 1081 and 1088 respectively ahead of Saturday's final.

On this day...Sochi 2014

Eve Muirhead and her Team GB rink of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton sealed Olympic bronze with victory over Switzerland.

Semi-final heartbreak against Canada meant that Muirhead and co missed the chance to add the Olympic title to their resumé.

But they bounced back in impressive fashion to seal victory in the final end.

"This means so much," said Muirhead. "After the disappointment of the semi-final we immediately said we can't feel like that again, we wanted this medal so badly."

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