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Published 11 July 2016

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HEADLINES

Friday 15 July
Boccia: London 2012 medallists Smith and Murray named in Boccia squad
Equestrian: Taylor forced to withdraw from Olympics with Funnell stepping into the saddle

Thursday 14 July
Para-Equestrian: Experienced five-strong team primed for Rio 2016

Wednesday 13 July
Athletics: Trio of Olympic champions lead 80-strong athletics squad

Tuesday 12 July
Gymnastics: Smith and Downie among returning Olympians in 13-strong gymnastics squad
Shooting: Brits display sharp shooting to capture three golds at Euros

Monday 11 July
Athletics: Golden touch in relay sees Great Britain sign off Europeans on a high
Modern Pentathlon: Team silver at Europeans gets Great Britain set for Rio
Cycling - Road: Froome remains in yellow heading into Tour de France stage 10

Friday 15 July


London 2012 medallists Smith and Murray named in Boccia squad

Boccia: Ten boccia players have been named by Paralympics GB to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

David Smith and Nigel Murray return after capturing team bronze at London 2012, while BC4 world champion Stephen McGuire is also selected.

Five make their Paralympic debuts: Josh Rowe, Patrick Wilson, Claire Taggart and brother Jamie and Scott McCowan, while Evie Edwards and Kieran Steer make up the ten-strong roster.

For more: ParalympicsGB


Taylor forced to withdraw from Olympics with Funnell stepping into the saddle

Equestrian: Izzy Taylor will miss Rio 2016 after her ride Allercombe Ellie suffered an injury in training, with Pippa Funnell on Billy the Biz replacing her in the GB eventing team.

Taylor said: “I’m really gutted and sorry for the owners and my support team. I wish Pip and all the team the best of luck out in Rio.”

Funnell said: "Firstly I’m absolutely devastated for Izzy, I know how much work it takes for everyone involved to get the horse to this level. From a personal point of view, I just feel so very privileged and honoured to be part of the team and I’m just delighted for all my connections who have helped me to get to this stage.”

For more: British Equestrian Federation

Thursday 14 July


Experienced five-strong team primed for Rio 2016

Para-Equestrian: Five riders were named to pull on Great Britain uniform at Rio 2016 by the British Paralympic Association.

Natasha Baker, Sophie Christiansen, Anne Dunham, Lee Pearson and Sophie Wells have collected 30 Paralympic medals and share 13 Games’ worth of experience between them.

For more: British Equestrian Federation

Wednesday 13 July


Trio of Olympic champions lead 80-strong athletics squad

Athletics: London 2012 gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hull, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford lead a squad of 80 athletes announced to compete for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Jo Pavey is the most experienced athlete, heading to Brazil for her fifth Games, while Christine Ohuruogu and Robbie Grabarz will be seeking to medal again four years on.

For more: British Athletics

Tuesday 12 July


Smith and Downie among returning Olympians in 13-strong gymnastics squad

Gymnastics: A 13-strong gymnastics team has been named with Louis Smith and Becky Downie among those returning to represent Great Britain at Olympic level.

Smith is the only gymnast heading to his third Games, with teammates Max Whitlock and Kristian Thomas building on their appearances at London 2012. Brinn Bevan and Nile Wilson compete at their first Olympics.

Becky Downie is the only member of the women’s team with Olympic experience, with sister Ellie, Claudia Fragapane, Amy Tinkler and Ruby Harrold also making their Olympic bows.

Kat Driscoll, Bryony Page and Nathan Bailey make up the squad in the trampoline discipline.

For more: British Gymnastics

Brits display sharp shooting to capture three golds at Euros

Shooting: Great Britain displayed some sharp shooting to clinch three gold medals at the European Championships in Lonato, Italy.

Rachel Parish and Matt Coward-Holley led the way, winning two gold medals a piece, with Coward-Holley also taking a bronze medal by defeating fellow Brit Tim Kneale in the double trap competition.

The pair united alongside Steve Scott to capture men’s team gold, before Coward-Holley and Parish sealed a fourth medal overall, firing Great Britain to mixed team glory.

For more: British Shooting

Froome remains in yellow heading into stage 10

Cycling - Road: Reigning champion Chris Froome is in pole position through nine stages of the 2016 Tour de France.

Froome finished the Pyrenean climb on Sunday more than six minutes behind stage winner Tom Dumoulin but retains the yellow jersey ahead of compatriot Adam Yates, with Monday a rest day.

For more: British Cycling

Monday 11 July


Golden touch in relay sees Great Britain sign off Europeans on a high

Athletics: Great Britain put a golden finish on the European Athletics Championships with a pair of relay victories on the final day to end the competition with 16 medals overall, including five golds.

Martyn Rooney defended his 400m title on Saturday, after Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith topped the podium on Friday in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Adam Gemili, James Dasaolu, James Ellington and Chijindu Ujah raced to victory in the 4x100 on Sunday, before the women’s 4x400m struck gold with Seren Bundy-Davies, Eilidh Doyle, Anyika Onuora and Emily Diamond landing Britain’s fifth gold of the games.

For more: British Athletics

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