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Gagandeep Bedi 11 July 2012
Athletics: Following his confirmation as captain of the Team GB Athletics squad, Dai Greene set a PB of 47.84 seconds in the men’s 400m hurdles to take silver behind Puerton Rica’s Javier Culson at the Diamond League in Paris.
Beijing champion, Christine Ohuruou, ran a season’s best of 50.59 seconds at the Diamond League in Paris to finish fourth in the women’s 400m, finishing 0.82 seconds behind world champion Amantle Montsho.
Martyn Rooney finished second with a timed 45.17 seconds in the men’s 400m at the de Atletismo in Madrid, Belgian Kevin Borlee finished first in 45.09 seconds.
Men’s 800m runner, Gareth Warburton, has been included in Team GB after successfully appealing his omission.
Heptathelete Jessica Ennis finalised her preparations for London 2012 by winning the LEAP athletics long jump event with a marked 6.21m, short of her year best 6.51m.
Disability Athletics: The BPA has announced the 49 members of the ParalympicsGB Team to compete at London 2012, including Beijing double gold medallist David Weir and several other world record holders.
Basketball: Great Britain’s men’s played away from home against the strong EuroBasket champions Spain, although losing 78 – 74, it was a strong performance with Joel Freeland sinking 15 points and Mike Lenzly continuing his run of form with 13 points, helping Great Britain to battle back from 21 – 7 behind in the build up to London 2012.
Cycling: Warming up for the time trail and road race at London 2012, Britain’s Emma Pooley finished second in the women’s Giro d’Italia, finishing 3:27 seconds behind Marianne Vos of the Netherlands.
After taking the race leaders’ yellow jersey with a win in stage seven, Bradley Wiggins retained the jersey and overall Tour lead, one minute and 53 seconds of second placed Cadel Evans, on stage eight after finishing second to France’s Thibaut Pinot. Wiggins followed up with an impressive stage nine time trial victory, finishing 35 seconds ahead of team-mate Chris Froome. British Cycling
Equestrian: Staking her claim as a medal contender, Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro, capped a near faultless solo performance by becoming the first British rider to break the 90% barrier for a freestyle routine. Dujardin was awarded 90.65%, breaking the record previously set by Laura Bechtolsheimer.
Equestrian Team GBR
Football: The seasoned Manchester United midfielder, Ryan Giggs, has been selected by Stuart Pearce to captain Team GB men’s football squad at London 2012.
Giggs said: “It is a tremendous honour to be part of the Olympics. Stuart [Pearce] has given me the captaincy, which is even better so I am really looking forward to it. It is a unique experience and one from the start that I wanted to be part of when I got the opportunity.”
The Football Association
The BOA has officially entered the 542-strong Team GB for London 2012, following the completion of the Delegation Registration Meeting with the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) on 9 July. For a full list of those selected, please follow the link below.
Water Polo: Four defeats in the Dublin Cup, won by Croatia, has helped Great Britain’s men’s team to focus their performances on the upcoming London 2012 Games.
Events taking place over the weekend:
Athletics: Diamond League, London (13 - 14 July)
IAAF World Junior Championships, Barcelona (10 – 15 July)
Cycling: Tour de France (30 June – 22 July)