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Gagandeep Bedi 25 July 2012
Athletics: The Diamond League in Monaco saw a number of Team GB athletes perform for the final time in the build up to London 2012 this weekend. Andrew Osagie finished eighth in the 800m but stamped a new personal best of 1:44.48 to increase his advantage in the rankings. Chris Tomlinson finished third in the long jump event, reaching 8.01m whilst Martyn Rooney completed the 400m in 45.52 to finish sixth.
Robbie Grabarz, competing in the high jump, reached 2.33m but finished second to world champion Jesse Williams on count back. Competing in the pole vault, Holly Bleasdale finished third with a vault of 4.62m, beating Olympic champion and World record holder Yelena Isinbayeva.
Steven Lewis broke the 14-year British pole vault record on Saturday in Poland, clearing 5.82m, beating world champion Pawel Wojciechhowski and Olympic champion Steve Hooker.
Basketball: The Team GB women’s side started strong, maintaining a solid defence against the six-time Olympic champions, USA, and even taking an early 15-8 lead but, eventually, the USA capitalised through their seasoned experience to win the friendly 88-63.
The men’s team put in a spirited friendly performance against an all-star USA team, but lost 118-78 to the ‘Dream Team’. The GB squad followed this performance up with a close fought warm-up game against Tunisia which finished 73-69, the team was understrength however, with America based NBA stars Luol Deng and Joel Freeland rested for both this game and the next versus Belgium, which Team GB lost 79-56, stuttering after a positive, strong start.
Cycling: In the lead up to the final stage of the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins dominated the individual time-trial helping to consolidate his grip on the title in the process. In the final stage itself, finishing in Paris’s Champs-Élysées, Mark Cavendish secured the 23rd stage win of his career making him the most successful sprinter in Tour history whilst Wiggins himself made history in becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France in its 99th outing, winning with a margin of three minutes and 21 seconds.
Football: A star-studded pre-tournament favourite Brazil squad beat a spirited men’s Team GB two nil at the Riverside last Friday, but Stuart Pearce’s side were able to take many positives from the fixture as they now look ahead to Thursday’s match against Senegal.
Ahead of the opening fixture against New Zealand, the women’s team played against Sweden, producing a vibrant display despite a goalless draw. Hope Powell’s team pressurised the opposition and threatened constantly, showing signs of encouragement.
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Tennis: Reigning Olympic champion, Rafael Nadal, will not defend his title and has withdrawn from London 2012 after a flare-up of an old injury.