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Published 5 July 2016

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HEADLINES

Friday 8 July
Wheelchair Tennis: 
Brits secure historic wins as wheelchair tennis singles debuts at Wimbledon
Athletics: Rutherford adds European gold to World and Olympic crowns
Cycling - Road: Cavendish races to second overall in all-time Tour de France stage wins table

Thursday 7 July
Athletics: Pavey has fifth Olympics in her sights following European silver

Wednesday 6 July
Swimming: O'Connor writes herself into record books in last Olympic tune-up
Modern Pentathlon: Cooke and Choong fall short of podium on final outing before Rio

Tuesday 5 July
Equestrian: Dujardin among defending champions in 12-strong Olympic team
Cycling: Mountain biker Ferguson added to cycling squad for Rio
Wheelchair Fencing: Great Britain pair aiming to put Rio rivals to the sword

Monday 4 July
Triathlon: Alistair beats Jonathan as Brownlee brothers step up in Stockholm

Friday 8 July


Brits secure historic wins as wheelchair tennis singles debuts at Wimbledon

Wheelchair Tennis: Jordanne Whiley and Gordon Reid made history by sealing victories on the opening day of wheelchair tennis singles at Wimbledon.

US Open doubles champion Whiley was the first to advance to the semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-1 win over compatriot Lucy Shuker, and world number three Reid followed up with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Nicolas Peifer of France.

For more: Tennis Foundation

Rutherford adds European gold to World and Olympic crowns

Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith and Greg Rutherford topped the podium at the European Championships in Amsterdam.

Rutherford leaped 8.25m to add the European title to his Olympic and World crowns, while Asher-Smith beat her season’s best of 22.37 to take 200m gold. Tiffany Porter clinched 100m hurdles bronze in 12.76 seconds.

For more: British Athletics

Cavendish races to second overall in all-time Tour de France stage wins table

Cycling: Mark Cavendish moved to second overall in the all-time Tour de France stage win standings with a tense sprint victory in stage six.

The 31-year-old, named in Great Britain's Olympic track cycling team for Rio 2016, edged past Germany's Marcel Kittel on the line to secure his 29th stage win, five behind five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx of Belgium.

Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet holds the yellow jersey as overall leader, with Chris Froome five minute and 17 seconds behind in fifth place overall.

For more: British Cycling

Thursday 7 July


Pavey has fifth Olympics in her sights following European silver

Athletics: Jo Pavey clocked an Olympic qualifying time while sealing 10,000m silver at the European Championships in Amsterdam

The 42-year-old could not defend her European crowd as Yasemin Can of Turkey claimed gold in 31 minutes 12 minutes, but Pavey’s time on 31:34 was inside the time required to be eligible for selection for Rio 2016, in her bid to compete at a fifth Olympic Games.

For more: British Athletics

Wednesday 6 July


O'Connor writes herself into record books in last Olympic tune-up

Swimming: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor showcased her Rio-form by breaking a British 100m breaststroke record at the Scottish National Championships.

The 20-year-old shaved 0.01 second of the previous best in her final outing in Glasgow before boarding a flight to Rio and

O’Connor told British Swimming: “I am over the moon with that. I’m in a really good block of training, probably the most consistent block of training I’ve had for a really long time. I’m tired and really surprised by that.”

For more: British Swimming


Cooke and Choong fall short of podium on final outing before Rio

Modern Pentathlon: Jame Cooke and Joe Choong narrowly missed out on a medal at their final competition before Rio 2016 at the Senior European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The duo, who will represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games, led after by 3.5 seconds after the swimming stage, but fell to sixth after fencing and riding. A strong shooting round left them a second shy of the podium in fourth.

For more: Pentathlon GB

Tuesday 5 July

Dujardin among defending champions in 12-strong Olympic team

Equestrian: The 12 athletes who will compete for Great Britain across three equestrian disciplines in Rio 2016 have been announced by Team GB.

Double London 2012 gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin returns on Valegro in the dressage team, alongside fellow Olympic team champion Carl Hester, on Nip Tuck. Fiona Bigwood, on Atterupgaards Orthilia, and Spencer Wilton, on Super Nova II, make their Olympic debuts.

William Fox-Pitt, on Chilli Morning, is selected for his third Olympics in an eventing team which sees three riders competing at their first Games: Kitty King (on Ceylor L A N), Izzy Taylor (on Allercombe Elle) and Gemma Tattersall (on Chico Bella P or Quicklook V)

In an experienced jumping team, London 2012 gold medalliss Nick Skelton goes to his seventh Games, on Big Star, John Whitaker goes to his sixth games, on Ornellaia, while younger brother Michael attends his fifth games on Cassionato. Ben Maher on Tic Tac rounds off the team.

For more: British Equestrian Federation


Mountain biker Ferguson added to cycling squad for Rio

Cycling: Grant Ferguson will be heading to Rio after being named as an additional member of Team GB’s cycling team.

Ferguson becomes the 27th athlete on the cycling roster, following the announcement of the track, road and BMX cyclists on 4 July. The 22-year-old will enter the cross country event on the final day of Olympic competition in Rio.

For more: British Cycling

Great Britain pair aiming to put Rio rivals to the sword

Wheelchair Fencing: Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver will be attending their first Paraylmpic Games, it was announced by Paralympic GB.

The pair, who both won silver medals at the 2015 World Championships in Italy, go in search of Great Britain’s first Paralympic gold medal in Fencing since Seoul 1988.

“To represent your country at the Paralympic Games is the greatest privilege in our sport and I’ve worked incredibly hard over the last few years to stake my place on the team,” said Coutya.

Gilliver said: “I am so happy to be part of the ParalympicsGB team for Rio 2016. Many years of hard work has gone towards achieving this goal and I’m pleased that all the hours of training have paid off.”

For more: ParalympicsGB

Monday 4 July


Alistair beats Jonathan as Brownlee brothers step up in Stockholm

Triathlon: Alistair Brownlee tuned up for his Olympic title defence at Rio 2016 by edging out his brother Jonathan at the World Triathlon Series in Sweden.

Alistair took victory in Stockholm in a time of 1 hour 50 minutes and 33 seconds, with London 2012 bronze medallist Jonathan trailing 10 seconds behind to land silver ahead of Pierre Le Corre of France in third.

Helen Jenkins claimed a bronze medal ahead of fourth-placed Vicky Holland in the women’s event, which was won by Flora Duffy of Belgium.

For more: British Triathlon

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