Countdown to Rio 2016: Olympic sport this week

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark came from behind to win in the final race in France

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GOLD'S A BREEZE FOR MILLS AND CLARK

Sailing: London Olympic silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark earned their first win of the year as British sailors clinched four medals at the third leg of the World Cup series in Hyeres, France.

Mills and Clark finished ahead of overnight leaders Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance in the final race to take gold in the 470 class.

Bryony Shaw took a windsurfing silver medal, while there was bronze for Nick Dempsey in the men's equivalent and for world champion Alison Young in the laser radial.

GILMOUR GLITTERS BUT IS DENIED GOLD

Badminton: Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour finished as the runner-up in the women's singles at the European Championships in France, losing 21-12 21-18 to Spain's double world champion Carolina Marin in the final.

There was disappointment for mixed doubles top seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock, who were beaten 21-14 19-21 19-21 by Danes Mathias Christiansen and Lena Grebak in the quarter-finals.

British men's singles number one Rajiv Ouseph lost in the semi-finals to last year's champion and top seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark.

Doubles pair Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge won bronze after reaching the semi-finals.

Sir Bradley Wiggins
Sir Bradley Wiggins said he was "gutted" to pull out of the Tour de Yorkshire

BAD WEEK FOR GB CYCLING

Cycling: It's been a miserable week for British cycling, whose athletes contributed more Team GB gold medals than any other sport at London 2012.

An independent review has been set up after British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton resigned amid claims of sexism and discrimination.

Sutton, who "rejects the specific claims", said he was stepping down because the allegations had "become a distraction" to British athletes.

Meanwhile, a separate UK Sport investigation will look at claims British Cycling high-performance kit was advertised for sale online.

Rio road cycling hopeful Simon Yates failed a drugs test but will not be provisionally suspended because of the nature of the substance involved. The 23-year-old tested positive for terbutaline last month, with his Orica-GreenEdge team blaming an "administrative error" over the use of an asthma inhaler.

On the road, Dutch rider Kirsten Wild saw off Britain's double junior world road race champion Lucy Garner and world champion Lizzie Armitstead to win the women's Tour de Yorkshire.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler clinched overall victory in the men's event by winning the third and final stage at Scarborough.

Sir Bradley Wiggins dropped out of the race during a cold and damp first stage, saying his preparations for Rio had to take priority.

Watch Road to Rio
Two-time Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington tells BBC Sport's 'Road to Rio' programme that GB swimmers can better their London 2012 medal haul.
The show also rounds up successes for British boxing, triathlon and judo and a controversial couple of weeks for GB cycling and organisers of the Rio Games.

NEWS IN BRIEF

Patrick Huston
Patrick Huston is Britain's top-ranked male archer

Archery: Britain's men's recurve team - comprising Patrick Huston, Larry Godfrey and Kieran Slater - finished fourth at the opening leg of the World Cup in Shanghai. The British trio were edged out for a bronze medal by India, having earlier stunned the top-seeded USA team.

Athletics: The first members of Team GB's athletics squad for Rio Olympics have been named. In the men's marathon, Derek Hawkins is included alongside younger brother Callum and Tsegai Tewelde, both of whom qualified at the London Marathon. Alyson Dixon and Sonia Samuels had also guaranteed their marathon spots in London, while Dominic King has been selected for the 50km men's race walk.

Boxing: Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes, who is aiming to win a medal at a third consecutive Olympics, will be Ireland's flag-bearer at this year's Games in Rio.

Equestrian - dressage: Two of German dressage star Isabell Werth's top rides will not be competing in Rio. Don Johnson, with whom the five-time Olympic gold medallist is ranked third in the world, is injured, and Bella Rose 2, the horse on whom she won 2014 World Equestrian Games team gold, is not ready.

Equestrian - eventing: Olympic champion Michael Jung, riding FischerRocana FST, won the Kentucky CCI4* for the second year in a row.

Fencing: Six-time Olympic gold medallist Valentina Vezzali retired from the sport after winning silver in the women's team foil world championships at the Rio test event. The 42-year-old Italian did not qualify for the individual event in Rio, and the team rotation system means there will be no women's team foil at the 2016 Olympics.

Golf: Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa became the latest elite player to opt out of the Olympic golf tournament. Golfers who have already said they will not be competing in Rio include Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh.

Ellie Downie
Ellie Downie struck gold four times in Croatia

Gymnastics - artistic: Ellie Downie won gold in vault, bars, beam and floor at the Osijek World Challenge Cup to boost her hopes of qualifying for the GB Olympic team.

Hockey: The draw for the Olympic tournament has taken place, and Great Britain's men's team will begin their campaign against Belgium. Meanwhile, the British women must face three-time gold medallists Australia in their opening match. Ireland's men's Olympic debut will come against India.

Olympic flame: With 100 days to go before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic flame was handed over to the Brazilian authorities.

Synchronised swimming: Olivia Federici and Katie Clark head a 12-strong British team for the European Aquatics Championships in London from 9 - 13 May. Federici and Clark have already secured a quota place for Britain in Rio.

Team GB: Great Britain have revealed their kit for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. The Stella McCartney-designed red, white and blue outfits feature a new British coat of arms, designed to act as a unifying symbol across the two teams and sports.

Tennis: Roger Federer's year of illness and injury continued when he withdrew from the Madrid Masters with a back problem. The 34-year-old 2012 singles silver medallist has played in just three tournaments so far this year.

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Robbie Grabarz
Robbie Grabarz is back to his best after a serious knee injury

Athletics: The outdoor athletics season begins in earnest with the first round of the 2016 Diamond League in Doha. There is a host of star names lined up to compete in Qatar's capital city including 200m world champion Dafne Schippers and Olympic 110m hurdles gold medallist Aries Merritt, who is competing just eight months after a kidney transplant. Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz tops the British billing. Details of BBC coverage.

Cycling - mountain bike: Grant Ferguson, a bronze medallist at last year's Under-23 World Championships, heads the British team for the European Championships in Huskvana, Sweden (5-8 May).

Cycling - road: The Giro d'Italia, the first Grand Tour of the season, starts in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on 6 May. The three-week stage race ends in Turin on 21 May with 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali among the pre-race favourites. The women's WorldTour's first stage race of the season takes place in China this week with the Tour of Chongming Island (6-8 May).

Equestrian - eventing: The world-famous Badminton Horse Trials take place from 4-8 May. Olympic champion Michael Jung, who won Burghley last year and Kentucky last week, will be aiming to land the Rolex Grand Slam, a $350,000 bonus on offer to any rider who can win the world's three premier four-star events consecutively. The event will also throw up plenty of British selection clues, with the likes of Zara Tindall, Izzy Taylor, Nicola Wilson, Oliver Townend and Emily King all scheduled to compete. Details of BBC coverage.

Judo: The second event of the season's prestigious Grand Slam series takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan (6-8 May), with recent European medallists Colin Oates and Natalie Powell leading the British contingent.

Modern pentathlon: The World Cup Final in Florida (6-8 May) brings together the best performers from the previous four World Cup stages.

Rowing: Britain's Olympic campaign gets under way in earnest at the European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany. The ever-reliable Helen Glover and Heather Stanning head the gold medal hopes, but there will much interest in how the rejigged men's sweep teams fare, in particular the eight and four. Details of BBC coverage.

Sailing: Britain's three-time world champion Giles Scott, who suffered a first defeat for three years in his last outing, defends his title at the Finn Gold Cup in Italy between 5-13 May.

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