Countdown to Rio 2016: Olympic sport this week

Mo Farah
Mo Farah dedicated his Birmingham win to the late Muhammad Ali

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FARAH BREAKS RECORD BUT RUTHERFORD STRUGGLES

Athletics: Double Olympic champion Mo Farah broke Dave Moorcroft's 34-year-old British 3,000m record at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

Farah, who dedicated his display to Muhammad Ali, ran seven minutes 32.62 seconds to add to his British track record collection, which already included 1500m, two miles, 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m.

Britain's Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford won the Diamond League event in Rome with a season's best 8.31m but picked up a neck injury that he aggravated in finishing fifth in Birmingham.

There were encouraging performances from Britain's Robbie Grabarz (high jump) and and Eilidh Doyle (400m hurdles), while Olympic champions David Rudisha (600m) and Kirani James (400m) both won their events.

Britain's Lynsey Sharp finished fourth in the 800m behind Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba and Caster Semenya, and afterwards voiced her frustration, fuelling the ongoing gender debate in women's athletics.

DOWNIES SHINE IN SWITZERLAND

Gymnastics: British sisters Becky and Ellie Downie won gold and silver respectively at the women's European Championships in Bern as Britain came home with four medals.

Becky, 24, reclaimed the title she won in 2014 on the uneven bars, pipping Russian world champion Daria Spiridonova to gold.

Meanwhile, Ellie claimed silver on the vault and floor.

Britain also won silver in the team event despite suffering several falls during the competition.

BOLT COULD LOSE JAMAICA RELAY GOLD

Athletics: Jamaica's Usain Bolt could lose one of the three gold medals he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Reuters reported that the 'A' sample of one of his team-mates in the 4x100m relay, Nesta Carter, was found to contain the banned substance Methylhexanamine.

The news comes after the retesting of 454 samples from the 2008 Games.

Carter, who along with his agent has not replied to requests for comment, will face sanctions if his 'B' sample also tests positive for the substance.

British badminton player Rajiv Ouseph
Rajiv Ouseph reached the last eight for the second tournament in a row

NEWS IN BRIEF

Anti-doping: The IOC has announced additional measures in its anti-doping programme before the Rio Olympics. The budget will be doubled, while athletes from Russia, Kenya and Mexico - countries that have been declared non-code compliant by Wada - will be specifically targeted.

Badminton: Chris and Gabby Adcock suffered a surprise defeat in the first round of the Indonesian Open. The seventh seeds lost to unseeded home pair Alfian Eko Prasetya and Annisa Saufika. However, British number one Rajiv Ouseph reached the quarter-finals of the men's singles.

Boxing: The International Boxing Association has voted to allow professional boxers to compete in the Olympics - but the rule change, which could see professionals in Rio, has been criticised by many within the sport.

Equestrian: British eventer William Fox-Pitt won his first competition since returning from serious injury. The former world number one triumphed in the young horse class at the Tattersalls Horse Trials in Ireland for the second year in succession.

Golf: Rory McIlroy says he is "ready to play" in Rio after seeking advice about the Zika virus.

British hockey star Alex Danson
GB's Alex Danson scored her 90th international goal in the draw with the Netherlands

Hockey: Great Britain's women beat Olympic and world champions the Netherlands in a two-Test series in Amsterdam, winning 2-1 and then drawing 1-1.

IOC team: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has unveiled its first-ever team of refugees which will have 10 athletes and 12 officials, and will compete in athletics, swimming and judo at this summer's Games in Rio under the Olympic flag. The team includes five athletes from South Sudan, two from Syria, two from Democratic Republic of Congo and one from Ethiopia.

Modern pentathlon: Jamie Cooke has risen to number one in the official world rankings following last week's World Championships in Moscow.

Synchronised swimming: Olivia Federici and Katie Clark will represent Great Britain at this summer's Olympics in Rio. The pair will compete in the duet event after securing a quota place at the qualification event in Brazil in March.

Table tennis: Sam Walker has been named in Great Britain's table tennis squad for Rio. The 21-year-old will compete in the men's team event, alongside Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall, who have also qualified for the singles.

Tennis: Novak Djokovic completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open, becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at the same time.

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta has reached a career-high ranking of 18, becoming the first British woman to break into the top 20 since Jo Durie in 1983.

Tokyo 2020: The IOC has proposed the addition of five sports to the Olympic schedule for the 2020 Games in Tokyo: skateboarding, surfing, karate, sports climbing and baseball/softball. A decision on the sports will be made in August with the event schedule for 2020 finalised in mid-2017.

Track cycling: Rio de Janeiro's city government has cancelled its contract with the company constructing the Olympic track cycling velodrome just two months before the start of the Games, after the firm filed for bankruptcy protection. The city said the change would not affect the delivery of the project, which it says is 88% finished.

Volleyball: Canada, Poland, Iran, France and Mexico have booked the last spots in the Olympics men's tournament at the final qualifying tournament in Tokyo.

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee
The Brownlees both won medals at the London Olympics

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Badminton: The Australian Open, the last major event before the Rio Olympics, takes place from 7-12 June. Chris and Gabby Adcock, Britain's leading badminton medal hopes for Rio, will be looking to bounce back after an early exit at last week's Indonesian Open.

Canoe slalom: The second World Cup event of the year takes place from 10-12 June at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic course in La Seu d'Urgell. Joe Clarke and Fiona Pennie, who will represent Britain in Rio this summer, are among the competitors in Spain.

Diving: The British Diving Championships (10-12 June) at Ponds Forge, Sheffield will see the likes of Tom Daley and Jack Laugher battling to book their places in Rio.

Equestrian: The Bramham Horse Trials (9-12 June) will offer some useful form pointers ahead of the selection of the squad for Rio, with the likes of Nicola Wilson, Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend all in action, along with William Fox-Pitt, who is on the comeback trail after injury, and who will be giving his Olympic hope Chilli Morning a run-out.

Hockey: Great Britain will be aiming to win the Champions Trophy for the first time when the men's tournament gets under way in London this week. The hosts play their first match on the opening day of the tournament on 10 June against the world's number one team Australia at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

On Saturday they take on India, followed by clashes with South Korea (13 June), Germany (14 June) and Belgium (16 June), with the final held on 17 June.

Road cycling: Chris Froome is in action in one of his most important preparation races for next month's Tour de France, the Criterium du Dauphine. Froome has won the Criterium in each of the two years he has won the Tour - 2013 and 2015 - and will line up against key rival Alberto Contador this week.

Sailing: British elite sailors will be taking on their international rivals in major competition for the last time before Rio at the World Cup event in Weymouth and Portland (8-12 June). World champions Giles Scott (Finn), Nick Thompson (Laser) and Alison Young (Laser Radial) will be among the British Rio-bound contingent in action.

Shooting: The third shotgun World Cup event of the season continues in San Marino (1-11 June).

Swimming: British marathon swimmers Keri-anne Payne and Danielle Huskisson will compete for Olympic selection when they take part in an all-or-nothing 10km race at Setubal in Portugal (11-12 June). As well as being the first Briton home, a top nine finish is needed in order to be considered for selection. Some of Britain's top swimmers, such as Adam Peaty, James Guy, Hannah Miley and Fran Halsall, will also be fine-tuning their Rio preparation in Portugal.

Triathlon: The World Series heads to Leeds for round five. It's a home round in more ways than one for proud Yorkshiremen and 2012 gold and bronze medallists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee in the men's race. Leeds-based former world champion Non Stanford is one of five Britons in the women's race.

Weightlifting: The British Championships take place in Coventry. It's not just national pride at stake, with the event also key in deciding who will be selected for the two Olympic spots (one men's and one women's) on the GB team. There should be a fascinating battle between Sonny Webster and Owen Boxall in the 94kg division, while Zoe Smith will be hoping to earn a spot at her second Olympics.

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