Countdown to Rio 2016: Cavendish reigns, but Bolt's Olympic dream is in doubt

Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish wore the Tour de France's coveted yellow jersey for the first time after winning this year's opening stage

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CAVENDISH MAKES HIS MARK

Road cycling: British Olympian Mark Cavendish won three of the first six stages of this year's Tour de France to move second on the event's all-time list with 29 victories.

Cavendish will ride on the track in the omnium in Brazil in a bid to win a first Olympic medal but it was a different gap in his incredible CV - the Tour de France's coveted yellow jersey worn by the overall leader - that he ticked off with his first-stage victory.

The Manxman's subsequently won stages three and six; only 34-time stage winner Eddy Merckx of Belgium is ahead of him.

INJURY JOLT FOR BOLT

Athletics: Usain Bolt's attempt to become the first man to win the 100m, 200m and relay at three consecutive Olympics is in doubt after he suffered a hamstring tear during the Jamaican Olympic trials.

Bolt expects to be fit for Rio but he has yet to set the qualifying time needed in the 200m, having not competed in the event since last August.

His intention remains to run over 200m at the Anniversary Games in London.

Bolt's arch-rival Justin Gatlin set the fastest 100m time of 2016 to secure his Rio qualification at the US trials, clocking 9.80 seconds.

BRITISH TEAM PACKS A PUNCH

Boxing: Ten men and two women will make up Great Britain's largest Olympic boxing team for 32 years after their selection for Rio was confirmed.

Olympic, world and Commonwealth champion Nicola Adams is aiming to become Britain's first two-time Olympic boxing champion.

British men qualified in all 10 weight divisions, and Joe Joyce will compete at super heavyweight.

The team consists solely of amateur boxers, even though professionals are eligible to compete in the Olympics for the first time in Rio.

Alistair Brownlee
Alistair Brownlee celebrates a second successive World Triathlon Series victory in Stockholm

NEWS IN BRIEF

Archery: Patrick Huston and Naomi Folkard have been selected to represent Great Britain in Rio. Both had earned a quota place for the country during the qualifying phase.

Equestrian - jumping: Scott Brash, part of the British showjumping team that won gold at London 2012, will miss the Rio Games. The Scot, 30, was set to be in the British line-up to defend the title in Brazil but has been ruled out after his top two rides picked up injuries.

Golf: Masters winner Danny Willett says he plans to compete at the Rio Olympics. Several of the sport's top players, including world number one Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, have withdrawn because of concerns over the Zika virus.

Mountain bike: Switzerland's Nino Schurter won the cross country world title for the fifth time in the Czech Republic ahead of home favourite Jaroslav Kulhavy and France's two-time Olympic champion Julien Absalon. Denmark's Annika Langvad continued her impressive start to 2016 by adding the world title to her pair of World Cup wins. Meanwhile, Grant Ferguson has been added to the British team for this summer's Olympics.

Swimming: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, secured his spot on the plane to Rio with three individual victories at the US trials. Katie Ledecky, who won 800m gold at London 2012 as a 15-year-old, also booked multiple spots and is expected to be one of the stars of the Games.

Tennis: Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki will represent Denmark at Rio 2016 after overturning an International Tennis Federation (ITF) ban. The ITF had ruled the 25-year-old had not played enough Fed Cup games to qualify, but she successfully argued that an ankle injury had forced her to miss matches.

Triathlon:Alistair Brownlee continued his impressive preparations for the defence of his Olympic title by securing a second straight World Series victory in Stockholm. Brother Jonny, the reigning Olympic bronze medallist, was second. Helen Jenkins took bronze in the women's race, won by Bermudan Flora Duffy. Britain's former world champion Non Stanford crashed out.

Weightlifting: Teenager Rebekah Tiler has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympics. London Olympian Zoe Smith had been expected to claim the single spot on the British women's team but needs surgery after dislocating her shoulder at the national championships last month. Tiler will compete in the 69kg division while Sonny Webster, who competes in the 94kg class, has earned the British men's spot.

Great Britain's Rio-bound modern pentathletes
Great Britain's Rio-bound modern pentathletes are competing in the European Championships this week

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Athletics: The ultra-competitive US Olympic trials continue in Eugene, Oregon (1-10 July). The top three finishers in each race qualify for Rio.

Modern pentathlon: World number one Jamie Cooke and former world champion Samantha Murray are among the British Olympians competing in the European Championships in Lisbon (4-11 July). It is the sport's final major competition before the Rio Olympics.

Road cycling: Chris Froome is bidding to win a third Tour de France (2-24 July), while fellow Brit Mark Cavendish hunts for more stage wins as he continues his preparations for the Olympic omnium.

Shooting: The shotgun European Championships take place in Lonato, Italy, between 6-11 July.

Tennis: Wimbledon reaches its climax this weekend. With Novak Djokovic making a shock third-round exit, there will be a new winner of the men's event for the first time in three years.

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