Countdown to Rio 2016: Russia escapes total ban

Usain Bolt at the 2016 Anniversary Games
Usain Bolt dispelled any injury fears at the Anniversary Games

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RUSSIA ESCAPES IOC BLANKET BAN

Russia will not receive a blanket ban from Rio 2016 following the country's doping scandal.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will leave it up to individual sports' governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part.

The IOC also decided that whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova would not be allowed to compete in Rio.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, along with many current and former athletes, have expressed dismay at the IOC decision to allow Russia to compete.

BOLT DISPELS INJURY WORRIES

Athletics: Usain Bolt allayed his Rio 2016 fitness fears with victory at the Anniversary Games.

Six-time Olympic champion Bolt needed a medical exemption to be picked for the Rio Games after suffering a grade one hamstring tear at the Jamaican trials earlier this month.

However, he proved he is fit again - if not quite back to his best just yet - in clocking 19.89 seconds to win the 200m on Friday night.

Elsewhere at the Anniversary Games, America's Keni Harrison broke the 28-year-old 100m hurdles record, setting a new best of 12.20 seconds. Jessica Ennis-Hill ran her second fastest hurdles time ever but insisted she is not the favourite for heptathlon gold in Rio.

Laura Muir broke Kelly Holmes' 1500m British record to strengthen her Olympic medal credentials while Britain's men's and women's 4x100m relay teams caught the eye with world-leading times, and Mo Farah won the 5,000m in comfortable fashion.

FROOME TARGETS OLYMPICS AFTER TOUR WIN

Chris Froome celebrates after winning the 2016 Tour de France
Froome has now won the Tour de France three times

Road cycling: Chris Froome has spoken of his desire to emulate Sir Bradley Wiggins' achievement in 2012 of following his Tour de France victory with Olympic gold.

The 31-year-old clinched his third Tour triumph in four years in Paris after a dominant three weeks, winning the race by more than four minutes.

Four years ago in London, Froome took time trial bronze behind then-Tour champion Wiggins and has admitted he has been thinking about the Rio time trial course "for six months".

"The course suits me well, it has 1,000 metres of climbing, and is 60 kilometres", he said.

Fellow Briton Adam Yates - part of GB's Rio road race squad - finished fourth and won the white jersey as best young rider.

News in brief

Johanna Konta
Konta's debut title win means she has risen to a career-high 14 in the world.

Athletes' Village: Australian athletes will move into Rio's Olympic Village after their concerns about the state of the accommodation were addressed. The Australian delegation had refused to move in, citing "blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring".

Badminton: Both of Great Britain's singles players at the Olympics will be seeded - Kirsty Gilmour is the 11th seed in the women's event while Rajiv Ouseph is 13th in the men's competition. GB's best medal chance in Rio is the mixed doubles pairing of Chris and Gabby Adcock but there are only four seeds in the doubles competitions so they miss out.

Drugs: A further 45 athletes have tested positive for banned substances after a second set of samples were re-analysed from the London and Beijing Olympics. Of these, 23 were medallists from the 2008 Beijing Games, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Security: Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism.

Tennis: Great Britain's Johanna Konta has moved up to a career-high ranking of 14 after winning her first WTA Tour title. She beat Venus Williams in the final of the Stanford event.

Weightlifting: Turkey's Sibel Ozkan has been stripped of the silver medal she won at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing after a doping retest.

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