Countdown to Rio 2016: Greg Rutherford retains European title

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford retained the European title in Amsterdam with a leap of 8.25m

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Rutherford underlines Rio credentials

Athletics: Great Britain's Greg Rutherford will go into the Olympics as the holder of all four major long jump titles after retaining his European crown on Thursday in Amsterdam with a leap of 8.25m.

GB ended the competition with 16 medals, with the men's 4x100m relay team winning a fifth gold on the final day.

Former Olympic and world champion Christine Ohuruogu and 42-year-old Jo Pavey will discover on Wednesday whether they have earned a place in Rio.

Ohuruogu was pipped to European bronze by her team-mate Anyika Onuora, while four-time Olympian Pavey ran the qualifying standard in finishing fifth in the 10,000m.

British record for O'Connor

Swimming: Siobhan-Marie O'Connor set a new British 100m breaststroke record at the Scottish National Championships in Glasgow on 4 July.

The 20-year-old shaved 0.01 seconds off the previous best in her final outing before the Olympics.

O'Connor, the world 200m medley bronze medallist, said: "I am over the moon with that. I'm in a really good block of training. I'm tired and really surprised by that."

Fifth Olympics for Fox-Pitt

Equestrian: William Fox-Pitt says the prospect of competing at a fifth Olympics gave him "great drive" to recover from a serious head injury.

He is the most experienced member of the GB eventing team selected for Rio, which also includes Olympic debutants Gemma Townsend, Kitty King and Izzy Taylor.

Reigning Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester head the dressage team, with Spencer Wilton and Fiona Bigwood also selected.

Nick Skelton and Ben Maher will defend their Olympic jumping title, along with brothers John and Michael Whitaker.

Allyson Felix
Allyson Felix will be unable to defend her Olympic 200m title after finishing fourth at the US trials

News in brief

Athletics: Jamaica' Usain Bolt has allayed fears he could miss the Olympics by confirming he will race at the Anniversary Games in London on 22 July despite suffering a minor hamstring tear during the Jamaican Championships.

Meanwhile, American Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix has failed to qualify in the event at the US trials, while the IAAF's Doping Review Board has turned down applications from 67 Russian athletes to compete in Rio; only Florida-based long jumper Darya Klishina was granted eligibility.

BMX cycling: Dutchman Raymon van der Biezen and Germany's Sarah Sailer won European titles in Verona. Several top riders missed the championships as they prepare for Rio.

Boxing: Former world champions Amnat Ruenroeng (Thailand) and Hassan N'Dam (Cameroon) have become the first professionals to book a place at the Olympic Games. The controversial ruling to allow professionals to compete was passed on 1 June.

Golf: Ryder Cup team-mates Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed will compete for the USA at the Olympics, but Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson have opted out.

Modern pentathlon: Rio-bound Britons Kate French and Samantha Murray finished 10th and 17th respectively at the European Championships in Sofia. Defending champion Laura Asadauskaite (Lithuania) retained the title. The men's event was won by Czech athlete Jan Kuf, with British Olympians Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong only competing in the relay.

Road cycling: Defending champion Chris Froome leads the Tour de France after nine stages, with fellow Briton Adam Yates in second place. Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador has quit the race because of illness.

Swimming: British open water swimmer Jack Burnell rounded off his Olympic preparations by winning silver at the European Championships in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld South Korean Park Tae-hwan's appeal against his Olympic ban for a failed drugs test from 2014, while Olympic champion Chad le Clos has revealed both his parents have cancer.

Tennis: Britain's Andy Murray warmed up for the Olympics by securing his second Wimbledon title with a straight-sets victory over Canada's Milos Raonic. Rio-bound Heather Watson won the mixed doubles with Henri Kontinen, while America's Serena Williams equalled German Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (Russia) will miss the Olympics after her doping appeal was postponed until September.

Track cycling: Olympic champion Dani King (Great Britain) says she has failed in her appeal to gain a place in the Great Britain road cycling team for Rio. King, who won team pursuit gold at London 2012, had said the selection process had been unfair.

Wrestling: United World Wrestling has reinstated Olympic places to several countries whose athletes tested positive for meldonium. The decision comes after the World Anti-Doping Agency extended an amnesty until 30 September for any athlete found to have taken the substance.

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