British Athletes are unlikely to achieve the same Olympic medal tally at Rio as they did at London in 2012, the head of UK Sport has said.Read the full story ›
Seventeen-year-old shooting star Amber Hill is relishing the prospect of packing her sun cream for Rio after beating the baking Baku heat as well as world number one Diana Bacosi to grab a dramatic gold medal at the European Games.
Hill held her nerve in a marathon sudden-death shoot-out in the women's skeet competition which finally ended when the veteran Italian - at 31 almost twice Hill's age - missed her 29th shot and the Bracknell teenager stepped up to add another title to the world crown she won when she was just 15.
In doing so, Hill grabbed an Olympic quota spot which effectively guarantees her a place on the plane to Brazil, given that her only real domestic rival, Elena Allen, has already secured her own place after taking world silver last year.
Hill, who is studying to become a beautician and cuts a striking figure on the shooting circuit with her bespoke bright pink shotgun cartridges, said: "I've never been to Brazil and I'm really looking forward to it. I really like the sun so I wasn't complaining about it and now I can't wait to get some Rio sun.
"I can't believe I've won a quota place - I tried not to think about it but it's always at the back of your mind. My goal has always been to get to Rio and to do it by winning a gold medal at the first European Games is unreal."
Today's statement from the International Olympic Committee suggests all is not well with the preparations for the next summer games.Read the full story ›
The International Olympic Committee has sent a clear warning to the organisers of the Rio 2016 Games that "every second counts" after visiting the Brazilian city.
With just over two years to go, the IOC said that a "constant, concerted and integrated effort is required for the successful delivery of the Games and its legacy".
It added: "Although progress is being made, each decision that is postponed and each subsequent delay will have a negative impact on delivery. Total focus and dedication are therefore required."
ITV News' Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, who was at the news conference, tweeted:
IOC presser re Rio 2016. Time + again say they have been "given assurances" that problems and delays in preparations will be resolved (1/2)
Scepticism from assembled hacks. These sound v much like assurances given re preparations for World Cup. And that's dangerously late. (2/2)
Sir Bradley Wiggins will compete for one more year with Team Sky before retiring from professional road racing next summer.
Speaking of teammate Chris Froome, he said, "I don't mind admitting that Chris is probably a better Grand Tour rider than me. He has age on his side, he has no kids. That's fine. If Chris wants to, he could potentially win five tours now."
Wiggins is setting his sights on a return to the velodrome at Rio 2016, telling the newspaper, "I'm going to continue to the next Olympics and try for a fifth gold on the track, that's the plan".
"It would be nice to finish the career with another Olympic gold," he added.
UK Sport has announced a record £347m funding pot for Olympic and Paralympic sports until Rio 2016, but not everybody is celebrating.Read the full story ›
Let's be honest, I wasn't expecting a great deal of funding from #UKSport, but nothing... that hurts.
Overall we are satisfied with the outcome. While disappointed with the award for swimming, we recognise we need to rebuild confidence that we can deliver medals at Olympic level consistently before we can demand more investment.
We had a disappointing Olympics in swimming and we now need to focus our energies on driving the cultural change needed moving forward and this will be built around a no compromise approach underpinned by performance management and strong effective leadership.
Handball player Chris McDermott has tweeted:
I'm devastated. Absolutely gutted. Gave everything for 7 years now we've been chopped.
@rosiemorris86 Congrats to you guys. Thats with our percentage too so you got an even bigger increase than 53.6%! you'd better do well!
Very happy that @teamgbtaekwondo have secured a 42.7% increase. Well done to all of us. We've had an amazing 4 years..here's to the next 4