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Nicola Adams books her place at Rio 2016

Adams will get the chance to become the first British boxer to win two Olympic titles since Harry Mallin in Paris in 1924. Credit: PA

Nicola Adams booked her place at the Rio Olympics after cruising to victory at the European qualifying tournament in Samsun, Turkey, on Friday.

The 33-year-old scored a unanimous decision win over Marielle Hansen of Norway to ensure she will defend her 2012 gold medal in Brazil.

It means Adams will get the chance to become the first British boxer to win two Olympic titles since Harry Mallin in Paris in 1924.

Adams started aggressively against her experienced opponent, repelling Hansen's advances and taking it clearly on the scorecard.

Despite getting a little wayward with her shots in the middle rounds, Adams finished with a flourish to complete a shut-out victory and book her place on the plane to Rio.

Joubert named among referees for Rio sevens

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament. Credit: PA

South African Craig Joubert is among the referees chosen by World Rugby to officiate at this summer's Rio Olympics.

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament, which also includes Scotsman Mike Adamson.

The women's competition group of officials, meanwhile, features England's Sara Cox and Scottish official Alex Pratt.

Rugby union, in its sevens format, will return to the Olympics following a 92-year absence.

Joubert, who is a highly-experienced sevens referee, controlled the 15-a-side 2011 World Cup final in New Zealand, but at last autumn's England-hosted tournament he made a controversial late decision during the Scotland versus Australia quarter-final that World Rugby later announced had been incorrect.


17-year-old books trip to Rio 2016 with gold in Baku

Amber Hill won gold in Baku. Credit: PA

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."


IOC warns Rio it risks missing deadline for 2016 Games

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:

Bradley Wiggins to retire from road racing next year

Sir Bradley Wiggins will compete for one more year with Team Sky before retiring from professional road racing next summer.

In an interview with The Times (£), Wiggins said there was little chance of him winning the Tour de France again.

Sir Bradley Wiggins said he has his sights set on a gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

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.

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