Countdown to Rio 2016: Olympic sport this week

Chris and Gabby Adcock
Chris and Gabby Adcock are in action at the India Open this week

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Badminton: Chris and Gabby Adcock, who are Britain's leading hopes for a medal in the sport in Rio, continue their qualification quest at the India Open (29 March-3 April). Britain's top-ranked singles players, Rajiv Ouseph and Kirsty Gilmour, will also be in action.

Equestrian: Three-time Olympic medallist William Fox-Pitt is set to compete for the first time since suffering a serious head injury in a fall last November. Fox-Pitt is in the entry list for the Burnham Market Horse Trials (1-3 April).

Modern pentathlon: The third World Cup event of the season takes place in Rome (1-4 April), with Britain's 2014 world champion Samantha Murray seeking a return to form after finishing 33rd in her previous outing in Rio.

Road cycling: The 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders, one of men's cycling's five 'monuments', is on 3 April. World champion Peter Sagan will be among the favourites, having won last weekend's Gent-Wevelgem. The corresponding women's race is part of the World Tour and was won in 2015 by Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini.

Sailing: The Princess Sofia Trophy regatta continues in Mallorca this week, ending on 2 April. Three-time world champion Giles Scott opened up an early lead in the Finn class, while Olympic silver medallist Luke Patience is attempting to re-qualify for Rio in the men's 470 with new crew Chris Grube following the withdrawal of his usual partner Elliot Willis because of ongoing cancer treatment.

Water polo: The final four men's Olympic spots will be decided at a qualification tournament in Italy from 3-10 April.

Mo Farah
Mo Farah was disappointed with bronze at the World Half Marathon Championships

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FARAH'S BRONZE PROVIDES RIO MOTIVATION

Athletics: Mo Farah won bronze at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff.

His time of 59 minutes 59 seconds in a fast-paced race was 27 seconds off his own European record and not enough to prevent a successful title defence by Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor, who finished second behind Farah in the 10,000m at last summer's World Championships in Beijing.

Two-time Olympic champion Farah admitted his disappointment at missing out on gold in Wales and said the defeat gives him a "massive motivation" to work harder before the Rio Games.

CAMPBELL STARS AT BRITISH TRIALS

Rowing: Alan Campbell won his ninth national single scull title in 12 years at the GB Rowing trials.

The results from Caversham will help decide the crews for May's European Championships, and beyond to Rio 2016, and Olympic bronze medallist Campbell was one of a number of familiar names on the top of the podium.

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Campbell considers Rio crew switch

Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning produced a dominant display in the women's pairs, winning by over 10 seconds, while Vicky Thornley won the women's single scull.

"We still have some questions as we move towards our crew formation but we got good information from these trials," said performance director Sir David Tanner.

CYCLING MOURNS TWO TRAGIC DEATHS

Road cycling: Belgian professional cyclists Daan Myngheer and Antoine Demoitie died in separate incidents over the weekend.

Myngheer, 22, suffered a fatal heart attack during the first stage of the Criterium International in Corsica.

Demoitie was struck by a motorbike during Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem race and died in hospital.

World champion Peter Sagan won the one-day Gent-Wevelgem race. In Spain, Tour de France champion Chris Froome finished eighth in the Volta a Catalunya, won by key rival Nairo Quintana of Colombia.

IN BRIEF

Athletics: Russian walker Sergey Kirdyapkin will be stripped of his London 2012 gold medal. He is one of six Russian athletes to have their results annulled - a decision that will ensure Irishman Robert Heffernan is upgraded to the bronze medal.

IAAF president Lord Coe said athletics had become "boring" for many young people and needed "radical" changes if it is to survive.

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'There's not enough head-to-head athletics' - Lord Coe

Cycling - track: The Rio 2016 organisers have been forced to cancel track cycling's Olympic test event, scheduled for 30 April-1 May, because the velodrome's wooden track has not been installed.

Cycling - BMX: The opening round of the 2016 BMX Supercross World Cup took place in Argentina, with British duo Kyle Evans and Tre Whyte both eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Equestrian - eventing: British quartet Nicola Wilson, Izzy Taylor, Laura Collett and Gemma Tattersall finished sixth in the first leg of this year's FEI Nations Cup in Fontainebleau, France. Olympic champion Michael Jung led Germany to victory.

Equestrian - jumping: Laura Renwick, the only British show jumper to have qualified, was forced to withdraw from the World Cup final in Gothenburg because of problems with her horse, Bintang II. Switzerland's Olympic champion Steve Guerdat defended his title in Sweden.

General: Brazil's sport minister George Hilton has been forced out of office in the wake of his Brazilian Republican Party's withdrawal from President Dilma Rousseff's coalition because of huge anti-government protests by the Brazilian public. Hilton is expected to be replaced by Ricardo Leyser, the secretary of state for high-level sport.

Judo: Commonwealth champion Natalie Powell won her second bronze medal of the year in the under-78kg category at the Tbilisi Grand Prix, earning valuable points towards Olympic qualification. Fellow Briton Gemma Howell claimed a career-best silver medal in the under-63kg category.

Natalie Powell
Natalie Powell made it two Grand Prix medals for 2016 in Tbilisi

Shooting: British teenager Amber Hill had to settle for seventh place in the skeet at the season-opening shotgun World Cup in Cyprus after losing out in a six-way shoot-off for a semi-final spot. Ed Ling was 14th in the trap.

Tennis: Jamie Murray, who is likely to partner brother Andy at the Olympics, has become the first Briton under the modern ranking system to become a world number one. Meanwhile, Aljaz Bedene will not be allowed to represent Great Britain after losing his appeal.

Trials: There was a mixed response to the news that the British Olympic Association is considering introducing a US-style Olympic trials system.

Water polo: The USA, Russia, Italy and Spain secured the final four places for the women's tournament at the 2016 Olympics.