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Olympics News Archive - March 2012

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Spofforth starting to believe Olympic dream again after tumultuous 12 months
The issue of mental trauma and professional sport has been intricately linked by tragic events in recent months and few athletes know more about the subject than 100 metres backstroke world record holder and Olympic gold hopeful Gemma Spofforth.
1st March 2012

Olympics 'will hit demand for business flights'
The owner of British Airways - the official airline of the Olympics - has warned that the Games will "dampen" demand for its flights, particularly in the lucrative business market.
1st March 2012

Every British athlete to be drug-tested before start of Games
Every member of Britain's 550-strong Olympic team and 300 Paralympians will be drug-tested at least once between now and this summer's London Games. UK Anti-Doping yesterday announced what it claims will be the most comprehensive pre-Games programme.
1st March 2012

Unveiling The Albert, the official Olympic football
The official football for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been launched. The Albert was unveiled at the City of Coventry Stadium, which will be hosting 12 matches during the Olympics, including the opening game and the women's bronze medal play-off.
1st March 2012

The need for speed: Why the Aquatics Centre pool should be a record-breaker
The British Championships take place this weekend at the Aquatics Centre in Stratford where the trials for places at this summer's Olympics get under way to decide who makes the grade. Here Sportsmail takes you inside the venue and explains the technolo
1st March 2012

British Swimming Trials: Rebecca Adlington says failure "scary"
Rebecca Adlington says the prospect of failure at the British swimming trials is "scary" as she prepares to try and secure a place at the London Olympics.
1st March 2012

Tom Cleverley keen to play at Euro 2012 or Olympic Games
Manchester United's Tom Cleverley has not give up hope of making the England squad for this summer's European Championship, despite the latest injury setback that forced him to withdraw from the friendly against Holland, but says he would be happy to play
1st March 2012

Poet Laureate's tribute to sports club rooted in Olympic Park
The first reading of a specially-commissioned London 2012 poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been performed to members of a sports club founded more than 100 years ago on what is now the Olympic Park.
1st March 2012

Duke of Gloucester unveils new landmark on London 2012 walking and cycling route
The Duke of Gloucester has unveiled a new permanent landmark for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on the Greenway, a key London 2012 cycle and walkway.
1st March 2012

GB's handball coach Dragan Djukic shortlisted for Russia job
It is not just the England football team facing speculation over its leadership ahead of a major championships, with British Handball forced to insist their head coach would not quit just five months out from the London Olympics.
1st March 2012

Cleverley has new goal as United star unveils football for 2012 Games
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has set himself a 20-game target to force his way into England's Euro 2012 plans. A series of ankle injuries have delayed the 22-year-old's promotion to the senior England squad.
1st March 2012

Rebecca Adlington: My times don't matter, I just want to make the team
Coping with expectation after the glory of Beijing was her biggest problem - now swimming's golden girl knows she must try to enjoy herself with the trials and the London Olympics in sight
2nd March 2012

Keep these drug cheats away from our Olympic Games
The issue of drugs in sport will be back in the headlines when the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban goes in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne on March 12. If the BOA lose then the likes of sprinter Dwain Chambers and cycli
2nd March 2012

Shanaze Reade: A girl in a hurry
London Eye: She was red-hot favourite for gold in Beijing but crashed out. Now the BMX champion can make amends on her home track
2nd March 2012

Female boxers win fight to wear shorts or skirts at London Games
Women boxers appear to have won their battle to choose their own attire on their Olympics debut in London this summer after a change of heart by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA).
2nd March 2012

Parties unite in outrage at union threat to Games
The leader of Britain's biggest union was isolated last night after politicians of all parties denounced his threat to disrupt the London Olympics.
2nd March 2012

British Swimming Trials: Pepper ready to realise Paralympic dream
At the age of 23, Dan Pepper is preparing for the most important swimming trials of his life. A place at the Paralympics is up for grabs.
2nd March 2012

US sprinter Mike Rodgers accepts nine-month ban
US sprinter Mike Rodgers has accepted a nine-month ban for a failed drugs test, but remains eligible to compete at the London 2012 Olympics.
2nd March 2012

London 2012 encourages UK to 'Garden for the Games'
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) is bring the excitement of the Games to gardens and neighbourhoods across the UK through a 'Garden for the Games' initiative.
2nd March 2012

Swimming: Rebecca Adlington makes waves again
It was four years ago on a Wednesday morning, in front of a sparse crowd at Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield, that Rebecca Adlington first earned selection for the Olympic Games. Few outside the close-knit world of British swimming had heard of the then 19-y
3rd March 2012

Basketball: Mullens ready for team GB
The Charlotte Bobcats centre Byron Mullens has confirmed his availability to play for Great Britain at the Olympics after receiving his passport this week. The 23-year-old was born in Ohio but his mother is from Middlesex, making him eligible. Mullens pos
3rd March 2012

Rebecca Adlington dominates 400m freestyle to seal her Olympic spot
Unlikely as it may seem, Rebecca Adlington has rarely been so nervous at the start of a race or as happy at the finish as she was for the 400m freestyle on Sunday night.
4th March 2012

Dai Greene fired up for Olympic meeting with 'cheat' LaShawn Merritt
The world champion Dai Greene is looking forward to a public confrontation with the American LaShawn Merritt at the London Olympics and is prepared to tell him to his face that he considers him "a cheat".
4th March 2012

British Olympic hopeful: Muddy, scared - and happy
Rain and drizzle have set in, turning the hill in front of us into a vertiginous mud slide. This is the kind of Saturday that would persuade most people to climb back under the duvet, but mountain biker Annie Last never has that luxury.
5th March 2012

Feet of genius show we're all connected to the Internet of Things
The London 2012 Olympic Games will be the most connected ever. Not only in terms of media coverage sent digitally across the world, but also the countless devices behind the scenes that we'd never think of as requiring an internet connection, such as the
5th March 2012

Chosen to help make the Games happen
Competitors may make the headlines, but what happens behind the scenes at the London 2012 Games is just as important. That's because these Olympic and Paralympic Games aim to be the most technologically connected Games possible, reaching a vast global aud
5th March 2012

Gymnasts win Olympic legal duel
British rhythmic gymnasts can compete at the London Olympics, but it took a court case against the seven athletes' own governing body to get them there.
6th March 2012

London 2012: final sale of Olympic tickets to be more buyer friendly
London 2012 organisers have promised to provide a detailed breakdown of the final batch of 1.3m tickets that will be made available next month, to help prospective purchasers choose which to apply for.
6th March 2012

Team GB told not to shake hands at the Olympics
A mild bug which can knock athletes off their stride could be picked up in the "quite stressful environment" of the Games, according to Dr Ian McCurdie, the British Olympic Association (BOA) chief medical officer.
6th March 2012

Darren Bent may target Olympics place
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has undergone successful surgery on his ruptured ankle ligaments - and can now set his sights on trying to be part of Great Britain's Olympic squad.
6th March 2012

Video: Mind-controlled sleds - Paralympics of the future?
Mind-controlled sleds and breath-powered rifles: The amazing technologies that will one day shape the Paralympics.
6th March 2012

Prince Harry showed he has inherited his father's gift for looking awkward on foreign trips when he tried to imitate Usain Bolt's victory celebrations during a visit to Jamaica yesterday.
The public authority in charge of building the infrastructure for the Olympics was conned out of £2.3 million by fraudsters who pretended to represent one of its key contractors.
6th March 2012

London 2012 celebrates Diversity Day
The event was attended by Olympic Delivery Authority Chair John Armitt, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone, Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes and members of the LOCOG Diversity Board including Tanni Grey-Thompson and John Amaechi.
6th March 2012

Local access and parking plans set out for London 2012
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has today published proposals for traffic management and parking plans around all Olympic and Paralympic venues in London.
6th March 2012

London 2012: Hannah Miley earns second Olympic place
Hannah Miley secured her second Team GB Olympic berth with victory in the women's 200m individual medley final at the British Swimming Championships.
6th March 2012

McCluskey clarifies Olympics 'strike' call but warns of fight against cuts
The general secretary of the Unite trade union, Len McCluskey, has called for a "successful" Olympics but warned the government that the Labour movement will no longer "rely on reasoned argument" to fight spending cuts and NHS reforms.
7th March 2012

London 2012: Banned Chambers and Millar 'could compete'
Dwain Chambers and David Millar will be free to compete for Great Britain at the London Olympics, according to a leading sports lawyer.
7th March 2012

London 2012 accused of 'chronic lack of transparency' over ticketing
London 2012 organisers have been accused by London Assembly members of running a "closed oligopoly" with a "chronic lack of transparency" after refusing to provide a breakdown of ticket sales to date.
7th March 2012

Halsall sets electric pace to fire warning in 100m freestyle heats at Olympic trials
Fran Halsall and two-time Olympian James Goddard both safely negotiated the heats in their respective events at the Olympic trials at the Aquatics Centre on Wednesday morning. Former world silver medallist and Sportsmail columnist Halsall let her intent
7th March 2012

Olympic 'best is yet to come' from Team GB, says talent head Warr
The head of Great Britain's Olympic talent factory believes the team could win more medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016 than at this summer's Games in London.
7th March 2012

Swimming: Ian Thorpe braced for Olympic failure
Australia's five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe expects to fail in his bid to make a dream return at this summer's London Games.
7th March 2012

London 2012: Q. You see two men holding hands. Do you: a) Panic...
You're at the Olympic stadium, volunteering at the London Games. Someone complains to you that two men are holding hands. It is making them feel very uncomfortable. What do you do?
7th March 2012

Jamaica unveils its secret weapon for the Olympics
Prince Harry showed he has inherited his father's gift for looking awkward on foreign trips when he tried to imitate Usain Bolt's victory celebrations during a visit to Jamaica yesterday.
7th March 2012

Brits on course for 'very good' Olympics
UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee believes Britain remains "on course" for a successful Olympic Games after encouraging performances this winter.
8th March 2012

Members of the Armed Forces to raise flags at London 2012 Ceremonies
Service personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force have been chosen to raise the flags at London 2012 Team Welcome Ceremonies and Victory Ceremonies this summer.
8th March 2012

London Eye: Ennis will be talk of the town if she can see off deadly rival
It was all very different the last time a golden hope from Sheffield was preparing for an eagerly awaited duel in the Olympic track-and-field arena. Sebastian Coe might have lived in the same country as Steve Ovett but, in the lead-up to the Moscow Olympi
9th March 2012

Elbow's Guy Garvey: 'How I found inspiration for the BBC's official Olympics theme'
I think we first got wind of a possible Olympics commission late last summer. It was, "The BBC want a meeting with you." I said, "Oh really? What about?" They said, "We can't tell you - it's a secret." That was when I thought, "Oh great! They're going to
9th March 2012

Rowers who miss out on London may never get over disappointment, warns Pinsent
Sir Matthew Pinsent fears that the disappointment for talented British rowers who miss out on places for London 2012 could be so acute that it will be something they never get over.
9th March 2012

Adlington doubles up as Olympic champion books 800m place with dominant display
Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington overcame a bout of nerves to yet again produce a commanding performance in the 800 metres freestyle at the Olympic trials in London.
9th March 2012

International Inspiration programme receives award for innovation
London 2012's International Inspiration programme has been awarded the J.A Samaranch Trophy for the most innovative sports-based project.
9th March 2012

Olympic Games run £2bn over budget
The London 2012 Olympics is almost £2bn over budget, says a scathing report by MPs who also criticise the organisers for poor security planning and failing to guarantee a clear legacy.
9th March 2012

Olympic champion James finding his rhythm again after heart fears .
Heart-scare victim Tom James took his first competitive step towards another Olympic gold medal but faces an anxious wait to see if he will retain his place. As a member of the triumphant men's coxless four at the Beijing Games, James, 27, was expected
10th March 2012

Ennis: After silver medal performance I'm not favourite for London
Jessica Ennis has admitted she no longer sees herself as favourite to win Olympic heptathlon gold in London after being beaten in the pentathlon at the world indoor championships in Istanbul. Jessica Ennis has admitted she no longer sees herself as favo
10th March 2012

World Indoors: Britain's Yamile Aldama wins triple jump gold
Britain's Yamile Aldama won gold at the age of 39 with a stunning performance in the triple jump at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.
10th March 2012

GB rowing trials: Andy Triggs Hodge & Pete Reed top times
Andy Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed began the defence of their men's pair title with a confident display at the British trials at Eton Dorney.
10th March 2012

Fran Halsall claims third Olympic place with 50m freestyle win
British record holder Fran Halsall swam the fastest 50m freestyle in the world this year on the final night of the British Swimming Championships.
10th March 2012

Chambers' Olympic future to be discussed on back of bronze performance in Istanbul
Dwain Chambers's prospects for running in the London Olympics will be discussed on Monday in Switzerland on the back of the British sprinter, who completed a two-year drugs ban in 2003, winning a bronze at the world indoor championships in Istanbul.
10th March 2012

Daley 'deserves gold' for drugs blast, claims Olympic chief Moynihan
Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, believes Daley Thompson 'deserves another gold medal' for highlighting the 'failings' of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Moynihan was speaking on the eve of Monday's Court of Arbitration for Sport
11th March 2012

Team GB names 38 swimmers for London Olympics
The Olympic trials came to an end at the Aquatics Centre with double Olympic medallist David Davies the final name to be added to the team sheet as the 1,500 metres freestyle brought competition to a close.
11th March 2012

The gloves are on: Meet the British women adding punch to the Olympics' newest sport
Seconds away, round one: women's boxing is to become an Olympic sport for the first time at London 2012. In this exclusive report, we go behind the scenes with Team GB to meet the young athletes who are going for gold.
11th March 2012

Come on, Britain! Stop moaning! It's the Olympics, for heaven's sake!
We are guaranteed the gold for pessimism, but is that the trophy we want, wonders David Randall
11th March 2012

The Last Word: Passport to run for GB? It's in the Mail
Porter's treatment by newspaper shows criticism of switched allegiances is fuelled by hypocrisy
11th March 2012

London 2012: Team GB's Istanbul efforts delight Charles van Commenee
Charles van Commenee has thanked those who criticised the ranks of so-called "plastic Brits" in his team for inspiring the athletes to a best-ever team performance at the world indoor championships.
12th March 2012

Brownlee on comeback trail after stepping up recovery from achilles injury
Triathlete Alistair Brownlee has stepped up his recovery from an achilles injury sustained last month, with his coach revealing on Monday that the Olympic gold medal contender has stopped using a protective boot. The 23-year-old reigning triathlon world
12th March 2012

BOA prepare for court hearing as Chambers and Millar await Olympic fate
The British Olympic Association have called on the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out the challenge to their doping by-law, insisting the Olympics should be a clean event and not 'a competition between chemists' laboratories'.
12th March 2012

It's a question of Plastic - you wanted answers, so here they are...
Chippy Australians, dopey expats, Manu Tuilagi, Zola Budd, still it continues, the Plastic Brit debate. Monday's column, which attempted to clarify why the issue of nationality continues to matter in sport, provoked some strident commentary online. Some
12th March 2012

Insight: Let's back anyone who wears a GB vest
I thought the selection of Tiffany Porter as captain of the British athletics team for last weekend's World Indoor Championships was an inspired one. She obviously did well on the track and, from what I heard, was inspirational off it, delivering an exce
12th March 2012

BOA 'cautiously optimistic' after Cas lifetime drugs ban hearing
The British Olympic Association chairman, Lord Moynihan, has said he is "cautiously optimistic" the court of arbitration for sport will rule the BOA's lifetime ban for drug cheats should remain, despite many lawyers believing it will lose.
12th March 2012

Colin Moynihan 'cautiously optimistic' on ruling in lifetime bans case
The British Olympic Association chairman, Colin Moynihan, said he was "cautiously optimistic" after a court hearing to decide whether the body's lifetime ban for drugs cheats breaches the world anti-doping code.
12th March 2012

Cultural Olympiad 2012 reaches the critical masses
The Olympics cultural programme is reaching the point of no return, with its brochure being finalised. Organiser Ruth Mackenzie is sure of success
12th March 2012

Imports take GB to medal record as Van Commenee eyes Olympic glory
The chief coach of Britain's athletics team declared they were on target for Olympic glory after rounding off the World Indoor Championships with a flurry of medals on Sunday, including gold in the women's relay.
12th March 2012

Van Commenee backs Ohuruogo to shine at Olympics after return to form
UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee believes an 'inspired' Christine Ohuruogu is back to her best and one of many reasons for optimism ahead of the London Olympics.
13th March 2012

MPs take shot at south London Olympic missile plans
MPs in parts of south-east London where surface-to-air missile defences could be positioned during the Olympic Games have raised concerns about a lack of consultation with locals and accused the Ministry of Defence of acting in a "cack-handed" fashion.
13th March 2012

London 2012 organisers to stage Olympic test event on FA Cup final day
London 2012 organisers are to stage a major test event in the Olympic Stadium on the same day as the FA Cup final - providing a trial for transport networks. The plan, for a sports and entertainment event dubbed 2012 Hours to Go on 5 May, will simulate th
13th March 2012

Ian Thorpe Olympic hopes on the line at Adelaide trials
Ian Thorpe's hopes of competing at a third Olympic Games are on the line this week at Australia's national swimming trials in Adelaide, where a number of local rivals are aiming to crush the five-times gold medallist's London dreams.
13th March 2012

Cuban may lead GB Games team: Aldama in contention for honour
UK Athletics chief coach Charles van Commenee is considering appointing a foreign-born athlete to captain the British team at the Olympics. Just days after controversially making American-born Tiffany Porter captain at last weekend's World Indoor Champio
13th March 2012

Cameron rejects criticism of Dow's stadium deal
David Cameron has said he "can't see a problem" with Dow Chemical's sponsorship of the wrap that will surround the Olympic Stadium.
13th March 2012

Olympic Stadium to host evening of athletics and entertainment
A special one-off event on Saturday 5 May will give 40,000 people the chance to join famous faces, celebrities and sports stars at London's new Olympic Stadium.
13th March 2012

Yamile Aldama allowed to compete for Britain at London 2012
Word indoor triple jump champion Yamile Aldama has had her nationality change approved, clearing the way to compete for Britain at the London Olympics.
13th March 2012

Final test event tickets set to go on sale tomorrow
Tickets to five of the final London 2012 test events will go on sale on 15 March at 10.00am, offering the public the chance to watch international sport in the Olympic Park prior to the Games.
14th March 2012

Edinburgh International Festival announces contribution to London 2012
The line-up for the Edinburgh International Festival has been announced today, with seven performances and productions planned as part of the London 2012 Festiva
14th March 2012

Syrian athletes could compete under neutral Olympic flag
Syrian athletes could compete at the London 2012 Olympics under a neutral flag as the crippling uprising against President Basar al-Assad rages on.
14th March 2012

Syrian general and 'friend' of Assad set for Olympics invitation
A Syrian general said to be a friend of President Bashar al-Assad is set to be invited to the London Olympic Games despite the ruling regime's slaughter of anti-government protesters.
14th March 2012

Stratford left trailing in race to cash in on the Olympics house price boom
The roar along Stratford High Street was almost as loud as the one in Trafalgar Square when, almost seven years ago, London won the bid to host the Olympic Games. Pound signs appeared in residents' eyes while estate agents frantically warned potential buy
14th March 2012

Ian Thorpe puts London 2012 hopes on line at Australian trials
Ian Thorpe faces the decisive moment in his bid to compete in a third Olympic Games at this week's Australian trials.
14th March 2012

Manchester warm-up 'essential step' for Pistorius ahead of summer Games
Oscar Pistorius will warm up for the biggest summer of his career by competing at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May. The South African double amputee will race in the T43/44 100 and 200 metres and believes the event will be an 'essential s
14th March 2012

WiFi at Tube stations for Olympics
Tube passengers will have access to free WiFi during the Olympic Games. Platforms at 80 stations will have wireless coverage after Transport for London appointed Virgin Media to provide the service.
15th March 2012

Final test event tickets now on sale
Tickets to five of the final London 2012 test events are now on sale, offering the public the chance to watch international sport in the Olympic Park prior to the Games.
15th March 2012

London 2012 unveils 'gold medal standard' athlete accommodation
The first completed apartments in the Olympic and Paralympic Villages were unveiled today as the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) announced plans to deliver 'gold medal standard' athlete accommodation.
15th March 2012

Extendable beds and black-out curtains: the athletes' apartments are unveiled
The first furnished apartments at the Olympic Village, which will be home to the athletes during the London 2012 Games, have been unveiled. Boldly-coloured London 2012 branding features on the duvets and soft furnishings which will be used by around 17,0
15th March 2012

Rogge against 'plastic' athletes
Jacques Rogge, the Olympic Committee president, has added his concerns to the debate over athletes switching nationalities. Rogge says some athletes have a "legitimate" case to change nationalities but he says there are some athletes "who go to a country
15th March 2012

Jubilee line 'is biggest risk to Olympic transport plans'
The Jubilee line is the biggest risk to transport plans for the 2012 Games, the London Assembly claimed today. The Underground line, running from Stanmore in north-west London through to Stratford in the East End where the Games are being held, is a ke
16th March 2012

Ian Thorpe fails in Olympic comeback bid
Ian Thorpe's bid to qualify for the Olympics in the 200 metres freestyle ended in disappointment today when he failed to make it through to the final of the Australian trials.
16th March 2012

Ben Ainslie cleared to fight for fourth Olympic sailing gold
Three-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie will face no further punishment after he boarded a media boat to confront the crew at December's World Championships.
16th March 2012

London Eye: Where Beckham will meet Bolt - inside London's Olympic village
"It is," says Jonathan Edwards, perched on a bed in the Olympic village, "a remarkable environment." In four months' time it will become home to the world's greatest athletes, from Usain Bolt to Michael Phelps to Chris Hoy to Rafa Nadal, and all will stay
16th March 2012

Mark Cavendish believes he can win the Milan-San Remo Classic again
Mark Cavendish, the road race world champion, is confident that he is capable of emulating his famous Milan-San Remo win in the Italian one-day Classic on Saturday. Cavendish illustrated his talent with victory in the race in 2009 and has continued his
16th March 2012

London 2012: Pakistan hockey sack coach Van den Heuvel
Pakistan has sacked its hockey coach Michel van den Heuvel just over four months before the London Olympics.
16th March 2012

Garnier Ambre Solaire appointed London 2012 licensee
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has confirmed Garnier Ambre Solaire, the manufacturer of sun protection products, as a licensee of London 2012.
16th March 2012

This is where my life changed forever! Kelly Holmes returns to the scene of her Olympic triumph
Dame Kelly Homes walked unnoticed through the drizzle around the running track of the Olympic Stadium in Athens last Monday. Apart from a handful of workmen clearing the debris from the night before - AEK Athens had defeated Panathinaikos in a local derb
17th March 2012

Born in Fiji and lost his legs fighting for Britain in Afghanistan... now he dreams of gold in London
There is nothing plastic about Derek Derenalagi. His broad shoulders, thick torso and unflappability made him a perfect soldier when he was recruited from Fiji, the country of his birth, to join the British Army in 1999. Eight years later, both his le
17th March 2012

Fears over bribery law will leave best seats in the stadium unsold
Thousands of the very best Olympics tickets and corporate hospitality packages remain unsold because com- panies are worried that lavishing so much money on clients will cause them to fall foul of the Bribery Act.
17th March 2012

Jubilee line may not cope with Olympic demand
Heavily delayed upgrade work threatens London Underground's most important Olympic route, politicians have warned.
17th March 2012

'It's go time' for Team GB's wheelchair rugby adrenaline lovers
The decision to change the official name of the Paralympic Games's most exciting and eye-catching sport from the arresting Murderball to the more accurate if prosaic Wheelchair Rugby in the late 1980s has not diminished its appeal. Tickets for the London
17th March 2012

Mark Cavendish fails to finish Milan-San Remo classic
Simon Gerrans made it consecutive Australian victories in the Milan-San Remo classic as Mark Cavendish failed to finish.
17th March 2012

Tom Daley picks up silver medal at World Series in Dubai
Great Britain's Tom Daley finished second in the 10m platform final at the World Series in Dubai on Saturday.
17th March 2012

Oscar Pistorius hopes to have place at London Olympics
Oscar Pistorius hopes to have done enough to qualify for the London Olympics after again running the 400m 'A' qualification time.
17th March 2012

Ireland miss out on Olympic hockey qualification after South Korea defeat
Ireland men's hopes of a place at this summer's London Olympics were dashed by South Korea who won the final of the qualifying tournament in Dublin 3-2. Nam Yong Lee scored the goal which broke the hosts' hearts just two seconds from the end of the game.
18th March 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar's on time! Blade Runner Pistorius closes on place at London Games
Oscar Pistorius is a step closer to competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London after beating the Olympic 400m qualifying time in his hometown of Pretoria on Saturday. The 25-year-old double amputee ran 45.20 seconds from lane seven in his s
18th March 2012

Ian Thorpe fails to qualify for London 2012 at trials
Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe says he has no regrets despite failing to qualify for London 2012. Thorpe needed to make the top 16 in the 100m freestyle to reach the semi-finals of the qualifiers but finished 21st with a time of 50.35 seconds.
18th March 2012

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier lose Swiss Open semi-final
Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier are close to breaking into the world top 10 despite losing in the Swiss Open mixed doubles semi-finals.
18th March 2012

London 2012 Watch: Thorpedo's dream of Olympic return sinks
an Thorpe, Australia's greatest-ever swimmer, is out of this year's Olympic Games but he could still be coming to Britain for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The five-time Olympic champion's bid to come back from five years in retiremen
18th March 2012

Gold is the target for 'glorified darts'
From William the Conqueror to Apache braves, the use of bows and arrows is among man's most long-established pursuits. Yet the sport of archery has not had the British public all of a quiver despite its Robin Hood romanticism.
18th March 2012

Will it pass your house? Map of Olympic Torch route revealed
A street-by-street map of the Olympic torch relay has been published. Proposed start times of when and where the Olympic Flame will travel across Britain are also included. London 2012 chairman Lord Coe declared 'today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay t
19th March 2012

Swimming: Thorpe fails in bid to make third Games
Ian Thorpe's rushed comeback bid for a third Olympic Games ended in ignominy yesterday as he crashed out of the heats of the 100m freestyle at the Australian trials in Adelaide.
19th March 2012

London 2012 confirms Olympic Flame Torchbearers and street route
The Torchbearers include those that were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Each Torchbearer has received confirmation of the day and in which community they will
19th March 2012

Jane Tomlinson's son to carry Olympic Torch in her memory
The teenage son of the inspirational fundraiser Jane Tomlinson says that he is carrying the Olympic Torch on behalf of his late mother. Steven Tomlinson, 14, will be taking his turn on the relay when the torch arrives in Leeds in June. His mother, who
19th March 2012

Young people from International Inspiration programme to carry Olympic Flame
Twenty young people from London 2012's International Inspiration programme have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay.
19th March 2012

First day of spring ushered in on Olympic Park
The first day of spring has been marked on the Olympic Park with gardens of golden daffodils starting to blossom.
20th March 2012

Olympic Torchbearers step into the limelight for historic journey
A 12-year-old boy, a 100-year-old woman and Britain's richest man are among the 8,000 people who will carry the Olympic Flame some 8,000 miles around the country when the torch relay begins in May. Most will carry the fire on foot, but it will also travel
20th March 2012

Olympics: Britain's secret success factory
Loughborough is a centre of excellence dealing with sports from tennis to tae kwon do. Rob Hastings visits his alma mater to see how it's rewriting the rules
20th March 2012

Traders are set to be £200m winners during Olympics
The Government confirmed plans to extend Sunday opening hours during the Olympics, leading to predictions of almost £200m in extra spending by shoppers.
22nd March 2012

Swimming: The life of Hannah Miley
The Olympic hopeful tells Robin Scott-Elliot about being coached by her dad and what it would mean to win Britain's first gold of the Games (if Cavendish doesn't beat her to it)
22nd March 2012

TeamGB Olympic kits, designed by Stella McCartney, revealed
At a grand ceremony at the Tower of London this morning, amid much fanfare and lycra, the official TeamGB kit for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled.
22nd March 2012

Jessica Ennis finds new focus in buildup to London Olympics
Britain's female face of the Games insists she has learnt from recent disappointments in her heptathlon warm-up events
22nd March 2012

Team GB and ParalympicsGB kit for London 2012 unveiled
The kit that will be worn by British athletes at the London 2012 Games has been revealed today by adidas, the Official Sportswear Provider of Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
22nd March 2012

London 2012 Festival to showcase best of Brazilian culture
The Brazilian programme for the London 2012 Festival has been announced in Rio de Janeiro, bringing the best of the country's creativity to the UK.
22nd March 2012

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish told to prioritise in 2012
The man who has masterminded British cycling's rise on the world stage has given the clearest signal yet that Mark Cavendish will prioritise the Olympic road race and Bradley Wiggins will go for Tour de France glory.
23rd March 2012

London 2012 Festival film programme announced
Details of the film programme for the London 2012 Festival have been revealed today, with a wide array of new features and classic works set to captivate audiences across the UK this summer.
23rd March 2012

Pofessor Greg Whyte: Fat is not an Olympic legacy issue, fitness is
The global pandemic of obesity that blights developed nations has driven a national obsession which has demonised fat and created a "fatist" society. For over two decades we have been subjected to a media vilification of those who dare to carry a few extr
23rd March 2012

London Eye: Mongolia marathon man makes great strides as adopted Geordie
Standing outside the Next store on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead, off to the right you can see the rusty outline of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North.
23rd March 2012

Olympic news you may have missed...
Saudi Arabia have sent a list of potential candidates for their 2012 Olympic team to the International Olympic Committee and it included women.
23rd March 2012

Home Games equals added pressure, admits Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis, Team GB's poster athlete, admitted yesterday at the high-profile launch of Britain's Olympic kit that being the centre of attention at a home Games brings extra pressures.
23rd March 2012

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23rd March 2012

West Ham face competition for Olympic Stadium
West Ham face competition from three other bidders wanting to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) confirmed today.
23rd March 2012

London 2012: Alistair Brownlee aims to be fit for Olympic triathlon
Great Britain's triathlon world champion Alistair Brownlee says he is hopeful of making the Olympic Games despite a tear to his Achilles.
23rd March 2012

Forget running tracks or stadia, this Olympic hopeful trains in an underground service tunnel built for sewage pipes
With Scandinavia's spring thaw slowly arriving, Olympic marathon hopeful Urige Buta has emerged from underground. Literally.
23rd March 2012

Shakes-Drayton defends 'Plastic Brit' Cox and insists Team GB are unfazed by criticism
Perri Shakes-Drayton says teammate Shana Cox was unfazed by the furore over 'Plastic Brits' at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul and believes the New York native would deserve a place in Team GB at the Olympics.
23rd March 2012

London 2012: West Ham bid to be Olympic Stadium tenants
West Ham are among four bidders seeking to become tenants at the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games.
23rd March 2012

London 2012: Richard Kruse earns last-ditch Olympic berth for Britain
Richard Kruse booked his place at this summer's Olympic fencing, and earned an extra berth at the Games for Britain, with a last-ditch win in Denmark.
24th March 2012

In the search for a legacy, Coe could learn from the past
Viewers of the One Show know well the spot where Dorando Pietri collapsed. It was down on that paved walkway, in the window behind those lime green sofas, where in 1908 the Italian marathon runner, exhausted, delirious, and yards from the line, could go n
24th March 2012

Four bids for Olympic stadium
Four bids are on the table from firms wanting to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) confirmed today.
24th March 2012

Another 'Olympics egg' stolen
A third model egg has been stolen from a pre-Olympic exhibition. Cartoonist Charlie Anson designed the 2ft-tall fibreglass egg, which was taken from its plinth outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square on Thursday.
24th March 2012

My Secret Life: Denise lewis, 39, athlete
I grew up with my mum. She was very, very organised, a bit of a disciplinarian. We were like a little team, more like big sister, little sister.
24th March 2012

West Ham lodge new bid to take over Olympic Stadium
West Ham United have re-submitted a bid to take over the Olympic Stadium post-Games. Yesterday was the deadline for applicants to lodge proposals with the Olympic Park Legacy Company, which will decide the future of the £500m stadium.
24th March 2012

Semenya fails to reach Olympic 800m qualifying time on comeback
Former world 800m world champion Caster Semenya, 21, failed to reach the Olympic qualifying time on her return to action after injury in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
24th March 2012

Ireland women fail to qualify for Hockey in London as they fall to Belgium
Ireland's women failed to book a place at the London Olympics after they lost 4-1 to Belgium in the qualifying final in Beerschot. The home side took the lead after 13 minutes through Sofie Gierts and doubled their advantage four minutes later when the s
25th March 2012

Kruse confirms Games fencing place after sudden-death victory
Britain's top fencer Richard Kruse has clinched a place in the Olympics by winning a satellite event in Copenhagen.
25th March 2012

London 2012 Olympic watch: Golden gong for Ogogo
Boxer Anthony Ogogo revived his chances of Olympic selection as Britain's middleweight when he won gold in a Grand Prix in the Czech Republic, where no Englishman had succeeded in the event's 43-year history.
25th March 2012

British badminton's Robertson and Wallwork boost their Olympic hopes with Polish win
English badminton pair Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork won the mixed doubles at the Polish International on Sunday.
25th March 2012

Twenty Twelve, where TV scripts spookily come true
Week after week, the BBC Olympics comedy, which returns on Friday, came up with plots ahead of real life
25th March 2012

On The Road To 2012: I need to be in a pool improving my speed rather than training in lakes and rivers
At the last Olympics in Beijing, I was the flag-bearer for Bulgaria during the opening ceremony. I have represented my country in swimming at the last three Games. I hope London will be number four.
25th March 2012

John O'Groats residents angry over 'fake' Olympic Flame visit
The Olympic Torch is scheduled to begin its epic journey across almost every conceivable inch of the country, a little predictably, at Land's End.
26th March 2012

Dwain Chambers backed for Olympics by Christian Malcolm
Christian Malcolm hopes Dwain Chambers will have his lifetime Olympic ban quashed so his old friend can line up alongside him at the London Games.
26th March 2012

London 2012: Fans help Dai Greene buy extra Olympic tickets
Dai Greene is one of several British Olympic athletes to receive extra London 2012 tickets for their families thanks to help from sports fans.
26th March 2012

Sir Chris Hoy believes he can equal his Beijing medal haul
Sir Chris Hoy believes "it is not impossible" for him to repeat his performance at the Beijing Olympics this summer in London.
27th March 2012

London 2012: Andrew Selby and Fred Evans tipped to claim medals
Andrew Selby and Fred Evans will join Ralph Evans as Wales' only Olympic boxing medallists, according to national coach Colin Jones.
27th March 2012

London 2012: United States fail to qualify after El Salvador draw
The United States missed out on London 2012 after a 95th-minute goalkeeping error by Sean Johnson resulted in a surprise 3-3 draw against El Salvador.
27th March 2012

Aaron Cook returns to British Taekwondo set-up for Euros
Aaron Cook will rejoin the British Taekwondo set-up for the first time in almost a year to fight at the European Championships in Manchester this May.
27th March 2012

Hoy aims for three more Olympic golds and then bow out of cycling in Glasgow swansong
Sir Chris Hoy says he would be satisfied with one more gold medal at his home Games in London this summer - but hopes to go further and defend all three of his Olympic titles.
27th March 2012

First Olympic Torchbearer for Greek leg of Relay revealed
The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) has announced details of the Greek leg of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, including confirmation of the very first Torchbearer.
27th March 2012

We need a China crisis to claim gold in London, warns diving star Waterfield
Pete Waterfield believes he and diving partner Tom Daley have the ability to win gold at the Olympics - but only if the Chinese favourites slip-up.
27th March 2012

Next stop Michael Phelps: London tube map given Olympic makeover
Many visitors pouring into London this summer for the Olympics will arrive at Nadia Comaneci. They'll need to travel by tube to Simon Whitfield (via Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) before changing there and heading to Michael Phelps (via Carl Lewis).
28th March 2012

Roger Federer 'super excited' by Olympics at Wimbledon
Roger Federer has done the crying, the crashing, the leaping, the knees, the back, the arms, the fists - but best of all was Beijing 2008. The Olympic Games.
28th March 2012

London 2012: Nick Dempsey wins silver as wind cancels racing
Nick Dempsey believes his Olympic preparations are going well after the Weymouth-based sailor won a silver medal at the RS:X Windsurfing World Championships off Cadiz, Spain.
28th March 2012

Olympic hopeful Josh Taylor wins lightweight silver
Olympic hopeful Josh Taylor won a silver medal at the Feliks Stamm tournament in Poland.
28th March 2012

Syrian athletes 'will take part in 2012 Games'
Athletes from war-torn Syria should not be punished by being excluded from the London 2012 games, David Cameron said today.
28th March 2012

London 2012: IOC impressed by Olympic preparations
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it is impressed with preparations for the London 2012 Games as Prime Minister David Cameron promised the "greatest show on earth".
28th March 2012

London 2012: Cyclist David Millar talks about Olympic ban lift possibility
Scottish cyclist David Millar, who has a lifetime Olympic ban after admitting doping, has said people make mistakes and should be given a second chance.
28th March 2012

IOC 'happy' with Olympics 2012 preparations, says Jacques Rogge
London will deliver "the greatest show on Earth" at this summer's Olympics and Paralympics, Prime Minister David Cameron promised today as he welcomed inspectors from the International Olympics Committee (IOC) on their final inspection visit before the Ga
28th March 2012

Bidders for Olympic Park site named
The three bidders competing to build the first neighbourhood at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the site of the London 2012 Games, were named today.
28th March 2012

IOC chief Jacques Rogge praises London's Olympics legacy
It has not come cheaply, but this morning the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, will hold up London's Olympics as having provided a "legacy blueprint for future hosts."
28th March 2012

David Cameron fails to show off badminton skills
David Cameron attempted to showcase his badminton skills today as he urged the public to get "pumped up" about the Olympics.
28th March 2012

London 2012 hopeful Wilson smashes world record en route to Arizona win
London 2012 Olympic hopeful Peter Wilson smashed a world record on his way to victory in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, Arizona. The 25-year-old won the double trap men's final with a new record score of 198 hits out of 200 targets.
29th March 2012

Father of Australian archer handed harassment ban after 'bullying' rival
The father of an Australian Olympic archery hopeful has been banned from going within 200 metres of one of her rivals after being accused of bullying her, local media reported on Thursday.
29th March 2012

London 2012: Olympic hopeful Peter Wilson smashes shotgun world record
The London 2012 Olympic hopeful Peter Wilson smashed a world record on his way to victory in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, Arizona. The 25-year-old won the double trap men's final with a new record score of 198 hits out of 200 targets.
29th March 2012

London 2012: Australian archer's father accused of bullying rival
The selection process for Australia's Olympic archery team has turned controversial, with the father of one hopeful accused of bullying one of her leading rivals.
29th March 2012

If the Olympics goes wrong, blame the moaners
When the ever charming Barack Obama welcomed David Cameron to the White House a couple of weeks ago he did so with a generous smattering of English idioms. "Chuffed to bits" he was at the prospect of a "great natter" that would keep the special relationsh
29th March 2012

Occupy activists camp on Olympic site
An Olympic training site has become the target of an Occupy London protest.
29th March 2012

London 2012: Liam Tancock takes up ballet and kick-boxing
Last year, Liam Tancock became only the second British male swimmer to retain a world title. That makes him a sure bet for a medal at London 2012, right?
29th March 2012

London 2012: Gymnast Louis Smith suffers finger fracture
Gymnast Louis Smith suffered a setback in his London 2012 preparations after fracturing his finger in training.
29th March 2012

London 2012: Peter Wilson sets shotgun world record in Arizona
Peter Wilson set a new world record score as he won men's double trap gold at the Shotgun World Cup in Arizona.
29th March 2012

London 2012: David Davies set to retire after third Olympic tilt
Welsh long distance swimmer David Davies insists London 2012 will be his final appearance at the Olympic Games.
29th March 2012

Public still slow to warm to this summer's Olympics
More than half of those polled think that spending £9.3bn on the 2012 Games is not good value for taxpayers' money.
29th March 2012

Olympics tickets selling on eBay for three times value
Tickets for the Olympics have been found on eBay for at least three times their face value.
29th March 2012

British Olympic hope Peter Wilson claims new shooting world record
London 2012 Olympic hopeful Peter Wilson smashed a world record on his way to victory in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, Arizona.
29th March 2012

International Olympic Committee confirms London is ready to welcome the world
The International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) Coordination Commission today concluded its tenth and final visit to London with the message that the 2012 Host City is ready to welcome the world's best athletes and Olympic and Paralympic fans this summer.
30th March 2012

London 2012 Pharmacy Services win bronze at the inaugural Podium Awards
London 2012 Pharmacy Services have been recognised for their design and delivery of a new national education programme for pharmacists.
30th March 2012

Olympic medals mastermind Peter Keen ready for part-time role
The man who masterminded Britain's best Olympic medal haul for over a century is to step down from his role three months before the London Games. Peter Keen, the performance director at UK Sport for the past eight years, who is widely credited with buildi
30th March 2012

The protest Games: demonstrators target Olympics
This summer's Olympic Games will take place against a backdrop of near-constant demonstrations, protesters have promised, as activists plan sit-ins, marches and occupations of key sites despite the huge security presence that will surround London 2012.
30th March 2012

London Eye: Australia's Missile is on target to make a record splash at Games
They like a nickname Down Under - there is a federal law that states no team can depart Australian shores without having "roos" attached to their name - but when it comes to James Magnussen, it's not so much a moniker as a statement of intent.
30th March 2012

London 2012: Lizzie Armitstead targets Tour of Flanders win
Lizzie Armitstead believes victory at this weekend's Tour of Flanders could help her make sure of a place in the British Olympic road cycling team.
30th March 2012

Swimming: Games return for 'Eric the Eel
One of the Olympics' most famous underdogs, Eric "the Eel" Moussambani, has been named coach of Equatorial Guinea's swim team for the London Games.
31st March 2012

Football draw delays London's next Olympic ticket sale
The organisers of the London Olympics are still to decide when the next round of ticket sales will begin. A further 2.5 million tickets will be released but because the draw for the football is not until the end of next month and the London mayoral electi
31st March 2012

Rejected by the X-Factor and ditched by his girlfriend, but Smith remains confident he will be named... Louis I
As an Olympic medallist, gymnast Louis Smith has grown accustomed to managing pain, so when he crunched a finger in training last week he did not panic. After all, he has broken or fractured every finger before. 'It's an occupational hazard,' he says.
31st March 2012

Don't hand Dwain an Olympic reprieve, says sprint great Fredericks
Athletics legend Frankie Fredericks says the lifetime Olympic ban on British sprinter Dwain Chambers must stand. The Court of Arbitration in Sport is expected to give its judgment in two weeks' time on the British Olympic Association's bid to retain thei
31st March 2012

Delight for Mexico and Honduras as pair secure Olympic football berth
Mexico and Honduras became the latest countries to book their place at the 2012 Olympics after reaching Monday's final of CONCACAF qualifying. In Saturday's semi-finals, Mexico beat Canada 3-1 in Kansas City to return to the Games for the 10th time after
1st April 2012

London 2012 Olympics Watch: Pendleton's gold Varnish
Victoria Pendleton's team-sprint partner Jess Varnish has pledged to aid the 31-year-old's bid for triple Olympic gold this summer. Pendleton won the only title available to her at the 2008 Olympics, but a change to the programme means she can go for th
1st April 2012

No need to worry, Usain! Sportsmail reporter tackles Olympic Stadium 100m sprint
The Olympic Stadium was handed over to charities on Sunday with hundreds of runners given the chance to race on the track Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and Co will go for gold on this summer.
1st April 2012

Cheers for 5,000 Olympic amateurs, the first to finish
A Slice of Britain: It's not Usain Bolt but Tommy Davies, a 26-year-old administrator, who makes sporting history by winning a five-mile trial run round the Olympic Park and into the stadium that will host Games events this summer
1st April 2012

Pendleton kept relationship with cycling coach secret due to squad resentment
Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has admitted her relationship with a member of the British team's coaching staff caused resentment among her fellow cyclists. Pendleton has since become engaged to Scott Gardner, an Australian sports scientist
1st April 2012

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