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Olympics News Archive - April 2012

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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

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

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

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

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

More Water Polo and Hockey test event tickets to go on sale
More tickets to the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament and Visa Water Polo International will go on sale tomorrow (3 April), at 10am.
2nd April 2012

Eleanor Simmonds against Olympic-Paralympic merger
Double Paralympic champion Eleanor Simmonds says she would not support any plan to combine the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
2nd April 2012

Olympics influx will create 'extreme risk' of pandemic
The millions of tourists coming to London for the Olympics will place Britain at extreme risk of a deadly flu pandemic, according to research being released today.
2nd April 2012

Olympic Outlook: 'I've been selected to be a Torchbearer, it's such an honour'
It's been a busy month since my last blog on The Independent with plenty going on in the world of Handball. I have been injured since December but finally made it back on the court a couple of weeks ago for a training game. I'm pleased to say the foot hel
2nd April 2012

Bus workers vote on Olympic strike
Thousands of London bus workers are to be balloted for strikes in a row over payment for working during the Olympic Games. Unite said 24,000 of its members employed by 15 separate bus operators will vote over whether to launch a campaign of industrial ac
2nd April 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Meet the man plotting to wreck Hoy's Olympic dream
Gregory Bauge has a smile wide enough to light up a velodrome and thighs strong enough to ruin Sir Chris Hoy's golden summer. Both grab your attention straight away, the smile belying a difficult seven months which have seen the Frenchman stripped of two
2nd April 2012

Local Leaders get set to celebrate London 2012 across the UK
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today launched an initiative to help individuals bring their friends, family and communities together to celebrate the Games this summer.
3rd April 2012

Construction complete on the Water Polo Arena
Construction of the Water Polo Arena, one of the final London 2012 venues to be built, has been completed one month ahead of its test events.
3rd April 2012

BBC offers Olympics streams on TV
The BBC is to make 24 live HD Olympic streams available to cable and satellite providers.
3rd April 2012

Welcome to the Hackney beach club
Sunseeker yachts and palm trees may not be a usual sight off the coast of Newham, but a developer is hoping a temporary island in a nearby canal will bring a bit of VIP sparkle to the Olympic borough.
3rd April 2012

Authorities on their marks to ensure safety of food during Olympics
Most Olympic athletes laughed at the recent suggestion by Team GB's chief medical officer that to prevent the spread of potentially gold-medal-threatening bacteria, they should avoid shaking hands during the Games.
3rd April 2012

Sex workers feeling threatened by crackdown on prostitution near Olympic site
A crackdown on prostitution in the Olympic boroughs is putting the lives of sex workers at risk, it has been claimed. New figures show that arrests of prostitutes in the areas surrounding the Olympic site in Newham have increased dramatically in the ru
3rd April 2012

Mountain Bike venue on course for the Games
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced improvements and alterations to the Mountain Bike venue at Hadleigh Farm in Essex.
4th April 2012

London 2012 revs up with official vehicle registration numbers
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has today confirmed the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) as a licensee of the Games. One of the last licensees to be appointed before London 2012, the DVLA will be offering Games-themed personalised re
4th April 2012

Ben Ainslie leads Finn standings in Palma World Cup regatta
Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie extended his lead in the Finn class to 11 points at the halfway stage of the World Cup event in Spain.
4th April 2012

GB men's coxless four line-up changed for World Cup
Great Britain's world-title winning men's coxless four has been broken up at the start of a season that culminates with the London Olympics.
4th April 2012

Top scientist quits Olympics anti-doping body in 'muzzling' claim
A scientist with a leading role in anti-doping at the London Olympics has resigned amid claims he is being "muzzled" by authorities. Dr Michael Ashenden is a leading expert on blood doping in cycling and has been critical of the effectiveness of "biologic
4th April 2012

Top scientist quits Olympics anti-doping body in 'muzzling' claim
A scientist with a leading role in anti-doping at the London Olympics has resigned amid claims he is being "muzzled" by authorities. Dr Michael Ashenden is a leading expert on blood doping in cycling and has been critical of the effectiveness of "biologic
4th April 2012

Searle's gunning for Olympic gold again at 40 after being named in World Cup boat
Constantine Louloudis was not out of nappies when Greg Searle won his coxed pairs gold medal at the 1992 Olympics, but now the two of them are set to be united in the British eight for this summer's Games.
4th April 2012

Can he kick it? Dad was Diana's bodyguard, now Damon is in spotlight
On the wall behind the floor mat in the Elgin family home, where father and son Lee and Damon Sansum have been known to kick each other in the head, hangs a framed letter from Princess Diana and her children.
4th April 2012

Stevenson confident of recovering from knee injury in time for London Olympics
Sarah Stevenson is confident of overcoming a serious knee injury to earn her place on the Great Britain Olympic taekwondo squad. The world champion said: 'Things really have been going well. I've been working hard in the gym and making lots of progress.
4th April 2012

Track Worlds: GB women beat Australia to team pursuit gold
Great Britain's Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott smashed the team pursuit world record twice in one day as they defeated Australia for gold at the Track Cycling World Championships.
5th April 2012

Order gives go ahead for Olympic basketball protest camp eviction
A High Court official today granted a possession order paving the way for the eviction of protesters opposed to the building of an Olympic basketball training facility in parkland.
5th April 2012

Fanny takes the Tube: new London victory for the Flying Dutchwoman
The "Flying Housewife" must be hurdling in her grave. The District line train from Robert Korzeniowski passes through Paula Radcliffe, Hicham El Guerrouj and Usain Bolt on its way to Sebastian Coe, but not Fanny Blankers-Koen.
5th April 2012

Doping chiefs plan Olympic test changes after revelation green tea can mask cheats
Olympic doping officials have raised concerns that drug cheats could be using green tea to hide testosterone from standard tests used to spot it. A recent study has revealed the anomoly which could lead to a change in the tests ahead of this summer's Gam
5th April 2012

IOC face calls to ban Saudi Arabia from Olympics after they ruled out sending women to London
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) faced calls on Thursday to ban Saudi Arabia from London 2012 after the country's Olympic chief ruled out sending women athletes to the Games.
5th April 2012

Sehmi: Wheelchair rugby saved my life when I was at an all-time low
UK Sport chair Baroness Sue Campbell recently asserted in a Sportsmail interview that sport can change people's lives, with particular regard to what has been dubbed our 'corrosive youth culture'.
5th April 2012

London 2012: West Ham's Olympic Stadium bid flawed, says Barry Hearn
West Ham's latest bid to move into the Olympic Stadium is "fundamentally flawed" and should be disqualified, according to Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn.
5th April 2012

Track Worlds: Victoria Pendleton wins sprint gold despite crash
Victoria Pendleton picked herself off the floor to record a brilliant semi-final victory over Australia's Anna Meares en route to world sprint gold.
6th April 2012

Ben Ainslie wins Finn class in World Cup sailing regatta
Ben Ainslie feels that he is on track in his Olympics preparations, after clinching gold in the Finn class at the Palma World Cup regatta"I'm happy, but there's a lot of work to do yet in the coming months in the build-up to the Games," he said.
6th April 2012

Chris Boardman reveals he will quit British Cycling after Olympics
Gold medallist Chris Boardman has announced he will quit British Cycling after London 2012.
6th April 2012

Olympic protest declared unlawful
Protesters camping at Leyton Marshes in east London to stop the construction of Olympic training facilities have failed to block a High Court eviction order.
6th April 2012

London Eye: British pursuit trio delighted to claim world record under Australian noses
The British trio of Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell produced the two fastest times in the history of women's pursuiting to win Britain's third gold of the World Track Championships here in Melbourne yesterday.
6th April 2012

West Ham's new Olympic Stadium bid 'flawed'
West Ham's latest bid to move into the Olympic Stadium is "fundamentally flawed" and should be disqualified, according to the Leyton Orient chairman, Barry Hearn.
6th April 2012

Hoy's dad blasts Olympic ticket system after claiming he won't get to see his son
A new Olympics tickets row has broken out after Sir Chris Hoy's father said not enough was being done for families. David Hoy, whose son has won four cycling gold medals, including three at the last Games in Beijing, said he was struggling to get hold of
6th April 2012

Sir Chris Hoy's father sparks new London 2012 Olympics ticket row
A new Olympics tickets row has surfaced after Sir Chris Hoy's father said not enough was being done for families of Great Britain team members competing at the Games.
6th April 2012

Victoria Pendleton wins gold at world championships after day of drama
Sporting rivalries occasionally move beyond the realms of hype into the domain of the sublime and surreal.
6th April 2012

Chris Boardman to step down after London 2012 Olympic Games
Chris Boardman will leave his role as the head of research and development at British Cycling after the London Olympic Games,
6th April 2012

Sir Chris Hoy struggles through in men's sprint at world championships
The question of who will ride for Great Britain in the men's match sprint in the London Olympics still hangs in the balance. The Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy, looked to have gained a decisive advantage after winning the London World Cup in February,
6th April 2012

Jason Kenny beats Chris Hoy in Melbourne sprint semi-final
The British selectors face a massive dilemma in the run-up to London over the allocation of the single place available for the men's sprint, boasting as they do the defending Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy and the 2011 world champion Jason Kenny, also the
7th April 2012

Ben Ainslie makes recovery in 10th race of Finn class to win gold
Ben Ainslie won gold in the Finn class as he led a strong showing by Great Britain's sailors on the penultimate day of the Princess Sofía Trophy World Cup regatta off the coast of Palma de Majorca. The three-times Olympic goal medallist damaged his boa
7th April 2012

Track Worlds: Chris Hoy admits 'I wasn't up for it'
Sir Chris Hoy admitted to BBC Sport he had found his desire to win lacking as he took sprint bronze at the World Track Cycling in Melbourne.
7th April 2012

Williams: I slept through Hurricane Ike so I won't be troubled by a storm over my passport
Delano Williams, the 18-year-old Caribbean sprinter whose dream of running for Britain in this summer's Olympics has added fuel to the controversy over eligibility, insists that his decision to switch allegiance from the Turks and Caicos Islands should be
7th April 2012

Track Worlds: Sir Chris Hoy wins audacious keirin gold
Sir Chris Hoy won the men's keirin world title with a phenomenal last-ditch move in the home straight at the World Track Cycling in Melbourne.
8th April 2012

London 2012: British Paralympic swimmers to 'make an impact'
British Swimming Paralympic performance director John Atkinson believes his squad will make an impact at the London Games after the conclusion of the trials in Sheffield.
8th April 2012

The Last Word: The Greeks must go to the Games even if they're not very likely lads
Thank goodness for BBC4. True, if you flick the remote through the other myriad channels you can occasionally come up with the odd gem, such as the film version of The Likely Lads on ITV3 on Good Friday afternoon.
8th April 2012

Olympic Watch: Louis back from injury to take silver in China
Eleven days after picturing himself on Twitter with a fractured finger in a sling, pommel specialist Louis Smith stood on the World Cup podium in China as a silver medallist.
8th April 2012

Cut in Olympic track squads may open door to tactical substitutions
A cut in rider numbers in track cycling events at the London Olympics will be compensated for by permitting teams to draft in replacements for medical reasons, the Guardian has learned. But this raises the possibility that a loophole will be created that
8th April 2012

London 2012: Dave Brailsford ponders men's sprint selection
British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford has refused to reveal his selection strategy for the men's sprint at the 2012 Olympics.
9th April 2012

London 2012: Britain's Nicole Cooke wins final stage of Energiewacht Tour
British cyclist Nicole Cooke has won the fifth and final stage of the Energiewacht Tour in the Netherlands. The Faren-Honda Racing Team rider claimed victory in the 89-mile stage for her first major victory this year.
9th April 2012

BOA's Lord Moynihan says 'one idiot' can ruin a London 2012 event
The British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Colin Moynihan says security measures at London 2012 are being reviewed constantly to help prevent a repeat of the Boat Race disruption.
9th April 2012

London 2012: Iran 'blocks' official Olympics website
Iran appears to have blocked the official website for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Users in Iran have tweeted that they are unable to connect to london2012.com and are instead redirected to peyvandha.ir - a site offering stories from Iran's official
9th April 2012

London 2012: Louis Smith wins silver at World Cup despite fracturing a finger
Louis Smith overcame a fractured finger to win a silver medal on the pommel horse at the World Cup in China. The 22-year-old tried a new routine in the final, scoring an impressive 15.600 points, but was beaten by Hungary's Krisztian Berki, with 15.750 p
9th April 2012

London 2012: GB weightlifters aim for Olympic standard at Euros
Great Britain's weightlifting squad say they are confident of attaining Olympic qualifying lifts at the European Championships in Turkey this week.
9th April 2012

Olympics boss: there's no way to stop protesters
The head of Britain's Olympic team has admitted that there is little organisers can do to stop lone demonstrators disrupting events at this summer's Games.
9th April 2012

Favier hits out at UK Sport after pre-Olympics defection to Australia
Former UK Sport head of performance Matt Favier has accused Britain of 'gamesmanship' over his move to head the Australian Institute of Sport ahead of the London Olympics.
9th April 2012

London 2012: Dave Brailsford ponders Sir Chris Hoy's Olympic role
The Great Britain performance director, Dave Brailsford, has admitted that he and his fellow selectors face a massive quandary over whether to select Sir Chris Hoy or Jason Kenny for the one men's match sprint slot available to Great Britain in the London
9th April 2012

Faster, higher, stronger: the Olympic training regime of man who climbed the Shard
The image of a hooded man coolly hanging off Europe's tallest building is not easy viewing for those with a fear of heights, but it will be the accompanying claims of the "urban explorers" who took the picture which will cause the biggest headache for
10th April 2012

Brailsford praises rising star Trott after teenager shines in Melbourne
Dave Brailsford has hailed Laura Trott, the 19-year-old double gold medal winner at the Track Cycling World Championships, as a prodigious talent. Trott followed up a successful defence of her three-kilometre team pursuit world title on day two in Melbou
10th April 2012

Sex Pistols 'decline invitation' to perform at London 2012 ceremony
The Sex Pistols have declined an invitation to perform at the London 2012 closing ceremony, it was reported on Tuesday. The group, according to the Times, had been given the opportunity to play during A Symphony of British Music, due to take place in t
10th April 2012

London 2012 shops in John Lewis stores expand nationwide
London 2012 merchandise is now available in even more towns and cities across the UK with John Lewis launching London 2012 shops in all its full line department stores.
10th April 2012

Geraint Thomas defends Tour de France decision
Geraint Thomas has rejected Great Britain head coach Shane Sutton's suggestion that his decision not to ride in the Tour de France is wrong.
10th April 2012

London 2012: Great Britain announce men's basketball squad
NBA players Ben Gordon, Byron Mullens and Luol Deng have been included in Great Britain's 21-man provisional men's squad for the Olympics.
10th April 2012

London 2012: Dave Roberts left out of ParalympicsGB squad
Swimmer Dave Roberts has not been selected for the ParalympicsGB team for the London 2012 Games.
10th April 2012

Andy Murray targets grass court double at Wimbledon and London 2012
Andy Murray is chasing a dream double this summer - his first Wimbledon title and an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain. The world No4 considers the Olympic tennis tournament, which this summer will be held at SW19, to be tennis's fifth grand slam and h
10th April 2012

Seb Coe and Jonathan Edwards celebrate London 2012 Young Leaders' success
Young people from Aberdeen, Hull and London have celebrated their participation in the London 2012 Young Leaders Programme at an event at the British Museum.
11th April 2012

Fears for Heathrow Airport during Olympic Games
MPs have questioned Heathrow Airport's ability to cope with this summer's Olympic Games. Planes could be "left on runways" for long periods and tourists could be deterred from returning, warned the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
11th April 2012

Coe pleads for protesters to spare Games
London Olympics organisers expect protesters to try to hijack events at this summer's Games - much as a university Boat Race demonstrator did to great effect on Saturday.
11th April 2012

Basketball: NBA stars commit to GB Olympic team
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is one of three NBA players who have agreed to play in Britain's Olympic team.
11th April 2012

Pistorius in running for London 2012 berth
Oscar Pistorius will bid to seal a place in the Olympic Games during the South African trials, starting in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
11th April 2012

OFT warning for London 2012 athletes
British athletes should be careful about giving unauthorised plugs to their sponsors on Twitter or Facebook, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warned yesterday.
11th April 2012

BOA calls on Wada to toughen up over drug cheats
The British Olympic Association has called for a mandatory four-year ban - which would include one Olympic Games - for first-time drug cheats to be introduced as part of a "fundamental review" of Wada, the global body charged with policing anti-doping in
12th April 2012

'The only Olympic legacy we'll have is fewer customers,' businesses warn
Graham Phelps doesn't have much time for the idea of an "Olympic legacy". "If we lose customers during the Olympics, we'll lose them for ever," he says. "That's our Olympic legacy."
12th April 2012

London 2012: Pippa Funnell ruled out of Olympics by horse injuries
British equestrian star Pippa Funnell will miss the London Olympics after two of her top rides suffered injuries. Redesigned and Billy Shannon are out of the selection process, ending Funnell's hopes of securing a place on the five-strong Great Britain t
13th April 2012

London 2012: Injury stalls Daniel Keatings qualification bid
Dan Keatings has suffered a setback to his Olympic qualification hopes after learning he will be sidelined for "a few weeks". The 22-year-old has injured ankle ligaments six weeks before the European Championships, where he will hope to bolster his claim
13th April 2012

London 2012: Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield fifth in Russia
Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield failed to maintain their recent impressive form, finishing fifth in the World Series 10m synchronised diving final in Russia.
13th April 2012

Nate Reinking is not concerned by Byron Mullens selection battle
Great Britain basketball guard Nate Reinking is not concerned about NBA star Byron Mullens potentially being added to the Olympic squad.
13th April 2012

London Eye: World champion hot to Trott in pursuit of double gold
Briton who was born with a collapsed lung vomits after every race but is not nervous about the Games
13th April 2012

Shock and oar: Top canoeist Florence inspired by Hoy's peddle power
One of Britain's premier canoeists has revealed Sir Chris Hoy was the inspiration behind his decision to go for multiple medals at the London Olympics. David Florence, who won silver in Beijing as a solo paddler, is aiming to reach the podium in two even
13th April 2012

Copy-cat Rutherford hoping Lewis can inspire him to Olympic glory
Britain's Greg Rutherford has revealed he has been learning to copy the technique of the great Carl Lewis to boost his chances of Olympic glory this summer. As well as his numerous medals over 100 metres, 200m and the 4x100m relay, Lewis claimed Olympic
13th April 2012

Golden child? Malaysian medal hope will shoot in London... 34 weeks pregnant!
When Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi takes aim with her rifle at the London Olympics it will not just be nerves she will be attempting to control inside her. The 29-year-old from Perak, situated 125 miles north of Malaysia's capital Kuala
13th April 2012

London 2012: British canoe slalom team for Games decided
Beijing 2008 silver medallist David Florence will lead a British team of five slalom canoeists at London 2012. Florence, 29, won two of the best-of-three selection races in the men's C1 (one-man canoe) category on the Olympic course at Lee Valley.
14th April 2012

Helen Jenkins finishes second in World Triathlon Series opener
Britain's Helen Jenkins finished second in the opening round of the World Triathlon Series in Sydney. The reigning world champion was beaten by Australia's Erin Densham, who won with a time of 2hr 1min 29sec.
14th April 2012

The dashing blade Oscar, accidental track hero
Simon Turnbull meets Oscar Pistorius, the South African sensation hoping to add London Olympic glory to the Paralympic gold medals he won in Athens and Beijing
14th April 2012

Paula Radcliffe: I'd be happy with a medal of any colour
Radcliffe admits she is not the Olympics force she was ahead of novelty race with Gebrselassie
14th April 2012

Exposed: The reality behind London's 'ethical' Olympics
Investigation reveals that the Adidas kit worn by Team GB athletes is made in abusive sweatshops
14th April 2012

Six years and 284 days since London won the right to stage the Olympics, the dream is almost complete
The open areas are not yet manicured, the last layer of gloss is still to be applied. But with this Wednesday marking 100 days to go before the start of the 2012 London Olympics, only the final touches remain to be added to the Olympic Park, as this spect
14th April 2012

It's the race of his life and Coe is on the final bend as Olympics loom
A foggy morning in east London and, from the 23rd floor, the Olympic Stadium is no more than a hint on the horizon. Yet Sebastian Coe sits with his back to the office window, as if even a glimpse into the gloom might emphasise the urgency of his task.
14th April 2012

Name-calling inevitable says Smith as competition for gymnastic place hots up
Louis Smith is prepared for some 'name-calling' to commence in the Great Britain men's gymnastics team as the fight for selection to the London 2012 Olympics squad intensifies. Smith, who won bronze in the men's pommel horse at the 2008 Beijing Olympics,
14th April 2012

Olympics sportswear by Adidas made in 'sweatshop' conditions - reports
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has said that they will investigate claims that Olympic uniforms are being made in "sweatshop" conditions in Indonesia.
14th April 2012

Over 200 Pre-Games Training Camp agreements signed across the UK
London 2012 Organising Committee Chair Seb Coe today announced that over 200 Pre-Games Training Camp (PGTC) agreements have been signed throughout the UK, in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
15th April 2012

Paula Radcliffe beaten by Haile Gebrselassie in half marathon
Haile Gebrselassie beat Paula Radcliffe in Sunday's head-to-head half marathon in Vienna. The Briton had targeted a time below 70 minutes in the "Emperor versus the Queen" race.
15th April 2012

Tom Daley claims World Series silver in Moscow
Double Commonwealth champion Tom Daley secured his third successive podium finish with a silver medal at the Diving World Series in Moscow, Russia.
15th April 2012

The one face you won't see marking 100 days to Games
A major milestone will project London 2012 to the forefront of our consciousness this Wednesday as the countdown begins to the Opening Ceremony in 100 days.
15th April 2012

Ragged Radcliffe running out of time ahead of London Olympics
Paula Radcliffe felt out of place in Vienna's Hero Square. Her half-marathon time of 72min 3sec was considerably her slowest ever. She immediately mouthed 'I'm sorry' to the race director and shook in distress as he comforted her in a bear hug a few yards
15th April 2012

Tearful Paula Radcliffe sees hopes of Olympic medal fade in Vienna
Paula Radcliffe has had tougher runs, but not many that were so slow. Her finishing time in the Vienna half-marathon was 1hr 12min 3sec, the worst of her career over that distance.
15th April 2012

London 2012 Olympic Watch: Blake's flying start gives warning to his sprint rivals
World 100metres champion Yohan Blake opened his year with the fastest time ever run this early in a season of 9.90sec before claiming he could have run quicker.
15th April 2012

Protest groups target Olympics sponsors with new campaign
A coalition of pressure groups will on Monday unveil a new campaign against three controversial sponsors of the London Olympics, accusing them of using the Games to "greenwash" unethical corporate activities.
15th April 2012

London 2012: Catriona Jennings gives Ireland selection poser
Ireland's selectors have been handed a dilemma after Catriona Jennings became the fourth Irish woman to run inside the 'A' standard for the Olympics.
16th April 2012

'Workers bullied' as shop hours extended for Games
More than one million shop and distribution workers face being "bullied" by big retailers that extend Sunday opening hours during the London Olympics and Paralympics, the GMB union has warned.
16th April 2012

An unlikely protest pin-up for the summer's Olympic Games
Protesters will not be allowed to ruin the Olympics, organisers vowed after Trenton Oldfield's Boat Race invasion. But the role of civil disobedience in British history could itself be hailed with a theatrical tribute to the suffragettes at the London Gam
16th April 2012

Meredith Alexander: The scandal of our Olympic sweatshops
The Olympics shine a light on many things. Sporting prowess and the host city's attractions get well-deserved attention. They also illuminate darker elements such as the sponsors' ethical records. Dow Chemical's connection with the Bhopal tragedy may have
16th April 2012

World's top Wheelchair Rugby teams arrive in London for Olympic Park test event
Four of the world's best Wheelchair Rugby teams have arrived in London to compete in the London International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this week, a test event for the Paralympic Games and part of the London Prepares series.
17th April 2012

Synchronised swimmers to compete for Olympic qualification at test event
The FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, Presented by Visa begins this Wednesday (18 April) and will see over 160 athletes from 34 nations compete for the final three Synchronised Swimming team places at London 2012.
17th April 2012

Usain Bolt says London 2012 can make him a 'living legend'
Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt wants to "amaze" the world at London 2012 by running 9.4 seconds for the 100m and 19 seconds for the 200m.
17th April 2012

Millions of people around the UK get ready to welcome the world to London in 100 days' time
London 2012 celebrates 100 days to go to the Olympic Games today by confirming that millions of people around the UK are getting ready to welcome the world to London.
18th April 2012

London 2012 will boost the whole UK, says Keri-Anne Payne
The Olympics will inspire youngsters across the UK, according to one of Team GB's strongest medal hopes in London.
18th April 2012

London 2012: Team GB 'will win 27 golds at Olympics'
Team GB will win 27 gold medals at the Olympic Games, by far its largest haul in a century, according to a study released to the BBC.
18th April 2012

Tom James in GB men's four ahead of Alex Partridge
Tom James has been named ahead of Alex Partridge as the final member of the Great Britain men's four at the start of the Olympic season.
18th April 2012

David Beckham on course for London 2012 football team
David Beckham's hopes of playing for Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games remain on course. The former England captain, who will be 37 by the start of the Games, is among 80 players told by the FA they are in contention for a place in the squad.
18th April 2012

London 2012: Andy Murray ready to make amends for Beijing
If Andy Murray is just another tennis superstar paying lip service to the Olympic Games, he is putting up a very good front.
19th April 2012

GB captain Drew Sullivan on discovering basketball by chance
In July, barring any late hiccups, Drew Sullivan will lead the British basketball team into its greatest test yet - their first-ever Olympic competition.
19th April 2012

Would you like a relay baton with that Happy Meal? McDonald's goes for Olympic gold
In the week that the British medical profession united behind a campaign to fight obesity, McDonald's, a sponsor of the Olympics, has come up with its own recipe to improve children's health: nine million free toys, two one-eyed mascots and a mysterious f
19th April 2012

London Eye: Team GB's kids from America
Some of the NBA's finest will play for Britain at London 2012 in order to raise basketball's profile here. Will it work?
19th April 2012

Stuart Pearce on collision course with Premier League clubs over Team GB Olympic squad
Team GB's Olympic football manager Stuart Pearce will be given authority to select just about about any player he wants for the Great Britain squad, no matter how inconvenient League clubs find it.
19th April 2012

Basketball: London 1948 - horse dung, low scores and no dunking
Lionel Price is the last survivor of the British basketball team at the 1948 Games. London was different then. When travelling to the capital from his home in Dartford, as a child just after the war, the young Keith Richards said the smell he remembered w
19th April 2012

Sex Pistols turned down Olympics performance because organisers wanted to censor songs
The Sex Pistols turned down an invitation to perform at the Olympics' opening ceremony because the organisers wanted to censor one of their most famous songs, John Lydon has revealed.
19th April 2012

Olympic Torch Relay dress rehearsal takes place
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) is holding a dress rehearsal of the Olympic Torch Relay today, ahead of the start of the Relay from Land's End on 19 May.
20th April 2012

BOA expects to lose court battle with Wada over drugs ban
The British Olympic Association (BOA) believes it is likely to lose its legal battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), BBC Sport understands.
20th April 2012

Paula Radcliffe: I am not on my last legs
Despite her horror run in Vienna last weekend she can still bow out with Olympic gold this summer.
20th April 2012

BOA resigned to losing legal battle over Dwain Chambers Olympic ban
The sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar are likely to be free to compete for Team GB in London this summer, after British Olympic Association insiders privately conceded defeat in their legal battle to retain its lifetime doping ban
20th April 2012

Paralympic gold medallists heading to Wheelchair Tennis test event
A world-class line up, featuring top wheelchair tennis players, has been announced for the Eton Manor Wheelchair Tennis International.
20th April 2012

London 2012: Ogogo qualifies for London Olympics
Anthony Ogogo became the seventh British boxer to qualify for the Olympics by reaching the final of the European qualifying event in Turkey.
20th April 2012

London 2012: Alistair Brownlee may miss more top races
Alistair Brownlee may be forced to write off this year's first three World Triathlon Series races as he continues his comeback from an Achilles tear.
20th April 2012

Caster Semenya reaches qualifying mark for London 2012
South Africa's former 800m world champion Caster Semenya has qualified for the London 2012 Olympics.
20th April 2012

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier beaten in semi-final
British badminton mixed doubles pair Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier have lost in the semi-final of the European Championships in Karlskrona, Sweden.
20th April 2012

London 2012: Callum Smith fails to qualify for Team GB boxing squad
Callum Smith has failed in his bid to earn a place in the Team GB male boxing squad for the 2012 Olympics.
21st April 2012

Samantha Murray claims modern pentathlon bronze in Russia
Modern pentathlete Samantha Murray won the first World Cup medal of her career as she took bronze in Rostov, Russia.
21st April 2012

London Olympics gives Midlands city new sense of identity
The 2012 Olympics may be seen in many parts of Britain as the London Games, but not in Coventry. There is no mistaking local pride at being involved in an event which, for the city, begins with Monday's final qualifying match for the Olympic men's footbal
21st April 2012

Athletes angry over doping decision
A number of British athletes, including the Olympic gold medallist Mark Hunter, have expressed disappointment at the imminent overturning of the British Olympic Association's controversial bylaw that bans dopers from the Games for life.
21st April 2012

Glory and Games places up for grabs on London streets
There is an elephant on the course of tomorrow morning's 32nd London Marathon. It is an Olympic year, and for the elite British runners a home Olympic year - so tomorrow, more than ever, the 26 miles will be sliced into a series of match races defined by
21st April 2012

Heathrow must rise to Olympic challenge
Can Britain's busiest airport avoid another disaster this summer? Reputations are at stake
21st April 2012

Olympic call-ups will leave Manchester United in 'absolute chaos'
Sir Alex Ferguson has described as "ridiculous" Stuart Pearce's naming 10 Manchester United players in the initial 80-man Great Britain squad for this summer's London Olympics, with the senior internationals Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs among the selection
21st April 2012

Ferguson fury at Olympic selection
Manchester United have 12 players put on standby for Games which manager says is 'ridiculous'
22nd April 2012

That Olympic ideal rental is far from home and dry
Many people hoping to let their homes for the Games are likely to be disappointed. Felicity Cannell reports
22nd April 2012

Claire Hallissey boosts chances of claiming last Olympic marathon spot
For Britain's elite marathon runners Sunday's 32nd London Marathon was always going to be more about a battle against the clock to qualify for the Olympic Games than a quest to win the race itself.
22nd April 2012

Tom Daley caps off World Series with gold in 10-metre platform
Tom Daley completed an impressive World Series campaign by winning gold in the 10‑metre platform in Tijuana, Mexico.
22nd April 2012

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang coasts to men's London Marathon title
Wilson Kipsang coasted to victory in the London Marathon, more than two minutes ahead of his fellow Kenyan Martin Lel.
22nd April 2012

Dave Webb is surprise selection for Team GB's marathon squad
The British Olympic Association has named a chartered accountant from a finance firm in Leeds for the marathon team at London 2012. Dave Webb, 30, was not even running in the London Marathon on Sunday and does not have the "A" qualifying standard but is e
23rd April 2012

Senegal football federation has finances frozen ahead of London 2012
The bank accounts of the Senegal football federation have reportedly been frozen in a dispute with former national coach Amara Traoré, just as the country claimed the final place at the Olympic tournament and were drawn to play Team GB in the group stages
24th April 2012

Team GB's group opponents at London 2012
Great Britain's men could come face to face with players such as Demba Ba, Papiss Cissé and Luis Suárez while the women will face six-times world player of the year Marta.
24th April 2012

Usain Bolt to contest 100m at Jamaica Invitational on Saturday week
Usain Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder and Olympic champion, will run his first 100m of the year at the Jamaica International Invitational track and field meet at the National Stadium on 5 May.
24th April 2012

David Beckham not guaranteed place in Team GB at London 2012 Olympics
Stuart Pearce's British Olympic football team have been drawn to play a Uruguay side likely to feature Luis Suárez and Diego Forlán, as well as Senegal and the United Arab Emirates.
24th April 2012

London 2012: Ben Swift to pursue place in Britain's road race team
Ben Swift has revised his Olympic dream and is set to turn his back on the track to focus on supporting Mark Cavendish in the road race on the opening day of the London 2012 Games.
25th April 2012

Sports minister wants GB football team at Olympics after London 2012
Despite the controversy that has accompanied the genesis of a unified Great Britain football team for the London Games, the sports minister has called for it to be used as a "launchpad" for future Olympics.
25th April 2012

Manchester City men on London 2012 list a worry for Roberto Mancini
Manchester City's Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Adam Johnson have all been named by Stuart Pearce in the initial 80-man Great Britain squad for the London Olympics.
25th April 2012

London 2012: Kenya leave out marathon record holder Patrick Makau
The world marathon record holder Patrick Makau has been left out of the Kenyan men's team for the London 2012 Olympics after he failed to finish Sunday's London marathon.
25th April 2012

Sale of London 2012 football tickets delayed over technical glitches
London 2012 organisers have admitted they were unable to start selling the 1.5m remaining tickets for their football tournament to coincide with the draw at Wembley on Tuesday because they are still testing the online systems that have previously caused t
25th April 2012

London 2012: Archer Alison Williamson faces wait to learn 2012 fate
Shropshire archer Alison Williamson is facing an anxious wait as she bids to take part in her sixth Olympic Games.
25th April 2012

London 2012: Five slalom canoeists named in Team GB
Great Britain will have five canoe slalom entrants at this summer's Olympic Games in London. The British Olympic Association has confirmed places for David Florence , Richard Hounslow, Tim Baillie, Etienne Stott and Lizzie Neave in Team GB.
25th April 2012

London 2012: Usain Bolt's 100m record hopes may be hurt by weather
Usain Bolt's chances of breaking the 100 metres world record at the London 2012 Olympics could be scuppered by the British weather, according to the Jamaican's coach.
26th April 2012

Jessica Ennis back to her best with 45.66m throw in javelin
Jessica Ennis has been buoyed by a season-opening throw of 45.66 metres in the javelin - the furthest she has managed since winning the European heptathlon title two years ago - after a poor performance in the event last year cost her the defence of her w
26th April 2012

Jeremy Hunt launches 'once in a lifetime' London 2012 Festival
From a bouncy-castle Stonehenge to Jay-Z, the Olympic festival will feature 12,000 events at 900 venues across the UK
26th April 2012

London 2012: Stuart Pearce's Team GB to face Brazil in July friendly
The first match involving a Great Britain men's team for 41 years will be an Olympic warm-up against Brazil at Middlesbrough on 20 July, the Football Association has confirmed.
26th April 2012

Ennis to fine tune Olympic preparation with street race against Harper
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis will face Olympic champion Dawn Harper in a 100metres hurdles race on a track specially laid on the streets of Manchester on May 20.
26th April 2012

Dwain Chambers and David Millar find out date for Olympic Games fate
The court of arbitration for sport will announce its decision over the validity of the British Olympic Association's bylaw which bans drugs cheats from all future Olympic Games at 3pm on Monday.
27th April 2012

Sophie Hitchon improves British hammer record for third time in 2012
The hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon has broken her British record for the third time this year with a throw of 71.61 metres.
27th April 2012

Drugs cheats Chambers and Miller set to be cleared for London Games on Monday
The Court of Arbitration for Sport will announce their decision over the validity of the British Olympic Association's bylaw which bans drugs cheats from all future Olympic Games at 3pm on Monday.
27th April 2012

Hitchon hammers it! Sophie on track to be first Brit to reach final
Sophie Hitchon smashed the British hammer record for the second time in a competition at the US Olympic training centre, and this time by more than one metre.
27th April 2012

London 2012: Lee Merrien is selected for GB marathon team
Lee Merrien will run in the 2012 Olympic marathon after selectors reversed a decision not to pick him. The 32-year-old, from Guernsey, failed to run under the 'A' qualifying time of 2:12 at Sunday's London Marathon, but was the first British finisher in
27th April 2012

Aldeburgh's YouTube orchestra will celebrate Olympic theme
An international orchestra will be born this summer when musicians meet for the first time in a rehearsal hall on the Suffolk coast. In an unprecedented move, many auditioned remotely in their home countries by posting on YouTube.
28th April 2012

Six months after breaking his neck, Tim Stockdale has his sights on a showjumping place at the Olympics
Tim Stockdale faces the sternest test yet of his battle to make Britain's showjumping team for this summer's Olympics when he competes at next month's Royal Windsor Horse Show just six months after breaking his neck.
28th April 2012

London 2012: GB's Dan Clark says his team are 'very capable'
Dan Clark believes Great Britain's men should aim for a last-eight finish at the Olympic basketball tournament this summer.
28th April 2012

William Fox-Pitt takes lead after clear round in Kentucky
Britain's William Fox-Pitt put in a strong cross-country performance on Parklane Hawk to lead going into the final day at Kentucky.
28th April 2012

Missiles could be stationed on rooftops during London Olympics
The army is considering plans to station soldiers and high-velocity surface-to-air missiles on top of a block of residential flats to ward off any airborne terror threats during the Olympics.
29th April 2012

William Fox-Pitt wins Kentucky prize
British star William Fox-Pitt claimed victory in Kentucky to move closer to the top prize in world eventing.
29th April 2012

Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de Romandie for Team Sky
Britain's Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de Romandie title after producing a sensational time trial to win Sunday's 16.5km stage in Crans-Montana.
29th April 2012

London 2012: Charlotte Dujardin breaks dressage world record
British dressage star Charlotte Dujardin set a world record for the Olympic grand prix special discipline.
29th April 2012

Bow resident seeks to evict London Olympics missile base
The owner of a flats complex to be used as an army missile base during the London Olympics is facing a legal challenge over its decision to lease roof space to the military.
30th April 2012

London 2012: Wada accuses BOA of making 'hysterical statements'
The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, John Fahey, has accused the British Olympic Association of making "many hysterical and inaccurate public statements" in regards to the court of arbitration for sport's decision to declare the BOA's lifetime b
30th April 2012

London 2012: Dwain Chambers eligible after court ruling
Britain's former drugs cheats can compete at London 2012 after a court overturned the British Olympic Association's policy of lifetime bans.
30th April 2012

Badminton Horse Trials 2012: Heavy rain forces cancellation
The 2012 Badminton Horse Trials have been cancelled because of heavy rain.
30th April 2012

London 2012: GB men and women avoid Olympic champions USA
Both of Great Britain's teams have avoided the reigning world and Olympic champions the USA in the draw for the group stage of London 2012.
30th April 2012

Richard Kruse beats world champion on his way to bronze
Britain's Richard Kruse scored an impressive win over world champion Andrea Cassara on his way to bronze at the Wakayama Grand Prix in Japan.
30th April 2012

Geraint Thomas says BOA's drug ban rule should have stayed
Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas has mixed feelings that former drugs cheat David Millar can compete at London 2012.
30th April 2012

London 2012 Olympic football tickets go on sale
Some 1.4 million London 2012 Olympic football tickets have gone on sale. The tickets became available from 11:00 BST, with the sales window due to stay open until 23:00 BST on 6 May, Olympics organisers Locog said.
30th April 2012

Extra staff to help manage borders during Olympic Games
Nearly 600 civil servants and former immigration workers are to be drafted in to help staff Britain's borders during the Olympics, at a cost of more than £2.5m, in an effort to fulfil the government's pledge to check all passports at peak periods during t
1st May 2012

Wada's David Howman accuses BOA of 'wasting time and money'
The British Olympic Association has been accused of "wasting a lot of time and money" by the World Anti-Doping Agency after its failed court case to keep its lifetime ban for drugs cheats.
1st May 2012

Alexander Dale Oen dies after cardiac arrest at training camp
The Norwegian swimming federation says the world champion Alexander Dale Oen has died during a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was 26.
1st May 2012

Norwegian Olympic star Dale Oen found dead in bathroom just three months before Games
Norway's world 100m breaststroke champion Alexander Dale Oen has tragically died. Dale Oen, who was 26, was in Arizona at a training camp where he had a cardiac arrest in the bathroom.
1st May 2012

British Modern pentathlon teams chosen for World Championships
Britain's modern pentathlon team for the World Championships in Rome was announced on Tuesday, giving those selected a last chance to secure their Olympic qualification. Mhairi Spence, Samantha Murray, Heather Fell and Freyja Prentice go in the women's c
1st May 2012

Paula Radcliffe vows to campaign for tougher bans for drug cheats
Paula Radcliffe has vowed to lead a worldwide campaign to pressurise the World Anti-Doping Agency into applying tougher bans on drug cheats.
1st May 2012

Duran Duran and Snow Patrol to play Olympic Games opening concert
Duran Duran are to represent musical talent from England at a concert marking the start of the Olympic Games. The band will appear alongside other acts representing Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on July 27 to coincide with the opening ceremony o
1st May 2012

Snipers, missiles and fighter jets over London: Get ready for a £1bn Olympic ring of steel
Inside a ring enforced by six ground-based missile stations, RAF Typhoon fast jets will patrol the skies, alongside navy helicopters carrying snipers from the Royal Marines, whose job it will be to shoot aircraft pilots who refuse to turn back from the Ol
1st May 2012

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