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Olympics News Archive - July 2012

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London 2012 Olympics: Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake reach 200m final at trials
Blake, who has beaten Bolt twice in two outings, registers fastest time in semi-finals at Olympic trials in Jamaica.
1st July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Bolton's Marvin Sordell gets GB football call-up
21-year-old striker gets the nod from Stuart Pearce Daniel Sturridge and Aaron Ramsey also in squad.
1st July 2012

Great Britain's men make mess of 4x100m relay ahead of London 2012
Mistake in Helsinki does not bode well for Olympic Games Third time in last four years GB team have erred.
1st July 2012

Yohan Blake stuns Usain Bolt again with victory over 200 metres
Yohan Blake sprung a second surprise in three days as he beat Usain Bolt once again - this time over 200 metres.
1st July 2012

London not calling for Ottey and relay team
Sadly, there will be no Olympic Games for the grand dame of sprinting, Merlene Ottey - nor for the great underperformers of the Great Britain women's 4 x 100m relay team. Both fell off the London 2012 selection radar in the relay semi-finals at the Europe
1st July 2012

Star-spangled athletics cast ready to wave the red, white and blue over London
No-one will attract more interest at the Olympics than the USA team, which is being finalised at the national trials in Oregon this weekend. Simon Turnbull assesses the American hopefuls looking to become the new Carl Lewis or Flo-Jo.
1st July 2012

Young lovers turn rivals in Olympic horse ballet
British dressage rider Laura Bechtolsheimer will be fired by the ex-factor.
1st July 2012

London 2012: new drive to tackle corruption launches before Olympics
Umbrella organisation representing 320 governing bodies launches new code of practice and action plan.
2nd July 2012

Police have plans for any riots during Olympics, says watchdog
Sir Denis O'Connor says it would be 'foolish to ignore the possibility' of further disorder on scale of last summer's riots
2nd July 2012

London 2012: Stuart Pearce 'sorry' for David Beckham over Team GB snub
In regard to ticket sales or merchandising I'm a football man' It's been difficult, says Pearce, who has left out McEachran
2nd July 2012

London 2012: Team GB women's beach volleyball pair named
Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin to represent Great Britain Dampney and Mullin ranked No1 in Britain and 37th in world.
2nd July 2012

London 2012: Michael Phelps earns chance to swim in eight Olympic races
Phelps rallies to win 100m butterfly at United States trials 'It will be good to get home and start heading toward London'.
2nd July 2012

No Scottish or Northern Ireland players as Team GB football squad is announced for the Olympics
Manager Stuart Pearce confirmed there was no political pressure on him to select David Beckham for his Team GB Olympic squad - and would not have accepted the job if there had been.
2nd July 2012

Porters will both be at Games - for GB and US
Brit Tiffany is thrilled as trials surprise puts husband Jeff into the 110m hurdles for States.
2nd July 2012

Olympic tree's 'two-fingered' salute
There may be no Glastonbury Festival this year but the pair behind one of the event's standout instillations will next week unveil their contribution to the Olympic celebrations. One that "sticks two fingers up" to the commercial side of the games.
2nd July 2012

London 2012 medals to be housed at the Tower of London
The 4,700 medals produced for London 2012 are to be kept safe ahead of the Games in the secure vaults of the Tower of London.
2nd July 2012

Coventry gears up for the Games with giant Olympic Rings
With just over three weeks until the first Olympic Football match takes place in Coventry, a large set of Olympic Rings has been launched in the city.
2nd July 2012

Day 45: Olympic Flame visits Foxton Locks and Coventry Cathedral on its journey to Leicester
On Monday 2 July, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will travel 100.95 miles through 16 communities on its journey from Coventry to Leicester
2nd July 2012

London 2012 sustainability ambassadors inspired by host borough community projects
London 2012 sustainability ambassadors inspired by host borough community projects.
2nd July 2012

Day 44: Olympic Flame visits Shakespeare's birthplace on its journey to Coventry
The Olympic Flame will travel 95.95 miles from Birmingham to Coventry on Day 44 of the Torch Relay.
2nd July 2012

East London worse off than before Olympic bid
It is more than seven years since one of the country's poorest boroughs found out it was to host the Olympic Games, but despite the billions of pounds of public money that has been spent in the area, the borough of Newham is now comparatively worse off in
3rd July 2012

Beckham may be offered place on standby list after Pearce snubs him for Olympics
The door is still narrowly open for David Beckham to be involved in the Olympic Games. Team GB manager Stuart Pearce said yesterday he "fully expects" Beckham to be available for his four-man standby list for the Games.
3rd July 2012

I'll pick team but there will be appeals, admits Van Commenee
Charles van Commenee flew straight back from the weekend's European Championships in Helsinki and was holed up in a Heathrow hotel yesterday finalising the British track-and-field team for the London Olympics. It is fair to say that he was in a brace posi
3rd July 2012

Canoe Slalom venue tested ahead of the Games
Over 80 canoe slalom athletes took to the water today at the Lee Valley White Water Centre as part of their final preparations for the Games.
3rd July 2012

Day 46: Flame visits Rutland Water and Burghley House on its journey to Peterborough
On Day 46 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, 100 Torchbearers will carry the Flame a distance of 75.29 miles.
3rd July 2012

London 2012: Dwain Chambers set for Team GB selection
Dwain Chambers is set to be selected for London 2012 when the athletics squad is named at 1400 BST on Tuesday.
3rd July 2012

London 2012: David Millar chosen for GB road-race team
Reprieved David Millar is made the team captain Millar back after missing last two Games because of ban.
4th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Chelsea hope Daniel Sturridge will be fit to play
Striker still in hospital with viral meningitis Roberto Di Matteo wishes André Villas-Boas well at Spurs.
4th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Constantine Louloudis completes GB rowing squad
20-year-old overcomes back injury to make men's eight Spares also named for 52-man Games squad.
4th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Daniel Keatings left out of gymnastics squad
Rebecca Tunney youngest member of Team GB aged 15 Rhythmic team named after successful appeal.
4th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Amputee Oscar Pistorius picked for men's 400m
South African will be first amputee track athlete at Games Pistorius also selected for men's 4x400m relay.
4th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Paula Radcliffe in 'bit of a panic' over injury
Marathon runner goes to Germany to see specialist about foot 38-year-old still hopeful of competing at London Games.
4th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB given target of 48 medals
Aim of fourth place in medals officially confirmed Britain won 19 golds and 47 medals in Beijing.
4th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: David Millar named in road race squad
Scot banned for two years for doping in 2004 Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins also in squad.
4th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: How athletes use technology to win medals
Pressure grows to legislate on new kit design in many events Technical advances leave poor countries without a hope.
4th July 2012

London 2012 makes it easy to walk or cycle to the Games
The Active Travel programme has introduced free cycle parking and guided walks to venues to help spectators get to the London 2012 Games.
4th July 2012

Day 47: Olympic Flame visits Sandringham House on its journey to Norwich
The Olympic Flame will be carried 127.30 miles by 124 Torchbearers on Day 47, including Olympians Goldie Sayers, Marlon Devonish and Kate Walsh.
4th July 2012

Can Team GB hit the target?
From the big five to ping pong, UK Sport has revealed where the home medals are expected to come in from London.
5th July 2012

'Blade Runner' Pistorius and Millar head for London
Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics after being selected for South Africa's individual and relay 400 metres efforts at London 2012.
5th July 2012

David Cameron predicts £13bn Olympics boost
David Cameron expects the Olympics and Paralympics to boost the UK's economy by £13 billion over the next four years, he will reveal today as he pledges to turn the Games "into gold".
5th July 2012

Sir Steve Redgrave denies Team GB medal target adds unnecessary pressure
Five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave denied Team GB's 48-medal target will pile unnecessary pressure on athletes at London 2012.
5th July 2012

Day 48: Paralympian Giles Long and Olympian Adrian Moorhouse carry the Flame on its journey from Norwich to Ipswich
The Olympic Torch Relay travels to the UK's most easterly point on its 119.65-mile journey today.
5th July 2012

London 2012: Luol Deng in Team GB basketball squad
Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls has been named in the British men's basketball squad for the Olympics.
5th July 2012

London 2012: Usain Bolt says Olympics are the pinnacle
Double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt says the Games remain his greatest athletic ambition.
5th July 2012

London 2012: Reed Kessler jumps the equestrian age barrier
How best to sell equestrian sport to North America? Meet Reed Kessler.
5th July 2012

Delay awarding Olympic medals for eight years, says biochemist
Cheating athletes 'could exploit medical advances by using drugs not yet detectable'
6th July 2012

Bolt forced out of London warm-up by mystery injury
Usain Bolt's troubled preparation for the defence of his Olympic sprint crowns continued yesterday when the Jamaican was forced to pull out of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on 20 July.
6th July 2012

Sordell ready for Team GB
Bolton striker Marvin Sordell was as surprised as many observers when his place in the Team GB Olympic squad was confirmed.
6th July 2012

Day 49: Olympic Flame visits Hadleigh Farm on its journey from Ipswich to Chelmsford
On Friday 6 July, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will travel 117 miles as it makes its way from Ipswich to Chelmsford.
6th July 2012

Mark Rylance exits from Olympics opening after step-daughter's death
Actor pulls out of central role in ceremony after his 28-year-old step-daughter Nataasha van Kampen died suddenly last Sunday
6th July 2012

Greene proves fitness in final test as foes emerge for Farah
World champion Dai Greene dispelled any doubts about his form and fitness with an impressive personal best at the Diamond League meeting in Paris, but a seriously fast 5,000m race showed just how tough a challenge Mo Farah will face at London 2012.
7th July 2012

Day 50: Olympic Flame visits Lee Valley White Water Centre on its journey to Cambridge
Chef Jamie Oliver and Olympian Iwan Thomas are amongst 117 inspirational Torchbearers carrying the Olympic Flame.
7th July 2012

Olympian Pistorius finishes fourth in first race after selection
Oscar Pistorius finished fourth on Saturday in his first race since being included in the South African team for the Olympics. The Blade Runner, who will become the first amputee sprinter to compete in an Olympics, clocked 46.28 seconds over 400 metres i
7th July 2012

Golden girl Amy's new love is rugby World Cup hero Lewsey Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2170250/Amy-Williams-Josh-Lewsey-item.html#ixzz2044kb9Vs
Olympic golden girl Amy Williams has fallen in love with England Rugby World Cup star Josh Lewsey. The couple were seen in public for the first time at a champagne reception at the RAC Club in Pall Mall after keeping their romance under wraps for the pa
7th July 2012

Glory at a price: British medals will cost £3.8m and £6.6m each Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2170236/London-2012-Olympics-British-medals-cost-3-8m-6-6m-each.html#ixzz2
British medals at the Olympics will cost between £3.8million and £6.6m each in funding, if predictions are correct. The more glory gained by Brits, the cheaper each medal.
7th July 2012

London 2012: concern mounts over potential shortage of security guards
Private security firm G4S still needs to train and accredit 9,000 more guards, according to security sources.
8th July 2012

Olympic torch takes trip on a punt in Cambridge on way to London 2012
Hundreds defy rain to see torch on the river Cam Local man carries torch past the Bridge of Sighs
8th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: US men's basketball team named
Five Beijing gold-medallists - LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Deron Williams - included
8th July 2012

London 2012: Ryan Giggs to captain Team GB's Olympic football team
Giggs, 38, has never played in an international tournament Decision deferred over replacement for Daniel Sturridge
8th July 2012

Athletes' fury at Team GB 'farce' sparks selection overhaul for 2016 Olympics
Minister pledges more transparency as just one of 11 appeals decided this weekend succeeds
8th July 2012

Diving: What Tom Daley's sidekick did next
Blake Aldridge has moved on from the Beijing fiasco of four years ago - now he jumps off cliffs
8th July 2012

Ladies first: Why 2012 is the Women's Games
London 2012 will be the first Olympics to which every nation sends a female competitor; in which women are not barred from any sport; and at which the British girls are expected to bring home more medals than the British boys. Should we be celebrating the
8th July 2012

Ennis quietly applies final touches to Olympic plan
Britain's heptathlon gold-medal hope chooses another small meet to tune long jump and javelin.
8th July 2012

Day 51: Olympic Flame travels in a punt
The Olympic Flame travels in a punt today as it journeys from Cambridge to Luton on Day 51 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
8th July 2012

London 2012: Great Britain beaten 17-5 by Croatia in Dublin Cup
Great Britain were given another lesson in finishing as they lost 17-5 to Croatia in the Dublin Cup.
8th July 2012

Elder statesman Giggs handed armband for Olympic football team
Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as Stuart Pearce's captain for Team GB at this summer's Olympics.
8th July 2012

Heathrow passport control queues unacceptable, says BAA
Airport operator tells Home Office to tackle problem as Keith Vaz makes snap visit less than three weeks before Olympic Games.
9th July 2012

Olympic torch security official pushes boy off bicycle - video
A young cyclist is pushed from his bike by a member of security during the Olympic torch relay in Haverhill, Suffolk, on Saturday. The boy can be seen cycling alongside a London 2012 Olympic torchbearer when he is physically removed off his bike. The secu
9th July 2012

I've done all I can do, says Olympic hope Jessica Ennis after last warm-up
Toni Minichiello, the man who has coached Jessica Ennis since she was 11, professed himself reasonably satisfied after the Sheffield heptathlete completed her final competitive outing before the Olympic Games on Saturday.
9th July 2012

Dai Greene to captain Great Britain's athletics team at London 2012
World 400 metres hurdles champion Dai Greene will captain Great Britain's athletics team at the Olympics. The 26-year-old is one of Team GB's best hopes for gold on the track as he looks to add the Olympic title to his world, European and Commonwealth
9th July 2012

Lewis Hamilton begins latest leg of Olympic Torch Relay
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton joked that he would have liked to have swapped his disappointing finish in the British Grand Prix yesterday for carrying the Olympic flame in his home town.
9th July 2012

Largest Olympic Rings unveiled at Richmond Park
The latest official Olympic Rings spectacular has been unveiled in London's Richmond Park.
9th July 2012

Route details revealed for Paralympic Torch Relay
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has today announced highlights from the Paralympic Torch Relay, revealing some of the iconic landmarks the Flame will visit.
9th July 2012

Day 52: Olympic Flame visits Bletchley Park and Blenheim Palace on its way to Oxford
The Olympic Torch Relay will travel 112.32 miles through 15 communities and will also visit Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
9th July 2012

London 2012: Liverpool's Luis Suarez selected in Uruguay squad
Uruguay have named Liverpool's Luis Suarez in their 18-man squad for this summer's Olympic Games in London.
9th July 2012

No regrets: Richards ready and raring to go at Olympics after Euro snub
Manchester City's Micah Richards has no regrets about missing England's Euro 2012 campaign and cannot wait to represent Britain at the Olympics. The 24-year-old defender is one of three overage players in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for London 2012. Wh
9th July 2012

Gold medal hope Greene to captain Great Britain's athletes as plastic Brit Porter is snubbed
World 400 metres hurdles champion Dai Greene will captain Great Britain's athletics team at the Olympics. The 26-year-old is one of Team GB's best hopes for gold on the track as he looks to add the Olympic title to his world, European and Commonwealth cr
9th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: US women's goalkeeper warned over positive test
Hope Solo said Canrenone was in prescribed medication Usada accepted explanation, Solo cleared for Olympics
10th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Usain Bolt 'back to normal' after injury scare
'He's back in full training' says agent Ricky Simms Sprinter suffered from tight hamstring at Jamaican trials
10th July 2012

Olympic chief publicly backs Games sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald's
The International Olympic Committee issued public backing of its Games sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald's today, a day after President Jacques Rogge was quoted as saying there was a "question mark" over their sponsorship due to obesity concerns.
10th July 2012

Lewis: Home comforts will help Brits
Britain's Olympians will gain an advantage from running on home soil, according to Carl Lewis, one of the greats of the Games.
10th July 2012

Olympics News: Greene named GB Athletics captain
The 400 metres hurdler Dai Greene was appointed the Team GB athletics captain yesterday.
10th July 2012

50 days to go until the London 2012 Paralympic Games
With exactly 50 days to go until the Paralympic Games, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced 50 of the key Paralympic sporting events coming up this summer.
10th July 2012

Day 53: Olympic Flame greeted by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle
The Olympic Flame receives a Royal welcome on Day 53 of the Olympic Torch Relay as it makes the 87.05 mile journey from Oxford to Reading.
10th July 2012

London 2012: Adam Gemili dominates heat at World Junior Championships
Gemili, 18, won 100m heat in 10.37sec in Barcelona 'I can go much faster', says Olympic hopeful
10th July 2012

London 2012: Slow sales of Team GB scarf leaves BOA with £2m shortfall
Team GB's 542 athletes will still go to Olympics Government unhappy but may have to step in.
10th July 2012

Unite urges London bus workers to accept pay deal for Olympics run
Offer forged by union with bus companies and Acas could head off threat of bus strike at end of July.
10th July 2012

London 2012: Phillips Idowu says he is focused and denies injury fears
Charles van Commenee had said triple jumper was injured Idowu will jump at Diamond League meeting on Saturday.
11th July 2012

London 2012: army reinforcements called in for the Olympics
Exclusive: Military to provide up to 3,500 extra troops because G4S unable to supply 10,000 guards it promised to deliver
11th July 2012

London 2012: IOC in talks with Saudi Arabia over female athletes
Reports suggest no women have qualified for Saudi team Human Rights Watch calls for country to be banned.
11th July 2012

London 2012: Australia send smallest squad to Olympics for 20 years
Australia's 410-strong team is smallest since Barcelona. AOC targets top five place in medals table.
11th July 2012

Paul Goodison: Spark to light up the waves
Fourth in Athens, first in Beijing, Sheffield's man of steel knows practice makes perfect as he aims for glory again on home waters. He talks to Robin Scott-Elliot.
11th July 2012

Paralympic cyclist may miss Games after car hits bike
Double amputee Rachel Morris left with whiplash and shoulder injuries after crash.
11th July 2012

World Taekwondo Federation want end to Aaron Cook selection controversy
World Taekwondo Federation secretary general Jean-Marie Ayer hopes the sport can move on towards an "unforgettable" Olympic Games after backing British Taekwondo's selection policy for Team GB.
11th July 2012

Disabled spectators urged to book their travel to the Games
London 2012 and its transport partners today urged disabled spectators to plan their journeys in advance and ensure they have booked rail travel and, if necessary, Blue Badge parking at venues.
11th July 2012

Day 54: Olympic Flame visits Caversham Court Gardens and Winchester Cathedral
On Wednesday 11 July, 120 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Flame as it travels 105.35 miles through 13 communities on its journey from Reading to Salisbury.
11th July 2012

Phillips Idowu, Team GB triple jumper, denies injury reports
Team GB Olympic triple jump gold medal hope Phillips Idowu has denied he is carrying an injury ahead of this summer's Games in London.
11th July 2012

Team GB coach Hope Powell targets women's football legacy
Team GB manager Hope Powell believes the Olympics offers a chance of a lasting legacy for the women's game.
11th July 2012

London 2012: Asafa Powell withdraws from Diamond League meeting
Jamaican sprinter pulls out with groin injury Powell will be fine for Olympics, agent says.
12th July 2012

Saudi Arabia sends women to Olympic Games
Two athletes to compete in London following protracted negotiations and heavy lobbying.
12th July 2012

London 2012: Mo Farah still bullish despite slipping down world rankings
Mo Farah has dropped from No1 to No11 since June 5,000m world champion says he can still run faster
12th July 2012

Theresa May defends deploying 3,500 extra troops for Olympics security
Home Office denies accusations of organisational 'shambles' after thousands of extra guards are recruited for London 2012
12th July 2012

London 2012: Heathrow extra border staff plan criticised by watchdog
Chief inspector of borders and immigration warns temporary staff process passengers slower and ask fewer questions.
12th July 2012

Mixed reception as Olympic torch arrives in Weymouth
Wind and rain cause procession to be cancelled in coastal town where the welcome for the Games has been far from unanimous
12th July 2012

London 2012: Theresa May musters troops for 'most important' task
The home secretary ducked some bullets but then resembled an aircraft carrier caught in mid-U-turn.
12th July 2012

London 2012: aerial pictures shed light on Olympic opening ceremony
New photos show representation of River Thames spanning Olympic Stadium.
12th July 2012

Team officials move into Olympic Village ahead of athlete arrival
The first team officials for the London 2012 Games have started moving in to the Olympic Village ahead of athletes' arrival on 16 July.
12th July 2012

Olympic security chaos: depth of G4S security crisis revealed
Recruits tell of chaos over schedules, uniforms and training while ex-police officers asked to help out.
13th July 2012

M4 motorway reopens after repairs
Road linking London and the Olympic Park with Heathrow airport reopens a week after cracks discovered on viaduct
13th July 2012

London 2012: Dwain Chambers warns Olympic athletes of doping dangers
I hope my presence makes people think twice' Chambers visits schools to warn children about drugs.
13th July 2012

Day 56: The Olympic Flame visits Chesil Beach and Durdle Door as it travels through Dorset
The Olympic Flame will travel through the spectacular scenery of Dorset today, as it journeys from Portland Bill to Bournemouth.
13th July 2012

London 2012: Team GB captain Dai Greene ready for Olympic bid
Dai Greene is convinced he is peaking at the perfect time for his bid to win the 400m hurdles gold medal at London 2012.
13th July 2012

Count me out: Beckham says he should not light Olympic torch
David Beckham has said he is not the right man to light the Olympic flame, saying that the honour should go to a gold medal-winner
13th July 2012

London 2012: Phillips Idowu and Tiffany Porter suffer injury blows
Setbacks for two of Britain's main Olympic medal hopes Idowu withdraws from triple jump at Crystal Palace.
14th July 2012

London 2012: Injury forces high jumper Blanka Vlasic to miss Olympics
Croatia's Olympic silver medallist 'not in top shape' Debbie Dunn, US relay runner, out of Olympics after dope test
14th July 2012

Goldie Sayers throws new personal best to claim British javelin record
Throw of 66.17m beats world No1 and Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu beats world champion in 400m
14th July 2012

London 2012: Phillips Idowu pull-out sends shivers through home nation
Olympic triple jump silver medallist troubled by 'hip tightness' Worries for Tiffany Porter, Robbie Grabarz, men's sprint relay.
14th July 2012

André Greipel shows Olympic gold is not a certainty for Mark Cavendish
André Greipel sends message with Tour de France sprint win Mark Cavendish faces challenge for Olympic gold medal.
14th July 2012

G4S could lose £50m due to Olympic Games security shambles
Security company says it 'deeply regrets' shortfall in workforce, resulting in call for military backup at Games sites.
14th July 2012

East-ender Perri shakes up hurdles world order
Shakes-Drayton runs personal best to surge into medal frame on brink of home Games.
14th July 2012

Day 57: The Flame visits the Isle of Wight and journeys to Southampton
On Day 57 the Flame travels 58.72 miles and visits 12 communities on its journey from Bournemouth to Southampton.
14th July 2012

Debbie Dunn withdraws from Olympics after positive drugs test
American 400m runner Debbie Dunn has withdrawn from the Olympics after returning a positive drugs test.
14th July 2012

Ohuruogu lays down Olympic marker with dominant performance in London
Britain's athletes received an Olympic send-off with an open-top bus parade during a torrential downpour - but Christine Ohuruogu and Goldie Sayers were singing in the rain after the Aviva London Grand Prix. Sayers improved her own British record in the
14th July 2012

Idowu renews Games injury worries as triple jumper apologises for withdrawing at London Grand Prix
Phillips Idowu has apologised for pulling out of the triple jump at the Aviva London Grand Prix - just three days after insisting injury was not behind his long lay-off this season.
14th July 2012

Flag-bearer Nadal hopeful ahead of 'hardest title' challenge
Rafael Nadal hopes he will be fit enough to lead the Spanish team at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games as he continues his recovery from a knee complaint.
14th July 2012

Idowu suffers Olympic injury scare after pulling out of London Grand Prix with back problem
Phillips Idowu pulled out of the triple jump at the Aviva London Grand Prix - just three days after insisting injury was not behind his long lay-off this season.
14th July 2012

Freeland is ready to tackle the NBA, say GB Olympic basketball team
Joel Freeland's Great Britain team-mates have backed the new Portland Trail Blazers signing to shine in the NBA after he completed his move from Spanish side Unicaja Malaga.
14th July 2012

Libya's Olympic chief taken by gunmen in Tripoli
Nabil Elalem sitting in car with colleague when vehicles carrying men in military-style clothing blocked them off.
15th July 2012

London 2012: Christian Taylor aims high as Phillips Idowu stays away
US world champion looking to break world record at Olympics Britain's triple jumper misses another competition through injury.
15th July 2012

London 2012: Spain's Juan Mata wants Olympic gold after Euro 2012 win
Chelsea forward says Games would complete 'perfect summer' Spain last won Olympic title in 1992 in Barcelona.
15th July 2012

London's Olympic Games officials plan for disaster - or Putin
From bombs and coups to where to park dignitaries' private jets, the city's 2012 taskforce must come up with answers.
15th July 2012

London 2012: Heathrow braces for first wave of Olympic arrivals
Airport's ability to cope with influx of visitors continues to be questioned as first of dedicated Games lanes set to open on M4.
15th July 2012

Day 58: The Olympic Flame visits Guernsey and Jersey
The Olympic Flame pays a visit to the beautiful Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey today.
15th July 2012

London 2012: Olympic arrivals 'lost' on bus for four hours
American hurdler Kerron Clement says bus to Village got lost 'We've been lost for four hours athletes need to pee'
16th July 2012

London 2012: Oscar Pistorius says he has a right to be in the Olympics
Some of the arguments are weak,' says London 2012 sprinter South African makes Olympic debut on 4 August.
16th July 2012

Olympics: more pressure on G4S as police replace missing staff
Company's share price slumps by almost 9% as chief executive prepares for critical appearance before MPs.
16th July 2012

Olympic security: omnishambles meets hypershambles
The shambles and shamblettes that would have buried a dozen Labour home secretaries have left May untouched.
16th July 2012

Olympic arrivals keep athlete-spotters guessing on Heathrow's busiest day
Official colours were everywhere - Heathrow greeters in pink, Locog volunteers in mauve - but national kit remained elusive.
16th July 2012

Day 59: Olympic Flame travels from Portsmouth to Brighton and Hove
Today the Olympic Flame will visit Cass Sculpture Park and Arundel Castle on its 94.70-mile journey from Portsmouth to Brighton and Hove.
16th July 2012

G4S Olympic security debacle - Q&A
Key questions answered about the causes and effects of the security firm's failure to provide enough guards for London 2012.
17th July 2012

London 2012: Britain tipped for Olympic glory by economists
Number-crunchers say figures favour democracies with cold climates and communist regimes, with 20-30 golds for Britain.
17th July 2012

Olympic security chaos hits headlines around the world
British attempts to present sparkling image tarnished by widespread reporting of G4S and border control controversies.
17th July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: BBC to send 765 staff to cover event
Amount of staff is an increase on the 493 people broadcaster sent to Beijing Olympics in 2008.
17th July 2012

Idowu at pains to prove fitness
British medal hope posts training video appearing to show amazingly quick recovery from hip problem.
17th July 2012

Day 60: Olympic Flame to visit Seven Sisters Cliffs and Tonbridge Castle
The Olympic Torch Relay takes in some of the dramatic coastline of the South East as it travels from Brighton and Hove to Hastings today, covering 108.86 miles.
17th July 2012

Olympic opening ceremony: a feast of drama and that's just the rehearsals
Source says relations between Danny Boyle and broadcasting firm now so strained that director's trailer has extra security.
18th July 2012

London 2012: Organisers deny Olympic Village water supply problems
Athletes' cafe closes down for several hours Officials say difficulties are minor and localised.
18th July 2012

London 2012: Olympic sponsors waive tax break
McDonald's, GE, Coca Cola and Visa will decline tax relief on profits made during Games.
18th July 2012

Graffiti artist who worked for Adidas is banned from Olympic Games venues
Darren Cullen is also barred from owning paint or using most public transport as part of pre-emptive police crackdown.
18th July 2012

First past the bedpost: Olympic Village furniture goes on sale
Organisers hope thousands of items used by world-class athletes will be sold and shipped to buyers after the Games.
18th July 2012

Heathrow may be hit by Olympic strike after border staff vote for action
Border officials vote for one-day strike and ongoing work-to-rule over pay and conditions.
18th July 2012

London Olympics 2012: the Voice wins victory after stadium snub
Britain's biggest black newspaper finally granted press accreditation for venue by Olympics authorities.
18th July 2012

Royal wedding protesters lose high court case
Met tactics of pre-emptive arrests and searches lawful, says ruling with implications for policing in runup to the Olympics
18th July 2012

London bus workers accept Olympic bonus offer
Workers to get £577 in recognition of 'massive increase' in workload over Games, following strike last month.
18th July 2012

G4S may lose Olympic management fee as Cameron vows to 'go after' firm
Sports minister says penalty clauses in G4S contract will be activated to cut taxpayers' bill for shortfall in security staff.
18th July 2012

Day 61: The Flame travels through the Channel Tunnel on its journey from Hastings to Dover
On day 61 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, the Flame will travel 57 miles and be carried by 94 different Torchbearers in total.
18th July 2012

Middleton family's party website cleared of Olympic branding breach
London 2012 organisers will ask Party Pieces to make 'minor changes' after investigation into Olympic-themed products.
19th July 2012

London 2012: military puts 1,200 extra troops on standby for Olympic duty
The personnel will be put on 48 hours notice to cover any further gaps left by the private security firm G4S.
19th July 2012

Met chief: G4S failure is matter for government, not police
Bernard Hogan-Howe distances police from G4S scandal, saying government is responsible for Olympic security.
19th July 2012

Sir Chris Hoy will not defend individual sprint title at London 2012
Jason Kenny takes place instead of 36-year-old Scot Hoy will compete in keirin and team sprint.
19th July 2012

London 2012: Injury forces Rafael Nadal to pull out of Olympic Games
Defending champion 'not in condition' to compete 'One of the saddest moments of my career,' says Nadal.
19th July 2012

Olympic delays feared as border staff confirm strike
Heathrow could see long passport queues on 26 July after union votes for industrial action, a move condemned by David Cameron.
19th July 2012

London 2012 organisers admit 'creative tensions' over opening ceremony
Danny Boyle's team and sporting broadcaster embroiled in 'debates about which cameras go where', says Locog
19th July 2012

London 2012: Ghana's Olympic athletes come second to football and corruption
But poverty is the biggest hurdle talented athletes have to overcome - lack of cash broke up their Olympic training camp.
19th July 2012

London 2012: athletes share joy and frustration in first Twitter Olympics
From grumbles about long coach journeys to snaps of the Olympic Village, athletes are having their say like never before.
19th July 2012

Day 62: Flame to visit Canterbury Cathedral and Turner Gallery on journey to Maidstone
On day 62 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, the Flame will travel 65.47 miles through 21 communities on its journey from Deal to Maidstone, carried by 136 Torchbearers. The day will conclude with an evening celebration at Leeds Castle.
19th July 2012

Libya's Olympic athletes determined to fly new flag despite chief's kidnap
President of country's Olympic committee missing after being taken at gunpoint on Sunday in Tripoli.
20th July 2012

London 2012: Gary Neville urges FA to build on Team GB's Olympic show
'I think it would be a great shame if this was a one-off' Neville says Ryan Giggs is 'ecstatic' at captaining team
20th July 2012

Olympic torch relay sheds light on UK's unsung heroes
The Olympic flame has paraded in more than 1,000 communities and given ordinary people a moment of fame
20th July 2012

Day 63: The Flame visits Brands Hatch as it travels to Guildford
On Day 63 of the Olympic Torch Relay, 140 Torchbearers will carry the Flame as it travels 105.24 miles from Maidstone to Guildford.
20th July 2012

Boyish enthusiasm in Pearce's team before kick-off with Brazil
Jason Steele is, he tells us, under orders from his dad. "He's told me to get as much memorabilia as possible," says the Middlesbrough goalkeeper, sat behind a place card which reads 'Jason Steele Olympic Athlete.'
20th July 2012

US stars are out to earn their stripes at London 2012
potlight on the main medal contenders: The track-and-field powerhouse spluttered in Beijing but with the world's best athlete leading the push - decathlete Ashton Eaton - the USA hope to double their medal tally.
20th July 2012

Ministers fume at order to get to Games on the Tube
Downing Street faces backlash against 'draconian rules' forcing top MPs to use public transport to get to Olympic events - where they have been ordered to schmooze VIPs.
20th July 2012

Kenny is the right call says Hoy after he is overlooked for sprint
Sir Chris Hoy will not be given the opportunity to repeat his treble gold performance of Beijing, after it was announced yesterday that Jason Kenny had been chosen to ride the sprint at the London Games.
20th July 2012

London 2012: IOC chief praises 'country that invented modern sport'
IOC's Jacques Rogge confident Games will be a success Coe promises subtle approach to sponsor protection
21st July 2012

London 2012: LaShawn Merritt flops in last Olympic rehearsal in Monaco
American pulls up in 400m but says he's not worried Kenyan Kiprop cruises to 1500m win in impressive time.
21st July 2012

Thin red line may get slim pickings at London 2012
Spotlight on the main medal contenders: The Russian team are hardly riding a wave of optimism, writes Robin Scott-Elliot, claiming they will do well to hold off a buoyant host nation in the battle for third in the medals table.
21st July 2012

Day 64: Flame to be carried to top of North Greenwich Arena on first full day in London
On Saturday 21 July, the Relay will start in Greenwich Park at 7.22am and finish in Waltham Forest at 7.30pm. The Relay will travel 36.35 miles and 143 Torchbearers will carry the Flame.
21st July 2012

Marketing of UK plc goes into Olympic overdrive
Ministers go all out to sell Britain as place to do business.
22nd July 2012

The secret words that could spell Miley gold
One of Britain's first-day medal hopes admits she can get her body 90 per cent ready but the last 10 per cent is in her head.
22nd July 2012

Casey Stoney: 'The single proudest moment of my whole life'
The captain of the British women's football team has had a long struggle to lead her team out for the first event of London 2012. Emily Dugan meets Casey Stoney.
22nd July 2012

So who do you think will be the face of London 2012?
It's a question being asked all over the country as the Olympics grow close. Some champion the Games' lesser-known achievers; some look no further than the men's 100-metre champion. Sue Mott and Louise Poynton canvass opinion from our celebrity panel.
22nd July 2012

Day 65: Olympic Flame visits London Eye as it travels from Redbridge to Bexley
The Olympic Flame spends its second full day in the capital on Sunday 22 July, being carried by 163 Torchbearers as it makes its 32.37 mile journey from Redbridge to Bexley.
22nd July 2012

G4S trainee: 'Most people failed the initial x-ray exam. But not for long'
The writer - due to join G4S's security team for the Olympics - reveals fears that training for the job is far from sufficient.
23rd July 2012

G4S staff 'cheat' on tests to run x-ray scanners at Olympic Games
Recruits given several chances to pass exams on bomb detection - but just 20 minutes training on machines.
23rd July 2012

Olympic security: test event checks are a breeze with army in charge
Visitors at the Olympic Park for Games opening ceremony dress rehearsal praise efficiency of military personnel at checkpoints
23rd July 2012

London 2012: Carrying flag is 'stuff of dreams', says Sir Chris Hoy
'This is a huge honour for me,' says track cycle gold medallist Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France feats will inspire others
23rd July 2012

Doreen Lawrence bears Olympic torch in south-east London
Carried aloft by stars of sport and screen, flame heads for live cameo appearance lighting up EastEnders.
23rd July 2012

London 2012: minimal rest and relaxation is key to cycling success
Bradley Wiggins not alone in having to postpone much-needed rest and recreation.
23rd July 2012

Team GB Olympic medal hopefuls: Day-by-day guide
The Independent has compiled a list of Team GB's best medal hopes for the London 2012 Olympics.
23rd July 2012

Phillips Idowu pulls out of Team GB training camp
Injury concerns surrounding Olympic silver medallist Phillips Idowu intensified today with confirmation the triple jumper has not travelled to the British team's training camp in Portugal.
23rd July 2012

La France expected to cut the mustard
Our cross-Channel rivals are playing catch-up against the host nation, with a target of doubling their Beijing gold haul, as Robin Scott-Elliot reports.
23rd July 2012

Excited, prepared and rested: the minister behind the Games
With five days to go until the opening ceremony of the Games of the Thirtieth Olympiad, the Sports Minister is not having sleepless nights.
23rd July 2012

Draw announced for Olympic Badminton competition
The draws for the London 2012 Olympic Badminton competition have been made today, confirming the first round matches for the men's and women's singles and doubles and mixed tournaments.
23rd July 2012

London 2012: David Beckham given role in opening ceremony
Former England captain part of Danny Boyle's presentation Boxing legend Muhammad Ali may also make appearance
24th July 2012

London 2012: Phillips Idowu frustrated by BOA medical records request
Triple jumper says injury problems are exaggerated 33-year-old pulled out of training camp in Portugal.
24th July 2012

London 2012: Hope Powell looks to Games to spark wider interest
Women's football's big opportunity in Olympics Around 40,000 tickets sold for first match.
24th July 2012

London 2012: Louis Smith gives up Twitter for the Olympics
Team GB gymnast says goodbye to 12,000 followers Swimmer Rebecca Adlington also plans to stop tweeting
24th July 2012

London 2012: Britain's road race plans hinge on Nicole Cooke's aggression
Team GB rely on Beijing gold medal winner hitting top form 'Things coming round well now for race day,' says Cooke
24th July 2012

BBC's Olympics domination leaves rivals resorting to repeats
About 2,500 hours of television coverage begins with GB women's football team's opening match against New Zealand
24th July 2012

London 2012: how Team GB's fortunes turned around after disaster in Atlanta
Great Britain took just one gold in 1996, but lottery funding and a drive for coaching success have made that a distant memory.
24th July 2012

Maher Abu Rmeileh makes Palestinian sporting history at London 2012
Judo master only learnt he had become the first Palestinian to qualify for the Olympic Games on merit a few weeks ago.
24th July 2012

London 2012: CoSport apologises for ticket fiasco but offers little redress
Visitors from US, Australia and Canada queued for up to six hours, where some then found tickets scattered or missing.
24th July 2012

Day 67: Olympic Flame to travel on the London Underground and visit Kew Gardens
As the Torch Relay continues its way around London, today it will cover 42.97 miles, carried by 144 Torchbearers as it travels from Kingston upon Thames to Ealing.
24th July 2012

London's Big Ben to ring more than 40 times to celebrate the first day of the Games
To herald the first day of the London 2012 Games on Friday27 July, at 8.12am Big Ben and thousands of bells across the UK will ring out as loudly as possible for three minutes to welcome the Games.
24th July 2012

Powell full of hope for winning start
Team GB women's football coach Hope Powell knows the home side cannot afford to take New Zealand lightly in today's Olympic Games opener at the Millennium Stadium.
24th July 2012

Day 68: Olympic Flame to visit Wembley Stadium and Alexandra Palace
On Day 68 the Olympic Flame will travel 30.48 miles from Harrow to Haringey, and be carried by 153 Torchbearers.
25th July 2012

Review: Medal favourites off to impressive start
Medal contenders Brazil, USA and Japan kicked off the women's Football competition with victories on the opening day of action at London 2012.
25th July 2012

Five-star Brazil set the standard
Brazil's women went top of Group E as they opened their Olympic campaign in style with a comfortable 5-0 victory over tournament newcomers Cameroon at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
25th July 2012

Japan start with a win
World champions Japan opened their London 2012 account with a win as they edged out Canada 2-1 in Group F of the women's Football competition.
25th July 2012

Houghton nets winner for Great Britain
Stephanie Houghton gave Great Britain a 1-0 win over New Zealand in the opening match of London 2012 in the women's Football competition in Cardiff.
25th July 2012

Olympic Table Tennis draw announced
The draw for the London 2012 Table Tennis competition has been announced and sees the Republic of Korea take on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the first round of the men's Team event.
25th July 2012

Bringing the action to life for spectators
Spectators attending the London 2012 Games will be treated to a programme of innovative sports presentation including music, films and presenters.
25th July 2012

Archers prepare for action
The world's best archers will begin their bid for Olympic Games glory at Lord's Cricket Ground on Friday - just hours before the London 2012 Opening Ceremony takes place.
26th July 2012

Honduras fight back to draw
A second-half double from Jerry Bengtson was not quite enough to hand Honduras only their second-ever win in the Olympic Games Football competition.
26th July 2012

London 2012 Tennis draw pits Falla against Federer
World number one and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will play Colombia's Alejandro Falla in the first round when the Tennis competition gets underway.
26th July 2012

Designer hails 'inspirational' venue
The Olympic Eventing cross-country course designer, Sue Benson, has described Greenwich Park as 'an inspirational site'.
26th July 2012

Day 69: Olympic Flame to visit St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace
On Thursday 26 July, the penultimate day of the Torch Relay, the Olympic Flame will travel through the heart of London from Camden to Westminster.
26th July 2012

DPR Korea impress against Colombia
DPR Korea got their Olympic campaign off to a winning start in the women's Football competition on Wednesday with a strong showing against Colombia.
26th July 2012

Tennis stars eye Olympic glory
Novak Djokovic says he will be among those targeting gold and a place in the history books when the London 2012 Tennis tournament gets under way on Saturday.
27th July 2012

All eyes on USA women's Basketball squad
All eyes will be on the United States when the women's Basketball tournament gets under way tomorrow.
27th July 2012

Archery world records broken
The Republic of Korea has claimed the first world records of London 2012 with a stunning display in the men's Archery ranking round.
27th July 2012

Cavendish happy with 'dream team'
World champion Mark Cavendish has described his Great Britain squad as 'the dream team' but says he is relaxed despite potentially being the first Host Nation champion.
27th July 2012

Gymnasts ready to take to the floor
The Artistic Gymnastics competition is set to get under way tomorrow at the North Greenwich Arena, with all eyes on China, the USA and Japan.
27th July 2012

London 2012: Laura Robson to represent Team GB in Olympics singles
Robson given place in draw after withdrawal of Petra Martic Great Britain to have full complement of four women in singles.
27th July 2012

Olympic torch relay was shadowed by lawyers to stop ambush marketing
International Olympic Committee member reveals legal team worked behind scenes to protect sponsors of London 2012.
27th July 2012

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier hit by Olympic badminton reschedule
London 2012 schedule did not comply with BWF's own rules Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier must play 24 hours earlier
27th July 2012

London 2012: Team GB men's eight rower compromises over Ramadan fast
Mohamed Sbihi will not fast in quest for Olympic gold Rower will pay for 1,800 meals for Moroccan street children
27th July 2012

Full house at London 2012 opening ceremony as Locog opts to give tickets away
Seats will not be sold off at reduced prices despite speculation to the contrary.
27th July 2012

Bradley Wiggins reveals secret of Tour de France win: He had 'God' and the Queen on his side
Briton overwhelmed by public support over recent days but says he's changed from the yellow jersey into his overalls as he tries to help Cavendish to gold tomorrow.
27th July 2012

Archers set first world record of London 2012 Olympics
South Korea today claimed the first world records of London 2012 with a stunning display in the men's archery ranking round.
27th July 2012

James Lawton: Michael Phelps reaches final course at London 2012 with renewed appetite for golds
He already has stunning achievement, built over eight years, first in Athens, then Beijing, and now London.
27th July 2012

Lightning Usain Bolt may strike four times in same place at London 2012 Olympics
World's fastest man could add 4x400m challenge to defence of his three sprint crowns.
27th July 2012

New Olympic Games chapter to be written in London
Who will be the new hero? What will be the $1bn image? After a tortuous journey, we're about to find out.
27th July 2012

Giggs anger at Senegal tactics as late goal douses home spirits
It was the small motifs which suggested to Stuart Pearce and his players that the notion of a Great Britain football team is one that actually could take root and grow.
27th July 2012

First Swimming gold for Lochte
Ryan Lochte deposed Michael Phelps as the Olympic 400m Individual Medley champion as he secured a dominant victory at the Aquatics Centre.
28th July 2012

Denmark off and running
Three-time Olympic women's Handball champions Denmark opened their London 2012 campaign with a thrilling 21-18 victory over Scandinavian rivals Sweden at the Copper Box.
28th July 2012

Brits lose out in opener
Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson's bid for Beach Volleyball success began with a defeat as the British pair went down in straight sets against Canada at Horse Guards Parade.
28th July 2012

Vezzali denied fourth successive gold
Italian fencing star Valentina Vezzali was denied a piece of Olympic Games history after a shock defeat at the ExCeL Arena.
28th July 2012

Hsing has friends in high places
A meeting with the First Lady Michelle Obama inspired USA's Table Tennis star Ariel Hsing at the ExCeL Arena.
28th July 2012

Gold success for Italian archers
Italy claimed gold in the men's Archery Team event as Michele Frangilli held his nerve to hit a 10 with the last arrow of the final against the USA.
28th July 2012

Wang claims first Weightlifting gold
China's Wang Mingjuan claimed the first Weightlifting gold medal of the 2012 Olympic Games in the women's 48kg weight category at ExCeL.
28th July 2012

Orbit opens today for spectacular views over the Olympic Park
Today the Orbit, a work of art as well as a viewing platform over the Olympic Park, opens to visitors. With the Games now underway, access to the Orbit offers stunning views over the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park and the whole of London.
28th July 2012

Federer hangs on to beat Falla
Olympic men's Singles Tennis favourite Roger Federer defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia but the match was far from straightforward.
28th July 2012

Day 1 Review: Emotional day for King
An emotional Mary King launched her sixth Olympic Games campaign in masterful fashion to keep Great Britain's eventers on course for medal success at London 2012.
28th July 2012

Schwazer pulls out of 20km Walk
Italy's Alex Schwazer has had to give up on his quest to win both the 20km and 50km Race Walk titles.
28th July 2012

Williams eases past Jankovic
Wimbledon champion Serena Williams returned to Centre Court three weeks after winning her fifth title at the All England Club to play her first-round Tennis match at London 2012.
28th July 2012

Galstyan celebrates title success
Russian Arsen Galstyan produced an upset to win gold in the men's -60kg competition on the opening day of Judo action.
28th July 2012

Judo gold for Menezes
Brazil's Sarah Menezes beat defending champion Alina Dumitru of Romania to claim Judo gold in the women's Extra Lightweight -48kg category.
28th July 2012

Russia triumph over debut British team
World champions Russia defeated Great Britain's first women's Olympic Volleyball team 3-0 at Earl's Court.
28th July 2012

Hidayat makes strong start
Former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat made a winning start to his Badminton challenge at London 2012.
28th July 2012

Day 1 Review: Olympic bests on opening day
There were Olympic best performances as the Rowing regatta began at Eton Dorney, with New Zealand's all-conquering men's Pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray and Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning confirming their status as gold medal favourite
28th July 2012

Ainslie expecting tough test
Three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie is looking forward to getting his London 2012 Sailing campaign under way tomorrow.
28th July 2012

Jin claims pistol gold
Republic of Korea shooter Jin Jong Oh survived a nervy finish to seal gold with his final shot in the men's 10m Air Pistol.
28th July 2012

Vinokurov claims Road Race gold
Alexandr Vinokurov triumphed in a dramatic men's Road Race on The Mall to claim gold for Kazakhstan
28th July 2012

Phelps in 400m Individual Medley final
Michael Phelps has made the final of the 400m Individual Medley by just seven hundredths of a second as the first morning of the Olympic programme got under way.
28th July 2012

Vollmer wins gold in record time
USA's Dana Vollmer won the Olympic Games 100m Butterfly title in a new world record of 55.98.
29th July 2012

Day 2 Review: Oiwa leads the way
The Eventing saw a dramatic finish on Day 2 as Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa took the lead with only four riders to go.
29th July 2012

Republic of Korea claim another gold
Republic of Korea maintained their remarkable record in women's Team Archery, winning a seventh consecutive Olympic gold at Lord's Cricket Ground.
29th July 2012

Neymar stars to send Brazil through
Neymar underlined his status as one of the hottest prospects in world football by scoring a breathtaking free-kick to help Brazil beat Belarus 3-1 at Old Trafford.
29th July 2012

USA men live up to their reputation
The United States' men's Basketball team lived up to their dominant reputation with a 98-71 victory over France in their opening game of London 2012.
29th July 2012

Gold success for Shavdatuashvili
Lashas Shavdatuashvili claimed gold in the men's -66kg Judo competition for Georgia with a narrow win over Hungarian Miklos Ungvari at London 2012.
29th July 2012

Italy start title attempt with a win
Reigning world champions Italy started their Olympic Games men's Water Polo campaign with an 8-5 victory over Australia.
29th July 2012

Opening Ceremony album tops the download charts
An album containing the music from the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony has raced to the top of download charts.
29th July 2012

Vastine stakes Welter Weight claim
Frenchman Alexis Vastine won his first-round bout in the Welter Weight division 16-12 against Germany's Patrick Wojcicki on an action-packed day of Boxing.
29th July 2012

Goerges edges out Radwanska
There was a big surprise in the first round of the Olympic women's Tennis Singles this afternoon as second seed and Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska was beaten by Germany's Julia Goerges
29th July 2012

Netherlands hold out against Venezuela
The Netherlands managed to hold out as Venezuela's men almost sprang a surprise on their Olympic Beach Volleyball debut in an entertaining clash at Horse Guards Parade.
29th July 2012

USA dominate women's Eight heat
The USA - reigning world and Olympic champions and unbeaten since 2006 - dominated their women's Eight Rowing heat.
29th July 2012

Radcliffe's Olympic dream is over
Great Britain runner Paula Radcliffe's has had to withdraw from the London 2012 Marathon because of injury.
29th July 2012

Vos wins thrilling Road Race
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands took gold on The Mall after a thrilling climax to the women's Road Race.
29th July 2012

New Olympic record for Om
Om Yun Chol caused a sensation today as he equalled the world record and set a new Olympic record in the clean and jerk element of the men's 56kg.
29th July 2012

Brazil hold off Australia
Brazil held off Australia to open their Olympics Group B campaign with a win.
29th July 2012

Adlington makes final in eighth place
British hopes of success in the pool were lifted on the morning of Day 2 at the Aquatics Centre as Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington moved into the final of the 400m Freestyle, although she qualified in eighth place.
29th July 2012

Italy comes through Russia clash
Italians Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti kicked off their Olympic preliminary phase with a solid 2-1 win in three sets over Russia at Horse Guards Parade this morning.
29th July 2012

Guo gets 10m Air Pistol gold
Guo Wenjun won China's second Shooting gold medal, and fifth overall, in dramatic fashion in the women's 10m Air Pistol this afternoon.
29th July 2012

Ahmad and Natsir secure solid win
Men's Badminton third seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir cruised towards the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games Mixed Doubles with a second convincing win at Wembley Arena.
29th July 2012

Day 1 Review: France claim shock victory
France claimed an impressive win on the first day of Handball action as they beat defending champions Norway 24-23 in Group B of the preliminary stages at the Copper Box.
29th July 2012

Day 1 Review: USA start strong
The USA kicked off their bid to land a long-awaited Volleyball gold medal in front of a boisterous Earls Court sell-out crowd on the opening day of action at London 2012.
29th July 2012

Day 1 Review: Walsh and May-Treanor hit the heights
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh made the perfect start to their bid for a third successive Olympic Games Beach Volleyball gold medal with victory over Australia on the first day at Horse Guards Parade.
29th July 2012

Dominican Republic push Russia close
World champions Russia were given an almighty scare by the Dominican Republic before claiming their second win of the London 2012 women's Volleyball competition.
30th July 2012

Isaev celebrates golden win
Russia's Mansur Isaev clinched gold after defeating Japan's Riki Nakaya in the final of the men's -73kg Judo competition.
30th July 2012

Bauge has eye of the tiger
Three-time world Sprint champion Gregory Bauge is desperate to begin competition at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome, saying: 'The tiger will be released in a few days.'
30th July 2012

Impressive Li claims gold
China's Li Xueying produced an impressive display to claim Olympic Games gold in the women's 58kg Weightlifting division.
30th July 2012

Almatbouli makes history for Jordan
Ihab Almatbouli made history as Jordan's first Olympic boxer at ExCeL on Day 3 and marked the occasion by marching into the last 16 of the Light Heavy Weight division with a powerful 19-7 win over Nigeria's Lukmon Lawal.
30th July 2012

Netherlands edge five-goal thriller
The Netherlands recovered from squandering a two-goal lead to just edge out eight-time Olympic Games champions India 3-2 in the men's Hockey competition.
30th July 2012

Gold success for Matsumoto
Japan's Kaori Matsumoto won gold over Romanian Corina Caprioriu after the latter was disqualified during the golden score period in the women's -57kg Judo final at ExCeL.
30th July 2012

GB women shine on cross-country course
The London 2012 Eventing cross-country course took its toll at Greenwich Park today - but did not prevent Great Britain from strengthening their gold medal bid.
30th July 2012

German men defeat China
Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann of Germany moved into the knockout stage of the men's Beach Volleyball tournament after coming from a set down to defeat China at Horse Guards Parade.
30th July 2012

Gold for Chinese pair
Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China celebrate with their gold medals during the medal cermony for the men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre.
30th July 2012

Team GB gymnasts not daunted by weight of history
Louis Smith is confident the British men's Artistic Gymnastics team can keep their focus as they bid to win the first Olympic Games Team medal in their history.
30th July 2012

Day 2 Review: Nigeria hold on to claim win
The major players in men's international Basketball all enjoyed routine wins on Day 2 of London 2012, while Nigeria held on to win an exciting contest with Tunisia.
30th July 2012

Day 2 Review: Russia secure opening win
Russia boosted their hopes of a medal in the men's Volleyball with an impressive 3-0 win over Germany at Earls Court, while world league champions Poland were equally impressive.
30th July 2012

Day 2 Review: Van der Burgh and France shine
Cameron van der Burgh dedicated his 100m Breaststroke gold medal to Alexander Dale Oen after he won the title in world record time at the Aquatics Centre.
30th July 2012

Day 2 Review: Argentina signal their intent
World champions Argentina beat South Africa 7-1 following a five-star first-half performance to underline their credentials as gold medal contenders in the women's competition.
30th July 2012

Famous figures sport hats for London 2012 Festival
If you were wandering around London today, you may have noticed that some of the capital's most famous statues were sporting extravagant hats as part of a London 2012 Festival event.
31st July 2012

Tsonga joy after longest match
Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the longest three-set match in Olympic Tennis history against Canada's Milos Raonic in three minutes short of four hours.
31st July 2012

Team USA climb to top step of the podium
Team USA improved on their showing of four years ago to claim gold in the women's Artistic Gymnastics Team competition.
31st July 2012

Confident Croatia overcome Serbia
Croatia put one foot into the quarter-finals of the men's Handball competition after a comfortable 31-23 victory over eastern European neighbours Serbia in the Copper Box this afternoon.
31st July 2012

Day 4 Review: Netherlands make Eights final
The Netherlands won a thrilling women's Eight repechage at Eton Dorney today to qualify for the Olympic final, while the men's Four final line-up was also decided.
31st July 2012

Phelps equals record but misses out on gold
Michael Phelps tonight equalled the all-time record for the most Olympic medals when his silver in the 200m Butterfly took him to 18.
31st July 2012

Golden day for Maneza
Maiya Maneza turned the women's 63kg into a personal pursuit for Olympic and world records after clinching Weightlifting gold for Kazakhstan.
31st July 2012

Niger rower trained on fishing boat
Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka has just three months' experience in Rowing and trained for the Olympic Games in an old fishing boat.
31st July 2012

Djokovic on medal trail
Novak Djokovic gave a notice of medal-winning intent with a stunning display to beat three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick 6-2 6-1 in the second round of the men's Singles.
31st July 2012

Kim triumphs for -81kg Judo gold
Republic of Korea's Kim Jae-bum deposed defending Olympic champion Ole Bischof to win Judo gold in the men's -81kgs.
31st July 2012

Jung takes Individual Eventing gold
Germany's Michael Jung added Olympic gold to the world and European titles he also holds as he confirmed his status as the leading name in Individual Eventing after a dramatic finale to the competition.
31st July 2012

Estanguet strikes C1 gold
France's Tony Estanguet won Olympic gold in the Individual Canoe Slalom in a time of 97.06.
31st July 2012

Ding and Li on track for final clash
Chinese pair Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia were on a collision course for Singles final meeting as Asian dominance in female Table Tennis continued on Day 4.
31st July 2012

Clancy believes in squad strength
Defending champion Ed Clancy believes the strength-in-depth of Great Britain's men's Team Pursuit squad will be an advantage when action begins in the Olympic Velodrome on Thursday.
31st July 2012

Wiggins stays confident after Tour triumph
Bradley Wiggins hopes to carry his Tour de France-winning form into the London 2012 Time Trial.
31st July 2012

Hancock retains Skeet title
US Army sergeant Vincent Hancock today retained his Olympic title in the men's Skeet.
31st July 2012

Murray set for Mixed Doubles outing
Great Britain's Andy Murray will go for Olympic gold on two fronts after it was confirmed today that he and Laura Robson will be the Host Nation's Mixed Doubles entry for the tournament at Wimbledon.
31st July 2012

Van Lamoen suffers quick exit
World champion Denisse van Lamoen has been defeated in the first round of the women's Individual Archery competition at Lord's.
31st July 2012

Assured Brazil beat Switzerland
Gold medal contenders Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti of Brazil resumed normal service this morning as they eased to their second Pool A victory at Horse Guards Parade.
31st July 2012

Hogh-Christensen leads Finn standings
Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen won the first race in his class of Day 4 at London 2012 as sailors also fought it out in the Star, Laser Radial and 49er competitions.
31st July 2012

Montenegro beat champions Hungary
Reigning Olympic men's Water Polo champions Hungary slumped to a second successive defeat, losing by one goal to Montenegro.
31st July 2012

First win for Serbia
Serbia recorded their first win of the men's Olympic Volleyball tournament as they saw off Tunisia 3-1.
31st July 2012

Hidayat edges through early clash
Former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat came through a tough battle with Spain's Pablo Abian to reach the knockout phase of the men's Badminton competition.
31st July 2012

Czech Republic overcome Japan
Day 4 of the Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade kicked off with 2-1 victory for the Czech Republic men's pair of Petr Benes and Premysl Kubala against Japan.
31st July 2012

Netherlands work hard to beat Japan
Netherlands forward Kim Lammers took her tally to four goals in two matches with another double in a 3-2 win against Japan but the reigning Olympic champions made hard work of their victory.
31st July 2012

Gyurta claims gold in record time
Hungary's Daniel Gyurta set a new world record in the men's 200m Breaststroke final to hold off Great Britain's Michael Jamieson for the gold medal.
1st August 2012

Uchimura wins All-Around gold
Japan's Kohei Uchimura won Individual All-Around gold at the North Greenwich Arena.
1st August 2012

Hungary taste victory over China
The Hungary women's Water Polo team snatched victory from China today in a thrilling clash, edging ahead for the first time with less than two minutes to go before clinging on to their single-goal lead.
1st August 2012

Rim boosts DPR Korea gold haul
Rim Jong Sim, from DPR Korea, has won gold in the women's 69kg Weightlifting division.
1st August 2012

Judo gold for 11th seed Song
Song Dae-Nam from Republic of Korea has won gold in the men's -90kg Judo competition.
1st August 2012

Britain's gold medallists celebrated with new Royal Mail stamps
New gold medal stamps will go on sale at lunchtime tomorrow to celebrate the successes of Great Britain's first gold medallists of the London 2012 Olympic Games: rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, and cyclist Bradley Wiggins.
1st August 2012

Li edges out Ding to claim gold
Li Xiaoxia caused an upset against Chinese compatriot Ding Ning to claim gold in the women's Singles Table Tennis competition.
1st August 2012

Decosse takes Judo gold for France
World champion Lucie Decosse claimed Olympic gold for France with victory over German Kerstin Thiele in the women's under-70kgs Judo final at ExCeL.
1st August 2012

Diaz set to turn professional
USA teenager Joseph Diaz is likely to turn professional after his Olympic Games came to an end with a 21-15 defeat to Cuba's Lazaro Alvarez Estrada in the second round of the Bantam Weight division.
1st August 2012

Brazil through to quarter-finals
International striker Leandro Damiao inspired 10-man Brazil to a comfortable 3-0 Group C victory over New Zealand to send them into the quarter-finals with a 100 per cent record.
1st August 2012

Van Rijsselberge continues fine RS:X start
Dorian van Rijsselberge picked up his third successive race victory to maintain his fine start to the men's RS:X competition on the morning of Day 5.
1st August 2012

Kumari sent crashing out
World number one Deepika Kumari was sent out in the first round of the women's Individual Archery at Lord's.
1st August 2012

Opals back on track
Australia bounced back from their upset defeat at the hands of France on Monday, but only just as they edged out Brazil 67-61.
1st August 2012

Turkey register first win
Turkey got their Olympic Games campaign up and running with a straight-sets victory over Serbia.
1st August 2012

Wiggins continues golden year
Great Britain rider Bradley Wiggins became the first man to win the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same year with an imperious victory in the London 2012 Individual Time Trial.
1st August 2012

Qin and Luo add to favourites' haul
China's Qin Kai and Luo Yutong have won gold in the men's Synchronised 3m Springboard.
1st August 2012

Russia take control in Pool B
Russia's Anastasia Vasina and Anna Vozakova sealed top spot in women's Pool B after a battling three-set victory over Switzerland.
1st August 2012

Molmenti celebrates birthday with K1 gold
Italy's Daniele Molmenti celebrated his 28th birthday today as he snatched gold in the Kayak Slalom.
1st August 2012

Kim takes gold
Republic of Korea teenager Kim Jangmi beat reigning Olympic champion Chen Ying of China with her final round to win gold in the women's 25m Air Pistol.
1st August 2012

Cseh leads the way in heats
Beijing 2008 silver medallist Laszlo Cseh led the way in the men's 200m Individual Medley heats this morning as top swimmers including Michael Phelps progressed through the competition.
1st August 2012

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