Alex Chick

  • Today at the Olympics – Day 13

    After a fallow day for Britain, the pressure is ramped up on Keri-Anne Payne to deliver in the 10k open-water swim. Hyde Park crowds have been enormous during the Games, and this should be no exception as the world's best do battle in the Serpentine.

    Swimming - women's 10km open-water - 12pm

    Usain Bolt versus Yohan Blake, part two. Bolt took the honours in the 100m final, but Blake has his chance to make amends over the longer distance. Neither man has had to extend himself to get into the final, so the outcome is anyone's guess.

    Athletics - finals from 19:00

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  • Olympic review – Day 12

    Tears for Laura Bartlett, Laura Unsworth and Alex Danson following Britain's hockey defeat to Argentina


    Reality check: After Britain spent a week going medal crazy, this was our first day without a gold since last Tuesday, and our first without a medal since the opening Saturday. There were no particularly acute disappointments - just the realisation that life  after rowing and cycling may not be quite as spectacular. On the upside, boxer Nicola Adams guaranteed at least a silver, while the women's 470 sailing crew can also finish no worse than second.


    Great Britain and New Zealand are in a straight fight for gold in the final women's 470 race, but

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  • Katie Taylor (in red) during her last bout against Natasha Jonas

    If you haven't seen Ireland's Katie Taylor box, do yourself a favour and watch her lightweight semi-final against Mavzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan. Taylor demolished highly-rated Briton Natasha Jonas in the last eight, and the watching fans made the loudest noise of London 2012 - 113db.

    Boxing - women's semi-finals - from 13:30

    Team USA have had a topsy-turvy basketball tournament; setting a record score against Nigeria, then nearly losing to Lithuania. They move to the North Greenwich Arena for the quarter-finals, which see the Americans up against Australia. Can

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  • Olympic review – Day 11

    Ahead of the game: 48 medals, 22 gold. Great Britain have already surpassed their achievements in Beijing four years ago. After a slow start, the hosts have turned into a relentless winning machine. Four more golds today came in triathlon, cycling and equestrian - aptly enough, one of the winners was arguably Britain's greatest Olympian.


    If this was another glory day for Britain, one man stood out - Sir Chris Hoy. The 36-year-old's keirin victory made him Britain's most prolific winner of Olympic gold with six. Sir Steve Redgrave was on hand at the

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  • Nick Dempsey on his way to RS:X silver

    A hundred and forty-five miles south-west of Stratford lies a small corner of London.

    For a fortnight, the venerable seaside resort of Weymouth has been annexed, as it hosts the Olympic sailing regatta.

    Garish 'London 2012' branding decorates this Dorset town - yet not even the most brazen estate agent would dare call this an overlooked corner of the capital.

    The Olympic experience has not been trouble-free for Weymouth.

    With much of the place cordoned off, park and ride prices jacked up and dire warnings issued about overcrowding, organisers almost succeeded in clearing out the town. Hotels

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  • Bolt still wants Manchester United trial

    Bolt receives his gold medal at the men's 100m victory ceremony (Reuters)

    Usain Bolt won his second consecutive gold medal in the Olympic 100m final on Sunday, but he's already back to talking about his desire to pursue a new challenge in a different sport.

    He's said it before and now he's saying it again: he wants to play for Manchester United.

    The Sun quotes Bolt as saying: "People think I am joking. But if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, 'OK let's do this, come and have a trial', it would be impossible for me to say no.

    "I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference.

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  • Today at the Olympics – Day 11


    Forgive a bold prediction: the men's triathlon will be won by somebody called Brownlee. Brothers Alistair and Jonathan dominate the sport, and are the two runaway favourites to triumph at Hyde Park. But after Helen Jenkins missed out on the podium in the women's race, there should be some nervy moments along the way.

    Triathlon - from 11:30


    This could be the last time we see Sir Chris Hoy at the Olympics. The big daddy of cycling, 36, goes in the men's keirin. This is his chance to stand alone as Britain's most prolific gold medal-winner - he and Sir Steve

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  • Olympic review – Day 10


    Horse, and hoarse: Two more golds for the host nation - first a dramatic jump-off as Britain won its first showjumping team gold for 60 years. Then Jason Kenny thrilled a cacophonous velodrome with gold in the men's sprint track cycling.


    Great Britain beat Netherlands in a jump-off to win the team showjumping title.

    Jason Kenny beat world champion Greory Bauge to win men's sprint cycling gold.

    Laura Trott leads the omnium track cycling at the halfway stage, while Victoria Pendleton cruised into the women's sprint semi-finals.

    Beth Tweddle ended her

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  • Jason Kenny celebrates as he beats Gregory Bauge

    Stressful business, this winning.

    After the British euphoria of the weekend, the realisation - we have to keep this up.

    We're defending third place in the medal table. We're a major Olympic force now. We have raised the stakes.

    The British team's slogan, 'Better Never Stops', is a crime against grammar. It is also exactly right.

    We're better. We can't stop.

    This afternoon I went to the velodrome, scene of so much British track cycling success.

    Just one gold medal was on offer, and we had to have it.

    The problem - standing in sprinter Jason Kenny's way was Gregory Bauge.

    With Britain winning

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  • Beth Tweddle goes for gold in the uneven bars on Monday

    Britain goes in search of more gold at the velodrome with the men's sprint final - which should feature Jason Kenny, the man who was picked ahead of Sir Chris Hoy for this event. Also, Victoria Pendleton goes in the women's sprint quarter-finals while Laura Trott starts her bid for a second gold in the omnium.

    Cycling - finals 16:00-19:00

    It should be a great night for fans of single-lap athletics, with both the men's 400m and 400m hurdles. British captain Dai Greene snuck into the hurdles final, but Javier Culson and a rejuvenated Felix Sanchez look the men to

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