Alex Chick

  • Olympic review – Day 6

    Gold medallist Etienne Stott jumps in to celebrate with silver medallists David Florence and Richard Hounslow


    Improbable: In the space of five incredible minutes this afternoon, Britain landed two golds and a silver thanks to athletes that nobody was talking about before the Games. First Peter Wilson won the double trap shooting with a nerveless display. Then the truly incredible feat of Britain's two C2 canoe slalom teams, neither much-fancied, winning gold and silver. A third, more predictable, medal followed for Britain's men's team sprint cycling team, but this day belonged to the unsung heroes.


    Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won gold in the men's C2,

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  • The powerful wave of alcohol fumes that hits you when you enter the Horse Guards Parade stadium during a beach volleyball night session tells you this is no ordinary Olympic crowd.

    It is quite possible that more booze is consumed at the beach volleyball than every other Olympic event combined, judging by the endless conveyor belt of £4.50 pints into the arena.

    I joined the fray at about 9.30pm last night, by which stage the organised fun was already in full effect.

    Within two minutes, a massive stage-managed conga was staggering tipsily down the aisles.

    The announcers at most Olympic sports

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  • Today at the Olympics – Day 6


    To the velodrome! Track cycling brought Britain eight golds in Beijing, and they can kick off their campaign in style with medals in the men's and women's team pursuit.

    Cycling - Team Sprint finals from 17:59


    The second showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte beckons in the 200m individual medley. Phelps may be the most decorated Olympian ever, but Lochte has had the upper hand in their duels so far in London. Britain's James Goddard will be in the scrap for the podium, while Fran Halsall goes in the women's 100m freestyle.

    Swimming - finals from 19:30

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  • Olympic review – Day 5

    Bradley Wiggins delights hordes of British fans


    Golden: Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won Britain's first gold with a barnstorming performance in the women's pair rowing. Roared on by a delirious crowd at Eton Dorney, they built a huge lead and never looked in danger. Glover has only been rowing five years. Then Bradley Wiggins became Britain's most successful Olympian ever with gold in the cycling time trial, taking his personal tally to seven, including four golds. He is odds-on for a knighthood and some bookies hae already paid out on him winning Sports Personality of the Year.



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  • The monster from the deep - Poland's Mateusz Polaczyk

    It was hard not to feel like you were at the wrong water sport.

    Just after arriving at Lee Valley for the K1 kayaking (the one with the double-ended paddles) in the canoe slalom, I sat in the media centre and watched rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning strike gold for Britain.

    Despite pretending not to be that bothered (press-box protocol), it was a real thrill to see them demolish their rivals in thoroughly un-British fashion.

    This demolition job exhibited the stereotypically Germanic quality of ruthless efficiency. Their game plan: start fast, push hard in the middle kilometre and give

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    Great Britain will never get a better chance to break their gold medal duck than in the rowing finals. The action starts with the women's pair of Heather Stanning and Helen Glover (pictured), who set an Olympic Record in qualifying for the final, and are hot favourites to win Britain's first ever women's rowing gold. The men's eight also go, looking to end Germany's unbeaten run which dates back to 2009.

    Rowing — finals from 10:10

    After the agony of Saturday's road race, how much has Bradley Wiggins got left in the tank as he goes for time trial gold? Fabian

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  • Olympic Review – Day 4

    Michael Phelps: you've seen this before


    Record-breaking: Michael Phelps achieved another remarkable milestone when he became the most prolific medallist in Olympic history. The American took silver in the 200m butterly and gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay to move to 19 medals, overtaking Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina. He could add three more to his tally by the end of the week.


    Flawless performances from William Fox-Pitt and Mary King helped Great Britain's eventing team medal for a third consecutive Games — taking silver behind Germany.

    Great Britain finished sixth behind winners

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  • The Olympics with a two-year-old

    Today I was joined at the Olympics by two assistants - my eight-months-pregnant wife and two-year-old son.

    I had spent the last few days at London 2012 careening around the place on my own, or in a small group of savagely-fit (or at least moderately mobile) journalists.

    This unencumbered approach had given me precisely no insight into what it is actually like to take your family to the Olympics - so it was time to bring out the big guns.

    In last June's second round of ticket sales I, like many others, got up at the crack of dawn to negotiate the failing London 2012 website and snap up tickets

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  • Today at the Olympics – Day 4

    US gymnast Jordyn Wieber faces a big test after failing to reach the individual final


    The women's team gymnastics is always an Olympic highlight, the USA once again go in hot favourites to take gold. In Athens and Beijing they threw it away… surely that can't happen a third time? Their main rivals are Russia, China and Romania. If it is anything like as exciting as the men's competition, it will be a classic.

    Gymnastics - Women's Team Final - 16:30


    The pool continues to dominate proceedings, as Michael Phelps has a third crack at gold in the 200m butterfly. After setting an Olympic Record in her heat, Emily Seebohm bids to upset US sensation

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  • Olympic Review – Day 3

    Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield in not quite perfect harmony


    Twists and tumbles - For Britain, day three was dominated by the spins, tucks and somersaults of the diving and gymnastics competitions. First disappointment, as a single poor dive saw Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield miss out on a medal; then delight as Britain's men won the country's first gymnastics medal for 100 years, bronze in the team competition.


    Great Britain's men won bronze in the gymnastics team competition. A delirious North Greenwich Arena heralded a silver until a Japanese appeal pushed GB back down to third.

    Tom Daley and Peter

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