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  • Britain's Mo Farah stands on the podium before receiving his gold medal for the men's 5000m (Reuters)

    I think we've got to be delighted with the results we achieved in the Olympic Stadium at these Games. Four golds — we haven't had a haul like that at the Olympics since 1980.

    There's talk about the target of eight medals that Charles van Commenee specified coming into the Games — and we've fallen short of that, with only six.

    But at the start of the Games we were saying that everything had to go perfectly for Team GB to achieve that mark. We've had three fourth places in the track and field — we've had men like Steve Lewis finish fifth in the pole vault.

    There were a lot of top eights, and a

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  • Britain's Daniel Talbot drinks water near his team mates Christian Malcolm, Adam Gemili and Dwain Chambers after they were disqualified in their men's 4x100m relay (Reuters)

    Seeing Great Britain's men's 4x100 metre relay team mess up in their heat was sad to see, but hardly surprising.

    At so many major events this season the teams in both relays across both genders have either dropped batons, run outside their lanes or made changeovers in the wrong places.

    It has become the British athletics equivalent of penalty shoot-outs for the England football team.

    What makes it even worse is that they ran so well. Dwain Chambers down the back straight was great and young Adam Gemili was blistering on his anchor leg — once he finally took the baton from Daniel Talbot,

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  • Akabusi: Bolt gives to athletics, but also takes away

    This has been one of the most amazing Olympic Games ever with so many memorable moments - and we still have so much drama ahead of us.

    The atmosphere has been immense and since my retirement, I have never wanted to compete as much as I do right now. I can assure you now that the athletes from Team GB will never experience anything like this ever again. The home support is clearly an advantage: I wonder exactly how many medals we will go on to win.

    But who have been the star performers of the Olympics?  Sir Chris Hoy? China? Or Usain Bolt?

    Without a doubt, Bolt is the darling of the Olympic

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  • Greene: Bolt put on a show

    Eurosport expert Maurice Greene says Usain Bolt put on a show in retaining the Olympic 200 metres title.

    The superstar, part of a Jamaican 1-2-3, put his finger to his lips as he crossed the line and celebrated by taking some snaps using a photographer's camera and bashing out some press-ups.

    He and silver medallist Yohan Blake certainly enjoyed the moment - and former gold medallist Greene says that is why the fans love to watch him.

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  • Rudisha heroics at Olympic stadium were symbolic for Coe

    David Rudisha of Kenya shows off his gold medal (Reuters)

    In the build-up to Thursday's night of athletics action at the Olympic Stadium, all of the talk was naturally about Usain Bolt in the 200 metres.

    However, after David Rudisha tore the place apart with his world-record run in the 800 metres final, he got his fair share of attention. A runner of that supreme talent deserves the sort of acclaim that others who are nowhere near as dominant in their own events seem to get.

    I think the way he ran his way to a gold medal so dominantly must have been hugely symbolic for the man who has made this all happen - Lord Coe.

    Seb was holder of that record

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  • Greene: 200m WR will not go in Olympic final

    Eurosport expert Maurice Greene says Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are in a different league for the 200m after the semi-finals - but the world record is safe.

    The Sydney 100m gold medal winner expects American Wallace Spearmon to nick bronze from France's Christophe Lemaitre.

    And he also speaks with Danish 800m legend Wilson Kipketer, who is hopeful that David Rudisha - who represents the land of Kipketer's birth Kenya - can go one step further than he did and win Olympic gold on Thursday.

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  • Backley: Get ready for the world record to be smashed

    Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake

    At the end of the action at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, all the talk was already about how quickly Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will run in the 200m final on Thursday, and I think the world record is going to go.

    The general assumption is that Bolt is going to run away from Blake, but the 22-year-old has pulled up in the last 20 metres and still managed to run 20 seconds flat.

    The way I saw his semi-final, Blake could have comfortably run 19.5 and he was not even looking to run at full pelt at any stage of the race.

    Bolt looked slightly better, perhaps, but the two Jamaican superstars

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  • Greene: Felix my pick for 200m

    Eurosport expert Maurice Greene expects American Allyson Felix to win the women's Olympic 200m title.

    However he admits that Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, gunning for a third title, is also very much in the hunt.

    He also previews the men's 200m heats, which sees Jamaican duo Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake plot a route to Thursday night's final.

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  • Backley: Bronze a great result for Grabarz

    Wednesday's athletics started in difficult circumstances for Team GB but the night ended on a high as Robbie Grabarz won bronze in the high jump.

    Robbie is a good character. He is a bit of a showman and he clearly enjoys the attention from the crowd. I think this achievement puts him in a really good place for at least one more cycle of Olympics. He will have learned a lot this year, and I have been very impressed with him indeed.

    I don't think Robbie will be that happy with how he jumped because he looked capable of more than 2.29m. But to get a bronze medal in the Olympic Games is

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  • Greene: Blake can beat Bolt in 200m

    Maurice Greene says Usain Bolt will be stronger in defending his 200m title than he was in setting an Olympic record time to retain his 100m crown.

    However the Sydney 2000 gold medallist insists that Yohan Blake, silver medallist in the 100, can still beat his fellow Jamaican and training partner.

    And Greene sees a great future for teenage 400m champion Kirani James, while hailing Felix Sanchez for his 400m hurdles gold at 34 years of age.

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