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  • Handball teams bid farewell to ‘best’ Games venue

    Croatia celebrate their win over Montenegro in their women's handball Preliminaries Group A match at the Copper Box (Reuters)

    World handball player of the year Mikkel Hansen rates it better than Beijing, Norwegian women's coach Thorir Hergeirsson loves the colours, and grown men like to dress in children's costumes. London's Copper Box arena has certainly rocked.

    After the women's quarter-finals finished on Tuesday the action switches to the visually spectacular and higher capacity Basketball Arena, also in the Olympic Park.

    The players are unconcerned about the change in venue and will be delighted to strut their stuff in front of 12,000 fans instead of the 4,000 that have inhabited the Copper Box since July 28

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  • The nation is going gold-medal crazy at the moment as Great Britain continue to shine at the Olympic Games, but part of our newspapers' efforts to join in the mood of national pride has gone wrong.

    The gold medal Team GB won in dressage was Britain's 20th at London 2012 (they added two more later in the day), eclipsing their total of 19 set at Beijing. It was also a first ever medal for the Brits of any colour in the discipline, which has traditionally been dominated by Germany.

    But several newspapers - including the Daily Express, Daily Star and Mirror - accidentally pictured another

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  • Robert Harting auditioning for a re-boot of the Incredible HulkDiscus gold medal winner Robert Harting lit up the Olympics with a hilarious victory celebration which had spectators rolling in the aisles at the Olympic Stadium.

    The German claimed the title with a massive throw of 68.27m with his penultimate effort, edging Iran's Ehsan Hadadi by a mere nine centimetres - that's roughly the length of an average mobile phone.

    Robert Harting, also auditioning for 'The Life of Sally Gunnell'And Harting, who also has two world championship titles, wasn't just happy about his win: he went absolutely bananas, first ripping his shirt off in front of the crowd, then charging round the stadium roaring at the top of his voice.


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  • Fans at the Olympics have been chuckling at the sight of the miniature radio-controlled Minis which are being used to help out officials at the athletics.

    The cars have been used to return javelins, discuses and hammers to competitors in the field events at London 2012, saving time and effort for all involved and adding a light-hearted element to the serious business at hand.

    But the remote-controlled cars whizzing around the athletics stadium have triggered branding questions. The Olympic venues at the London Games are supposed to be strictly ad-free, but the use of the distinctive cars

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  • Phelps admits he pees in the pool


    Michael Phelps may be the greatest Olympian of all-time but in certain other areas he is just like the rest of us.

    Now the 18-time gold medallist has made the admission that, on occasions, he has relieved himself in the pool.

    "I think everybody pees in the pool," said Phelps.

    "It's kind of a normal thing to do with swimmers. You know, when we're in the water for two hours we don't really get out, you know, to pee. We just go whenever we're on the wall. Chlorine kills it so it's not bad."

    The American, who has won 22 Olympic medals in total, also amazingly revealed that used to be afraid of

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  • Stephan FeckMove over, Tom Daley: you've just been replaced as the most famous diver at the Olympics.

    That's because a German diver by the (brilliant) name of Stephan Feck has become an unwitting internet star after he managed the feat of scoring no points at all with one of his dives.

    The effort came as Feck was trying to qualify for the final of the 3m springboard event on Monday. Everything looked normal as the dive began, but he then lost his grip on his left leg and things started going horribly wrong, as these pictures show.

    The resulting backwards belly-flop was painful for the diver in more ways

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  • Olympic gold medallists are being treated to an exclusive alcoholic cocktail priced at £2,012 by one of London's trendiest nightclubs.

    Stars such as swimmers Ryan Lochte and Chad le Clos have joined a swath of fellow Olympians by descending upon the fashionable Chinawhite club in the heart of London, a popular hangout for celebrities and millionaire football stars.

    In celebration of the Olympics, Chinawhite's bartender invented a special golden cocktail, which is being sold, for the appropriately Olympic-themed sum.

    That is, unless, of course, you are one of the gold medallists invited to the

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  • There was disappointment for British pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale when she failed to medal at the London Olympics - but she was soon celebrating anyway when her boyfriend proposed to her.

    The 20-year-old from Wigan was in tears when she finished sixth in her event and she told reporters afterwards that she was "heartbroken" at her performance.

    However, there was bigger news to come which led to a quick reassessment.

    "6th in the Olympics and @bradshaaaw proposes to me :) epic day!!!," she wrote on Twitter.

    Her boyfriend Paul also took to the social network site to confirm the news of their

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  • Jealous? Do the simple things right

    Kenny celebrates sprint success over Bauge

    Magic wheels? Superhero skin suits? Try plain old British track cycling culture.

    With five golds in the bag at the London Games, and perhaps three more to come on Tuesday, Britain's track riders have humiliated their rivals and left them lost for an explanation.

    France came into the Olympics as favourites for the men's team sprint and triple world champion Gregory Bauge set to dominate the individual sprint.

    They had to settle for silver behind Britain. Bauge even asked Jason Kenny how he prepared for the Games after being comprehensively beaten by the Bolton rider in Monday's final.


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  • Bolt still hankering after a Manchester United trial

    Usain Bolt stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the 100m (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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