London Eye: Oliver wants more sleep to achieve dream

After years of hard work and preparation, the Great British weightlifter Jack Oliver's Olympic dream nearly ended before it started, after he slept through his alarm yesterday. "I was meant to be up at six o'clock, go downstairs and have a nice pre-weigh-in shower and a bit of a stretch," the 21-year-old said. "At five past seven I heard a banging on the door, looked at my phone and thought, 'I'm in trouble! I'm going to have a very angry coach!'"

Fortunately, Oliver was able to "get dressed in 30 seconds" and managed to jump on a later bus to the ExCel, where he set a new personal best. "The extra hour of sleep must have done me good," he said.

'Hot pants' Pendleton will warm up in style

With the track cycling events starting at the Velodrome today, Great Britain, have unveiled a new weapon to succeed over their rivals – battery-powered, self-heating "hot pants".

Britain's cyclists, including Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy, who will both take part in team sprint events today, will wear the high-tech shorts, individually tailored heating items which gently warm the leg muscles before a race to the optimum 38C.

The technology has taken 18 months to develop by Adidas, British Cycling and Loughborough University, and was meant to be top-secret, but the crafty Australians have revealed they have made their own version and will also be sporting them at the Velodrome today.

Tweets of the day

Hands up who's just generally feeling proud to be a Brit right now? #teamGB

Chris Cook, GB swimmer

YESSSSSS!! Absolutely delighted for @bradwiggins and @chrisfroome. History made today.

Sir Chris Hoy, GB cyclist

As if being the 1st British Tour de France winner didn't make enough history, @bradwiggins just won his 7th Olympic medal! GOLD. #proud

Mark Cavendish, GB cyclist

7: Olympic number of the day

The number of golds Britain's track cyclists won in Beijing.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable