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Seven of the eight qualifiers for tonight's 100m Olympic final ran under 10 seconds in the semi-finals as defending champion Usain Bolt looked close to his brilliant best once more.

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Defending champion Usain Bolt strolled into the semi-finals of the 100 metres today as Olympic history was made on a lightning fast track in London.

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Usain Bolt was not exactly quick out of the blocks on his first official engagement in London in 2012 last night. The world's fastest man was 45 minutes late at the Jamaica Olympic Association's pre-Games press conference at a converted brewery in Brick Lane.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt unexpectedly said last night he may add the 4x400m to his list of London 2012 events and chuckled at any fitness concerns

Lightning Usain Bolt may strike four times in same place at London 2012 Olympics

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Usain Bolt has revealed he will be "ready to go" at the London Olympics after recovering from a stiff back and hamstring problems.

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1936, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

The versatile Tom McNab – former Olympic coach, best-selling novelist, athletics historian and playwright – was the technical director on the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire, the stage version of which is now topically and lucratively installed in the West End.  McNab’s play 1936 homes in, though, on a period when the activities of the International Olympics Committee were at their most questionable and explores to what degree the ideal of sport being above politics is ever practicable. 

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Yohan Blake won the 100m in Lucerne last night in a meet-record time of 9.85 sec

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Yohan Blake was in record-breaking form in Switzerland last night as he applied the finishing touches to his preparations for his double-headed Olympic showdown with his training partner and Jamaican team-mate Usain Bolt.

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