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Brit Tiffany is thrilled as trials surprise puts husband Jeff into the 110m hurdles for States
It was the morning after the night before and Vernon Kay, Gabby Logan, Mel C, the Military Wives, Hugh Bonneville and Co had packed up and moved on. The X Factor-style glitz of the official opening of the 2012 Olympic Stadium gave way to Britain's Got Talent on day three of the athletics test event, the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships.
On The Road To 2012: Postcard from Shanghai
Hurdler confident of taking 400m title today to help ease disappointments so far for British favourites
Charlene Thomas did not quite kiss the Union Flag crest but it was clear how much it meant to the Wakefield Harrier not just to wear a Great Britain vest on the second and concluding day of the European Team Championships in Stockholm yesterday, but also to surge to victory in it. "Ooooooh, I'm so excited," she said in the wake of her 1500m win, bouncing up and down on the steps of the 1912 Olympic Stadium like a West Yorkshire version of Tigger.
My road to 2012: Buoyed by last year's spectacular success, the 110m hurdler is set on finally shining at the Olympics
"So what would you rather be doing next weekend: lining up for Notts County against Carlos Tevez in the FA Cup at Meadow Lane, or for the Great Britain athletics team against David Oliver, the world's number one high hurdler from the United States, in the Aviva International Match in Glasgow?"
Delhi medallist Lawrence Clarke is heir to a baronetcy and will one day be a Sir. He doffs his cap to Simon Turnbull.
London GP proves a damp squib for the heroes of Barcelona but showcases the US hurdler on a roll
Usain Bolt might have finally suffered that Kryptonite moment in the home straight of the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm last week, crashing to earth in a 100m race for the first time in two years, but there is another Superman of the track constructing a force-field of invincibility around him.
The cheers were loud enough when Dai Greene charged down the home straight in the Montjuic Olympic Stadium to win the South Walian battle for the European 400m hurdles title ahead of his training partner, Rhys Williams, on Saturday night.
British athletes put wealthy footballers to shame with medal-winning romp at the European championships
Farah came so close four years ago but wants to make up for lost time at the European Championships 10,000m.
Jodie Williams has been stopped in her tracks before. At the London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace last August the burgeoning young sprint prodigy from Welwyn Garden City was introduced to Usain Bolt. "I just stood there in shock," she recalled of the encounter with her idol, the fastest human of all time. "I didn't know what to say. His coach told him what I had achieved and he just said, 'Keep it going'."
Perhaps the BBC ought to have sent Stuart Hall instead of Steve Cram to commentate on proceedings here in this west Portuguese town these next two days.
Handsome, charming, and very fast, the champion hurdler Liu Xiang bore the dreams of 1.3 billion people on his shoulders. He was a man who was not allowed to lose. But in the Bird's Nest stadium yesterday, incredibly, he lost before he got to the first hurdle.