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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. 

Last Night's Viewing: Victoria Pendleton: Cycling's Golden Girl, BBC1
The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, Channel 4

Always warm-up first. The BBC understand this First Commandment of athletic preparation and so as the Olympics approach – a massive fixture for the armchair sportsman – they traditionally lay on a schedule of light stretching and eyeball calisthenics to get us ready for the main event.

Tyson Gay says Adam Gemili (left) reminds him of rapper Drake (right)

Tyson Gay backs Briton Adam Gemili to be an 'all-time great'

Second-fastest man in history tips Briton to break 10 seconds before he turns 20 next year

Sport on TV: Johnson crosses the line and races to his conclusions

The subject of race in sport is fraught with danger. The arenas must be free of such considerations, and you are bound to be walking on eggshells. Or in Michael Johnson's case, running very fast over them, so fast that he barely cracks a single one. With the sonorous voice of the American South and four Olympic gold medals in his pocket, there can be no arguing with his credentials to tackle the taboo.

Yohan Blake (second right) beats Usain Bolt in Jamaica’s 200m trial

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The 38-year-old Jo Pavey took silver in the women’s 10,000m

Buck stops the rot after another GB relay disaster

Five days of action for the British team at the European Championships came to an end in Helsinki last night when Richard Buck crossed the line to secure second place for the men's 4 x 400m relay team. It was a silver lining, one of two on the final day, that took the GB medal haul to seven but after yet another Great British sprint relay disaster it was doubtful that the buck would stop there.

100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Sport, by John D Barrow

It is no longer considered smart to claim: "Oh, I'm hopeless at maths," but that doesn't mean most of us are much good at it. So certain chapters in this book, written by a professor of mathematical sciences, are a distinct challenge for those of us who haven't attempted to unravel an equation for years.

Baton charge: Denise Fraser hands over to Catherine Murphy in Athens

Relay girls aim to be our first medallists of 2012... even before the Games start

Charles van Commenee, the head coach of the British athletics team, has set his charges a target of eight medals at the looming home Olympics.

Justin Gatlin ran the 100 metres in 9.87 seconds in Doha yesterday

Gatlin edges Powell after running 9.87

Justin Gatlin beat Jamaica's Asafa Powell on the line to win the 100m in a time of 9.87 seconds at the season-opening Diamond League meet in Doha yesterday.

Britain's Dwain Chambers cleared to run in the London Olympics

Olympic champion Steve Redgrave warns of protests over drug cheats

Sir Steve Redgrave has warned there may be some protests against Dwain Chambers taking part in the Olympics from other members of the British team at London 2012 because of his drugs past.

The Weekend's Viewing: Twenty Twelve, Fri, BBC2
Arena: Jonathan Miller, Sat, BBC2

When we come to tally up the profit and loss account for the Olympics, there's going to be a lot in the debit column: bloated costs, Lord Coe's corporate toadying and the runaway creation of eyesores (I have to rinse with Optrex if I even catch a glimpse of bloody Wenlock and Mandeville).

Next stop Michael Phelps: London tube map given Olympic makeover

Many visitors pouring into London this summer for the Olympics will arrive at Nadia Comaneci. They'll need to travel by tube to Simon Whitfield (via Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) before changing there and heading to Michael Phelps (via Carl Lewis).

'I can’t deal with the cold, and in St Kitts I have good weather all year round,' says Kim Collins (right)

On The Road To 2012: I have everything I could want here and I can't stand the cold

Postcard from St Kitts: Kim Collins

Zhanna Block was banned for offences committed in 2002/03

London Eye: Heard about the Olympic 100m final no one won?

It has been a week of revelations for track and field Olympians past and present. First came reports that Teddy Tamgho, one of Phillips Idowu's principal rivals for the Olympic triple-jump crown in 2012, had been banned for six months by the French Athletics Federation for an unseemly altercation with an unnamed female athlete at a national training camp. Then Kajsa Bergkvist, the retired Olympic high-jump champion of 2004, caused a stir in Sweden by telling QX magazine that she was a lesbian.

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