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Take the Sailor's Path for a taste of Aldeburgh

Third child dies in Loch Gairloch canoe tragedy

A five-year-old girl who was rescued from a sea loch after a canoe accident has died in hospital - the third child to die in the tragedy.

Forget gold, silver shone brighter at Eton Dorny

Never mind all those home golds. For those of us based at Eton Dorney, nothing defined the Olympic spirit better than twin images of silver.

Carol Ann Duffy has been Poet Laureate since 2009

New Carol Ann Duffy poem hails Olympic heroes

Britain's Olympic triumph has been immortalised in verse by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Brit watch: Hosts aim for golden finale to Games

As the Olympic Games come to their final weekend, there are still some British medal hopes remaining. Most of those are today rather than tomorrow, with Mo Farah the highest profile. There are also a set of canoe sprint finals this morning, boxing finals both today and tomorrow, and men's and women's modern pentathlon today and tomorrow respectively.

The BMX gang take to the air, but is it any better than Monkey Tennis?

Chris Hewett: BMX has a whiff of school truancy and a misspent youth

The critic without a ticket: Leaving aside the Darth Vader fighting gear taekwondo has too many video referrals

Fans queue for last chance to get Olympic Games tickets

With only days remaining Olympic fans are queuing up to get the last tickets of the Games.

Nicol Adams: Certain of at least a silver in her boxing match

Team GB: Spreading their net further in quest for more medals

Halfway through the second week of the games, the range of sports in which Britain can win medals tomorrow is broadening.

Eirik Veras Larsen of Norway celebrates his gold after winning the men's kayak single (k1) 1000m final. Team GB's Tim Brabants (in background) finished 8th

Canoe Sprint: Disappointment for Team GB at Eton Dorney as Tim Brabants fails to defend Olympic title

Norway's Eirik Veras Larsen won gold today in the kayak sprint as Tim Brabants, defending his Olympic crown, finished eighth.

Today's Brit watch: Brabants poised to increase golden haul

With the cycling finally finished, Britain's medal chances today will come primarily in the athletics and the canoe sprint.

Missing kayaker found dead off Essex coast

A man who sparked an overnight search after going out in a kayak has been found dead, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

The Sports Matrix: Monday 6 August 2012

Lightning Bolt strikes again as Usain retains title

Stott shows that winning feeling

Diary of an Olympian: 'It's an out-of-body experience, being on the podium'

Etienne Stott, who won Britain's first canoeing Olympic gold medal with Tim Baillie on Thursday, describes his week to Emily Dugan

Leading article: So gifted, yet so refreshingly normal

There are, of course, any number of well-known Olympians. Sir Chris Hoy – who pedalled to a barnstorming fifth gold medal on Thursday – has been a household name since Beijing four years ago. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis became a darling of British sport when she won the world championships in 2009. And as for Bradley Wiggins, he needs no introduction at all. But the most striking aspect of Team GB's performance at London 2012 is the triumph of those who have, until now, laboured far from the limelight.

Gold-winning medallist Tim Baillie tried to sing the national anthem when he was presented with his medal but did not learn the words for fear of jinxing the result

Slalom Canoeing: Team GB's gold medal winner Tim Baillie did not learn national anthem in case of jinxing win

Gold-winning medallist Tim Baillie says he did not learn the words to the British national anthem because he thought it might jinx his performance.

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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