At least not in the way we perceive them now, he suggests

The Sports Matrix: Friday 3 August 2012

Three and easy for GB on second day of glory for hosts

Three golds and three silvers for Team GB in a day of glory

Team GB won a flurry of medals today, taking gold and silver in the men’s canoe slalom, gold in men’s double trap shooting and a gold for Chris Hoy and co in the men's team sprint.

August 2, 2012: Gold medalists Etienne Stott (C) and Tim Baillie (R) of Great Britain celebrate after the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Slalom final

Slalom Canoeing: Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie win gold for Team GB with David Florence and Richard Hounslow taking silver

The British canoeing pair Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott took a breathtaking gold for Britain in the two-man canoe slalom this afternoon.

David Florence (left) and Richard Hounslow failed in their solo events

Slalom Canoeing: David Florence pairs up with Richard Hounslow to repair canoeing machine

David Florence is the quieter one and Richard Hounslow the more outgoing of the pair who provide Great Britain with a genuine gold medal aspirations in the two-man canoe event today. There's also the fact that Hounslow, left out of Britain's Beijing Olympics contingent and deeply disillusioned, might have given the sport up for Sandhurst had not Florence suggested that they pair up.

Hollande told Cameron that Europe would pool its medals so Britain would be happy in the EU

Hollande twists the knife over France's success

French president told Cameron that Europe would pool its medals so Britain would be happy in the EU

David Florence comes through the heats at the Lee Valley centre

Canoeing: Briton David Florence looking to go one better than Beijing and claim gold in today's final

To argue that any Olympic event is the most demanding, exhausting, or requires the most mastery is difficult. But there is a case to be made for canoe slalom, the mad single-paddled white-water descent, whose semi-final and final is this afternoon.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins are favourites for gold

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Beth Tweddle topped qualifying in the uneven bars
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The Critic Without a Ticket: My Sepp Blatter blag fails... Now it's just me, the Beeb and a remote for two weeks

Sepp Blatter? A modern-day Titan. A man blessed with power, with authority, with… a ticket for the Olympics. And not any old ticket, either. When the Games began in Cardiff – where the hell did you expect London 2012 to open for business: London? – he was there for all to see, suited and booted in one of the Millennium Stadium's poshest seats, casting an educated eye over the women's football, a sport so close to the Fifa president's heart that he once offered it some carefully considered advice, gratis. "Let the women wear… tighter shorts," he charmingly suggested as a means of creating "a more female aesthetic".

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Fears are growing for a 19-year-old kayaker who is missing in Norway.

Sarah Outen before trouble struck

Rescued rowers 'lucky to be alive' after boats are battered by tropical storm in Pacific

British duo put out distress calls after vessels were tossed around like matchwood by 50ft waves

Solo British rower and Independent blogger Sarah Outen rescued in stormy seas off Japan

The Japanese coast guard has rescued a British adventurer who hit a storm while rowing solo across the Pacific.

GB canoeists in show of force at world cup

Great Britain’s 200m men displayed a show of force in the second canoeing world cup event of the year, winning two gold medals and a silver in Duisburg today.

Boating for beginners: Wilderness Scotland offers activity holidays in the Highlands

Summer 2012: Active family adventures

Ride the rapids of the spectacular Tara Canyon in Montenegro on an adventure holiday that also features hiking along the Bay of Kotor.

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Summer 2012: Money no object

Check into one of the new Tree House Suites in the grounds of country-house hotel Chewton Glen (01425 282212; at New Milton in Hampshire.

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