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London 2012 bronze medallist will open academy to unearth stars of the future

Sir Chris Hoy: Pain spurs on man with the one-track mind

He has been around the block many times but triple gold medallist is already gearing up for London 2012. Alasdair Fotheringham speaks to... Sir Chris Hoy

Cyclists take secret of suits to shredder

Victorious Olympians destroy their outfits to ensure rivals cannot steal the technology for 2012

'Think na on the lang Scots miles... that lie between us': Burns remembered

Scotland awaits thousands of homecoming clansmen

James Lawton: Olympian achievements brought down to earth in fast-track honours system

Chris Hoy and Co are worthy of recognition but knighting him now smacks of a government in pursuit of a feel-good factor

Sports Personality of the Year

Dom Joly: Personality? Bring on the rats, dullards and disappointments

Weird World of Sport: It was exciting and I screamed until hoarse, then nearly fell asleep as she talked about it

Hugo Southwell: Time for lesson at finishing school

Numerous occasions we got ourselves where we wanted in behind their defensive line

Scots ko'd by Kahui and Co

Scotland 6 New Zealand 32: All Blacks' second string are far too strong for a team who had sensed an opportunity for a rare victory

Hoy: I'm being used by politicians

Chris Hoy, the cyclist who won three gold medals in Beijing, has spoken of his irritation at politicians "cashing in" on his success.

Stephen Khan: Another step towards the ultimate goal: independence

Whenever Alex Salmond moves, he is accused by opponents of attempting to drive a wedge between Scotland and the rest of the UK. So yesterday, as he unveiled his programme for government north of the border, they were keen to suggest it was all about exacerbating differences rather than simply running Scotland.

The IoS diary: Polish Hearth Club hit by economic downturn

For years it has been the scene of some of literary London's most raucous parties. Now those days could be about to end. News reaches me that the Polish Hearth Club, the shabby-chic eating, drinking and smoking hole in South Kensington, may soon be put up for sale owing to the economic downturn. Established in 1940 as a sanctuary for Polish nationals during the war, in recent years the draughty rococo chambers and terraced garden of this 19th century townhouse have been the venue for countless book launches by writers including Martin Amis, Hugo Vickers and John Walsh. With its sweeping staircase and first floor ballroom, the house could make a splendid private residence, but the canapé circuit will be a poorer place without it. Nobody from the club returned my calls.

Daley uses final experience as platform for future progress

British 14-year-old's fine performance earns seventh place behind Australian sensation

Hoy cycles into record books with hat-trick of pure gold

The greatest Olympic performance by a British team for 100 years ended in remarkable fashion here yesterday. While Chris Hoy became the first Briton for a century to win three gold medals at a single Games and Victoria Pendleton made up for her Athens disappointment of four years ago to take the women's sprint title, the only member of the 14-strong squad to leave the Laoshan velodrome without a medal was Mark Cavendish, who last month became the first Briton to win four stages in a Tour de France.

Leading article: Golden touch

OK, so we were wrong. On Monday we proclaimed that it couldn't get any better for Britain. But it did. Christine Ohuruogu's unexpectedly stunning victory in the 400 metres brought Britain's gold medal tally to 16, making this the nation's best Olympic performance for a century. The cyclist Chris Hoy became the first Briton to win three golds in one Games for 100 years. Ms Ohuruogu's track victory has even put paid to the Australian jibe that we can only win in "sitting down" sports like cycling, sailing and rowing.

Hoy in historic hat-trick

Chris Hoy become the first British athlete for 100 years to win three gold medals at a single Olympics with victory in the men's individual sprint.

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