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Perri Shakes- Drayton struggles in the 400m hurdles

Bleasdale falls short as nerves take their toll

It just wasn't meant to be for the Lancashire lasses of track and field at London 2012. Poor Jenny Meadows and Helen Clitheroe, two stalwarts and international championship medal-winning stars of the British athletics brigade, have both been banjaxed by injury in this summer of summers and failed to make the selection cut for the Games.

Freddie Evans, left, in action against Egidijus Kavaliauska

Boxing: No quarter given as young Welsh fighters aim at history

The Welsh pair of Andrew Selby at flyweight and welterweight Fred Evans get their chance to become the first Welsh boxers since Ralph Evans in 1972 to win Olympic medals when they fight in today's quarter-finals.

Yamile Aldama fell 31 cm short of a medal in the women’s triple jump last night

Long journey ends in sand and sadness for Team GB's Yamile Aldama

Cuban-born Briton finishes fourth Games, and her bold quest for a medal, with fifth place

Team GB’s Cuban-born Yamilé Aldama books place in Olympic triple jump final

No-one could blame Yamilé Aldama for playing it a little safe today. Her indefatigable coach Frank Attoh, without whom she would not have been making her long-awaited Olympic debut for Britain at the age of 39 in bright sunshine, gestured his surprise at how far behind the take-off board she had launched off for her first triple jump. But a nine-year unfulfilled desire to represent a nation tempers an athlete and makes her determined not to take any chances with reaching a final.

Cuba charges Spaniard Angel Carromero in dissident Oswaldo Paya's death

Cuba has charged a Spanish citizen with the equivalent of vehicular manslaughter in a car accident that killed prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya and another government opponent, official media said today.

Boxing: Anthony Joshua handed tough opener

Finchley super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua will have to battle past a man with one of the most famous names in world amateur boxing history if he is to realise his dream of claiming a medal at his home city Olympics.

Cuba ready so sit down with US, says Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro has said his government is willing to mend fences with bitter Cold War foe the United States and sit down to discuss anything, as long as it is a conversation between equals.

Guantanamo man may keep book profit

The Australian government has dropped its court battle to seize profits from a book written by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, saying that his guilty plea before a US military commission could not be relied upon.

Oswaldo Paya was a long-standing democracy activist

Dead Cuban dissident's car 'was rammed off the road'

The death of a Cuban dissident killed in a car crash on Sunday is at the centre of growing controversy after family members claimed that the vehicle he was travelling in was deliberately forced off the road.

Cuban dissident dies in car crash

Oswaldo Paya, an activist who spent decades speaking out against the Communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro, died on Sunday in a car crash. He was 60.

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Dai Greene after winning gold in the world championships

Dai Greene to captain Great Britain's athletics team at London 2012

World 400 metres hurdles champion Dai Greene will captain Great Britain's athletics team at the Olympics.

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