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Tasha Danvers: Athletes’ families are suffering just as much as the fans when it comes to empty seats

These Olympics started brilliantly but the momentum from the opening ceremony has been dampened by the empty seats we are seeing across the Games.

Christine Ohuruogu is excellent at championship racing

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Welsh kick-off for Olympic football

The Olympics kick off in Wales today - two days before the official opening ceremony in London.

A Games bus

The road to 2012: Team USA gets lost for hours

A new track record was set yesterday in London, when a bus carrying weary US athletes from Heathrow airport to the Olympic Village took four hours – twice as long as the world record for the marathon, a similar distance.

Cold Chinese hurdler ditches UK training camp

Organisers have long claimed the weather won't spoil London's party, but the guests of honour evidently don't agree.

'It's more about quality than quantity,' says Dai Greene of the athletics team he will captain in London

Greene: Best team in an age will deliver the medals

It was teeming down at Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon, and more of the same is expected on the opening night of the Aviva London Grand Prix. It is just as well, then, that nothing can dampen the mood of Dai Greene, who can see a pot of gold, silver and bronze at the end of the rainbow.

'It's more about quality than quantity,' says Dai Greene of the athletics team he will captain in London

Dai Greene: Our best Team GB in a long time will deliver the medals at London 2012

Eight gongs is a realistic goal, says Britain's athletics captain

Jeff Porter ducked in with third place in the US trials

Porters will both be at Games – for GB and US

Brit Tiffany is thrilled as trials surprise puts husband Jeff into the 110m hurdles for States

Usain Bolt pats Asafa Powell on the head after edging him out in the 100m in Oslo last night

Usain Bolt wins again as Jessica Ennis misfires

Usain Bolt did not get off to the best of starts in the 100m at the Bislett Games Diamond League meeting in Oslo last night but at least he got off to a legal one – unlike Jessica Ennis, who was disqualified for a false start in the 100m hurdles final, and Mark Lewis-Francis, who suffered the same fate in the same race as the world's fastest man.

Gebrselassie runs out of chances to run in London

Haile Gebrselassie's hopes of appearing at the London Olympics were dashed yesterday after the two-time Olympic 10,000m champion could only finish seventh at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo.

Star of the show Andy Pozzi breaks Colin Jackson record

Another day at the 2012 Olympic Stadium, another personal best for Andy Pozzi. And a Colin Jackson record too.

Andy Pozzi competes in the 110m hurdles at the Olympic Stadium

British stars rise to occasion in Olympic dress rehearsal

It was the morning after the night before and Vernon Kay, Gabby Logan, Mel C, the Military Wives, Hugh Bonneville and Co had packed up and moved on. The X Factor-style glitz of the official opening of the 2012 Olympic Stadium gave way to Britain's Got Talent on day three of the athletics test event, the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships.

Ruby Walsh riding Big Buck's earlier this year

Big Buck's has World at his feet for another year

It is going to happen some day. And only when it does, perhaps, will everyone truly appreciate what has gone before.

Rock on Ruby wins the Champion Hurdle under Noel Fehily yesterday

Ruby shines to show the beauty of teamwork

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