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A Games bus

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Jeff Porter ducked in with third place in the US trials

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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

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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.

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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

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Rock on Ruby wins the Champion Hurdle under Noel Fehily yesterday

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