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Synchronised swimming duo Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall

In at the deep end

Synchronised swimming is a mystery to most. Rebecca Gonsalves took the plunge

Sir Chris Hoy has criticised the limit of one place per country in the men’s sprint

Hoy leads medallists in warning Government of dangers of cutting funding for sport

Britain's most decorated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy led a succession of medallists yesterday in warning David Cameron of the dire consequences of cutting funding for elite sport.

Sara Pascoe: The Musical, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

“It’s actually about adolescence and images of women in the media – you’ve been punked.” It’s not a spoiler to give away the ending of Sara Pascoe’s third Edinburgh show, as it quickly becomes evident that the musical notion is slight at best.

British gold-medal winners including Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott have warned ministers of the dire consequences of cutting funding to elite sports

Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott and Chris Hoy tell PM: Hands off sport funding

Britain's medallists tell Cameron that we'll all regret it at Rio Games if he cuts elite sport funding

Rebecca Gonsalves shows off her synchro moves

In at the deep end: An afternoon with Team GB's synchronised swimmers

As the synchro team event begins, Rebecca Gonsalves dons goggles and nose clip – and takes the plunge

Fresh inquest into hanged officer who accused her two colleagues of rape

A fresh inquest has been ordered into the death of a military police officer who was found hanged after accusing two colleagues of rape, her family's lawyers said today.

Lagerfeld muse Anna Piaggi dies aged 81

Anna Piaggi, the fashion journalist who inspired the designer Karl Lagerfeld, died yesterday in Milan aged 81, according to Vogue Italia magazine.

Sean Bean on his latest role as a transvestite: 'I got pretty good at walking in high heels'

Sean Bean steps out in drag

TV star Sean Bean has told how he ventured out in drag to prepare for his new role as a transvestite.

Diving: Team GB's Chris Mears qualifies for tonight's men's three-metre springboard final

Chris Mears again beat the odds to qualify for tonight's men's three-metre springboard final with his international best score.

Dai Greene misses out on a medal in 400m hurdles fines

Dai Greene's bid for Olympic gold ended in disappointment as he had to settle for an agonising fourth place in the 400 metres final tonight.

Luke Campbell is guaranteed at least a bronze medal with a place in the final still at stake

Boxing: Luke Campbell delighted to secure Olympic medal

Luke Campbell rated his one-point win over old foe Detelin Dalakliev as the most important of his career as he became the first Great Britain boxer to guarantee a medal at the London Olympics with a 16-15 quarter-final win.

Poor families lose out in council tax benefit cuts

Low-income families could lose hundreds of pounds a year under controversial Coalition moves to slash council tax benefit payments.

Molten metallics

When it comes to beauty, forget about red, white and blue and take inspiration from the medal winners

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow finished fifth in the women's synchronised 10m platform diving

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow fail to capitalise on brilliant opening dives

Another British if-only. Like their male counterparts the day before, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow failed to capitalise on a near perfect start in the platform synchro today, subsiding from first place after round one to a disappointing fifth come the conclusion of the last dive.

Beauty products go back to animal testing

Beauty companies return to animal testing to exploit Chinese demand

L'Occitane among firms told to remove 'Leaping Bunny' logo signifying ethical testing practices

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