Friday 3, August: Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the Women's Heptathlon 200m on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Jessica Ennis makes incredible start in heptathlon as action begins in Olympic Stadium

Britain's Jessica Ennis claimed a 184-point lead in the heptathlon thanks to a sensational performance in front of a massive crowd in the Olympic Stadium.

Ennis has two big days ahead of her

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Jessica Ennis will be taking part in the Olympic heptathlon tomorrow

Jessica Ennis sets sights on gold at Olympic heptathlon

Jessica Ennis will be happy to chase gold rather than lucre when she begins her quest for the Olympic heptathlon title tomorrow.

1936, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

The versatile Tom McNab – former Olympic coach, best-selling novelist, athletics historian and playwright – was the technical director on the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire, the stage version of which is now topically and lucratively installed in the West End.  McNab’s play 1936 homes in, though, on a period when the activities of the International Olympics Committee were at their most questionable and explores to what degree the ideal of sport being above politics is ever practicable. 

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Two hours watching TV puts a millimetre on a child's waist

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Heptathlete Jessica Ennis competes in the javelin in Loughborough on Saturday

I've done all I can do, says Olympic hope Jessica Ennis after last warm-up

Toni Minichiello, the man who has coached Jessica Ennis since she was 11, professed himself reasonably satisfied after the Sheffield heptathlete completed her final competitive outing before the Olympic Games on Saturday.

Up, up and away: Jessica Ennis, here competing in the long jump yesterday, says she is ready as she can be for London 2012

Ennis quietly applies final touches to Olympic plan

Britain's heptathlon gold-medal hope chooses another small meet to tune long jump and javelin

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius to become first amputee to compete in the Olympics

Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics after being selected for South Africa's 4x400 metres relay team.

Robbie Grabarz on his way to high jump victory

Grabarz reaches high to grab European gold for Britain

High-jumper Robbie joined by Welsh 400m hurdler in race to set standard for London

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Jessica Ennis was in solid not spectacular form in Beford yesterday

Jessica Ennis on track – now with a young pretender chasing her

World No 1 heptathlete hails Olympic standard of Liverpool teenager Johnson-Thompson

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Great Britain's domination of the rowing scene continued in Switzerland, with five medals secured on finals day at the World Cup event in Lucerne. The men's four, women's pair and women's lightweight double all prevailed, while silver was secured in the men's eight and the lightweight four won bronze.

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.

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Phillips Idowu opened his 2012 season with a victory over Christian Taylor, the American who relieved him of the world triple jump title last year, in the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai on Saturday. Competing in wet, cold conditions, Idowu jumped 17.24 metres to claim victory ahead of Taylor's American team-mate Will Claye, whose best was 17.12m. Taylor finished third with 16.96m.

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