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Robbie Grabarz: The high jumper capped his remarkable rise with bronze at London 2012

Robbie Grabarz eager to hit new heights after coping with 'scary' Olympics

Two weeks on, Robbie Grabarz can still feel the stomach-churning moment when he stepped from the shadows into the full glare – and thunder – of public recognition. "I was standing next to the French guy in the line-up and I said to him, 'I'm a little bit scared about getting introduced because of the noise,'" the British high jumper recalled of the immediate lead-up to the Olympic final. "When the crowd erupts like that, it's enough to move your insides. It's really scary."

Josh McEachran's chances at Chelsea have been severely limited

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran joins Middlesbrough on season's loan

Chelsea's England U-21 midfielder Josh McEachran will spend this Championship campaign with Middlesbrough after the clubs agreed a season-long loan deal.

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Match of the day: the London Legacy channel will air sports that gained popularity during London 2012 such as handball

Television: Twenty-four hour handball people?

For many, the closing notes of "My Generation" marked the end of a quadrennial fascination with a range of sports that often fail to capture our imagination in those long, football-dominated non-Olympic years... which makes things difficult for those running and promoting pretty much every Olympic event besides tennis, football and boxing.

Olympic wheel turns up in Torquay

Taller than Nelson's Column at nearly 60m (196ft), the new "English Riviera Wheel" has arrived in Torquay, Devon, straight from London's Olympic celebrations.

Peter Norman, left, stood proudly alongside his fellow athletes, supporting their protest.

Australia mulls posthumous apology for Olympian Peter Norman, blacklisted for his role in the black powers protest in 1968

It is one of the 20 century’s most powerful images: African-Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists in a “black power” salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. But little is known, even in his native Australia, about the third man in the picture, Peter Norman, who stood proudly alongside his fellow athletes, supporting their protest.

Ki Sung-yueng has not returned from playing for his country at the Olympics amid speculation Barclays Premier League side Swansea are poised to launch a £6million bid

Swansea confirm talks to sign Ki Sung-yueng from Celtic

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins today confirmed the club have had a bid accepted for Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.

Bradley Wiggins reached the pinnacle of world cycling this summer by winning the Tour de France and following up with home Olympic success in the London 2012 time trial

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins sets new targets

Bradley Wiggins may have fulfilled his dreams but will have no difficulty motivating himself for new challenges.

Josh McEachran made just five appearances for Swansea last season

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran secures Middlesbrough loan move

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran today completed a season-long loan move to Middlesbrough.

Bradley Wiggins has been overwhelmed by the praise and recognition he has received

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins shocked by adulation

Bradley Wiggins has been shocked and overwhelmed by the praise and recognition he has received following his phenomenal summer of success.

Paralympic flag is raised above Downing Street

David Cameron predicted today that the dedication and persistence of Britain's Paralympians was about to pay off as the official flag of the 2012 Games was raised in Downing Street.

Sports seek to cash in on Olympic spirit

Thanks to the Olympics, this summer has provided a unique window of opportunity for "minority" sports such as triathlon, handball or taekwondo to increase participation and funding.

Team GB fans show their support in a wholly positive way

Kevin Garside: After the Olympics football returns – to the Stone Age

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Dom Joly: Tired but happy at the end of my marathon

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