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After seven years of planning, the pool competition at the London Olympics finally gets under way tomorrow with Hannah Miley a very real contender to secure Britain's first swimming medal at the Aquatics Centre.

Tessa Sanderson: I won gold - but having the Olympic Games in my home town is something else

Finally, the Games are here – and I still have to pinch myself to believe they are happening. As an adopted Londoner – I live in east London and work in the Olympic heartland of Newham – my emotions today as the curtain goes up are a mixture of excitement, immense pride, and great anticipation. The goose bumps have already started.

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Sir Chris Hoy will carry the flag for Team GB at Friday's opening ceremony of London 2012, the British Olympic Association have confirmed.

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Shiny, happy, village people

The Aussies wasted no time in making their mark while Rebecca Adlington's room is already a mess – Tom Peck reports on the big check-in for the world's top athletes

Keri-anne Payne prepared for anything in pursuit of open water gold at Olympics

When Keri-anne Payne dives into the Serpentine on August 9, she knows she will have to be "the ruthless one" if she is to add the Olympic open water title to the world crown she won in Shanghai last year.

Lara Hatfield and Laura Lonsdale: There's too much pressure to love the Olympics

The 2012 Olympic slogan is "Inspire a generation". Well, we are the generation Lord Coe has in mind, but are we inspired?

Over the line: Steve Ovett (right) beats Sebastian Coe to the 800m gold medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980

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Their rivalry is the stuff of Olympic folklore but while Coe has been running London 2012, Ovett is keeping his distance

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Swimming: Second wave seek a fitting stage

Suit technology has been reined in but British Swimming Championships could see a rush of new records

Mo Farah on his way to World Championship glory last year

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The countdown to the Olympic Games has begun in earnest. Robin Scott-Elliot charts what lies between Team GB's athletes and a place on the podium six months from now

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Home athletes on the podium will earn riches beyond their wildest dreams from sponsors, TV shows and a host of other deals

Joan Smith: A woman's place is well away from the pitch, is it?

Imagine the scene at the BBC. There they are, busily collecting nominations from sports editors for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, when someone notices that most of the names belong to men. How on earth did that happen? Especially after they went out of their way to create a "level playing field" – I think that's the requisite cliché – by seeking nominations from such admirably gender-neutral publications as Nuts and Zoo. Sick as parrots all round!

Joan Smith: A woman's place is off the pitch, is it?

The insidious bit excuses the 'experts' and places the blame firmly on the public

BBC must include women in sports award shortlist, says Harman

The BBC was facing a growing backlash last night over the absence of any women from its shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year.

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