Arts and Entertainment That's one hell of a lot of lycra: The 12 celebrities are in Austria training for new reality TV show, The Jump

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards will teach the celebrities to conquer the ski jump

Keri-Anne Payne: Payne's the name of the game in the open water

The 10km champion may be GB's surest hope of gold in 2012

Swimming: Phelps says Shanghai setbacks will spur him on for London

Michael Phelps endured the novel experience of being second best for significant parts of the world championships. It left the multi-decorated American frustrated but adamant that he will be swimming notably quicker come next year's Games in London where he will be looking to add seven Olympic gold medals to the 14 he already owns.

Swimming: Tancock grabs gold as GB finish on crest of wave

Backstroke glory and silver for Miley lift Britain up medal table while China celebrate Sun world record

Swimming: Adlington beats Friis with style to take gold

Briton storms past Dane in world 800m freestyle in the country where she won two Olympic titles

Adlington claims gold for Britain in Shanghai

Rebecca Adlington today claimed the gold medal in the 800 metres freestyle with a wonderful swim at the World Championships in Shanghai.

The day our man took on Olympian in pool fit for champions

The 2012 Aquatics Centre was opened yesterday and Robin Scott-Elliot dived in. But did he set a world record? Not quite

All in the detail: from lighting the flame to getting those tickets

Perplexed by the hype and scale of preparation? The hard work for athletes and organisers is not over yet

Swimming: 'Zombie' Adlington overcomes slow lane to take World silver

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington made light of having to swim from lane one to claim the silver medal in the 400 metres freestyle at the World Championships here yesterday. The 22-year-old scraped into the final as the seventh-fastest qualifier after looking a shadow of the swimmer she has been this season in the heats. However, just as in the last World Championships in Rome where she only just made the final before finishing third, Adlington swam a controlled race to be second to Federica Pellegrini, the Italian successfully defending her crown.

Swimming: Adlington claims surprise silver

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington made light of having to swim from lane one to claim a superb silver medal in the 400 metres freestyle at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

Rebecca Adlington scrapes in 400m final

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington will need to dig deep into all her talent and experience if she is to come near to replicating her bronze medal of two years ago after she scraped into the 400metres freestyle final on the first day of action at the World Championships in Shanghai.

Matthew Norman: There are heroes of comedy... and there's Frankie Boyle

It takes a bespoke brand of mental infirmity to confuse personal courage in advancing the right to cause offence with a penchant for bullying the most vulnerable

Rebecca Adlington: 'I'm at one in the pool. I dive in, it's a different world'

The Brian Viner Interview: Two golds in Beijing made Rebecca Adlington Britain's finest swimmer in 100 years and a poster girl for her sport – even if outside her natural element self-doubt can surface

Police arrest 32 Olympic touts – a month before tickets go on sale

Ticket touts with links to organised crime could make millions of pounds from scams surrounding the London Olympics, the head of a special unit set up by the Metropolitan Police to combat the problem has warned.

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