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Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in action in the team sprint yesterday

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British Cycling sprint coach Jan van Eijden has defended Philip Hindes after the 19-year-old admitted to deliberately crashing before propelling Great Britain to team pursuit gold on day one at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

Sir Chris Hoy at a training session in the velodrome

Cycling: Chris Hoy's Team GB take home gold in sprint finals

The Olympic velodrome exploded with noise as Sir Chris Hoy took another gold medal tonight.

Bradley Wiggins with his gold medal

Team GB's Bradley Wiggins says medals are meaningless unless they are gold

Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins says that when it comes to medals, the only colour that matters is gold after his win in yesterday's time trial.

Bradley Wiggins celebrated his gold medal last night

Team GB's Bradley Wiggins has cycling shorts stolen as he celebrates gold medal by getting 'blind drunk'

Bradley Wiggins marked his victorious win yesterday by raising a glass or two and getting drunk.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate in their boat after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final

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Their superiority was evident in moments, measured by clear water to their pursuers within the first 500 metres. But that margin, in turn, traced back four years to one of barely half an inch.

Bradley Wiggins riding to Olympic glory

Bradley Wiggins takes gold to become greatest British Olympian

Bradley Wiggins has today become the greatest British Olympian after winning gold in the time trial event at Hampton Court Palace.

Michael Phelps is 'probably not' the greatest Olympian, says Lord Coe, despite record medal haul

Lord Coe has refused to call Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time - despite the American winning more medals than any other athlete in history.

Sunday 29 July: Zac Purchase and and Mark Hunter of Great Britain compete in Heat 2 of the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls

Hunter and Purchase regain drive for glory

Water may be the same everywhere you go, but the breezes over Eton Dorney are plainly favouring the host nation – bearing, as they do, the ardent cheers that yesterday sustained two more wins from just three entered heats.

Young athletes lit the cauldron

Bookies to refund all cauldron bets after young athletes do the honours at opening ceremony

Bookmakers have pledged to refund all bets placed on who would light the Olympic cauldron after some of Britain's greatest Olympians teamed up with young athletes for the honour.

A view from outside the Olympic Stadium

Danny Boyle hails 15,000 Olympics opening ceremony volunteers

Danny Boyle dedicated his £27 million Olympics opening extravaganza to the 15,000 volunteers who will help bring it to life tonight as organisers said they expected a sell-out crowd.

Waiter who streaked alongside Olympic Torch relay denies indecency claiming his naked body inspired 'hilarity not distress'

A waiter who streaked alongside the Olympic Torch was merely inspiring “hilarity not distress” when he joined the relay wearing nothing but trainers, his lawyer insisted today.

Sir Steve Redgrave: Squeaky-clean persona and fistful of gold medals makes the renowned rower a clear bookies' favourite, though he thinks it unlikely as he has been asked to run a leg on 10 July - 17 days before the Games begin

Sir Steve Redgrave not approached to light Olympic flame at London 2012 opening ceremony

Sir Steve Redgrave today revealed he had not been approached to light the Olympic flame at London 2012.

Bradley Wiggins is proudly the champion of the 2012 Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins: A British cyclist winning the Tour de France? How is this possible?

Simon O’Hagan pays tribute to the Kilburn boy whose historic, once unimaginable, exploits on the roads of France have had an extraordinary effect in his homeland

Starters' orders: Home Secretary Theresa May speaks with (left to right) Olympic Park general manager Clive Stevens, military representative Colonel Gary Wilkinson and LOCOG chairman Lord Coe in the security control room

Hunt has solution to take heat out of cauldron row

Team GB boss says they have chosen someone to light final flame

Point of order: David Beckham's
omission has caused an uproar

Exclusive: Beckham may carry GB flag at Games

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