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Nearly 100 per cent of elite competitive swimmers pee in the pool. Regularly. Some deny it, some proudly embrace it, but everyone does it.

Hannah Russell: The Briton was all smiles last night after landing her silver medal

Russell, 16, finds inspiration from 'gutsy' Adlington to win 400m silver

Teenager produces personal best to yield to rival only in final 50 yards of freestyle event

Jonathan Fox is focus personified before his victory in the 100m backstroke last night

Fox ensures Team GB's aquatics jinx holds no water

Cornishman leads the charge in the pool as British team enjoy memorable opening day

Zhang Cuiping of China wins the first gold medal of the Paralympic Games

China secure first gold medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

China's Zhang Cuiping won the first gold medal of the London Paralympics as the Shooting got underway at the Royal Artillery Barracks today.

Swimming: Team GB's Jonathan Fox sets new world record at the Aquatics Centre

Jonathan Fox and Sophie Pascoe both set new world records this morning as the swimming got under way at the Paralympics with some blistering racing at the Aquatics Centre.

Sarah Storey celebrates breaking the world record

Cycling: Team GB's Sarah Storey sets world record at the velodrome

Great Britain's Sarah Storey set one of four world records in the opening session of Paralympic competition at the London 2012 velodrome.

Divers set to join search for body of man missing in Loch Gairloch canoe tragedy Ewen Beaton

Police divers are set to join the hunt for a man missing after a canoeing tragedy that claimed the lives of his two young sons and a five-year-old girl.

Seven-time Paralympic gold medallist Jessica Long

Paralympic Shorts: US swimming team's secret weapon - Canadian pop

During the first week of the Olympics, the Americans hoarded the swimming medals. Ryan Lochte alone bagged five. Team USA's Paralympic swimming squad is just as formidable. To inspire seven-time Paralympic gold medallist Jessica Long to glory, Missy Franklin has sent her the playlist that set her on the way to four golds.

Rachael Latham: This is our turn to shine – in the sporting arenas and in the TV studios, too

All these athletes have stories to tell – and they put in the same effort as able-bodied athletes

Tribute paid to Loch Gairloch canoe tragedy girl Grace Mackay

The family of a five-year-old girl who died following a canoeing accident which also claimed the lives of two young brothers have paid tribute to their “beautiful angel”.

Ellie Simmonds celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 100m freestyle S6 final at the Beijing Olympics

Poster girl Ellie Simmonds thriving under pressure of expectation

After two medals in Beijing, Ellie feels no pressure as she tries for four in London

Mark Leftly: Hubris led Nadir from his Cypriot villa to 10 years in a prison cell

Polly Peck's ex-boss could have opted to live out his life in luxury with his young wife, instead he arrogantly believed he could beat £28m theft charges
Paralympics Team GB: the wheelchair rugby squad

Paralympics: The class of 2012

The British team has been set an ambitious target of 103 medals. Can it deliver, asks Robin Scott-Elliot

Paralympic profile: Jody Cundy, Cycling

Sir Chris Hoy might have packed his bags and left the Olympic Village, but that doesn’t mean that Team GB’s domination of the London velodrome is over. Jody Cundy MBE, 33, who clocked up 23 international swimming medals before switching to two wheels and securing two golds in Beijing, is out for more. He faces stiff competition, however, from John-Allan Butterworth, another member of the cycling team that represents, as with the Olympics, Britain’s biggest hope for gold medals.

Arthur Williams

'If you’ve the chance to be a voice for paralympians, you have to seize the day’

Interview with Arthur Williams, sports presenter

Beauty contest celebrates Italy's alarming obsession with silicone

Research showed 14 per cent of 16- and 17-year-old Italian girls would undergo breast surgery

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