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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.

Ben Fogle: The adventurer talks frostbite, flesh-eating bugs - and an Atlantic challenge

Being on an expedition is about deprivation Whether its trekking through the jungles in Peru or hiking up Kilimanjaro, you really value the resources you have: one pair of pants, limited rations of food, limited battery power. My trips also remind me what I have left behind. Once I'm back home, I'll really value what I have, until I start to become complacent – then I'll go off around the world again.

Swimmer Rebecca Adlington and Mayor of London Boris Johnson join school children to help launch the 'Pools 4 Schools' initiative in 2009

More than a million primary schoolchildren unable to swim, says major survey

More than a million primary schoolchildren are unable to swim, says a major survey out today.

Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire was one of the beaches which received the red flag for their water quality

No swimming: Britain has some of the worst quality bathing water in Europe

Torrential rain that washes sewage into waters people might want to swim in blamed

Fresh-faced Tom Daley hosts Splash!

Diving: Injured Tom Daley forced to rest in blow to World Championships preparations

Tom Daley has suffered a setback in his World Championships preparations after he was forced to pull out of today's grand prix event in Fort Lauderdale with an elbow injury.

Chill out with the locals in a watering hole

On the road in Reykjavik, Iceland

Christine Keeler by Stephen Ward, pastel, 1961

Can 'mystery woman' in Stephen Ward sketch shed light on Profumo affair?

She has dark eyes, full lips and short hair in one of the favourite styles of London in the "swinging 60s" but who is she?

Sport's biggest villain was signed up to take part in a swimming race with no drugs testing, but pulled out after concerns were raised

Lance Armstrong fails to make a splash as he pulls out of swimming event

The disgraced drugs cheat turfed out of Texas swimming meet

Lance Armstrong said his life ban was like being 'publicly lynched' and wants 'equal treatment'

Lance Armstrong's pulls out of return to competitive sport as swimmer

American was due to compete in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships in Texas

It won't get you clean, Lance: Armstrong returns to competition as a swimmer

This disgraced sportsman should let go of his addiction to racing

The Boat Race: Oxford honours are enough to get Light Blues' goat

Oxford won the 159th Boat Race yesterday by a length and a third, closing the gap on Cambridge in the head-to-head tally, which now stands at 81 wins to 77 in Cambridge's favour. In distinctly wintry conditions, the Oxford crew took control early on, eventually winning by four seconds in 17:28 – the quickest time since 2009.

Oxford comfortably beat Cambridge in 159th Boat Race

Oxford University beat Cambridge by a length and a half to win the 159th BNY Mellon Boat Race.

The Oxford crew look on as protester Trenton Oldfield swims in the water

Rowing: Boat Race calls in the Marines to prevent any more protests

Service boats will patrol Thames as review of last year's chaos prompts greater security presence

Simon Usborne after sampling the 3.9C water at Brockwell Lido, near Brixton, when it opened to the public yesterday

The Lido opens for springtime - pity it still feels like winter

With Britain caught out by unseasonable bad weather, Simon Usborne takes a dip

Police in inflatable rubber boats shoot at a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland as they attempt to retrieve a body following a fatal attack

Award-winning film-maker Adam Strange killed in shark attack off New Zealand beach

Police fired gunshots at huge predator before it disappeared

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