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Martin Dougan: A day of action to match thrills of the opening ceremony

You've got Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis. Now people are even starting to realise it's OK to fancy disabled people

Toots and the Maytals, Concorde 2, Brighton
Jessie Ware, Plan B, London

If ever someone needed to relax, it's Toots

Mo Farah hails Britain’s multicultural society for helping him win double Olympic gold

Mo Farah today hailed the role of Britain’s multicultural society in helping him to his double gold medal Olympic performance, saying it had provided him with the opportunity to shine.

Usain Bolt celebrates gold by doing 'The Mobot'

Jacques Rogge tries to defuse Usain Bolt row, calling the Jamaican sprinter 'an active performance legend'

IOC president Jacques Rogge attempted to defuse a rumbling row with Usain Bolt today by describing him as "an active performance legend" and the best sprinter of all time.

Paul Vallely: Sometimes the only person to beat is yourself

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The Games Makers helped win our hearts

Roger Black: Historic feats and helping hands made this the best Games of all

The Expert View: People say Sydney was the best, but in London we have beaten that

August 11, 2012: Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team-mates celebrate breaking the world record.

Usain Bolt wins third gold medal of London 2012 as Jamaica claim new world record in 4x100m relay final

Double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to victory in a blistering men's 4x100 metres final as they retained their title in a world record 36.84 seconds tonight.

Is nature or nurture behind Jamaica's need for speed?

Some say it’s in the genes. Others credit the local yams and green bananas. Sports analysts reckon world-class coaches played the key role. Cultural commentators credit a straightforward love of speed which, in previous eras, inspired the nation’s most gifted sportsmen to devote their careers to sending cricket balls towards rib cages at high velocity.

Usain Bolt is the first man to retain the Olympic sprint titles

Guy Keleny: How could he be a legend? His existence is not in doubt

Pedant's View: Legendary figures are the likes of Arthur and Achilles, who may or may not have lived

As part of the

London 2012: NHS to launch health drive in capital

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Usain Bolt says he is a 'living legend' after his record-breaking wins yesterday

Sebastian Coe says Usain Bolt is 'clearly a legend'

Sebastian Coe insists that Usain Bolt is already a legend - despite the president of the International Olympic Committee stating the Jamaican sprinter will need to star at even more Games before he can attain that status.

BBC boss Mark Thompson defends Olympics coverage

BBC boss Mark Thompson has defended the corporation's Olympics coverage after reports he ordered staff to stop “focusing” so much on Team GB's success.

Canoeing: British sprint kayaker Ed McKeever storms into semi-finals

British sprint kayaker Ed McKeever stormed into the semi-finals of the 200m competition today as he won his heat in a time of 35.087 seconds.

Denmark's Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein looks the part on Digby

A rugby man enjoying dressage? I nearly had to draw the curtains

It is a common joke in the distinctly uncommon world of dressage, where even the most serious riders have occasionally been known to laugh despite being asked to perform minor miracles on horseback while dressed in outfits that would guarantee them podium finishes in the Monty Python Upper Class Twit of the Year contest, that the only thing worse than a rubbish display is an entertaining one.

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