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Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

Robin Scott-Elliot (second bottom) goes in at the deep end at Lee Valley

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Robin Scott-Elliot took the plunge to test the London 2012 canoeing venue that's already open to the public. But did he sink or swim?

Sport on TV: It's hard-hitting stuff when Flintoff says he's all at sea

If ever there was a sportsman from the money-mad professional era who was guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the fans – or even the opposition – then it was Freddie Flintoff. Ebullient big-hitting, big-hearted fast bowling, smacking sixes for his father to catch in the crowd, even consoling Australia's Brett Lee at the moment of victory: this was how he will be remembered, playing as if he was still an amateur, even like the fans themselves would dream of performing.

RNLI fundraisers swim into trouble

Eighty swimmers taking part in a race to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution had to be rescued after they were swept out to sea.

Silly stunts: The challenges and record-breakers that caught the attention of the media

American endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has begun her attempt to become the first person to swim the shark-filled Florida Straits without the aid of a safety cage.

Man dies after Great North Swim

A man died while taking part in the Great North Swim, the organisers confirmed.

Surfer drowns off Suffolk coast

A surfer has died after getting into difficulties off the coast of Suffolk.

Rowing: British pair intent on beating Kiwis

Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed immediately set their sights on the world championships and overhauling arch rivals New Zealand after winning the Team GB rowing trials.

Swimming: Lochte breaks first record of new era

Ryan Lochte yesterday set the first individual swimming world record since high-tech bodysuits were outlawed.

Water Polo: Singapore team in hot water over trunks

Singapore has rebuked its national water polo team for wearing swim trunks that feature an "inappropriate" likeness of the city-state's flag.

Andy Irons: Flamboyant and mercurial surfer who won three world titles and was regarded as the best of his generation

Andy Irons attained the pinnacle of peer recognition within surfing: a picture of him adorned a T-shirt, emblazoned with the text, "ANDY WINS HOSSEGOR". Hossegor, France, is just one of the stations on the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) global circuit, at all of which Andy Irons won famous victories over a career spanning more than a decade. He amassed a grand total of three world championships, and, uniquely, four Vans Triple Crowns, and was probably the most accomplished all-round surfer of the modern era. Or, as Surfer magazine put it in 2003, "he has the miraculous combination of big-wave craziness and small-wave ripping down better than any surfer in the world right now."

Leading article: Turbulent waters

Cross-Channel swimmers have become very cross Channel swimmers. The French coastguard has proclaimed that the 140-year-old practice of swimming the narrowest 21-mile stretch dividing England from the Continent should stop on health and safety grounds.

Rowing: Hunter and Purchase on march as Britain show their strength

Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase prospered on a fruitful day two for Great Britain as the World Championships in Cambridge, New Zealand kicked into top gear following the previous day's high winds, which had postponed most of the action.

Rowing: Winds wreak havoc at championships

The World Rowing Championships got off to a false start yesterday as the weather presented organisers with a scheduling headache.

Swimming: Spofforth shines but Adlington trails in

Great Britain picked up five more medals at the European Championships yesterday to take their overall total to 12, but there was crushing disappointment for Rebecca Adlington.

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