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World champion Tim Brabants admits he has been inspired by Great Britain's medal-winning exploits elsewhere in these Games and now he has begun competing he wants to get in on the act.

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Britain's Tim Brabants and Canada's Adam van Koeverden powered through Monday's Olympic preliminaries in the men's 1,000 metre kayak race, the sport's blue riband event, to secure spots in Friday's final.

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Swimming: Tancock storms to gold in European record

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Verrucas: how do I get rid of them?

I swim three times a week at my local pool, but I have developed a couple of verrucas on my foot. I tried a Wartner freezing kit, but I found it too painful, and it did not work. Can you suggest something painless that will remove verrucas?

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Rowing: What happens now for Britain's Olympic squad?

How will rowing survive without Matthew Pinsent? If you listen to the man himself, then the picture is less bleak than first thought. "We won four Olympic medals in Athens, one of them gold, from a national base of 30,000 rowers. Rowing is very capable of producing more medallists. There's more out there than you think."

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