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Liu Xiang stopped to kiss the final hurdle before crossing the finish line and being helped away by his opponents.

London 2012: Former 110 metre hurdles champion Liu Xiang hobbles across the finish line as he crashes out of Olympics

It must be one of the most enduring images of the Olympic spirit at the London 2012 Games: Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang determinedly hopped over the finish line today, far behind his opponents after he fell injured at the first hurdle.

Ade Adepitan: 'When people see the Paralympics, they'll respect the athletes'

This year's Paralympics will be on a par with the Olympics Look at the T54 wheelchair record for 5,000m and you'll see it's almost three minutes faster than the able-bodied record; or look at the world number-one wheelchair tennis player Stéphane Houdet, who serves at 100mph. When people see performances like those they will start realising that it's a serious spectacle, and they will start respecting these performers as athletes.

Ryan Gander in his east London studio

In The Studio: Ryan Gander, artist

'We do not sit down here to come up with ideas. Ideas come in the car'

Disabled dancer returns to the stage in provocative new play

A dancer left paralysed by an accident at a house party has spoken of his joy after returning to the stage for his first major role.

Portfolio: Norman Lomax

It was at a swimming pool in Weymouth that Norman Lomax first saw Sue Austin propelling herself through the water in an adapted wheelchair – and it was something of a eureka moment for him. "As a photographer," he explains, "the best stories are of ordinary people doing extraordinary things – that's what I saw here."

Ice-T, Chuck D, Melle Mel & Raekwon, Hammersmith Apollo, London

As they say in the US, "game recognises game" - and hip-hoppers rarely hesitate to bestow honour upon its pioneers for teaching those next in line a thing or two - especially those who are doing it so well. So there's moments tonight when, despite being age-mates, Public Enemy's venerable Chuck D pays tribute to the legendary Melle Mel, calling him "teacher" ("You snatched the pedal out of my hand son!" Mel shouts back, beaming). Later, the PE frontman nods like a proud dad as he watches fellow New Yorker Raekwon take his turn on the mike - and when the latter introduces "the man of the hour, my brother, your brother" Ice-T, you can't help notice the smallest gesture of respect.

Nurse admits killing four-year-old daughter after sacking

A nurse has admitted stabbing and killing her four-year-old daughter days after she was sacked from her job for leaking details of patients to her boyfriend who worked for a personal injury claims firm.

Mother admits killing four-year-old Chloe Burke

A mother has admitted killing her four-year-old daughter.

Götterdammerung, Longborough Festival Opera

There’s no such thing as "can’t" – and the proof is alive and well at Longborough Festival Opera. While lyric theatres around the world might quake at the prospect of staging Wagner’s Ring Cycle – the expense, the pressure, the “controversial productions” - a converted barn in the Cotswold countryside is simply getting on with it, opera by opera, building up to the complete tetralogy for next year’s Wagner bicentenary. Götterdammerung, its climax, is also its ultimate challenge.

Johnson at Stone Henge earlier today

Michael Johnson lights up Stone Henge with Olympic Torch

One of the world's greatest ever athletes carried the Olympic Torch around Stonehenge at sunrise today.

Disabled home-seekers claim property industry is in "dark ages"

Unhelpful estate agents and websites are trapping young disabled people at home, says a new report

Victim of flesh-eating bacteria leaves Georgia hospital

A woman who caught a flesh-eating bug is surprising doctors with her progress after having her left leg, right foot and hands amputated.

The Olympic Stadium will require extra stewards because of fears of overcrowding

50,000 new Olympic tickets released

A new batch of about 50,000 tickets to events in the Olympic Park are on sale, London 2012 said today.

Disabled travellers still face airline refusals, European Commission warns

Disabled air travellers are still facing "unjustified refusals" from airlines, the European Commission warned today.

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