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Articles from August 7, 2012

After the Olympic Ballyhoo I Want My Poor City Back
Byline: Simon Jenkins [bar] HE Olympics are doing fine. The staging, the colour, the hype, the charm of young people at the top of their game are uplifting. The hysterical nationalism and cringing interviews seem to be part of the brainless ballyhoo....
And His Royal Hoyness
Byline: Matt Majendie Olympics Correspondent IT is fitting that Sir Chris Hoy's Olympic idol is another sporting knight of the realm, Sir Steve Redgrave, the man he hopes to surpass by winning a record sixth gold medal for Britain in his final ever...
Armchair Olympics
Byline: Jessica Lambert Olympics 2012 BBC Television Gymnastics -- Artistic Leaping in the air, arms out and legs stretched into impossible positions, artistic gymnastics is a lot like ballet without the tutus. Today is the women's floor exercises...
Assad Shows He's Still in Control
Byline: Pippa Crerar SYRIA'S President Bashar Assad today made his first appearance on state television for several weeks as footage of him meeting Iran's security chief was broadcast to the nation. Tehran, one of the few international allies...
Awe-Inspiring Cyclists Make Small Things Count
Byline: Jake Humphrey BBC TV Olympics presenter THE overwhelming impression that I have taken from the velodrome -- which is where I have spent most of my time during the Games -- is one of complete admiration for the British cycling team and how...
Blade Runner Helps Push Sales of Paralympics Tickets to 1.4m
Byline: Nicholas Cecil TENS of thousands of people are flocking for tickets to see "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius and other Paralympians. The Olympics have sparked a fresh surge of interest in the Paralympics, and 1.4 million tickets have gone...
Boris Is the Jesse James of Mavericks
Byline: Sarah Sands BORIS Johnson's subordinate and subversive manner towards David Cameron is taken as evidence of selfishness and disloyalty. Reportedly, the Mayor refuses to address Cameron by his title, Prime Minister, at Olympic meetings and...
Boundary Plan Will Go to a Vote, Insists Cameron
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor DAVID CAMERON vowed today to press ahead with Tory plans for boundary changes despite a Lib-Dem pledge to block them. The Prime Minister said he would put the proposal to cut the number of MPs -- which would...
British Discus Medal Hope Could Throw It All in for Life as a Lawyer, Says Mother
Byline: Rob Parsons THE mother of a London discus thrower aiming for a medal tonight said she still doesn't know if he will choose sport over a career as a lawyer. Lawrence Okoye, 20, earned himself a place in the final in dramatic style, roaring...
Clegg's Revenge over Lords Saves Top MPs' Seats
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor LONDON MPs including Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Business Secretary Vince Cable have been "saved" by Nick Clegg's plan to block a boundary review. They faced tough battles to keep their...
Crash, Bang, Wallop! Athletes Litter the Track after Hurdles Catastrophe
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Shekhar Bhatia BODIES littered the track in the Olympic stadium today as the heats of the men's 110 metres hurdles turned into a disaster. Former Olympic champion Liu Xiang, the golden boy of Chinese athletics,...
Cultural Olympiad Could Run and Run
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE Cultural Olympiad has proved such a triumph it should be turned into a regular festival, it was claimed today. Its success overturns the cynical expectations of those who queried culture's place...
Cycling Chief's 'Round Wheels' Joke Leaves the French Fuming
Byline: Justin Davenport THE French were today accused of trying to sour Team GB's amazing cycling success. It comes after suggestions in France that the British had "magic wheels" which the team hid after every race. But they may have fallen...
Cycling Chief's 'Round Wheels' Joke Leaves the French Fuming
Byline: Justin Davenport THE French were today accused of trying to sour Team GB's amazing cycling success after suggestions that the British had "magic wheels" which the team hid after every race. But they may have fallen for a joke by British...
Dempsey Is the Silver Surfer
Byline: Justin Davenport BRITISH windsurfer Nick Dempsey clinched silver in a thrilling final race at Weymouth this afternoon. The 31-year-old, who won bronze in Athens eight years ago, climbed into second place behind Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge,...
Don't Waste Volunteers' Passion
THERE is no doubt that thousands of people have volunteered at the Olympics and helped make the Games a success. Their breadth of roles and range of backgrounds is humbling. But for any host country, the Olympics is a once in a lifetime event. The...
Girls Can Learn from Athletes, Not Mensch
Byline: Sarah Sands [bar] FTER the celebrations of the limitless possibilities for women evoked by the Olympics, the resignation of Louise Mensch as an MP seems a bit of a downer. Perhaps women can reach the top -- so long as they are under the...
GOLDEN MOMENT FOR THE BROTHERS IN ARMS; GOLD AND BRONZE IN TRIATHLON TAKE MEDAL HAUL TO MILESTONE; Brownlees Are First Siblings to Win Medals in the Same Event
Byline: Matthew Beard and Ross Lydall THE Brownlee brothers embraced today as Team GB's incredible performances continued and the medals record set in Beijing was passed. Alistair, 24, took gold and Jonathan, 22, bronze in a lung-bursting triathlon...
Grabarz Aiming High as He Bids to Jump into the Record Books
Byline: Matt Majendie. Olympics Corrrespondent NLY one high jumper has cleared 2.40metres in this millennium, the Russian Vyacheslav Voronin, all the way back in 2000. However, Britain's Robbie Grabarz has his sights set on an even more impressive...
Greene Falls Short but Pledges to Come Back Stronger in Brazil
Byline: Matt Majendie WHEN the eight finalists lined up for the 400m hurdles in Beijing in 2008, Dai Greene was competing at a British League match in Derby. Spectators were few and far between and the Welshman was timed at 52 seconds. Four years...
Greene Falls Short but Vows to Come Back Stronger in Rio
Byline: Matt Majendie WHEN the eight finalists lined up for the 400metres hurdles in Beijing in 2008, Dai Greene was competing at a British League match in Derby. Spectators were few and far between, and the Welshman was timed at 52secs. Four...
High Jumper's Glory Bid Fuelled by Sleep and the Odd Shot of Vodka
Byline: Mark Blunden IF high jumper Robbie Grabarz appears laid back when he competes, it is because he has just had a snooze. The Enfield-born European champion, 24, jumped 2.29 metres in qualifying on Sunday, just seven centimetres below his...
Homebuyers Boosted by Government Lending Plan
Byline: Lucy Tobin [bar] HE starting pistol has finally blasted on the Government's [pounds sterling]80 billion Funding for Lending mortgage scheme, and banks are already opening their purse strings a little more generously. NatWest slashed its...
How London State Schools Became the Nation's Best
Byline: Andrew Adonis MOSSBOURNE Academy in Hackney symbolises the transformation of London's schools in the past decade. The academy is on the site of Hackney Downs School, dubbed the "worst school in England" when it was closed by inspectors...
Hoy Leaves the Rest Trailing as He Makes His Bid for Games History
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Shekhar Bhatia CYCLIST Sir Chris Hoy got off to a storming start today in his bid to lead Team GB to its best medal haul in modern British Olympic history. Britain needed just two gold medals to beat the haul of 19...
Hoy Leaves the Rest Trailing as He Makes His Bid for Games History
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Shekhar Bhatia CYCLIST Sir Chris Hoy got off to a storming start today in his bid to lead Team GB to its best medal haul in modern British Olympic history. Britain has already equalled the 19 gold medals won in Beijing...
Idowu Comes Up Short as Brits Head for an Early Exit
Byline: Tom Collomosse at the Olympic Stadium [bar] HILLIPS IDOWU crashed out of the triple jump and two other Great Britain athletes saw their Games ended by injury as Team GB suffered a painful morning. Amid doubts about his fitness, Idowu...
IDOWU TURNS UP AND CRASHES OUT; TEAM GB'S INVISIBLE MAN FAILS IN FIRST ROUND OF THE TRIPLE JUMP; EAST LONDONER'S DISASTROUS LEAPS RAISE QUESTIONS OVER PREPARATION; with a Shrug and a Wave, Idowu Disappears Again
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Shekhar Bhatia BRITiSH triple jumper Phillips Idowu sensationally crashed out of the Olympics today as he confirmed fears that he was not fit enough to compete. He failed to qualify for the second round after...
Idowu Turns Up and Crashes out, Then Admits He Was Injured
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia and Benedict Moore-Bridger OLYMPIC mystery man Phillips Idowu crashed out of the triple jump today and confessed he had been unfit all along. Idowu, 33, who had been called "The Invisible Man" after apparently going missing...
IHG Gets a Games Lift and Puts Up for Sale Sign in Park Lane
Byline: Nick Goodway ONE of London's best-known hotels, the Intercontinental in Park Lane, has been put on the market by Intercontinental Hotels Group as it moves ever more from owning to managing hotels. More than nine out of 10 rooms in the...
Illegal Extension Gives Hare a Case of Writer's Block
Byline: Maxine Frith SIR David Hare has revealed how his writing room is being overshadowed by an illegal extension that blocks out the light. The two-storey extension, put up two years ago, faces the glass-roofed studio at the top of the playwright's...
I'm on the Starting Blocks Today Because I Put Myself on eBay
Byline: Mark Blunden A SPRINTER from London is competing in the Olympics today after paying for his training by auctioning himself on eBay. James Ellington, 26, came close to quitting athletics for financial reasons before deciding to put his...
I Wanted to Compete. I Tried to and I Didn't Qualify
Byline: Richard Godwin [bar] HE Australians may not be having the best Olympics -- but one son of the antipodes has played a blinder. In the punditry event, Ian Thorpe, the swimmer formerly known as the Thorpedo, has pulled out PB after PB. Team...
I Was So Excited, like a Kid at Christmas; ALISTAIR BROWNLEE TALKS OF HIS PRIDE AS HE CLAIMS GOLD WHILE BROTHER JONNY EARNS BRONZE MEDAL DESPITE PENALTY
Byline: Matt Majendie Olympics Correspondent THE thousands that flocked to Hyde Park had dreamed of a Brownlee brothers one-two but it wasn't quite to be. Alistair left them with plenty to celebrate as he claimed Britain's 19th gold of these...
I Would Be a Better Athlete If I Hadn't Gone to Eton, Says Hurdler
Byline: Mark Blunden A TWEED-WEARING former public schoolboy who today faces the 110 metres hurdles said he wished he had gone to a state school instead of Eton. Lawrence Clarke, who is heir to a baronetcy and related to Theodore Roosevelt's...
Just Add Gold to Ginger and Suddenly Red Hair Is Hot
Byline: Rosamund Urwin STEP aside, Ron Weasley! The nation has a new set of flame-maned heroes now thanks to London 2012. Long jumper Greg Rutherford, far right, cyclist Ed Clancy, gymnast Daniel Purvis and mountain biker Annie Last, right, have...
King James Set to Reign for a While but He's No Johnson
Byline: Roger Black MBE Olympic and World 400m silver medallist EXCLUSIVE I WAS in the Olympic Stadium last night to watch Kirani James win the men's 400m final. I was at the 200m mark and he looked as if he could keep running at the same pace all...
Lloyds Security Boss Stole [Pounds Sterling]2.4m to Pay for House in France
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A FORMER security chief at Lloyds Banking Group today admitted stealing [pounds sterling]2.46 million from the bank. Jessica Harper, 50, began submitting false business invoices in 2007 and laundered...
Masked Raiders 'Waterboard' Widow
Byline: Jonathan Prynn THE family of a grandmother who was "waterboarded" and scalded by masked raiders spoke today of how the horrific attack has destroyed her life. Francoise Jansen thought she was going to die when two masked men broke into...
Medal Hopes Ride on the Work Experience Girl and 'Lionel Messi of Horses'; EQUESTRIAN: DRESSAGE Tom Harper
Byline: Tom Harper CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN'S "telepathic" relationship with her horse has astonished the equestrian world and brought Britain to the brink of another gold medal today. Yet Dujardin only started riding in international events 18 months...
Meerkanomics
Byline: Joshi Herrmann WORK An Oxford lecturer says business executives can learn a lot from the furry critters. It's all about how they co-operate, he tells Joshi Herrmann AS A successful series of TV ads for a well-known market comparison website...
Mr Clegg's Revenge Bodes Ill for Coalition
NICK Clegg's retaliation for the Prime Minister's abandonment of Lords reform, withdrawing support for boundary changes, is a serious blow for the Coalition. The boundary changes would have reduced the number of Commons seats from 650 to 600, in the...
Mr Clegg's Revenge Bodes Ill for Coalition
NICK Clegg's retaliation for the Prime Minister's abandonment of Lords reform, withdrawing support for boundary changes, is a serious blow for the Coalition. The boundary changes would have reduced the number of Commons seats from 650 to 600, in the...
M&S Edges Down as Cold Water Poured on Talk of a Takeover
Byline: Toby Green ANY investors rushing to put Marks & Spencer into their basket following the recent bid talk were today being urged to think again. The High Street institution may have been boosted this week by revived speculation it could...
Nadzeya's Gold a Shot in the Arm during the Sleep Stage of Games
Byline: Dan Jones [bar] HE women's shot put final was taking place last night as the first fingers of dusk began to tickle the Olympic Stadium, and very entertaining it was too. There is, perhaps, no sight quite so striking in the world of athletics...
Nike Outperforms Adidas in Games
LORD Coe caused a storm when, at the opening of the 2012 Games, he bumblingly suggested that anyone sporting Nike trainers might not be allowed into the Park, because of the draconian branding rules in favour of sponsor Adidas. Locog quickly back-pedalled,...
Now I Want to Dominate World, Says Double-Champion Kenny
Byline: James Olley [bar] ASON KENNY has warned his closest rival he is intent on dominating track cycling's individual sprint for years to come after becoming Great Britain's first double gold medallist at London 2012. The 24-year-old beat his...
Now Wiggo's King of the Party Circuit
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent THEY are two of Britain's best-loved athletes following their success at the Olympics. And Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis got a taste of the A-list lifestyle that now lies before them when they...
Now Wiggo's King of the Party Circuit
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent GOLD medal winners Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis got a taste of the A-list lifestyle that now lies before them when they were guests of honour at a Stone Roses gig. The recently reformed...
Okoye Can't Wait to Throw Himself into the Deep End
Byline: Matt Majendie LAWRENCE OKOYE has all the physical attributes to be the world's best discus thrower, writes Matt Majendie. He measures in at 6ft 6ins and weighs 21 stone. Despite that bulk, he is quick as well -- he ran under 11 seconds...
Olympic Q&A
THE Olympic dream is over for Jonas, who lost in the quarter-finals yesterday, but it was only fitting that she played a lead role for Britain's women's boxing team at these Games because her journey to London was turned into a film ?You won a bronze...
Olympics Saved My Life, Says Volunteer Who Fought Cancer
Byline: Tom Harper and Miranda Bryant ONE of the 70,000 "Games Makers" claims the positive vibes triggered by his role as an Olympic volunteer helped to save his life. Michael Dormer was diagnosed with mouth cancer in February days after his...
Olympoint"
Byline: says Rosamund Urwin The most important Olympic contest is who can adopt the best celebratory pose and the heavenward-pointing digit is winning, says Rosamund Urwin FOR a race that is over in 10 seconds, the 100m sprint sure involves a lot...
Pearson's No Certainty to Lift Australia's Medal Gloom
Byline: Matt Majendie THE London Olympics has been a Games to forget for Australia, who have won just two gold medals so far. Bankers for gold, most notably in the pool, have failed to deliver and Sally Pearson will be hoping to buck that trend...
Pole Vaulter Can Smile Again as Boyfriend Pops the Question
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger BRITISH pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale missed out on an Olympic medal but she was celebrating today after her boyfriend asked her to marry him. Bleasdale, 20, had started the Olympics as a favourite to win the event...
Put Your Games Face On
Byline: Karen Dacre WHEN Jessica Ennis strode across the finish line on Saturday night, every woman in the country stopped to stare. Inspired by her gargantuan achievement -- Team GB's first London 2012 athletics gold medallist is also the most...
Qualifying Is Little More Than a Stroll in the Park for Bolt
Byline: Tom Collomosse USAIN BOLT kept his bid for a second consecutive Olympic sprint double firmly on course today as he cruised to victory in his 200metres heat and qualified for tomorrow's semi-finals. Bolt won the 100m in 9.63sec on Sunday...
QUEEN VICTORIA; Tonight Could See Pendleton Crowned as Britain's Greatest Ever Female Olympian, Providing the Perfect Finale to Her Career
Byline: James Olley at the Velodrome F Jessica Ennis is the face of London 2012 then Victoria Pendleton is the legs. Cycling has long been a cornerstone of Great Britain's medal success and tonight the 31-year-old has a chance to end her career...
Richardson Can't Wait for Her Turn to Dine out on Success
Byline: Tom Collomosse VERY time Helen Richardson bumps into a successful British athlete in the Olympic Village, it makes her desire to emulate them that little bit stronger. Great Britain's women are only two victories from being hockey champions...
Road Layout at Fatal Crash Site Had Been Changed for Zil Lanes
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent MEASURES to prevent cyclists being run over by buses and lorries were removed from a junction where a rider was killed by an Olympics coach to make way for Games lanes, the Standard can reveal. Dan...
Road Layout at Fatal Crash Site Had Been Changed for Zil Lanes
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent MEASURES to prevent cyclists being run over by buses and lorries were removed from a junction where a rider was killed by an Olympics coach to make way for Games lanes, the Standard can reveal. Dan...
Sandwich Ban Means Park Events Are No Picnic, Say Fans
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent THE organisers of the free Olympics viewing sites in Hyde Park and Victoria Park were today accused of declaring war on home-made sandwiches. Families said their snacks had been confiscated by security...
Save Your Blushes
Byline: Leah Hardy BRITISH women are meant to be famous for their peaches and cream complexions. But according to London cosmetic doctor Elisabeth Dancey, many Londoners have skin that is "more like strawberries and cream, with lots of redness"....
Selby Hopes His Mum Survives Fight for Medal
Byline: David Smith [bar] MID the cacophony of cheering, yelling and foot stamping which have turned every boxing session at the ExCel arena into an assault upon the ears, Frances Selby will tonight cut a quietly nervous figure in the stands as...
Standard Chartered Diving despite Iran Scandal Denial
Byline: Nick Goodway STANDARD Chartered shares fell more than 18% today despite the fact that it issued a strong rebuttal of the accusations that it hid $250 billion ([pounds sterling]160 billion) of transactions with Iran made in the United States....
TEAM GB 'ROUND WHEELS' FOOL THE FRENCH; CYCLING CHIEF'S JOKE FUELS ROW OVER OUR VELODROME SUCCESS the Secret Is to Peak at Right Time'
Byline: Justin Davenport THE French were today accused of trying to sour Team GB's amazing cycling success. It comes after suggestions in France that the British had "magic wheels" which the team hid after every race. But they may have fallen...
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The Triathlon Brothers Who Live, Train and Win Together
Byline: Miranda Bryant TRIATHLON Miranda Bryant TWO brothers who competed today in the Hyde Park triathlon told how there was no sibling rivalry they are inspired by each other. As they were not allowed to make a joint finish in the triathlon,...
The University with the Golden Touch; Past and Present Students and Staff from London South Bank University Are All Involved in London 2012, Proving There's More to University Life Than Just Academic Achievement, writesNiki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth N army of volunteers some of whom study or work at London South Bank University's (LSBU) Academy of Sport, a health lecturer providing nursing expertise and even the university's pro vice chancellor are all helping London...
Tomorrow at the Games
ATHLETICS Olympic Stadium. 10.00-12.20: Women's hammer throw qualifying. 10.00-12.50: Men's pole vault qualifying. 10.00-10.35: Men's decathlon: 100m (10.10), long jump (11.10), shot put (12.50), high jump (18.00), 400m (21.30). 10.45-12.15: Men's...
Trott: I Put Celebration on Hold to Go for Second Gold
Byline: Miranda Bryant and Benedict Moore-Bridger CYCLIST Laura Trott has put her celebrations on hold to try to fulfil her dream of winning a second gold medal. Trott, 20, who scooped gold in the women's team pursuit on Saturday, said victory...
Trott: I Put Celebration on Hold to Go for Second Gold
Byline: Miranda Bryant and Benedict Moore-Bridger CYCLIST Laura Trott put off celebrating her Olympic gold medal to fulfil her dream of winning a second one. Trott, 20, was a member of the winning women's team pursuit on Saturday -- but while...
Trott Won't Celebrate Gold until Tonight
Byline: Miranda Bryant and Benedict Moore-Bridger CYCLIST Laura Trott put off celebrating her Olympic gold medal to fulfil her dream of winning a second one. Trott, 20, was a member of the winning women's team pursuit on Saturday -- but while...
UK Minister Pledges Emergency Aid for 18,000 Syrian Refugees
Byline: Pippa Crerar BRITAIN is to boost support for Syrian refugees fleeing the brutal regime, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced on a visit to the region today. The new funding will provide emergency rations for more...
USAIN ... AND THE PAIN; BOLT STORMS INTO THE SEMIS; IDOWU FAILS TO REACH FINAL; LIU, POZZI AND SAYERS ALL OUT; Super Usain Reigns Again but Idowu Suffers a Swift Exit
Byline: Tom Collomosse at the Olympic Stadium USAIN BOLT enjoyed more success as he returned to the scene of his glorious 100m triumph but two of the biggest names of the Games crashed out on a dramatic morning here. Bolt kept his bid for a second...
Weight of Expectation Is on Mighty Salimi
THE vast Olympic training room at the ExCeL feels instantly smaller the moment Iran's super heavyweight weightlifting prodigy Behdad Salimikordasiabi walks in. Not just because he stands 6ft 6in tall in a sport dominated by the short and squat but...
We've Taken on Too Many Helpers, Admit Games Bosses
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia OLYMPICS bosses have admitted they have recruited too many of the unpaid volunteers who are making the Games such a success. In particular, they have been "astonished" by the low demand from VIPs for volunteer-chauffeured...