Alex Chick

  • The 100 metres - the ultimate expression of 'less is more'.

    Like all tests of speed, you want it to finish as quickly as possible.

    Unlike the others, its sheer brevity is what makes it so appealing.

    Athletic endeavour in its purest form, reduced to an impossibly intense blast of bulging muscle and blurred feet.

    Some people paid £2,000 for tickets to the Usain Bolt show - they will tell you their £207.68 per second represented value for money.

    Bolt cemented his place among the Olympic legends, but this was not the coronation of Beijing, where he spent the last 20 metres slowing down, beating

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  • Olympic review – Day 9

    DAY NINE IN A NUTSHELL

    Rapid: An evening for the Brits to take a back seat and pay homage to the fastest 100 metre runner the Olympics have seen. Unlike Beijing, Usain Bolt had to dig deep this time. His 9.63 was not a world record, but it was enough to win the fastest final ever. Tyson Gay clocked 9.80 and missed out on the medals. Every finisher broke 10 seconds bar Asafa Powell, who broke down injured. This was the greatest spectacle in sport.

    LEADING BRITS IN ACTION

    Ben Ainslie sailed a masterful final race in the Finn, beating Jonas Hogh-Christensen to win his fourth consecutive sailing

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  • Don’t forget the rest of the world

    How to follow the most successful day in British Olympic history?

    When we pick up six golds in 12 hours, what happens next?

    I found the answer in my deeply contrarian instincts. There was only one thing for it - a day of watching foreign women throwing balls at goals - handball and water
    polo.

    Amid the understandable Brit-mania sweeping the country, I hope we remember these Games are about more than our own success.

    They are global celebration, a place of diversity where people are united by sport.

    What better place to remember this than the Copper Box, where Brazil played Angola in the

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  • DON'T MISS

    For all the British success, the 100m final remains the signature event of the Olympic Games. Defending champion Usain Bolt goes in as favourite, but doubts remain over his fitness and Yohan Blake will provide a stern test. Also in the mix are Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and - just maybe - Dwain Chambers.

    Athletics - finals including 100m - 19:00-22:00

    BIG NAMES IN ACTION

    Andy Murray gets his first shot at Olympic gold as he takes on Roger Federer at Wimbledon. The Scot lost the Wimbledon final to Federer last month, but will count on the encouragement of a raucous Olympic crowd.

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  • Olympic review – Day 8

    Jessica Ennis crosses the line to become Olympic champion

    DAY SEVEN IN A NUTSHELL

    Outrageous: Six golds in a day? Three in athletics? Seriously? Super Saturday certainly lived up to its billing for Britain, who leapt to third in the medal table with their biggest single-day haul for over a century. We had the ridiculous gold splurge in the Olympic Stadium, hot on the heels of a quickfire double in rowing and a women's team pursuit gold in the velodrome. We may never see the like again.

    LEADING BRITS IN ACTION

    Right. Here goes...
    Jessica Ennis won the women's heptathlon gold with a British record score of 6,955.

    Mo Farah produced a devastating burst

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  • The GB men's four collapse in joy and exhaustion

    Nobody has ever enjoyed a rowing race.

    It may seem odd to mention this after a morning of almost unimaginable Olympic glory for Great Britain at Eton Dorney, but it's true.

    Think about it.

    For rowers, it represents as many minutes of sheer hell as you need to go through to reach the finish.

    For spectators, it offers little in the way of aesthetic beauty - just sheer, appalling tension as the boats jockey back and forth for supremacy.

    If your team starts slowly, you urge them desperately forwards, shouting obscenities at athletes who are putting more physical effort into one race than you did

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  • DON'T MISS

    Rowing has already supplied six medals, including two golds, and there could be more jubilation at Eton Dorney in Saturday's finals. Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase face a strong Danish crew in the men's lightweight double sculls, while the men's four take on their Australian rivals. The women's lightweight double scullers go into their final as favourites, looking to continue a superlative Games for the hosts' female rowers.

    Rowing finals from 11:30

    BIG NAMES IN ACTION

    They don't get any bigger than Usain Bolt, who goes in the 100m heats. The Jamaican's first appearance on track

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  • Olympic review – Day 7

    DAY SEVEN IN A NUTSHELL

    Frenetic: The busiest day of the games so far saw the athletics start, with 80,000 fans flooding into the Olympic Stadium - causing long public transport delays in the morning. Michael Phelps won his last individual race before retirement. The archery and judo competitions reached their end, while in the velodrome and at Dorney Lake there was more success for the host nation.

    LEADING BRITS IN ACTION

    Victoria Pendleton held off China's Guo Shuang to claim gold in the women's track cycling keirin.

    Great Britain's men and women broke the world records in their respective

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  • Getting loud for Larry at Lord’s

    Lord's is one of my favourite places in London.

    It embodies the city's best qualities. Like much of the capital, it is the product of an unlikely blend of the old and new that shouldn't work but does.

    This is a 200-year-old sports ground that has developed into a world-class 'facility' (to use the newfangled terminology).

    The space-age media centre stands alongside ivy-clad passages and an historic pavilion. A 30,000-seater stadium sits comfortably and unobtrusively in gentrified St John's Wood.

    The sense of history at Lord's is palpable, but that doesn't mean enduring an antiquated slum

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  • Today at the Olympics – Day 7

    DON'T MISS

    For many, today marks the start of London 2012 in earnest as the athletics competition gets under way at the Olympic Stadium. Highlights include the first day of heptathlon action featuring Jessica Ennis, plus the first two medals in the men's shot put and women's 10,000m

    Athletics - 10:00-13:40 and 19:00-22:00

    BIG NAMES IN ACTION

    Rebecca Adlington has her second crack at gold in the 800m freestyle swimming. Her main rivals are Denmark's Lotte Friis and 15-year-old American Kathleen Ledecky. There's also more Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly.

    Swimming - finals - 19:30-20:30

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