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Mark Cavendish pipped to the line as Sky
slip in Tour of Britain
Mark Cavendish was beaten to the line by Leigh Howard as Team
Sky suffered disappointment during Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain
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London 2012 parade seals memories to
carry us through bleaker autumn
Huge crowds watch Olympic and Paralympic heroes wave an
emotional farewell to a glorious summer of sport Page 2



Raheem Sterling, Jake Livermore and
Adam Lallana added to England squad
Roy Hodgson has called up the three youngsters as cover after
Theo Walcott became the latest player to pull out of the squad to
face Ukraine Page 3



Rory McIlroy hints he                        Lord Coe in running                          Sarah Taylor leads              Horse racing tips:
could play for Team GB                       to be British Olympic                        England women to                Tuesday September 11
rather than Ireland in                       Association chairman                         second warm-up win              Page 9
Rio Page 4                                   Page 6                                       over West Indies Page 8
                                                                                                                          Aidan O’Brien has
Why the BBC Sports                           London 2012: army                            Mark Cavendish                  Camelot on course for
Personality award will                       of volunteer Olympic                         denied in sprint finish         St Leger and Triple
be closer than ever                          Games Makers stands                          on stage two of Tour of         Crown Page 9
Page 5                                       down Page 7                                  Britain Page 8




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                                                                     young stars such as Howard, a former omnium world champion
                                                                     on the track, and the outrageously rapid Jack Bobridge, the
Mark Cavendish pipped to the line as                                 driving force in the team pursuit squad that took the silver
Sky slip in Tour of Britain                                          medals in London. Thus far in their debut season, they have
                                                                     fared better than Sky did in theirs, with 33 wins including the
• Cavendish beaten by Leigh Howard                                   Milan-San Remo Classic, although like Sky they flopped in their
during Stage 2                                                       debut Tour de France.
                                                                         The run across the Peak District north of Nottingham
• Luke Rowe loses leader’s yellow jersey in
                                                                     produced the expected early break of six, with the British
north-west                                                           teams Rapha-Condor-Costa, Node 4 and Raleigh all represented
William Fotheringham                                                 alongside Bobridge. The pattern at this race is for the early
                                                                     move to be given its head before the teams with an interest
                                                                     in the stage win and the overall title get mobilised, and so
                                                                     it proved, with Sky and Endura – on behalf of their climber
                                                                     Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who is set to move to Sky at the end of
                                                                     the season – controlling the racing almost to the bitter end.
                                                                         Rowe was awarded the yellow jersey on the podium before
                                                                     the judges changed their minds having ruled that there was
                                                                     a significant enough gap in the peloton for him to be put 1sec
                                                                     behind Howard, which meant the Dutchman Boy van Poppel
                                                                     found himself thrust into the leader’s jersey. On Tuesday, the
                                                                     climbers get more opportunities in the border hills between
                                                                     Jedburgh and Dumfries, with a rolling run to the end and a final
                                                                     kick before the finish that could cause the lead to change again.

Leigh Howard of Team Orica-GreenEDGE races to victory
ahead of Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish. Photograph: Dave                 London 2012 parade seals memories to
Thompson/PA
                                                                     carry us through bleaker autumn
Two days into the Tour of Britain, and more setbacks for the
world champion Mark Cavendish. First the finish of stage two
into Knowsley Safari Park failed to go quite the way he had          Huge crowds watch Olympic and
intended after a perfect buildup from Bradley Wiggins in the         Paralympic heroes wave an emotional
final kilometres, while a small gap in the bunch at the finish       farewell to a glorious summer of sport
meant that his Team Sky colleague Luke Rowe lost the race
                                                                     Richard Williams
leader’s yellow jersey.
    Amid the lions, tigers and camels, Cavendish was left with
the hump rather than a victory roar after he pulled off Rowe’s
wheel in the final kilometre. The young Welshman looked to be
setting him up for a probable sprint victory after Wiggins had
produced the same surge that propelled Cavendish to two stage
wins in the last three days of the Tour de France.
    Cavendish dipped back into the line, as Rowe explained,
because there was a small dip in the road coming up, and he
wanted to use it to gain momentum and “rush” his rivals.
“He wanted to get a run, but unfortunately the other riders
switched from left to right and he got chopped up,” said Rowe,
adding that his leader was “annoyed.”
    Cavendish was unable to make his final effort until close
to the line, by which time the Australian Leigh Howard had           Olympic and Paralympic athletes wave on a float passing
opened a gap that could not be bridged, although the Manxman         through Trafalgar Square during the parade. Photograph: Carl
got to within a bike length. “He showed how fast he was, you         Court/AFP/Getty Images
could see how fast he was coming up; there are other finishes        It was the day when the leaves of London’s plane trees seemed
where he will win this week,” said Rowe.                             to have turned brown overnight, as if by mutual consent, and
    Team Sky raced to their 100th victory over the weekend,          a cooler breeze blew through the ancient streets. Autumn
a more than respectable tally close to the end of their third        had come and, with it, the end of a symphony of sport in two
season; their progression in that time to a team boasting a          majestic movements. But not before a joyous coda, in the form
Tour winner and a rainbow jersey will have been noted by the         of a celebratory parade, had sealed the memories of all the
Australian management at GreenEDGE, a new team this year             marvellous deeds of the past six weeks.
that enjoys a similar link to the Australian national squad to the       The bankers got the first glimpse, their ranks of pale blue
one between Sky and the Great Britain track team.                    shirts cramming the streets outside the temples of mammon as
    GreenEDGE – co-sponsored by the minerals giant Orica             the parade of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes set off
– have tapped into a rich seam of Australian talent that includes
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from in front of the Mansion House, preceded by carnival paper             But it is probably best not to invest too much hope for a
lions and a high-stepping band.                                        better world in a mere festival of sport: those Rapier ground-to-
    Past St Paul’s the 21 floats went, where Baron Pierre de           air missiles currently being removed from Blackheath Common
Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, is said to have         and Shooters Hill are unlikely to be turned into ploughshares,
listened closely in 1908 as a preacher advocated the taking part       or racing wheelchairs, any time soon.
over the winning. Along Fleet Street, down the Strand and                  The parade ended with an air display. There were speeches
into Trafalgar Square, pavements and windows crowded with              to come, but no one really needed any more words, even from
those thrilled by the sight of the entire dramatis personae, from      Boris, as the streamers of red, white and blue smoke from the
Adlington to Zara, displaying their precious medals and their          nine jets of the Red Arrows drifted and dispersed on the south-
very best smiles.                                                      westerly air currents, blending with the pale grey clouds like a
    All the heroes were present, along with those whose heroism        Turner canvas from the National Gallery below.
was restricted to the considerable satisfaction of having taken            A moment of visual poetry, soon to melt away, unlike the
part, every one of them now little lower than the angels in the        memories that will brighten the bleaker days ahead.
nation’s esteem.
    Mo Farah, the favourite of all favourites, responded to calls
for his famous Mo-Bot until his arms ached. The cheers rang out        Raheem Sterling, Jake Livermore and
for Ellie Simmonds and Sir Chris Hoy, Laura Robson and David           Adam Lallana added to England squad
Weir, Hannah Cockroft and Ben Ainslie, Beth Tweddle and Peter
Norfolk, the 51-year-old wheelchair tennis doubles champion.
    A week earlier Aled Davies, the young Welshman with
                                                                       • Trio called up as Theo Walcott becomes
Paralympic gold and silver medals for discus and shot put              latest withdrawal
around his neck, had looked astonished when 80,000 people              • Daniel Sturridge also struggling ahead of
roared their welcome as he was introduced on the first morning         Ukraine qualifier
in the stadium; now he seemed quite accustomed to such
                                                                       Staff and agencies
unfettered adoration.
    Only Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray, both with pressing
business elsewhere, were conspicuous by their absence.
    In Trafalgar Square we thronged at the foot of Lord
Nelson’s great column, watching events on a big screen as the
procession made its way towards us. Few could check another
tear as Martine Wright, who lost her legs in the 7/7 atrocities
and went on to represent her country in the sitting volleyball
competition, struggled to hold back her own emotion during
an interview conducted by the retired Olympic runner Iwan
Thomas. Thomas hugged his interviewee at the conclusion of
their conversation, and never has a rule of journalistic etiquette
been more justifiably cast aside.
    Two hours after setting off, the first of the floats reached the
Mall, where the 700 athletes were greeted by a more variegated         Raheem Sterling has impressed for Liverpool this season.
gathering, dominated by representatives of the volunteers now          Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
standing cheek by jowl with the armed forces who had come to
                                                                       Roy Hodgson has added Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling,
the rescue when private enterprise failed to secure the gates of
                                                                       Tottenham Hotspur’s Jake Livermore and Southampton’s Adam
the Games.
                                                                       Lallana to his depleted England squad for Tuesday’s World Cup
    Weirdly, the biggest cheer of all from those watching on
                                                                       qualifier against Ukraine.
the big screens was reserved for Boris Johnson, glimpsed
                                                                           The manager turned to the inexperienced trio as cover after
midway through what seemed to be an attempt to high-five
                                                                       Theo Walcott returned to Arsenal on Monday with a virus,
everyone out on the streets of London before taking his place
                                                                       while Daniel Sturridge was forced to sit out training because
next to David Cameron in the tribune of honour. He is clearly
                                                                       of stomach cramps. However, Hodgson remains optimistic the
unstoppable now.
                                                                       Chelsea striker could still be available for the Group H match at
    Perhaps we were given a clue that these Games were going
                                                                       Wembley.
to work in a rather surprising way when something as simple as
                                                                           “Daniel trained yesterday with stomach cramps but today
the countdown to Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony turned out
                                                                       woke up with the same stomach cramps, and the doctor advised
to be such a witty and imaginative montage. An event that took
                                                                       us to keep him out of training and see how things are,” Hodgson
its epigraphs from Shakespeare and Stephen Hawking became a
                                                                       said. “The doctor is quite confident he will be OK, though.
festival of art and science as well as sport.
                                                                           “I can only hope nothing is going round the squad. That was
    There will be no reliable estimate of the number of people
                                                                       why we were quite keen to get Theo home as soon as possible
who emerged to cheer the athletes and everything they
                                                                       and also keep Daniel away from the squad. I have to hope it’s
represented. But it was a lot, and they formed a reminder that
                                                                       just an isolated case with the two players.”
such large crowds do not usually turn out to cheer for the wrong
                                                                           Walcott is the fifth player to pull out of the England squad
side – on behalf of the poll tax, say, or for a morally questionable
                                                                       following injuries to John Terry, Ashley Cole, Adam Johnson
foreign war.
                                                                       and Andy Carroll, and only 18 players were able to train at
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London Colney on Monday morning.
    The most eye-catching addition is Sterling, who has made
only five Premier League appearances after breaking into the
                                                                    Rory McIlroy hints he could play for
Liverpool team this season. The 17-year-old has represented         Team GB rather than Ireland in Rio
England at Under-17 and Under-19 level, but his club manager,
Brendan Rodgers, had cautioned against the winger playing           • Northern Ireland’s world No1 eligible for
at Under-21 level as he feared it would be too soon. Sterling’s     both teams
inclusion could end Jamaica’s hopes of tempting the teenager
                                                                    • ‘The fact is, I’ve always felt more British
to play for the country of his birth.
    Livermore has one international cap after the 22-year-old
                                                                    than Irish’
midfielder came off the bench in the friendly win over Italy last   Staff and agencies
month, while Lallana played once for the Under-21s but this is
the 24-year-old’s first call-up to the senior squad.
    “It was a good opportunity to invite some young players to
come in and be part of the atmosphere,” Hodgson said. “We
still have enough good players to be able to deal with the game,
but it’s always good when you have the chance to invite these
players to come in and see how things are.”
    The manager’s main dilemma for Tuesday is who will replace
Terry at centre-back, with both Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka in
the frame.
    “Both Cahill and Jagielka are good players,” Hodgson said.
“Whichever player I chose I’ll be happy the team is well covered
and that John’s absence will be well covered. It’s up to me now
to choose which one I think is the better player for this match.
                                                                    Rory McIlroy has represented Ireland in golf’s World Cup but
I’ve done that but I don’t want to announce anything until I’ve
                                                                    he could play for Britain at the 2016 Olympics. Photograph:
spoken to the players.”
                                                                    Warren Little/Getty Images
                                                                    Rory McIlroy has hinted that he may choose to play for Great
                                                                    Britain rather than Ireland when golf is reintroduced to the
                                                                    Olympic Games in 2016.
                                                                       The world No1, who strengthened his position at the top of
                                                                    the rankings with victory at the BMW Championship in Indiana
                                                                    on Sunday gu.com/p/3aah3 , is eligible for both teams because of
                                                                    his Northern Irish roots.
                                                                       McIlroy was born in Holywood, near Belfast. While Northern
                                                                    Ireland is one of the four countries that makes up Team GB at
                                                                    the Olympics, in golf’s World Cup England, Scotland and Wales
                                                                    compete separately and Northern Ireland join up with Ireland.




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                                                                       The 23-year-old has twice represented Ireland at the World
                                                                    Cup but has suggested that may not be the case at the Rio
                                                                    Games.
                                                                       “What makes it such an awful position to be in is I have
                                                                    grown up my whole life playing for Ireland under the Golfing
                                                                    Union of Ireland umbrella,” McIlroy told the Daily Mail. “But
                                                                    the fact is, I’ve always felt more British than Irish. Maybe it was
  From Beirut to Big Brother,                                       the way I was brought up, I don’t know, but I have always felt
  Murdoch to Millionaire,                                           more of a connection with the UK than with Ireland.

  discuss the hot topics in the                                        “And so I have to weigh that up against the fact that I’ve
                                                                    always played for Ireland and so it is tough. Whatever I do, I
  media on not one, but two blogs                                   know my decision is going to upset some people but I just hope

  Organ Grinder and Greenslade                                      the vast majority will understand.”
                                                                       McIlroy’s decision could have an impact on the likes of Lee
  blogs.guardian.co.uk/                                             Westwood, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose. Under
  organgrinder/                                                     proposed Olympic rules, only four players would be allowed to
                                                                    compete for the same country.
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  greenslade/


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                                                                      won four golds apiece. Either would be deserving recipients.
                                                                          How to measure, how to quantify, individual achievements
Why the BBC Sports Personality award                                  in so many, often extremely diverse, disciplines? Farah’s smile
will be closer than ever                                              – not to mention his Mobot celebration, a manoeuvre now
                                                                      adopted by Usain Bolt – will long serve as abiding memories of
Bradley Wiggins would be a shoo-in                                    the Olympics and his double over 5,000m and 10,000m would
during a normal year but the Olympics and                             make the long-distance runner a most worthy and popular
                                                                      winner.
Paralympics have complicated things
                                                                          If the idea of Bolt presenting Farah with his trophy as they
Louise Taylor                                                         both perform the Mobot might make good television so, too,
                                                                      would Ennis being applauded to the rafters. Quite apart from
                                                                      being a gold medal winning heptathlete, Ennis serves as a role
                                                                      model for countless impressionable young girls.
                                                                          Similarly Jonnie Peacock, the Paralympic sprint champion,
                                                                      who won gold in the 100m for amputees, challenges all sorts of
                                                                      long outdated ideas about the disabled and their horizons. So,
                                                                      too, does, Christiansen, the Paralympian equestrienne, who
                                                                      secured a hat-trick of gold medals in the dressage.
                                                                          At the end of a year in which some once rigid mind-sets
                                                                      have been reprogrammed it would seem entirely appropriate if
                                                                      Peacock or Ennis or Weir or Storey or Simmonds or Christiansen
                                                                      came out on top of the BBC poll. But maybe that would be
                                                                      unfair on Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic
                                                                      boxing gold medal or Laura Trott, the double gold winning track
Mo Farah, celebrating his 5,000m Olympic victory, is a leading
                                                                      cyclist.
contender for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
                                                                          Then there are those who, in the mould of Sir Steve Redgrave
Photograph: Tom Jenkins
                                                                      before them, keep coming back for more and somehow
Rarely has the term “crowded field” seemed more appropriate.          continue securing unprecedented glories. While Hoy is a six-
This year the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will most      time Olympic champion in the velodrome, Ben Ainslie has
definitely not be a foregone conclusion. Moreover, at the end of      proved such an exceptional sailor that he has won medals in
a perception-changing few months the winner could easily be           five different Games, four of them gold.
female, disabled or both.                                                 They say comparisons are invidious but a choice must be
    Had the Olympics and Paralympics not taken place this             made – even if someone will have to write a book: “How to stop
summer, Bradley Wiggins’s Tour de France triumph would                dithering and become decisive” before I can make mine . . .
surely have made him a hot favourite for the annual prize
                                                                      The odds
although, depending on events at Flushing Meadows, Andy
                                                                         Bradley Wiggins 5/6, Mo Farah 23/10, Andy Murray 7/1,
Murray might have proved a dark horse.
                                                                      Jessica Ennis 9/1, David Weir 22/1, Ellie Simmonds 25/1, Sir
    Having also starred in London 2012, Murray and Wiggins
                                                                      Chris Hoy 50/1, Sarah Storey 50/1, Jonnie Peacock 100/1, Ben
will surely still feature on the shortlist but are they really more
                                                                      Ainslie 100/1
deserving of the BBC gong than Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Ellie
Simmonds, David Weir or Sophie Christiansen? And what about
Sarah Storey and Sir Chris Hoy?
    Dilemmas, dilemmas. Compiling a long, let alone short, list
promises to prove fiendishly tricky. There will be no repeat, at
least, of last year when not a single female made the shortlist.
Otherwise the only certainty is that cricket’s Kevin Pietersen
and football’s John Terry will not be accruing any votes – unless




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someone dreams up a “baddie of the year” contest.
    Sue Barker and Gary Lineker – the usual SPOTY presenters
– have done nothing particularly wrong but the BBC would be
in a better position could they snatch Clare Balding back from
Channel 4 and ensure she is the lead studio host in December.
    If this was the summer when Balding not only highlighted
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viewers across the Olympics and Paralympics, Simmonds                   exactly the way it was printed.
captured hearts and headlines in equal measure in the latter.
After collecting two golds, one silver and a bronze in the pool
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    Yet her fellow Paralympians Weir, aka the best wheelchair
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racer of all time and the Weirwolf of south London, and Storey,
who like Wiggins is doing so much to make cycling fashionable,
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                                                                       position as a legacy adviser to the government and other roles
                                                                       in business and sport.
Lord Coe in running to be British                                          The BOA, which oversaw the biggest British team in
Olympic Association chairman                                           more than a century in London and delivered on its medal
                                                                       aspirations, faces financial challenges as it attempts to deal with
• Locog chairman prepared to replace Lord                              a £2m deficit.
Moynihan                                                                   The sports minister, Hugh Robertson, said confirmation that
                                                                       Coe would stand was “excellent news”. It was also welcomed by
• ‘I am happy for my name go to forward,’
                                                                       athletes including Zara Phillips. “He’s an athlete himself and he
says Coe                                                               has done all this with the Olympics and made it what it was – I
Owen Gibson                                                            don’t there is anyone else you could put there,” she said.
                                                                           Coe said he was “not surprised” at the huge public
                                                                       outpouring of support for Britain’s Olympic and Parlaympic
                                                                       athletes and refused to be downcast at the conclusion of
                                                                       a seven-year journey that began when his speech to the
                                                                       International Olympic Committee helped win the Games for
                                                                       London.
                                                                           “I’m not sad because I think the best part of the story still
                                                                       lies ahead,” he said. “If we deliver in the same way on that that
                                                                       we have delivered in this project then we will get there.
                                                                           “I have always thought quite long-term about things. It is the
                                                                       first morning since October 2003 that I have woken up without
                                                                       having to think about whether we are going to win a bid or
                                                                       whether we are going to be able to deliver a Games.
                                                                           “So it was an unusual morning for me, standing on The Mall
Lord Coe has confirmed he will stand to be the next chairman
                                                                       saluting the most extraordinary people.
of the British Olympic Association. Photograph: David Davies/
                                                                           “It has been lovely, it was everything that those guys
PA
                                                                       deserved, it has been fantastic.”
Lord Coe is set to become the next chairman of the British
Olympic Association after confirming he would accept an
invitation to stand for the position.
   The move is Coe’s first step to building up a portfolio of
roles that will allow him to play a significant part in delivering a
legacy from the London 2012 Games.
   The Guardian revealed last month that ministers and other
senior figures in the sporting world were keen for Coe to take
the role after Lord Moynihan announced after the London




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Olympics that he would step down in October, a year early.
   Expressions of interest in the post are due in by 24
September but there is expected to be little or no opposition
now that Coe has confirmed he will stand, after being contacted
by the BOA sub-committee that is seeking a replacement for
Moynihan.
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would be expected to combine the BOA chairmanship with his
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                                                                     came to the stadium. To see people literally jumping with
                                                                     excitement as they came towards you, it was wonderful.”
London 2012: army of volunteer                                           “Oh, it’s been marvellous fun,” said Andy Stewart from
Olympic Games Makers stands down                                     Leicestershire, who worked as a driver for International
                                                                     Olympic Committee dignitaries – “all very important, so they
Tens of thousands of volunteers wear their                           told me”. Having “got the bug” for volunteering after retiring in
distinctive purple outfits for the last time at                      2007, he felt a little embarrassed by the day’s lavish expressions
                                                                     of thanks for the Games Makers. “I probably would have paid to
parade
                                                                     do it. I mean that. I don’t think I’m really worthy of all this. I just
Esther Addley                                                        sat in a BMW and drove it around all day.”
                                                                         Stan Goodall, a member of the anti-doping team employed
                                                                     in the Olympic village who normally works as a prison officer in
                                                                     Cambridgeshire, felt the same.
                                                                         “I’m really surprised we’re getting all this fuss where people
                                                                     are saying how wonderful the Games Makers were,” he said. “I
                                                                     was bouncing out of bed at 4am to come down from Cambridge
                                                                     every day. I was loving it. So all this is just a bonus.”
                                                                         The athletes applauded the volunteers and soldiers in
                                                                     the Mall with every bit as much enthusiasm as they were
                                                                     themselves being lauded. A number held up handwritten signs:
                                                                     “Thank you Games Makers,” “You made the Games”, “No,
                                                                     thank YOU.”
                                                                         As the crowds peeled away from the Mall, four former
                                                                     members of the protocol team at the Olympic Park’s water polo
Volunteers from the Olympic and Paralympic Games line
                                                                     arena described the parade as a “special day”.
the route of the parade through London. Photograph: David
                                                                         “This was a finish for us; it’s quite sad, too,” said Yinnon
Davies/PA
                                                                     Ezra, from Hertfordshire. “It’s been a phenomenal experience.
The uniforms were soon to be packed away along with                  To be part of something that we got so right – and then our
accreditation lanyards, pin badge collections and enough             lot keep bloody winning, too. Amazing. Also,” – with a grin
memories to last a lifetime.                                         – “when you’re wearing this uniform, people are really nice to
    But, for one final time on Monday, tens of thousands of          you.”
Olympic volunteers donned their distinctive sportswear,                  Ezra, from Hampshire, is “semi-retired, I do this and that”;
smart but sensible trainers and rainproof jackets to witness the     his fellow team members include a telemarketer from Essex, an
London 2012 victory parade through central London that had           Italian student based in Rainham, Essex, and a part-time exam
been billed in part as a thank you for their efforts during six      invigilator and full-time mum from Guildford, Surrey.
glorious Olympic and Paralympic weeks.                                   Now no longer easily identifiable, they and the rest of
    From St Paul’s Cathedral in the City to Trafalgar Square in      London’s 70,000-strong volunteer army will vanish back into
the West End, little purple and pink pockets of volunteer Games      their other lives.
Makers were dotted along the route, many demonstrating
the organisational skills that had made them so invaluable to
London 2012 by arriving early and bagging the best viewpoints.
    A lucky few, however, had been given the best seats in the
house: golden tickets to the conclusion of the parade along the
Mall to Buckingham Palace, where they sat alongside armed
service personnel, emergency service workers and a few
hundred London schoolchildren.




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    And, after winning the biggest and most prolonged cheers of
the Paralympic Games closing ceremony the night before, there
were few who would have begrudged them that.
    It may all be over, but not everyone had adjusted. “Excuse
me, we have tickets to the state rooms at Buckingham Palace,           Fantasy League Classic
where is that?” two tourists interrupted David Austin as he
was making his way through Green Park to take up his place
                                                                       Manage a squad of 16 players and
in the Mall. As a former volunteer driver out of the transport         a budget of £75 million. £75,000
hub at the ExCel Centre, and normally based in Potters Bar in          worth of prizes to be won in weekly,
Hertfordshire, it wasn’t exactly his area of expertise, but he did
his best because, as his friend Jilly Dennell beamed, when in
                                                                       monthly and overall competitions.
purple they are “Always on duty!”                                      Beat your nearest and dearest in a
    She said she had decided to volunteer because the Olympics         friends league.
were going to be nearby. “But I didn’t realise they were going to
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be so enjoyable,” Dennell said. “We were so honoured, really,
to be able to give people that little bit of joy every day as they
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Sarah Taylor leads England women to                                Mark Cavendish denied in sprint finish
second warm-up win over West Indies                                on stage two of Tour of Britain

• England in fine form ahead of upcoming                           • Cavendish beaten into second by
Twenty20 World Cup                                                 Australia’s Leigh Howard
• Improved West Indies still not strong                            • Team Sky rider was competing despite
enough to claim victory                                            fall on stage one
Andy Wilson                                                        Staff and agencies




England’s Sarah Taylor scored a fine half-century against West     Leigh Howard, right, finished just ahead of Mark Cavendish on
Indies at Old Trafford, then claimed two sharp stumpings.          stage two of the Tour of Britain. Photograph: Dave Thompson/
Photograph: Paul Thomas/PA                                         PA
England continued their warm-up for the Twenty20 World Cup         Mark Cavendish was back in action at the Tour of Britain on
starting next week with victory over West Indies at Old Trafford   Monday despite a high-speed crash during the opening stage
to go 2-0 up in the five-game series.                              gu.com/p/3aade on Sunday, but suffered further frustration as
   The visitors were much improved from their disappointing        he was denied victory in a sprint finish.
defeat on Saturday but England raised their fielding standards         Britain’s world road race champion, who is looking to be
to new highs to see off the challenge.                             released from his Team Sky contract gu.com/p/3aa98 , was
   England’s Sarah Taylor followed a fine half-century by          led out by his team-mates Bradley Wiggins and Luke Rowe.
claiming two sharp stumpings and Susie Rowe took a terrific        However, Cavendish appeared to get boxed in and was unable
catch running towards the midwicket boundary. But Anya             to catch Australia’s Leigh Howard.
Shrubsole produced the most thrilling moment with a stunning           Rowe failed to keep the overall lead because he did
one-handed catch at mid-off to dismiss West Indies’ Deandra        not contest the sprint, with Holland’s Boy van Poppel
Dottin.                                                            (UnitedHealthcare) claiming the leader’s jersey. Britain’s Peter
   England made 150 for three on an excellent Old Trafford         Williams took the sprinters’ jersey after winning the three
pitch after Taylor stroked 53 from 37 balls including some         intermediate sprints on the 180.7km stage from Nottingham to
glorious cover drives. Arran Brindle, the 30-year-old from         Knowsley Safari Park, via the Peak District.
Yorkshire, unbeaten on 42 from 41 balls. after sharing a third-        As the stage entered its closing stages Wiggins was out in
wicket stand of 78 in 10 overs with Taylor.                        front, and the Tour de France champion was seemingly poised
   West Indies, who had limped to 71 for eight as the series       to tee up Cavendish for the win. Rowe took over the lead-out
began with a disappointingly one-sided match in Durham at          duties, but when it came to the Manxman’s moment to strike,
the weekend, could make only 122 for six, led by their captain,    he lost position.
Merissa Aguilleira, who hit 37 from 39 balls.                          “With 600m to go I led into it with Cav in my wheel,” Rowe
   England will hope to clinch the series at Northampton on        said. “He said he wanted to try and let me go and slip a few
Thursday before it concludes in Hove and Arundel, with both        wheels back. We knew there was a bit of a dip and he’d use the
teams heading off to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka early         run.
next week                                                              “Unfortunately on that dip the riders switched from right to
                                                                   left and he got a bit chopped up. Cav’s shown how fast he was
                                                                   in that finish. It’s frustrating but you could see how fast he was
                                                                   coming up at the line.”
                                                                       The eight-stage race continues on Tuesday with a stage from
                                                                   Jedburgh to Dumfries.




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Horse racing tips: Tuesday September 11                          Aidan O’Brien has Camelot on course for
                                                                 St Leger and Triple Crown
Danheill Flyer at Redcar is the best bet of the
day                                                              • Trainer would like unbeaten colt to race
Tony Paley                                                       on as four-year-old
                                                                 • Horse is hot favourite for the final Classic
                                                                 of year at Doncaster
                                                                 Greg Wood at Ballydoyle




They race on Tuesday at Redcar, where Danehill Flyer in the
opener is the best bet of the day. Photograph: Lee Smith/
Action Images
Leicester                                                        Camelot is led back to the stables after working on the gallops
   2.20 Half A Person 2.50 Age Of Bronze 3.20 Ballista 3.50      ahead of his Triple Crown bid in the Ladbrokes St Leger at
Centred 4.20 Toughness danon 4.50 Amazing Amoray 5.20            Doncaster on Saturday. Photograph: Pat Healy/RACINGFOTOS.
Mighty Clarets                                                   COM
   Redcar
                                                                 Camelot, the hot favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger on
   2.30 Danheill Flyer (nap) 3.00 Why So Fast 3.30 Willbeme
                                                                 Saturday, will need to go “way beyond his comfort zone” if he is
4.00 Kiwi Bay 4.30 Gold edition 5.00 Jawaab (nb) 5.30 Auto Mac
                                                                 to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to complete the
   Worcester
                                                                 Triple Crown, Aidan O’Brien, the colt’s trainer, said on Monday.
   2.10 Local Present 2.40 Chandlers Cross 3.10 Shan Blue 3.40
                                                                 Camelot is quoted at 1-3 by the Classic’s sponsor to beat a
Tindaro 4.10 Mississippi Bluesw 4.40 Khazium 5.10 Floral
                                                                 maximum of 10 opponents and become the 16th Triple Crown
Patches 5.40 Coffee
                                                                 winner to win the Guineas, the Derby and the Leger since West
                                                                 Australian first achieved the feat in 1853.
                                                                     “It’s nearly two miles, and you’re asking a [one-mile]
                                                                 Guineas winner to do it,” O’Brien said at a media morning at
                                                                 his Ballydoyle stable, where Nijinsky too was prepared to win
                                                                 the Crown. “You’re going to pull him way beyond his comfort
                                                                 zone. They nearly have to be [Ascot] Gold Cup horses to get
                                                                 that trip. When you go beyond a mile and a half, that’s when
                                                                 your stamina really has to kick in. They have to have that extra




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                                                                 capacity.
                                                                     “I was talking to Lester [Piggott] at The Curragh yesterday,
                                                                 and he said that Alleged got beaten in the Leger and then won
                                                                 two Arcs. That shows you how much of a test it can be.”
                                                                     Camelot ghosted up Ballydoyle’s woodchip gallop on
                                                                 Monday in a smooth and easy piece of work, a sight that has
  Follow the ups and downs of                                    become familiar to his trainer. But while all has gone to plan so

  the housing market                                             far, and he has yet to be beaten after five starts, O’Brien knows
                                                                 that the Leger will be a unique test for a colt who stood out from
  and get details of the latest                                  the crowd from the moment he arrived at the stable.
  mortgage deals in our Property                                     “It’s a mythical kind of a name and everything about this
                                                                 horse has been not quite normal,” O’Brien said. “He’s different,
  section.                                                       this horse. He looks different, everything about him is different.
  guardian.co.uk/money                                           He’s flesh and blood but there’s a vibe around this horse.
                                                                 There’s a bigger aura around him, and there has been from day
                                                                 one.
                                                                     “I remember his second-last piece of work before the Racing
                                                                 Post Trophy. Daddy Long Legs had already won the Royal
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Lodge [at Ascot] and Camelot worked with him and he beat him
25 lengths. We knew then that it was either a very bad Royal
Lodge, or this horse was something very different.
                                                                      London 2012: your highlights from
    “He’s a very independent thinker, very sharp-minded and           Britain’s ‘golden summer’
intelligent. If he was in a barn of 40 horses and some started
messing, what would usually happen is that the whole barn             What were your highlights from the London
would go mad, but he wouldn’t. Most horses need horses with           2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games?
them, but he doesn’t mind being by himself. He doesn’t look for
company. He’s not a horse that’s led by example, he makes his         Guardian readers
own mind up about things.”
    With just days to go before Camelot attempts to make
history, O’Brien says that he is “going paranoid” with worry
about the chance of a last-minute setback.
    “You’re in that zone where you don’t talk or think about
things, you just want everything to run smooth,” he said.
“Accidents don’t happen, there’s always a list of circumstances
that cause them, so you just try and cover everything. It’s a very
fickle time.”
    Nor has any thought been given to what happens next. The
Leger is the only target on anyone’s mind, and though Camelot
is prominent in the betting for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe,
consideration of a run in Paris, or a possible racing career as a
four-year-old, will not begin until Sunday morning. O’Brien, of       The Paralympic flame burning in the Olympic stadium.
course, hopes to see Camelot back at Ballydoyle next season,          Photograph: Steven Paston/Action Images
but he appreciates too how important and valuable he will be as
                                                                      The closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games was not only
a stallion.
                                                                      the end of the competition; for many it was the finale of a
    “We would always want them to stay around,” he said, “but I
                                                                      summer of endeavour and achievement from competitors,
know that for the breed, he’s very unique and important.
                                                                      volunteers and spectators alike.
    “Personally I want him to race on, because that’s what we
                                                                         During almost six weeks of the Olympic and Paralympic
do, but he’s a unique type of horse and always the danger is that
                                                                      Games in London, our readers have shared their experiences
something can happen to them. It can happen in the paddock
                                                                      and views of the sporting spectacle and of its impact on
too, but if you are training them, they are more at risk.
                                                                      communities in London and beyond. We’ve heard from
    “But nothing has been discussed beyond the Leger.
                                                                      volunteers and those watching the events, to torchbearers and
Everyone is afraid to talk, even to each other.”
                                                                      international viewers following the action from afar.
    O’Brien too will enter the history books if Camelot wins the
                                                                         At the end of what Jonathan Freedland has described as
Leger, as the first trainer to win all five British Classics in the
                                                                      a “golden summer” gu.com/p/3aah5 , you told us what your
same season. It is being part of the moment, however, rather
                                                                      highlights of the Games and this summer have been and why:
than any personal achievement, that spurs him on.
                                                                         shugsy reviews the opening ceremony of the Olympics and
    “History is great,” he said, “but it’s probably not a whole lot
                                                                      Nicola Adams’ boxing victory:
of good to any of us. When anything special happens, it’s the
                                                                         Overused sentiment yes, but certain moments reminded me
people on the day and the good feeling that they get out of it
                                                                      that I am proud to be British.For all the nonsense and negativity
that is important. Life is for living. Every day is important and
                                                                      we ain’t ‘alf bad.The highlight in sporting terms for me as a
you can’t get it back when it’s gone.
                                                                      Leeds native, was Nicola Adam’s victory. Heartburstingly
    “History is a record for the people to come about what
                                                                      proud. Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony was the artistic
happened, and it’s great to think that maybe we could go back
                                                                      highlight; the moment the forged Olympics rings came
and have the same feeling that those people had when Nijinsky
                                                                      together: stunning, Queenie rolling with Bond, Isambard Brunel
was around.”
                                                                      and Dizzee Rascal in the same ceremony: nowhere else in the
                                                                      world could or would produce beautiful nonsense like that.




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                                                                         FuadAlSakkaf adds a personal experience:
                                                                         Thank you London.I have a hemiplegic son. He is six years
                                                                      old and we thought with his impairment, he would not be as
                                                                      normal as we wanted him to be. Seeing the Paralympics, we are
                                                                      changing our minds.The British public, the crowds filling the
  Guardian offers
                                                                      venues, stood at their responsibility to bridge the gap between
  For a wide selection of homewares, gifts                            those who can and who can not.Thank you LONDON.
  and gadgets - all at great prices including                            paulgardner gave thanks:
  delivery to your door, visit our Guardian                              Amazing. Absolutely amazing. All good things come to an
  reader offers website                                               end. But what a way to end it. Thank you London 2012. Seven
  guardian.co.uk/readeroffers                                         years of planning and I genuinely feel that some things have
                                                                      changed for the better. From the day we put in the bid to host,
                                                                      actually winning the bid, regenerating East London and actually
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showing the world that London could host the games again, I
feel that London and GB should be proud.
    Some readers recalled specific events. Volcanogeek says:
    Great paralympics! the one legged high jump was a highlight
for me
    nimue50 recounts the closing ceremony of the Paralympics:
    I was there tonight and shed a tear for those who never
made it to London to compete, the ones the Doctors couldn’t
rebuild or resurrect. I stood and applauded and hollered to
make a noise to make Stratford roar — to make the sound of
appreciation for the proper security from the Armed Forces, the
cheerful enthusiastic Games Makers and the determination of
the athletes that made for an incredible 11 days.
    Philippe Edmond says the blind footballers in competition
were a highlight:
    The image of the blind footballers entering the sporting area
with their hand on the shoulder of their team mate I found so
moving because it reminded me of old photos I’ve seen of WW1
soldiers including my own French great grand father being
lead away in single file after being blinded by gas attacks.Thank
goodness we have moved on where countries in this instance
competed against each other to the sound of a little bell inside
a football and not to the horror of gunfire and shells and I
really do hope that the global advancement and humanitarian
nature of sport from competitors to spectators will make the
whole notion of countries resolving conflict by war will become
redundant maybe not in my lifetime but one day in the future.
As for Jody Cundy and his fruity language love him we’ve all be
there at some point in our lives :)
    There has also been evidence of the feel-good factor
extending beyond Britain, as icurahuman2 says:
    This distant Aussie critic can’t find enough words of praise.
Your Olympics was, from the opening ceremony to the last
closing ceremony, in the literal and truest meaning of the word,
AWESOME! A cultural and sporting milestone that will never be
forgotten. The magnificent efforts by all your athletes, driven
by most worthy pride, has made history. Whether or not Britain
gained an immediate economic boost or not is irrelevant,
the prestige of the nation has been boosted like no foreign or
domestic policy could ever do. THANKYOU BRITAIN!
    What were your highlights of this summer? Were you
inspired by the Games? Share your experience in the comments
below.
    You can also tweet @guardian tinyurl.com/cvnndnj with your
highlight of the British summer and the Olympic or Paralympic
Games with the tag #Summer2012.
    Tamara Sperling shared her highlight:
    @guardian tinyurl.com/d79my32 #summer2012 tinyurl.
com/bnzkbbr highlight was Piccadilly Circus Circus finale with
all those white feathers — spectacular, stunning and so original!
    — Tamara Sperling (@eventfultamara) September 10, 2012
tinyurl.com/cle6jpo
    You can also discuss your highlights by sharing the pictures
that sum them up with our UK News group on Flickr tinyurl.
com/bw5kpav . We’ll update this slideshow with a selection of
the best images added to that group.




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