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London 2012: Better for Great Britain than 1908 despite fewer gold medals

By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 13 August 2012 The past few days we've heard that Great Britain has enjoyed its best Olympic medal haul since 1908 but in relative terms London 2012 was much better for the hosts. In 1908, there were only 2,008 competitors from 22 nations competing, and Britain provided a third of those by herself. So one might reasonably have expected Britain to win a lot of the 110 gold medals on offer, on home turf and in home water, in events as varied as tug of war and motorboat racing. Britain did indeed win lots of golds,...


Tony McCoy wins first gong of sports awards season

By Nick Harris 8 November 2010 Tony McCoy’s victory in the 2010 Grand National has been acknowledged as the ‘Jump off the sofa’ moment of the British sporting year so far, bolstering his credentials as the favourite to win next month’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. The category was included in the inaugural Jaguar Academy of Sport Awards, which took place last night in the Long Room at Lord’s. Other awards went to Graeme McDowell (most inspirational British sportsman of 2010 for winning the US Open), Jess Ennis (most inspirational British sportswoman), Amy Williams (best British sporting performance, for winning Winter Olympic...


Tom Daley seals double diving gold success at the Commonwealth Games

By Keira Daley 13 October 2010 Tom Daley, the 16-year-old British No1 diver and the reigning 10m platforn world champion, has won his second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, triumphing in the 10m solo event. He had already triumphed in the 10m synchro with Max Brick. The significance of today's victory is that Daley pipped Matt Mitcham, the reigning Olympic champion, who took silver. Daley is on course to be one of the home stars of the London Olympics in 2012. The Commonwealth competition is the first major meet where Daley's father, Rob, is not in attendance. He is at home in Plymouth...