The legacy of 2003 hung over England.
Moments before the starter’s gun shattered the hush of the Alexander Stadium and rocket-launched the greatest 100m race ever seen on these shores, James Dasaolu checked his lane number and wondered whether it might be an omen. Lane four. The same as three years ago here when, on a sweltering day, he bulldozed through the 10-second barrier for the first time.
Jessica Ennis-Hill produced her best shot put performance since London 2012 as the Olympic champion led her first heptathlon of the year after day one, in Ratingen, Germany.
Jamaica’s Olympic gold-winning sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole has revealed that he is suffering from the Zika virus.
England have wrapped up an unprecedented 3-0 whitewash over Australia with a thrilling 44-40 victory in Sydney. Eddie Jones’s team scored four tries to register their ninth win in nine matches since he took charge and inflict the Wallabies’ worst home series drubbing since 1971.
First she was in tears, then she was smiling and laughing and in the end she was clutching a trophy after being made a lifetime member of Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club.
Had there been a referendum here this week Australians would have voted unanimously for England’s rugby players to leave. Even if the visitors do lose the third Test and fail to gain a 3-0 series margin it has been a memorable tour that has confounded their reputation locally as oval-ball dullards. Eddie Jones complained about being searched at the airport on arrival but he can expect to be fast-tracked through departures.
Dominic Breazeale has impressed everyone with his confidence and demeanour since his arrival in London.