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Usain Bolt promises not to leave it late against Justin Gatlin in Rio

Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses before the press conference

If Usain Bolt races as confidently as he talked in the build up to these Anniversary Games a familiar story will play out in London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday night: Bolt cantering home, accepting the adornments of the flower girls and the 50,000 crowd, and leaving everyone else straining and stretched out behind him.

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Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish dealt blow in Olympic quest after missing omnium medal

Mark Cavendish’s chances of going to Rio in search of an Olympic medal in the omnium look increasingly slender after the Manxman finished sixth in the world championships, failing to make an impact on the lengthy points race that decided the six-discipline event, where the gold medal went to the defending champion, Fernando Gaviria.

Artistic Gymnastics - Men's Team Final

Louis Smith pommel fall leaves Team GB gymnasts out of medals in all-around

It was job done for Kohei Uchimura as the all-around genius of gymnastics finally filled in his Olympic gold collection with Japan’s first team gold since 2004. But there was mission failure for Great Britain, who had high expectations after finishing second to Japan in last year’s world championships, and ended up just out of the medals.

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Jade Jones shows maturity in Rio with taekwondo gold

The higher the stakes the more Jade Jones seems to like it. Four years ago she was a memorable teenage champion at the London Olympics and British taekwondo’s golden girl has now kicked and punched her way to fresh success in Rio. Her compelling blend of whirling feet and controlled aggression has once again left the world sprawling.

Athletics - Men's 200m Final

Usain Bolt's dominant victory in Rio 200m final makes it eight Olympic gold

Moments after Usain Bolt had clinched his eighth Olympic title with much the same ease as his other seven, he smiled serenely into the cameras and hollered: “Number one!” Once again, he had proven that he was the greatest sprinter in history. But, perhaps for the first time, there was something else: a sense that as he approaches his 30th birthday on Sunday, he is not quite able to hit the very highest notes as he once did.