Yohan Blake, the world 100 metres champion and conqueror of training partner Usain Bolt at last month’s Jamaican trials, warmed up for the London Olympics with victory in 9.85 seconds in Lucerne on Tuesday night – his third quickest time this summer.

In his final race before he joins up with his Jamaican team-mates at their Birmingham training base, Blake made the most of a helpful tailwind of 1.6m/sec to race to a convincing win over compatriot Nester Carter, with Trinidadian Marc Burns third. Both men were timed at 10.00sec.

It was Blake’s first competitive outing since his double triumph over Bolt in the 100m and 200m in Kingston and underlined again that he will be a powerful threat to his training partner’s gold medal ambitions in London.

But Blake, 21, admitted that whatever the outcome, he will remain close friends with the triple Olympics champion, whom he credits with helping his development at the Kingston-based Racers Track Club.

“Win, lose or draw we are friends, even though it is business and he wants to win and I want to win,” said Blake.

British pole-vaulter Kate Dennison, who has spent the season mainly in the shadow of UK record-holder Holly Bleasdale, warmed up for the Olympics with a victory in a seasons best of 4.56m.

Fellow Briton Danny Talbot, the European 200m bronze medallist, was also in top form as he ran a lifetime best of 20.52sec in last night’s 200m ‘B’ race. Having already been selected for London 2012 in the 4x100m relay, his performance may well be enough to secure the one unfilled GB spot in the individual 200m at the Olympics.

World bronze medallist Andy Turner, who has been hampered all season by an Achilles problem, finished fourth in the 110m hurdles in 13.48sec in a race won in 13.32sec by American Ryan Wilson.

The performance of the night came from little known Jamaican Jason Young, 21, who obliterated his personal best to win the 200m ‘A’ race in a super-quick 19.86sec — the third fastest time in the world this year.

-By Simon Hart, Athletics Correspondent

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Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee(TTOC) vice president Annette Knott, chef de mission of the Trinidad and Tobago delegation at the London 2012 Olympic games this morning completed the delegation registration meeting( DRM). The DRM is the final stage of the process before members of the Trinidad and Tobago team can enter the Olympic village.

Following the DRM Mrs Knott confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago's 2009 IAAF World championship women's 400 m hurdle bronze medalist Josanne Lucas  is injured and will no longer take part in the London 2012 Olympic games

Lucas flew out of London today for Miami  where she will  have knee surgery .

The T&T chef de mission said it was disheartening news  not only  for Lucas but all members of the T&T team.

" Athletes all around the world dream all their lives of participating at the Olympic games. They work very hard to prepare and qualify and to have that snatched away can be gut wrenching. It is a career threatening injury that required immediate surgery. The decision was taken  following  consultation with  the head of our [ T&T] medical staff, Dr Terry Ali."

According to Mrs Knott Lucas however  has an indomitable spirit  and even though she was hugely disappointed  she had a positive outlook.

"Josanne told me a year after  the disappointment of Beijing she won the Bronze medal at the  2009 IAAF World Championships  so she is anticipating that 2013 will be her year ."

Dame Kelly Holmes gave Great Britain’s Olympic football squad an “inspirational” pep talk as they arrived in the athletes’ village on Monday.

The double Olympic gold medallist told the squad to embrace the spirit of the Games and not to cut themselves off from it in a meeting Craig Bellamy described as “just incredible”.

Both the men’s and women’s teams met Holmes and Sir Clive Woodward, Team GB’s deputy chef de mission, before spending their first evening in the village on Monday night.

Fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs took her message to heart, saying he hoped a British squad could be fielded regularly for the Games, despite hostility from national football associations.

Bellamy said meeting Holmes had been a “privilege”.

“She gave us a chat as to what to expect and about looking forward to these Olympics,” he said. “It has been immense. Meeting the likes of Kelly Holmes is just incredible – this week has been amazing not just for me but I’m sure for everyone else as well.”

The Liverpool forward said that Holmes told the squad the Games experience would be very different to their normally sheltered lifestyle, cut off from distractions before matches.

“There is a lot more going on,” he said. “You have to be a lot more patient – you eat with every single other athlete but it all adds to the experience.

“Her knowledge and her experience of being involved in the Olympics is just basically to enjoy it, embrace that. Go and speak to other athletes, go and introduce yourself, ask how they are and just be part of this Great Britain experience. This is something to cherish for the rest of my life.”

He said he was most looking forward to chatting with Usain Bolt while Giggs hoped to grab five minutes with Roger Federer.

Giggs’s desire to see a British team compete in future Games is likely to raise eyebrows in Wales, where the Welsh FA reacted badly to the British Olympic Association trumpeting its “historic agreement” to let players of all four nationalities compete.

But the Manchester United midfielder, one of five Welshmen picked by Stuart Pearce, said he had heard “nothing but positive feedback” from everyone apart from the associations.

“I just hope that fellow British footballers can experience what I’ve experienced so far this week and hopefully experience in the next few weeks,” he said. “I hope it is not a one-off. I hope in future Olympics there will be more Great Britain teams.”

Speaking about his and Bellamy’s decision to take part, he added: “Obviously we are both Welsh and proud of it but for me personally I just couldn’t turn down the chance of playing in the biggest sporting event in the world.”

Daniel Sturridge, who has been suffering from viral meningitis, rejoined the squad yesterday after their week training in Spain, but doubts remain over his fitness.

Pearce said he would assess the Chelsea forward this week before making a final decision by the weekend to allow a potential new squad member up to a week to bed in before the first group game against Senegal on 26 July.

“There was certainly doubt because of the illness that he has had,” he said. “Obviously in 10, 12 days’ time we go into our first group match so I’ve got to be 100 per cent sure in my own mind that Daniel is fit enough and is ready to go on that first day or certainly very soon after it.” Pearce played down suggestions he was disappointed with the squad’s performance in their match in Spain on Sunday night, when they lost 1-0 to Mexico.

All 17 players took part in the friendly in Marbella, which Team GB dominated for large periods. But they were defeated regardless thanks to a first-half strike from Marco Fabian.

Pearce insisted that he was “buoyed by the performance” and that the team would put in a better performance in their friendly against Brazil in Middlesbrough on Friday.

“I think we’ll get stronger as the tournament goes on, physically and gelling together as a team,” he said. “I also see probably a step up in performance from the Mexico game to the Brazilian game. But the important thing for me is to make sure they are all fit and raring to go for the Senegal game. We have had one game together – we are delighted with that performance and now we will hit the ground running.”

Pearce said he would let players decide individually whether to attend the opening ceremony, the night after their opener against Senegal and shortly before the remaining group matches against the UAE and Uruguay.

-Tom Rowley


Kerron Clement, the American 400-metre hurdles silver medallist in Beijing, was left fuming as the bus transporting him from Heathrow Airport to the Athletes' Village was 'lost' for four hours.

Clement took to Twitter to reveal his less than favourable first impression of London on Monday morning as his coach struggled to locate its final destination, amid chaotic scenes in the captial as Games Lanes were activated and Heathrow Airport was expected to handle a record-breaking 236,955 passengers.

The American, among hundreds of athletes from across the world arriving in the capital this morning ahead of the Games, claimed the bus had been lost for four hours.

Clement wrote on Twitter: "Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London.

"Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please."

The 26-year-old American, a two-time world champion, will be a major rival to Team GB's Dai Greene during the Olympics.

The hurdler won the world title in 2007 and 2009 before surrendering the crown to Greene in Daegu last year.

A media shuttle bus also had difficulty finding its destination. The double decker, travelling from Russell Square to the Olympic Park in Stratford, pulled over 30 minutes into its journey.

The driver said: "Sorry about this."

He then got out a map, before performing a U-turn and quickly getting back on the correct route.
-Telegraph Sport
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Sebastian Coe, the London 2012 chairman, made an unscheduled appearance in the Olympic Village here this afternoon for the first of what will be 204 Welcoming Ceremonies at the Games – with the two-strong British Virgin Islands team receiving the first official greeting.

Speaking after Dame Tessa Jowell, Deputy Mayor of the Village, had extended her "warmest welcome" on behalf of the United Kingdom, Coe said: "There is nothing like the chairman of the Organising Committee to buck the protocol, but as this is the first of our Welcoming Ceremonies – and I don't think I will be doing this for the 203 other versions – I felt it was appropriate to echo the welcome that Tessa Jowell has just given.

"We have prepared what we hope is the best possible village for your athletes.

"I hope you spend your time here fruitfully, and that your athletes go home refreshed and hopefully with medals.

"You are extraordinarily welcome, and we look forward to seeing more of you in the course of the next few weeks.

"Thank you for being here."

The two athletes – 100 metres runners J'Maal Alexander and Tahesia Harrigan-Scott (pictured top, with Coe) – have been staying with hosts in the small village of Aston, close to Stevenage in Hertfordshire.

They and their party of officials were greeted by members of the National Youth Theatre in colourful motley performing acrobatics and songs.

The British Virgin Islands NOC representative then added his signature to the Olympic Truce wall before the flag was raised to the national anthem.

-Mike Rowbottom at Olympic Village in London

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Brazil have named a strong London Olympics football squad filled with attacking stars including Neymar, Hulk and Alexandre Pato.

Coach Mano Menezes has selected Porto striker Hulk alongside AC Milan's Thiago Silva and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo as his three over-age players for the 2012 Games.

But it is the attacking threat that will concern most opposition teams with some of the world's leading forwards named in the squad.

Santos' Neymar has scored nine goals in 18 games for the senior Brazil team, while Hulk and AC Milan's Pato have also impressed for the full side.

Young Premier League players Rafael, of Manchester United, and Tottenham midfielder Sandro have also been included.

Following defeats against Mexico and Argentina in warm-up games last month, Menezes identified a problem in finding effective defensive players under 23 years old and has turned to two more experienced men in Silva and Marcelo.

Brazil lost 2-0 to Mexico and 4-3 to Argentina but Menezes says he does not think the problems experienced in those games will continue at the Games.

"I don't think the issues that arose against Argentina will be repeated with such frequency as they did in that game, because Messi won't be at the Olympics," he said.

"We won't face a player who picks up the ball in midfield and destroys defensive systems individually and finishes in the way he does."

Brazil, top seeds in Group C and seeking their first Olympic football gold medal, kick off against Egypt on July 26, before playing Belarus on July 29 and New Zealand on Aug 1.

They play a final warm-up game against Team GB at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on July 20.

Brazil squad:

Rafael Cabral (Santos), Neto (Fiorentina); Alex Sandro (Porto), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafael (Manchester United), Danilo (Porto), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Bruno Uvini (Sao Paulo), Juan (Inter Milan); Sandro (Tottenham), Romulo (Spartak Moscow), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Oscar (Internacional), Lucas Moura (Sao Paulo); Neymar (Santos), Leandro Damiao (International), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Hulk (Porto).

-Telegraph Sports

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