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The Olympic athletics programme came to a fantastic climax last night. That’s fantastic if you’re Mo Farah or British or Jamaican. For everyone else it was probably a bit annoying. London’s East End was rocking as Farah (29) won the 5,000 metres with a performance of sheer class and determination. In the last lap and a half, it looked like he was sitting duck waiting to be picked off by rivals who had much more left in the tank, but the reigning world champion held off attack after attack to storm home cleared of the challengers. It’s his second gold of these Olympics after he claimed the 10,000 metres a week ago and it recreates the double he won at last year’s World Championship in Daegu.
– Later, there was Usain Bolt’s posing and Yohan Blake’s ‘beast’ impression that looks more like a Lady Gaga dance gone wrong aplenty as Jamaica win the men’s 4 x 100 metre relay in a world record time.
– Over at the aquatic centre, there was no need to troll Tom Daley on Twitter as he performed brilliantly to win bronze in the men’s 10 metre platform final. Watched by David Beckham and some of bizarrely named children, Daley (18) looked delighted to have podiumed. Clearly, it was the fulfilment of one of his childhood dreams, as the below picture he drew nine years ago suggests. Although he never did grow those breasts.
– Luke Campbell won gold in the bantamweight division of the boxing, beating John Joe Nevin of Ireland with a display of clean hitting and solid defence.
– It’s the final day of the Olympics and the main highlights are the men’s marathon at 11am, Team Dream Part 2 winning their inevitable gold medal. They take on Spain at 2.50pm. Team GB have the chance of a couple more boxing golds as Freddie Evans fights in the final of the welterweight division and Anthony Joshua in the super-heavyweight decider (at 2.15pm and 3.15pm respectively)
– With the Olympics leaving the centre stage, football begins to creep back into the limelight with the Community Shield. Manchester City will be without Joe Hart for the game as he’s been ruled out due to a back injury and considering it’s against a Chelsea team that have spent freely over the summer, Roberto Mancini has seized to opportunity to have another grumble about the lack of transfers at City this close season.
“It can happen that when a young team win the championship after many years, the new season starts very badly,” said Mancini, getting the excuses in early. The Italian have made sure not to bite the hand that might eventually feed him, by targeting the club’s sporting director, Brian Marwood rather than the owners. “City fans can be happy they have Sheik Mansour and Khaldoon. Only these two guys are important, the other people are not. They care about the club every day,” he added.
City are 5/4 favourites to defend their Premier League title and 4/6 to win their first Community Shield since it was still called the Charity Shield, forty years ago.
– Across the city, Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be fuming that Arsenal won’t accept his
attempt to push the price of Robin van Persie for City up pretty paltry £15m bid for Robin van Persie. Sources are blaming the long-running feud the Manchester United boss has had with Wenger, which doesn’t make a whole load of sense as the grumpy pair have been at pains to point out the hatchet has been buried in recent seasons. Van Persie is currently 9/1 to be the Premier League’s Top Goalscorer and United are 12/5 to win the Premier League.
– Neil Warnock, January 2011
For many years I have thought he (Diouf) was the gutter type – I was going to call him a sewer rat but that might be insulting to sewer rats. ‘I think he is the lowest of the low and I can’t see him being at Blackburn much longer because I can’t see Steve Kean putting up with someone like that in the dressing room when he is trying to form a new image for Blackburn.
El Hadji Diouf, January 2011
Who is Warnock? He’s nothing to me. He’s not Alex Ferguson, he’s not Arsene Wenger, he’s not Sam Allardyce or an important manager. I know he doesn’t like me, but it’s the same for me too – I don’t like him
Diouf signs up for Warnock’s Leeds
Leeds are 4/1 to get promoted from the Championship and there are no odds available on Diouf doing something moronic before the end of the season.
– Stormy weather means we’re in for a busy final day at the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Play was suspended yesterday afternoon/evening, meaning a whole host of players have to complete their third rounds before heading out for their final 18. Indeed, co-leader Vijay Singh is in for a very busy day of silly pants wearing as he has to get through 29 holes today.
Singh is on -6 and 7/1 to win the tournament, but that’s mainly because alongside him at the top of the leaderboard is Rory McIlroy who was tearing the course up when play was stopped on Saturday. McIlroy had five birdies and one bogey on his front nine and he’s now 2/1 favourite to win the final major of the year.
After his collapse at the British Open last month, Adam Scott is showing remarkable resilience and despite being a further shot back, going four under in the first nine holes of his third round has him rated a 10/3 shot to win.
After looking ominous at the halfway point, Tiger Woods has tumbled down the leaderboard thanks to going three over par through the seven holes he got to play on Saturday. He’s 14/1 to claim major number 15 this weekend, but it will require a dramatic turnaround in form for him to win it from here.