EQUESTRIAN: Badminton Horse Trials 2013 – Live on BBC Sport

April 30, 2013

An all-star entry list featuring world champions and London 2012 Olympians heads up the field for the 2013 Badminton Horse Trials, one of equestrian sport’s showpiece events.

Anticipation is higher than ever this year after the famous event was cancelled last year because heavy and persistent rain in the weeks prior to the event left the famous Gloucestershire venue flooded.

BBC Sport will have all the key action from the final two days of the 2013 event, fronted by Clare Balding, including live coverage of the closing cross country and jumping disciplines.

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BADMINTON: All England Open Championships 2013 – Live on Sky Sports

March 5, 2013

Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena will be graced by badminton’s best this week at the 2013 All England Open Championships, one of the oldest and most prestigious open badminton tournaments in the world.

Lee Chong Wei (pictured), twice the former men’s singles champion, aims to regain the venerable title from the legendary Lin Dan, who won just about everything he wanted until he disappeared from view after last year’s 2012 Games.

Sky Sports has live coverage of the closing four days featuring the key encounters from the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, plus action from the doubles competitions.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Sunday 5th August

August 4, 2012

Despite his recent travails, this is the one millions of people around the globe will be waiting for – Usain Bolt in the men’s 100m final.

Never mind the dip in form which saw training partner Yohan Blake beat him in the run-up to the Games, or the perilous possibility of his false-starting just as he did at last year’s World Championships in Daegu – there can be no question that Bolt running the 100m is the most eagerly awaited of Olympic events.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Saturday 4th August

August 3, 2012

Middle Saturday of every Olympic Games is always billed as ‘Super Saturday’, and London 2012 is no exception as there is an unmissable line-up of world class sport happening all across London.

It will be pretty hard for armchair fans to know where to turn next, with so many great sporting events occuring at the same time on a day which could define the London 2012 Games for the host nation.

Among the top priorities has to be the climax of the women’s heptathlon and men’s 10,000m, featuring Great Britain’s biggest athletics medal hopes – Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Friday 3rd August

August 2, 2012

Get ready for one of the busiest days of the London 2012 Games with 24 sports in action throughout the day, including the beginning of the athletics competition, regarded as the flagship event of every Olympics.

Exactly a week on since the Olympic Stadium staged one of the most memorable opening ceremonies of recent Games, the serious action inside the 80,000-seater venue, as more than 2,000 athletes compete in 47 events over the next 10 days, making athletics the largest single sport at the Games.

British fans will be closely following the fortunes of Jessica Ennis as she begins her quest for Olympic glory in the heptathlon, which opens up proceedings inside London’s Olympic Stadium.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Thurs 2nd August

August 1, 2012

Medals could come in a variety of sporting disciplines for Great Britain on day six of their home Games.

At the top of that list comes track cycling in the new state-of-the-art Velodrome inside the Olympic Park, where Team GB’s star names will to build on from the momentum following Bradley Wiggins’ superb victory on the road time-trial.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Weds 1st August

July 31, 2012

After mixed fortunes in the road cycling races on the opening weekend, the focus of attention from an expectant home nation returns on Great Britain’s cyclists to deliver in the men’s and women’s individual time-trials.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, who won two out of the three time-trials on his way to an historic first victory for GB in the race barely two weeks ago, will be the leading British gold-medal contender in the men’s race, while 2010 world time-trial champion and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Emma Pooley will carry the hopes in the women’s race.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Tues 31st July

July 29, 2012

London 2012 enters its fourth day of competition and there is plenty to enjoy from a British perspective throughout the day.

Forty years have passed since GB last won team eventing gold, but this is their strongest team in generations. The team final begins at 10.30am on BBC One with the individual final, where British hopes are also high, to follow.

William Fox-Pitt (above) will be a strong contender in the individual final, with German Michael Jung is aiming to achieve an unprecedented hat-trick – by winning the World, European and Olympic titles in the same year.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Monday 29th July

July 29, 2012

The first Monday of the London 2012 Games introduces one of Great Britain’s key protagonists for Olympic glory.

Tom Daley dives for a medal with partner Pete Waterfield in the men’s 10m platform synchro event in the Aquatics Centre, starting at 3pm on BBC One.

Zara Phillips and her GB eventing team-mates will be in action during the sport’s dramatic cross-country stage in Greenwich Park throughout Monday afternoon, then Britain’s men’s gymnasts will go for a team medal, after making the final of this event for the first time in 88 years, from 4.30pm.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Sunday 29th July

July 28, 2012

After an excellent start to London’s Olympic Games on day one, the action continues apace with five more sports joining  in the Olympic party on day two.

Will Great Britain’s swimming sensation Rebecca Adlington be lining up a gold medal in the pool?

If she makes it through the morning heats, the two-time Olympic champion will defend her 400m Freestyle title in the evening, live on BBC One at 8.15pm.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Sat 28th July

July 28, 2012

After all the hype and expection, the Olympic Games get under way, with 302 gold medals at stake over the next sixteen days of competition.

Nineteen sports will begin their London Olympic campaigns, with the pick of the action being the men’s road race.

Can Mark Cavendish repeat his success last week on the Champs-Elysees and win Great Britain’s first gold medal of London 2012 on the Mall?

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LONDON 2012: Olympic Games – Badminton

January 1, 2000

Badminton players at the London 2012 Olympic Games will need lightning-fast reactions if they’re to keep up with shuttlecocks travelling at speeds in excess of 250mph.

During the 19th century, British military officers in the Indian town of Poona added a net to the ancient game of battledore (meaning bat) and shuttlecock, and named this new game after the town. 

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