Tag Archives: Olympic Games

Olympic medallist Nihill to be honoured in Addiscombe

Paul Nihill, probably Croydon’s greatest ever Olympic competitor, is to get a road named after him in Addiscombe tomorrow. The road-naming ceremony will coincide with the event in which Nihill made his name, the 50-kilometre walk, taking place at the … Continue reading

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Rooney apologises for his performance, on and off the track

Croydon Harrier Martyn Rooney has issued an apology after announcing on national television that he “ran like a dick” at the Rio Olympics. Rooney had just been eliminated at the heats stage of the 400 metres when he gave his … Continue reading

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Mayor urged to make Games bid centred on Crystal Palace

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has received a proposal to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games – centred on south London, with Crystal Palace National Sports Centre undergoing a substantial, and overdue, refurbishment. With the Rio Olympics underway and … Continue reading

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Lally defies Olympic selectors to realise her lifelong dream

IAN LAMONT interviews a south London athlete who has overcome illness, depression and disappointment to drive her into becoming one of the world’s best discus throwers. Main photograph by IAN STRATTON Jade Lally can put four years of hurt behind … Continue reading

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Festival fortnight offers food, football and fun

BERNARD WINCHESTER highlights the many varied activities to be found on the opening weekend of the South Norwood Arts Festival, from Olympic torches to WG Grace After missing out in 2012 (perhaps the Olympic organisers felt that the competition from … Continue reading

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Dasalou takes short route to Sweden in search of a medal

IAN LAMONT reports on the latest Croydon sportsman to make some international impact A mixture of excitement and relief accompanies James Dasaolu to Gothenburg, where he is representing Great Britain in the European indoor championships which start today. The Croydon … Continue reading

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Inspired by the Olympics? Try the race that’s too tough for Mo

Inspired by the Olympics? Want to set yourself a real challenge? There’s a very challenging – and that means a lot of hard hills – six-mile charity cross-country race on Streatham Common at the end of this month, where regular … Continue reading

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Go with Mo: Croydon takes part in world record attempt

A week on from Mo Farah winning his second Olympic gold medal in the 5,000 metres, Croydon’s runners have been playing their part in a world record attempt 5km run. ParkRun is an outstanding, nil-cost series of weekly races staged … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Olympic volunteers offered free photo-shoot

Were you an Olympic Games volunteer? A local business is offering a free photo-shoot of volunteers in their Olympic uniform together with their ID as a special thank-you for all their efforts during the London 2012 Games. The picture will … Continue reading

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Londoner forced to go to end of the earth in Olympic sacrifice

Ignore the statistics pumped out so far this week about the Olympic Games and Britain’s quest for 48 medals in the coming 16 days of high-octane sporting action. Here’s a set of stats much closer to home: London is a … Continue reading

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Remembering 8/8 risks provoking copycat troublemakers

8/8 One Year On: As we approach the anniversary of the London riots, we will be publishing readers’ and contributors’ memories of that darkest of nights, their views and hopes for the future. Some, though, including one regular reader from … Continue reading

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Travelling to London: check out this Olympic transport advice

London’s “Zil Lanes”, the network of restricted roads mainly in the centre of the city, go live this morning, barely 24 hours after the shut down of one Tube line and an overground railway line prompted transport chaos for 60,000 … Continue reading

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The day a flaming torch on London Road was a good thing

Yesterday’s visit of the Olympic Torch to Croydon was widely acclaimed as a terrific success, with thousands coming out on to the streets for what was only a briefest of glimpses of something which is supposed to symbolise the spirit … Continue reading

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“Misleading and clearly not the case”: Musker speaks out

To have one senior police officer issue a statement refuting a front-page story in a local newspaper must be embarrassing for the paper. But to have two such statements issued within a matter of days ought to be cause for … Continue reading

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Make it so! Waddon gets a flicker of the Olympic Flame

They say that the Olympics is a power for good, bringing people of the world together. And so it was in Waddon this lunchtime, as two cultural icons met for the first time: Sir Patrick Stewart, Captain Jean-Luc Pickard from … Continue reading

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All-singing sports agent will transfer attention to Olympic pool

The schools have broken up, everyone is setting off on holiday, but in his hill-top office just a free-kick away from the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, Athole Still is busier than ever, yet never knowing whether his work … Continue reading

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Carrying a torch for the Olympics: Croydon’s route

The Olympics come to Croydon, however briefly, on Monday.

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Police “extremely disappointed” with Olympic scare story

A senior Croydon police officer has today refuted completely an article published in a less reliable publication that claimed that parts of the borough could be reduced to having just a single constable on duty during the Olympic Games and, … Continue reading

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There will be no Olympic crime spree here, says Musker

Dave Musker, the borough police commander, today sought to reassure the Croydon public that there would be no reduction in service in the coming month because of the Olympic Games. “Anybody out there who thinks that there will be opportunities … Continue reading

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Grassroots sports clubs are facing an Olympic task

What lasting impact will the Olympics have on sport in Croydon? Not much, says STEVEN DOWNES It’s less than 50 days now until the Olympic Games begin in our city. But here, in Croydon, we seem almost untouched by the … Continue reading

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