When Armand Duplantis, Katerina Stefanidi and their rivals go for Olympic gold in Tokyo this week, they will be vaulting on the shoulders of giants. A remarkable succession of these early champions came from the same friendly English market town that spawned comedian Stan Laurel.
It was, is, will be a classic water cooler discussion point: can you, should you, share sporting success? Can an Olympic title, for instance, properly be shared, as it was, is and will be in the Tokyo 2020 Games men’s high jump?
Laurel Hubbard is poised to make history by becoming the first openly trans woman to compete at the Olympic Games, with the New Zealander’s appearance here tomorrow having been the subject of intense media attention over recent months.
A week ago there came a point in the Opening Ceremony when the Olympic motto was displayed on the floor of the stadium. "Faster, Higher, Stronger….Together."
Seven sessions so far and three have been all-time greats. The roll-call of stars at the Tokyo International Forum, venue for weightlifting at these Olympic Games, is a long one and we are only halfway through the schedule.
There were mixed emotions on the sidelines as the first 3x3 Olympic basketball competition drew to a close here on Wednesday (July 28) night.
Well, are you being gripped by the Games? Viewed from afar, so far so good!
Today is a very special day in the countdown to Birmingham 2022 as it marks exactly one year until the Games begin.
David Owen: Olympic predicament highlights how companies may face mounting pressure to choose between the US and China
It is unusual for the Winter Games to be diverting attention when the Summer Olympics are in full swing.
Mike Rowbottom: Stoked is the word as the arts of skateboarding and amateur boxing cohabit at the Olympics
Stoked. I've missed the word at the Summer Olympics. Heard it many a time at the Winter Games, of course, when that cradle of sports began to take in babes-in-arms, starting with snowboarding last time an Olympic carnival played out in this country, at Nagano 1998.
It is quite hard to imagine what life must have been liked for Naomi Osaka over the past couple of months.
Piet van de Kruk, ninth in the heavyweights at Mexico City in 1968, is the answer to a question that has been posed plenty of times in the weightlifting world over the past two weeks.
Hair braided in cherry red, the national colour of Japan, Naomi Osaka turned out to be the chosen one who lit the Flame here in Tokyo.
Liam Morgan: Double standards and close contact chaos blight Olympic experience for athletes and media
Abhorrent behaviour from officials involved in the Opening Ceremony, a significant data breach and a missing Ugandan weightlifter have all tried, but the COVID-19 pandemic has still dominated the headlines in the week before Tokyo 2020 plus one.
Should we applaud Tokyo’s dogged determination to go ahead with the 2020 Olympic Games? Or is it a stubborn, foolhardy venture that is certain to end in tears – and perhaps tragedy? I still cannot make up my mind. Obviously the organisers believe it is not worth the risk, but how can we be sure?