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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesSaturday, August 4, 2012

Button Athletics takes center stage as Phelps chases more gold
Button Grainger hits jackpot

Athletics takes center stage
as Phelps chases more gold

The Olympics glamour sport of track and field made an electrifying start yesterday as Michael Phelps prepared to chase down his third gold medal of the Games.

The opening day of the athletics competition saw an unprecedented sell-out crowd of 80,000 pack the Olympic Stadium for the morning session, with British golden girl Jessica Ennis making her much-anticipated entrance in heptathlon.

With a vociferous home support roaring her on, Ennis did not disappoint, clocking the best time ever recorded in the 100m hurdles discipline of her opening seven-event heptathlon.

Grainger hits jackpot

Great Britain's Katherine Grainger finally became an Olympic champion while New Zealand took two titles at the London 2012 rowing regatta yesterday.

Grainger, with Anna Watkins, sent the capacity partisan crowd wild when claiming gold in the women's double sculls.

The 36-year-old Glaswegian was climbing to the top of the podium for the first time after three Olympic silver medals in her long and distinguished career.

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