The great saga of the XXX Olympia has now come to the crunch and about to reach a dazzling peak, comprising powerful crescendos all along, as all qualified contenders out of a demanding long haul process are rolling into London, the place of the Gathering, to challenge for the ultimate prize and glory at the Olympic stadium of Stratford.

Breathtaking, even knife-edge, contests and pulsating action are looming on every corner of the arena as spikes will be clanging on the track, heavy breathing and grunting heard around, spears and hammers will be piercing the skyline as well as aces soaring high up to challenging heights; yells and shouts of triumph and elation mingled with cries of pain and anguish, even tears shed on the turf. But in the end, there can be only one.

Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Phillips Idowu, Dai Greene and reigning champion Christine Ohuruogu head up a quality 77-strong British outfit out in a campaign to claim their best share of the silverware since the turn of the millenium where they will be facing stern opposition against the finest the world has to offer, or at least the bulk of them, the action played out before packed houses at the new Olympic stadium at Stratford.

Among their rivals will feature international superstars such as Usain Bolt (JAM), Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS), Sanya Richards-Ross (USA), Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN), Brittney Reese (USA) and Ashton Eaton (USA) that will add their glow and class to the splendour of the greatest showpiece on earth, the diversity of background and outlook blending into a fascinating colourful championshipscape.

The battle will be relentless, fierce and unforgiving so the Britons have got to summon up their best range of qualities and deep resources from within as well as never relinguish their efforts or focus for a single moment. But they have shown the mettle to rise to the challenge time and again so the promise is there, while they are going to need all the favour fortune can afford them to accomplish their goal – a standard of a gold and eight medals overall laid by head coach Charles van Commennee. So may the force be with them all along!

British Athletics team

MEN

100m Dwain Chambers, Adam Gemili (U20), James Dasaolu

200m Christian Malcolm, James Ellington

400m Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams, Nigel Levine

800m Andie Osagie, Mike Rimmer, Gareth Warburton

1500m Andy Baddeley, Ross Murray

5000m Mo Farah, Nick McCormick

10000m Mo Farah, Chris Thompson

Marathon Scott Overall, Lee Merrien

3000mSC Stuart Stokes

110mh Andy Pozzi, Lawrence Clarke, Andy Turner

400mh Dai Greene, Jack Green, Rhys Williams

HJ Robbie Grabarz

PV Steve Lewis

LJ Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson

TJ Phillips Idowu

SP Carl Myerscough

DT Lawrence Okoye, Brett Morse, Abdul Buhari

HT Alex Smith

JT Merwyn Luckwell

Decathlon Daniel Awde

50kmRW Dominic King

4x100m Dwain Chambers, Adam Gemili (U20), James Dasaolu, Simeon Williamson, James Ellington, Danny Talbot (U23), Mark Lewis-Francis

4x400m Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams, Nigel Levine, Rob Tobin, Richard Buck, Luke Lennon-Ford, Dai Greene, Jack Green

WOMEN

100m Anyika Onuora, Abi Oyepitan

200m Margaret Adeoye, Abi Oyepitan, Anyika Onuora

400m Christine Ohuruogu, Shana Cox, LeeMcConnell

800m Lynsey Sharp (U23)

1500m Hannah England, Lisa Dobriskey, Laura Weightman (U23)

5000m Jo Pavey, Barbara Parker, Julia Bleasdale

10000m Jo Pavey, Julia Bleasdale

Marathon Paula Radcliffe (W35), Mara Yamauchi (W35), Claire Hallissey

3000mSC Barbara Parker, Eilish McColgan (U23)

100mh Tiffany Porter, Jessica Ennis

400mh Perri Shakes-Drayton, Eilidh Child

PV Holly Bleasdale (U23), Kate Dennison

LJ Shara Proctor

TJ Yamile Aldama

HT Sophie Hitchon (U23)

JT Goldie Sayers

Heptathlon Jessica Ennis, Katarina Johnson-Thompson (U20), Louise Hazell

20kmRW Jo Jackson

4x400m Christine Ohuruogu, Shana Cox, Lee McConnell, Nicola Sanders, Eilidh Child, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Marilyn Okoro, Emily Diamond (U23)

Dave Webb, originally named on the British team, has been forced to withdraw from the marathon through a stress fracture as he could not recover full fitness in time.

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News, Timetable, Start-lists & Results (IAAF)

http://www.iaaf.org/mini/oly12/index.aspx

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Sebastian Coe pulls away from Steve Cram in the late stages to a memorable British double triumph in the men’s 1500m in the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984, setting a championships record of 3:32.53 that still stands to our days. As fortune would have it, that very same man would lead the country to claim their first Olympics in 64 years staged at the very same venue, London.

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Qualifying Standards & Qualifiers for the Olympic Games in London

https://athleticsstargate.wordpress.com/xxx-olympic-games-london-july-27-august-12/qualifying-standards-and-qualifiers-for-the-olympic-games-in-london-2012/

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Cycling, Swimming, Rowing & the rest of Olympic Sports

https://athleticsstargate.wordpress.com/xxx-olympic-games-london-july-27-august-12/action-in-the-rest-of-olympic-sports/

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