READ about this and find out what other top sports stories are making headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Saturday, August 11, 2012.
THE SUN: Usain Bolt last night insisted ‘We’re clean’ as Jamaica’s incredible gold medal haul was hit by a drugs slur. Also: Mo Farah has pledged to give his all in tonight’s Olympic 5,000m final.
DAILY MAIL: Britain’s sprinters crashed out of the 4x100 metres relay at the scene of so many golden triumphs. Also: England yesterday launched an inquiry into the latest twist in the Kevin Pietersen crisis and were last night meeting to decide whether to end his international career.
DAILY MIRROR: Usain Bolt could switch to long jump and challenge Britain’s Olympic champion Greg Rutherford at Rio 2016. Also: Roberto Mancini has again hit out at Manchester City bosses over a lack of new signings.
DAILY EXPRESS: Lord Coe is banking on Mo Farah making it the perfect Olympic Games tonight with another gold medal. Also: Lutalo Muhammad bravely defied the critics to become the first British man to collect an Olympic taekwondo medal despite the added pressure of his controversial selection.
DAILY STAR: Manchester City have rejected a £40m bid for Mario Balotelli from Paris St Germain after Roberto Mancini threatened to quit. Also: Team GB’s sailors kept the flag flying yesterday when they grabbed two silvers in the 470 class at Weymouth.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: He was the daft kid who jumped naked off Kingston Bridge into the Thames after a drunken night out. Tonight, if you believe in fairytale endings, he will be the mature dad who plunges headlong into history as the man who put the golden seal on Britain’s matchless festival of sport. Over to you, Mohamed Farah.
THE TIMES: Lisa Dobriskey last night accused some of her rivals in the Olympic Stadium of taking performance-enhancing drugs. Also: Luke Donald’s hopes of breaking his duck in major championships looked to be in tatters last night when he found himself way down the field in the second round of the USPGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
THE GUARDIAN: Charles van Commenee insists he has never had any trouble dropping off at night. “Nothing keeps me awake,” the UK Athletics head coach said a few weeks before these Olympics. “I always sleep like a baby.” You wonder if he slipped off so easily last night, or whether he was tossing and turning as he mulled over the permutations for the final 24 hours of athletics competition at these Games. Also: The bitter controversy over the exclusion of the taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook from Britain’s Olympic squad was reignited yesterday, after Lutalo Muhammad, the man selected in his place, was defeated in the quarter-finals by a fighter whom Cook beat in May.
THE INDEPENDENT: It was not the best of nights for Britain on the relay front. Also: Some are born great; some achieve greatness; and some have greatness thrust upon them. And then there is Mo Farah, who stands around 13 minutes away from joining the all-time greats of distance running.