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Britain's 13-year reign as Olympic champions in their flagship event, the men's team pursuit, ended in bitterness and rancour today after they became embroiled in a cheating row with their vanquishers Denmark.
First Britain's performance director Stephen Park accused the Danes of using illegal 'shin-tape' and undervests during Monday's qualifying round, which set up this morning's grudge semi-final.
Then, having failed to get the Danes disqualified, Britain were furious when a Danish rider ploughed into one of theirs on-track while trying to lap him during their race.
In the men's team sprint, Jason Kenny missed the first of his three chances to move clear of Sir Chris Hoy's Olympic gold medal tally as Great Britain took silver, although he did equal Sir Bradley Wiggins' tally as Britain's most decorated Olympian.
His wife Laura also had to settle for silver in the women's team pursuit.
Stay up to date with all the action with our Olympics Briefing newsletter. Also at the Games:
Student Keely Hodgkinson, 19, won silver in the women's 800m
Pat McCormack took silver for Britain's best boxing team for 101 years
Simone Biles returned to action and took bronze in the balance beam
An all-time classic men's 400m hurdles smashed the world record
Yet winner Karsten Warholm ignited a row about shoe technology
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is facing intensifying pressure to suspend Belarus over its treatment of a sprinter who fears going home after criticising the national team.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was thrown out of the team for her remarks and sought the protection of Japanese police so she could avoid being forced on a flight home.
It comes as a Belarusian activist who ran a group in Ukraine helping Belarusians fleeing persecution was found dead in the Ukrainian capital.
Earlier, the Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya came to Downing Street to press for support as Boris Johnson condemned Alexander Lukashenko's regime's severe human rights violations.
Sunak told to 'check the manifesto' on return to office
Rishi Sunak has been told to "check the manifesto" after he urged young people to get back to the office. During an interview, the Chancellor said being present was "valuable" if workers want to progress in their career, highlighting his own mentors who he has remained in contact with. But Angela Rayner, Labour's deputy leader, hit out at his comments, saying people should be allowed to "make their own minds up about what works for them so that work fits around our lives instead of dictating our lives". It comes as Facebook has told its staff to start wearing masks in offices even if they are fully vaccinated amid concerns about resurgent Covid cases. Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon has announced that most of Scotland's remaining Covid restrictions are set to end on Monday.
Free climber jailed for scaling Shard climbs new tower
A climber who was jailed for scaling the Shard with no ropes has made it to the top of a 36-storey London tower undetected by the building's security. George King spent six months in a young offenders' institution after climbing the 310-metre London skyscraper, which is the UK's tallest building, in 2019. The 21-year-old from Oxford has now scaled a 36-storey residential block in Stratford, east London, using nothing but his bare hands. See pictures of him shimmying up pillars on the Stratosphere Tower, before balancing on a perilously narrow beam at the top.
Also in the news: Today's other headlines
Afghan city under siege | Al Qaeda militants are flocking to join the Taliban front lines as the insurgents make gains across the country, the Afghan general leading the defence of Helmand's capital has claimed. Read why Gen Sami Sadat warned a victory for the Taliban would have a "devastating effect on global security" as residents of Lashkar Gah were urged to evacuate their homes amid heavy fighting in Helmand's capital.
Breaking news | Ship 'hijacked' off coast of United Arab Emirates
Andrew Cuomo | NY governor 'sexually harassed multiple women'
Donald Trump | 'Kingmaker' status in Republican party faces key test
Self-esteem | Men and women are happiest with their bodies after 60
Around the world: Wuhan to test entire population
Coronavirus has returned to Wuhan – the city where initial infections emerged in late 2019 – as three cases of the highly transmissible delta variant were confirmed today by Chinese authorities. Officials are now rushing to test the city's 12 million residents in efforts to contain the virus – again. After a botched response at the start of the pandemic, read how local authorities appear to be taking no chances this time around.
'We haven't been spared, we're just not counting'
Eighteen months on from Africa's first Covid case, a confusing and insidious picture is emerging across the continent. Will Brown and Simon Townsley uncover the reality of Sudan's hidden Covid death toll
Comment and analysis
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Beware economic Covid shock from Asia
Charles Moore | Tories risk creating a new cost of living crisis
Julie Bindel | Fears of male predators on female wards isn't anti-trans
Ella Whelan | British culture will suffer if we copy Macron's bribery
'Don't use my name' | Has Amanda Knox's life been 'exploited' by Matt Damon's new film?
Sex And The City | Carrie Bradshaw and the art of fashion messaging
Parenting Confessions | I hated my daughter's boyfriend and was delighted when they split up
Business and money briefing
Sweet sale | Drinks giant Pepsi is selling juice brand Tropicana in a $4.5 billion (£3.2bn) deal as health-conscious consumers ditch sugary drinks in favour of lower-calorie options. Read on for details.
Tax hacks | Why you could be due a child benefit tax refund
Price v convenience | The best place to sell a second-hand car online
On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Lions' third Test | Head coach Warren Gatland has made six changes for the final Test against South Africa with England and Scotland captains Owen Farrell and Stuart Hogg dropped from the 23. Charlie Morgan analyses the thinking behind Gatland's huge selection calls while Gavin Mairs reckons the bold moves show faith in high-risk replacements.
Mid-season F1 ratings | Who has starred and who is under pressure
James Anderson | If Stokes struggles with mental health, we all can
Three things for tonight
And finally... for this evening's downtime
'Hunger is an unbelievably selfish thing' | Photographed by the Duchess of Cambridge for an exhibition about Holocaust survivors, 85-year-old Steven Frank tells Elizabeth Grice his story.