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Nacional unfurl world"s largest flag during Copa Libertadores win over Toluca

Now that is what you call a banner! South Americans unfurl giant 600m sign that needed an army of fans to march it into stadium

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Matt Fortune

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14:58 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 5 April 2013

Three years after the first seeds of a world record idea were planted in the minds of Nacional fans, the Uruguayan club have made history.

On Thursday, during their Copa Libertadores tie against Mexican club Toluca, fans around three-quarters of the 25,000-capacity stadium were engulfed by a 600mx50m flag, the largest ever unfurled at a football match.

Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores

Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores

Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores

Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores

The white, red and blue banner swept down the steep banks of the Parque Central stadium in Montevideo, covering the Colombes, Olympic and Amsterdam stands, setting the tone for a pulsating match, won 4-0 by the hosts.

Festivities started earlier in the afternoon when fans gathered in the city to help carry the enormous flag, which took a year and half to make once a design had been decided upon, to the stadium.

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Olympic basketball hopeful Amber Charles reacts to government cuts to funding

Olympic hopeful joins campaign against government cuts to basketball funding

bid, has joined the campaign to pressurise the Prime Minister over the slashed funding that is crippling basketball.

Britain’s basketball superstar Luol Deng delivered a hard-hitting letter to David Cameron this week after UK Sport’s funding was cut in the aftermath of the Olympics.

Now Charles, who as a 15-year-old girl from East London was an ambassdor for the Games, has spoken out too. She had a dream to play basketball for her country in Rio in 2016, but that dream is no longer possible if British basketball receives no funding.

Amber Charles was an ambassador for the Games at the age of 15, and met Lord Coe and David Beckham

Amber Charles was an ambassador for the Games at the age of 15, and met Lord Coe and David Beckham

Disappointed: Amber Charles was an ambassador for the Games at the age of 15, and met Lord Coe and David Beckham

Her letter reads as follows: ‘As many of you may remember I was an Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic bid back in 2005. I was just 15 at the time and as you can imagine being alongside David Beckham, Lord Coe and people like Denise Lewis was an incredible experience for a young girl from East London. These are memories which are precious to me and will stay with me forever.

‘I travelled to Lausanne to present London’s bid book to the IOC and was part of your team which travelled to Singapore for the final presentation to the IOC. I also had the great honour of carrying the Olympic Torch as part of London’s Opening Ceremony.

‘My London 2012 experiences, from 2004 through to the actual Games, were amazing and the moment London was announced as the 2012 Host City will live with me for the rest of my life. That moment inspired me to pursue my dream to become a professional basketball player.

‘Almost eight years on and I am now studying in my final year of university in Tennessee on a basketball scholarship. London 2012 made me even more determined to follow my dreams and my ambition now – as it was even back then in 2005 – is to make the GB basketball team for Rio 2016. It is my focus and my aim.

Luol Deng spoke out against the cuts in a letter to David Cameron

Critical: Luol Deng spoke out against the cuts in a letter to David Cameron

‘But I am utterly dismayed and shocked by the decision by UK Sport to cut funding to the GB Basketball programme to zero. London 2012 was about inspiring the youth of the world through sport. People like me, keeping my dream alive. I just do not understand how all the great work of the 2012 Games – with so much focus on legacy – can then mean my sport being cast aside so soon after London 2012.

‘Without UK Sport funding, GB Basketball is dead and my dream to compete in Rio 2016 is over. I please urge you to do whatever you can to help reverse the short sighted decision by UK Sport and help to keep the inspiration of London 2012 alive for young people like me.

‘I have copied two of the wonderful and treasured photos which will remind me of my experiences and one day I would love to be able to send you a photo of me realising my dream, playing basketball for my country, and, who knows even winning a medal for my country. Imagine our pride and the size of our smiles on that day.’

London 2012 Olympics: Zara Phillips looking forward to first Games

I'm excited for the Games, says Phillips as Royal star prepares for inaugural Olympics

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09:13 GMT, 11 July 2012

Zara Phillips admits she's feeling the pressure ahead of the Olympics but can't wait to perform in front of her home crowd.

The 31-year-old, who missed out on the Games in Athens and Beijing due to fitness concerns over her horse Toytown, follows her mother Princess Anne and father Captain Mark Phillips in competing for Britain in eventing at the Olympics.

The famous five: Phillips will compete at the London Olympics, following in her family's footsteps

The famous five: Phillips will compete at the London Olympics, following in her family's footsteps

'I'm very excited, honoured, but also nervous,' Phillips, who is part of the five-strong eventing team in London, said.

'A horse is a pretty unpredictable animal and it is difficult when you are trying to get it and yourself into prime fitness. You are going that extra mile; you do the extra training and, unfortunately, things can happen.'

Centre of attention: But Phillips is keen not to hog the limelight

Centre of attention: But Phillips is keen not to hog the limelight

Phillips will be given the chance to impress on her current horse High Kingdom, but her chances of making the squad appeared slim after struggling to replace Toytown.

'I did think that day at Cheltenham might be the closest I got to London,' Phillips, speaking to the Daily Express, said of carrying the Olympic Torch earlier this year.

'I thought I might as well do something to get involved, and it was great to get Toytown involved with it as well in a small way. He loved it.'

Carrying the flame: Phillips feared this would be the closest she got to competing at London

Carrying the flame: Phillips feared this would be the closest she got to competing at London

But Phillips, the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year after being crowned Eventing World Champion, never gave up hope on competing in London.

She added: 'That chance was not going to come again with Toytown, but I felt I was young enough and had enough young horses coming up that I might get there.'

Lewis Hamilton considering Lotus move as McLaren falter

Lotus in the mix for Hamilton as concerned McLaren star looks for new deal

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21:30 GMT, 9 July 2012

Lighting the flame: Hamilton, pictured carrying the Olympic Torch on Monday, could open talks with Lotus

Lighting the flame: Hamilton, pictured carrying the Olympic Torch, could open talks with Lotus

Lewis Hamilton is ready to discuss a move to Lotus after expressing concerns at McLaren's failure to keep pace with Formula One's frontrunners.

After a promising start to the campaign, McLaren have slipped to fourth in the constructors' championship behind Ferrari and Lotus.

And with Hamilton, 27, giving serious thought to where he will spend what should be the best years of his career, Sportsmail understands that the 2008 world champion would consider a move to Lotus now that they have returned to form which propelled Fernando Alonso to two world titles in their former guise as Renault.

Lotus currently employ 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean and moving out big earner Raikkonen halfway through a two-year deal would represent an issue – as would coming close to matching Hamilton's 15million-a-year contract which expires at the end of the season.

Off the pace: Hamilton is ready to open talks with Lotus over a possible move

Off the pace: Hamilton is ready to speak with Lotus over a possible move

But there is no guarantee that McLaren are prepared to match those terms after group executive chairman Ron Dennis stated Hamilton's deal was agreed when the economic climate was very different.

Even so, all the top teams are keeping a very close eye on developments between Hamilton and McLaren.

The Woking-based team are understandably desperate to improve their car for the upcoming races in Germany and Hungary.

Home favourite: But Hamilton could manage only eighth at the British GP

Home favourite: But Hamilton could manage only eighth at the British GP

But after Hamilton's disappointing eighth at the British Grand Prix, team-mate Jenson Button, who finished 10th, said: 'The amazing thing is that my team-mate is 37 points behind (in the drivers' championship) and he was leading it two races ago.

'I don't know what has gone wrong. The problem is that the car doesn't feel bad, so it is amazing to think what the rest of the guys are driving around in.'

Much more of this and Hamilton might decide to find out for himself.

London 2012 Olympics: Amy Williams leads torch relay on day four

Olympic gold winner Williams leads torch relay on day four through Yeovil

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10:32 GMT, 22 May 2012

Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams said carrying the Olympic torch was an 'amazing feeling'.

The former skeleton racer took the flame through Yeovil in Somerset at 8am and said it made her 'very proud to be British'.

The 29-year-old received huge cheers from the crowd as she walked past spectators, waving and smiling broadly.

Skeleton crew: Williams leads the relay early on day four in Yeovil

Skeleton crew: Williams leads the relay early on day four in Yeovil

Williams announced her retirement from skeleton earlier this month, bringing an end to her career which famously culminated in a Winter Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010.

She was Great Britain's first individual female gold medallist at a Winter Games in 58 years.

This morning, the athlete, who bowed out of the sport due to injury, tweeted that she had a 'torch bearers meeting' to teach her how to make her torch 'kiss' the next one in order to light it.

After taking part in the relay, she added: 'Amazing feeling, very proud to be British and to have had the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch.'

Communities from Taunton, Glastonbury, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol will see dozens of unsung and hard-working individuals get their moment in the spotlight.

The torchbearers range in age from children to 91-year-old Doris Whiting.
Mrs Whiting will be one of the oldest of the 8,000 torchbearers who will carry the Olympic flame on the way to the July 27 opening ceremony.

Lining the streets: The crowds flocked to catch a glimpse of the Olympic flame

Lining the streets: The crowds flocked to catch a glimpse of the Olympic flame

Lining the streets: The crowds flocked to catch a glimpse of the Olympic flame

The nonagenarian, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, will carry the flame through Shepton Mallet.

Her nomination said she received an MBE in 2008 to recognise more than 30 years of community work.

'Doris is one of the few people I know who is instantly recognised by just her first name. Mention the name Doris in Trowbridge and everyone knows who you mean,' her nominator said.

'Not only Doris herself but a great many in Trowbridge too would be delighted if she were to be selected for the honour of carrying the flame. A fitting climax to a long life of ceaseless service to the community.'

Gavin Harvey, 31, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, will carry the torch in Frome, Somerset.

He lost both legs in a bomb blast while serving with the Army in Afghanistan in August 2009.

His wife, who nominated him, said: 'He lost both his legs, shattered his pelvis and suffered multiple internal injuries. After spending 10 and a half weeks in hospital he was finally discharged.'

'Since then he has been an inspiration to all who know him in his determination to live life to the full and still be a very active father to our two very young daughters.'

Strike a light! Sophie Vaughan-Wiiliams and Tonia White took pride in their turn

Strike a light! Sophie Vaughan-Wiiliams and Tonia White took pride in their turn

Strike a light! Sophie Vaughan-Wiiliams and Tonia White took pride in their turn

A former heavy drinker and smoker who saw the error of her ways will carry the torch through Bristol.

Joanne Plumbley, 36, from Tytherington, Gloucestershire, grew up disliking exercise but changed her lifestyle after joining the Territorial Army.

'Joanne grew up hating strenuous activity and was notoriously bad at games and sport,' her nominator said.

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Over land and sea: Judith Gaden took the Olympic flame on a canal boat down the River Tone in Taunton

He said: 'My radio interviews, speeches and pieces in the local newspaper helped to overturn a decision to close my school just weeks before the closure was finalised.

'I have already shown that if you put your mind to things you can achieve your desired goal.'

Organisers will be hoping for a repeat of the scenes on the first three days of the relay when excited people packed the streets of Cornwall and Somerset to catch a glimpse of the torch.

London 2012 Olympics: Flame goes out in Devon… but replacement torch relit

Olympic flame goes out in Devon! (But don't worry… they carry a spare for emergencies)

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11:35 GMT, 21 May 2012

The Olympic torch went out for the first time on Monday during the London 2012 relay, organisers confirmed.

The torch was attached to the side of Para-badminton star David Follett's wheelchair in Great Torrington, Devon, when the flame went out shortly before 10am.

A spokeswoman for LOCOG said: 'The flame went out due to a malfunctioning burner.

Proud day: David Follett carried the Olympic torch on the leg between Torrington and Bideford on Monday

Proud day: David Follett carried the Olympic torch on the leg between Torrington and Bideford on Monday

Relight my fire: Follett had to have his torch relit after it went out due to a malfunctioning burner

Relight my fire: Follett had to have his torch relit after it went out due to a malfunctioning burner

'It is not uncommon for a flame to go out and this can happen for a number of reasons, for example, in extreme winds.'

A replacement torch was brought out from the convoy of vehicles and was lit from the mother flame.

'We keep the mother flame in specially designed miners' lanterns so if the flame does go out for some reason on the relay we relight it from the source of the flame,' the spokeswoman added.

Making progress: Stanley Hacking carrying the Olympic Torch during the leg through Exeter

Making progress: Stanley Hacking carrying the Olympic Torch during the leg through Exeter

Follett was left paralysed at 19 when he was struck by a car.
But after returning to college to complete his A-Levels he looked at what sports were available to wheelchair athletes and helped to set up a badminton club.

With his playing partner, Follett has been unbeaten for three years in the four nations competitions and he is now the Para-badminton world No 1 in his class.

London 2012 Olympics: Torch relay day two

Royal Marine humbled as Olympic Torch continues epic journey

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10:50 GMT, 20 May 2012

A Royal Marine who lost an arm and both legs when he stood on a landmine in Afghanistan described carrying the Olympic Torch as a 'humbling experience' on Sunday.

Mark Ormrod is a triple amputee who was told he would never walk again after he was badly injured on Christmas Eve 2007 while serving with 40 Commando.

The former Royal Marine, from Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon, has defied doctors to become an inspiration for many people with his charity work.

Humbling: Mark Ormrod carries the Olympic flame on the second day

Humbling: Mark Ormrod carries the Olympic flame on the second day

The 28-year-old compared carrying the Olympic Torch with the completion of his gruelling 3,500-mile charity run across America two years ago.

The married father-of-one, who now works for the Royal Marines Association, and a team of Royal Marines completed the eight-week coast-to-coast journey named the 'Gumpathon' in aid of injured service personnel.

'It's on the same level,' he said.

'Anything to do with representing my country is a really big thing for me.

'It's something I've always wanted to do and would love to continue doing.

'In fact, this probably ranks slightly higher than that and I am just proud to be a part of it.'

Mr Ormrod added: '”Humbled” is the world I would use. Humbled at all the people that contacted me to say they had nominated me and then to get selected.

'It is a humbling experience and hopefully I'll do Plymouth and England proud.'

Mr Ormrod, who carried the flame from Finnigan Road to Sugar Mill Business Park in Plymouth, said he was incredibly nervous ahead of his big moment.

Speaking at the Plymouth Life Centre, he said: 'It's all real now.

'We came in here this morning and being greeted by all these people – it's finally starting to hit home now.'

Mr Ormrod and the other Plymouth torchbearers were at the new 46.5million leisure centre for a ceremony to light the first torch to mark the start of day two of the relay.

Aaron Lloyd carrying the Olympic flame on the leg between Plymouth and Modbury

Jordan Anderton carrying the Olympic flame on the leg between Plymouth and Modbury

Magic moment: Aaron Lloyd (left) and Jordan Anderton carry the flame

'Now that it's starting it's a really exciting time,' he said.

'I'm a little bit nervous now. I wasn't until I walked out here and saw all these people that I wasn't expecting.

'I'm looking forward to it. It's a very proud day.'

This year Mr Ormrod – nicknamed “Rammers” – has set himself the challenge of cycling nearly 3,000 miles round the British coastline.

The event – Tour de Forces – will raise money for four military charities and sets off from Plymouth in September for the anti-clockwise circumnavigation.

Mr Ormrod and his team will run, cycle and hand cycle their way around the coast of the country.

A total of 8,000 torchbearers are carrying the Olympic Flame 8,000 miles over 70 days to where it will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games.

The second day of the relay started at the Plymouth Life Centre at 8.07am when the flame began its journey out of the city.

Jordan Anderton, 18, from Ivybridge, was the first bearer to carry on the torch on its Sunday relay.

The teenager, who wore the number 001, said: 'I'm quite nervous actually but very excited.

Generation game: Jordan Anderton with former athlete Audrey Uglow, aged 91, and Evangeline, age six, and Oscar Piper, five

Generation game: Jordan Anderton with former athlete Audrey Uglow, aged 91, and Evangeline, age six, and Oscar Piper, five

“It is such a great honour to have the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch and be a part of history.'

Describing the torch, he said: 'It's quite light actually – I thought it would be quite a bit heavier.

'It's quite nice to hold. It feels unreal really as I was watching it on TV yesterday and I'm here today in front of all the crowds.'

The Cardiff Metropolitan University student, who also plays rugby for Ivybridge RFC, was nominated after surviving a very rare form of childhood cancer at the age of 14, before raising 86,000 for charities fighting the disease.

Even early on a Sunday crowds were lining the streets out of the city to see the Olympic Torch on its way.

The Olympic Torch arrived in Plymouth on Saturday evening to a crowd of more than 40,000 people gathered on The Hoe.

Madeline Wood, 12, had the honour carrying the torch onto the stage and lighting the huge cauldron.

Earlier, chart topper Labrinth, Britain's Got Talent finalists Twist & Pulse and local dancers from Plymouth Dance entertained the huge crowds.
Councillor Michael Wright, Lord Mayor of Plymouth, said: 'This has been such a wonderful experience for people in Plymouth.

'Seeing the Olympic Torch carried by our inspirational torchbearers through the city was fantastic and I'm proud so many people turned out to cheer them on.

'The Evening Celebration on the Hoe was a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, there was a fantastic atmosphere and what an amazing way to show off our spectacular waterfront to the world.'

Relight my fire: Jordan Anderton holds the torch as it is lit

Relight my fire: Jordan Anderton holds the torch as it is lit

Hundreds had lined the Tamar Bridge to watch the torch carried into Devon after a day-long relay brought it across Cornwall.

Duncan Goodhew carried the torch in South East Cornwall and six of the Military Wives were among those carrying the torch in Plymouth.

Communities stretching from Plymouth to Exeter will see dozens of unsung and hard-working individuals get their moment in the spotlight.

The torchbearers range in age from 12-year-old Henry De Trogoff to 72-year-old Jacques Collet.

Henry will be among the youngest of the 8,000 torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame on the way to the July 27 opening ceremony.

The youngster from Paris will carry the flame through Paignton.

His nomination tells of how he tries to push his friends to make good, to be a peacemaker at school when children fight and to help with daily tasks. He does this 'always with a smile,' it said.

Mr Collet, of Les Noyrelles, will carry the flame through Paignton after more than 50 years as a volunteer with the French Athletism Federation.

The former junior international athlete became a trainer after getting injured and helped others at national level.

He organised the pole-vaulting masters in Grenoble, is a French Federation of Athletism Federal referee and has won the FFA Platinum award.

There is also 69-year-old great-grandmother Yvonne Budd who gets to carry the flame in her hometown of Exeter.

Lining the streets: The Olympic flame is carried through Modbury

Lining the streets: The Olympic flame is carried through Modbury

She has worked at Exeter Gymnastics Club since 1972 and Olympic gymnastics has been her 'lifetime passion giving hundreds of children the opportunity of participation', her nomination said.

She is still actively coaching four nights a week for three hours at a time, attends competitions and remains as dedicated as ever. She has helped the club membership grow from 90 to more than 1,100 in the past 40 years.

Organisers will be hoping for a repeat of the packed-out scenes that were part of the first day excited people lined the streets in Cornwall to catch a glimpse of the torch.

The day started at Land's End with the torch in the hands of three-time Olympic sailing champions Ben Ainslie who later tweeted: 'Wow. Most amazing experience and honour, awesome atmosphere. Bring on the Games.'

Devon and Cornwall Police estimated there were 15,000 in Falmouth and in Truro, while there was another 5,000 in St Austell and in the centre of Newquay.

The convoy travelling with the flame is made up of 14 core vehicles, including a pilot car, torchbearer drop-off and pick-up shuttles. There are also sponsors, media and security vehicles plus a command car.

The lead convoy provides some entertainment for the crowds. The torchbearer follows about five to seven minutes later.

A crew of approximately 350 people are set to be working on each day of the 70-day relay.

The relay also relies on the work of staff from London 2012, the Metropolitan Police Torch Security Team, the sponsors plus the host police forces and town halls.

London 2012 Games: David Beckham to help bring Olympic torch back to Britain

Beckham joins London 2012 team to bring Olympic torch back to Britain

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06:44 GMT, 16 May 2012

David Beckham will be announced as the surprise star who will join London 2012 officials in bringing then Olympic torch from Greece to Britain.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe had hoped to include Beckham in this symbolic moment but only did the deal to secure the former England captain at the 11th hour.

Line up: Before his Olympic duties, David Beckham took time out to meet US President Barack Obama

Line up: Before his Olympic duties, David Beckham took time out to meet US President Barack Obama

Lord Coe, the Princess Royal and and Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, head up a delegation which will see the flame 'laid to rest' at the Acropolis and handed over to London at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday evening.

The torch will then flown back to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall on Friday and the Princess Royal is due to walk off the plane carrying the torch watched by millions on TV.

Good times: Beckham has enjoyed a scoring start to the MLS season

Good times: Beckham has enjoyed a scoring start to the MLS season

A 70-day relay, involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles, will then bring the flame to east London's Olympic Stadium and the opening of the Games on July 27.