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Mathew Beech

I’m an amateur sprinter and Sunday league athlete. Knowing I’m unlikely to make Team GB to take on Usain Bolt, I’ve turned my hand to writing about the sport I love instead. On and off the track, athletics is never far from my mind.

The wait for the ‘real’ Olympics goes on

Three days after Danny Boyle’s history lesson for the world, the London 2012 Olympic Games are well under way.

Yet, for athletics fans and many other neutrals, the Games will not get underway until the starting gun sounds in the Olympic stadium for the track and field programme.

While the diving, hockey sailing and everything else has been going on, there is a building impatience among sports fans, waiting for the Bolt-Blake showdown, Mo Farah releasing the ‘MoBot’, the teen sprint sensation Adam Gemili to make his Senior International debut, and to hopefully witness Britain’s only defending track and field Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu retain her crown.

The relentless and comprehensive coverage of all the other sports is the mere appetiser.

The noise and boisterous fun of the beach volleyball is serving only to warm up the crowds for the centrepiece of any Olympics.

For all the support of the cycling teams, the swimmers, and the divers, adorned in their blue and white union flag kit, many, like me, are itching for the track programme to begin.