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Hazel, heats and dancing horses … it’s pure TV Olympic gold

This sporting carnival is a marathon not a sprint – but the early stages have been encouraging

Is there any more enjoyable state than that of mild querulousness in the face of something which, in the cosmic scheme, is of limited importance? Such is the joy the early stages of any sporting tournament offer the viewer: and should you be able to lob in a medium-to-high level of factual ignorance then, my friend, your pleasure is all but guaranteed.

To wit: a lengthy conversation about water polo in my sitting room ranged from the sport’s name itself, deemed to be misleading and ripe for replacement by swimball or water throw-lo, to how one ensured a level playing pool given the existence of the deep end.

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