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A good sporting weekend

At Henley Royal Regatta Alan Campbell beat double world champion Mahe Drysdale in the Diamond Sculls, and the British coxless four defeated the rival Canadians in the final of the Stewards' Challenge Cup. It is the third year that Steve Williams, Peter Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs-Hodge have rowed to victory.

Then there was 44-year-old Colin Montgomerie who won the European Open with seven birdies, while Jamie Murray became the first British winner at Wimbledon in twenty years. Murray and his Serbian partner Jelena Jankovic won the Mixed Doubles. They both smiled throughout the game, which had terrific volleys and was a real crowd-pleaser.

Speaking of crowd-pleasing, my daughter has corrected our curmudgeonly comments on the Tour de France start on Saturday. She reports that spectators and participants alike enjoyed the London send-off. The crowds stayed on the correct side of the barriers, a rare occurrence unlikely to be repeated in France. Robbie McEwan, the Australian with a Scottish name, won this leg despite falling off his bike. His aplomb had the crowds cheering.

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