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11:51 UK time, Monday, 18 August 2008

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Here's the dilemma - eight gold medals in two days and not a household name among them. How do you get over that little hurdle without doing a mischief to you Achilles tendon?

The Sun makes a good stab at elevating double gold medal-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington into Redgrave territory, with a nifty rebranding as simply "Becky". A photo op of some sort with England's former football captain can't be far off, if only for the prize of a "Becks and Becky" headline.

The Telegraph and Express grace their fronts with the refined looking "three blondes" who won gold in the Yngling, while the Mirror gives its biggest picture spot to the one British Olympian everyone's heard of... although she didn't win gold - Paula Radcliffe. The marathon runner's disappointing 23rd place inevitably renders her "Sad Paula" in redtop-speak.

While splashing Radcliffe's "agony" across two pages, the Mail goes one up on the Mirror by mentioning Mara Yamauchi - Radcliffe's teammate and long-time rival, who finished 17 places above Radcliffe.

The FT goes it alone with its Monday morning posterboy - dinghy sailor Ben Ainslie, who actually looks like he could be a City trader if he swapped his waterproofs from a shirt and tie.

In fact, so palpable is the thirst for stories of British sporting derring-do that the Times even features the tale of 66-year-old Brit Frank Evans who came out of retirement after a quadruple heart bypass to reclaim his title.

Unfortunately, Evans' achievements are unlikely to register on the medals table. It can't help that instead of double gold he won two ears. His sport? Bull fighting.

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