Olympic Thursday, 2 February 2012

Category: Radio 5 Live; Sport
Every Thursday in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games the BBC will be broadcasting and publishing a series of Olympic-related stories/interviews/clips/blogs through BBC Sport Online, BBC Radio 5 live’s ‘London Calling’ and the BBC 2012 Olympic website. You can find details on Twitter by following #olympicthursday and @BBC2012.

Olympic Thursday, 2 February 2012

  • Mike Costello inside UK Athletics’ endurance training camp in Kenya
  • GB boxing hopeful Anthony Joshua on his rise through the boxing ranks

London Calling, BBC Radio 5 live, 9.30-10.30pm, with Eleanor Oldroyd

In a London Calling special Mike Costello reports from inside UK Athletics’ endurance training camp in Kenya, including interviews with Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe.

Farah talks about how he learnt to live "the Kenyan way" in order to compete with the world’s best distance runners. Farah says that sharing a house with Kenyan athletes in Teddington five years ago was the catalyst to his success today:

"For sure that was the first alarm – big alarm – it opened my eyes for me, if I ever want to compete with these guys what I must need to do. To see them just eat sleep and train and nothing else was a big shock for me, but if I want to be as good as them than I would need to apply the same manner as they do... I just thought you go for a run, you come back you go out with your mates, you run again in the evening, it's all good - it doesn’t work like that."

BBC Sport Online:

Anthony Joshua, GB boxer (text & video feature)

Ben Dirs meets Anthony Joshua in training to hear about his rapid rise through the boxing ranks and his hopes for 2012. Twenty two year old super heavyweight Joshua only took up boxing aged 18 but is now ranked fourth in the official AIBA World rankings and won silver at last year's World Amateur Boxing Championships. Discussing his Olympic chances Anthony reveals he fears he may cry on the podium if he wins gold in London.

Judo star does Whitney Houston (video)

British Judo’s Sophie Cox black-belts out a Whitney classic in this video diary of her Wii karaoke clash with housemate and team-mate Gemma Howell.

Don’t have nightmares – pentathlon power struggle (video, audio and text feature)

Last week, several British pentathletes reported waking from strange nightmares while altitude training at Font Romeu in the Pyrenees. It’s small wonder as the British women are locked in a six-way battle for just two Olympic places; we exclusively filmed at their final 2012 season selection trials in mid-January.

Britain’s only unbeaten sport

The GB para-dressage squad haven’t lost, in any competition, since the sport was introduced at the Paralympics in 1996. Paras, Worlds, Euros – they’ve won gold on every single occasion then and since. On Thursday, BBC Sport's Ollie Williams will be driving #olympicthursday online from the Staffordshire yard of British rider Lee Pearson, who’s looking to match Dame Tanni Grey Thompson’s Paralympic record of 12 gold medals this summer. But Lee has suffered a fractured spine since Beijing 2008, then memorably injured himself tripping over a chicken.