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Sport quotes of the week

By Caroline Cheese

Rebecca Adlington
Adlington celebrates earning a new pair of shoes... and a gold medal

"I was promised some Jimmy Choo shoes if I win, so that's one pair... and my mum's promised to get me another pair of Christian Louboutin shoes."
Rebecca Adlington dreams of adding to her shoe collection after winning Britain's first gold medal in women's swimming for 48 years.

"I wasn't sure if she had got it until that moment and then I came from behind my cushion and hit the roof."
Adlington's mum emerges from behind a cushion to find out her daughter is a gold medallist.

"The renamed Sherwood baths will be a permanent reminder of Rebecca's Olympic success."
Executive mayor Tony Egginton plans to rename the local swimming pool after Mansfield's new hero Adlington.

"It was just one of those days. Everything was going great up until I got in the water and nothing happened."
GB swimmer Thomas Haffield as he finishes seventh in the 400m individual medley heats.

"I really never think at all. My best races I've never remembered. Today, I was talking and talking to myself."
American swimmer Jason Lezak explains the secret of his success after a phenomenal final leg in the 4x100m freestyle.

"Tom was in the green room with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and Tom looked the size of a basketball next to them."
GB diving coach Steve Foley on 14-year-old Tom Daley's brush with fame.

"I went up to him and asked if I could have my picture taken with him and he said to me: 'How's your injured leg?' I had to text my mum - 'Kobe asked about my leg!' She was shocked. It was just amazing."
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant causes another commotion as he bumps into world 100m champion Tyson Gay.

"No longer will a gold medal surprise us. Never again will we plead with the constellations to allow luck to go our way."
The Indian Express newspaper gushes as shooter Abhinav Bindra becomes India's first individual Olympic gold medallist.

"I told (coach) Bob Bowman this would be my last 400 IM, so I've got to go out there and get a good time. And this was a good time."
American swimmer Michael Phelps reveals the motivation behind his gold medal and world record-breaking performance.

"Green is not really Gerry's colour."
Fighting talk from a government spokesman after Britain's sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe vows to wear the green and gold of Australia if Britain do not beat their old enemy in the Olympic medal table.

"We will soon find out whether their athletes can indeed hack this sort of pressure because we've seen from both British sportsmen and women in the past that they've been known to choke under the pressure when up against the Aussies."
Australia's Federal Minister for Sport Kate Ellis hits back.

"Great Britain may have been in lane seven and eight but, um, they seemed to be getting there for a country that has very few swimming pools and not much soap."
Aussie Olympic chief John Coates wades in after watching Rebecca Adlington win gold for Britain in the pool.

"I've won a lot in my career. He has won a Super Cup and another little cup. Probably he needs to change mentality but maybe he is too old to do it."
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho stokes the flames with Juventus' Claudio Ranieri - both former Chelsea managers.

"I think that if I would have been the one to ask [Chelsea owner Roman] Abramovich for Frank Lampard, he would have come to Juventus."
Ranieri bites back.

Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez thinks he might have an image problem

"I am a dreamer and this has been one of my dreams."
Italian Manuel Pascali waxes lyrical after completing his move from Parma... to Kilmarnock.

"My personality impedes me from appearing in the best magazines."
Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez wonders why Cristiano Ronaldo gets all the headlines.

"Randy is in this for the long term. Heck, he has an AVFC tattoo on his leg - and it ain't washable."
Aston Villa director General Charles Krulak does his best to persuade us that owner Randy Lerner is a true Villa fan.

"You need those guys at, or very near, their peak. I want guys who are hot, hot, hot."
Europe's Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo channels the spirit of Buster Poindexter as he considers his team selection.

"I am not sure what Nick wants me to do, maybe teach some guys how to drum or tell a few jokes to ease the pressure. Whatever it is, I will give my utmost support to the European team."
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain ponders his unlikely call-up to Faldo's Ryder Cup back-up team.


"I'm not going to get into who's right, who's wrong. I'm completely wrong."
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith after punching team-mate Ken Lucas during practice.
(Gregg Lowrie ,England)

"He is a brilliant young lad, brilliant kid and it will be brilliant to work with him this year."
Theo Walcott thinks Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere, 16, is brilliant.
(Ian Coady, England)

"Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] had a shot from the edge of the box with his right foot, so I knew he had no chance of scoring, and I was there to tap it in."
Teddy Sheringham commenting on his Champions League final goal while watching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's testimonial match.
(David Hawken, England)

Interviewer: "Your only major summer signing is Jon Harley from Burnley. How does he fit into your line-up?" Aidy Boothroyd: "Well he's a footballer."
Aidy Boothroyd is finally coming to terms with the logistics of the game.
(Chris Humphris, London, UK)

"It's been a while since I heard any Gary Glitter. It's probably also been a while since Gary Glitter's heard any Gary Glitter!"
Commentator on the choice of interlude music at the Olympic beach volleyball
(Stephen F, UK)


"The service desk provides skin care wipes."
All mod cons are available for weightlifting competitors in Beijing.


"You're too fit to be a steward."
To a female steward at the cricket at Edgbaston.
(Simon Coghlan, England)

"Ollie, what have you done, now we're down in division one. Now you're gone, we've had to yield, and our biggest game is Huddersfield."
Leicester City fans to former manager Ian Holloway at their first game of the season in League One.
(Dave Cave, UK)

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