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Sport quotes of the week

By Aimee Lewis

"I just want a hamburger and fries."
Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington after she won gold in the 800m freestyle in world record time.

"A lot of yam, banana and dumplings produce top three!"
Gold medallist Ann Fraser reveals the dietary secrets of Jamaica's sprinters after they took the top three spots in the women's 100m.

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt loves medals almost as much as chicken nuggets
"I never had breakfast. I woke up around 11, I watched television and then I had some [chicken] nuggets for lunch. I went back to my room, I slept for two hours, I went back for some more nuggets and came to the track."
Jamaica's Usain Bolt talks us through his pre-race preparation on the day he won gold and broke the 100m world record.

"The one thing I really wanted from this Olympics was to get on the Jonathan Ross show."
British cyclist Bradley Wiggins should get to meet BBC chat show host Wossy after winning gold in both the men's individual and team pursuit.

"Geraint and Ed don't seem to know the meaning of the word fear. They're young kids. They'll go out tonight and have a good time. They'll lap it up until Christmas."
Wiggins again on his team pursuit team-mates Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy.

"I was in the laundry and I realised I was standing right next to [Rafael] Nadal. I didn't bother him but he was shoving all his colours and whites in together. I really wanted to say, 'Dude, you're going to have a nightmare with that. You can't just put the whole bag in - there are reds in with whites'. But what can you do?"
British cyclist Jamie Staff, who won gold in the team sprint, reveals that tennis star Rafael Nadal might have to buy new whites for Wimbledon next year.

Yelena Isinbayeva
Yelena Isinbayeva is happy to mix sport and glamour

"The idea of being glamorous is very important to me. I always want to look like a girl. I don't agree that you are either a sportswoman or a girl."
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, who won her second consecutive gold in the pole vault, is happy she is all woman.

"We won the trophy for the most unlucky team last year. Is it a trophy to finish 12th and win the Carling Cup? The real quality of a big club is to fight for the championship."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident his team will challenge for the title and even manages a dig at north London rivals Tottenham in the process.

"We finished with 83 points, anywhere else we would have won the championship."
Wenger on last season's campaign. Yes, Arsene, Arsenal would have won the title anywhere else - apart from Serie A (Inter Milan, 85 points) and La Liga (Real Madrid, 85 points).

"It's very early on in the season. I've a collection of waifs and strays that I'm still trying to get to work together and we're not going to meet a Reading every week."
Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock is confident the nine new signings on display during the 2-0 defeat by Reading will gel.


"I didn't know the English were good at swimming, I have been in this country for 12 years and I haven't seen a swimming pool."
Arsene Wenger's eyesight fails him once again.
(Bhav Trivedi, UK)

"Great Britain have won 40% of their medals in cycling. If only there was snooker, darts and a dog show."
NBC Daytime host Jim Lampley
(Brett P, Knoxville, USA)

"And Australia are going backwards at the moment."
BBC commentator in the men's coxless fours rowing semi-final.
(Ian, Bristol)

"I don't want to make excuses but I've not had the chance to do any proper training for this, I've been ill and I've had to cut back on a lot."
Sprinter Marlon Devonish not making excuses.
(Chris Plowman, Cornwall)

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari
Points win prizes for Scolari
"To win this competition (Premier League) the fans need to understand we need points."
Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari on Match of the Day.
(Omar, England)

"Some people have their things, you know; picking up rubbish in the streets, painting and decorating. Mine's winning gold medals."
Bradley Wiggins reveals his favourite hobby.
(Tim Kitching, GB)


"They wanted him to be a Jambo and he said No, No, No."
To Motherwell manager Mark McGhee during Motherwell v Hearts, sung to Amy Winehouse's Rehab.
(Stuart, Scotland)

"There was something in the air that night, the stars were bright, Afonso! They were shining there for you and me, for liberty, Afonso!"
Middlesbrough fans to Afonso Alves during Middlesbrough v Tottenham, to the tune of Fernando by ABBA
(Jake Marsdan, Middlesbrough)


"Anyone caught without their cell phones on silent will be taken to UCLA's nuclear biology department and tested on."
At the Countrywide Classic tennis tournament in Los Angeles.
(Ben, Suffolk)

"Derby 0-1 Doncaster, that's Derby 0-1 Doncaster, once more, Derby 0-1 Doncaster!"
Leicester City announcer at the end of their 2-0 victory over MK Dons.
(Sam Quarmby, United Kingdom)

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