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Fly the flag for Team GB. After all, it’s probably the last hurrah for ‘Britain’ | John Harris

It will be poignant supporting our athletes in the Rio Olympics. They represent a nation that could cease to exist

The official opening of the Olympics is almost upon us. A senior figure in UK athletics reckons that Great Britain is sending “the best prepared and arguably strongest” track and field team ever. Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill will represent the reawoken spirit of London 2012, and newer names will presumably make their mark. By rights, the prospects of British athletes should be easily filling the high summer news vacuum – and yet so far, there seems to be a weird sense of national detachment.

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