Newspaper headlines: Radical cleric guilty, Trott's historic gold and Olympic marriage proposals

He is described in the Daily Mail as "Britain's most notorious hate preacher" and by the Times as the "pantomime villain of radical Islam". The conviction of Anjem Choudary on a terrorism charge attracts front page headlines.

Choudary, says the Mail "was in jail last night after two decades of taunting authorities and peddling extremism on the streets of Britain".

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An Old Bailey jury convicted the 49-year-old former London solicitor and his confidant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman of inviting support for the so-called Islamic State group.

The Times says the conviction was being heralded as a "seismic moment" in the fight against terrorism.

"Until the guilty verdict, Choudary had seemed untouchable," it adds.

The Financial Times says Choudary has been the scourge of counter-terror police, making repeated inflammatory statements while remaining just on the right side of the law.

But Lord Carlisle, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, tells the Daily Telegraph the law now needed to be clarified "to enable the prosecution of those whose clear aim is to exhort terrorism".

According to the Guardian, Choudary and his extremist groups are believed to have inspired at least 100 people from Britain, including organisations committed to campaigns of murder against the West.

"Justice at last," says the Daily Mirror, while for the Sun it was a case of the "devil and his disciples".


'Far beyond free speech'

In a leading article, the Daily Telegraph says Choudary "must never again appear on TV screens as though he were somehow a representative of a particular branch of Islam rather than the rabble-rouser he really is".

For the Daily Express, "obsessed with appearing politically correct nobody was willing to take the action required to stop him".

The Daily Mail says the "case raises profoundly disturbing questions about why he was tolerated - and indulged - for so long... didn't Choudary's kid-glove treatment go far beyond tolerance of free speech?"

In the view of the Times, Choudary's conviction is a "significant step forward in the fight against extremism in Britain, but that fight is far from over".

The Sun asks why social media companies allowed Choudary to spread hate online. "If these firms are incapable - or unwilling - to shut down accounts inciting hatred, the government should step in," it says.

"We can be proud modern Britain is a liberal, tolerant, multicultural nation but the limit of free speech and the boundary of acceptable behaviour is overstepped when dangerous fanatics - whatever their religion - brainwash the impressionable into becoming terrorists," says the Daily Mirror.


Golden girl

Cyclist Jason Kenny's record-equalling sixth gold medal in the keirin at the Rio Olympics came too late for the first editions of the papers. But there is plenty of coverage from the velodrome of the historic achievement of his fiancee Laura Trott.

The 24-year-old, who was part of the winning women's team pursuit team, picked up the fourth Olympic gold medal of her career with victory in the omnium.

Trott is, says the Daily Mirror, the "golden girl of cycling".

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The Daily Express says Trott is "our greatest ever female Olympian" - and her victory capped another magnificent night for Team GB.

The Times says Trott's fourth gold was "never in doubt". Her win, says the paper's chief sports writer Matt Dickinson, "may have lacked nail-biting drama but certainly not lasting significance".

"In a show of unremitting dominance to suggest she and not the men of this parish might be the greatest British track cyclist in history, Trott also became the first British female to defend two Olympic titles," says Kevin Garside in the i.

But her relationship with Kenny does not pass without comment with the Daily Mail among several papers to report on the couple and their "Olympic fairytale".


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The right time?

Staying with the Olympics, the Guardian wonders whether an "unlikely 43rd spectator sport" has sneaked on to the roster".

From Chinese diver Qin Kai presenting an engagement ring to He Zi during a medal ceremony to US triple jumper Will Claye dropping to a knee in front of his longtime girlfriend moments after taking silver, marriage proposals have been making headlines.

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"Every proposal has been greeted with a yes, prompting a global outpouring of emotion as people have celebrated the grand romantic gesture, carried out in full glare of the public," says the Guardian.

"However, the timing and public nature of the proposals have also attracted criticism both for putting vast amounts of pressure on the would-be spouse and for detracting from his or her sporting achievements."


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Media captionKiran Stacey, energy correspondent at the Financial Times, and Fay Schlesinger, head of news at the Times, join the BBC News Channel to review Wednesday's front pages

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