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Greg Rusedski blog: London tennis was best in Olympic history

This year's Olympic tennis was, in my opinion, the most prestigious in history due to the fact that it was being held at the home of tennis, Wimbledon.

Roger Federer had made it his goal to try to win Olympic gold in singles for the first time, one of the very few things he hasn't achieved in his career.

Andy Murray on the other hand, was trying to win gold on home soil after a painful loss to Federer in the Wimbledon finals.

The world number 1 Novak Djokovic was also desperate for gold. The only disappointment on the men’s side was the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal, who did not play due to injury and then subsequently also missed the rest of the season.

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London Olympics 2012 live blog

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Chicago bid boss says regional voting, IOC-USOC friction costly

ryan1A family feud and voters backing the city in their region in the first round led to Chicago's early exit in last week's voting to determine the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the head of that city's bid said.

"Don't for a moment believe that Chicago finished fourth," Patrick Ryan told hundreds of executives at a breakfast meeting in downtown Chicago.

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Anyone still want medals to decide F1 title?

If Bernie Ecclestone had got his way before the start of the season, Jenson Button might have been crowned Formula One champion in Singapore on Sunday.

The commercial supremo's plan for the championship to be decided by an Olympic-style medals system, with the title going to the driver taking most golds, would have left Brawn's Button out of reach.

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Where Bolt stands in my personal greatest hits

Having been privileged to be sitting a few metres from the finishing line as Usain Bolt shattered his own 100 and 200m world records in Berlin - and having also witnessed his double in Beijing, I got to wondering where those performances ranked in my personal bag of live events.

So, here is my list of contenders, followed by my podium. I've included only events I have attended in a professional capacity as a sports reporter as memories of some others I've enjoyed as a "punter" might be clouded by beer.

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Israel opens “Jewish Olympics” but interest at home minimal

ISRAELThe 18th Maccabiah Games opened in Israel on Monday with some 7,000 competitors from 65 countries set to take part in a 12-day sporting extravaganza.

The organisers say it is the third-largest sports gathering in the world behind the Olympics and the University Games. You might have thought the world would take notice, but it barely even attracts interest among the vast majority of Israeli sports fans.

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Snow leopards and the art of Olympic environmental diplomacy


There is an art in dealing with environmental issues when preparing to host Olympic Games.

Athens for example, while preparing to host the 2004 Olympics, decided to construct the rowing venue inside a protected nature reserve and just a few hundred metres from the historic site of the ancient battle of Marathon. Environmental groups were up in arms for years before organisers said while they would build the venue there they would also save a rare fish (which looked more like a frog) living in the tiny creeks of the nature reserve. The rowing centre was built and after the Games it was never used again because of environmental restrictions.

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Handball threatens to implode

German handball fans have been watching in shock as allegations of match-fixing in their sport have surfaced almost daily.

Handball, or Team Handball as it is known in the United States, may not be hugely popular around the world but in Germany, home of the world champions, the sport enjoys a strong following.

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Squash could get squeezed by youth vote in Olympic bid

At a recent press event to showcase squash’s bid for inclusion in the 2016 Games, it occurred to me that – at a competitive level at least – today’s game is a far cry from the dowdy image of middle aged men in far-too-short shorts, writes Kylie MacLellan.

But with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) eager to refresh the Olympic programme and attract a younger audience, proving it has overcome this image could be the biggest hurdle squash faces in making a successful bid.

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I wasn’t blown away by DeGale, were you?

Olympic gold medallist James DeGale made his professional debut on Saturday but despite getting the verdict the chorus or boos that rang around the Birmingham Indoor Arena and the reluctance of a poorly matched opponent to fight left me seeing similarities with the last Briton to win a Boxing gold.

Audley Harrison, labelled ‘Ordinary Harrison’ by some in the media, claimed gold in the 2000 Sydney Games but never transferred that success to the professional ranks.