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from Changing China:

When is a false start not a false start?

Women’s 100 metresI knew something was up when an official abruptly announced that the women's 100 metres final news conference had been postponed.

Comments made by the two American sprinters on their way off the track had already rung an alarm bell.

"Man, I swear somebody jumped, someone got out before the gun. I've never had a bad start like that, ever," said Muna Lee, who took fifth place. Torri Edwards, who came at the back of the field, admitted: "I think I moved a bit there at the start, and I thought they would call it. I think I false-started, I moved a little bit -- my foot. There was no call back so I went."

Sure enough, the Americans appealed against the result of the race, in which Jamaica had taken a clean sweep of the medals, claiming there had been a false start.

from Changing China:

McYam meals fuel fastest man

Bolt posesYesterday I took a mean swipe at sports journalists for the vacuous questions they put to athletes. I must tip my baseball cap today, however, to the reporter who asked Usain Bolt how the fastest man in the world had spent his day.

It seems the Jamaican did a lot of time sleeping, and in between feasted on "nuggets".

from Changing China:

Fraser makes it double delight for Jamaica

Fraser makes it a Jamaica doubleShelly-Ann Fraser roared clear of the pack to win the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100 metres and complete a sprint double for Jamaica.

Fraser finished ahead of Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, who dead-heated for silver in a Jamaican clean sweep at the Bird's Nest on Sunday.

from Changing China:

‘Insane Usain’ sets my first Games alight

Bolt takes the congratulationsAs Usain Bolt coasted past my press seat in a burst of speed and swagger on Saturday night, splaying his arms and pumping his chest as he crossed the 100 metres finish line, it was just the buzz everyone had promised me from my first Olympics.

I was there to report on the atmosphere at the Games' blue riband event, but involuntarily found myself screaming encouragement, then laughing in joy and awe. As he ran around the track in delighted celebration, I was close to tears.

from Changing China:

Video expert: tennis at the Olympics

On the day of the men's singles gold medal match between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez, Ossian Shine of Reuters leafs through the record books ... so that you don't have to.

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from Changing China:

Phelps out on his own with eighth gold medal — your views

Michael Phelps completed his record-breaking haul of eight gold medals at one Games on Sunday, beating fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven from Munich in 1972.

This one was never in much doubt -- in stark contrast to the 'fingernail' win in yesterday's butterfly -- as he and his American team won the 4 x 100 metres medley relay comfortably. It took his overall tally to 14 from two Games.

from Changing China:

Beijing Games: picture of the day

Bolt wins the men’s 100 metres

Picture of the day has to be the victory celebration of the fastest man on earth, Jamaican Usain Bolt, after winning Olympic gold at the 100 m sprint.

This picture was shot by London-based Reuters staff photographer Dylan Martinez and the composition is perfect.

from Changing China:

Bolt takes sprinting to a whole new level

Bolt with the flagUsain Bolt's 100m triumph at the Bird's Nest will surely be one of those sporting moments that stay in the collective memory for decades.

As anyone who was there, or who saw the TV pictures, will attest, Bolt could have put in an even quicker time than his new world record of 9.69 seconds, had he not started celebrating with 20 metres to go (it's down to yam power, according to his family).

from Changing China:

Olympic luck – it’s a numbers game

radcliffeEight could be Michael Phelps's lucky number if he can trump Mark Spitz's Olympic haul of of seven golds at the 100m medley relay in Beijing on Sunday.

If so, he would have something in common with many host team athletes, who are big on the number 8 because in Chinese it sounds like a word for prosperity (fa). That's why the Olympic Games opened on the 8th day of the 8th month at 8pm.

from Changing China:

Shooting for a good story

shooting starsWhile talking with Matt Emmons in the "mixed zone" after he won a silver medal on Saturday, I suddenly noticed the American sharpshooter had brought his rifle with him.

Resting casually on his left foot, it was pointed up at the ceiling, presumably empty of the ammunition he used to hit a thumbnail-sized bullseye 50 metres away nine of 10 times, but still, it was a reminder of how much I hate the things.

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