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Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Historical pageant sets London Games rolling

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Children’s voices intertwining
from the four corners of Britain and a historical pageant of
meadows and smokestacks set the 2012 London Olympics rolling on
Friday in a ceremony designed to highlight the grandeur and
eccentricities of the nation that invented modern sport.

A heavy rain shower threatened to dampen proceedings but
cleared just minutes before a spectacle being watched by an
audience of 60,000 in the Olympic Stadium and a probable billion
television viewers around the globe.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Spectators assemble for Games opening ceremony

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Exuberant spectators poured into
the maze of sports venues, shops and restaurants in Olympic Park
on Friday for a London Games opening ceremony designed to
highlight the grandeur and eccentricities of the nation that
invented modern sport.

A billion television viewers are expected to watch a
performance before an audience of 60,000 in the Olympic Stadium
including U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Jul 27, 2012

Bells peal across Britain on Games opening day

LONDON (Reuters) – Bells rang across Britain on Friday to signal the final countdown to the Olympic Games, which open with an exuberant and eccentric ceremony celebrating the nation in an explosion of dance, music and fireworks inspired by Shakespeare’s “Tempest”.

The three-hour showcase created by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle takes spectators on a journey from Britain’s idyllic countryside through the grime of the Industrial Revolution and ending in an explosion of pop culture.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Bells peal across Britain on Games opening day

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Bells rang across Britain on
Friday to signal the final countdown to the Olympic Games, which
open with an exuberant and eccentric ceremony celebrating the
nation in an explosion of dance, music and fireworks inspired by
Shakespeare’s “Tempest”.

The three-hour showcase created by Oscar-winning “Slumdog
Millionaire” director Danny Boyle takes spectators on a journey
from Britain’s idyllic countryside through the grime of the
Industrial Revolution and ending in an explosion of pop culture.

Jul 26, 2012

Greek athlete tests positive for Johnson drug

LONDON (Reuters) – Greece’s world indoor high jump champion Dimitris Chondrokoukis withdrew from the London Olympics on Thursday after testing positive for the drug Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used before the 1988 Seoul Games.

Johnson was sent home in disgrace after metabolites of the anabolic steroid stanozolol were found in his urine sample following his victory over Carl Lewis in the 100 meters final in world record time.

Jul 26, 2012

North Korean official angered by flag blunder

LONDON (Reuters) – North Korea’s Olympic representative Um Chang expressed outrage on Thursday at a diplomatic blunder which resulted in his country’s women’s soccer team leaving the field after the South Korea flag had been displayed by mistake.

“Of course the people are angry,” International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Chang told Reuters television. “If your athlete got a gold medal and put the flag probably of some other country, what happens?”

Jul 26, 2012

Olympics-North Korean official angered by flag blunder

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – North Korea’s Olympic
representative Um Chang expressed outrage on Thursday at a
diplomatic blunder which resulted in his country’s women’s
soccer team leaving the field after the South Korea flag had
been displayed by mistake.

“Of course the people are angry,” International Olympic
Committee (IOC) member Chang told Reuters television
. “If your athlete got a gold medal and put the flag
probably of some other country, what happens?”

Jul 25, 2012

Norman receives overdue recognition

LONDON (Reuters) – For more years than should have been necessary, Australian sprinter Peter Norman has been the answer to a sports quiz question.

Even hardcore track fans struggle to name the third man in the iconic photo of Tommie Smith and John Carlos standing on the victory podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics with heads bowed and one black-gloved fist raised.

Jul 25, 2012

Olympics-Norman receives overdue recognition

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – For more years than should have
been necessary, Australian sprinter Peter Norman has been the
answer to a sports quiz question.

Even hardcore track fans struggle to name the third man in
the iconic photo of Tommie Smith and John Carlos standing on the
victory podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics with heads bowed
and one black-gloved fist raised.

Jul 25, 2012

Start could determine finish for Bolt and Blake

LONDON (Reuters) – Silence will envelop the Olympic stadium on the evening of August 5 while the world’s eight swiftest men crouch in their blocks awaiting the starter’s gun.

What happens in the split second after the gun fires and the stadium resounds to the clamor generated by 80,000 spectators will in all likelihood determine the result of the men’s 100 meters final.

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