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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.

Jul 25, 2012

Olympics-Start could determine finish for Bolt and Blake

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Silence will envelop the Olympic
stadium on the evening of Aug. 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 clamour generated by 80,000 spectators
will in all likelihood determine the result of the men’s 100
metres final.

Jul 23, 2012

London OIympic Games open in troubled times

LONDON (Reuters) – London, an ancient city steeped in theatre and pageantry, stages its third summer Olympics against a somber backdrop tempering the excitement and anticipation before the world’s greatest sports festival.

Euphoria in Singapore, where London secured the Games in 2005, was succeeded within 24 hours by horror in the British capital when 52 commuters were killed by four suicide bombers.

Jul 23, 2012

London Games open in troubled times

LONDON (Reuters) – London, an ancient city steeped in theatre and pageantry, stages its third summer Olympics against a sombre backdrop tempering the excitement and anticipation before the world’s greatest sports festival.

Euphoria in Singapore, where London secured the Games in 2005, was succeeded within 24 hours by horror in the British capital when 52 commuters were killed by four suicide bombers.

Jul 23, 2012

Olympics-London Games open in troubled times

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – London, an ancient city steeped
in theatre and pageantry, stages its third summer Olympics
against a sombre backdrop tempering the excitement and
anticipation before the world’s greatest sports festival.

Euphoria in Singapore, where London secured the Games in
2005, was succeeded within 24 hours by horror in the British
capital when 52 commuters were killed by four suicide bombers.

Jul 10, 2012

Bolt could break nine-second barrier says Tommie Smith

LONDON (Reuters) – World 100 meters record holder Usain Bolt could break the nine-second barrier if he gets a start as fast as his training partner Yohan Blake, according to the former world 200 meters record holder Tommie Smith.

Bolt, who was beaten by Blake in both the 100 and 200 at this year’s Jamaican trials, set his world record of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 Berlin world championships. He also reduced his own world 200 record to 19.19 in Berlin.

Jul 10, 2012

Olympics-Bolt could break nine-second barrier says Tommie Smith

LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) – World 100 metres record holder
Usain Bolt could break the nine-second barrier if he gets a
start as fast as his training partner Yohan Blake, according to
the former world 200 metres record holder Tommie Smith.

Bolt, who was beaten by Blake in both the 100 and 200 at
this year’s Jamaican trials, set his world record of 9.58
seconds at the 2009 Berlin world championships. He also reduced
his own world 200 record to 19.19 in Berlin.

Jul 3, 2012

Britain select two former drug offenders

LONDON (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and shot putter Carl Myerscough, who have served doping bans after testing positive for anabolic steroids, were named on Tuesday in the British athletics team for the London Olympics.

The pair are the beneficiaries of a Court of Arbitration ruling which overturned the British Olympic Association’s lifetime Games bans for drug offenders.

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