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Jun 28, 2012

Olympics-Royalty set course of epic 1908 marathon

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Royal enthusiasm at the height
of the golden Edwardian summer helped to determine first the
course and then the length of the epic 1908 London Olympic
marathon.

The race concluded with a potential fatality when Italian
Dorando Pietri collapsed after entering the stadium on a
stiflingly hot July afternoon. His disqualification after he was
helped to his feet led paradoxically to an astonishing explosion
in marathon racing.

May 9, 2012

Torch relay pioneered at Nazi Games

LONDON (Reuters) – Mist clears to reveal white marble images from classical Greece culminating in Myron’s celebrated statue of an athlete poised to launch a discus in the prologue to Leni Riefenstahl’s remarkable documentary film “Olympia”.

The statue rotates and melts into an identical image of a contemporary discus thrower. It is succeeded by further paeans to the sculptured Greek ideal of physical beauty with pictures of a shot putter, a javelin thrower and rhythmic gymnasts.

May 9, 2012

Olympics-Torch relay pioneered at Nazi Games

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – Mist clears to reveal white marble
images from classical Greece culminating in Myron’s celebrated
statue of an athlete poised to launch a discus in the prologue
to Leni Riefenstahl’s remarkable documentary film “Olympia”.

The statue rotates and melts into an identical image of a
contemporary discus thrower. It is succeeded by further paeans
to the sculptured Greek ideal of physical beauty with pictures
of a shot putter, a javelin thrower and rhythmic gymnasts.

Apr 30, 2012

Dwain Chambers cleared to run in London Olympics

LONDON (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Miller will be cleared to compete in this year’s London Olympics when the Court of Arbitration (CAS) over-rules a British Olympic life ban on drug offenders, a source with knowledge of the ruling told Reuters on Sunday.

CAS is set to announce on Monday that the British Olympic Association (BOA) lifetime ban does not comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s global code which provides for a two-year suspension for first offenders.

Apr 29, 2012

Chambers cleared to run in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Miller will be cleared to compete in this year’s London Olympics when the Court of Arbitration (CAS) over-rules a British Olympic life ban on drug offenders, a source with knowledge of the ruling told Reuters on Sunday.

CAS is set to announce on Monday that the British Olympic Association (BOA) lifetime ban does not comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s global code which provides for a two-year suspension for first offenders.

Apr 29, 2012

Olympics-Chambers cleared to run in London

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and
cyclist David Miller will be cleared to compete in this year’s
London Olympics when the Court of Arbitration (CAS) over-rules a
British Olympic life ban on drug offenders, a source with
knowledge of the ruling told Reuters on Sunday.

CAS is set to announce on Monday that the British Olympic
Association (BOA) lifetime ban does not comply with the World
Anti-Doping Agency’s global code which provides for a two-year
suspension for first offenders.

Apr 27, 2012

Isinbayeva to compete three times before London Games

LONDON (Reuters) – Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva will compete three times before the London Olympics, starting with a meeting in Reims, France, on July 4, a source close to the Russian said on Friday.

The source said the world record holder would then compete in Sotteville, France, on July 10 and in Monaco 10 days later.

Apr 27, 2012

Olympics-Isinbayeva to compete three times before London Games

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Double Olympic pole vault
champion Yelena Isinbayeva will compete three times before the
London Olympics, starting with a meeting in Reims, France, on
July 4, a source close to the Russian said on Friday.

The source said the world record holder would then compete
in Sotteville, France, on July 10 and in Monaco 10 days later.

Apr 23, 2012

Kenya confirm marathon dominance

LONDON (Reuters) – Kenya confirmed they are poised to dominate this year’s Olympic marathons by winning the London men’s and women’s events on Sunday and taking five of the six podium positions for the second year in succession.

Wilson Kipsang finished four seconds outside the men’s course record with a time of two hours four minutes 44 seconds after Mary Kietany had retained the women’s title in an African record 2:18:37.

Apr 22, 2012

Athletics-Kenya confirm marathon dominance

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – Kenya confirmed they are poised
to dominate this year’s Olympic marathons by winning the London
men’s and women’s events on Sunday and taking five of the six
podium positions for the second year in succession.

Wilson Kipsang finished four seconds outside the men’s
course record with a time of two hours four minutes 44 seconds
after Mary Kietany had retained the women’s title in an African
record 2:18:37.

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