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Jul 30, 2012

Lithuanian girl, 15, star of heroics in the pool

LONDON (Reuters) – Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte struck Olympic gold on Monday in the women’s 100 meters breaststroke aged just 15, capping a dramatic day in the pool where Frenchman Yannick Agnel also beat an American favorite to win the men’s 200 meter freestyle.

On the third full day of competition in London, Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was expelled for an abusive message on Twitter after his team’s defeat by South Korea.

Jul 30, 2012

Frenchman floors rivals in pool, Swiss expelled

LONDON (Reuters) – French swimmer Yannick Agnel floored the field on Monday in the big race of the day at the Olympics, the men’s 200 meter freestyle, comfortably eclipsing a stellar lineup including American Ryan Lochte and Sun Yang of China.

The surprisingly comfortable victory took to three the overall number of French golds in the pool, on a day when Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was expelled for an abusive message on Twitter.

Jul 30, 2012

Swimming showdown looms, Swiss expelled

LONDON (Reuters) – Swimming’s biggest names slug it out in the Olympics men’s 200 metre freestyle on Monday, as China extended its lead in the medals table and Swiss football player Michel Morganella was expelled for an abusive message on Twitter.

The row over empty seats at venues across London rumbled on, but the weather was cool and sunny and London’s transport system largely defied predictions of gridlock on the first regular working day of the 2012 Games.

Jul 30, 2012

Swimming showdown looms, weather, transport fine

LONDON (Reuters) – Swimming’s biggest names slug it out in the Olympics men’s 200 meter freestyle on Monday, as China extended its lead in the medals table and Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was expelled for an abusive message on Twitter.

The row over empty seats at venues across London rumbled on, but the weather was cool and sunny and London’s transport system largely defied predictions of gridlock on the first regular working day of the 2012 Games.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Swimming showdown looms, Swiss expelled

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Swimming’s biggest names slug it
out in the Olympics men’s 200 metre freestyle on Monday, as
China extended its lead in the medals table and Swiss soccer
player Michel Morganella was expelled for an abusive message on
Twitter.

The row over empty seats at venues across London rumbled on,
but the weather was cool and sunny and London’s transport system
largely defied predictions of gridlock on the first regular
working day of the 2012 Games.

Jul 30, 2012

A pound for playing but Games bring global kudos

LONDON (Reuters) – The stars of the London Olympic opening were paid just a pound each, but their songs have leapt up the charts having featured in the world’s most-watched concert this year.

“Big name” entertainers such as ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, London rapper Dizzee Rascal and “Mr. Bean” comedian Rowan Atkinson all signed a token one pound ($1.60) contract in order to meet the requirements of the Olympic organizing committee.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-A pound for playing but Games bring global kudos

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – The stars of the London Olympic
opening were paid just a pound each, but their songs have leapt
up the charts having featured in the world’s most-watched
concert this year.

“Big name” entertainers such as ex-Beatle Paul McCartney,
London rapper Dizzee Rascal and “Mr. Bean” comedian Rowan
Atkinson all signed a token one pound ($1.60) contract in order
to meet the requirements of the Olympic organising committee.

Jul 29, 2012

Empty seats overshadow Games, China dominates

LONDON (Reuters) – Organizers fought to quell growing public outrage on Sunday over empty seats across venues at the London Olympics, where China has laid down an early marker with a world record win in the pool and a commanding early lead in the medals table.

Dispiriting images of rows of vacant rows at football stadiums, Wimbledon, the aquatic center and beyond has angered Britons who tried and failed to buy tickets in the buildup to the Games having been told they had sold out.

Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Empty seats overshadow Games, China dominates

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Organisers fought to quell
growing public outrage on Sunday over empty seats across venues
at the London Olympics, where China has laid down an early
marker with a world record win in the pool and a commanding
early lead in the medals table.

Dispiriting images of rows of vacant rows at football
stadiums, Wimbledon, the aquatic centre and beyond has angered
Britons who tried and failed to buy tickets in the buildup to
the Games having been told they had sold out.

Jul 28, 2012

Are we same species? World agog at British Games opener

LONDON (Reuters) – “Strange”, “baffling” and “surreal” was how director Danny Boyle described his Olympic opening ceremony. The rest of the world largely agreed.

In the press stands of the arena where the ceremony took place on Friday night, Chinese journalists looked puzzled and asked their English peers for guidance as they struggled to make sense of the artistic whirlwind for their readers back home.

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