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Shaken and stirred, Bernard takes gold PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Frenchman Alain Bernard completed his remarkable rise from obscurity when he took the Beijing Olympics 100 metres freestyle gold medal on Thursday, overcoming nerves that left his legs shaking on the starting blocks.

Little over a year ago, few outside of swimming's most informed had heard of Bernard, who had switched to freestyle after failing to make the grade in backstroke and medley.
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Dibaba planning long-distance double PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - World 10,000-metre champion Tirunesh Dibaba says she expects to run both the 10,000 and 5,000m events in Beijing, hoping to become the first woman to scoop the Olympic distance double.

In 2005 Dibaba became the first woman to win both races at a world championships when she led an Ethiopian podium sweep in both events in Helsinki.
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Girardet masters skeet with just one eye PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Veronique Girardet of France overcame more than rain in Thursday's Olympic skeet shooting.

The former world champion from Saint-Laurent-du-Var, blinded in one eye by cancer from the age of 2, was competing in her first Olympics—at the age of 42.
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Good while it lasted for Adu PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - United States prodigy Freddy Adu, a player forced to live with the huge expectations created for him in his early teens, sparkled for two soccer games at the Olympics but left before he could make a real impact

Adu, who is still only 19 but seems to have been around for years, picked up yellow cards in his first two games and had to watch helplessly as his team mates lost 2-1 to Nigeria on Wednesday and were eliminated.
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Taiwan baseball player suspended PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Taiwan baseball infielder Chang Tai-shan has been suspended after testing positive for a banned substance and sat out his team's opening Olympic win over the Netherlands on Wednesday.

The International Amateur Baseball Federation (IBAF) said it had been advised of Chang's failed test and had suspended him pending the results from his B sample.
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Liu smashes records for China PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Liu Chunhong won the Olympic weightlifting gold medal in the women's 63kg class on Wednesday, smashing several world records to defend China's supremacy in a spectacular showdown with Russia's Oxana Slivenko.

Liu set a world record in the snatch with 125kg, then broke that record with her next lift, snatching 128kg. Her 158kg lift in the clean and jerk and her combined total of 286kg were also world records.
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Sprint showdown guarantees fast start PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Athletics finally joins the Olympic party on Friday and wastes little time getting to the most eagerly-awaited event of the Games with the 100 metres final on Saturday.

World record holder Usain Bolt, Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell and world champion Tyson Gay, all sub-9.8 second runners, are heading for possibly the greatest 100 metres final and one that should thrust athletics spectacularly back into the spotlight.
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Good son Lagat seeks payback to U.S. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Bernard Lagat will fulfil a pledge he made to his mother and give the United States a golden payback if he wins the Olympic 1,500 metres for his adopted country.

The Kenyan-born 33-year-old finished second behind Hicham El Guerrouj in Athens four years ago and received comforting words from his mum.

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Chinese women claim first team gold PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - China upstaged a hobbling United States team to surge to their first gymnastics women's team title at the Olympics on Wednesday.

A dramatic fall by Cheng Fei from the balance beam did not stop China from eclipsing the world champions by 2.375 points, while 2004 champions Romania settled for bronze.
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Phelps becomes most successful Olympian PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2008

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BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - American swimmer Michael Phelps became the most successful Olympian of all time by winning two more Beijing gold medals on Wednesday to take his career tally to an unprecedented 11 victories.

The mighty Phelps overtook an elite group including Mark Spitz and Carl Lewis who had won nine golds by breaking his own world record in the men's 200 meter butterfly.
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Man Utd close in on Berbatov: reports PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

AFP, PARIS - Dimitar Berbatov's long-anticipated move from Tottenham to Manchester United could be completed in time for the Bulgarian striker to make his debut for the English champions on Saturday.

Reports in the British press on Wednesday suggest Spurs have finally agreed to sell their prize forward after United tabled a significantly improved offer now said to be in the region of 28 million pounds.
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Terry doubts Man Utd credentials PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

John Terry believes Manchester United have reached their peak and Chelsea can regain the Premier League trophy, reports BBC.

United were European and domestic champions last term, with Chelsea runners-up, but the Blues' captain believes his side can raise their game.
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Ilunga ready for British move PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

Full-back would take Newcastle or Celtic

Sky sports

Toulouse star Herita Ilunga has told skysports.com he would jump at the chance to join either Celtic or Newcastle.

The 26-year-old left-back moved to the Pink City last year from St Etienne and he has impressed hugely since his switch.
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Blackburn Rovers stand firm over Roque bid PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

Socerway

Manchester City have been very much in the news recently, unfortunately mostly for the wrong reasons.

To make matters even worse, amidst the current strife, Mark Hughes’ bid for his ex Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz has been turned down by his former club.

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Bale extends Spurs stay PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

Defender signs deal until 2012

Sky Sports

Gareth Bale has handed a Tottenham a major boost ahead of the new season by signing a new long-term deal.

The Welsh international has inked a one-year extension to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2012.
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Indigenous people deserve equal rights PDF Print E-mail
Editorial
Thursday, 14 August 2008

The International Day of Indigenous People was observed on Aug 9 as of every year in pursuance of a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 23 December 1994. This year's slogan was 'The economic and social rights of the indigenous people.' Human rights activists, leaders of indigenous people and speakers at different functions organised in observance of the day that stressed the need for upholding the ethnic identity of the indigenous people and ensuring their fundamental, social, cultural and economic rights.

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Bolt lets good times roll without the parties PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Jamaican Usain Bolt has buried his reputation for laziness over a couple of sensational years in which he has become one of the world's best 200 metres runners and set a new 100m world record.

The 21-year-old, a favourite for both sprints at the Beijing Olympics, readily admits that there was a period when his love of a good time meant he was not making the most of his undoubted athletic talent.
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Champion Beard fails to make semi-finals PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Athens Olympic 200 metre breaststroke champion Amanda Beard failed to make it to the semi-finals in Beijing on Wednesday, finishing 18th in qualifying.

The 26-year-old American stormed past reporters without speaking after finishing sixth in her heat.
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Phelps becomes most successful Olympian ever PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - American swimmer Michael Phelps won two more golds on Wednesday to eclipse compatriots Mark Spitz and Carl Lewis and become the all-time most successful Olympian.

Though unable to match the United States in swimming or on the track, China might still top the overall medals' table. It had its gymnasts and divers to thank for the latest successes that kept the hosts in the lead with 17 golds.
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Nadal beats Andreev to reach last eight PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Spain's Rafael Nadal took a step closer to an Olympic tennis medal on Wednesday with a 6-4 6-2 defeat of Russian Igor Andreev to reach the men's singles quarter-finals.

Second seed Nadal, the dominant force in men's tennis this year and soon to be ranked number one, was given a stern test in the opening set before Andreev wilted in the muggy conditions.
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Japan's Ueno defends Athens 70-kg title PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Japan's Masae Ueno became the third Japanese judoka to retain her Olympic title, beating Anaysi Hernandez of Cuba in the final to win gold in the women's 70-kg category on Wednesday.

Like so many Japanese judokas before, Ueno's only interest in the final was to go in for the quick kill.
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