End of a supreme carnival

London Olympic 2012
End of a supreme carnival
At the end of a long, raucous night, it was inevitably the words of Lord Sebastian Coe that best summed up the last sixteen days of whirlwind madness in London.
“When our time came, we did it right,” said Coe in his short and sweet speech towards the end of the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, and it had the capacity crowd at the stadium clapping in

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2012 ‘off-the-chain’

London Olympics 2012
2012 ‘off-the-chain’
If there ever was a one-word summary to describe the 30th Olympiad in London, the USA athlete DeeDee Trotter found it during one of many press conferences at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
“Off-the-chain,” said Trotter and the whole room burst out laughing. “And that is putting it mildly,” she continued. Trotter was right. London has indeed been, in the parlance of the

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A question and grim reality

The American journalist was clearly irritated by the presence of so many Bangladeshi newsmen at the press conference after almost every athletics event at London.
He had no clue as to why a country would be so highly represented despite them having no stake in any of the events. Spurred on by the question from his deep inside, he finally took the courage on

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Gold eludes Brazil again

London Olympics 2012
Gold eludes Brazil again
Romario couldn’t do it, Bebeto couldn’t do it, Rivaldo couldn’t do it, Ronaldinho couldn’t do it. Neither could Brazil’s latest poster boy Neymar. The weight of history proved far too much for Mano Menezes’s young Selecao and their dreams of Olympic gold crumpled to dust on the picture-perfect Wembley turf on Saturday.
Mexico were their latest conquerors, as two goals from the dynamic Oribe Peralta saw them

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Curtain drops on Olympics tonight

After two weeks of frantic excitement, on and off the field dramas, a loud cheer from the fans and birth of many new champions, the London Olympics comes to an end tonight with a dazzling closing ceremony.
The cauldron of the Games will be formally extinguished sometime in zero hour in London to signal the end of what the British media have already called the most successful ever

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